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SEC schools to vote May 22 on whether to reopen athletic facilities

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Southeastern Conference universities are expected to vote May 22 on whether to open their athletic facilities on June 1 or to extend the suspension due to COVID-19.

SEC commissioner Greg Sankey has not confirmed the vote but mentioned that the league must make a decision soon.

“At some point prior to May 31, we’re going to have to make a decision,” Sankey told ESPN. “You’ve seen information comes out when decisions are made, as opposed to prospecting about what may or may not happen. I think that those who suggest that this particular date or that particular date miss that we’re meeting regularly with our membership to make decisions.”

The SEC presidents have been keeping in contact with each other through weekly conference call to discuss the possible reopening of facilities. One SEC university president has already proclaimed that they will be playing football this season.

“I’m Jay Gogue, president of Auburn University, and I just wanted to chat with you for a few minutes,” he said in a YouTube video. “We’re going to open classes this fall. We’re going to have fraternity and sorority activities. We’re going to have more than 500 club activities that will be underway with student participation and leadership. We’re going to have convocation. We’re going to have Popsicles and pizza with the president.We’re going to have a football season this year. We’re going to have all the activities that we have every fall.”

The NCAA shut down all sports in March and many fans are eager to get sports back up and running. The vote on May 22 will give an indication whether fall sports will be a possibility this year.

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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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