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Warren County Ravens advance to the championship

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Ravens MVPs: left, 12U Decorey Knight Jr.; right, 8U Cameron Zellous

The Warren County Ravens played in a couple of big games last weekend in the 12U and 8U football league. Both teams walked away with a championship trophy which will advance them to the state championships this weekend.

The 12U Ravens played against the Jackson Steelers in a defensive battle that resulted in a 7-0 victory for the Ravens. Wide receiver Mincer Minor Jr. scored the only touchdown of the game thrown by quarterback Decorey Knight Jr. who was named the game MVP. Head coach Harold Knight gave much credit to the defense, led by Tekarius Qualls.

The Ravens practice three times a week preparing the young athletes to play in junior high. The league is run by Premiere Youth Sports Association.

The 8U Ravens faced off against the Jackson Jaguars in Jackson. The teams are made up of 7- and 8-year-olds.

The Ravens left the field with a 12-0 victory. Jordan Taylor scored the first touchdown of the game with a 50-yard run to the end zone. He leads the YMCA flag football league in interceptions. Cameron Zellous sealed the victory by running for a 20-yard touchdown, and he received the game MVP award.

The defense for the Ravens was able to shut out the Jaguars, allowing them no points.

“We do not give up too many plays on defense,” said Coach Decorey Knight Sr.

Knight also gave credit to defensive coordinator Vance Gray who keeps the defense at the top of their game.

Both teams are set to travel to Starkville Saturday, Nov. 9,  to play in a four-game championship series.

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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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Viking Daniel Smothers signing with Co-Lin

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Daniel Smothers (photo by Cedric Tillman)

Warren Central High School basketball player Daniel Smothers has announced he will attend Copiah-Lincoln Community College next season to continue playing basketball.

Smothers has been a key player for the Vikings over the past couple of seasons, helping his team to many victories. This season he averaged 16.4 points per game under head coach Bruce Robinson.

With his work ethic on the court this season, Smothers has proven he is ready to play on the next level, and he is looking forward to playing at Co-Lin.

“First off, I would like to thank God for giving me the opportunity to play the sport I love to play,” Smothers said. “I would like to thank my friends, family, trainers and my coaches for pushing me to be the best I can be. I would like to the thank the colleges that offered me to attend their school. I will be majoring in kinesiology when I go to college, “

Smothers will soon be teammates with VHS player Cameron Butler who announced that he will sign with Co-Lin as well.

Smothers’ teammate Jabari Bowman is signing with Jones Community College.

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Jabari Bowman: VDN male basketball Player of the Year

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Jabari Bowman (photo via Facebook)

Averaging 17.3 points per game, Warren Central’s Jabari Bowman is the Vicksburg Daily News male basketball Player of the Year.

Bowman has played power forward and center on the Viking’s varsity team for the last three seasons. This is the second season where Bowman has led the Vikings in points. He put up 13.2 points per game last year as a junior.

He also leads the Vikings in rebounds, averaging nearly eight per game, and is responsible for 13 blocked shots against his opponents.

Bowman has continuously worked hard to accomplish a goal like this one that acknowledges he is the best player in the city.

“I would like to thank God, my family, my coaches and trainers for making me the player I am today,” Bowman said, “and I would also like to thank Vicksburg Daily News for choosing me for Player of the Year.”

During his 2017-2018 sophomore season, Bowman helped the Vikings to a 22-7 record under head coach Bruce Robinson. Bowman’s senior season came to an end on Feb. 14, with a 77-66 loss to Clinton.

Although his high school basketball career is over, Bowman will continue to do great on the court at the college level. He has announced that he will play basketball at Jones Community College next season.

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