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Olympic gold medalist gifts his track shoes to Hinds CC coach

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Former Hinds Eagle Jeff Henderson paid homage to his roots here in Raymond by giving the track shoes he wore in the Olympics to head track coach Reginald Dillon.

Henderson had the shoes made for the long jump in the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics where he took home the gold medal.

Henderson grew up in North Little Rock, Arkansas, and he attended and competed for Hinds in 2008 and 2009 under coach Dillon. While in Raymond, he was the first athlete in the National Junior College Athletic Association to win four national championships in the same event (two indoor and two outdoor).

In 2009, Henderson also competed and won the national championship in the 4×100 meter relay. He was named a NJCAA All-American in both 2008 and 2009. With his illustrious junior college career, Henderson was named to the NJCAA Hall of Fame in 2016.

In his professional career, Henderson has competed all over the world, winning gold medals in both the 2016 Olympics and 2016 Pan-Am games in Toronto, Canada. Just last year in 2019, he won the silver medal in the International Association of Athletic Federations in Dora, Qatar. Henderson also won the bronze medal at the 2018 Continental Cup in Ostrava, the silver medal at the 2013 USA outdoor meet, and set the long jump meet record at the 2014 Adidas Grand Prix. The former Eagle has been named the IAAF Diamond League champion three times.

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VHS basketball coach Kelvin Carter selected to coach Mississippi All-Star Game

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Vicksburg High School head basketball coach Kelvin Carter has been selected to coach in the Mississippi All Star Game.

Carter, who is going into his fourth season as the Gator’s head coach, has found plenty of success since he took over the basketball program in 2017 after the retirement of longtime VHS coach Dellie Robinson. The Gators finished last season with a 20-10 record under Carter’s leadership, sending the team to the playoffs.

This will be Carter’s first time coaching an all-star game, and he will coach the North Conference in the Mississippi Association of Coaches North-South All-Star Game. The game is scheduled for March 20, 2021, at Mississippi College.

The Gators are expected to have another great season under Carter this year. They continue to improve each year under his leadership.

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Wade Carter remembered as a great football player who once shined for the Vikings

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Wade Carter, who died Friday, Oct. 9, is remembered as a great football player for the Warren Central Vikings.

Carter was a star linebacker for the Vikings in 2006, playing under WC’s former head coach Curtis Brewer. He was an outstanding player who helped lead the team to many victories in his high school days.

In 2007, Carter was selected to play in the Bernard Blackwell Classic by the Mississippi Association of Coaches because of his great senior season. He had finished the 2006 season with an impressive 113 tackles, leading the Viking’s defense.

Carter’s hard work on the field never went unnoticed, and he impressed many college scouts around Mississippi. A few months before graduation in 2007, Carter signed a football scholarship to play at Hinds Community College.

Carter died last week at the early age of 31 after being shot at LD’s Kitchen Oct. 6. A suspect, James Earl Winters, 29, remains at large.

Carter leaves behind plenty of family, friends and former teammates who will miss him dearly.

 

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PCA player Gage Ashley shines on offense and defense

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Porter’s Chapel Academy football player Gage Ashley led the Eagles in rushing yards and tackles Friday in a conference game against Greenville Christian.

Although the Eagles lost the game 59-0, Ashley still managed to have a good game on both offense and defense.

Ashley carried the ball seven times for 42 yards on offense, and managed to rack up seven tackles and a sack.

Ashley has been shining all season for the Eagles, who are having their best season in over three years.

The Eagles will face Glenbrook this Friday, and Ashley will need another big night to help PCA win to keep their playoff hopes alive.

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