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Former Warren Central player Vertez Shorter to fight for a starting spot at Hinds

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Vertez Shorter (Photo courtesy Hinds CC Athletics)

Former Warren Central High School defensive lineman Vertez Shorter is entering his sophomore year at Hinds Community College, and he’s preparing to fight for a starting spot with the Bulldogs.

Shorter had a successful senior season in 2018 for the Vikings when he racked up 72 tackles and four sacks. He has also helped the Vikings to the playoffs each year he played on the varsity squad from 2016 to 2018.

Vikings head coach Josh Morgan trusted Shorter to lead the defensive lineman.

Known for his ability to interrupt plays in the backfield, Shorter impressed Hinds CC enough to gain a scholarship in 2019 where he committed to play on the next level in February 2019.

In his 2019 freshman year at Hinds, Shorter was not a starter, but he received playing time to gain experience which puts him in a good position to start in the upcoming season.

Since the coronavirus outbreak, Shorter has continued to keep up with his workouts at home so that he will be prepared for the upcoming season, which will be his last at Hinds.

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St. Aloysius player Williams selected to play in the MAIS All Star Football Game

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(photo courtesy Brennan Williams)

St. Aloysius football player Brennan Williams has been selected to play in the Midsouth Association of Independent Schools All Star football game.

Williams has been a key player for the Flashes for the last three years and has led his team to the playoffs each season on the varsity level.

He started on both sides of the ball this season at safety and running back. He the offense in rushing yards and finished the season with three interceptions on defense.

One of Williams’ best performances this season is when he rushed for 132 yards and two touchdowns in a 43-28 win over Washington School. He also returned a 75-yard kickoff return in the victory, which helped the Flashes clinch a playoff spot.

Williams played most of his high school career under Michael Fields, but this year he played for the Flashes new head coach Stacy Sizemore. Not limited to just football, he is also a great track and field runner known for being one of the fastest athletes in the state of Mississippi.

Williams will play on the blue team in the MAIS All Star Game scheduled for Dec. 4 at Jackson Preparatory School at 6p.m.

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Laken Trim, 7, got his first buck Saturday

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Laken Trim shot his first deer Saturday. (photo courtesy Karley Trim)

Vicksburg resident Laken Trim killed his first deer Saturday while hunting with his grandfather Mark Hinson in Utica, Mississippi.

Trim is a 7-year-old who attends Beechwood Elementary and enjoys outdoor activities such as hunting in his free time. He is the son of Karley and Cole Trim and Taylor Jones.

Now that Trim has gotten his first buck, he will be looking for a bigger one on his next hunting trip.

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Smith led Warren County high schools in sacks this year

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(Photo courtesy Taylen Smith)

Warren Central football player Taylen Smith wrapped up his senior season of football with the Vikings on a high note.

Smith holds the record for all high schools in the Vicksburg Warren School District for defensive sacks this season. He helped lead the Vikings to the playoffs under head coach Josh Morgan, finishing with eight sacks on the year, and he was a key reason the Vikings had a successful 9-3 season.

Smith’s talent was apparent early in the season when he had 15 tackles in the Red Carpet Bowl against Vicksburg High School. By the end of the season, he finished with an impressive 43 tackles.

Smith’s skills aren’t limited to tackling. He also made two interceptions and returned them both for touchdowns.

His high school football career may be over, but Smith announced Wednesday that he had received a scholarship offer from Coahoma Community College.

He has not officially committed to any school, yet, as he could be receiving more offers soon.

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