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Jr. High Gators sweep the Bulldogs in basketball season openers

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The Gators plan their next moves.

The Vicksburg Junior High Gators basketball team kicked off its regular season last night against the Brandon Bulldogs.  The Gators are led by head coach Jerdon Hardiman who is preparing his team for a little championship every year.

The game between the Gators and the Bulldogs started of slow until Vicksburg scored from a free throw to put the game at a score of 1-0. The Gators soon hit a 3-pointer and continued to play hard defense which ended the first quarter with the Gators winning 7-2.

Vicksburg would find a way to put 12 more points on the board in the second quarter to take the lead at halftime, 19-10.

As the Gators entered the locker room at halftime, coach Hardiman told the team that he needed no more missed free throws in the ball game.

Vicksburg came out hot in the second half by scoring 15 points in the third quarter. They made all of their free throws, which clearly satisfied Hardiman and assistant coach DeAndre King.

By the beginning of the fourth, Vicksburg was winning big, 34-19, but Brandon started showing off their skills by only allowing the Gators to score one point in the last quarter. Brandon gained 11 points in the fourth, but it was not enough to defeat the Gators, who won 35-30.

“I felt like we were fatigued in the last quarter,” Hardiman said.

“Every game will be a battle,” he added as he walked his team into the locker room to celebrate the victory, “but we just have to work through it and keep pushing.”

Other scores

Vicksburg Junior High eighth-grade girls beat Brandon, 25-17

Vicksburg seventh-grade boys beat Brandon, 17-16

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Eight-year-old Owen Flowers gets a big buck

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Owen Flowers shows off his first kill of the year. (photo courtesy Dawn Flowers)

Eight-year-old Owen Flowers killed a big deer last Sunday on a hunting trip with his dad, Rush Flowers.

The deer was an eight-point, 200 pound buck. Its rack measured 19.5 inches wide.

Flowers is a third grader at Bowmar Elementary where he is known for being an outstanding student. He killed the buck in Hermanville, Mississippi, marking his first kill of the year.

In his free time, Flowers not only enjoys hunting, but he’s also a big sports fan. He played football with the undefeated Golden Eagles YMCA flag football team (6-0) that won the championship two weeks ago.

Flowers is the son of Vicksburg residents Rush and Dawn Flowers.

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Former VHS football player Martin commits to Kansas State University

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Marvin Martin Jr. (Photo courtesy Carlos Williams)

Former Vicksburg High School football star Marvin Martin Jr. has committed to playing for Kansas State University.

Martin made the announcement Wednesday when he took to Twitter to inform everyone of his plans.

Martin officially committed to play football at Boston College last month but decommitted  a couple of weeks ago.

Kansas State has a 4-4 record so far this season. Martin is a big recruit for the Wildcats for next year.

Martin played most of his high school career at Vicksburg High until this summer when he transferred to Trinity Christian Christian School in Cedar Hill, Texas.

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Jackson State gets a four-star transfer from California

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Malik Abdul McClain- (photo courtesy USC Athletics)

Jackson State University has landed a University of Southern California transfer.

Sophomore USC linebacker Abdul-Malik McClain announced his decision to join head football coach Deion Sanders and the Tigers on Twitter Wednesday.

McClain had a total of two sacks during his time with the Trojans. He played in five games in 2019 before dislocating his shoulder while making a sack against Arizona.

McClain was a four star athlete out of JSerra Catholic High School in San Juan Capistrano, California. He grabbed an impressive total of 18 sacks in his 2017 senior season.

Coach Sanders has been racking up major recruits ever since being named the JSU Tigers head coach a couple of months ago.

 

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