VHS wins regionals

After a 38 year absence, the Vernon Yellow Jackets Boys Basketball Team is returning to the FHSAA State Semi-Finals in Lakeland, Florida where they will face the Hilliard Red Flashes on Wednesday, March 4. The Yellow Jackets return was made possible by its 66-57 win over the Port St. Joe Sharks in the 1A Region 2 FHSAA Finals Tuesday night at Vernon.

The Vernon Gymnasium was filled with Vernon basketball fans as well as a large contingent of Port St. Joe fans, both hoping to see their team advance to Lakeland. Vernon jumped to a 15 point half time advantage using its superior speed and quickness. During the second half the Yellow Jackets were able to gain a twenty point advantage over the Sharks but gave back some of their lead in the fourth quarter before pulling out their victory.

With the win Vernon runs its season record to 19-7. The Yellow Jackets placed four players in double figures in scoring with EJ Reddice leading the way with 19 points, followed by Dyvion Bush with 16, Darrell Powell with 12 and Jordan Speed with 11. Caeden McDonald rounded out the scoring for Vernon with 8 points.

2 Replies to “VHS wins regionals”

  1. The Vernon High School Yellow Jackets defeated the Port St. Joe Sharks in the Class B State Tournament in 1957 in Gainesville. I think it was the second game in the state tournament. The starting five for the Yellow Jackets were: Corbin Scott, Gene Hudson, Aaron Todd, Rodney Parish, and Buddy Dietz. The other team members were: Ralph Harris, Phillip Waller, Hilton Kelly, Clinton Hicks, and David Mitchell. The Vernon coach was Sam Mitchell.

  2. You are correct. Yellow Jackets went to state tournament in 1961 and 1962.
    The team in 1962 defeated the only team without a loss
    (Okeechobee Brabham’s) to advance to the semifinals. Lost to Blountstown Tigers in semifinal. Starters were Dale Taylor, W.A. Rogers,
    Wesley Anderson, Larry Hewett, and H,T, Waller.
    Team members were
    Bob Hightower, George Dietz, and Leroy Chestnut.
    Coach Sam Mitchell and
    Ray Horne.

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