Powell Earns Football Award
Delvecchio Powell II, a redshirt freshman running back at Presbyterian College, has been named the Pioneer Football League Freshman Offensive Player of the Year.
In seven games this spring, Powell totaled a team-high 311 rushing yards including a touchdown coming against Morehead State on the ground. He also picked up 17 catches for 135 receiving yards and two touchdowns scores through the air, in helping the Blue Hose to a 4-3 spring record. He opened the season with four catches for 42 yards and a score in the season-opener at Gardner-Webb. Powell had his best game of the season against Morehead State where he racked up 104 rushing yards on 26 carries and a touchdown.
The Pooler, Georgia native added his second receiving touchdown of the season on March 20 against Davidson. He totaled his second 100+ yard all-purpose yard performance on April 3 against Stetson where he had 82 rushing yards on 15 attempts and added a 19-yard catch to his stat line as well in the Blue Hose 26-3 win over the Hatters.
The Memorial Day School alumnus finished second on the team in all-purpose yards with 446 total yards.
Devoe Holds Book Signing
Savannah native Marion Devoe held a book signing on May 1 at Diaspora African Shop to promote his autobiography “Never Give Up”. Devoe says that his 154 page book is a vivid description of his life and childhood.
“It talks about the challenges of life and is an inspirational book on lessons and a guide of relevant information on adversities in life and how to handle them. It is an actual demonstration of how faith, determination and belief in God and self, well overcome any life challenges. It is a blueprint for dealing with uncertainties and struggles. It is more about life journey than the destination.”
Devoe grew up in west Savannah and attended Tompkins High School. Following a trip to Vietnam, he later attended Savannah State where he was a member of the basketball team. After holding several jobs ranging from mail sorter to high school teacher and the owner of a cleaning service, he was hired as the first African American Chief Operations Officer for The White House.
After four years of running The White House Operations, he retired from the Federal Government and joined Xerox Corporation in 2006 and worked as their Chief Operation Officer until 2011 when he found his way into the education sector at Virginia Community College as Chief Operations Officer where he retired in 2020.
A member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Devoe continues to live in Northern Virginia and currently does consulting work with several companies.
Tigers Fall In World Series
The Savannah State baseball team participated in the inaugural Black College World Series which was held April 28-May1 in Birmingham, Alabama.
The Tigers were seeded second in the sixteam filed which included Xavier, Bluefiled State, Edward Waters, Florida Memorial and Rust.
SSU got a first round bye but took on Florida Memorial in their first game where they lost 9-3. Savannah State was held to just three hits while Christian Harkey struck out five in 5.1 innings.
The loss dropped the Tigers to the loser’s bracket to face Edward Waters on April 29. SSU won 9-6 as Phillip Woullard blasted two home runs, Turner Davis hit a two-run homer while Enrico Pelle struck out six batters in four innings on the mound.
On April 30 in a elimination game against top-seeded Xavier the Tigers were knocked out the tournament by a score of 7-2. Xavier pounded out 13 hits while SSU was limited to three.
SSU ends the 2021 season with a 14-7 record.
SSU Finishes Second At Track Meet
Savannah State hosted the Low County Celebrational Invitational Track Meet on April 23.
Both SSU squads finished second in the event behind Fort Valley State.
FVSU won the men’s side with 210 points followed by SSU (186), Albany State (67), USC Beaufort (41) and Morris (40). In the women’s portion, Fort Valley State led the pack with 220 points. SSU had 151 while USC Beaufort (99), Albany State (78) and Wesleyan (13) followed.
The Savannah State men won nine events, claiming first in the 100m (Tracy White), 200m (Joseph Bell), 400m (Andre Valcin), 800m (Djangmah Nartmartey), 110m hurdles (Darryl Wiltz), 400m hurdles (Wiltz), 4x100m relay (Anthony Johnson, Bell, Jordan Davis, White), 4x400m relay (Valcin, Bell, Wiltz, White) and the discus (Nicholas Briddy).
The SSU women won six events in the 100m (Sadrea Mabry), 800m, (Kayla Chance) 1500m (Chance), 4x100m relay (Teauna Thomas, Ravyn Cystrunk, Mabry, Jahvene Walder), 4x400m relay (Jaylen Sewell, Drake Artexis, Simone Johnson, Cystrunk), and the long jump (Mabry).