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Ball Jammers win second-grade YMCA Championship



The Ball Jammers with their coaches, Chris Ponder, left, and Matt Bell. (photo by Keith Phillips)

The Ball Jammers won the YMCA championship for the seven-year-old league Tuesday night as they defeated the Lakers 22-8.

The Ball Jammers led in points for the entire game. Noah Ponder and Michael Banks both scored 10 points to lead their team to victory.

The Ball Jammers are a team of second graders from both the Vicksburg-Warren School District and Vicksburg Catholic School.

They are well coached by Chris Ponder and Matt Bell. Ponder is the father of player Noah Ponder, while Bell is the father of player Henry Bell.

Ball Jammers roster
Noah Ponder
Henry Bell
Michael Banks
Zaiden Wetermon
Bowen Keen
Graham Cappant
Jackson Ratliff


Hinds CC Football tryouts rescheduled for March 18



(photo by Tracy Duncan, Hinds CC)

The Hinds Eagles Football team has rescheduled football tryouts for Wednesday, March 18, 2020.

If you are interested in trying out, you must have an up-to-date physical and bring it with you to registration. You must also bring athletic attire (Shirt, shorts, cleats) to try out in.

Registration will take place on the day of the tryout from noon to 1 p.m. inside of Mayo Athletic Field House located on the Raymond campus.

The tryout will take place from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on Gene Murphy Field inside Joe Renfroe Stadium on Wednesday, March 18.

The cost of the tryout is $20.

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Hinds Lady Eagles win two games Sunday



The Hinds Lady Eagles (photo by Tracey Duncan, Hinds CC)

The Hinds Lady Eagles closed out the Meridian Rush Invitational Sunday with a pair of wins over Parkland Community College from Illinois and NJCAA Division 2 No. 2 ranked LSU-Eunice by scores of 5-4 and 8-4, respectively.

In the game against Parkland CC, pitcher Natalie Parker held Parkland’s offense at bay for the majority of the game.

She went 6.1 innings and gave up four runs, two of which came in the seventh inning. Parker scattered seven hits through her six-plus innings.

Ashley Lopez earned the save for the Lady Eagles as she entered the game with one out in the top of the seventh inning. Lopez threw three pitches and collected two outs to close the door on a 5-4 win.

Offensively, the Eagles were led by freshman Savannah Bryant who was coming off a four-hit, five RBI Saturday night, which included a home run. Bryant added another three hits (all doubles) to her total on the weekend to go along an additional three RBI’s she collected against Parkland.

Lopez and Hanna Wilkerson also added RBI’s of their own on a pair of singles.

In the game against LSU-Eunice, Cassidy Rhea was stellar on the mound, just as she was the night before in her win against Marion Military where she only surrendered two runs.

Against LSU-Eunice, Rhea gave up four runs through 6.1 innings pitched, with three runs coming in the bottom of the seventh inning. Natalie Parker would earn her second win of the day as she pitched 2.2 innings in relief.

At the plate, the Eagles started slow, but kicked it into high gear after the third inning, scoring in four out of the next six innings.

Jessica Deming got the scoring started for the Lady Eagles with a sacrifice fly that drove in Parker who reached on a leadoff double.

In the fifth, Sadie Parker drove in Katie Cheeks who reached on a walk. Sadie was then driven in by Hanna Wilkerson who laced a single.

Hinds extended their lead to 4-1 in the top of the seventh by way of a Sadie Parker leadoff triple followed by a Natalie Parker double.

After surrendering their lead in the bottom of the seventh, the Lady Eagles put up four runs on the Lady Bengals in the top of the ninth inning.

The ninth-inning offensive onslaught was powered by a leadoff bunt-single by Sadie Parker, which moved the international tie-breaker runner, Kat Bruner, to third. Wilkerson followed that up with a two-RBI single. Ashley Lopez then singled herself before Jessica Deming cracked a two-run double giving Hinds an 8-4 lead and eventual victory.

With the two victories, Hinds improves to 4-2 overall on the season.

The Hinds Lady Eagles will be back in action Tuesday, Feb. 25, at home against the Bossier Parish Community College Lady Cavaliers (7-6). First pitch of game one of the doubleheader is scheduled for 3 p.m. Game two will follow at approximately 5 p.m.

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Kelvin Carter has created a legacy at VHS as head basketball coach



Kelvin Carter (photo by Andre Carter)

Vicksburg High School boy’s basketball coach Kelvin Carter has finished his best season since being named head coach in 2017.

Carter became interim head coach in January 2017 after former coach Dellie Robinson fell ill midway through the season. Under Carter’s leadership, the Gators went 10-5 that year paving the way for VHS to offer him the permanent position.

In his first full season as head coach, Carter and the Gators didn’t have the record they hoped for as they ended with a 13-17 record. They still managed to get some big victories, including beating Jefferson County 104-43.

2018-2019 would be a different season for the Gators under Carter’s leadership. Vicksburg finished 17-11-1 with the help of lead scorer Devan Kiner who dropped 14 points per game.

By this time in Carter’s career, he had not defeated crosstown rival Warren Central, but the Gators managed to end a game with the Vikings in a tie.

The 2019-2020 season marked Carter’s third year as head coach, and the Gators came out stronger than ever. VHS not only won 20 games under Carter, but he also led them to defeat the Vikings twice, including a huge 82-49 victory.

This season, Carter had his team balanced to where they all worked together to share the ball and win their games. His three lead scorers were Peytin Jackson, Taylon Smith and Cameron Butler who all averaged more than 10 points per game.

The Gators ended the season with a 20-10 record. In their final game Saturday, they lost to Center Hill High in the playoffs in a close 69-60 game.

Throughout Carter’s tenure, he proved that the Gators are in good hands and will continue to improve under a great coach.

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