Lonon Inducted into Hall of Fame
Former Savannah State baseball player Thomas Lonon was one of three recently inducted into the inaugural South Effingham Athletic Hall of Fame.
Lonon was a threesport athlete for the Mustangs, having played football, basketball and baseball.
After high school, Lonon joined the Savannah State baseball program where he played second base and in the outfield.
In his four years with the Tigers, Lonon played in 187 games, had 179 hits, scored 178 runs, had a .320 batting average, hit 27 doubles, nine triples, three home runs, drove in 117 runs and stole 75 bases. Also inducted were former Fort Valley State football player Keith Glover and Houston Astros baseball player Josh Reddick.
The Jordan Countdown
boys’ basketball coach Tim Jordan is approaching 500 career wins. Jordan began the 2017-18 season with 489 victories.
After starting the season losing their first four contests, the Bluejackets have been able to defeat Battery Creek twice, Groves and Bethesda to put Jordan at 493 victories. The Wrens, Georgia native who also serves as the SHS athletics director, was the Bluejackets interim head coach during the 1995-96 season and was given the title of head coach after the death of Ron Love who was the Savannah High head basketball coach from 1980- 96.
SSU Basketball Roundup
The Savannah State men’s basketball team will enter the Christmas break riding a five game losing streak. The latest setbacks came on the road from a trio of ranked teams from the SEC, Big 12 and ACC. Texas A&M, which was ranked 9th in the nation, defeated SSU 113-66 on December 13. Javaris Jenkins led three SSU players in double figures with 18 points. Zach Sellers and Dexter McClanahan each scored 10 points. In the Tigers 118-86 setback to 21st ranked Baylor on Dec. 17, four SSU players finished in double figures. McClanahan had 22 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists while Austin Dasent netted 18 points, Ty’Lik Evans scored 11 and Jenkins chipped in 10. Savannah State (3-11) fell
to 13th ranked Virginia on Dec. 19 by a 78-47 count. John Grant came off the bench to make a career-high seven 3-pointers on his way to a game-high and a career high 22 points. The Savannah State women are on a four game slide. Wisconsin downed the Lady Tigers 82-24 on Dec. 10. Freshman Alexxus Sowell had eight rebounds for SSU while fellow newcomer Heniaya Moton had six points. In the 84-36 loss to 17th ranked Oregon State on Dec. 13, Kaylee Allen had 16 points, Donasja Scott had 11 and Sowell grabbed 12 rebounds and blocked three shots. Savannah State faced 4th ranked South Carolina and left the Palmetto State with a 99-38 loss. Scott led the way with 17 points and Sowell added six rebounds. On Dec. 20, SSU traveled to Greenville, South Carolina and was taken to the woodshed by East Carolina, 103-
37. Allen had nine points for Savannah State (2-8) while freshman Sabree Gallishaw had five rebounds.
SSU Assistant Leaves
Chad Williams, who served as the defensive coordinator and linebacker coach for the Savannah State football team for the past two seasons, has been hired at Central Arkansas as an assistant coach. At UCA, Williams will be the Bears safeties/ nickel backs coach. Before coming to SSU, Williams had coaching stops at West Alabama, Valdosta State, West Georgia, Middle Tennessee State, Jacksonville State and Morehouse. Central Arkansas, who competes in the Southland Conference, advanced to the second round of the FCS playoffs during the 2017 season and ended the year with a 10-2 record.