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Stewart leading the Gators to their best season in years as head coach

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Troy Stewart (photo from Facebook)

Since taking over the Vicksburg High School girls basketball team in 2017, head coach Troy Stewart has made a positive change in the team.

Stewart took over the program after former coach Barbara Hartzog retired. The year before, the Gators suffered a tough 4-21 season.

Since then, the Gators have been more competitive on the court. As Steward finished his first season in 2018, the Gators had a much improved 15-14 record.

After the season, Vicksburg began preparing for the next year. The gators had players including lead scorer Ke’Mari Smith and Jayla Sims who led the way to a successful 2019. Vicksburg finished 18-13, with freshman Destiny Sims slowly becoming a huge factor on the court.

Stewart is now in his third season as head coach, and the Gators have a 19-10 record. They are in the elite eight in the playoffs. Sims and Yakia Burns are the top scorers this season, and the Gators are defeating teams that they once lost to. On Friday, they knocked off Cleveland Central in a close 54-51 win.

As he leads the Gators to their best season in years, Stewart is aware that every game counts. Under his leadership, the Gators are in good hands.

VHS will travel to Itawamba Community College on Saturday, Feb. 29, to face Neshoba Central at 5:30 p.m.

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Former WC player Sims gets scholarship offer from Millsaps College

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(Photo courtesy Malik Sims)

Hinds Community College and former Warren Central High School football player Malik Sims has started to receive more football scholarship offers.

Last week, Sims received an offer from Millsaps College to further his football career. Sims posted the announcement on Facebook. Previously, Sims received an offer from Holmes Community College.

Sims recently finished his first season playing for the Hinds Eagles where he was a starting linebacker, and he performed well on defense making some big plays every game. He helped Hinds to a successful 3-1 season.

Sims has not officially committed to any four year college as of now, and he has not mentioned if he will return to Hinds for his sophomore year. He expects more offers to be made during the offseason.

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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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