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Brown brothers learned sportsmanship and more from YMCA sports

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Dejari and Dacion Brown

Sportsmanship is something that is preached daily in all athletic competition. Dacion and Dejari Brown, from Vicksburg, are two examples of how young athletes learn their sports at a young age, gain maturity from it and become better athletes.

Both Dacion, now 10, and Dejari, 11, started playing YMCA sports in first grade at 6-years-old with flag football. As the two grew older, they began playing basketball where they worked hard. In 2018, the brothers played on the same team and Dacion played second string behind his brother while helping their team to an 8-0 championship season.

“YMCA basketball taught me how to work well with my team,” Dacion said, “and sharing the ball is important.”

“Shaking hands and not taunting other players and controlling your anger is one of the biggest lessons that I have learned,” Dejari said.

The Brown brothers are no strangers to championships. Playing for the Rockets, Dejari was part of winning the latest tackle football championship. And, after his brother went up into a bigger league, Dacion led the Golden Eagles to a basketball championship last February.

“I like being a play maker,” Dacion said.

For decades, the Vicksburg YMCA has paved the way for young athletes such as the Brown brothers. They are looking forward to getting drafted in the fifth and sixth grade league next week and deciding which team they will be on this season.

The last day to sign up for YMCA basketball is tomorrow, Nov. 10 at 5 p.m.  Financial assistance is available. Visit the Vicksburg YMCA website or call Sports Director Wayne Scott at 601-638-1071 for more information.

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Vicksburg hunter Patrick Southerland got his first deer this weekend

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Patrick Southerland (photo courtesy Brooke Southerland)

Vicksburg hunter Patrick Southerland killed his first deer this weekend in Warren County.

Southerland is 10 years old and a fourth grader at St. Francis Elementary School where he is known as a great student.

Southerland is also a football player for the St. Francis Flashes peewee football team and is well liked by his teammates and coaches.

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Brown helps Ole Miss to a 59-42 win over South Carolina

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Ben Brown (photo courtesy Ole Miss Athletics)

Vicksburg native and Ole Miss offensive lineman Ben Brown helped the Rebels to a 59-42 win over South Carolina Saturday.

Brown’s blocking allowed the Rebels offense to score 59 points, the highest score the team has put up all season. Brown started at center and was a key reason quarterback Matt Corral was protected enough to throw for six touchdowns in the big victory.

Brown is a junior at the University of Mississippi and is one of the Rebels best lineman in years. He is a 2017 graduate of St. Aloysius High School.

Ole Miss is now 3-4 and will face No. 5 Texas A&M Saturday.

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McDaniel and Sizemore finished successfully in their first season as head coaches

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VHS Gators Head Coach Todd McDaniel (photo )

Vicksburg High School football coach Todd McDaniel and St. Aloysius football coach Stacey Sizemore both finished with successful seasons in their first year at their schools.

McDaniel arrived at VHS earlier this year to help lead the Gator who hadn’t reached the playoffs since 2017.

The Gators had a rocky start in McDaniels first few games but the head coach quickly began turning things around as the offense got more and more comfortable with the wing-t running style.

The Gators were able to finish with a 4-8 season and ended up reaching the class 5A playoffs this season. McDaniel and the Gators will now begin weight room workouts to prepare for spring training.

Flashes Head Coach Stacey Sizemore (photo )

Sizemore got the head coaching job of the Flashes back in February and inherited a very young team that he was in charge of turning around.

The Flashes struggled in the beginning of the season and were unable to score a touchdown early in the year. Soon, St. Aloysius shocked Silliman Institute in a 38-0 shutout to give them their first win under Sizemore.

The Flashes went on the finish the season with a 4-7 record under Sizemore and they are now currently in off season training.

Both Sizemore and McDaniel have a long history and reputation of building successful programs at the schools which they have coached, and many fans will be supporting them as they are preparing for their second season.

 

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