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Alcorn names Landon Bussie as new head basketball coach

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Landon Bussie (Photo courtesy Prairie View A&M)

Alcorn State University announced today that Landon Bussie will be the new men’s basketball head coach for the Braves.

Bussie comes from Prairie View A&M in Texas, where he was the assistant coach for the men’s team for five seasons and assistant for the women’s basketball team for one season.

According to the Prairie View website:

While on the women’s staff, Bussie played a key role in the development of guard Jeanette Jackson during the 2014-15 campaign as she finished as the SWAC’s Player of the Year, scoring and assists leader while also finishing in the SWAC’s Top 10. Alexus Parker also flourished under his watch as Parker doubled her scoring average after the midway point of the  season and finished as the top perimeter player in both field goal percentage and rebounding in SWAC play.

Bussie played a huge part of the development of Zachary Hamilton, who became a Top 10 scorer in Panther Basketball history. Last season the Panthers won 11 of the final 14 games and advanced to the SWAC Tournament semifinals for the first time since 2015. He also helped guard Taishaun Johnson develop into a key role-player on Prairie View A&M’s historic 2019 conference championship team.

Bussie was a two-year letterman as a forward for the men’s basketball team at Xavier University of Louisiana, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in psychology in 2010. He later earned a master’s degree in educational leadership in 2014.

Bussie was chosen first out of more than 60 candidates for the Alcorn Braves head coaching job, and he plans to get them back to winning ball games.

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St. Aloysius player Williams selected to play in the MAIS All Star Football Game

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(photo courtesy Brennan Williams)

St. Aloysius football player Brennan Williams has been selected to play in the Midsouth Association of Independent Schools All Star football game.

Williams has been a key player for the Flashes for the last three years and has led his team to the playoffs each season on the varsity level.

He started on both sides of the ball this season at safety and running back. He the offense in rushing yards and finished the season with three interceptions on defense.

One of Williams’ best performances this season is when he rushed for 132 yards and two touchdowns in a 43-28 win over Washington School. He also returned a 75-yard kickoff return in the victory, which helped the Flashes clinch a playoff spot.

Williams played most of his high school career under Michael Fields, but this year he played for the Flashes new head coach Stacy Sizemore. Not limited to just football, he is also a great track and field runner known for being one of the fastest athletes in the state of Mississippi.

Williams will play on the blue team in the MAIS All Star Game scheduled for Dec. 4 at Jackson Preparatory School at 6p.m.

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Laken Trim, 7, got his first buck Saturday

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Laken Trim shot his first deer Saturday. (photo courtesy Karley Trim)

Vicksburg resident Laken Trim killed his first deer Saturday while hunting with his grandfather Mark Hinson in Utica, Mississippi.

Trim is a 7-year-old who attends Beechwood Elementary and enjoys outdoor activities such as hunting in his free time. He is the son of Karley and Cole Trim and Taylor Jones.

Now that Trim has gotten his first buck, he will be looking for a bigger one on his next hunting trip.

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Smith led Warren County high schools in sacks this year

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Warren Central football player Taylen Smith wrapped up his senior season of football with the Vikings on a high note.

Smith holds the record for all high schools in the Vicksburg Warren School District for defensive sacks this season. He helped lead the Vikings to the playoffs under head coach Josh Morgan, finishing with eight sacks on the year, and he was a key reason the Vikings had a successful 9-3 season.

Smith’s talent was apparent early in the season when he had 15 tackles in the Red Carpet Bowl against Vicksburg High School. By the end of the season, he finished with an impressive 43 tackles.

Smith’s skills aren’t limited to tackling. He also made two interceptions and returned them both for touchdowns.

His high school football career may be over, but Smith announced Wednesday that he had received a scholarship offer from Coahoma Community College.

He has not officially committed to any school, yet, as he could be receiving more offers soon.

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