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Former VHS star football player Nick Anderson is ready to play USM



Nick Anderson (photo courtesy Nick Anderson)

Former Vicksburg High School two-time Defensive Player of the Year Nick Anderson is ready to play in his first collegiate bowl game when Tulane faces Southern Miss on Saturday, Jan. 4.

Anderson first began playing football in Vicksburg for the YMCA Bowmar Bears when he was in third grade. After that year, he went on to play for the Vicksburg Packers until junior high.

When he was in high school, Anderson played linebacker for VHS under former head coach Marcus Rogers. As a junior in the 2016 football season, Anderson led the Gator defense with 136 tackles and five sacks and helped his team reach the playoffs with a 9-4 record. The next season, Anderson would again lead the defense to a playoff appearance with 114 tackles and 14 sacks. He graduated in 2018.

“I have always been a Gator, and I loved the support that we had from the community,” Anderson said.

Anderson committed to play football at Jones Community College in 2018. He helped Jones CC to a 10-2 season last year and became an All-American freshman. He then committed to Tulane University in New Orleans.

“I chose Tulane because their football team was on the rise, and they kept recruiting me heavily,” he said.

Tulane has a 6-6 record, and Anderson is looking forward to playing against the University of Southern Mississippi this weekend.

“This is a big game for me because USM is one of the schools I wanted to play for, but I never received an offer,” he said, “and they also have a few players from Vicksburg that I would finally get to play against.”

Anderson credits most of his success mostly to God, who, he said, has blessed him with no injuries. He also credits his former coaches and his mom, Emmarie Flaggs, who stayed on him about his academics.


Harvey scored 15 points to help the Vikings to a 46-18 win Thursday



Zion Harvey led the Vikings in points Thursday. (photo by Ced Tillman)

Warren Central ninth grade girls basketball team defeated Terry Thursday night in a huge 46-18 win.

Zion Harvey led the Lady Vikings in points, finishing the match with 15. She was also responsible for playing great defense as she almost outscored the Terry Bulldogs by herself.

Calise Henyard came behind Harvey in points with 12, contributing to the ladies winning the the ball game. Jennifer Smith also added 7 points.

The entire Vikings team showed up to handle business last night, and the Bulldogs were unable to stop the powerful offense the Vikings had to offer.

The Lady Vikings are now 8-2 and will be back in action next Thursday against crosstown rivals Vikings High School.

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Tommy Curtis III is the VDN Defensive Player of the Year



Tommy Curtis III (photo courtesy of Tommy Curtis Jr.)

Vicksburg High School football player Tommy Curtis III has been named the Vicksburg Daily News Defensive Player of the Year.

Curtis was granted the award due to his great senior season where he not only led the VHS Gators but the entire county in tackles. He finished the 2020 season with 103 tackles and two sacks.

Curtis thanked plenty of people for sticking with him along his football journey.

“First off, I would like to give thanks to God, my family, my coaches and most importantly my teammates for giving me the opportunity to lead our young team,” Curtis said. “I’ve came a long way with my journey playing for Vicksburg High School. This has been a great year full of adversity and excitement, and we battled until the end. This year has made each one of us better football players and young men. A scripture I live by is Philippians 4:13 which says, ‘I can do all things through Christ which strengthened me.’ I am grateful to be receiving this award, and I thank each one of you for giving me a chance to represent Vicksburg High School Gator Football.”

Curtis is a three-year starter for the Gators and has helped led the defense each season. He missed five games in his junior season and still managed to grab 50 tackles. Curtis was back healthy this season.

His best game this year was in a 23-22 win over South Pike where he racked up 11 tackles. He is known for his ability to break up any offense he goes up against and his ability to get to the ball carrier with no hesitation. He was recently named a region 2 5A first team all district player.

Curtis has not committed to any college or university, yet, but by early next year, he expects to have multiple offers to choose from.

Curtis is the first VDN Defensive Player of the Year, and he is the true definition of an hard working athlete.

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Vicksburg Junior High got revenge against Germantown in a 25-19 win



No. 8, MIncer Minor IV, takes a shot. (photo by Keith Phillips)

The Vicksburg Junior High Gators were able to get revenge against Germantown in a 25-19 victory Thursday night.

Michael Johnson led the Gators in points as he put up 9 on the night. He also had played great defense, finishing with multiple rebounds. The game mostly relied on both teams’ defense.

VJHS took a 13-7 halftime lead. Decorey Knight Jr came out hot in the second half as he hit a big 3-pointer. He finished the game with 6 points.

Mincer Minor IV stepped up big on defense and finished with 4 points.

VJHS now has a 8-1 record, and they got back at the Mavericks who beat them a couple of weeks ago.

The Gators won’t play again until Thursday, Dec. 10, when they travel to play county rivals Warren Central.

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