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St. Al coach Sizemore has a history of successfully turning around football programs

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Stacy Sizemore (photo via Facebook)

Newly hired St. Aloysius football coach Stacey Sizemore has had plenty of success turning around teams since first becoming a head coach in 2012.

Sizemore, the son of former Vicksburg High head coach Jim Sizemore, has more than 20 years of coaching experience including eight years as a winning head coach.

Sizemore took over as head coach at American Heritage High School in Delray Beach, Florida, in 2012 after previously being the school’s defensive coordinator. In his first season as head coach, he led the Stallions to a 11-1 record, only losing in the playoffs.

In his three seasons as the Stallions head coach, Sizemore compiled a 28-6 record before taking a head coaching job at Canterbury High School in Fort Myers, Florida, in 2015.

CHS only won one game in the season prior to Sizemore taking over, but he found a way to lead the young team to a winning season. He finished the season with a 5-3 record.

He then took a head coaching job at Melbourne Central Catholic High School in 2016. MCC had a tough 5-6 season before Sizemore’s arrival to the school, and he quickly turned the program around. He led MCC to a 11-1 season in his first year as head coach in 2016, proving once again that he was the right man to lead a team to victory.

Sizemore stayed MCC’s head coach for three seasons, and he finished with a 25-10 record before heading back home to Vicksburg to become the Gator’s linebacker coach in 2019.

Sizemore was named as St. Aloysius head coach in February, and he is looking forward to help the Flashes live up to their potential just as he did with his previous schools. He was welcomed with open arms as the new coach, and he will be preparing for his first season as head coach this summer.

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Butler named Community MVP by NFL Players Association

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Tennessee Titan Malcolm Butler (Photo by Chipermc - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=83245134)

Vicksburg native and Tennessee Titan Malcolm Butler continues his generous charitable giving in communities where he has lived and worked. In recognition, he was named the Community MVP for week 11 by the NFL Players Association.

Butler posted the news Wednesday on Facebook.

Butler graciously helped provide people in Nashville, Tennessee, with free COVID-19 testing and grocery gift cards, feeding about 600 families. He helped residents of his hometown, Vicksburg, by giving out grocery cards as well, while also donating $5,000 to the University of West Alabama’s hunger/pandemic fund relief. UWA is his alma mater.

The NFLPA thanked Butler on Twitter for his donation.

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Masterson scored 10 points in PCA’s 66-28 victory Tuesday

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(photo by Carrie Martin)

Porter’s Chapel Academy basketball player Sophie Masterson helped the Lady Eagles to a 66-28 win over Tallulah Academy Tuesday.

Masterson scored 10 points on the night, and she also added 10 rebounds along with her points as the Eagles crushed the Trojans. Her sister Olivia Masterson grabbed seven rebounds and put up 4 points in the win.

Sophie not only did great in last night’s win, but she also played excellent defense Monday where she had 11 rebounds in the win against Deer Creek.

Yakia Burns led the Lady Eagles in points over Tallulah Academy by scoring 35, and Zy Smith added 9 points of her own.

Sisters Marley and Macey Bufkin also managed to get points on the board last night as well. Macey finished with 4, and Marley had 2 points while both played exceptional defense in the game.

Masterson and the Eagles will play again Thursday against Tensas Academy at home starting at 6 p.m.

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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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