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Tyler Carter: big man on campus



Tyler Carter goes up for a dunk. Photo by Cedric Tillman.

Tyler Carter, a three-sport athlete in basketball, football and baseball, is now helping lead his basketball team to stardom. Carter is an athlete for Vicksburg Junior High School, where he has become a great aggressive player for the Gators.

Carter has been playing basketball since the age of 5, when he saw basketball being played on TV. He also witnessed his big brother, Tre’Darius Carter, who starred at Vicksburg High and Porter’s Chapel in high school.

As a testament to his athleticism, Carter has two dunks, which marks the first time an eighth grader has dunked in Vicksburg in over 10 years.

“I enjoy the competitiveness of the game,” Carter said, coming off a big win against Northwest Rankin where he scored a season high 25 points. Carter also just completed a Little Six football championship season where he played defensive end.

Tyler Carter. Photo by Andre Carter.

Next year, Carter is looking forward to being moved up to the varsity baseball and basketball teams where he will compete for a starting spot as a freshman. But before Carter can deal with high school games, he has a big game today against Clinton, where his team will need him to perform like he did Monday.

“Our defense is so strong, I think we will be able to stop them,”Carter said.

“These are a great group of kids both athletically and academically,” said his father, Andre Carter, “and they have a winning nature.”

Carter has become a true team player this season by working with his teammates to get points on the board.

“I work best with Kelan Bass and Christopher Henderson,” he said. “They always look for me inside the paint.” (under the goal)

Carter mentioned some things he needs to work on in all three sports, including hitting in baseball, getting tougher in football along with using his hands better, and shooting and ball handling in basketball.

Carter gives credit for his success mostly to his parents, Shelia and Andre Carter, along with his big brother Tre’Darius Carter.  Carter also cites his teacher, Christopher Campbell, baseball coach, Antonio Calvin, and football coach, Christopher Lacey.


Vicksburg Junior High football asking for support to purchase championship rings



(photo by Keith Phillips)

The Vicksburg Junior High school football team had a historic 8-0 season last year, and the Gators are reaching out to the community for help to gain every player a championship ring.

During the 2019 football season, the Gators showed their talents to everyone they faced, and they went on to become the Little Six Champions. The Gators were known for their shutdown defense as they rarely let their opponents score.

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The season marked the first time that the Gators won the Little Six title. Now that the Gators are the champions, they are in search of championship rings to show off their success.

The team is the first undefeated team in 30 years, and the Gators are looking forward to having something to show off for their hard work.

The goal for the team is to raise $9,000 for the purchase of the rings. The community has shown major support for the Gators this season as fans showed up to cheer the team on, and the team is asking their fans to show up again.

To support the Gators in their efforts to purchase their rings, assistant coach Chris Lacey has set up the Vicksburg Junior High Championship Rings Go Fund Me page. Click the link to contribute.

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Player of the Week

John Hossley: VDN fourth grade Player of the Week



John Hossley (photo by Katie Hossley)

John Hossley led the Fast Breakers to a big victory over the Heat on Monday where he gained the most points in the game.

Hossley scored 24 points as the Fast Breakers went on to win 34-18. Hosley led the entire third and fourth grade YMCA league in points this past week.

This year is Hossley’s second season playing in this league. He has quickly become the star player of his team. Hossley communicated well with teammate Jamari Johnson on the court, which led to Johnson scoring 5 points on the night.

Hossley is a fourth-grader at Bowmar Elementary and is well-known for his athletic ability. In the fall of 2019, Hossley was the star football player for the Bears flag football team, which went 5-2 for the season.

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Former USM head coach Todd Monken hired as Georgia offensive coordinator



Todd Monken (photo from USM Athletics)

Former Southern Miss head coach Todd Monken has been hired as the University of Georgia’s offensive coordinator.

Monken will join former Ole Miss head coach Matt Luke who has been hired as Georgia’s offensive line coach. Monken was the head coach at USM from 2013 to 2015, and he is credited with turning around the Golden Eagles program during the 2015 season where they went 9-5 after many failed seasons before Monken arrived.

After the 2015 season, Monken left USM to become the offensive coordinator for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Monken stayed with the Buccaneers from 2016 to 2018 before taking a job with the Cleveland Browns. Kevin Stefanski, the new Browns head coach, decided not to keep Monken, so he heads back to college football in Georgia.

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