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Alcorn defeats Southern for SWAC championship



The Alcorn State University football team defeated Southern University last night for the second year in a row to retain the SWAC championship title. The championship is the second one for head coach Fred McNair who took over the program in 2016.

The game went back and forth with the teams trading the lead. In the middle of the fourth quarter, the Southern Jaguars (8-5) were leading the game 24-22 before the Alcorn Braves (9-3) made a big comeback. The Braves scored 17 unanswered points in the fourth quarter.

Alcorn’s defense stepped up forcing Southern quarterback Ladarius Skeleton to throw three interceptions in the game. One was returned for a Braves touchdown by Taurence Wilson.

Alcorn went on to win the game with a score of 39-24. Alcorn Quarterback Felix Harper finished the game with 226 passing yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions. His top receiver for the game was LeCharles Pringle who had five catches for 125 yards and one touchdown. Pringle was also named the MVP for the game.

Niko Duffey had the most rushing yards for the Braves, rushing for 63 yards on 15 carries, while De’Shawn Waller had 52 yards on 12 carries with a touchdown. Trey Turner also had a three yard touchdown for the Alcorn victory.

Two former Vicksburg High School football stars are on this championship squad. Elmer Johnson and Alec Bailey are the two local players who will receive their championship rings this year.

Alcorn will be traveling to Atlanta for the Celebration Bowl against North Carolina A&T on Dec. 21.


What college will Malik Sims choose?



Warren Central High School star defensive linebacker Malik Sims is getting closer to making a decision on where he will play football on the next level. He is expected to make an announcement on Tuesday, Jan. 28, at 7:30 a.m.

Sims is a three-year starter at Warren Central High School, and for the past three football seasons, Sims has helped the Vikings reach the playoffs every year. He is known for his aggressiveness on the football field and finished his senior year with 82 tackles.

Sims has been heavily recruited by colleges over the years especially in the junior college world, but the biggest question is where will he choose to play football?  Sims can choose Hinds, Coahoma or Holmes Community College.

Vicksburg Daily News will be on the scene Tuesday as Sims makes the big decision public on his college football career.

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Hinds baseball ranked in the top 20 in three preseason polls



(photo by Tracy Duncan, Hinds CC)

The Hinds Community College Eagles baseball program received recognition from the National Junior College Athletic Association, Perfect Game and the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper as they released their preseason rankings on Tuesday, Jan. 21.

All three publications ranked the Eagles among the 20 best programs in the nation. The NJCAA ranked them 17th, Perfect Game 15th and Collegiate Baseball Newspaper ranked them 20th.

In the NJCAA poll, the Eagles are one of five teams in Mississippi ranked in the top 20.

In the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper Poll, the Eagles are one of three teams ranked in the top 20.

In the Perfect Game Poll, the Eagles are the only team in Mississippi that is ranked. In fact, the Eagles are the first NJCAA DII team that is ranked in this poll that ranks the top 25 junior colleges regardless of division.

Check out the rankings below:

No. 17 in NJCAA Poll

No. 15 in Perfect Game Poll

No. 20 in Collegiate Baseball Newspaper

Hinds will kick off baseball season on Saturday, Feb. 8 as they host the Dyersburg State Community College Eagles in a doubleheader on Joe G. Moss field beginning at 1 p.m.

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Eli Manning to announce his retirement



Eli Manning (photo by Tech. Sgt. Michael Holzworth via wikimedia commons)

Eli Manning, star quarterback for the New York Giants, is retiring after 16 years in the NFL.

Manning is a two-time Super Bowl winner and a former Ole Miss star who was selected as the first pick in the 2004 draft. Manning is the brother of former NFL quarterback Peyton Manning and the son of Archie Manning, who played for the New Orleans Saints from 1971 to 1982.

Manning has a press conference scheduled for Friday where he is expected to announce his retirement. The Manning family has been around football for many years, and Eli will be the last of the Manning legacy for the time being.

Manning and his wife Abby have three daughters.

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