SSU Grad Part of Historic ACC Baseball Game
The Atlantic Coast Conference made history the weekend of February 25-27 with an all African American umpire crew for the Virginia at North Carolina baseball series. It marked the first time an all African American crew has worked a game for a Power 5 Conference or in Major League Baseball.
Veteran umpires Greg Street (home plate), Linus Baker (first base), Damien Beal (second base) and Randy Watkins (third base) made up the historic crew.
Watkins attended Savannah State from 1975-79. Although Watkins did not play sports for the Tigers, his wife, Debbie Williams Watkins, was a member of the Lady Tigers women’s basketball team which was coached by Jimmie
“From the beginning, the ACC was completely on board when I suggested having an all Black crew, and making history in doing so,” said Troy Fullwood, ACC Supervisor of Umpires. “These guys are ACC umpires, veteran guys that have been umpiring a long time and deserve this opportunity to be a part of history. Hopefully we’ll get to the point where this is not a first, but the norm.”
All three games were held at Boshamer Stadium on UNC’s campus and each game aired live on ACC Network Extra.
Savannah State Opens Outdoor Track Season
The Savannah State track teams opened their 2021 outdoor track & field season by hosting their annual Eyeopener Track Meet on February 27 at Wright Stadium.
Fellow SIAC member Benedict won top honors for the men and women.
The Benedict men won the ten team meet with 251 points followed by Savannah State who was second with 223 points. On the women’s side, Benedict won with 251 points while SSU had 219 for a second place finish.
Solomon Mitchell won the long jump for the Savannah State men. SSU’s Tracy White won the men’s 100m race while the 4x100m relay team of Anthony Johnson, Joseph Bell, Jordan Davis and White won their event. The Tigers claimed second place in two events and third in seven events.
Jahvene Walder won the women’s high jump and Da’Alyah Johnson won the triple jump to lead the Lady Tigers. SSU came in second in six events and claimed third in six races.
Evans Makes All Tournament Team
Madison Evans, a freshman guard on the Brewton-Parker women’s basketball team was named to the Southern States Athletic Conference all tournament team recently.
The 5-foot-6 Evans, who played at Beach High, scored a career-high 25 points to go along with her eight rebounds in BPC’s 79-59 win over Stillman in the first round of the tournament. Brewton-Parker lost to Loyola in the semi-finals but Evans managed to score 10 points and dish out four assists.
In 20 games this season, Evans averaged 8.6 points, 6.5 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game while helping the Barons to a 11-10 record.