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Hinds’ Smith and McCray named MACCC Football Players of the Week

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Connor Smith and BeSean McCray (photos courtesy HInds CC)

Vicksburg native Connor Smith and BeSean McCray of Orlando, Florida, were tabbed as the Mississippi Association of Community Colleges Conference Football Players of the Week following their stellar performances in Hinds 18-16 victory over Jones College Thursday, Oct. 15.

Sophomore kicker Smith was named the MACCC Special Teams Player of the Week. Smith made all four of his field goal attempts, including the game-winner as time expired. Smith scored 12 points for Hinds in their 18-16 victory over Jones last week. Through the Eagles first two games this season, Smith is a perfect five-for-five in field goal attempts and has tallied 18 total points.

Freshman quarterback McCray was named the MACCC Offensive Player of the Week. McCray completed 41 of his 74 pass attempts for 421 yards and one touchdown. His 421 passing yards and 74 passing attempts are both single-game records for the Hinds football program. Through two games, McCray leads the MACCC in multiple categories including: completions (51), attempts (105) and yards (568).

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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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USM to hire Tulane offensive coordinator Will Hall as the next head coach

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The University of Southern Mississippi is hiring University of Tulane offensive coordinator Will Hall as its next head football coach.

According to multiple reports, Hall will be announced as the new coach Wednesday.

USM has struggled this season with a 2-7 record after former head coach Jay Hopson resigned after the first game of the season. Scotty Walden stepped in for Hopson as interim head coach but resigned a couple of weeks later after being named the head coach of Austin Peay State University in Tennessee.

Tim Billings is now USM’s interim head coach but Hall will take over shortly after the end of the season.

Hall has been at Tulane since 2019, and he helped them reach a bowl game last year. His last head coaching job was in 2016 when he was the head coach of the University of West Georgia. He also was the head coach at West Alabama from 2011 to 2013.

Hall has a 56-20 record between coaching at West Georgia and West Alabama.

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