SSU Has Athletics Banquet
The Savannah State Athletics department held the annual Student-Athlete’s Banquet on April 16 in Tiger Arena. The theme for this year’s program was Masquerade Ball.
David Handler and Kourtney Sizemore served as master and mistress of ceremony.
The evening included a video presentation, academic award presentations and letter winner awards which included plaques, portfolios, book bags and jackets.
Monroe Thornton III and Sansriti Ramjan received the prestigious W.W. Law Scholarship Award from the SSU Community Booster Club. Both will receive a $500 scholarship for the 2018-19 academic year.
Volleyball award winners included Tyran Chenault (Most Valuable Player), Alee Quint (Leadership Award), Oneillia Fuller (Most Improved) and Leiri Melendez (Coaches Award).
Kaylee Allen (MVP) received the top award in women’s basketball.
Others honored were Alexxus Sowell (Defensive Player of the Year), Jacqueline Anderson (Most Improved) and Johana Whitehead (Coaches Award).
In men’s basketball, Dexter McClanahan (Offensive Player of he Year) and Maricus Glenn (Coaches Award) were the honorees. Alante Feener was recognized for setting a school Division I record for scoring 46 points against Morgan State while Jahir Cabeza was recognized for winning MEAC Player of the Week Award during the season.
Cheerleader awards went to Mallori Saniful (Outstanding Leadership) and Ashley Davis (Outstanding Achievement).
Earning Most Outstanding cross country awards were Sahlu Atakili (men) and Maria Elmore (women).
In men’s track and field, Malik Franklin (Most Outstanding Field Performer), Morgan Ellis-Foster (Most Outstanding Sprinter) and Abbas Abbkar (Most Outstanding Distance Runner) were the superlatives while for the women, Faith Shears( Most Outstanding Field Performer) and Oneillia Fuller (Most Outstanding Sprinter) were honored.
Baseball awards went to Kyle Gerdts (Offensive Player of the Year), Trevor McKenna (Pitcher of the Year) and Noah Orlando (Freshman of the Year).
Brianna Harris (All-Around Player of the Year), Shayna Byers (Tiger Award) and Drea Lesure (Most Improved) were the softball honorees.
Football accolades went to JaMichael Baldwin (Special Teams MVP), Stfeen Banks (Defensive MVP) and Derek Kirkland (Offensive MVP).
Ranjan received the women’s tennis MVP Award while Rachida El Kateb won the Coaches Award.
Following the award presentations, closing remarks were made by university president Dr. Cheryl Dozier and athletics director Sterling Steward, Jr.
SSU Athletes Receive Scholarships
The Abbie Deloach Foundation
held their second annual scholarship luncheon on April 26. The luncheon, which was held at Compassion Church on Al Henderson Blvd., announced their scholarship recipients for 2018.
Among the 11 recipients were Savannah State athletes Chandler Williams and Alyssa Clements.
Williams, who hails from Jacksonville, Florida, is a member of the SSU football team and was the winner of the Tidewater Landscaping Management Male Athletic Scholarship. Clements, a native of Dayton, Ohio, is a member of the SSU women’s golf team. She won the Abbie Lorene Deloach Memorial Female Athletic Scholarship.
Tuskegee Coach Takes Job at Indiana State
Tuskegee University head women’s basketball coach Quacy Barnes -Timmons recently announced that she is leaving her position, and has accepted a job as an assistant at Indiana State University.
Barnes-Timmons just completed her third year at Tuskegee University, after being named the head coach of the program on May 4, 2015.
During the 2016- 17 season, she improved her win total by six wins going 10-16 highlighted by a four game winning streak during conference play.
In her first year at the helm, the Tigerettes finished 5-21 overall and 4-13 in the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC), before falling the first round of the conference tournament.
Barnes-Timmons came to Tuskegee following a successful three-year stint at Peach Belt Conference foe, Columbus State University where she helped lead the Lady Cougars to a 68- 21 record during that span. Prior to Columbus State, Timmons spent six seasons at Eastern Illinois, a year at Austin Peay and two years at her alma mater, Indiana from 2003 to 2005.
Hampton Athletics Announces Partnership with Under Armour
Hampton University and Under Armour, Inc. announced a new partnership
agreement. The Baltimore based global leader in performance footwear, apparel and equipment will become the official outfitter of Hampton University athletics beginning July 1, 2018.
As part of the multi-year agreement, Under Armour will provide onfield and training gear for 17 varsity sports. Additionally, Under Armour will outfit members of the athletic department including coaches and staff.
The new official outfitter agreement includes marketing entitlement that will complement Under Armour’s brand marketing campaigns through print and venue presence at the University.
Hampton joins the Big South Conference on July 1 after a 22-year stay in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference
Hampton University joins the growing Under Armour roster of NCAA partners that includes the University of Wisconsin, University of Notre Dame, Naval Academy Athletic Association, University of Maryland, Texas Tech University, Northwestern University, University of Cincinnati, Boston College, University of Utah, University of South Carolina and Auburn University.