MID-SOUTH RECRUITING: Collierville High’s Mikho Grandison hopeful he’ll land football scholarship after ‘productive’ senior campaign

Mikho Grandison is one who customarily views things from a broader perspective.

THE WAITING GAME --- According to Collierville High athlete Mikho Grandison, while he has yet to garner any official scholarship offers, he said he has kept in constant contact with a few recruiters at Austin Peay State. “I was talking to the Austin Peay recruiter (during the season),” Grandison said. However, the question that remains is whether Grandison --- who ranked as the No. 68 overall recruit for the Class of 2017 in Tennessee by Maxpreps.com --- will ink a National Letter of intent to play college football next season.

THE WAITING GAMEAccording to Collierville High athlete Mikho Grandison, while he has yet to garner any official scholarship offers, he said he has kept in constant contact with a few recruiters at Austin Peay State. “I was talking to the Austin Peay recruiter (during the season),” Grandison said. However, the question that remains is whether Grandison — who ranked as the No. 68 overall recruit for the Class of 2017 in Tennessee by Maxpreps.com — will ink a National Letter of intent to play college football next season. (Photos by Antonio Taylor/Taylor Moments

You know, the bigger picture, that is.

Take, for instance, how Grandison steadfastly clung to a positive disposition during his prep football stint at Collierville (Tenn.) High.

Although coach Mike O’Neill’s Dragons limped to a 5-7 finish and tied cross-county rival Germantown for fifth in the Region 4-6A standings, Grandison made favorable use of his time whenever he was called upon to provide Collierville with a much-needed boosts, especially on the offensive side of the ball.

“I think I played harder than most people,” Grandison told Sports Journalist Andre Johnson during an exclusive interview earlier this week. “I never took a plays off…always did my job. I was leader and always (gave) 120 percent, never gave up, always played through (adversity) no matter how bad we was losing.”

In assessing what he described as a subpar senior campaign, it is because of Grandison’s spirited, upbeat approach to what was a pivotal season in 2016 that has greatly fueled his desire to pursue playing football at the collegiate level.

aAs National Signing Day looms (February 1), Grandison and his family are doing whatever is essential to help attract scouts, thus persuade them to grant him an opportunity they sense he so rightfully deserves.

A speedy, 5-foot-6, 147 athlete, Grandison was quite efficient as a rusher, particularly on productive drives that landed the Dragons in the red zone.

In essence, he strongly believes he would have had an even bigger impact had he gained more touches.

“Even though they didn’t give me the ball as much, I always made good and positive yards every time I touched the ball,” Grandison said.

To his credit, even when he wasn’t carrying the ball, he made it a point to demonstrate poise and resiliency in other areas that ultimately gave way to some stellar offensive productivity.

“I blocked for everybody,” Grandison said. “No matter how big the person was, they didn’t scare me at all. I still thought I was stronger than them and I knew I had to make every play count and I did.”

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With some added exposure in the foreseeable future, Grandison remains hopeful that he will solidify the big break he has diligently sought in recent years.

According to Grandison, while he has yet to garner any official scholarship offers, he said he has kept in constant contact with a few recruiters at Austin Peay State.

“I was talking to the Austin Peay recruiter (during the season),” Grandison said.

POSITIVE...REGARDLESS --- “I think I played harder than most people,” Grandison told Sports Journalist Andre Johnson during an exclusive interview earlier this week. “I never took a plays off…always did my job. I was leader and always (gave) 120 percent, never gave up, always played through (adversity) no matter how bad we was losing.”

POSITIVE…REGARDLESS“I think I played harder than most people,” Grandison told Sports Journalist Andre Johnson during an exclusive interview earlier this week. “I never took a plays off…always did my job. I was leader and always (gave) 120 percent, never gave up, always played through (adversity) no matter how bad we was losing.”

However, arguably the biggest question that remains is whether Grandison — who is ranked as the No. 68 overall recruit for the Class of 2017 in Tennessee by Maxpreps.com — will ink a National Letter of intent to play college football next season.

Given the immense strides he’s made in recent years, his mother, Uzette Grandison, undoubtedly thinks so.

“I always tell my son to reach beyond the sky, because there are infinite possibilities in the universe,” Uzette Grandison said. “My first reaction when I realized my son could go a long way (as an athlete) was to work with him to help make him better.”

Uzette Grandison, in fact, even recalls those times in which she assumed the role as football-mom-turned-trainer-turned-coach.

For real, though.

“I would throw the football, have family football games, and let him watch football,” Uzette Grandison explained.

Thanks to her unyielding guidance and wisdom, hard work has seemingly paid off for her son.

“I am elated when my son touches the football,” Uzette Grandison said. “He is explosive and many people don’t expect to see that, so when I hear the chatter, I hold my head up with pride and flick my hair so they can see the name on the back of my shirt.”

If things go his way in the coming months, Mikho Grandison’s name will be embroidered on the back of a college football jersey, something about which he has dreamt for some time.

When asked would he like for college recruiters and coaches to know about him,  Mikho Grandison said, “That I’m a hard worker and a leader…and that I’m just a young man who’s trying to show coaches my talents. All I need is a chance to show it.”

Typical Grandison, one who customarily views things from a broader perspective.

You know, the bigger picture, that is.



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MID-SOUTH RECRUITING: Collierville High’s Blake Stigger generates offers from two colleges, remains hopeful he will sign

bbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbThings didn’t particularly turn out the way LaGarrious Blake Stigger had expected during his senior season for the Collierville High football team.

Still, he’s convinced that because of his overall body work in recent years, he deserves a shot at putting his immense skills on display at the collegiate level.

By and large, as Stigger tells it, he isn’t letting anything or anyone stop his lofty ambition of wearing a college football uniform come next fall.

“Honestly, (I played) average because I didn’t get much (playing) time,” Stigger told Sports Journalist Andre Johnson on Friday. My talent speaks for itself. Overall, I kept a positive attitude and gave this season 125 percent.”

STANDING TALL --- Despite a year in which he played sparingly, Blake Stigger, to his credit, managed to generate interests from the University of Louisville and Alcorn State, a trend he hopes will ultimately give way to his fulfilling his dream of playing at the next level. Surely, he strongly believes his chances are as good as anyone with whom he played and played against in a Shelby-Metro area that has emerged a virtual hotbed for college scouts and recruiters.

STANDING TALLDespite a year in which he played sparingly, Blake Stigger, to his credit, managed to generate interests from the University of Louisville and Alcorn State, a trend he hopes will ultimately give way to his fulfilling his dream of playing at the next level.
Surely, he strongly believes his chances are as good as anyone with whom he played and played against in a Shelby-Metro area that has emerged a virtual hotbed for college scouts and recruiters. (Photos by ANTONIO TAYLOR/Taylor Moments)

Despite a year in which he played sparingly, Stigger doesn’t shy away from the notion that he hopes will ultimately fulfill his dream of playing at the next level.

Surely, without any official offers as of yet, he strongly believes his chances are as good as anyone with whom he played and played against in a Shelby-Metro area that has emerged a virtual hotbed for college scouts and recruiters.

MOM KNOWS BEST --- Like her son, Katrena Marie Stone remains hopeful that her son will be given a fair shot to make a favorable impression upon some college football program. “(Because of his success and dedication, Blake is so passionate about football,” Stone said. “As I watch him play, I see nothing but greatness. It’s like a gift he was born with.”

MOM KNOWS BESTLike her son, Katrena Marie Stone remains hopeful that her son will be given a fair shot to make a favorable impression upon some college football program.
“(Because of his success and dedication, Blake is so passionate about football,” Stone said. “As I watch him play, I see nothing but greatness. It’s like a gift he was born with.”

“That I am a hard worker and humble young man that just want an opportunity to do what I love the most,” said Stigger, when asked what it is he’d like for college scouts to know about him. “I just need a chance.”

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That, after all, explains why the 6-foot-3, 215-pound athlete conditions daily in hopes of attracting the attention of a college program that will be willing to grant him what he describes as a golden opportunity.

THEY ARE WATCHING --- Despite a year in which he played sparingly, Stigger, to his credit, managed to generate interests from the University of Louisville and Alcorn State, a trend he hopes will ultimately give way to his fulfilling his dream of playing at the next level.

THEY ARE WATCHINGDespite a year in which he played sparingly, Stigger, to his credit, managed to generate interests from the University of Louisville and Alcorn State, a trend he hopes will ultimately give way to his fulfilling his dream of playing at the next level.

“His father got him started (in competitive football) in 2006 with the Mt. Pleasant Lions,” Stigger’s mother, Katrena Marie Stone explained. From that point, I learned it was something he really loved. I was amazed because I really didn’t know that he had it in him. I overlooked the talent, because I just thought it was something most boys did just to keep busy.”

Like her son, Stone remains hopeful that her son will be given a fair shot to make a favorable impression upon some college football program.

“(Because of his success and dedication, Blake is so passionate about football,” Stone said. “As I watch him play, I see nothing but greatness. It’s like a gift he was born with.”

OH...AND ONE LAST THING --- “ This is always what I wanted to do as a child,” Stigger said. “This is what I grew up on. I love the aggressiveness and the contact (football brings). (Football) is in my blood. I want to be the one in my family to make it (to the next level). I don’t look at this as a ticket out, because I have a backup plan. But I want to achieve this dream for myself and in dedication of my cousin that didn’t get to see this day.”

OH…AND ONE LAST THING“ This is always what I wanted to do as a child,” Stigger said. “This is what I grew up on. I love the aggressiveness and the contact (football brings). (Football) is in my blood. I want to be the one in my family to make it (to the next level). I don’t look at this as a ticket out, because I have a backup plan. But I want to achieve this dream for myself and in dedication of my cousin that didn’t get to see this day.”

As for his notable strengths, Stigger has become thoroughly efficient at reading offenses which, to his credit, has allowed him to blossom as a player who has proven to contain the opposing team’s top rusher.

As for his weakness, he acknowledged that reducing mental mistakes is a must as he auditions to play at the next level.

With National Signing Day less than three months away (February 1), Stigger knows full well he has no time to waste, despite a senior campaign in which he saw limited action.

“(I will be) attending some camps, working on my footwork, speed, and strength,” he said. “Whatever college offers me a scholarship, they be inheriting a very bright, intelligent young man who is willing to give 125% on and off the field.”

Just as he had done in 2016 — and years prior to that.

“This is always what I wanted to do as a child,” Stigger said. “This is what I grew up on. I love the aggressiveness and the contact (football brings). (Football) is in my blood. I want to be the one in my family to make it (to the next level). I don’t look at this as a ticket out, because I have a backup plan. But I want to achieve this dream for myself and in dedication of my cousin that didn’t get to see this day.”

And, as he tells it, he isn’t letting anything or anyone stop his lofty ambition of wearing a college football uniform come next fall.

Stay tuned.



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Denver-based businessman Gregg Delaney destined to have a monumental impact with his Triview Production in Dallas/Fort Worth

aDALLAS — Just recently, Denver-based businessman Gregg Delaney was asked why it is so vital that through his profession, he esteems others daily.

As usual, Delaney was rather forthright and direct.

STAR STUDDED --- Organized nearly two years ago, according to www.companiescolorado.com, Triview Production is a broadcast-oriented, high quality video production company whereby its focus, according to CEO Gregg Delaney, is geared largely on accommodating corporate events and business video production for marketing purposes. “There are so many new and small businesses in this area competing for their piece of the American dream,” Delaney said in explaining the purpose for his business that has grasped the attention of a number internationally-acclaimed celebrities, most notably renowned rapper Snoop Dogg and longtime actor/comedian Bill Bellamy. “And major corporations tend to monopolize marketing that does not allow a small business owner to have the same access to create the same impact.”

STAR STUDDEDOrganized nearly two years ago, according to www.companiescolorado.com, TriView Production is a broadcast-oriented, high quality video production company whereby its focus, according to CEO Gregg Delaney, is geared largely on accommodating corporate events and business video production for marketing purposes.
“There are so many new and small businesses in this area competing for their piece of the American dream,” Delaney said in explaining the purpose for his business that has grasped the attention of a number internationally-acclaimed celebrities, most notably renowned rapper Snoop Dogg and longtime actor/comedian Bill Bellamy. “And major corporations tend to monopolize marketing that does not allow a small business owner to have the same access to create the same impact.”

“It’s important that I inspire others through my works, because every business owner that I offer these services to, I am just like them…with a dream and a foot in the door, praying and hoping that someone…anyone can offer me an opportunity to be what God has promised,” Delaney told longtime journalist Andre Johnson during an exclusive interview. “My struggle is their struggle. Their business is my business. And just like each of them, I wake up every morning, praying that someone will be blessed by what I can offer them.”

MILE HIGH TEXAS --- To his credit, Delaney has become a notable fixture as an accomplished entrepreneur, most notably in the Denver metropolitan area. Now after essentially making a name for himself as what many has deem “the face” of his business in the Mile High city, Delaney boasts lofty aspirations of building and enhancing his media-savvy brand in a rather broader market, particularly in throughout the Dallas/Fort Worth area.

A MILE HIGH TEXAS TWISTTo his credit, Delaney has become a notable fixture as an accomplished entrepreneur, most notably in the Denver metropolitan area.
Now after essentially making a name for himself as what many has deem “the face” of his business in the Mile High city, Delaney boasts lofty aspirations of building and enhancing his media-savvy brand in a rather broader market, particularly in throughout the Dallas/Fort Worth area.

To his credit, Delaney has become a notable fixture as an accomplished entrepreneur, most notably in the Denver metropolitan area.

Now after essentially making a name for himself as what many have deemed “the face” of his business in the Mile High city, Delaney boasts lofty aspirations of building and enhancing his media-savvy brand in a rather broader market, particularly throughout the Dallas/Fort Worth area.

Delaney, 40, is owner and chief executive officer of TriView Production, LLC, based in Aurora, Colorado.

Organized nearly two years ago, according to www.companiescolorado.com, TriView Productions is a broadcast-oriented, high quality video production company whereby its focus, according to Delaney, is geared largely on accommodating corporate events and business video production for marketing purposes.

jhs“There are so many new and small businesses in this area competing for their piece of the American dream,” Delaney said in explaining the purpose for his business that has grasped the attention of a number of internationally-acclaimed celebrities, most notably renowned rapper Snoop Dogg and longtime actor/comedian Bill Bellamy. “And major corporations tend to monopolize marketing that does not allow a small business owner to have the same access to create the same impact.”

Armed with an array of experience, coupled with a solid feel for news and marketing judgment, Delaney, to his credit, had proven long before the inception of his company that he boasts the intelligence and perseverance to accommodate companies, large or small.

“I create the exact quality of visual marketing to help business owners seek funding, clients, or bring awareness to their brand, at a price conducive to a start-up or small business owners’ budget,” Delaney explained.

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“What I like most about my business is the gratification I receive from the excitement on an up-and-coming business owner’s face when their vision is brought to life through production and, in that moment, they realize they are living their dream.”

 A TRUE PRO AT THIS --- A video production/producing career that spans nearly two decades --- 18 years to be exact --- Delaney emphasized that this company is available to various age groups, especially business owners who are seeking to bring awareness to their brand, thus devising ways to blend video production to market their business.

A TRUE PRO AT THISA video production/producing career that spans nearly two decades — 18 years to be exact — Delaney emphasized that this company is available to various age groups, especially business owners who are seeking to bring awareness to their brand, thus devising ways to blend video production to market their business.

All of which, to his delight, makes what he does worth the tireless time and effort.

So get ready, Texas.

The entrepreneurship’s version of the Mile High Miracle is destined to have a Texas-sized impact.

Much sooner than later.

cxzz“There is nothing like being a part of helping someone live their dream,” Delaney said.

Interestingly enough, the assortment of vital services that Delaney’s company offers does not cater to a specific range of age groups, he said.

A video production/producing career that spans nearly two decades — 18 years to be exact — Delaney emphasized that this company is available to various age groups, especially business owners who are seeking to bring awareness to their brand, thus devising ways to blend video production to market their business.

“I have created production for the National Brother Hood Skiers (or NBS) to small mom and pop shops in the inner city,” Delaney explained. “I have worked with and created production for (an array of) celebrities, as well as production for non-profits wishing to seek sponsorship. This business has taken me to the furthermost edge of the Florida keys to the shores of Jamaica… the city lights of Las Vegas to the Hills of Puerto Rico.”

Make no mistake, Delaney isn’t bragging, in large part because, well, he’s a mastermind behind his business and this ever-so-competitive video production/producing industry.

“My personal mission is to give the small businesses just as much leverage to play equally with those major corporations who don’t do business with half of the passion these small business owners do,” Delaney said. “(I want to) give entrepreneurs one more tool to achieve their dreams. My struggle of trying to get support with previous business ventures is what inspired me to do this in this manner.”

fderToday, by all accounts, Delaney undoubtedly has found his niche with God, his Helper, leading the way.

Get ready Dallas/Fort Worth, where Delaney is destined to do things big in Texas.



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Jason Stanford defies toughest of odds during imprisonment by writing six books, starting a booming DFW-area business

erDALLAS — In case you don’t know him, Jason Stanford would like to introduce himself.

A native of Columbus, Ohio, Stanford boasts a compelling past sports resume that is comprised largely of him having starred in football, basketball, and track and field at Bryan Adams High School. The former prep mulit-sports athlete subsequently walked on to play football at Texas Tech before a freak knee reduced his effectiveness.

INVINCIBLE --- A native of Columbus, Ohio, Jason Stanford boasts a compelling past sports resume that is comprised largely of him having starred in football, basketball, and track and field at Bryan Adams High School, the former prep mulit-sports athlete subsequently walked on to play football at Texas Tech a freak knee reduced his effectiveness.

INVINCIBLE — A native of Columbus, Ohio, Jason Stanford boasts a compelling past sports resume that is comprised largely of him having starred in football, basketball, and track and field at Bryan Adams High School, the former prep mulit-sports athlete subsequently walked on to play football at Texas Tech a freak knee reduced his effectiveness.

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama participate in a photo line in the Blue Room prior to a reception celebrating African American History Month in the East Room of the White House, Feb. 18, 2016. Pictured with: The Association for the study of African American Life and History. ASALH Paul Laurence Dunbar Branch's immediate past president and national ASALH vice president for membership, Greer Stanford-Randle is in orange between First Lady Michelle Obama and ASALH national president Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama participate in a photo line in the Blue Room prior to a reception celebrating African American History Month in the East Room of the White House, Feb. 18, 2016. Pictured with: The Association for the study of African American Life and History. ASALH Paul Laurence Dunbar Branch’s immediate past president and national ASALH vice president for membership, Greer Stanford-Randle is in orange between First Lady Michelle Obama and ASALH national president Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

Consequently, Stanford walked on to play football at Ohio State only to witness his collegiate stint cut short due to a separated shoulder injury, coupled with a heated dispute with then-Buckeye coach John Cooper in what Stanford described as his “paranoia about my father wanting to return to coaching and possibly interviewing for his job.”

The son of Rudy Hubbard, Stanford’s father is the former head football coach of Florida A&M University and is the only African-American head coach ever to win an NCAA Division I national championship.

lYears removed from what undoubtedly was a notable, well-publicized athletic career, Stanford was birthed with the gifts and talents of that of an aspiring author, a flourishing, dazzling craft that came full circle within the walls of a jail cell.

“My grandmother and great grandmother taught me how to read and write when I was a little boy in California,” Stanford told longtime journalist Andre Johnson earlier this week during an exclusive interview. “The first books they gave me (were entitled), ‘The Little Red Hen, The Five Chinese Brothers and The Velvetine Rabbit.’”

bhhAll things considered, Stanford never seemed to have disconnected from what appeared to be his newfound passion for writing.

How else to explain why even while being incarcerated for a lengthy period of time, his immense talents as an author only heighten in such a way that Stanford went to great lengths to ensure that his stories would be told and thrust upon the global platform.

While incarcerated unjustifiably for burglary — allegations that he attempted to illegally gain custody of his son — Stanford authored six novels while housed in solitary confinement.

Interesting enough, Stanford continued to deny an assortment of the odds of unjust legal system when he was charged with Gift to a Public Servant by the State of Texas as retaliation for what he summed up as his “whistle blower” efforts to report improprieties and violations of HIPAA at the Texas Department of Health and Human Services.

Consequently, the State of Texas was forced to drop the case, citing,among other things, that they had no evidence and later settled Stanford’s civil litigation of Malicious Prosecution.

“And the state finally dropped the case with prejudice because they stated that they didn’t have enough evidence to make the case,” Stanford explained.

csaqwweerrAccording to Stanford, who current resides in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, he was indicted by the State of Missouri for burglary in what officials deemed as illegal entry upon land to perform a parental kidnapping and assaults because of an assault upon grandfather, whom Stanford said had stabbed him.

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“The judge in my trial — Michael Manners — refused to allow defensive converse jury instructions that stated if the jury believed that I was there lawfully attempting to do what I was doing, then I should be acquitted,” Stanford explained.

uuuTo no avail, Stanford served the fullest extent of the five-year term, or roughly 40 months.

He was later paroled to Nashville, where he spent the next six months after being released from prison.

“The same orders and warrants that the other folks claimed were forged and no good were used to get custody of the child as they should have originally done,” Stanford acknowledged.  “Missouri does not have expungement laws or Conviction Integrity Units to redress wrongful convictions.”

Nevertheless, while being incarcerated, Stanford essentially made favorable use of his time, having composed the following books:

A Wedding Planned By Men

At All Costs

Man of the House, Inc.

Detours In Destiny

A Fool & His Money and,

His Fondest Dream

CALLED BY GOD --- “My grandmother and great grandmother taught me how to read and write when I was a little boy in California,” Stanford told longtime journalist earlier this week during an exclusive interview. “The first books they gave me (were entitled), ‘The Little Red Hen, The Five Chinese Brothers and The Velvetine Rabbit.’” All things considered, Stanford never seemed to have disconnected from what appeared to be his newfound passion for writing. How else to explain why even while being incarcerated for a lengthy period of time, his immense talents as an author only heighten in such a way that Stanford went to great lengths to ensure that his stories would be told and thrust upon the global platform.

CALLED BY GOD“My grandmother and great grandmother taught me how to read and write when I was a little boy in California,” Stanford told longtime journalist earlier this week during an exclusive interview. “The first books they gave me (were entitled), ‘The Little Red Hen, The Five Chinese Brothers and The Velvetine Rabbit.’” All things considered, Stanford never seemed to have disconnected from what appeared to be his newfound passion for writing.
How else to explain why even while being incarcerated for a lengthy period of time, his immense talents as an author only heighten in such a way that Stanford went to great lengths to ensure that his stories would be told and thrust upon the global platform.

As Stanford explained, he was forced to smuggle his handwritten manuscripts out in letters “little by little,” all while compiling them back until he was officially released from prison.

Aside from having emerged as a professional, accomplished author, Stanford established Crystal Clear Windows DFW, or what he described as the “best window cleaning service in 10-county area of DFW.”

In addition, this former multi-sport athlete is responsible for having written several other books, most notably:

Assembly Required

Baby Daddy Privileges

More Than One Way

Meet Me In The Rain

Sweeping Up Hair

A Full-time Job

Imbalanced and,

Darwin in the Club.

“I write under two names of J. Stanford and Beauxoup,” Stanford said. “Novels written under Beauxoup penname have a more erotic foundation.

img_0824“I also wanted to incorporate and link why work in trying to advocate for a Conviction Integrity Unit to be established in Jackson County, Missouri prosecutor’s office,” Stanford continued. “I was able to petition to have both Daniel Franco and Roderick Williams disbarred from practice of law in Missouri.”

Aside from overcoming a slew of legal issues, Stanford has attracted solid support from http://www.innocenceproject. org,”.  Stanford has been a steady supporter and contributor to the efforts of the Exonerated Brothers of Texas. Since his return to Dallas, Stanford has sought to assist programs and organizations to help rebuild the lives of felons.  Stanford is a contributor to the efforts of MASS Inc., Mothers(Fathers) for the Advancement of Social Systems during which he worked diligently with Joyce Ann Brown — who wrongly served nine years in prison for a crime that she didn’t commit, later became an advocate for the wrongly convicted — her death at the age of 68 in June 2015.  Stanford is a drum major in the petition for the implementation of the Conviction Integrity Unit in Jackson County, Missouri  to join and sign the petition please click on this linkhttps://www.change.org/p/jean- peters-baker-to-implement-a- conviction-integrity-unit-and- a-innocence-commission-within- the-jackson-county-mo- prosecutors-office.

 

 

SUMMARY OF CONVICTION (As submitted by Jason Stanford)

When the court real Judge, Gail S. Tusan of the Superior Court of Fulton County heard the case, 2000CV18568 she immediately vacated all of the illegal orders of Linwood Slayton and proceded to hear the custody issue.  Judge Tusan assumed jurisdiction and awarded sole physical custody of the child to me and issued warrants and orders to attempt to force the state of Missouri law enforcement to assist in the recovery of the child.  The child’s mother appealed the Georgia orders and lost but illegally withheld custody of the child.  The state of Georgia issued warrants and orders requesting the arrest and extradiction of the mother for Illegal Interstate Interference with Custody.  Instead of doing what they are required by law, the lead detective of the juvenile unit of the Kansas City Missouri Police Department Lynda T. Hacker, Attorney Gabriel Domjan, Attorney Daniel Franco, Jackson County Assistant Prosecutor Terri Cipolla and Associate Circuit Court Judge Christine Sill-Rogers(lower authority than Lisa White-Hardwick) attempted to extort money from me by trying to illegally re-litigate the custody issue.

 

[Summary of why its so illegal]   Constitutionally and as Federal law  28 U.S.C.A. section 1738 clearly states that once one state assumes jurisdiction, no other states can.  And once the issue is finalized in one state, no other state can come back and do anything else while the original state retains jurisdiction.  Missouri adaptation of the law Section 452.0795 “Full Faith and Credit: A court of this state shall accord full faith and credit to an order made consistently with sections 452.700 to 452.930 which enforces a child custody determination by a court of another state unless the order has been vacated, stayed, or modified by a court authorized to do so under sections 452.740 to 452.845. There is a process called domestication where if you have an order from one state but need it enforced in another state, you must file authenticated copies of the order with that court and then they become just as valid in that state as they were in the state that issued them.  I did that and attached all the legal process from the Georgia court to case No. 00FC200903 in the Jackson County Circuit Court, with all my warrants and orders and the court and aforementioned people knew it and tried to ignore that whole process. Detective Hacker notified all uniform officers “not” to help me if I showed up and requested police assistance in gaining custody of my child with the Georgia orders.  So one day when my private investigators located the child and his mother I waited outside and called police.  They didn’t show up because they had a department wide memo not to go.  My son’s grandfather came outside his house and tried to kill me stabbing me with a filet knife.   I was not able to get the child.  The state of Missouri filed an indictment on me for burglary. Special Prosecutor lied to the arraignment judge stating that the case of custody was being litigated in the Missouri Court.  Detective Hacker gave multiple perjured statements at Stanford’s trial and she knew that the State’s allegations were false and legally improper.  What they said was it was illegal entry upon land to perform a parental kidnapping and assaults because I maced his grandfather while stabbing me.  The federal and state law expressly state that it is an automatic affirmative defense of parental kidnapping if the person has custody of the child.  At trial the state asked for a Motion In Limine that requested that none of the child custody information be discussed. The special prosecutor Patrick Miller lied in court and told the judge that the issue of custody was being litigated and decided in the Missouri court which is why it shouldn’t be mentioned because it is still being contested.  They made their case on lies and innuendo about me trying to illegally gain custody of a child.  The Missouri court was bound by state and federal law to give ‘full faith and credit’ to the Georgia orders.  They stated in open court that no orders existed.  The judge in my trial Michael Manners refused to allow defensive converse jury instructions that stated if the jury believed that I was there lawfully attempting to do what I was doing, then I should be acquitted.  I served the fullest extent of the five-year term.  40 months.  I paroled to Nashville, TN and six months after being released from prison, the same orders and warrants that Detective Hacker and other folks claimed were forged and no good were used to get custody of the child as they should have originally done. The improper case filed in attempts to re-litigate the issue of custody and thwart the Georgia orders, case 00FC209319 has been stricken from the Missouri casenet records yet I still retain the original copies of filings and docket sheets as evidence of the malfeasance   — Jason Stanford

 

 

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North Carolina-area prep basketball star Josh Nickelberry invited to Team USA minicamp in Colorado, picks up scholarship offers

eeeeNo one has to remind Josh Nickelberry of how things were going for him around this time last year.

In fact, he’d be the first to tell you he recalls all too well.

I’m blessed to have the offers that I do,” Nickelberry told MemphiSport during an interview from Fayetteville, North Carolina. “I remember last year around this time, I was barely known, so the offers show that all my hard work is paying off and I’m on the right path.”

Fortunately for Nickelberry, a rising sophomore shooting guard for Northwood Temple Academy in Fayetteville, North Carolina, he was the beneficiary recently of another remarkable honor, one that was a testament of his overall body of work in recent months.

Rated as the No. 1 shooting guard in North Carolina for the Class of 2019, Nickelberry has been invited to a USA Basketball Men’s Junior National Team Minicamp.

The four-day event, which will feature the top players in the classes of 2019 and 2020, will be held October 7-10 in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and it will help determine the rosters for the upcoming FIBA Americas Tournament and future Hoop Summit games.

“I’m very excited,” Nickelberry said of his latest accolade. “It’s an honor to have an opportunity to represent my country.”

hhhhhhhhhNot only that, Nickelberry’s latest milestone undoubtedly will expand what is already a pretty attractive list of scholarship offers for the 6-foot-5 standout, who boasts immense athleticism in large part because of his remarkable leaping ability. .

With three full seasons of prep basketball ahead of him, Nickelberry has already garnered official offers from Wake Forest, Virginia Tech, Providence, Baylor, VCU, Penn State and Howard.

He spent last season playing at Northwood Temple Academy before ultimately transferring to Trinity Christian, where he’s been nothing short of impression.

When word spread of Nickelberry’s invite to next month’s minicamp, no one was as thrilled as Gerald Nickelberry, Josh’s father and arguably his grandest supporter.

A native of Memphis, Gerald Nickelberry is a former football standout at perennial power Melrose.

A RELATED STORY: http://memphisport.com/2015/10/mid-south-recruiting-son-of-orange-mound-native-rated-as-north-carolinas-top-sg-for-class-of-2019/.

“It was obviously exciting and humbling,” Gerald Nickelberry said his son’s latest achievement. “It is quite an accomplishment, but at the same time, it is validation that with a strong faith in God, coupled with hard work, anything is possible and achievable. We are proud of Josh. He has embraced this opportunity and he is focused. His time in the gym training and preparing reflects that.”

In addition, his stellar work ethic and steadfast desire to progress has boost his recruiting stick mightily, according to various recruiting experts, many of whom has listed Josh Nickelberry amongst the Top 60 players in the country for the Class of 2019.

STOCK RISING --- Josh Nickelberry, a rising sophomore shooting guard for Northwood Temple Academy in Fayetteville, North Carolina, he was the beneficiary recently of another remarkable honor, one that was a testament of his overall body of work in recent months. Rated as the No. 1 shooting guard in North Carolina for the Class of 2019, Nickelberry has been invited to a USA Basketball Men’s Junior National Team Minicamp. The four-day event, which will feature the top players in the classes of 2019 and 2020, will be held October 7-10 in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and it will help determine the rosters for the upcoming FIBA Americas Tournament and future Hoop Summit games.

STOCK RISINGJosh Nickelberry, a rising sophomore shooting guard for Northwood Temple Academy in Fayetteville, North Carolina, he was the beneficiary recently of another remarkable honor, one that was a testament of his overall body of work in recent months. Rated as the No. 1 shooting guard in North Carolina for the Class of 2019, Nickelberry has been invited to a USA Basketball Men’s Junior National Team Minicamp.
The four-day event, which will feature the top players in the classes of 2019 and 2020, will be held October 7-10 in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and it will help determine the rosters for the upcoming FIBA Americas Tournament and future Hoop Summit games.

This season at Trinity Christian, he will team up with fellow rising sophomore, 6-foot-7 Joey Baker, another highly-recruited standout who has been ranked amongst the ESPN’s Top 25 players nationally for the class of 2019 during rankings that were released in mid-August.

Amongst the reasons that Josh Nickelberry’s stock had risen is that he appeared in the prestigious Super Sophomore Camp in Atlanta, where he led the entire camp in scoring, as well as in six other major categories.

A RELATED STORY: http://memphisport.com/2016/03/north-carolina-prep-hoops-standout-josh-nickelberry-boosting-recruiting-stock-says-his-father-a-native-memphian/.

In addition, he was as good as advertised on the AAU circuit, where he averaged better than 25 points per game this summer for Team Loaded of North Carolina.

“These paths couple months, I’ve just been recovering from the summer but maintaining my strength and skills,” Josh Nickelberry said. “I’ve been working very hard trying to get ready for the upcoming season and the USA minicamp.”

What a difference a year has made.



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Mississippi Valley State swingman Vacha Vaughn has ‘unfinished’ business heading into senior campaign

VALLEY HOOP DREAMS --- In this, his upcoming senior season for the Delta Devils of the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC), Vacha Vaughn figures to finally manufacture the breakthrough season that will give way to greater opportunities for the former Memphis Mitchell High standout. Greater as in being afforded the luxury of putting his immense skills on display at the professional level. (Photos courtesy of MVSU Athletics)

VALLEY HOOP DREAMSIn this, his upcoming senior season for the Delta Devils of the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC), Vacha Vaughn figures to finally manufacture the breakthrough season that will give way to greater opportunities for the former Memphis Mitchell High standout. Greater as in being afforded the luxury of putting his immense skills on display at the professional level. (Photos courtesy of MVSU Athletics)

When asked on Tuesday how would he assess his junior campaign, Mississippi Valley State swingman Vacha Vaughn was forthright and straight to the point.

By and large, he was only keeping it real.

In fact, he fielded the question as if he expected it.

“Unfinished,” Vaughn told Sports Journalist Andre Johnson.

That, after all, means one vital thing, as far as Vaughn is concerned.

In this, his upcoming season senior for the Delta Devils of the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC), Vaughn figures to finally manufacture the breakthrough season that will give way to greater opportunities for the former Memphis Mitchell High standout.

Mississippi Valley State swingman Vacha Vaughn

Mississippi Valley State swingman Vacha Vaughn

Greater as in being afforded the luxury of putting his immense skills on display at the professional level.

“I spent my summer working a summer job and preparing for senior year of basketball,” Vaughn said.

All things considered, Vaughn would be the first to tell you that brushing up on his mechanics was essential as he readies for a pivotal final year of college eligibility for an MVSU team that limped to an 8-27 finished last season, including a 0-13 mark on the road in non-conference play.

For starters, Vaughn is coming off of what was a subpar junior campaign, although he made the necessary adjustments prior to last season that enabled him to enjoy valuable minutes.

NOT DONE YET --- All things considered, Vaughn would be the first to tell you that brushing up on his mechanics was essential as he readies for a pivotal final year of college eligibility for an MVSU team that limped to an 8-27 finished last season, including a 0-13 mark on the road in non-conference play.

NOT DONE YETAll things considered, Vaughn would be the first to tell you that brushing up on his mechanics was essential as he readies for a pivotal final year of college eligibility for an MVSU team that limped to an 8-27 finished last season, including a 0-13 mark on the road in non-conference play.

Of MVSU’s 35 games, the 6-foot-4, 215-pound Vaughn made a career-best 34 appearances, averaging 3.9 points while making nearly 68 percent of his field goals.

Add to the fact that he averaged a compelling 20.2 minutes of action and was remarkably aggressive on the boards — he averaged a career-high 4.4 rebounds — and it’s no wonder Vaughn is clinging to lofty aspirations of beefing up his stock as the Delta Devils prepare to open camp in approximately one month.

He registered a career-high of 14 points on 6-of-8 shooting in 25 minutes last year in a losing effort against Tennessee Tech.

“I am very hard-working,” Vaughn said of his offseason workouts. “I love being in the gym and around basketball. Every day, there is always room for improvement.”

Which, to Vaughn’s credit, is his primary focus heading into his final season of collegiate ball.

KEY CONTRIBUTOR --- Of MVSU’s 35 games, the 6-foot-4 Vaughn made a career-best 34 appearances, averaging 3.9 points while making nearly 68 percent of his field goals.

KEY CONTRIBUTOROf MVSU’s 35 games last year, the 6-foot-4 Vaughn made a career-best 34 appearances, averaging 3.9 points while making nearly 68 percent of his field goals.

Having been the catalyst of a tradition-rich Mitchell program that has emerged as a Shelby-Metro-area dynasty with three consecutive state championships, the 22-year-old Vaughn chose MVSU after having garnered offers from Lane College, Jacksonville University, and Victory University during his stellar prep stint in the basketball-crazed Bluff City.

Now, as he looks ahead with great expectancy to what figures to a long awaited coming-out-party, of sorts, this year for MVSU, he knows full well he’ll have at his disposal a golden opportunity to excel — and make a favorable impression upon pro scouts — for a Delta Devil squad that will aiming to atone for last year’s disastrous finish.

Not only is Vaughn confident he will be as good as advertised as a senior, but his mother, Alesia Franklin, will undoubtedly make regular trips to Itta Bena, Mississippi to watch her son perform in what figures to be a banner season.

“The sky is the limit for my son because he works very hard at what he does,” Franklin said. “He first began playing basketball at Chickasaw Middle but always (played it) as a kid. College basketball is so important for him because it is fun and he loves to play the sport.”

Not only that, someone who’s extremely close to Vaughn is monitoring him closely.

NOT SATISFIED, HE SAID --- “I am very hard-working,” Vaughn said of his offseason workouts. “I love being in the gym and around basketball. Every day, there is always room for improvement.”

NOT SATISFIED, HE SAID“I am very hard-working,” Vaughn said of his offseason workouts. “I love being in the gym and around basketball. Every day, there is always room for improvement.”

“He’s a good role model because his little brother looks up to him and some of the other kids in the neighborhood,” Franklin said. “And the sport keeps him physically fit and it allows him to develop skills, strategies, and communication with others that plays the same sport. I would like to add that anything is possible with God who strengthens us.”

All of which generally explains why the 2016-17 season is arguably the most important of Vaughn’s basketball career.

All of which virtually explains why he isn’t merely satisfied at this stage in his college hoops career.

“Unfinished,” Vaughn said.

With a straight face.



 

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ABOUT ANDRE: A 2000 graduate of the University of Memphis School of Journalism and a former sportswriter for the Memphis Commercial Appeal newspaper, Johnson is a senior writer for MemphiSport. Based in Dallas, Texas, Johnson covers the NBA Southwest  Division and the NFL. To read him, send email to: memphisgraduate@yahoo.com. Also, follow him on Twitter @AJ_Journalist.

Amid controversy, Colin Kaepernick had better win early and often in 2016

12308302_1264615573553243_4556209296677596210_nDALLAS — Without question, I am a diehard San Francisco 49ers fan, have been for the past three-plus decades.

And for someone who has actually interviewed and had one-on-one conversations with 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, I think he’s a tremendously compassionate and talented guy.

Heck, the guy, all while displaying his signature grin, even asked if he could have the Niners cufflinks I wore in the visitors’ locker room following San Francisco’s game at the Tennessee Titans in September 2014.

MUCH TO PROVE? San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has been subject of ongoing criticism amid his sideline national anthem protests. But will his blatant actions translate into wins this upcoming season for a 49ers team that hasn't reached the playoffs since 2013? (Photo by Jim Gensheimer/Getty Images

SO MUCH TO PROVE? San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has been the subject of seemingly ongoing criticism amid his sideline national anthem protests. But will his blatant pregame actions translate into wins this upcoming season for a 49ers team that hasn’t reached the playoffs since 2013? (Photo by Jim Gensheimer/Getty Images)

Regardless, in the wake of this seemingly ongoing controversy surrounding the veteran All-Pro quarterback, this is my forthright take on what obviously has become a public relations fiasco for a team that’s expected to be one of the NFL’s worst in 2016.

All things considered, it would be in Kaepernick’s best interest to win early and often this upcoming season, especially if he’s named the starting signal caller for a struggling 49ers team that hasn’t sniffed the postseason in two consecutive seasons.

Anything short of a drastic improvement from the previous two seasons, anything short of why Kaepernick had emerged as the NFL’s most feared dual-threat quarterback under ex-Niners coach Jim Harbaugh’s regime, anything short of a playoff berth or even a near-playoff-clinch would undoubtedly give way to more backlash for an overpaid, underachieving quarterback who, quite frankly, still hasn’t learned the basic fundamentals of reading defenses and, unfortunately, has so much to atone for on the field to even be mentioned in the same breath as, say, fellow NFC West quarterback and Super Bowl champion Russell Wilson.

In essence, while I do not, in any shape or form, oppose to Kaepernick’s sideline national anthem protest that consequently has generated excessive headlines, I do, nonetheless, sense his blatant, dauntless actions will undoubtedly give way to his performance under center being monitored even more closely in 2016, especially by new head coach Chip Kelly and team officials.

Which, of course, in Kaepernick’s case, he had better accomplish at least one of the following feats:

SAN FRANCISCO TREAT? Anything short of a drastic improvement from the previous two seasons, anything short of why Kaepernick had emerged as the NFL's most feared dual-threat quarterback under ex-Niners coach Jim Harbaugh's regime, anything short of playoff berth or even a near-playoff-berth would undoubtedly give way to more criticism for a quarterback who, quite frankly, still hasn't learned to the basic fundamentals of reading defenses and, unfortunately, has ohhh so much to atone for on the field to even be mentioned in the same breath as, say, fellow NFC West quarterback and Super Bowl champion Russell Wilson. (Photo by Michael Thomas/Getty Images)

QUEST FOR WINS: Anything short of a drastic improvement from the previous two seasons, anything short of why Kaepernick had emerged as the NFL’s most feared dual-threat quarterback under ex-Niners coach Jim Harbaugh’s regime, anything short of playoff berth or even a near-playoff-berth would undoubtedly give way to more criticism for a quarterback who, quite frankly, still hasn’t learned to the basic fundamentals of reading defenses and, unfortunately, has ohhh so much to atone for on the field to even be mentioned in the same breath as, say, fellow NFC West quarterback and Super Bowl champion Russell Wilson. (Photo by Michael Thomas/Getty Images)

 

Either he had better engineer the Niners to a somewhat respectable record this upcoming season, either he had better become the ringleader in helping the Niners silence critics and prognosticators by clinching an unlikely playoff berth, or he will surely become the most ridiculed quarterback in the league opposite Robert Griffin III.

For all the right reasons, too.

So for your sake, Kap, here’s hoping you go out and win games early and often this season for a team that hasn’t done much of that in recent years.

Here’s hoping you go out and win games so that you can finally prove that you are worth every penny of the six-year, $126 million extension you signed two summers ago.

And for your sake, here’s hoping you go out and win games so that you can return to kissing your biceps, thus demonstrating you have a leg to stand on.

Figuratively, of course.



Andre T. Johnson is a senior writer for MemphiSport.com. Based in Dallas, Texas, Johnson covers the NBA and NFL. To reach him, send email to: memphisgraduate@yahoo.com. Also, follow him on Twitter @AJ_Journalist. 

Professional massage therapist and dance choreographer Keith Clark thriving in Dallas/Fort Worth area

DALLAS — Keith Clark II was asked earlier this week to recall his past history as an athlete.

After pausing momentarily, the usual outspoken, yet modest Clark responded with the proverbial “Laughing Out Loud.”

TEXAS SIZE IMPACT --- Currently a resident of the Dallas/Fort Worth area, Gary, Indiana native Keith Clark II is a professional Dancer/Instructor/Choreographer as well a Licensed Massage Therapist for a business venture he has deemed Revivify Massage Therapy. By and large, the 41-year-old Clark oversees a business called Keith Clark Collection (or KCC), which is an all natural line of skin care and aromatherapy “goodies” to assist in healing one's mind, body and emotions.

TEXAS SIZE IMPACTCurrently a resident of the Dallas/Fort Worth area, Gary, Indiana native Keith Clark II is a professional Dancer/Instructor/Choreographer as well a Licensed Massage Therapist for a business venture he has deemed Revivify Massage Therapy. By and large, the 41-year-old Clark oversees a business called Keith Clark Collection (or KCC), which is an all natural line of skin care and aromatherapy “goodies” to assist in healing one’s mind, body and emotions. (Photo by B. Ellis Photography) 

“I (participated in) track (and field) on and off, then made the decision to dance,” Clark told longtime journalist during an exclusive interview “(LOL)…I didn’t complete one full season in track. (SMH)….”

While Clark’s past athletic tenure was rather short-lived, the Gary, Indiana native’s disposition was such that he steadfastly devised ways to broaden his horizon, embraced new challenges, thus took advantage of golden opportunities to excel.

In a nutshell, he’s widely known amongst his peers as one who customarily goes above and beyond to not just create a carefree lifestyle for himself but, most importantly, for those with whom he frequently crosses paths.

That, after all, practically sums up why Clark has delved off into the world of entrepreneurialship.

Currently a resident of the Dallas/Fort Worth area, Clark is a professional Dancer/Instructor/Choreographer as well a Licensed Massage Therapist for a business venture he has deemed Revivify Massage Therapy.

mmmmBy and large, the 41-year-old Clark oversees a business called Keith Clark Collection (or KCC), which is an all natural line of skin care and aromatherapy “goodies” to assist in healing one’s mind, body and emotions.

“The reason I chose track is because it is a very individualized sport, where even though you are a team, ultimately your race is on your race,” said Clark, explaining the correlation between the competitive drive of sports and starting a business. “That same dedication, focus, individualism, grit, sweat and determination are needed when you decide to become an entrepreneur and/or step out on your own to start a business.”

Follow Keith on Social Media: Revivify on Facebook/renewrestorerecharge
Website: www.revivify.massagetherapy.com.
Follow KCC on Facebook & Instagram: @keithclarkcollection
Website: www.k2c.bigcartel.com.

If nothing else, Clark undoubtedly possesses the skills and durability, particularly as it pertains to running the business ventures about which he oversees.

aaaFor starters, he’s been diligently involved in dancing, teaching, choreographing for more than three decades and has become an efficient masseuse for the past 18 years (but has been officially licensed for six years.

“When I decided to leave the corporate world,” said Clark, a Purdue University graduate, “KCC about five years old…three years of trial and era and research, but actively selling for years.”

Moreover, Clark would be the first to admit that being a longtime massage therapist has its distinct advantages, of sorts.

yyy“Being a massage therapist, I see firsthand a lot of clients that are medicated and, believe it or not, a lot of these synthetic medications actually hinder the body from naturally healing itself,” Clark explained. “This is where KCC comes into play. As I began to research the benefits of aromatherapy via essential oils and natural alternatives to combat skin issues that some of my clients had, such as eczema, psoriasis, acne, and warts. Or emotional issues such as anxiety, depression, grief. And physical issues such as headaches, migraines, digestive, sinus, respiratory and circulation. So I started creating products that had proven results which led to my clients wanting to purchase what assisted in “healing” them. After two years of coaxing, sampling on friends and colleagues, KCC came to be.”

yyyyyyThe rest, as they say, is history.

Not only is it safe to assume that Clark is well-rounded and quite knowledgeable about his products but, to his credit, his business venture is starting to enhance the lives of his clients.

So much for trial and era.

eee“I love the fact that my very active background, from wanting to be a stunt man to running track to dancing has allowed me to get to know the ultimate piece of machinery, (which is) the human body,” Clark said. “This allows me to pin point the mechanical breakdown of a person’s musculature and try to assist clients in maintaining their body to perform daily activities. And for my athletic clients, optimizing their body to compete at higher levels.

zzzzMore than anything, Clark acknowledges, it is because of his unyielding faith that has elevated his business mightily.

“I am a believer in Christ,” Clark said. “When you know whose you are and why you are, your gifts and talents will make room for you. When one realizes their purpose in this life, you can’t help but to be obedient to the calling on your life — loving, sharing, and helping our fellow man/woman are imperative.”

Spoken like a true, progressive businessman.



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Andre Johnson is a senior writer for MemphiSport. A 2000 graduate of the University of Memphis School of Journalism, Johnson covers the NBA Southwest Division from Dallas, Texas. To reach Johnson, send an email to memphisgraduate@yahoo.com. Also, follow him on Twitter @AJ_Journalist.

Shaw (Miss.) High swingman Anthony Jackson aiming for a banner senior campaign

aassAnthony D’Sean Jackson would be the first to tell you that he has a number of short-term goals and ambitions.

Among them:

Continue to make favorable grades in the classroom.

Continue to fine tune his basketball mechanics during what has been a busy offseason for the Shaw (Mississippi) High basketball standout.

And, most importantly, continue to steadfastly strive to solidify for a college athletic scholarship.

“I have a lot of Division II and III colleges looking at me but none of them contacted me besides the University of Mobile,” Jackson told Sports Journalist Andre Johnson during a recent interview. “I have spoken with them about their school.”

Given the considerable strides he’s made, particularly during an efficient offseason in which he has been afforded the golden opportunity to upgrade his skills in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, chances are Jackson figures to garner some feedback from a number of other schools in the foreseeable future.

MAKING PROGRESS --- Given the considerable strides he’s made, particularly during an efficient offseason in which he has been afforded the golden opportunity to upgrade his skills in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, chances are Shaw High swingman Anthony Jackson figures to garner some feedback from a number of other schools in the foreseeable future. A 6-foot-1 swingman who averaged better than 8.1 points per game last season for an Antonio Davis-coached Shaw team that finished 20-9, Jackson in all likelihood will be expected to have a more vital role in what figures to be a banner campaign for a kid that boasts lofty aspirations of playing at the collegiate level.

MAKING PROGRESSGiven the considerable strides he’s made, particularly during an efficient offseason in which he has been afforded the golden opportunity to upgrade his skills in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, chances are Shaw High swingman Anthony Jackson figures to garner some feedback from a number of other schools in the foreseeable future.
A 6-foot-1 swingman who averaged better than 8.1 points per game last season for an Antonio Davis-coached Shaw team that finished 20-9, Jackson in all likelihood will be expected to have a more vital role in what figures to be a banner campaign for a kid that boasts lofty aspirations of playing at the collegiate level.

A 6-foot-1 swingman who averaged better than 8.1 points per game last season for an Antonio Davis-coached Shaw team that finished 20-9, Jackson in all likelihood will be expected to have a more vital role in what figures to be a banner campaign for a kid that boasts lofty aspirations of playing at the collegiate level.

In meantime, the 17-year-old Jackson has issued a direct, forthright message to those who might perhaps hasten to Shaw this fall to monitor his play.

“I would like recruiters to know that I am a small town kid that is very humble and dedicated to the sport,” Jackson said. “I am a very active and athletic two-way guard that can score the ball and defend as well. I’m welcomed to land anywhere that will accept me as a team player and that I’m willing to give my all to bring my talent to a new environment and home.”

All things considered, if Jackson ultimately fulfills his long-awaited dream of signing a National Letter of Intent to play college basketball, no one would be more appreciative and giddy than his mother, LaShunda Jackson.

A single, supportive mother of three and a native of Shaw, LaShunda Jackson said nothing would be more gratifying than to witness her son select the college of his choice in the coming months.

MOTHERLY LOVE --- All things considered, if Jackson ultimately fulfills his long-awaited dream of signing a National Letter of Intent to play college basketball, no one would be more appreciative and giddy than his mother, LaShunda Jackson. A single, supportive mother of three and a native of Shaw, LaShunda Jackson said nothing would be more gratifying than to witness her son select the college of his choice in the coming months.

MOTHERLY LOVEAll things considered, if Jackson ultimately fulfills his long-awaited dream of signing a National Letter of Intent to play college basketball, no one would be more appreciative and giddy than his mother, LaShunda Jackson (on right).
A single, supportive mother of three and a native of Shaw, LaShunda Jackson said nothing would be more gratifying than to witness her son select the college of his choice in the coming months.

“I never really engaged in him playing basketball until he was around fifth or sixth grade when a lot of people was telling me that he is a very bright kid for his age and he could take you somewhere far with his talent for basketball,” LaShunda Jackson explained. “Ever since then, I’ve supported him in every event he participated in as his No 1 fan.

According to LaShunda Jackson, there were times in which her son had represented the Jackson household mightily, particularly when she couldn’t make it to his games.

“I didn’t actually believe he was doing big things like people use to say he was doing,” she said. “Every time I didn’t show up at his games, people use to get on me about me not being (there).”

However, whenever mom made her to the gymnasium to watch Shaw play, her son was as good as advertised.

STOCK RISING? “I have a lot of Division II and III colleges looking at me but none of them contacted me besides the University of Mobile,” Jackson told Sports Journalist Andre Johnson during a recent interview. “I have spoken with them about their school.”

STOCK RISING? “I have a lot of Division II and III colleges looking at me but none of them contacted me besides the University of Mobile,” Jackson told Sports Journalist Andre Johnson during a recent interview. “I have spoken with them about their school.”

As if there were really any doubts.

“I saw him play for myself and he showed out for me,” LaShunda Jackson. “He didn’t always do his best when I showed up, but I will say he is a competitor.”

Speaking of the competitive drive for which Anthony Jackson is known for exemplifying, that is amongst the key attributes he hopes college scouts will take into account — sooner than later.

“I’m just putting in some grind and always trying to become the best player to play the game,” he said. “I didn’t have it easy growing up and it was hard getting through, but basketball was always there . Now that I’m older, I want to accomplish my dreams of being a very gratifying college player and maybe pushing my game to the NBA.”

Which, after all, is yet another of his lofty goals and ambitions.



12308302_1264615573553243_4556209296677596210_nEDITOR’S NOTE: If you have a child or team that is seeking exposure and would like an in-depth sports news story, call Reporter Andre Johnson at 901-690-6587 or Facebook message him for details under “Andre T. Johnson.”

Andre Johnson is a senior writer for MemphiSport. A 2000 graduate of the University of Memphis School of Journalism, Johnson covers the NBA Southwest Division from Dallas, Texas. To reach Johnson, send an email to memphisgraduate@yahoo.com. Also, follow him on Twitter @AJ_Journalist.

Whitehaven RB Chris Witherspoon using football to help cope with deaths of his three sisters

aaaFor Christopher Witherspoon, it all unfolded some 12 years old.

At the tender age of four at the time, Witherspoon began a game of toss and catch with a water bottle, moments after a youth football practice.

Little did he know, arguably his grandest supporter was right there, observing his every move.

“I picked Chris up for a game and he had a water bottle throwing up in the air back and forth,” Lee Witherspoon told Sports Journalist Andre Johnson on Wednesday. “And when he came to the car, I asked him, ‘What you were doing?’ He said, ‘I was practicing on my catching the football.’ I knew then that was his first love as a sport.”

The rest, as, they say, was history.

Twelve years removed from that memorable dialogue with his father, Lee Witherspoon has gone to great length to ensure that his son thrives and excels in a sport that for him, essentially has become a way a life.

 

STOCK RISING --- A former Lausanne Collegiate School standout who was the catalyst of a Lynx team that advanced to the second round of the TSSAA Division 2-A playoffs last year and finished 8-4, Chris Witherspoon will be aiming to pick up where he left off this fall, this time when he suits up for perennial power Memphis Whitehaven. A rising junior running back who stands at 5-foot-8 and weighs 180-pounds, Chris Witherspoon spent a majority of his stint at the private ranks assembling a solid resume in the backfield, considering Lausanne possessed an efficient rushing attack.

STOCK RISINGA former Lausanne Collegiate School standout who was the catalyst of a Lynx team that advanced to the second round of the TSSAA Division 2-A playoffs last year and finished 8-4, Chris Witherspoon will be aiming to pick up where he left off this fall, this time when he suits up for perennial power Memphis Whitehaven.
A rising junior running back who stands at 5-foot-8 and weighs 180-pounds, Chris Witherspoon spent a majority of his stint at the private ranks assembling a solid resume in the backfield, considering Lausanne possessed an efficient rushing attack.

Today, with the continuous backing and tireless support of his family, Chris Witherspoon is making a strong case that he’s destined to put his immense football skills on display at the collegiate level.

A former Lausanne Collegiate School standout who was the catalyst of a Lynx team that advanced to the second round of the TSSAA Division 2-A playoffs last year and finished 8-4, Chris Witherspoon will be aiming to pick up where he left off this fall, this time when he suits up for perennial power Memphis Whitehaven.

A rising junior running back who stands at 5-foot-8 and weighs 180-pounds, Chris Witherspoon spent a majority of his stint at the private ranks assembling a solid resume in the backfield, considering Lausanne possessed an efficient rushing attack.

To his credit, all he did was prove that Whitehaven coach Rodney Saulsberry has only reloaded his potent rushing attack, in large part because Chris Witherspoon’s 1,006 yards on the ground last year were tops on a Lausanne team that averaged 190.4 yards rushing per game.

RESPECT DA HAVEN --- To his credit, all he did was prove that Whitehaven coach Rodney Saulsberry has only reloaded his potent rushing attack, in large part because Chris Witherspoon’s 1,006 yards on the ground last year were tops on a Lausanne team that averaged 190.4 yards rushing per game. “Coach Saulsberry is the greatest thing to happen to me and my son,” Lee Witherspoon said.

RESPECT DA HAVENTo his credit, all Chris did was prove that Whitehaven coach Rodney Saulsberry has only reloaded his potent rushing attack, in large part because Chris Witherspoon’s 1,006 yards on the ground last year were tops on a Lausanne team that averaged 190.4 yards rushing per game.
“Coach Saulsberry is the greatest thing to happen to me and my son,” Lee Witherspoon said.

“Coach Saulsberry is the greatest thing to happen to me and my son,” Lee Witherspoon said. “Coach said Chris is an outstanding player and student of the game. Chris was a Whitehaven kid anyway, even though I took him to another school. Coach Saulsberry welcomes us with open arms. We love coach Saulsberry and his staff.”

What’s even more astounding is that the Whitehaven community and residents in the surrounding Memphis-metropolitan area have thoroughly embraced the Witherspoons in recent years, most notably during what undoubtedly were the darkest days of their lives.

On December 19, 1997, Lee Witherspoon’s three daughters, Ashlee (three years old), and twins Asia and Aleecia Witherspoon (18 months at the time), were killed in a house fire in the Orange Mound community in Northeast Memphis, news that sent shock waves through the city and Mid-South.

According to Lee Witherspoon, such an occurrence was a devastating time for his family, which relied on its unyielding faith in God and support of the community to help them cope with such tragedies.

For Lee Witherspoon, so devastating were the deaths of his babies that he admittedly contemplated taking his own life.

vvvv“When it happened, Chris’ mother was pregnant with his brother, Lee III, and I had to drive his mother to the hospital,” Lee Witherspoon explained. “And me… I tried being strong for her and our child. But one night, I blamed myself (for the babies’ deaths) and tried to commit suicide. But God had another plan for us.”

Years removed from such a life-altering experience, Chris doesn’t shy away from the notion that he’s using football as an outset, of sorts, with regards to coping with life without his beloved sisters.

HUGE LOSS --- On December 19, 1997, Chris Witherspoon’s three daughters, Ashlee (three years old), and twins Asia and Aleecia Witherspoon (18 months at the time), were killed in a house fire in the Orange Mound community in Northeast Memphis, news that sent shock waves through the city and Mid-South.

HUGE LOSSOn December 19, 1997, Chris Witherspoon’s three daughters, Ashlee (three years old), and twins Asia and Aleecia Witherspoon (18 months at the time), were killed in a house fire in the Orange Mound community in Northeast Memphis, news that sent shock waves through the city and Mid-South.

As he tells it, playing the game he loves, by all accounts, is his way of recalling and carrying out their legacies.

“I train all week with my coaches and my dad,” said Chris Witherspoon, who’s currently attending camps with several of his Whitehaven teammates. “I know the game and would like to know even more. I will spend the summer getting faster and stronger and smarter.”

As he readies for what figures to be a breakthrough junior season with a Tiger team that boast state championship aspirations, Chris is hopeful that scouts and recruiters will began placing him under their radar.

LOOKING AHEAD --- Years removed from such a life-altering experience, Chris doesn’t shy away from the notion that he’s using football as an outset, of sorts, with regards to coping with life without his beloved sisters. As he tells it, playing the game he loves, by all accounts, is his way of recalling and carrying out their legacies.

LOOKING AHEADYears removed from such a life-altering experience, Chris doesn’t shy away from the notion that he’s using football as an outset, of sorts, with regards to coping with life without his beloved sisters.
As he tells it, playing the game he loves, by all accounts, is his way of recalling and carrying out their legacies.

My long-term goal is to get a full ride (scholarship) to a major college to help my parents with tuition,” Chris Witherspoon said. “Coach Saulsberry has been an inspiration to me. Even though I’m a Whitehaven kid and my parents chose for me to go somewhere else in the ninth grade, he still welcomed me with open arms and me and my family love him for that.”

Especially his adorable little sisters, his biggest cheerleaders who undoubtedly will be cheering him on from heaven as he plays the game he loves in their memories.

This upcoming season and beyond.



12308302_1264615573553243_4556209296677596210_nEDITOR’S NOTE: If you have a child or team that is seeking exposure and would like an in-depth sports news story, call Reporter Andre Johnson at 901-690-6587 or Facebook message him for details under “Andre T. Johnson.”

Andre Johnson is a senior writer for MemphiSport. A 2000 graduate of the University of Memphis School of Journalism, Johnson covers the NBA Southwest Division from Dallas, Texas. To reach Johnson, send an email to memphisgraduate@yahoo.com. Also, follow him on Twitter @AJ_Journalist.