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Voting Open For MEAC Anniversary Softball Team

In celebration of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference’s (MEAC) 50th anniversary, voting for the league’s All-Time Softball Team, presented by The Home Depot, is now open. Cease this opportunity to cast your vote for Tigers history.

Voting is open until June 25, 2021.

To be considered for the ballot, a candidate must meet at least one of the following benchmarks: Selection to the All-MEAC First Team; Selection as MEAC Player of the Year, Pitcher of the Year or Rookie of the Year; Holder of any MEAC All-Time Single Season Record; Induction into the MEAC Hall of Fame.

Former Savannah State softball players on the ballot are Amanda Hallman (First Team All-MEAC 2016); Amber Hallman (First Team All-MEAC 2012, 2015; MEAC Rookie of the Year 2012); Madison Hedderly (First Team All-MEAC 2012, 2013); Cortni Jones (First Team All-MEAC 2016; MEAC Rookie of the Year 2016); Jamie Paolini (First Team All-MEAC 2012); Chelsea Parrish (First Team All-MEAC 2012); and Torrian Wright (First Team All-MEAC 2014, 2015, 2016; MEAC Player of the Year 2014, 2015, 2016; MEAC Rookie of the Year 2013).

Amanda Hallman
Amanda Hallman

Go to meacsports.com for more information.

Morehouse Mourns The Loss of Basketball Coach

The Morehouse College community is mourning the loss of head basketball coach Grady Brewer, who passed away on May 29, 2021 following an illness at the age of 63.

A 1980 graduate of Morehouse, Coach Brewer served as head coach of the Maroon Tigers for the past 21 years. During that time span, he compiled a career record of 315-241. In Morehouse history, his career win total sits only behind former head coach Arthur McAfee.

During his time as a head coach, he led Morehouse to seven 20-win seasons, seven SIAC regular season championships, an SIAC tournament championship and three NCAA tournament appearances.

 
 

Brewer led Morehouse to a 20-5 record during the 2018-19 campaign, including a No. 3 national ranking, the highest national ranking by a Maroon Tiger team in school history including earning back-to-back SIAC regular season titles and back-toback SIAC Coach of the Year honors.

In 2017-18, Brewer guided the Maroon Tigers to an 25-3 record, a spot in the SIAC tournament semifinals and host of the 2018 NCAA DII South Regional. For the teams accomplishments, Brewer garnered The Clarence “Big House” Gaines Award award given annually by Collegeinsider.com to the most outstanding men’s college basketball head coach in NCAA Division II.

An Atlanta native, Coach Brewer played under the guidance of legendary high school coach Donald Dollar in the celebrated basketball program at Frederick Douglass High School. He was a standout basketball player while a student at Morehouse, where he was coached by McAfee. He lettered in each of his four years and started in his final two years. As a junior at Morehouse, he averaged 9.3 points and 5.9 rebounds per game while during his senior year the 6’4” guard chipped in 7.6 points and 1.8 rebounds per contest while shooting 50.6 percent from the field.

 
 

After graduating from Morehouse, he served as an assistant coach at Atlanta’s Booker T. Washington High School and helped lead the Bulldogs to the 1987 Georgia 4-AAAA state championship. He then served for 13 years as an assistant coach at Morehouse.

Coach Brewer is survived by his wife Loletta and three sons: Ryan, a 2010 Morehouse graduate; Xavier, a junior on the Morehouse basketball team; and Jordan.

Funeral services were held June 5 at Morehouse’s Franklin L. Forbes Arena. Brewer was laid to rest at Lincoln Cemetary in Atlanta.

Mitchell Earns Track Honor

The Southern States Athletic Conference recently released its postseason outdoor men’s track and field awards for the 2021 season and Savannah native Lamont Mitchell is among those earning all-conference honors.

Dr. Billy Hawkins
Dr. Billy Hawkins

Mitchell, who just finished his freshman season as a member of the men’s track team at Brewton Parker, made the SSAC second team as a member of the Baron’s 4x400m relay team and earned third team honors as a member of the 4x800m relay team and as a 800m runner.

At the SSAC Championships, the Woodville

Tompkins graduate ran the second leg in the 4x400m race as they placed second with a time of 3:30.79. In the 800m race, Mitchell ran a personal best time of 1:59.05 to finish third. Running the first leg of the 4x800m race, Mitchell and his teammates placed third after being timed at 8:21.16.

The postseason awards are based on an athletes’ performance at the SSAC Championships last week, meaning first place earns an athlete first-team honors, second place means a second-team selection, and third place is tabbed to the third team.

Talladega May Bring Back Football

The Talladega College Board of Trustees authorized Talladega College President Dr. Billy C. Hawkins to employ a consultant to determine the feasibility of reviving the institution’s football program. Trustees voted in favor of conducting a feasibility study during the institution’s spring board meeting on April 30, 2021.

The institution’s football program was canceled 80 years ago, during World War II. During its final seasons on the gridiron, Talladega won d the Black College Football National Championship in 1920 and 1921.

During his tenure as president of Texas College, where he served prior to beginning his presidency at Talladega, Dr. Hawkins successfully restarted the institution’s football program that had been shut down for 40 years. Texas’s football program is still thriving today.

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