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Former Vicksburg High football player signs with Mississippi Valley State

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Roderick Hicks (photo from Jones CC website)

Former Vicksburg High School star football player Roderick Hicks has signed to play at Mississippi Valley State University.

Raised in Tallulah, La., Hicks moved with his family to Vicksburg  in 2014 when he was in junior high. Hicks would not play football in Vicksburg until he reached his junior year at Vicksburg High School in 2016 under head coach Marcus Rogers.

The Gators had a great season that year, and Hicks helped his team to a 9-4 record starring at cornerback.

Hicks again helped the Gators to another playoff season as a senior in 2017.

After his senior season at VHS, Hicks committed to play at Jones Community College alongside his VHS teammate Nick Anderson.

For the past two seasons, Hicks has played cornerback for Jones CC helping them secure a 7-3 record this year and being ranked No. 7 in the nation among junior colleges.

Hicks credits his success to his mother, Dino Watson, former VHS coaches Rogers and Billy King, and his entire Jones Community College family.

Hicks will begin his football journey at Mississippi Valley State in January.

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Lexie Layne Powers, 7, got her first buck Thursday

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Lexie Layne Powers (photo courtesy Lauren Powers)

Lexie Layne Powers, 7, got her first buck last week on Thanksgiving Day when she was hunting with her father, Paul Powers.

Powers and her father were in Utica, Mississippi, when they spotted the deer that she was able to kill.

Lexie is a second grader at Bovina Elementary and is the daughter of Paul and Lauren Powers.

 

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PCA girls basketball team dominates Deer Creek 60-13

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Lady Eagles gather round coach Casey Fisher (in white polo) and assistant coach Chandler Ellis (in black hoodie). (photo by Keith Phillips)

Porter’s Chapel Academy girls basketball team defeated Deer Creek Academy last night in a big 60-13 win.

The Lady Eagles came back from Thanksgiving break playing well, and they now have a 5-2 record under head coach Casey Fisher.

Senior Yakia Burns dropped 35 points on the night as she led the Lady Eagles in scoring. She also finished with 12 steals and seven assists on the night.

Marley Bufkin hit a big 3-pointer to finish the game with 5 points, two rebounds, four assists and four steals.

The Lady Eagles controlled the game all night and many of the players, such as Zy Smith who scored 14 points, stepped up to clinch the victory.

Sophie Masterson led the team in rebounds with 11, while Olivia Masterson grabbed six rebounds and two steals.

The Lady Eagles  will be back in action Tuesday when they travel to play Tallulah Academy at 6 p.m.

Full PCA stats:

  • Yakia Burns- 35 points, nine rebounds, 12 steals, seven assists
  • Zyer Smith-14 points, five rebounds, five steals
  • Marley Bufkin- 5 points, two rebounds, four assists, four steals
  • Sophie Masterson- 2 points, 11 rebounds
  • Olivia Masterson- six rebounds, three steals
  • Macey Bufkin- 2 points, two rebounds, two steals
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Henderson and Boyd led the VHS ninth grade teams in points Monday

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(photos by Cedric Tillman)

Ninth graders Tyler Henderson and Terri Boyd played great games Monday night for their Vicksburg High School ninth-grade basketball teams, resulting in two big wins against Clinton.

Henderson scored 21 points for the boys team, and the Gators went on to win 58-36 over the Arrows. He also had 11 rebounds and six assists that helped the boys remain undefeated.

Boyd led her team to victory as the girls defeated Clinton 40-37. She had 15 points in the victory and the Gators are now 6-2 on the year. Boyd scored the last 4 points of the night in two free throws to help close out the game.

The ninth-grade Gators will be back in action Thursday when they travel to Germantown to fight for another victory.

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