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Hinds CC Bulldogs end the season with a loss to Pearl River Wildcats



Hinds Bulldogs squared off against the Pearl River Wildcats. [photo by Tracey Duncan, Hinds CC]

The 2019-2020 basketball season concluded for the Hinds Community College Bulldogs Thursday, Mar. 5, in the NJCAA Region 23 Semifinals with an 81-54 loss to the No. 2 ranked Pearl River Community College Wildcats.

The Bulldogs came out hot to take an early 13-10 lead in the first six minutes of the contest. The undefeated Wildcats, however, quickly responded with a 16-1 run to take a 26-14 lead.

The Bulldogs did their best to get back into the ball game when they cut their deficit to just seven points (29-22) with five minutes left in the first half. That, however, would be the closest Hinds would get.

No. 2 PRCC finished the first half with a 43-27 lead and expanded upon that lead in the second half to win their 23rd straight contest by a score of 81-54.

The 2019-2020 season was historic for the Bulldog program. They finished with an overall record of 16-9 and 9-5 in the MACJC South Division, and just two games away from the NJCAA Men’s Basketball Championship in Hutchinson, Kan. Their 16 wins are better than any other Hinds team in over a decade. Hinds secured big-time wins over No. 5 ranked Eastern Florida State College, Northwest Mississippi Community College and East Mississippi Community College.

Additionally, Hinds swept Jones College for the first time since 2011, and secured their first victory in the last 20-plus matchups over Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College.

The 2019-2020 Bulldogs won their first MACJC State Tournament game and first NJCAA Region 23 Tournament game in over a decade. Hinds’ 9-5 division record had them finish in second place in the MACJC South behind only the No. 2 ranked PRCC Wildcats. Out of the Bulldogs nine losses this season, four came by just five points or less

On the individual side, two Bulldogs received All-State Honors. Sophomore Dontrell McQuarter was named First Team All-State, while sophomore Ladarius Marshall was named Second Team All-State.

McQuarter finished the season leading the team with an average of 15.5 points per game. He shot 57% from the field, 43.5% from beyond the arc and 71% from the free throw line. McQuarter also tallied 146 total rebounds, 71 assists, 25 steals and 13 blocks.

Marshall finished the season with an average of 11.1 points per game, shot 58% from the field and 72% from the free-throw line. Marshall collected a team-leading 185 rebounds and 62 blocked shots. He also collected 13 steals and had nine assists.

Other big contributors to the team’s success this year include: sophomore Peyton Taylor along with freshmen Jordan Johnson and Kejuan Clements.

Taylor finished the season with an average of 9.3 points per game and made 40 out of 97 three-point attempts (42%). Taylor also collected 23 assists and 13 steals.

Johnson finished his freshman campaign with an average of 11.8 points per game. He shot 44.2% from the field and made a team-leading 46 three-pointers. Johnson also racked up a team-leading 106 assists and 47 steals.

Clements finished his freshman campaign with an average of 7.8 points per game. He shot 41% from the field, and tallied 59 assists and 29 steals.

Multiple others played significant roles for the Bulldogs including: Jerrez Porter, Dontavious Smith, Deonte Spencer, and Eric Stimage.

“What a year,” said third-year head coach Yusef Fitzgerald. “I’m so proud of our guys. Seeing the pain on their faces after this last loss shows me this program is moving in the right direction. We now expect to win.”

In the seven years prior (2010-2017) to the Fitzgerald’s hiring, the Bulldogs had a .383-win percentage (62-100). In Fitzgerald’s first three-years at Hinds (2017-2020), he has a .521-win percentage (36-33).

Moreover, Fitzgerald has two wins over nationally ranked opponent (No. 5 Eastern Florida State College, and No. 13 Holmes CC) and two postseason wins.


Archer named VDN Assistant Football Coach of the Year



Shaun Archer (photo by Cedric Tillman)

Vicksburg High School assistant head football coach Shaun Archer has been named the 2020 Vicksburg Daily News Assistant Coach of the Year.

Archer was born and raised in Port Gibson, Mississippi, where he was a star football player at Port Gibson High School. He graduated in 1987 and received a football scholarship to Alcorn State University.

Archer graduated from Alcorn in 1994 with a bachelor’s of science degree in health and physical education. He also earned a master’s degree in physical education from Alcorn in 2002.

He began coaching football at Bayou View Junior High in Gulfport, Mississippi, in 1997 and stayed there for two years while also assisting with track and field. He returned to Port Gibson  High in 1999 and was the assistant coach for football and track until 2007.

Archer was hired as the defensive lineman coach at by former Vicksburg High School head coach Alonzo Stevens in 2007. By 2011, Archer was the Gator’s defensive coordinator and has been a great part of the team’s success over the years.

Two weeks ago, Archer completed his 13th consecutive year at VHS. In that time, he served under six different head coaches at Vicksburg and helped the Gators to a playoff appearance this season.

“I just want to thank God for blessing me with the opportunity to serve the young men and women of this community in my capacity as a coach and a teacher,” Archer said. “I want to thank Coach Alonzo Stevens for being the perfect example of how to be a great coach and for giving me a chance to coach at Vicksburg High, the place I’ve always dreamed of coaching. And lastly I want to thank my wife, Frances, for having unlimited patience and understanding and always being my number one support system.”

Archer is the first Vicksburg Daily News Assistant Coach of the Year. With the football season over for the Gators this year, he is currently coaching the boys track team at VHS.

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Saban tests positive for COVID-19 again



Nick Saban has tested positive for COVID-19 a second time. (photo courtesy University of Alabama Athletics)

University of Alabama head football coach Nick Saban has tested positive again for COVID-19 and will miss Saturday’s game with Auburn.

“This morning we received notification that Coach Saban tested positive for COVID-19,” Dr. Jimmy Robinson and UA head trainer Jeff Allen said in a statement Wednesday morning. “He has very mild symptoms, so this test will not be categorized as a potential false positive. He will follow all appropriate guidelines and isolate at home.”

Saban also tested positive a little over a month ago shortly before the game with the University of Georgia ,but he was still able to coach that game.

Offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian will fill in for Saban in Saturday’s game against the Tigers while Saban quarantines.

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Bracey makes five 3-pointers and 18 points in Lady Vikings big win Tuesday



(photo by Cedric Tillman)

Warren Central High School basketball player Alaila Bracey led the Lady Vikings in points Tuesday night in a victory over Picayune.

Bracey scored 18 points in the 2020 Picayune Basketball Tournament and helped her team to the big win. Fifteen of her 18 points came from the 3-point line as she continued to hit long shots in the 51-25 game.

Bracey’s teammates also had outstanding performances, putting impressive numbers. Zykerri Segrest scored 12 points, Jamaiya Sanders put up 9, and TaMya Sims scored 7.

Bracey and the Lady Vikings can celebrate Thanksgiving as champions. They play Vicksburg High School on Dec. 5.

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