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Alcorn Braves ranked No.1 among HBCUs

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Alcorn quarterback Felix Harp in action.

After the big rivalry victory last weekend over Jackson State University, the Alcorn State University Braves are now ranked No. 1 among Historically Black Colleges and Universities and are the SWAC East champions for the second year in a row.

Alcorn, led by head coach Fred McNair, will face off with the winner of the Grambling and Southern game for the SWAC championship Dec. 7. Alcorn has secured home field advantage for the final game.

Alcorn moved up in the ranks after Florida A&M lost to Bethune-Cookman. North Carolina A&T is ranked No.2 behind Alcorn. NC A&T and Alcorn played each other last year in the national championship where Alcorn fell 24-22 to NC A&T.

Alcorn will defend their championship title from last year on Saturday, Dec. 7, at Alcorn at 3 p.m.  The SWAC championship game will be quarterback Felix Harper’s first time starting in the championships.

HBCU rankings

  1. Alcorn
  2. North Carolina A&T
  3. Florida A&M
  4. South Carolina State
  5. Southern
  6. Bethune-Cookman
  7. Gram bling
  8. Alabama A&M
  9. Prairie View A&M
  10. Alabama State

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PCA boys basketball team crushes Mt. Salus 69-37

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PCA Eagles (photo by Keith Phillips)

The Porter’s Chapel Academy boys basketball team defeated Mt. Salus 69-37 Monday night in a big win for the Eagles.

Mt. Salus’ defense was unable to stop Chris Taylor, who led the Eagles with 33 points on the night. He also had three assists and four steals by the end of the game.

Braden Kapp came in second on points, scoring 8, along with 3 three assists. He also played great defense and was able to snag three rebounds and two steals.

The Eagles were led by head coach Walter Hallberg IV who kept the team on task the whole night.

Porter’s Chapel Academy boys basketball (photo by Keith Phillips).

Willie Rogers and Tyler Washington scored 6 points each in the Eagles victory, but it was their defense that stood out the most. Rogers led the team in rebounds, racking up 13 throughout the game.

The Eagles will face North Sunflower Thursday and will strive for another great performance.

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Vicksburg Junior High boys basketball team defeated Pearl 49-21

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Gators #2 Mincer Minor setting up for a free throw. (photo by Keith Phillips)

The Vicksburg Junior High School boys basketball team bounced back well from last week’s loss to Germantown to defeat Pearl in a 49-21 victory Monday.

Decorey Knight paved the way for the Gators victory by scoring 13 points on the night. He also had some big defensive stops in the game and was able to rest in most of the second quarter.

Michael Johnson came in second in scoring, finishing with 8 points along with multiple rebounds.

The Gators had the lead for the entire game and went into halftime with a score of 22-8. Mincer Minor stepped up for the Gators in the second half and finished with 7 points.

Vicksburg travels to play Northwest Rankin Thursday.

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Johnson scored 21 points in VHS 42-32 win over Pearl

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(photo by Marg Sims)

Vicksburg High School ninth grade player Cynia Johnson had a great game Monday night in the Gators 42-32 win over the Pearl Pirates.

Johnson scored 21 points for the Gators in the huge victory as the Pirates were unable to stop her awesome performance.

Johnson has become a key player for the team this season and has led the Gators to a 5-1 record. Each week she proves that she is one of the best freshman players in the City of Vicksburg. Johnson and her team are working hard toward being able to play in the Little Six Championship at the end of the season.

The Gators next game is at home Thursday against Northwest Rankin. Tip off is 5 p.m.

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