SPORTS WITH WALTER MOORE
The Savannah State football team lost their most recent highly recruited football signee last week when Troy Wyche opted to attend Arkansas State, the 2012 Sunbelt Conference champions. Wyche, a 6-1, 215-lb. linebacker from Riverdale, Georgia who signed with the Tigers in February was named to the Georgia AAAA all-state team as a junior and a senior. Wyche, who was granted a release from SSU after Steve Davenport was fired as head coach, ranked as the No. 151 outside linebacker in the nation by Scout.com, Wyche was named the MVP of the East vs. West Georgia Senior All-Star Game.
SSU Spring Athletes Receive Awards
Savannah State held their annual athletic banquet in April. Because several sports were still ongoing, they waited until after the season to pass out individual awards. Receiving men’s track awards were Cameron Hall (sprinter of the year), Dolphus Hayes (outstanding field performer) and Kristopher Ballou ( outstanding distance performer). Women’s track awards went to Asia Stinson (sprinter of the year), Jaymi White (outstanding field performer) and Dominique Givance (outstanding distance performer). Baseball awards went to Kyle McGowin (pitcher of the year), Joseph McCrary (player of the year), Mendez Elder (Freshmen of the year) and Jack May (most improved). Softball accolades were awarded to Michaela Patton (rookie of the year), Torrian Wright (most valuable player), Amber Hallman (defensive player of the year) and India Morgan (offensive player of the year).
Barnwell Signs With Missouri Southern
Savannah native Chris Barnwell will play football this season for Missouri Southern. The son of Joseph and Demetria Barnwell played the past two seasons at Allan Hancock College where he ran for 1,146 yards and nine touchdowns. He made the all conference team in 2012. While in high school at Savannah Christian, Barnwell ran for over 5,800 yards while making the all-state team, all coastal empire team. He also was named Offensive Player of the Year by Savannah’s daily newspaper and the Region 3-A East Player of the Year.
Tigers Ranked In Final Baseball Statistics
With the 2013 season over, the NCAA has released their final baseball statistics and Savannah State finished in the top ten in several categories. SSU was 6th in stolen bases per game with 2.27 and 7th in stolen bases with 127. Individually, pitcher Kyle McGowin was 3rd in strikeouts (135), 6th in victories (12) and 26th in strikeouts per 9 innings (10.2). Antonio Scott was 24 in stolen bases per game (.51), David Richards was 27th in triples per game (.11) and Darien Campbell was 28th in sacrifice bunts (14).