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Destiny Sims wins the Best of 2020 Prospect Award

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Destiny Sims (photo courtesy Dewayne Sims-Sr.)

Vicksburg High School basketball player Destiny Sims participated in the Geeker’s Girl Combine over the weekend where she was given the Best of 2022 Prospect Award.

Participants in the combine came from Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi, and Sims managed to become the star of the show.

The combine was based on  drills, one-on-ones and five-on-fives. Sims worked hard at the event and left with an amazing award. Multiple scouts could see how talented she has become.

Sims is going into her third year starting for the Gators, and she finished last season averaging 12.4 points per game. She also led the Gators to the third round of the playoffs under head coach Troy Stewart.

Sims and the Gators will be gearing up for their season this month. They are scheduled to play Cleveland Central Nov. 17 in the first game of the season.

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Bethune-Cookman cancels all sports due to COVID-19

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Bethune-Cookman Wildcats (photo courtesy BCU Athletics)

Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona, Florida, has opted out of all sports for the remainder of the 2020-2021 academic year including football and basketball due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The university has ceased all student athletic activities until further notice out of an abundance of caution.

“In the face of a surging COVID-19 spike across much of the country and the State of Florida, we have concluded that the risks are too great for our student-athletes and staff to travel and compete at this time,” university President E. LaBrent Chrite said in a Thursday press release. “The health and safety of our student-athletes, as well as our coaches, staff and fans will always be our top priority.”

Bethune-Cookman is in its final year playing in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference and will be joining the SWAC conference in July 2021.

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Bolton and Taylor scored two touchdowns each for the Golden Eagles

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(photos by Samantha Claypool)

YMCA flag football players Noah Bolton and Jordan Taylor each scored two touchdowns Tuesday for the Golden Eagles.

On the second play of the game Bolton scored on a long touchdown pass from Taylor making the score 7-0 against the Vikings. In the second half of the game, Bolton caught an interception on defense and returned it for a touchdown.

Bolton is a fourth grader at Bowmar Elementary and is in his second year playing for the Golden Eagles.

Taylor scored twice for the Golden Eagles as well, including the pass to Bolton. He ended up scoring his second touchdown from a 56-yard run in the third quarter.

Taylor is a fourth grader at Warren Central Intermediate and is also in his second year with the Golden Eagles.

Peytin Jackson also scored a touchdown for the team when he caught a short pass and ran for 97 yards just before halftime.

Bolton and Taylor led the Golden Eagles to a 5-2 record last season, but this year they are undefeated standing at 4-0.

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Hardiman entering his fourth season as VJHS head basketball coach

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Jerdon Hardiman (photo used with permission)

Vicksburg Junior High boys basketball coach Jerdon Hardiman is entering his fourth season as head coach of the Gators.

Hardiman will lead the Gators onto the floor Thursday for their season opener playing the Warren Central Junior High Vikings. The Gators finished last season with a 18-1 record and played in the Little Six Championship game against Clinton where they had their only loss.

Hardiman is known for leading his teams to greatness, and the Gators have been successful ever since his arrival. Every year the roster changes for his young team, and he still manages to prepare them to be one of the best teams in the state.

This season will be Hardiman’s ninth year coaching and he plans to keep his winning streak going.

The games Thursday will be held at VJHS beginning at 5 p.m. with the girls team. The boys will play at 6 p.m.

 

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