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Hugh Freeze leads Liberty University to first bowl victory

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After sitting out from coaching for two seasons, former Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze gave Liberty University its first-ever bowl victory on Saturday.

Freeze took over the program in December 2018, and he has moved the team in the right direction ever since. Liberty, located in Lynchburg, Va., went up against Georgia Southern in the Cure Bowl on Dec. 21.

The score stayed close throughout the game, and the biggest lead was at halftime when Liberty led 16-7. Liberty quarterback Stephen Calvert finished the game with 270 yards and two touchdowns on the night, helping his team secure the 23-16 victory over Georgia Southern.

Freeze was pleased with the victory as well as being part of the school’s history by coaching the team to its first bowl game.

Freeze was head coach at Ole Miss from 2012-2016 and resigned after violating the morals clause of his contract. This season was his first year as head coach at Liberty, and he has signed a five-year extension to his contract after leading Liberty to an 8-5 season.

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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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Porter’s Chapel coach and player selected to participate in MAIS All Star Game

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Blake Purvis and Dwight Blue (;photos by Carrie Martin)

Porter’s Chapel Academy head football coach Blake Purvis and player Dwight Blue have been selected to coach and play in the MAIS All Star Game.

Blue will be playing on the offensive line for the blue team. He was selected to play in the game because of his great senior season where he was the one of the Eagles best offensive lineman.

Blue also played of the defensive line and racked up 41 tackles and one sack on the year.

Purvis will be an assistant coach for the Blue team Saturday. He is in his third season as head coach at Porter’s Chapel and finished the season with 4-6 record.

Purvis and Blue both finished their best season  as Eagles this year. The team was one game away from clinching a playoff spot.

The game is scheduled for Saturday at Jackson Preparatory. Kickoff is 6 p.m.

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