Johnson Leaves SSU Staff
Paris Johnson has resigned his position as safeties coach on the Savannah State football staff and has been hired as at the University of Pittsburgh as the Panthers assistant director of player personnel.
Johnson, who spent two years on the SSU staff, worked with the Michigan State football program from 2013-15.
The Chicago native began his collegiate football career at North Iowa Community College before transferring to Miami (Ohio) University as a walkon. He was selected in the fifth round of the 1999 NFL Draft (No. 155 overall) by the Arizona Cardinals. Johnson also had stints with the Miami Dolphins, Carolina Panthers, and Dallas Cowboys.
Following his playing career, Johnson spent over eight years in law enforcement (2003-11), serving as a police officer before participating in the NFL Players Association Coaching Internship Program. In 2012, Johnson began his college coaching career as a defensive assistant at Central State (Ohio), coaching the defensive backs and special teams.
Johnson has a bachelor’s degree in sociology with a minor in criminology from Miami University in 2006 and earned his master’s degree in Kinesiology from Michigan State in 2015.
His son, Paris, Jr. is one of the top sophomore offensive linemen recruits in the nation and is listed at 6-7, 260.
Chambers Named Rookie of the Year
Former Jenkins High basketball player Dimetri Chambers has been named the Old Dominion Athletic Conference Rookie of the Year for the 2017- 18 season. Chambers is a freshman for Bridgewater College, a Division II school in Virginia. The 5-10 guard, who also earned a spot on the All-ODAC third team, averaged 15.3 points a game and led the conference in steals with 53.
Chambers finished the season with 398 points, the most by any Bridgewater freshman during the ODAC era. The son of Karla Davis, Chambers scored in double figures in 23 of Bridgewater’s 26 games. He scored 20 or more points six times, including a season-high 28 points in a home victory over Eastern Mennonite.
Jeff Helps Ohio State Win Big Ten Title
The Ohio State men’s indoor track team won their first Big Ten title since 1993 but not without the help of former New Hampstead runner Andre Jeff.
The meet was a close one and came down to the final event of the day, the 4x400m relay. The Buckeye foursome of Asa Burke, Nick Gray, Drelan Bramwell and Jeff had to finish ahead of Nebraska to secure the team title, and that they did. Entering the event, Ohio State had 91.5 points and Nebraska had 89.5 points. The quartet won the event to secure the team title in school record fashion with a time of 3:05.09 to claim the gold medal in the race as well. Jeff, a freshman on the squad and the son of Tiffany and Demetris Owens, also made it to the finals in the 400m event and came in eighth place.
Tigers On Downhill Slide
Since the Savannah State men’s basketball team had their nine-game winning streak snapped by Norfolk State, the Tigers have now lost three games in a row. The latest setbacks came on February 19 and 24 with losses at Hampton (114-102 OT) and Bethune-Cookman (121- 92).
Against Hampton, the Tigers blew a 11 point lead and the game had to be decided in overtime. In the extra period, the Pirates outscored Savannah State 22-10. Jahir Cabeza scored a career-high 20 points and had six rebounds for SSU. Zach Sellers added 19 points, seven assists and six rebounds while AlanteFenner had 18 points and eight rebounds and Dexter McClanahn chipped in 14 points.
In the Bethune-Cookman game, SSU (13-16) had not given up that many points since Oregon scored 128 points on the Tigers in December 2017. B-CU led Savannah State 61-44 at the half and at one point in the contest had a 42 point cushion. 5-foot-7 Ty’Lik Evans led the Tigers with a career-high 20 points and 10 rebounds. Fenner had 22 points, Cabeza added 13 and McClanahan scored 10.
The SSU Lady Tigers also continue to struggle. Savannah State (4-22) fell to 1-13 in the MEAC after losses to Hampton and Bethune-Cookman. HU defeated Savannah State 88-41 while B-CU claimed a 75-54 victory.
Kaylee Allen had eight points, five rebounds and five steals against Hampton. Kayla Vance had eight points and six rebounds while Nadia Farmer also chipped in eight points. Against Bethune, Allen had 20 points, seven rebounds and six steals. Heniaya Moton and Jazmine Bartlett each added 10 points.