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Former St. Aloysius and Alcorn coach Delvin Thompson moves to Jefferson County

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Delvin Thompson (Photo courtesy Alcorn State Athletics)

Jefferson County School District has hired former St. Aloysius basketball coach Delvin Thompson as its new athletic director and head basketball coach.

Thompson was a star basketball player at Jefferson County High School from 1999 to 2002 where he led his team to a South State Championship. He went on to play basketball at Utah Valley University before transferring to Alcorn State a year later.

While playing at Alcorn, Thompson scored 1,345 points in three seasons for the Braves. Thompson ranks as third all-time scorer in the school’s history among three-year players. Additionally, Thompson earned SWAC Newcomer of the Year honors in 2004-05 and was a two-time All-Conference selection. He averaged 15.8 points in his career.

He is excited about his new position and is ready to coach the team on the court where he once played.

“It feels really great coming back home to Jefferson County High School because it has provided stability for me on and off the court,” Thompson said. “I received my diploma here, so now this my opportunity to give back to the school as a whole, but more importantly, to give back to the basketball program that I was once a part of.”

Thompson began his coaching career in 2011 at St. Aloysius High School as head boys and girls basketball coach. He was then hired as assistant coach at Alcorn in 2016.

The Braves won 29 games in two seasons with Thompson on staff including an 18-14 mark in the 2016-17 season that culminated in a second-place regular season finish and a run to the finals of the SWAC Championship.

Jefferson County High School had a tough 1-18 season this past year but with Thompson’s leadership they will be back to being a great team in no time.

Thompson is married to Samantha Thompson, and they have four children, Noah, 8, Millie Ruth, 3, Delvin jr., and Haley.

 

 

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Vicksburg natives Butler and Harris play against each other for the second time this season

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DeMichael Harris and Malcolm Butler (photo courtesy of Rosie Harris)

Vicksburg natives DeMichael Harris and Malcolm Butler went head to head again Sunday night when the Indianapolis Colts took on the Tennessee Titans.

Butler led Titans to the 45-26 victory over the Colts, but both teams are having a great season.

Butler finished the game with 4 tackles and 1 interception for the Titans. Harris rushed one time for 2 yards and caught 1 pass for 1 yard for the Colts.

The two Vicksburg natives met for the first time last month when the Colts defeated the Titans 34-17, but this time it would be Butler and the Titans who took home the win.

DeMichael Harris and Malcolm Butler (courtesy of Rosie Harris)

After the big game, Butler and Harris posed for a picture which easily represents two guys from the same hometown playing the sport that they love.

 

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Deion Sanders coached high school to championship before leaving for JSU

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Jackson State University head coach Deion Sanders coached his final high school football game last night at Trinity Christian High School where they won the Texas Christian Athletic League Championship.

Sanders is the Tiger’s offensive coordinator and his son, Shedeur, is the team’s starting quarterback. They defeated the Heir Eagles Academy 59-28 to finish with a great 8-3 record.

Sanders posted members of his team on Twitter after the big win and showed how proud they are to be the champs.

Sanders also had three Vicksburg natives on the championship team who all contributed to winning the big game. Shardez Taylor, Marvin Martin Jr, and Quentin Pollard all had great performances this season for the Tigers.

Saturday’s game marked Sanders’ final game at Trinity. His focus is now on his new Jackson State football family. He was named head coach for JSU two months ago. He has already begun bringing in major recruits for Jackson State, including Shedeur who will be joining him next year.

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Former VJHS basketball coach King is now helping lead the PCA Lady Eagles

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DeAndre King (photo by Keith Phillips)

Former Vicksburg Junior High assistant basketball coach DeAndre King is now coaching at Porter’s Chapel Academy where he is assisting with the girls’ basketball team.

King began coaching in 2015 at VJHS under head coach Julius Williams. They led the Gators to win the Little Six Championship that year.

King coached under VJHS head basketball coach Jerdon Hardiman last year, finishing the season with a 18-1 record. He also helped the team reach the Little Six Championship that year, falling just short of victory to Clinton.

Now that King has made the move over to PCA, he is coaching under Casey Fisher and alongside Chandler Ellis. With King’s assistance, the Lady Eagles have been gaining much success this season.

King has now helped the Lady Eagles to a 4-2 record as they continue to grow and improve each week. The Eagles are  set to play against Deer Creek tomorrow at 6 p.m. at home.

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