Game Plan

Published 7:00 am Sunday, May 9, 2021

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Bowling leagues forming
Several summer bowling leagues are now forming, and organizational meetings for each have been scheduled. All leagues will play at Fun Lanes in Uptown Vicksburg, formerly known as the Vicksburg Mall.

The Tuesday Trio Summer League will begin competition on June 1 at 7 p.m. after a brief organizational meeting. This league will bowl for 10 weeks. Teams will consist of three bowlers per team.

The Monday Night Summer League will begin June 7 at 7 p.m. after a brief organizational meeting. Teams will consist of four bowlers per team. This league will bowl for 10 weeks.

To register or for more information, contact Fun Lanes at 601-661-9357 or Jackie Strange at 601-529-3318.

YMCA summer basketball
The Vicksburg YMCA will host a summer open basketball league for children ages 10-13. The league will run from June 5 to July 17 at the Purks YMCA, with games played on Saturday mornings and Sunday afternoons.

There will be a maximum of eight teams in the league.

The registration fee is $350 per team, and registration closes on May 29.

The league is for any team in Vicksburg and the surrounding area. Teams must provide their own jerseys, and can have team sponsors. The league will follow National Federation of High Schools rules.

There will be a mandatory coaches meeting on May 26 at 6 p.m. at the Purks YMCA. For more information, call 601-638-1071 or email Wayne Scott at

Pickleball lessons
In anticipation of the soon-to-be completed pickleball courts at Halls Ferry Park, beginner lessons in the game are being offered by local players.

Sessions will be held on Wednesday and Saturday mornings from 9 to 10:30 a.m., through May 15 at the Halls Ferry Park tennis courts. Paddles and balls will be provided, but players should dress in comfortable workout attire.

Players of all ages are welcome. For more information, contact Glenn Rhett at 601-218-5829.

Hinds football camps
Hinds Community College will host two football camps this summer, one for teams and the other for individual players.

The 7-on-7 team camp is June 17. Registration will begin at 7 a.m. inside the front entrance of the Mayo Athletic Field House on the Hinds Raymond Campus, and the cost is $225 per team.

The Seniors Select Camp is June 19. Registration will begin at 9 a.m. inside the Mayo Athletic Field House, and the cost is $10 per person.

All camp participants must bring an up-to-date copy of their physical and a signed waiver form. For more information, contact Hinds head coach Larry Williams at 601-857-3444 or assistant coach Omarr Conner at 601-857-3327.

Warren Central baseball tryouts
Tryouts for Warren Central’s baseball team will be hled May 17 and 18, beginning at 5 p.m., for players entering grades 8-12. The tryouts will be at Viking Field, located behind Beechwood Elementary School.

Players must bring proof of a current physical and their own baseball glove.

For more information, contact head coach Randy Broome at 601-638-3372 or by email at

St. Al softball camp
St. Aloysius will host two youth softball camps for players ages 8-16 in June.

The St. Al Softball Camp is scheduled for June 7-9, and will focus on hitting and fielding drills. The cost is $40. Players ages 8-11 will have their camp from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. each day, and players ages 12-16 will go from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m.

The St. Al Softball Pitching Camp will be June 10 and 11, and the cost is $25. The beginners’ camp will run from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. each day, and will focus on fundamentals. The advanced class will go from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. and focus on advanced techniques and strength and conditioning.

Both camps will be at the Bazinsky Park fields. For more information or to register, contact St. Al softball coach Savannah Buck at 678-848-3348 or by email at

VHS softball tryouts
Tryouts for Vicksburg High’s fast-pitch softball team will be held May 20 and 21 at 5:30 p.m. each day at the VHS Softball Swamp Field on Army Navy Drive. Registration will begin at 4:30 p.m. on May 20.

Tryouts are for girls entering grades 7-12 at Vicksburg Junior High or Vicksburg High. All players must have a current physical, grades and attendance report.

Summer workouts for the Missy Gators will begin June 7. More details will be given after tryouts are completed. For more information, contact coach Brian Ellis at 601-636-2914, by email at, or visit him in Room 1203 at Vicksburg High School.

WC tennis tryouts
Tryouts for Warren Central’s boys‘ and girls’ tennis teams will be held May 12-14, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. each day at the Halls Ferry Park courts. Tryouts for girls entering grades 7-9 will be May 12, for boys entering grades 7-9 on May 13, and for all players entering grades 10-12 on May 14.

All players must have a current physical.

Each tryout will last about 25 minutes per athlete. Walk-up tryouts are welcome, but registration is encouraged by contacting Warren Central tennis coach Steve Summers via email at

Lady Storm basketball camp
The MBA Lady Storm basketball team will host a basketball camp Saturday, May 15 at the Jackson Street Community Center.

The camp for players ages 5-10 will run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., and the camp for players aged 11-16 will go from 2 to 5 p.m. The cost is $45 per player. The camp will be directed by Porter’s Chapel Academy assistant coach DeAndre King.

To register or for more information, email,, or

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 sports reporters in the paper's 137-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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