SSU Teams Face Post-Season Bans
The NCAA released the data from its Academic Progress Rate (APR) program on May 8 and four Savannah State programs will be impacted — the most in Division I — including postseason bans for the school’s football and baseball teams. The women’s cross country and women’s track programs both received a Level One Penalty which includes a reduction in practice time.
During the 2017- 18 academic year, the football team had a multi-rate score of 927 while the multi-rate score of the SSU baseball team was 914. The women’s cross country team had a score of 957 and the women’s track & field team posted a 918.
SSU is in the process of moving to Division II.
The men’s track & field team posted the best score for Savannah State’s male sports with a multi-rate score of 953 followed by cross country (951), basketball (932) and golf (888).
On the women’s side, golf (978) led the way followed by volleyball (963), softball (957), tennis (943) and basketball (950). This year, 20 teams face penalties, including eight facing postseason bans. Seven of the 12 schools on that list are HBCUs. Alabama A&M and Coppin State each have three teams facing punishment while Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Grambling and Howard are also on the list. To compete in the 2019-20 postseason, teams must achieve a 930 four-year APR.
Locals To Compete at NCAA Track Championships
Three individuals with ties to Savannah will participate in the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships which will take place June 5-8 at the University of Texas at Austin.
Savannah natives Taylor Deloach and Andre Jeff as well as Savannah State’s Abbas Abbkar have all qualified to participate in the meet.
Deloach will participate in the women’s 4x100m relay event with her Ohio State teammates. The St. Vincent’s Academy grad runs the anchor for the Buckeyes relay team.
Jeff, who also attends Ohio State, will run as the second leg for the men’s 4x400m relay team. Jeff attended New Hampstead.
Abbkar, a native of Clark ton, Georgia, will run in the men’s 800m race for Savannah State.
Atterbury Makes All-MEAC Team
Savannah State senior second baseman Jalen Atterbury has been named to the 2019 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference all conference baseball team.
A native of Decatur,
Georgia, Atterbury earned second team honors.
For the season, Atterburyplayed and started all 40 games and led the Tigers in batting average (.323), runs (31), hits (53) and stolen bases (26) and was second on the team in doubles (8) and RBI (24).
Former Bradwell Coach Dies
Former Bradwell Institute teacher and coach Lillie Readie Kelly has died. Kelly passed away on May 25 at age 73.
A native of Monroeville, Alabama, Kelly attended Lincoln University in Missouri, Alabama A&M University, and Cambridge College.
She was employed at Alabama A&M in the athletic department and coached the Bulldog cheerleaders for almost 13 years.
Coach Kelly, as she wasknown by many, retired from coaching at Bradwell in 2012. She coached girls track, softball, ninthgrade basketball and volleyball for 18 years. She is credited with establishing the high school’s volleyball program in 1996.
A proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Kelly was also well known as the voice of the Tigers, serving as the public address announcer for Bradwell basketball and football contests.
Funeral services were held for Kelly on June1 at Live Oak Church of God in Christ in Hinesville. Interment was at the Baconton Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery in Allenhurst.