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Vicksburg’s River Belles win championship game

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The River Belles (Photo courtesy Cori Keyes)

The River Belles soccer team from Vicksburg won the U11 2nd division championship game Sunday in Brandon, Mississippi.

The team is made up of girls under the age of 11 from the Vicksburg area, coached by Daniel Sumerall.

The team had a busy weekend as they had to be in Brandon by 7 a.m. Sunday for two games, and they brought home victories in both matches. The River Belles defeated Madison 2-0 and tied with Tupelo with a 2-2 score and a win in a 3-1 shootout. They went on to beat Brandon 2-1 in the championship game.

Goalkeeper Sarah Stafford Smith had the most impressive performance in the games, helping her lead the team to victory. Addie Mullen, Avery Hern, Chloe Sumerall, Kennedy Smith, Addie G Clay, Allie Mason and Mary Clell Allred all scored Sunday for the River Belles.

Coach Sumerall was more than happy with his team’s performance and is excited to see where his girls are headed.

”I am proud that they overcame hot weather and challenging conditions and ended up playing really well,” Sumerall said. “We came out on top, and I enjoyed seeing the ladies improve as individuals and as a team.”

The River Belles now have a 4-1-1 record, and they will continue to represent the city of Vicksburg through November.

Team roster

1. Sarah Stafford Smith
2. Addi Mullen
3. Chloe Sumerall
4. Frances Farrell
5. Addie G. Clay
6. Kennedy Smith
7. Avery Hern
8. Audrey Grace Newman
9. Amelia Sherburn
10. Anna Kate McKnight
11. Allie Mason
12. Mary Clell Allred
13. Hannah Allen
14. Camden McGloster

 

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Williams, Riggs, Jefferson lead their teams in touchdowns Friday

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Three Warren County athletes led their teams in touchdowns on Friday night in district games.

Vicksburg High School freshman running back Alex Jefferson led the Gators in touchdowns in their last game against Ridgeland High School. He finished the night with 2 rushing touchdowns in the 49-32 loss.

St. Aloysius running back Brennan Williams led the Flashes in touchdowns in their big 43-28 win over Washington School. He had 3 touchdowns on Friday, including a 75-yard kick return in the opening of the second half.

Porter’s Chapel Academy quarterback Jace Riggs scored the most touchdowns for the Eagles on Friday in their 48-13 loss to Glenbrook. Riggs had a passing touchdown along with a 3-yard touchdown run.

Warren Central had an off week so there were no recorded stats for the Vikings last week.

 

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Former VHS coach Tavares Johnson Sr. to coach in the Mississippi/Alabama All-Star game

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Tavares Johnson Sr. (courtesy of Ced Tillman)

Former Vicksburg High School football coach Tavares Johnson Sr. has been selected as a coach for the 2020 Mississippi/Alabama All-Star game.

Johnson will be coaching the wide receivers on the big game where top Mississippi athletes will play against Alabama high school players on December 12 in Montgomery, Alabama.

Johnson first became the head coach of VHS in 2012 after the retirement of Alonzo Stevens. He suffered a tough 1-10 season in his first year, but quickly turned things around in his second year, 2013, when he lead the Gators to a 6-6 season and a playoff appearance.

Johnson left VHS after two seasons and became the head coach of Simmons High School where he led the team to  two state championships.

Johnson is now the head coach of Northside High School, where he finished last season with a 14-1 record. He currently coaches alongside his son, Tavares Johnson Jr., who was the starting quarterback for VHS in 2013.

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VJHS player Michael Johnson scored three touchdowns Thursday

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(photo courtesy Marg Sims)

Vicksburg Junior High School quarterback Michael Johnson scored three touchdowns in the final junior high football game of the season Thursday.

Johnson, a seventh grader, threw two of the touchdowns and rushed for the third in the 56-14 victory over Germantown. Both of Johnson’s touchdown passes were thrown to Delvechio Ellis.

This season was Johnson’s first year playing quarterback, and he helped the Gators finish with a successful 3-2 record under head coach Larry Carter Jr. He will have another season to play as quarterback as an eighth grader during the next school year.

Johnson also plays basketball and baseball in addition to football, and he has excelled in all three sports.

 

 

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