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JSU’s Sonic Boom welcomes new band director



Dr. Roderick Little (Photo courtesy JSU athletics)

Jackson State University welcomes a new band director as Dowell Taylor retires after 34 years with the Tigers.

Dr. Roderick Little is now the new leader of the Sonic Boom of the South. At age 34, he is one of the youngest band directors in JSU history.

In 2012, Little joined the JSU staff as a assistant band director before becoming the marching band director in 2015.

Taylor has worked hard over the past few decades to build the program to what is today, and he’s pleased to place the program in good hands.

“Jackson State University has been good to me, and I would like to think the same in reverse. Since 1984, I have boldly stood on the shoulders of past directors,” Taylor said in a press release. “Now, it’s time for a new generation of directors to stand on mine.”

The Sonic Boom has a great reputation around the nation for their great performances and their ability to draw big crowds during football games and local parades and events all around the South.


Red Carpet Bowl dates and teams set for 2021



Vicksburg High Gators (photo by Ced Tillman)

The annual Red Carpet Bowl date and teams have been announced for the 2021 football season.

The bowl is scheduled for Aug. 27, 2021, at Vicksburg High School. The Vicksburg High Gators and Warren Central High Vikings are the home teams.

Vicksburg will face Germantown and Warren Central will play Forest Hill next year in the big games, and the Viking/Forrest Hill game will be first.

Germantown finished this season with a 4-5 record, and Vicksburg also won 4 games which should make it a competitive match. Forest Hill opted out of the 2020 season and Warren Central is still playing, with a berth in this year’s playoffs.

The two home teams will swap opponents  for the 2022 season.

As of now, most high school teams in Mississippi are in offseason training, preparing for their  next season.

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VHS soccer player Williams scored seven goals Monday



(photo courtesy Kristen Williams)

Vicksburg High School boys soccer player Chris Williams had a outstanding performance Monday as VHS defeated Raymond 8-1.

Williams scored seven goals in the big win for the Gators which helped put the game out of reach for Raymond. Williams is a senior at Vicksburg High and also plays on the Gator’s football where he was the starting kicker this past season.

Williams and VHS will play Cleveland Central in an away game Thursday starting at 5:30 p.m.



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Giants and Bears named YMCA Flag Football co-champions



The Giants and the Bears are co-champions for the 2020 Vicksburg YMCA Flag Football season.

Both teams consist of 10 and 11-year-olds from Bovina Elementary and Bowmar Elementary schools in Vicksburg. They both also finished the season with 4-2 records.

The Giants and Bears played each other twice this season, and each team won once and lost once.

The Giants: Lakelan Pecanty, Doss Morgan, Colby Baker, Gage Crouse, Fredrick Knight Jr, Paxton Lynch, Tripp Thornton and Hayden Hinson. Coach Wayne Lynch standing behind the players. (photo by Ollie Summerall)

The Giants are coached by Wayne Lynch whose son, Paxton, played on the team this season. He also coached the team last season when they had a 7-0 record.

The Bears: Standing: Warren Green, Noah Lewis, Deonta Selvy Jr., Corbin Walker and Nicholas Lee; Kneeling: Carson Tucker, Brandon Babb and Kolten Thomas. Coach Deonta Selvy Sr. and assistant coach Dr. Martin Chaney stand behind the team. (photo by Ollie Summerall)

The Bears were coached by Deonta Selvy Sr. whose son, Deonta Jr., was the team’s starting quarterback. The team finishes successfully every season under Selvy Sr. This year they are proud to have earned the title of co-champions.

Dr. Martin Chaney was the assistant coach for the Bears while his grandson, Nicholas Lee, was a player on the team.

Both teams will be returning multiple players next season and Vicksburg Daily News will be there to report on every game.

Giants team roster:

  1. Doss Morgan
  2. Paxton Lynch
  3. Fredrick Knight Jr.
  4. Gage Crouse
  5. Lakelan Pecanty
  6. Tripp Thornton
  7. Hayden Hinson
  8. Colby Baker

Bears team roster:

  1. Carson Tucker
  2. Corbin Walker
  3. Nicholas Lee
  4. Noah Lewis
  5. Deonta Selvy Jr
  6. Warren Green
  7. Kolten Thomas
  8. Brandon Babb
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