Hampton U. Pirates, invading Spartans battle for bay bragging rights

By Trayonna Hendricks

"Behold the green and gold," is what Norfolk State likes to say.

Our Hampton University fans in response choose to show those Spartans the Pirates' way. Thursday, March 5 will be the big day for our school's annual Battle of the Bay basketball games.

"The battle of the bay experience is one of a kind," said Daniel Brown, a senior political science major from Greenville, S.C. "We can lose every game in the season, [but] as long as we beat Norfolk State we have bragging rights."

With such a big game ahead, lots of preparation must take place. Jasmine Wynn, a sophomore kinesiology major from Prince George's County, Md., is a member of Blue Thunder, Hampton University's cheerleading team. She said, "When it comes to the battle of the bay games we always prepare our advanced stuff since we know that they're bringing their cheerleaders, and it stirs up competition."

"Norfolk State usually brings a lot of people with them, so we need all of our fans to be just as live."

Munitra Fujah, a third-year, 5-year MBA major from Trenton, N.J., said "From my experience as a student leader, we usually create chants and slogans for the game. We would make sure we wore Hampton paraphernalia to show our school spirit. With the Battle of the Bay game being this Thursday I am excited to see the competition and who will win. I am hoping that other students will have the same school spirit and enthusiasm."

Not only are these big games because of our rivalry, it's also big because it is senior night for some of the players. Crystal Smitherman, a senior biology major, leadership studies minor from Birmingham, Ala. is also a varsity golfer and she said, "As an athlete this game will be bittersweet because it also is the last time I will be able to support other athletes as well. So it kind of has me in the mindset of my last golf tournament, which is at the end of April.

"It's just been such an honor to go to school at Hampton and to have an HBCU experience, and battle of the bay is one of those experiences where two HBCUs can come together and show their school spirit but also unite over a basketball game."

The highly anticipated basketball games will kick off at 5:30 p.m. with the Lady Pirates, and our Pirates will follow up right after them at 7:30 p.m.

The writer is a student at the Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications.

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