Bullard Panthers (6-1, 4-1) at Henderson Lions (4-3, 3-2)
7:30 p.m. Friday at Lions Stadium in Henderson
Head Coaches — Shannon Wilson, Bullard; Dickey Meeks, Henderson
Last Week — Bullard defeated Chapel Hill, 42-41 (OT); Henderson defeated Spring Hill, 42-14
Next Week — Gilmer at Bullard; Henderson at Kilgore
Quick Facts: The loser of this game will have major difficulty in earning one of the three playoff spots out of District 16-3A...The Lions are 0-2 at Lions Stadium this year...Henderson has also defeated Chapel Hill (24-6) this season...Holden Bryant intercepted Chapel Hill's 2-point try in OT to preserve the Panther triumph last week.
White Oak Roughnecks (5-2, 4-1) at Troup Tigers (7-0, 2-0)
7:30 p.m. Friday at Tiger Stadium in Troup
Head Coaches — Gerry Stanford, White Oak; Dennis Alexander, Troup
Last Week — White Oak defeated Harmony, 34-0; Troup defeated Tatum, 14-10
Next Week — Sabine at White Oak; Harmony at Troup
Quick Facts: Troup trailed 10-0 going into the final period last week...White Oak can not be overlooked as the Roughnecks are probably Troup's last real regular-season test...Troup is ranked No. 9 in this week’s AP Class 2A poll.
Brook Hill (5-2, 3-1) at Parish Episcopal (6-1, 3-1)
7:30 p.m. Friday at Gene and Jerry Jones Family Stadium in Dallas
Head Coaches — Terry Pirtle, Brook Hill; Scott Nady, Parish Episcopal
Last Week — Dallas Christian defeated Brook Hill, 38-0; Parish Episcopal defeated Dallas Shelton, 44-0
Next Week — Grace Community at Brook Hill; Dallas Shelton at Parish Episcopal
Quick Facts: PE's only loss came at the hands of Dallas Christian (42-35)...The Panther defense has pitched back-to-back shutouts and has three this year...PE's offense averages just south of 44 points a game, which is tops in TAPPS Division II, District 2...At least three teams will make the playoffs out of each district, with the Guard entering the game tied with the Panthers for second.
Grapeland Sandies (2-5, 1-1) at Alto Yellowjackets (6-1, 4-0)
7:30 p.m. Friday at Yellowjacket Stadium in Alto
Head Coaches — Jerry Richards, Grapeland; Keith Gardner, Alto
Last Week — Grapeland defeated Shelbyville, 19-2; Alto defeated West Sabine, 40-26
Next Week — Grapeland at Shelbyville; Alto at San Augustine
Quick Facts: This one has “Trap Game” scribbled all over it for the Mean Sting, who are coming off an impressive win last week and have a tough San Augustine team to face next week...Alto moved up to No. 8 in this week's AP Class A poll...The 'jacket offense has scored 101 points in the past two weeks.
Area football roundup: Troup fights to stay perfect while Bullard, Brook Hill battle to stay alive in playoff picture
Bullard Panthers (6-1, 4-1) at Henderson Lions (4-3, 3-2)
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21-A-I Track Championships: Alto boys cleanup; NS teams show improvement
The Alto Yellowjackets boys track team won the District 21-A-I Track & Field Championship by a landslide last week at J. F. Whitaker Stadium in Cushing.
The 'Jackets totaled 272.5 points, with Cushing (92) and New Summerfield (73) completing the top three.
“Our high school boys won district with 272 points, which is impressive to go over 200 points in any meet,” Alto athletic director, Paul Gould, said. “Our kids competed great and they represented Alto great. All of our coaches, as well as myself are pleased with the way that they got after it.”
For New Summerfield, the district meet brought another dose of improvement on the cinders for the Hornets and Lady Hornets.
JHS girls dealt unfavorable draws at regional tennis tourney
As the old sports saying goes, “sometimes it's better to be lucky than good.”
Lady Luck stayed far away from a trio of Jacksonville High tennis players on Monday as Ellie Day, Samantha Lee and Kristie Savage were in the Metroplex, having qualified for the Class 4A Region II Championship Tournament that was hosted by University Texas Arlington.
Schultz works overtime, sends Lady Guard to 5-4 victory
Brook Hill sophomore Taylor Schultz probably slept like a baby when she retired Monday night.
That's because Schultz excelled at the plate and on the pitching rubber as the Lady Guard whittled out a hard-fought, 5-4, district win over the Lady Saints of Dallas First Baptist on Monday afternoon.
Tribe soccer's special season culminates with regional tourney appearance
To put the Jacksonville Tribe boys soccer team's successful season and deep post season run in perspective, it had been just over three years since any team from Jacksonville had participated in a regional tournament.
And although the Tribe fell, 2-1, on the scoreboard to Spring Woods on Friday in the Class 4A, Region III semi-final, what this year's group was able to achieve will be remembered long after the painful memories of Friday's match fade away.
Eagle baseballers extend winning streak to 9
After Central Heights had tied the game in the top of the seventh, Rusk scored the winning run in the bottom half of the segment to run its winning streak to nine games by edging the Blue Devils, 3-2, in a non-district affair that took place at Eagle Park on Saturday.
FIghtin' Maiden softball looking to sew up playoff spot tonight
Jacksonvile's Fightin' Maiden softball team can lock down its first-ever playoff berth in the 13-year history of the program at 6 p.m. this evening when the Blue and White visit John Tyler at 6 p.m.
16-4A Track Meet: Thacker, Ambroson and 4X100 relay qualify for area meet
Datavion Thacker qualified in two events, one field and another running, while Josh Ambroson excelled in the discus competition at the District 16-4A Track and Field Meet, which played out Wednesday and Thursday at Eagle Stadium in Lindale.
Jacksonville Lions Club Charity Golf tourney set for April 19
The Jacksonville Lions Club Annual Charity Golf Tournament, a four-man scramble, is scheduled for Saturday, April 19 at The Challenge at the Woods in Jacksonville.
Spring turkey time just around the corner
It's almost curtain time for East Texas spring turkey hunters. The spring gobbler season gets underway April 15 and runs through May 14 in 28 counties.
21-2A District Track Meet: Troup athletes start off strong
Maybe it was the familiarity of competing at Tiger Stadium in front of supporting friends and family, or maybe it was simply an intense amount of preparation and training.
Whatever the “it” factor was for the Troup Tigers and Lady Tigers seemed to fuel the squads to a fast start on Wednesday, the opening day of the District 21-2A Meet, which is used to decide the circuit's representatives into the upcoming area meet.
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