Ernest Bowker, Author at The Vicksburg Post

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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Four Down Territory: PCA continues a bad streak, Choctaws stay grounded, Brown sits out

You’re in Four Down Territory. Each week we’ll examine four notes, nuggets, stats and trends from the weekend that was in Mississippi high school football, ... Read more

by Ernest Bowker, Monday, October 25, 2021 10:28 am

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Sports column: Conference USA faces an uncertain future — yet again

When the week began, Conference USA seemed like such a happy neighborhood. Kids playing in the yard, birds singing, sun shining. When its football teams ... Read more

by Ernest Bowker, Sunday, October 24, 2021 2:00 pm

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Tallulah beats PCA to set up first-round rematch in MAIS Class 2A playoffs

Over the course of nine seasons, Tallulah Academy has established itself as the gold standard of MAIS 8-man football programs. Even after battling through an ... Read more

by Ernest Bowker, Saturday, October 23, 2021 1:13 am

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Reports: Southern Miss to leave Conference USA for Sun Belt

After 26 years, Southern Miss’ time in Conference USA appears to be at an end. Southern Miss was among four schools — along with Marshall, ... Read more

by Ernest Bowker, Friday, October 22, 2021 6:09 pm

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Vikings trying to build on success

Warren Central’s thrilling, last-second win over Pearl immediately turned around its fortunes, kept its playoff hopes alive, and gave a jolt of life to a ... Read more

by Ernest Bowker, Friday, October 22, 2021 8:00 am

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PCA, Tallulah Academy meet in playoff tuneup

Going into the final night of the regular season, the MAIS Class 2A playoff picture is like a dangerous batch of volatile chemicals. Leave it ... Read more

by Ernest Bowker, Thursday, October 21, 2021 6:00 pm

Sports

Gators can clinch first region title since 1990 by beating Neshoba Central

Vicksburg High hasn’t quite put up video game numbers, but its season has certainly had the flow of one. The Gators honed their skills against ... Read more

by Ernest Bowker, Thursday, October 21, 2021 3:42 pm

Sports

St. Al looking for upset of Tri-County, playoff berth

The situation for St. Aloysius is simple. Beat Tri-County and they’re in the playoffs. Actually doing it is not so simple. Tri-County (8-1, 2-1 District ... Read more

by Ernest Bowker, Wednesday, October 20, 2021 2:00 pm

Sports

SEC fines Tennessee $250,000 for fans’ actions vs. Ole Miss

The Southeastern Conference came down hard on the University of Tennessee on Monday, two days after its fans pelted the field with trash in the ... Read more

by Ernest Bowker, Monday, October 18, 2021 2:56 pm

Sports

Four Down Territory: MAIS playoff scenarios, USM’s QB cavalcade, and the Cowboys score 2,500

You’re in Four Down Territory. Each week we’ll examine four notes, nuggets, stats and trends from the weekend that was in Mississippi high school football, ... Read more

by Ernest Bowker, Monday, October 18, 2021 1:00 pm

Sports

Sports column: The hunt for strange, obscure jerseys is a fun pursuit

Ten or 12 years ago, one of my favorite websites to frequent was called StraightCashHomey.net. It was a remarkable online sports scavenger hunt dedicated to ... Read more

by Ernest Bowker, Sunday, October 17, 2021 2:00 pm

Sports

Gators crush Ridgeland to clinch home playoff game, shot at region title

As he ran toward midfield for a postgame handshake, Vicksburg High coach Todd McDaniel was doused with a cooler full of water by his players. ... Read more

by Ernest Bowker, Saturday, October 16, 2021 1:11 am

Sports

Vikings beat Pearl on Gilliam’s last-second field goal

With the game — and likely their season — hanging by a thread, Warren Central got back to doing what it’s famous for. Brandon Gilliam ... Read more

by Ernest Bowker, Saturday, October 16, 2021 1:10 am

Sports

Flashes set to tackle Greenville-St. Joe

The news from St. Aloysius’ this week was a mixed bag of bad and good. While there were plenty of negatives following a lopsided loss ... Read more

by Ernest Bowker, Thursday, October 14, 2021 6:00 pm

Sports

Vikings try to stop slide against Pearl

It’s been a long time since Warren Central has been in this situation. The Vikings are 0-3 in region play for the first time in ... Read more

by Ernest Bowker, Thursday, October 14, 2021 5:00 pm

Sports

Smaller field a new issue for Porter’s Chapel

Porter’s Chapel Academy downsized this season when it switched from 11- to 8-man football. On Friday night, it’ll take it a step further. PCA will ... Read more

by Ernest Bowker, Thursday, October 14, 2021 4:00 pm

Sports

Home playoff game, shot at region championship on the line for Gators

For five weeks, the Vicksburg Gators have been splashing around in the shallow end of the Region 2-5A pool. Now it’s time to head into ... Read more

by Ernest Bowker, Thursday, October 14, 2021 2:43 pm

Sports

Cleveland, Cleveland and West win Red Carpet Bowl golf tournament

The Red Carpet Bowl Invitational golf tournament was up for grabs after the first round. Then the team of Derek Cleveland, Codey Cleveland and Bryant ... Read more

by Ernest Bowker, Tuesday, October 12, 2021 2:48 pm

Sports

Sports column: Trying to explain the MAIS power points formula

In two weeks, and with two consecutive wins, St. Aloysius went from staring a winless season in the face to plotting out playoff scenarios. Porter’s ... Read more

by Ernest Bowker, Sunday, October 10, 2021 2:00 pm

Sports

Hammons, Hall add to Over the River Run trophy collections

It’s uncertain how many more race victories Caleb Hammons and Kristi Hall have in their strong but aging legs. All they know is that it’s ... Read more

by Ernest Bowker, Saturday, October 9, 2021 1:18 pm

Sports

Northwest Rankin hands Warren Central its third consecutive defeat

Warren Central’s new region is turning out to be a less than hospitable place. Of course, the Vikings are not doing a whole lot to ... Read more

by Ernest Bowker, Saturday, October 9, 2021 12:45 am

Sports

Gators dispatch Callaway, stay unbeaten in Region 2-5A

JACKSON — Vicksburg High finally gave up a touchdown. Several of them, in fact. Fortunately, the offense had the defense’s bill covered. Ronnie Alexander passed ... Read more

by Ernest Bowker, Thursday, October 7, 2021 11:58 pm

Sports

Vikings in must-win situation against Northwest Rankin

For the past nine years, Warren Central has fought, clawed and scrapped its way into the MHSAA Class 6A playoffs. It’ll have to do a ... Read more

by Ernest Bowker, Thursday, October 7, 2021 5:00 pm

Sports

PCA pondering postseason possibilities

Part of the weekend duties for Porter’s Chapel Academy football coach Blake Purvis include looking over film, double-checking stats, and shifting gears to the next ... Read more

by Ernest Bowker, Thursday, October 7, 2021 4:00 pm

Sports

Flashes suddenly in the playoff hunt

The blazing summer sun has cooled, but it’s shining a little bit brighter over St. Aloysius’ Balzli Field lately. The birds are singing a little ... Read more

by Ernest Bowker, Thursday, October 7, 2021 3:03 pm

Local

Over the River Run kicks off Vicksburg’s fall running season

Vicksburg’s fall running season is on its mark and set. It goes on Saturday morning. The 33rd annual Over the River Run, a 5-mile run ... Read more

by Ernest Bowker, Thursday, October 7, 2021 11:39 am

Sports

WC linemen Bell, Miller and Lee picked to play in all-star games

Warren Central football head coach Josh Morgan has often said that his offensive line is one of the best in Mississippi. Now, they’ve got some ... Read more

by Ernest Bowker, Wednesday, October 6, 2021 11:55 am

Sports

Lady Vikes top Vicksburg again

Warren Central’s volleyball season was derailed by a mid-September losing streak. It’ll instead have to settle for heading into the offseason with a couple of ... Read more

by Ernest Bowker, Wednesday, October 6, 2021 9:27 am

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