Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX

Local Sports

December 21, 2012

Chappelle determined to make the most of his opportunity at Mississippi State


Tyler Junior College and the Brook Hill School friends, fans and athletic supporters should be proud as Jeremy Chappelle has decided to join the ranks of the Mississippi State Bulldogs.

Chappelle, a native of Jacksonville, signed a National Letter of Intent to attend MSU on Wednesday during ceremonies held at TJC.

The Bulldogs finished last year with a 8-4 overall record.

 MSU is headed to Jacksonville, Fla. to play Northwestern University in the Gator Bowl, Jan. 1, 2013.

Last year Chappelle aided the Apache run at the playoffs before falling in the semi-finals to Northeast Oklahoma in a 37-35, shootout.

He had six catches for 100-plus yards and two scores in his JUCO finale.

“I was also considering Louisiana Tech, West Virginia, Houston, Texas A&M and Mississippi State were at the top of my list,” Chappelle said.

“First of all, my Mama (Veronica Hunter) loved it, and said she felt like she was at home,” Chappelle said. “And if my Uncle Stacy (Stacy Hunter) who recently passed away) had been there I know he would’ve loved it too.

“Those two things just made it even better, and once I put the jersey on I just felt like that was the place for me.”

An all-star since boyhood, Chappelle was a key component to a successful Apache season this past season, and capped of his high school career with a state title appearance at the Brook Hill School finale.

Both would not have happened if not for second chances, and being with the right people at the right time.

In high school came the first reality check for Chappelle, after starring as a freshman for the Jacksonville Indians.

Two years of awards all-district accolades gave the young Chappelle plenty of confidence. Enough confidence to play as hard off the field, as he did on the field and trouble followed.

As Chappelle briefly put it, “Too much of the wrong crowd, and a much different environment,” was all Chappelle recalled of his early Jacksonville High School successes.

Off-field complications led Chappelle to being released from JHS athletics, with Chappelle finding a home at the Brook Hill School, a private school 15-miles up Hwy. 69 from Jacksonville.

“Jacksonville and Brook Hill are two totally different environments,” Chappelle said. “Not only Jacksonville but I was coming from the hood, Lincoln Park.”

For the first time in his life, Chappelle had to get use to the system.

“We had chapel every Wednesday, I wasn’t use to having something like that,” the wide receiving wonder said, “but I grew to love everything about Brook Hill, it’s a great school with even greater people.”

While at Brook Hill, Chappelle earned two-time, all-state football and double basketball honors for the Guard.

In football, he left Brook Hill with a state finalist spot in football, and one TAPPS final four appearance in TAPPS state hoops.

For head coach, Terry Pirtle at Brook Hill, Chappelle was a receiver, defensive back/linebacker/kick return specialist, setting standards for the Guard that could possible stand for decades.

Text Only
Local Sports
  • 07-29- Josh + foto.tif McCown says he likes direction Tampa Bay is heading in

    Josh McCown expects the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to be better this season. He's just reluctant to speculate how much.

    The 35-year-old quarterback is beginning his 13th NFL training camp, though it's his first as a team's projected starter since he was with the Arizona Cardinals in 2004.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • I07-29-VB + foto.JPG Prep volleyballers to return to the gym Monday

    Volleyball season for local and area high school teams will get under on Monday with the opening of the respective fall camps.

    Most of the clubs will take part in scrimmages or playdays in late week before opening the regular season the following week.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • 07-29-Patton + foto.jpg Patton about to start his 7th season in Rusk

    My how time flies.

    When the Rusk High School football team trots out to Eagle Stadium on Monday morning to open fall camp, Ted Patton, Rusk's athletic director and head football coach, will be kicking off his seventh season at the helm of the Eagle program, which makes him the most tenured football coach in the Cherokee County/Southern Smith County area.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • 07-26-Brown + foto.jpg Junior golf: Brown claims a pair of 3rd place finishes this week

     The summer junior golf tour schedule is now in the home stretch and Jacksonville's Cameron Brown is closing like a freight train.

    Brown played in two tournaments this week and came in third place in each, while going up against some top-caliber junior golfers from the Metroplex.

    On Monday and Tuesday, the son of Dean and Mary Carol Brown, played in a Texas Junior Golf Tour (TJGT) stop at TPC Craig Ranch in McKinney where he shot rounds of 73 and 71 to earn third place out of a field of 54 boys.

    July 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • JJHS logo.png Forrest picked to guide Fightin' Maiden volleyball

    Jacksonville High School will have a new head volleyball when fall camp opens up on Aug. 4.

    Jan Forrest, a veteran high school coach who calls Borger, Texas home, has been promoted from the Jacksonville Middle School coaching staff into her new position.

    July 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • 07-26-Minter + photo.jpg Guard-ex Minter helps USA win tourney in the Netherlands

    Spurred on in part by the efforts of A. J. Minter, a former diamond star at The Brook Hill School, the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team was able to nail down the championship of the 27th edition of the Haarlem-Honkbal Week.

    July 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • 07-26-TTA logo.jpg Rusk Rangers 14U stay alive in TTA state tourney

    The Rusk Rangers 14U team were scheduled to take on Malakoff Monsters Friday night in an elimination game in the Texas Teen-Age Baseball Association (TTA) state tournament in Hillsboro.

    Rusk suffered its first lost in the double-elimination event after falling to the Eagles from Mildred.

    July 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • Jerry Fork 3 30 12.JPG Gone fishing with Jerry Miller

    One of the main things I really look forward to in the summer is locating and catching schooling bass. Schooling bass are not always easy to catch. Sometimes they are very aggressive and will react to a variety of baits. At other times they become very hard to catch. I have several baits that I rely on, but some are favorites.

    July 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • RNIZRWPNXJDDLGT.20140225144737.jpg Locals Hamlett, Trotter prepare for SHSU swan song

    The Sam Houston State University Bearkats will have a brand new head coach and an unfamiliar quarterback this season.

    But the Southland Conference (NCAA, Football Championship Series) team will return a rock-solid nucleus, including Cory Hamlett, a senior who prepped at Jacksonville High School and Rusk High School graduate John Trotter, who will also be in his final year playing for the orange squad from Huntsville.

    July 24, 2014 2 Photos

  • IMG_4906.JPG 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.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo