It’s a Small World, After All
Consuelo Peterson Hill graduated from Virginia State University in 1973 with a degree in music. That was her last significant association with the CIAA…until today.
While visiting her mother and sister in Charlotte, Hill tagged along to Time Warner Cable Arena to hear her sister, Kim Peterson, sing the national anthem. She had no idea that her alma matter would be playing Fayetteville State University in the first round of the men’s tournament.
“This is my first ever CIAA, my first ever anything,” she said. “How cool is that?”
Although Hill was familiar with CIAA week, she said she was unaware that the tournament was in town when she left her home in upstate New York three days earlier.
“It was snowing like crazy up there,” she said. “I threw some things in a bag and headed south.”
While at the game, Hill bumped into the sister of the flower girl from her wedding in 1977. She had not seen the woman in years and had no idea she had moved to Charlotte.
As for her thoughts about her first CIAA?
“It’s a beautiful event,” she said.
As for the game?
Her team lost 74-58.
SCENE AT THE CIAA
Kelsey McRae, Miss Fayetteville State University, and Troy Pickens, Mr. Fayetteville State University, watch their men’s team cruise to an easy 74-58 win over Virginia State University in first-round action Wednesday. (Photo: Qcitymetro.com)
A Family Affair: FSU alum L’Oreal Price (center) and her parents, William and Leslie Price, say eating at Mert’s Heart & Soul is a must every year for CIAA. (Photo:Qcitymetro.com)
From MVP to Corporate Career
Coming to town for the CIAA tournament was a little different this year for L’Oreal Price.
Last year, Price lead Fayetteville State University’s Lady Broncos in winning the school’s third CIAA title and was named MVP in the championship game. This year she attended the tournament not as a player, but as a representative of Nationwide Insurance, the second-largest sponsor of the CIAA Tournament.
We caught up with Price, her championship ring and her proud parents as they dined earlier this week at Mert’s Heart & Soul.
She said the tournament felt a little “strange” this year. “It was different being on the corporate side, rather than being a player,” she said.
Price, who graduated FSU in December with a degree in psychology, was recently hired as a claims adjuster for Nationwide.
“It’s a lot different, but I’m enjoying it and moving on,” she said of her transition from college to career. “Graduating and getting a job right out of college is a blessing, so I’m glad that it happened to me.”
Price spoke Sunday night at the 36th Women’s Basketball Tip Off Awards program on behalf of Nationwide, encouraging players to give their all each game. This year, there will be a new CIAA women’s champion. FSU was defeated 65-44 in the opening round by Virginia State. (By Michaela Duckett)
SCENE AT THE CIAA
We encountered this happy pair enjoying an icy treat during Tuesday night’s Johnson C. Smith victory over Chowan College. Must be Golden Bull fans. (Photo: John Strayhorn for Qcitymetro.com)
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