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Watkins commits to Hinds Community College

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Maddie Watkins sat with her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Sonny Hale, at today's signing. Her brothers, Austin, third from left, and Blake, third from right, flank her father and mother, Craig and Belinda Watkins, They stood with her Warren Central soccer coaches.

Maddie Watkins, a senior athlete at Warren Central High School, committed to play soccer at Hinds Community College today.

Watkins chose Hinds over other junior colleges because of the environment and the love she has for the coaches.

It was also easy for Watkins to make her final decision because Hinds is close to Vicksburg, making it easy for her family to come to her games.

Watkins has been playing soccer since the age of 4. Her mom, Belinda Watkins, who played college soccer at the University of Southern Mississippi, coached her for the next six years. Her daughter learned most of her soccer skills from her mother.

Watkins played for Clinton United before playing for Warren Central Junior High School.

Watkins began to play for Warren Central in the seventh grade. She begins her senior season this weekend against Raymond and Vicksburg high schools, starting Saturday at 9 a.m. at Warren Central.

Watkins has two older brothers. Austin Watkins is married to Morgan Joseph Watkins, and Blake Watkins, who is serving in the U.S. Marine Corps and is stationed in Camp Pendleton in California. Watkins is the youngest child of Craig and Belinda Watkins. She plans on pursuing a nursing degree at Mississippi University for Women after Hinds CC.

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PCA basketball player Chris Taylor scored 33 points Monday

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(photo courtesy C. Taylor)

Porter’s Chapel Academy basketball player Chris Taylor had an outstanding performance Monday in PCA’s 69-37 victory over Mt. Salus.

Taylor scored 33 points in the big win, almost outscoring the entire Mt. Salus team. He also played great defense and had four steals on the night.

Taylor is a junior at Porter’s Chapel and is playing under first-year head coach Walter Hallberg IV. He is now the lead scorer on the team, and the Eagles are getting better with every game.

Taylor and the Eagles will be at home Thursday against North Sunflower Academy. Tipoff is 7 p.m.

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Former VHS football player Marvin Martin has decommitted from Boston College

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Marvin Martin (with permission).

Former Vicksburg High School football player Marvin Martin has decommitted from Boston College.

Martin posted the news on his Twitter account Wednesday.

Martin committed to Boston College last month but is now opening doors up for other colleges to recruit him now that he has decommitted. He recently received an offer to play at Kansas State University.

Martin played football at Vicksburg High School in 2019 under coach Tim Hughes, and he is now playing at Trinity  Christian High School in Texas.

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Red Carpet Bowl dates and teams set for 2021

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Vicksburg High Gators (photo by Ced Tillman)

The annual Red Carpet Bowl date and teams have been announced for the 2021 football season.

The bowl is scheduled for Aug. 27, 2021, at Vicksburg High School. The Vicksburg High Gators and Warren Central High Vikings are the home teams.

Vicksburg will face Germantown and Warren Central will play Forest Hill next year in the big games, and the Viking/Forrest Hill game will be first.

Germantown finished this season with a 4-5 record, and Vicksburg also won 4 games which should make it a competitive match. Forest Hill opted out of the 2020 season and Warren Central is still playing, with a berth in this year’s playoffs.

The two home teams will swap opponents  for the 2022 season.

As of now, most high school teams in Mississippi are in offseason training, preparing for their  next season.

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