Frasier Leads Lady
Tonique Frasier scored 16 points and pulled down 6 rebounds to help the Savannah Lady Warriors to a season-opening 61-40 win over the Tampa Bay XFactor on May 16 at the Savannah High Gym. The Warriors led 16-2 after one quarter and held a 30-9 halftime advantage. Tampa Bay made 28 turnovers and were out-rebounded 60-44. Tamara Bowie added 14 points and five blocks for Savannah while Aylssa Days had 11 rebounds.
Former SSU Coach
Laid To Rest
Former Savannah State football, track and crosscountry coach Richard Washington was laid to rest on May 14. Funeral Services were at First Congregational Church on Habersham Street and Interment was at Forest Lawn Cemetery. Washington was head football coach at SSU from 1957-63 and had a record of 22-31-6. He was the Tigers head track coach from 1956-72 and in 1985. Washington was named “SIAC Track Coach of the Year” in 1965 and 1966 and the SEAC SIAC Cross Country Coach of the Year in 1971. During his tenure, the track team won four conference championships. Among those at the funeral were SSU Alumni, Boosters, former players, tennis buddies, former coworkers and former SSU administrators.
Tigers Run At
The Savannah State track team ran at the Georgia Tech Invitational on May 15-16 in Atlanta. Sharonda Redfield was 11th in the women’s triple jump and Eric Plump was 13th in the men’s 200m race.
SSU Baseball Ends
The Savannah State baseball team closed their 2009 season with a 6-5 road win over Charleston Southern on May 12 as Dexter Kelley hit a two-run single in the 7th inning. The Tigers lost the first game of the double-header 5-1. In the win, Brett Pointer hit a home run and Tristan Smith scored twice. In the first game, SSU made seven errors and Bucs pitcher Brandon Roberts struck out 12 batters. For the second consecutive season, SSU ends their season with a losing record. This year the Tigers were 25-26.
Plump Qualifies For
Savannah State freshman Eric Plump has qualified for the NCAA Track Regional in the men’s 200m. The Columbus native has a qualifying time of 21.32.The computer science major has also qualified for the USATF National Junior Championships in the 200m. The NCAA Regional will be May 27-30 in Greensboro, North Carolina while the National Junior Championships will be June 25-26 in Eugene, Oregon. Anyone wishing to give Plump financial assistance with the trips, since its is not a school sponsored event, can contact coach Ted Whitaker at 843- 384-7521.