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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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Alcorn’s miracle run ends in SWAC softball championship game

GULFPORT — Alcorn’s State’s miracle run through the Southwestern Athletic Conference softball tournament came up just short of a championship. Jazmine Dodd went 2-for-4 with ... Read more

by Ernest Bowker, Friday, May 14, 2021 5:02 pm

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Gators run wild in spring football jamboree

After two long years of construction and waiting, Vicksburg High finally got a chance to enjoy its renovated stadium on Thursday night. The same could ... Read more

by Ernest Bowker, Friday, May 14, 2021 12:52 am

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Warren Central makes rare southern road trip for spring game

Warren Central’s football program is entering a new era in 2021. Gone from the schedule are familiar names like Clinton and Madison Central. Replacing them ... Read more

by Ernest Bowker, Thursday, May 13, 2021 3:03 pm

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Gators geared up for spring jamboree

Todd McDaniel’s first offseason as Vicksburg High’s football coach was a bit disjointed. Not long after he was hired in late February 2020, the COVID-19 ... Read more

by Ernest Bowker, Tuesday, May 11, 2021 4:53 pm

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Tallulah Academy advances to Class 1A championship series

TALLULAH — In the latter stages of Monday’s game against Prairie View, Tallulah Academy’s baseball players pondered the best way to celebrate what was another ... Read more

by Ernest Bowker, Monday, May 10, 2021 10:39 pm

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Sports column: The sight, sound of crowds is wonderful to see again

When the COVID-19 pandemic began in March 2020, the speed at which society changed was stunning. In a matter of days, a couple of weeks ... Read more

by Ernest Bowker, Sunday, May 9, 2021 1:00 pm

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Game Plan

The Vicksburg Post welcomes your items for the Game Plan. Submit items by email to sports@vicksburgpost.com and include the name and phone number of a ... Read more

by Ernest Bowker, Sunday, May 9, 2021 7:00 am

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After two years as assistant, Lawrence takes over as WC’s girls soccer coach

When he took over as head coach of Warren Central’s girls’ soccer team in 2018, Greg Head never intended for it to be a lifelong ... Read more

by Ernest Bowker, Saturday, May 8, 2021 8:00 am

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Vicksburg’s Bland, Walker win medals at state track meet

PEARL — It was an unusual day for Vicksburg High at the MHSAA Class 5A state track meet on Thursday. For only the second time ... Read more

by Ernest Bowker, Friday, May 7, 2021 12:43 pm

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St. Al’s Chewning, Jarratt win fourth state doubles championship

Six years ago, Taylor Chewning and Ashley Jarratt first joined forces as a high school tennis doubles team. Eighty-nine matches later — the vast majority ... Read more

by Ernest Bowker, Thursday, May 6, 2021 3:43 pm

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M-Braves return to the field after 612 days away

PEARL — For 612 days, Trustmark Park has been a movie theater, golf course and COVID-19 testing and vaccination site. On Wednesday, at long last, ... Read more

by Ernest Bowker, Thursday, May 6, 2021 7:27 am

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Sports column: Vicksburg softball players, fans showed class during a tough time

There are a lot of words to describe what happened to Vicksburg High’s softball team this week. Hosed. Jobbed. Swindled. There are more colorful ones, ... Read more

by Ernest Bowker, Sunday, May 2, 2021 1:00 pm

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State track roundup: Warren County athletes win four titles, 10 medals

FLOWOOD — For most of her race, Cati Mathews heard the footsteps of her opponents nipping at her heels. The harder she ran, the louder ... Read more

by Ernest Bowker, Sunday, May 2, 2021 1:17 am

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Tupelo takes care of Warren Central to finish playoff sweep

When they dissect this baseball season and look ahead to 2022, the Warren Central Vikings have plenty of things — big and small — to ... Read more

by Ernest Bowker, Saturday, May 1, 2021 10:56 pm

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Who’s Hot

St. Aloysius track and field athlete Natalie Burke finished second in the triple jump and third in the long jump at the MAIS Class 4A ... Read more

by Ernest Bowker, Saturday, May 1, 2021 7:55 am

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MAIS track roundup: Burke and Kivett medal in long jump; SIA’s Windham crushes field in discus

JACKSON — With her high school track and field career entering its final weekend, Natalie Burke would have loved to have added one more state ... Read more

by Ernest Bowker, Friday, April 30, 2021 8:14 pm

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Missy Gators’ season ends with playoff loss to New Hope

A wild week for Vicksburg High’s softball program ended in shallow right field Thursday night. Tears flowed. Hugs were exchanged. There was even a celebratory ... Read more

by Ernest Bowker, Thursday, April 29, 2021 11:43 pm

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WC baseball series, MHSAA state track meet postponed by weather

A wet forecast has altered some weekend sports plans in Mississippi. Because of rain and thunderstorms in North Mississippi, Game 1 of the best-of-three MHSAA ... Read more

by Ernest Bowker, Thursday, April 29, 2021 12:38 pm

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Warren Central postpones Game 1, shifts schedule for baseball playoff series

Warren Central’s baseball playoff series with Tupelo has taken a change-up. Because of rain and thunderstorms in North Mississippi, Game 1 of the best-of-three MHSAA ... Read more

by Ernest Bowker, Thursday, April 29, 2021 11:39 am

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Protest pays off: MHSAA rules Vicksburg, New Hope must replay Game 3

A ball game is forcing Vicksburg High and New Hope to play another ballgame. The Mississippi High School Activities Association on Wednesday upheld a protest ... Read more

by Ernest Bowker, Wednesday, April 28, 2021 11:41 am

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Gators trying to handle playoff pressure

The last week of the baseball regular season was an opportunity for the Vicksburg Gators to prove not only their skill, but their character. Playing ... Read more

by Ernest Bowker, Wednesday, April 28, 2021 8:00 am

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Who’s Hot

St. Aloysius sprinter Brennon Williams won the 200 and 400 meters at the MAIS Class 4A South State track meet last week, with times of ... Read more

by Ernest Bowker, Wednesday, April 28, 2021 7:55 am

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Missy Gators win playoff series — for now

Backed into a corner, and with their season on the line, the Vicksburg Missy Gators fought their way out to take a second-round MHSAA Class ... Read more

by Ernest Bowker, Tuesday, April 27, 2021 11:16 pm

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Vikings riding a hot streak heading into baseball playoffs

Warren Central’s baseball team has enjoyed a late-season surge heading into the MHSAA Class 6A playoffs. It feasted on a soft part of the schedule ... Read more

by Ernest Bowker, Tuesday, April 27, 2021 1:22 pm

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St. Al soccer star Bourne signs with Holmes CC

For 14 years, Reed Bourne has rarely had a free moment without a soccer ball on his foot. From youth soccer to select, and then ... Read more

by Ernest Bowker, Monday, April 26, 2021 11:51 am

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Missy Gators begin postseason run vs. New Hope

All season long, Vicksburg High’s softball team has rode the razor’s edge between being a very good team and a rather bad one. When they ... Read more

by Ernest Bowker, Monday, April 26, 2021 8:00 am

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Sports column: I, for one, do not welcome our new insect overlords

While covering the Vicksburg vs. Ridgeland softball game last week, I noticed all five of Ridgeland’s infielders doing what appeared to be a choreographed dance ... Read more

by Ernest Bowker, Sunday, April 25, 2021 8:00 am

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Warren Central rips crosstown rival Gators

Warren Central played one of its best baseball games of the season. Vicksburg High played one of its worst. Put the two together, and the ... Read more

by Ernest Bowker, Thursday, April 22, 2021 11:40 pm

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