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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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Warren Central Vikings football season ends with a loss to Oxford

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The Warren Central Vikings football season came to an end last night with a 33-14 loss to No. 4 Oxford.

The Vikings struggled offensively throughout the game and did not find the end zone until late in the ball game.

Bad field position and a dropped punt that went for an Oxford touchdown put Warren Central behind at halftime 19-0.

The Vikings ran a halfback pass in the fourth quarter, and junior Kentrick Thompson threw the ball to wide open receiver  Shayne Ragan for a touchdown. Antonio Thomas would catch the next touchdown pass for the Vikings from quarterback Parker Kivett.

The loss would end the season for the Vikingsd with a 6-6 record, but it would make it their eighth consecutive playoff appearance under head coach Josh Morgan.

Oxford will go on to play South Panola in the second round of the playoffs next Friday, Nov. 22, and Starkville will play Olive Branch.

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Vicksburg and Warren County schools rack up basketball wins and losses

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Vicksburg Junior High coach Jerdon Hardiman talks to his team.

Teams all around the River City played basketball last night resulting in three schools winning and one school losing their first games of the year.

Vicksburg High men and women’s teams lost last night when they traveled to Holmes County Central. The Lady Gators fell short with a score of 58-49. The men could not pull out a victory either, losing 70-55.

The Warren Central boys won their game against Germantown by nearly 20 points with a final score of 73-54, and the Lady Vikings also won 47-40 against Germantown.

Four Junior High teams pulled off victories starting with the Vicksburg Boys team who beat Byram 51-37. Tyler Carter scored 21 points with 13 rebounds. VJHS ladies would also knock off Byram with a score of 22-18.

Warren Central Junior High teams traveled to Pearl where both the girls and the boys would return with victories. The boys won 55-34, and the girls won 27-10.

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Hinds Lady Bulldogs win season opener 47-46 over Holmes CC

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Amaz Carmichael in action Nov. 14

The Hinds Community College Lady Bulldogs defeated the Holmes Community College Lady Bulldogs 47-46 in their season opener last night, Nov. 14.

Holmes jumped out to an early 14-6 lead in the first quarter before Hinds responded in the second quarter to take a 29-24 lead at halftime.

Both teams scored 12 points in the third quarter keeping Hinds in the lead 41-36 at the end of the quarter.

In the fourth quarter, Holmes outscored Hinds 10-6, but it was not enough as Hinds held onto the lead to secure the 47-46 victory.

Amaz Carmichael, from Lincoln, Ala., led all scorers. The freshman center scored 16 points for Hinds and shot 7-11 from the field. Carmichael also hauled in 19 rebounds, had two assists, and blocked five shots in her debut for the Lady Bulldogs.

Tamia Brown, from Jackson, Miss., and Kerrigan Johnson, from Tucker, Ga., also scored double-digit points to help lead Hinds to victory. Brown scored 11 points while Johnson put 10 points on the board.

The Lady Bulldogs will be back in action Monday, Nov. 18, to take on the Mississippi Delta Lady Trojans on the road in Moorhead. Tipoff for that game is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.

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