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Vicksburg Junior High boys advance to Little Six Championship Game

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Johnny Smith shooting a free throw (photo by Keith Phillips)

The Vicksburg Junior High School boy’s basketball team defeated Madison Central 55-21 Thursday to advance to the Little Six Championship Game this weekend.

Vicksburg remains undefeated with a 17-0 record. Tyler Carter led the Gators with 13 points as Kealon Bass dropped 6 points for Gators as he mostly controlled the ball for the Gators.

By halftime, the Gators were winning 24-8, and Madison Central couldn’t stop the Gator’s offense. In the second half of the game, Vicksburg continued to put up big points to advance their lead and eventually eliminated Madison Central from the Little Six Tournament.

Vicksburg will play the winner of Byram vs Clinton game at Germantown Middle School on Saturday at 11 a.m.

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Porter’s Chapel knocks off Adams County Christian

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Porter’s Chapel Academy baseball team defeated Adams Count Christian yesterday in a close 4-3 battle.

Despite ACC taking the lead in the second inning, PCA made a quick response in the fourth inning and held the lead for the rest of the ball game, especially when John Michael Wilkerson singled on a 2-2 count, scoring a run.

Spencer Azlin for the Eagles struck out seven batters and surrendered three runs. Michael Todd Andrews also stepped up and pitched one inning for the PCA where he recorded the last three outs and helped the Eagles claim the victory.

The win yesterday marks two victories in a row for Porter’s Chapel. They will face St. Aloysius on March 5 at 6 p.m.

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Todd McDaniel hired as VHS head football coach

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Vicksburg High School has hired its new head football coach. Thursday, the Vicksburg-Warren School District board of trustees voted 3-0 to confirm Todd McDaniel for the job.

VHS has been in the search for a new coach for a few weeks after they dismissed head coach Tim Hughes. Many Gators fans were upset at the administration’s decision on Hughes, but the search for a new coach began quickly.

McDaniel was the head coach at Hazlehurst High School where he helped his team advance deep into the playoffs for most of his tenure. In 2017, McDaniel led Hazlehurst to an 11-3 record reaching the semifinals.

In 2011, McDaniel was named Alcorn State interim head coach after head coach Melvin Spears Jr. was fired. McDaniel was also recently hired as Yazoo City head football coach.

McDaniel will now take over the Gators who went 3-8 last season but have multiple starters returning for their senior year.

 

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Jerdon Hardiman: VDN boy’s basketball Coach of the Year

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Jerdon Hardiman (photo via Facebook)

Vicksburg Junior High School head basketball coach Jerdon Hardiman led his team to become the greatest that the city of Vicksburg has seen in a while, leading him to be named the Vicksburg Daily News boy’s basketball Coach of the Year.

Hardiman led the Gators to a successful 18-1 season and an appearance in the Little Six Championship game. The Gators had some big victories along the way including beating Clinton and South Delta who were both undefeated until they played the Gators.

As he held his team to a high standard throughout the year, Hardiman never took it easy on his team at practice. Given the news about this award, Hardiman knew that his hard work was paying off.

“It is a tremendous honor to be recognized as boy’s basketball Coach of the Year,” he said in a statement to the Vicksburg Daily News. “I am graciously humbled by this prestigious award, and I would like to give credit to an incredible assistant coach, DeAndre King and a tremendously talented team of young men whose dedication and diligent work ethic allowed our team to finish the season with an outstanding record of 18-1.

“While this year has been successful for our team, it has been a challenging feat. I would like to thank Vicksburg High School’s head coach Kelvin Carter, the athletic director, Vicksburg-Warren School District and most importantly, my wife and family for all the tremendous support throughout the season. I recognize the importance of a strong support system, and I would like to extend recognition to the community and all the basketball fans who support our efforts.

“Growing up, basketball was a positive outlet for me both physically and emotionally. I learned many important lessons from playing the game. Among the most important was the inevitability of failure. I learned early on through the game that life is not about how many times you get knocked down, but about how many times you get back up. Basketball has always been a passion of mine, and I feel blessed and honored every day for the opportunity to not only coach but act as a role model and influencer in the lives of promising young athletes.

“I was a former assistant coach at Rolling Fork’s South Delta High, head coach at Warren Central and now as a head coach of the VJHS for the last four years, and I am more eager than ever to share my knowledge of the game with a goal of becoming next year’s champions.”

Vicksburg Junior High basketball has always had a big name around the state, and with Hardiman’s leadership, the Gators will continue to be successful on the court.

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