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Former MSU coach to be inducted into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame

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Former MSU coach Sylvester Croom (Photo courtesy MSU Athletics)

Former Mississippi State head football coach Sylvester Croom will be inducted into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame Dec. 4

Due to COVID-19, the induction ceremony will be virtual.

“While we are very disappointed that we are not able to honor the Class of 2020 at a banquet, we are very thankful technology will allow us to still induct these sports heroes in a way that is safe for everyone,” said Scott Myers, Alabama Sports Hall of Fame executive director, in a statement.

Croom played for Alabama from 1972 to 1974. He helped the Crimson Tide to a 1973 national championship, and he also had All-American honors and was awarded the Jacobs Blocking Trophy.

Before becoming MSU’s head coach in 2004, Croom spent over a decade coaching as an assistant in the NFL. His last successful season with the Bulldogs was in 2007, when he led the team to a 8-5 season and won SEC Coach of the Year.

After leaving MSU in 2009, Croom joined the St. Louis Rams coaching staff. He retired from coaching in 2018 after a 40-year career.

 

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VJHS boys basketball team defeated WCJHS Thursday night 41-31

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(photo by Keith Phillips)

The Vicksburg Junior High boys basketball team won their season opener Thursday night against cross-town rival Warren Central Junior High.

The Gators had a hard time scoring in the first quarter but things picked up for both teams in the second half. By halftime, the score was 16-14, with VJHS in the lead.

Decorey Knight Jr. led the Gators with 13 points in the big 41-31 victory. Larry Reynolds and Mincer Minor had 6 points each for the Gators as well.

The Gators have a good start to their season under head coach Jerdon Hardiman who led them to the Little Six Championship last year with an 18-1 record.

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Yakia Burns scored 32 points for PCA Thursday night

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(photo by DeAndre King)

Porter’s Chapel Academy basketball player Yakia Burns scored 32 points for the Eagles in their loss Thursday night to North Sunflower Academy.

Burns is a senior transfer from Vicksburg High School where she helped the Gators reach the semifinals last year. To go along with her 32 points, Burns also had 11 rebounds, seven steals, and three assists.

With her successful high school stats, Burns has scholarship offers from Co-Lin Co and Mississippi Delta community colleges, the University of Southern Mississippi, Austin Peay State University and many more schools that have expressed interest. She is being coached by PCA head coach Casey Fisher and assistant coaches DeAndre King and Chandler Ellis.

Burns was also on the Vicksburg Daily News All-County list last season. She continues to improve her playing skills each season and is now leading the Eagles.

PCA will go on the road next Tuesday to play Sharkey-Issaquena where Burns is expected to have another great game.

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WCJHS’ Shamaria Hodge scored 14 points helping Vikings defeat Gators

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Warren Central Junior High basketball player Shamaria Hodge scored 14 points to lead the Vikings in their win against the Vicksburg Junior High Gators.

Hodge’s scoring began in the second half of the game, once the Vikings started to blow out the Gators. She was all over the court and punished the Gator defense every time she got the ball in her hands.

Hodge was the lead scorer in the game and managed to out score the entire VJHS team in the 30-7 win Thursday night.

It was the first game of the season for both teams, and it showed promise for the Vikings if Hodge can continus to give performances like she did Thursday.

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