Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX

Local Sports

April 29, 2014

Class 3A bi-district baseball: Rusk to rumble with Roughriders


The Rusk Eagles will open the state Class 3A playoffs against a familiar opponent in the Center Roughriders.

The 'Riders and the Eagles will duke it out in a best-of-three series that's scheduled to get under way at 7 p.m. Friday.

Game 2 is slated to begin at 2 p.m. Saturday afternoon, and if a third tilt is needed to decide things, that game would be played 30 minutes after the conclusion of the second game.

All games will take place at Morris Frank Park in Lufkin.

Center (17-12) defeated the Red and Black, 10-2, back on Feb. 21, but it can be said that Rusk is a much stronger team, having won its last 13-straight games than it was on that late February day that saw the 'Riders get the upper hand over the Eagles.

Head coach Jason Barnes' troops will take a 19-9 record into post season play, which includes a 12-0 run through District 19-3A.

The Eagles have given up just 14 runs in their last 13 games, with an emphasis being placed on quality pitching and strong defense.

“We feel like if we can continue to get solid pitching and defense that we will be able to play well in post season,” Barnes said. “Our kids got a taste of the playoffs last year, but we want to stick around a little longer this year and we have been talking about that as a team and focusing on playing at a level that will allow us to have some playoff success.”

Center and Jasper ended up tied for fourth place in District 20-3A.

Since the clubs split their regular season meetings, a play-in game was held Monday, with the 'Riders notching the win over Jasper to earn the right to face Rusk.

Rusk is led by a core of six seniors: Morgan Johnson, Vijay Stingley, Jadarian Skinner, Taylor Hamilton, Austin Ballew and Justin Daughety.

Junior-lefty Josh Raiborn is the team's ace pitcher, having tossed a couple of no-hitters this season.

Parker Clark and Jordan Roach have consistently delivered timely hits throughout the season.

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