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Philadelphia Eagles draft former Hinds CC wide receiver

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John Hightower (Photos via Hinds CC Athletics, Tracy Duncan)

John Hightower, a former two-sport standout at Hinds Community College, was selected by the Philadelphia Eagles with the 168th pick overall (fifth round) in the 2020 NFL Draft.

Hightower competed both on the gridiron as well as the track for Hinds back in 2016 and 2017. In his two-year football career at Hinds, Hightower started 18 games at wide receiver and hauled in 31 receptions for 509 yards and seven touchdowns.

Hightower also spent one season (2016) as a member of the Hinds Track and Field program where he competed in the men’s 400 meter hurdles. He was honored as a United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) All-American as he finished fourth in the Finals of 400-Meter Hurdles at the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Outdoor Nationals.

Following his time at Hinds, Hightower moved on to play football for the Boise State University Broncos. As a Bronco, he played wide receiver, running back, and returned kickoffs.

In his two seasons at Boise State, Hightower hauled in 81 total receptions for a total of 1,447 receiving yards and 14 receiving touchdowns. He also ran the ball 24 times and recorded 317 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns. Additionally, Hightower returned 26 kickoffs for 840 total return yards and one return touchdown.

Hightower was named All-Mountain West Second Team in 2019 at both wide receiver and kick returner.

With the selection of Hightower, Hinds has now had two former wide receivers taken in the NFL draft in the last three years. The previous draftee was Javon Wims; who was selected by the Chicago Bears with the 224th overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.

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St. Aloysius player Williams selected to play in the MAIS All Star Football Game

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(photo courtesy Brennan Williams)

St. Aloysius football player Brennan Williams has been selected to play in the Midsouth Association of Independent Schools All Star football game.

Williams has been a key player for the Flashes for the last three years and has led his team to the playoffs each season on the varsity level.

He started on both sides of the ball this season at safety and running back. He the offense in rushing yards and finished the season with three interceptions on defense.

One of Williams’ best performances this season is when he rushed for 132 yards and two touchdowns in a 43-28 win over Washington School. He also returned a 75-yard kickoff return in the victory, which helped the Flashes clinch a playoff spot.

Williams played most of his high school career under Michael Fields, but this year he played for the Flashes new head coach Stacy Sizemore. Not limited to just football, he is also a great track and field runner known for being one of the fastest athletes in the state of Mississippi.

Williams will play on the blue team in the MAIS All Star Game scheduled for Dec. 4 at Jackson Preparatory School at 6p.m.

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Laken Trim, 7, got his first buck Saturday

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Laken Trim shot his first deer Saturday. (photo courtesy Karley Trim)

Vicksburg resident Laken Trim killed his first deer Saturday while hunting with his grandfather Mark Hinson in Utica, Mississippi.

Trim is a 7-year-old who attends Beechwood Elementary and enjoys outdoor activities such as hunting in his free time. He is the son of Karley and Cole Trim and Taylor Jones.

Now that Trim has gotten his first buck, he will be looking for a bigger one on his next hunting trip.

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Smith led Warren County high schools in sacks this year

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(Photo courtesy Taylen Smith)

Warren Central football player Taylen Smith wrapped up his senior season of football with the Vikings on a high note.

Smith holds the record for all high schools in the Vicksburg Warren School District for defensive sacks this season. He helped lead the Vikings to the playoffs under head coach Josh Morgan, finishing with eight sacks on the year, and he was a key reason the Vikings had a successful 9-3 season.

Smith’s talent was apparent early in the season when he had 15 tackles in the Red Carpet Bowl against Vicksburg High School. By the end of the season, he finished with an impressive 43 tackles.

Smith’s skills aren’t limited to tackling. He also made two interceptions and returned them both for touchdowns.

His high school football career may be over, but Smith announced Wednesday that he had received a scholarship offer from Coahoma Community College.

He has not officially committed to any school, yet, as he could be receiving more offers soon.

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