SPORTS WITH WALTER MOORE Jackie Robinson and Pee Wee Reese Statue in Brooklyn

Walter Moore
Walter Moore

Lady Tigers Eligible For Post Season Play

Savannah State head women’s basketball coach Cedric Baker received some good news on August 21 when the NCAA told him that his Lady Tigers would be eligible for postseason play as a result of a recalculation of the program’s Academic Progress Report. In late May, SSU was notified that the women’s basketball program had received a Level 2 penalty as a result of the multi-year APR calculations. The team was assessed Level 1 penalty last year. The women’s basketball team had a score of 923 for the 2013-14 year, and multiyear APR of 905, falling short of the 920 benchmark set by the NCAA for limited resource institutions. Baker appealed the penalty and as part of the appeals process, the scores were recalculated and SSU was notified that the program did not fall short of the 920 benchmark and in fact had a score of 927. Baker was happy to get the news. “We are grateful for the opportunity. The NCAA sub-committee went back and examined our files and made the adjustments to relieve us of our penalties for post season play.” He went on to add that it was a collective effort between and the NCAA. “We have a good system in place and we want to give the young ladies credit and it shows that we value education.” Baker added that for the upcoming APR that will reflect the 2014-15 year, his team had a score of 1,000.

Dealership To Sponsor SSU Athletics

Rincon Chevrolet has joined the sponsorship team of Savannah State athletics for the 2015-16 academic year. According to SSU athletic director Sterling Steward, Jr., they currently have about eight sponsors and have about 15 sponsorship proposals being looked at. “A Brighter Day Bail Bond has renewed their sponsorship and we have the Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport and Sisters coming on board as new sponsors,” said Steward. Rincon Chevrolet has provided the athletics department a truck to use this season. Chatham Parkway Subaru was a vehicle sponsor last year while Coastal Chevrolet was a vehicle sponsor during the 2013-14 academic year.

SSU Adds To Athletic Staff

Several new members have joined the Savannah State athletics family. Dr. Michael Schroeder is the new faculty athletic representative; J. Cherrelle Leslie is the new compliance coordinator; Will Toman is the new assistant media relations director; Leah Presley is the new video coordinator; Samuel Chatman is the new strength and conditioning coach and Tim Grant is the new cheerleader coach. Melanie Harper is the interim business operations coordinator, taking the place of Selena Warner, who recently took a non-athletic related job at Georgia State. Schroeder is the interim chair of English, Languages and Cultures at SSU. Leslie comes to SSU from Bethune-Cookman where she was a graduate assistant. Toman worked as a media relations assistant at Tulsa prior to coming to SSU while Presley was at Idaho State. Chatman comes to SSU from Langston while Grant has worked with many cheer groups in the Atlanta area.

SSU To Open Volleyball Season

The Savannah State volleyball team will open their 2015 season by playing in the Kennesaw State Invitational on August 28 & 29. SSU will play Jacksonville State on Aug. 28 and will take on Kennesaw State and Alabama State on Aug 29 at 12:30pm and 5pm respectively. The Lady Tigers will have a home match on Aug. 30 against East Carolina at 1pm. SSU is coming off a 5-27 season and returns four starters.

Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in baseball in 1947 while playing for the Brooklyn Dodgers. Two years after Robinson retired, the Dodgers moved to Los Angeles.

In 2001 the Cyclones brought baseball back to Brooklyn and a eight foot statue of Pee Wee Reese and Jackie Robinson was unveiled. The statue is of Reese’s arm wrapped around Robinson’s shoulder as he supported Jackie.

The statue sits in front of the Cyclones Stadium MCU Park.

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