SSU Athletes Earn Degrees
During Savannah State’s 181st commencement exercises on December 8 in Tiger Arena, 17 current and former SSU athletes earned their college degrees. Reggie May (football), Brandon Miller (football) and Tristan Smith (baseball) earned their masters degree while Sharonda Redfield (track), Stefon Taylor (football), Jessica Weimerskirk (softball), Ericc Baker (football), Cedomir Ilic (golf), Michael Allegretti (baseball), Justin Babb (football), Ebony Day (golf), Lenworth McKenzie (football), Wellington Longley (football), Channing Welch (football), Arnold Louis (basketball), Dondregius Jackson (baseball) and Johnny Howard (football) all received their bachelor’s degree.
Williams Laid To Rest
Former Savannah State football player Allen Williams died on December 2 in Tuscloosa, Alabama at age 46. A native of Demopolis, Alabama, Williams transferred to SSU after spending two year at East Central Community College. “Big Al”, as he was known by many was a two-year starter on the offensive line during the 1988 and ‘89 seasons. Williams made the All-SIAC team as a senior. He served as a student assistant coach for the Tigers in 1990 and after graduation was a coach at Savannah’s Johnson High School. Williams later worked at the Chatham County Sheriff’s department. He is survived by three daughters and two sisters. Funeral services were held Dec. 8 at Eastern Star Baptist Church in Demopolis and interment was in Memorial Cemetery in Demopolis.
Lady Tigers Lose To Hampton
Keaira Avant scored 22 points and grabbed nine rebounds to lead Hampton to a 70-40 win over Savannah State on December 3 in Tiger Arena. SSU trailed 10- 6 early in the game but then went without a field goal for eight minutes while the Pirates built a double digit lead. SSU trailed 32-18 at the half. Eight unanswered points early in the second period extended HU’s lead to 43-22 with 12:24 left and a 11-0 run gave put the Pirates ahead by 30 with 6:44 on the clock. HU led by as many as 33 in the second half. Ezzine Kalu led SSU (3-5) with 17 points.
Walton Enters Hall of Fame
Kim Jones Walton, a 1988 graduate of Savannah State, was inducted into the Georgia USSSA (United States Slo-Pitch Softball Association) Hall of Fame on October 13. As a coach, Walton was named Coach of the Year in 2002 and 2004 and as a player she has been apart of many championship teams as well as runner-up teams. Walton played softball and basketball at SSU and was inducted into the SSU Athletic Hall of Fame in 2011 for her basketball accomplishments.