Game Plan

Published 12:37 pm Monday, April 29, 2024

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PCA softball tryouts
Porter’s Chapel Academy will hold tryouts for its junior high and varsity softball teams on April 30 and May 2, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. each day at the school’s baseball field. The tryouts are open to players entering grades 5-12.

To register for the tryouts, email coach Samantha Bailey at bailey.s.samantha at You will receive a Google form to complete before the tryout.

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VHS softball tryouts
Tryouts for Vicksburg High’s junior varsity and varsity softball teams will be held May 21 and 22, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. each day, at the Softball Swamp field on Army Navy Drive. The tryouts are open to players entering grades 7-12. All players must have a current physical, and bring their own glove and gym clothes.

For more information, email coach Briana Knox at

Learn to Swim at City Pool
Registration for the American Red Cross Learn to Swim Program will be held at City Park Pavilion, adjacent to City Pool, from May 15-17 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. each day, and on May 18 from 10 a.m. to noon.

The Learn to Swim program provides low-cost swim lessons to people of all ages throughout the summer. Each two-week session is taught by certified water safety instructors and includes eight 45-minute lessons. There are sessions for 3- and 4-year-olds, beginner adults, and varying ability levels, with morning and evening classes.

The cost is $15, payable by cash or check only at the time of registration. Because of high demand and limited space, registration is available on a first-come, first-served basis only.

Sessions will be held June 3-14; June 24-July 5; and July 15-26. Classes are from 10 a.m. to 10:45 for Levels 1-3; 11 to 11:45 a.m. for Levels 4-6; and 5:45 to 6:30 p.m. for beginner adults and 3-4-year-olds.

For more information, call Vicksburg City Pool director Sylvia Gurtowski at 601-831-3831 or email her at

VHS volleyball tryouts
Tryouts for Vicksburg High’s varsity volleyball team will be held April 29 and 30, from 4:15 to 5:30 p.m. in the VHS gym.

Players must have a 2.0 or better GPA, a current physical, and attend both days. Players must bring a hard copy of their physical form on the day of the tryouts. No screenshots or Dragonfly accounts will be accepted.

For more information, email coaches Donna Brown at and Stacey Banks at

Vicksburg Elite raffle
The Vicksburg Elite 9U boys baseball tournament team is holding a fundraiser to raffle off a pair of one-carat diamond stud earrings donated by Magnolia Jewelers.

The tickets are $10 apiece, and are on sale until the drawing on May 3. They can be purchased through the team’s Venmo account, @Vicksburg-Elite-Baseball.

Proceeds from the raffle will help pay for the team’s travel costs to play this summer, including a world series tournament in Gulf Shores, Alabama.

Bubba Mims Golf Tournament
Porter’s Chapel Academy will host the Bubba Mims Memorial Golf Tournament Friday, May 10 at the Vicksburg Country Club. The tournament is a four-person scramble. The entry fee is $100 per person, and hole sponsorships are also available for $100. Lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m., and play begins at 1 p.m.

To register or for more information, email PCA athletic director Blake Purvis at

The tournament honors former PCA football coach Bubba Mims, who died in 2004, and proceeds go toward the school’s Bubba Mims Memorial Scholarship.

Clear Creek junior golf
Clear Creek Golf Course has announced it is starting a new junior golf program at its facility in Bovina. The program has three age groups. Children ages 4-8 will have lessons on Mondays; ages 9-13 on Tuesdays; and ages 13-18 on Wednesdays. Each lesson runs from 3:30 to 5 p.m. The fee is $80 per month for the youngest age group, and $100 for the others.

Activities will include developmental drills, skill challenges, team-based games and friendly competitions. Water and range balls will be provided for all ages, and golf clubs will be provided for the 4-8-year-olds’ group.

Lessons will be taught by Clear Creek’s PGA professional Ronny Ross, and pro golfer Joseph Dendy. The program will run during the school year.

For more information or to register, call Joseph Dendy at 601-665-5308 or email him at

Carson Kurtz Memorial
The Carson Kurtz Memorial 4Ball golf tournament will be held May 4-5 at Clear Creek Golf Course and Vicksburg Country Club. The entry fee is $400 per two-person team and includes lunch and beverages both days. There will be a Saturday night Calcutta with dinner and music.

The tournament will be at Clear Creek on May 4 and the Country Club on May 5. Proceeds benefit a scholarship fund honoring Warren Central and St. Aloysius soccer player Carson Kurtz, who died in 2019.

For more information or to register, call Chris Whittington at 601-415-7451; Shawn Kurtz at 601-415-9540; or visit the Carson Kurtz Memorial Facebook page.

Chillin’ in the Hills
Registration is now open for the 15th annual Chillin’ in the Hills 5K run and race walk.
The race is scheduled for Saturday, May 11 at 8 a.m. It begins and ends at Martin’s at Midtown, 1101 Belmont St., and follows a course through downtown Vicksburg.

The registration fee for the 5K run and 5K race walk is $25. The children’s 1-mile fun run is free. Online registration is available through For more information, call Laura Jones at 601-636-5703 or email her at

The Chillin’ in the Hills 5K is a fundraiser for Grace Christian Counseling Center, which provides low-cost mental health and counseling services for individuals, families and groups in the Vicksburg area.

Ergon Charity Golf Tournament
The inaugural Ergon Refining, Inc., Charity Golf Tournament is scheduled for May 16 at Clear Creek Golf Couse. The four-person scramble will begin at noon, with check-in starting at 10 a.m. and lunch at 11.

There are prizes for the winners of each of three flights, as well as for longest drive and closest to the hole. All proceeds from the tournament benefit Good Shepherd Community Center and Preschool.

For more information or to register, call 601-630-8300 or email

Play 2 Wynn basketball camp
The Play 2 Wynn Girls Basketball Camp will be held July 22-26 at Vicksburg High School’s gym. The camp will run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. each day, and drills will focus on basketball fundamentals and individual development. There will be 5-on-5 scrimmages as well.

The cost of the camp is $100. For information or to register, contact coach Donna Brown-Wynn at 615-974-4015 or