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Davis, Conner added to Effingham County Athletic Hall of Fame
Hall of Fame
Louis O’Bryant Davis and Megen Smith Conner hold their Effingham County Athletic Hall of Fame plaques during halftime of Friday’s boys basketball game between Effingham County and South Effingham. - photo by Mark Lastinger/staff

SPRINGFIELD — The newest additions to the Effingham County Athletic Hall of Fame were honored Friday night.

Louis O’Bryant Davis and Megen Smith Conner were honored during a dinner at their alma mater and then presented during halftime of the South Effingham-Effingham County boys basketball game. Both received plaques recognizing their achievements from athletic director Matt Huntley.

Louis O’Bryant Davis

Davis graduated from Effingham County High School in 1994. He played football all four years at ECHS. 

In 1990, he won the ninth-grade MVP award. He received the Golden Helmet MVP award in 1993 for the varsity team. 

Also in 1993, Davis was named to the the All-Southeast Fabulous 15. The designation recognized him as one of the best players in the southeastern part of the state. 

Davis was elected to the first unit of All-Coastal Empire team in 1992 and 1993.

As a defensive lineman in his three years on the varsity team, Davis recorded more than 180 tackles. He also sacked the quarterback 30 times in his career. 

After high school, Davis accepted a scholarship offer from South Carolina State University. He was a member of the 1994 South Carolina State team that won the Heritage Bowl and the Mid-East Atlantic Conference (MEAC) championship. 

Davis has continued to be involved in football by helping coach at the high school and middle school levels as a community coach.

Megen Smith Conner

Conner graduated from ECHS in 2007. She lettered in softball for the Rebels four times and was a four-year winner of the pitching award.

With Conner leading the way in the circle and at the plate, the Rebels made multiple state playoff appearances during her career. 

After high school, she accepted a scholarship from Georgia Southern University. She became one of the most decorated players in Eagles history.

Conner was the first Eagle to earn all-conference recognition four times. She set the school’s single-season home run record of 18 as a junior logged a school-best seven saves in her career. 

She hit a total of 29 home runs, collected 113 RBI and won 26 games as a pitcher.

 After college, Conner joined the coaching ranks at East Georgia College where she eventually became head coach. She later went on to be a coach at Armstrong Atlantic University and Georgia Southern University. 

After leaving the Eagles as a coach, Conner opened her own company, GRIT Elite Sports Academy, where she continues to share her love of softball with younger players.