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Boogidy, Boogidy! Please go racing, boys!

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(Photo by Larry McTighe - U.S. Air Force)

If you happen to be a NASCAR fan, you are ready to see the beating and banging of some fenders—and not on a virtual racetrack. Well, good news race fans. We might have racing back on our TVs shortly.

Four races had been completed in the NASCAR season before COVID-19 shut it down along with the rest of the sports world’s entertainment options. NASCAR is reportedly working on options to complete the remaining races on its 36-race schedule which includes a ten-race playoff for its main series, the NASCAR Cup Series.

Tuesday, North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper announced that he and public-health officials in the state had met with NASCAR officials and gave the OK for racing to resume in the state in May with no crowds present.

NASCAR is headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., and the vast majority of race teams are based in the general area.

The working model has racing resuming at tracks within driving distance of Charlotte with many tracks losing their races from the 2020 schedule.

As of now, it appears NASCAR racing will restart with a race at Darlington on Sunday, May 17, followed by a second Darlington race on Wednesday, May 20. From there, racing will resume at Charlotte, Bristol, Tenn., Talladega, Ala., Atlanta, Ga., and Homestead, Fla.

Details and scheduling are still being worked out, but all the races are being planned with no fans in the stands. NASCAR’s other series (ARCA, Xfinity and Gander Mountain Truck Series) are still being discussed as of this writing, but it appears we will soon have racing back on our calendars.

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Butler named Community MVP by NFL Players Association

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Tennessee Titan Malcolm Butler (Photo by Chipermc - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=83245134)

Vicksburg native and Tennessee Titan Malcolm Butler continues his generous charitable giving in communities where he has lived and worked. In recognition, he was named the Community MVP for week 11 by the NFL Players Association.

Butler posted the news Wednesday on Facebook.

Butler graciously helped provide people in Nashville, Tennessee, with free COVID-19 testing and grocery gift cards, feeding about 600 families. He helped residents of his hometown, Vicksburg, by giving out grocery cards as well, while also donating $5,000 to the University of West Alabama’s hunger/pandemic fund relief. UWA is his alma mater.

The NFLPA thanked Butler on Twitter for his donation.

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Masterson scored 10 points in PCA’s 66-28 victory Tuesday

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Porter’s Chapel Academy basketball player Sophie Masterson helped the Lady Eagles to a 66-28 win over Tallulah Academy Tuesday.

Masterson scored 10 points on the night, and she also added 10 rebounds along with her points as the Eagles crushed the Trojans. Her sister Olivia Masterson grabbed seven rebounds and put up 4 points in the win.

Sophie not only did great in last night’s win, but she also played excellent defense Monday where she had 11 rebounds in the win against Deer Creek.

Yakia Burns led the Lady Eagles in points over Tallulah Academy by scoring 35, and Zy Smith added 9 points of her own.

Sisters Marley and Macey Bufkin also managed to get points on the board last night as well. Macey finished with 4, and Marley had 2 points while both played exceptional defense in the game.

Masterson and the Eagles will play again Thursday against Tensas Academy at home starting at 6 p.m.

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Hinds soccer players honored for academic achievement

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Johannah Grace Ballenger and David "Beau" Rimmer (photos courtesy Hinds CC)

Two Hinds Eagle soccer players have been honored for achievements in the classroom with David M. Halbrook Certificate Awards for Academic Achievement Among Athletes for 2020.

Johannah Grace Ballenger, of Brandon, and David “Beau” Rimmer, of Bay St. Louis, were recognized during the Mississippi Association of Colleges and Universities business meeting, held recently via a virtual platform.

The annual honors recognize efforts of individual student-athletes who excel in academics, leadership and service. Each college or university in Mississippi selected a male and female student athlete to receive this recognition.

The Halbrook Awards program recognizes colleges and universities that achieve and maintain high academic standards for student athletes, thus encouraging high graduation rates.

The Halbrook Award for Academic Achievement Among Athletes was established in 1984 as a result of the passage of House Concurrent Resolution No. 88. The awards program is made possible through endowments from former Rep. David M. Halbrook of Belzoni and his brothers, John C. and James G. Halbrook, of Belzoni, and J.A. Halbrook, of Beaumont, Texas, in honor of their parents, John C. and Ernestine McCall Halbrook.

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