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Former VHS coach Tavares Johnson Sr. to coach in the Mississippi/Alabama All-Star game

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Tavares Johnson Sr. (courtesy of Ced Tillman)

Former Vicksburg High School football coach Tavares Johnson Sr. has been selected as a coach for the 2020 Mississippi/Alabama All-Star game.

Johnson will be coaching the wide receivers on the big game where top Mississippi athletes will play against Alabama high school players on December 12 in Montgomery, Alabama.

Johnson first became the head coach of VHS in 2012 after the retirement of Alonzo Stevens. He suffered a tough 1-10 season in his first year, but quickly turned things around in his second year, 2013, when he lead the Gators to a 6-6 season and a playoff appearance.

Johnson left VHS after two seasons and became the head coach of Simmons High School where he led the team to  two state championships.

Johnson is now the head coach of Northside High School, where he finished last season with a 14-1 record. He currently coaches alongside his son, Tavares Johnson Jr., who was the starting quarterback for VHS in 2013.

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Vicksburg father and daughter finish St. Jude marathon together

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(photo courtesy of Philip Doiron)

Vicksburg natives Anna Kate Doiron and her father, Phillip Doiron, finished the virtual St. Jude race together last Saturday, November 14, 2020, making them two of the first participants of the first virtual marathon hosted by the Memphis children’s hospital.

Both Anna Kate and Phillip began training in June during the height of the pandemic. They met up over some weekends in places such as Lake Bruin, Louisiana to train in order to prepare for what would be Anna Kate’s first marathon.

The two traveled to Oxford, Mississippi  last weekend where they had plenty of supporters cheering them on.  Anna Kate and Phillip ran for 4 hours and 58 minutes with a total distance of 26 miles.

During the race, Anna Kate and Phillip made it to Taylor, Mississippi where some of Anna Kate’s closest friends had signs and were cheering them on. Phillips’s wife, Kara, was waiting at the finish line to congratulate her daughter and husband.

Anna Kate posted her excitement on her Instagram page where she shared a photo with her father after completing the marathon.

Phillip, Executive Director and CEO of the Vicksburg YMCA, was thrilled to be able to share his love of fitness with his daughter.

“What started out as a fitness goal turned into some of the best memories that I have had in a long time with her,” Phillip said.

Anna Kate, who was the 2017 valedictorian of St. Aloysious, is now a senior Integrated Marketing Communications major at Ole Miss. After the successful race, the Doiron family was able to stay in Oxford and continue celebrating as the Ole Miss Rebels defeated South Carolina 59-42.

The annual fundraising event began in 1977 as the Memphis Express Marathon, and became St. Jude Memphis Marathon in 2002. Since taking over the race, more than $60 million has been raised to support the hospital and allow countless children to receive free healthcare.

With the introduction of the worldwide Covid-19 pandemic, St. Jude marathon organizers knew they could not cancel the hospital’s largest fundraiser. Instead, they reinvented the way racing is done. The 19th annual St. Jude Memphis Marathon® Weekend has transitioned to an interactive virtual experience taking place over a four-month period, beginning in August, and culminating with a virtual race day on Saturday, December 5.

Heather Mullins Williams contributed to this story.

 

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WC’s Segrest scored 14 points in the Vikings win over Forrest County AHS

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Warren Central High School girl’s basketball player Zykerri Segrest led the Vikings in Friday’s victory over Forrest County AHS.

The Vikings defeated the Aggies with a final score of 58-33.  Segrest, a junior, was responsible for 14 points. She also played great defense in the match and was a key reason why Forrest County AHS was only able to score one point in the fourth quarter.

Ja’ela Smith, a freshman, was also instrumental in the Viking’s win with an impressive 12 points.

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Lady Flashes defeat Cathedral 33-24

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The Flashes' Emily Cook drives the ball down the court. (photo courtesy Adam Cook)

The St. Aloysius High School girls basketball team defeated Cathedral High School Friday in a 33-24 victory.

Elizabeth Theriot led the Lady Flashes in points, finishing the night with 14. She was a key player in the Flashes’ big win over their rivals, the Cathedral Green Wave.

Taylor Chewning also put up big numbers in the win last night. She scored 13 points and got multiple assists from Emily Cook.

Cook added 2 points of her own along with three assists in the win.

The Lady Flashes now have a 3-2 record. They are preparing to play Discovery Christian Thursday, Dec. 3.

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