Red Carpet basketball moved to WC

Published 8:00 pm Tuesday, December 11, 2018

The Red Carpet Basketball Classic is moving across town.

Because of a slew of concerns related to upcoming renovations at Vicksburg High School, ranging from parking to security, the Red Carpet Bowl committee on Monday voted to switch venues for the annual event from VHS to Warren Central.

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The daylong, eight-game showcase is scheduled for Jan. 19 and includes St. Aloysius and Porter’s Chapel Academy as well as the county’s two public high schools.

The renovations at Vicksburg High are scheduled to begin in early January, while those at Warren Central will begin later in the year. Several major parking areas at VHS will be inaccessible during the construction, and other issues related to fan comfort, logistics and accessibility led to the decision to switch venues, senior Red Carpet Bowl committee member Travis Wayne Vance said.

Normally, the Red Carpet Classic site alternates between Vicksburg High and Warren Central on a yearly basis.

“To avoid any irregularities as far as parking is concerned, as far as security is concerned, we have made a decision to move the game to Warren Central,” Vance said.

The 2019 Red Carpet Classic will begin at 9 a.m. on Jan. 19 with St. Aloysius taking on Greenville-St. Joseph in a girls-boys doubleheader. Another doubleheader between Porter’s Chapel and Rebul Academy will follow at 11:30 a.m.

Warren Central’s girls play Columbus at 2 p.m., and WC’s boys face Shaw at 3:15.

The last set of games is a doubleheader between Vicksburg and South Delta beginning at 4:30 p.m.

“We’re switching the site, but keeping the schedule the same because the times have already been communicated to coaches, administrators, bus drivers and all of those folks,” Vance said. “It would have been a whole other issue to change that.”

About Ernest Bowker

Ernest Bowker is The Vicksburg Post's sports editor. He has been a member of The Vicksburg Post's sports staff since 1998, making him one of the longest-tenured reporters in the paper's 140-year history. The New Jersey native is a graduate of LSU. In his career, he has won more than 50 awards from the Mississippi Press Association and Associated Press for his coverage of local sports in Vicksburg.

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