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Brown and Blackshear Enter Transfer Portal

Savannah natives Sam Brown and Travis Blackshear have entered their names in the college football transfer portal, according to their social media posts.

Brown attended New Hampstead High and signed a scholarship with West Virginia while Blackshear attended Benedictine and received a scholarship to Furman.

In a twitter post, Brown thanked the Mountaineer coaching staff for giving him the opportunity of playing at the highest level and the UWV fans for their support. The 6-foot-2 wide receiver also thanked his college teammates. “To my teammates I would thank you all for giving me a brotherhood that I couldn’t even ask for and for the bonds that’s unbreakable.”

Brown only played in two games during the 2021 season, catching two passes for 16 yards.

Blackshear played in all 11 games this season and earned Southern Conference honors, being named to the Second Team Defense. The cornerback had 52 tackles and five interceptions on the season.

Sam Brown
Sam Brown

“I want to thank Furman University for allowing me to call this prestigious campus my home for the past 4 years. I want to thank my coaches, strength staff and equipment staff for helping me develop not only as a player but as a person,” stated Blackshear on a social media post. He also thanked his teammates, saying the bond they created is unbreakable.

Berry Laid To Rest

Funeral services were held for former Savannah

State all conference football player Isaiah Berry on December 18, 2021 at the Winder-Barrow High School gymnasium in Winder, Georgia. Berry, 74, died on December 9.

After graduating from Booker High School in Sarasota, Florida, Berry attended Savannah State on a football scholarship and was a member of the 1967- 68 All-Southeastern Athletic Conference team as a offensive tackle. While at SSU, he met his lovely bride of 54 years, the former Margie Nobles.

Travis Blackshear
Travis Blackshear

Rev. Frank Ellis and Berry were teammates at Savannah State during the 1965 season when Leo Richardson was the head coach. “He was a freshman and I was a senior that season. I enjoyed playing with him and having him as a teammate, said Ellis” Their paths have crossed since their undergraduate days and Ellis remembers his former teammate as “a good family man who had character and was deeply spiritual.”

He began his coaching career in 1970 in Eastman, but in 1973 he took a coaching position in Soperton where he coached girls basketball and track and field for two years. From there he landed at Winder Barrow High School where he taught math and coached football and track & field.

Berry was very active at his church and in the community. He was a member of the White Oak Spring Missionary Baptist Church where he served in many capacities: chairman of the deacon board, member of trustee board, Sunday School teacher, chairman of the personnel ministry, member of the male choir, the Layman’s ministry and the scholarship committee.

Isaiah Berry
Isaiah Berry

He earned many civic and coaching awards over the years and is also a member of the Georgia Athletic Coaches Association track & field/cross country Hall of Fame.

Berry was buried at Baker Cemetery in Soperton on December 20.

Tigers Win Two In A Row

The Savannah State men’s basketball team picked up two big wins last week with victories over Central State and LeMoyne Owen. The Tigers defeated Central State 68-56 on the road on December 13 and topped LeMoyne-Owen 69-56 on Dec. 16 in Tiger Arena.

In the Central State game, the contest was tied at 34 at the half but SSU started the second period with a 12-1 run and never looked back. Marcus Scott nailed seven 3-pointers on his way to scoring a gamehigh 23 points. Christian Blue and Eleik Bowles added 11 points each.

Against LeMoyne Owen, SSU led by 26 points in the opening period and held a 39-27 advantage at intermission. The Magicians, who are coached by former NBA star Bonzi Wells, trimmed their deficit to six early in the second half but Savannah State responded with a 11-3 spurt and coasted to the win. Trey Deloach had 18 points and six rebounds while Scott chipped in 14 points and Daryl Richardson added ten.

Christian Blue
Christian Blue

Savannah State traveled to Birmingham, Alabama to participate in the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame Classic on Dec. 18. The Tigers took on Miles and came away with a 65- 53 loss which dropped their record to 3-6 overall and 2-2 in SIAC play.

The Tigers found themselves down by 19 with 5:46 left in the first half but finished the period with a 16-2 run to go into the locker room only down 31-26. SSU trailed by three around the midway point of the second half but Miles used a 9-0 spurt to pull away and take a 15-point lead with five minutes left. Deloach was the lone Tiger in double figures with 10 points.

Bria Gibbs
Bria Gibbs

SSU Women Remain Undefeated

Playing their final game of the 2021 portion of their schedule, the Savannah State women’s basketball team have gone home for the Christmas holidays with a 9-0 record. Their latest victims were Central State, LeMoyne-Owen and Miles.

The Lady Tigers beat Central State 76-51 on the road on December 13, downed LeMoyne-Owen 81-59 at home on Dec. 16 and escaped Miles 73-65 at home on Dec. 18.

Bria Gibbs had 10 points and 10 rebounds in the win over CSU. Azhana Maxwell added 11 points while Le’Andrea Gillis had a team-high 16 points.

SSU jumped out to a 22-8 lead against LeMoyne Owen and cruised to the 22-point win. Gillis had 19 points and Gibbs scored 18.

Savannah State watched their 21 point lead against Miles dwindle to six but held on to get the win. The victory came against Savannah native and former SSU head coach Phillip Wallace who is in his 18th year guiding the Lady Bears. Gibbs had 18 points and 12 rebounds to lead four SSU players in double figures. Gillis had 17 points while Ta’Quashia Lampkin scored 14 and Mia Goolsby chipped in 12.

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