Vicksburg’s Knight, WC’s Beard share Post’s Athlete of the Week award

Published 9:18 am Wednesday, September 7, 2022

The Vicksburg Post’s inaugural Athlete of the Week contest wound up crowning the Athletes of the Week.

After two days of online voting by readers of the Post, Vicksburg High football player DeCorey Knight and Warren Central volleyball player Skylar Beard finished tied with 398 votes apiece, and will share the award.

Porter’s Chapel Academy football player John Wyatt Massey was third in the voting, with 195 votes, and St. Aloysius cross country runner Samantha Edwards was fourth with 78. A total of 1,069 votes were cast.

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Knight, a sophomore running back for Vicksburg, had 118 total yards in a 20-18 loss to Warren Central last Friday night. Knight ran for a team-high 64 yards on 11 carries.

The rest of his yardage came in the final minute of the game, when he turned a short pass into a 54-yard touchdown to pull the Gators within two points. A two-point conversion try was no good, and the Gators were unable to pull out the win.

Beard, meanwhile, led Warren Central’s volleyball team to a straight-set victory over Raymond on Aug. 29, 3-0 (25-17, 28-26, 25-15). She had 12 kills and served four aces in the match.

The Post’s Athlete of the Week contest will continue throughout the high school athletic year. Four nominees will be selected based on their performances from the previous week.

Voting will begin on Sunday evening and continue until midnight Tuesday each week, and links will be posted on our Facebook and Twitter (@vixpostsports) pages. Follow us for updates and more news.

Thank you to all of our readers who voted, and congratulations to the winners!

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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