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Stirgus headed to coach at Southern Arkansas University

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(Photo courtesy Alexus Stirgus)

Alexus Stirgus, a former standout Vicksburg High School basketball player, has been offered a position as coach at Southern Arkansas University.

Stirgus made the announcement that she had accepted an assistant coaching position for Southern Arkansas on Facebook.

Stirgus is a 2010 graduate of VHS where she lead the Gators to a 16-9 season in her 2009-2010 senior year.

After high school, Stirgus led Copiah-Lincoln Community College to a regional and state title in her two seasons playing for the school. She played for Mississippi College from 2012 to 2014 averaging 12.2 points per game.

She was assistant coach at Clinton High School for three seasons, helping the Lady Arrows reached the playoffs twice during that time.

Stirgus has been a graduate assistant for the past two seasons at Mississippi College where she helped the Lady Choctaws to a 13-14 season this past year.

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Tommy Curtis III is the VDN Defensive Player of the Year

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Tommy Curtis III (photo courtesy of Tommy Curtis Jr.)

Vicksburg High School football player Tommy Curtis III has been named the Vicksburg Daily News Defensive Player of the Year.

Curtis was granted the award due to his great senior season where he not only led the VHS Gators but the entire county in tackles. He finished the 2020 season with 103 tackles and two sacks.

Curtis thanked plenty of people for sticking with him along his football journey.

“First off, I would like to give thanks to God, my family, my coaches and most importantly my teammates for giving me the opportunity to lead our young team,” Curtis said. “I’ve came a long way with my journey playing for Vicksburg High School. This has been a great year full of adversity and excitement, and we battled until the end. This year has made each one of us better football players and young men. A scripture I live by is Philippians 4:13 which says, ‘I can do all things through Christ which strengthened me.’ I am grateful to be receiving this award, and I thank each one of you for giving me a chance to represent Vicksburg High School Gator Football.”

Curtis is a three-year starter for the Gators and has helped led the defense each season. He missed five games in his junior season and still managed to grab 50 tackles. Curtis was back healthy this season.

His best game this year was in a 23-22 win over South Pike where he racked up 11 tackles. He is known for his ability to break up any offense he goes up against and his ability to get to the ball carrier with no hesitation. He was recently named a region 2 5A first team all district player.

Curtis has not committed to any college or university, yet, but by early next year, he expects to have multiple offers to choose from.

Curtis is the first VDN Defensive Player of the Year, and he is the true definition of an hard working athlete.

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Vicksburg Junior High got revenge against Germantown in a 25-19 win

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No. 8, MIncer Minor IV, takes a shot. (photo by Keith Phillips)

The Vicksburg Junior High Gators were able to get revenge against Germantown in a 25-19 victory Thursday night.

Michael Johnson led the Gators in points as he put up 9 on the night. He also had played great defense, finishing with multiple rebounds. The game mostly relied on both teams’ defense.

VJHS took a 13-7 halftime lead. Decorey Knight Jr came out hot in the second half as he hit a big 3-pointer. He finished the game with 6 points.

Mincer Minor IV stepped up big on defense and finished with 4 points.

VJHS now has a 8-1 record, and they got back at the Mavericks who beat them a couple of weeks ago.

The Gators won’t play again until Thursday, Dec. 10, when they travel to play county rivals Warren Central.

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Sims scored 18 points for Vicksburg High Tuesday

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(Photo by Ced Tillman)

Vicksburg High School basketball player Destiny Sims led the Missy Gators in points Tuesday in their 63-61 loss to Northwest Rankin.

Sims scored 18 points against the Cougars in a game where the Gators couldn’t maintain a double-digit lead against Northwest Rankin.

Although Sims put up impressive points, her teammates also pitched in to help out in the match. Ja’Na Colenburg  scored 13 for the Gators while sophomore Layla Carter dropped 11. Sha’Kora Knight finished the game with 9 points for VHS.

The Gators now have a 2-3 record under head coach Troy Stewart.

They travel to Madison Central Thursday to search for a victory against the Jaguars.

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