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Demarcus Jones, former Warren Central standout, ready to help lead the Golden Eagles

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Demarcus Jones (Photo courtesy USM Athletics)

Former Warren Central running back Demarcus Jones is climbing up the roster charts at the University of Southern Mississippi.

Jones is a 2017 graduate of Warren Central High School where he racked up 1,200 rushing yards and 15 touchdowns. He also added 303 receiving and four receiving touchdowns in 2016, while grabbing three interceptions on defense.

The Vikings went 10-3 in Jones’s senior season, and he committed to Northwestern Community College.

Jones played for Northwest CC for two seasons before committing to play football at the University of Southern Mississippi under head coach Jay Hopson in February 2019.

In the 2019 season Jones only had a small amount of playing time, but he has worked tirelessly to make a name for himself with the Golden Eagles. Jones is now playing wide receiver for USM, and he is looking forward to making a huge impact on the team next season.

Since USM is losing star wide receiver Quez Watkins to the NFL, Jones is in the perfect position to become a starter and one of quarterback Jack Abraham’s key targets.

Jones has always been listed as “athlete” on his teams’ roster because of his ability to play at any position needed. He now has a chance to show his true athletic skills on the football field next season.

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

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(photo by Carrie Martin)

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 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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Porter’s Chapel brought home victories Monday and Tuesday

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Players huddle around coach Walter Hallberg IV. Left to right: Gavin White, Jase Jung, DJ Smith, Taylor Osbourne and Laken Bradley. (photo by Keith Philips)

The Porter’s Chapel Academy boys basketball team brought home two victories Monday and Tuesday against Deer Creek and Tallulah Academy.

Chris Taylor led the Eagles in points. He scored 20 in the 38-20 win over Deer Creek and also had two rebounds, one assist and four steals.

Braden Kapp scored 6 points along with four rebounds, while teammate Ricky Carraway was right behind him with 5 points.

The junior varsity boys also won 30-24. Taylor Osbourne scored 16 points. Anthony McCloud put up 4 points and John Wyatt Massey scored 3.

Tuesday, the varsity Eagles beat Tallulah Academy 51-46.

The Eagles will be back in action Thursday at home against Tensas Academy.

 

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