RUSK — The Rusk Lady Eagles are ranked No. 8 in the revised state Class 3A poll that was released by the Texas Girls Coaches Association on Monday.
Rusk joins the state’s list of the ten-best teams after voters in the poll added the Lady Eagles while dropping Bullard from the top ten.
While no official word was given as to why a revised poll was released, Bullard is without the services of their leading pitcher and one of their top hitters who is also their starting catcher, as both young ladies decided not to play softball this season.
Rusk defeated Bullard by a double digit margin in a scrimmage held on Feb. 1 also.
Meanwhile, the Lady Eagles have done very well in their pre-high school season games, incurring only two losses, one to Tomball and the other to Plano East, who is ranked No. 2 in the Class 5A poll.
Needville, Celina and Bridge City remain as the top-three teams in the Class 3A ranking.
Splendora, Fredericksburg, Van and LaGrange occupy the next-four positions.
Following Rusk is Huffman-Hargrave and Sweeny.
The Lady Eagles open the regular season at 6 p.m. Tuesday when they entertain Henderson.
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Johnson hired as Lady Guard basketball coach
In filling its opening for a head girl's basketball coach, The Brook Hill School turned to Ivan Johnson, a coach that has been has achieved playoff success in TAPPS circles.
Johnson was introduced as Brook Hill's man to lead the Lady Guard hoop charges Tuesday afternoon in a press conference that was held on campus at the Kyle Lake Athletic Center.
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Where he will be on that day is anyone's guess and may be classified as a “$64,000 question.”
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That's because, county them, four teams from Rusk will be competing at venues around Central and East Texas in various Texas Teenage-Baseball Association state championship tournaments.
Jacksonville finds new defensive a few miles down Highway 79
Jacksonville athletic director/head football coach Chris Taber said that DeJoran “D. J.” Wright, former co-defensive coordinator at Palestine High School, was a logical choice to take over as the Tribe's new defensive coordinator for several reasons — most importantly was Wright's “X's and O's” philosophy.
Wells roper snares a nice payday at Snake River Stampede
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Jacksonville College's Abboud pays dividends for Israel’s WNT
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Area softball teams wrap up play in TTA state tourneys
Two Cherokee County youth softball teams concluded their respective runs at Texas Teen-Age Softball Association state tournaments earlier this week.
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