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Vicksburg Gators ready to upset Canton Tigers tonight

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Cedrick Phillips Sr. football star for the Vicksburg Gators.

Thursday night will be the chance for the Vicksburg High School Gators to pull off an upset over the Canton High Tigers.

Vicksburg has struggled all year only winning one game against Velma Jackson early in the season, but the Gators could still finish out the season strong starting with a victory tonight.

Despite having a 1-7 record, the gators are still eligible to make the playoffs if they can win the rest of their games and also if other teams in the district lose some games along the way. Gators coach Tim Hughes is expecting some of his key players to step up this game to give Vicksburg a fair chance for the playoff run. In order to pull off a win, Vicksburg will need to put some scores on the board, which is has been a slight problem for an offense only averaging 16 points a game.

MJ Martin, Cedric Phillips, Shar’dez Taylor, and Chris Williams are a few players that Coach Hughes is counting on tonight to secure the win. Phillips has been controlling the Gators running game this season, and his coaches are expecting him to have a big game while running behind the Gator offensive line.

The Tigers are coming off a 41-13 win against Calloway last week and hoping to secure another win tonight against the Gators. Vicksburg is ready to give Calloway an upset in hopes of securing a playoff spot by the end of the season. The Gators are hungry for a victory tonight and ready to give it their all against the Tigers as they travel to Canton for the game tonight. Kickoff is 7 p.m.

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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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