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VHS runner Averiana Scott plans to walk-on at Hinds CC

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Averiana Scott (Photo by Keith Phillips)

Vicksburg High School cross country and track and field runner, Averiana Scott, finishes her last season as a runner for the Gators this year, and she is planning for her future.

Scott has been running for VHS since her sophomore year in 2018, and she was coached by Clarence Maxey Jr. Her most outstanding season was last year in 2019.

Scott came in second place in the 2019 North State meet in the 4×4 relay. She also was named the Most Valuable Runner in at a track meet in Pearl, Miss., before heading to North State.

Scott had a passion for many sports as she was growing up, including tennis, soccer, track, karate and dance. She chose to become a runner because she wanted to experience something different and eventually found her passion there.

Although her senior season was cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic, she has decided to continue running next season as a walk-on for Hinds Community College.

”I want to start off small and try to work my way up to a scholarship,” Scott said.

Scott plans to major in veterinarian medicine and eventually become a veterinarian.

All of her hard work on the track has started to pay off with the help of some influential people in her life.

”I would like to thank my coaches Clarence Maxey Jr., Shaun Archer and Deatra Cable,” Scott said. “I also want to thank my mother, Leslie Galtney, who always supported me.”

Scott is graduating this month from VHS.

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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 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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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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