Locals Make All State Team
The Georgia Athletic Coaches Association recently released their 2019- 20 all state team and several local players were among those honored.
In girls Class AAA South, six players representing three schools were listed.
Beach High had two on the list (Madison Evans and Kaila Rougier), Johnson High had three (Jaida Burgess, Antazia Baker and Amani Hamilton) while Islands High had one (Veronica Sierzant).
Johnson head coach Brandon Lindsey was named the girls Class AAA Coach of the Year.
In boys Class AAA South, Johnson’s Emondre Bowles and Derek Edwards made the list as did Windsor Forest standouts D’ante Bass and Shamar Norman. Aaron Clark of Windsor Forest was tabbed as Region 3-AAA Coach of the Year.
Bernard Pelote of Woodville-Tompkins made the Class AA all state team while Rhodes Pendarvis of Savannah Country Day was named to the Class A list.
Banks Signs With Calvary Stampeders
Former Savannah State football player Stefen Banks has signed a free agent deal with the Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League.
Banks, who will play on the defensive line, played at Savannah State for four years (2015-18) and earned all MEAC honors his sophomore, junior and senior seasons. During the 2017 season, the Columbus, Ohio native earned BOXTOROW All-American honors. In 41 career games for the Tigers, Banks recorded 226 tackles including 51.5 tackles for loss, 24.5 sacks, eight forced fumbles, six pass breakups and two interceptions.
Banks attended mini-camp with the Cleveland Browns in 2019.
SSU Football Team Honored
During their March 12 meeting, the Savannah City Council recognized the Savannah State football team for their accomplishments during the 2019 season. This past season, the Tigers, under first year head coach Shawn Quinn, posted a 7-3 record, their first wining season since 1998. SSU also won all five of their conference games, beating Benedict, Morehouse, Clark Atlanta, Albany State and Fort Valley State.
The football team was also recognized by the Chatham County Commissioners at their February 21 meeting. County commissioners Chester Ellis and Bobby Lockett are both Savannah State graduates as well as former SSU football players.