Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX

Local Sports

July 9, 2013

Lights, camera, action: JHS-Palestine football game to be televised

PALESTINE — Extra motivation is rarely needed to fire up players, coaches and supporters of Jacksonville High School and Palestine High School when the Fight'n Indians and the Wildcats are scheduled to do battle on the gridiron.

With Palestine holding an ever-so slight, 37-36-3, advantage over the Tribe, its clear to see just how even this series has been over the years.

When the two bitter rivals line up against each other at 7:30 p.m.on Thursday, September 5 for the 77th meeting since 1913, there will be a unique element present, that of television.

For the first time in school history (according to Matt Montgomery, a member of the Tribe's radio broadcast team and a historian of all things Jacksonville football), an Indian football game will be televised.

KTXA Channel 21 (Dallas-Fort Worth) has selected the tilt as a part of its series of high school games, mostly involving high profile teams from the Metroplex, that it will be broadcasting this fall.

KTXA currently televises all of the Texas Ranger Friday night games. The station is available locally on both Dish Network and Direct TV.

Chris Taber, Jacksonville High athletic director and head football coach said Monday that having a regular-season game televised is something that he is looking forward to.

“I think it's a great opportunity for our kids,” he said. “Anytime you can play on TV to promote our kids and our program, it's great.”

To accommodate television, the schools agreed to move the game to Thursday night — it was originally schedule for Friday, September 6 — and JHS officials don't anticipate that being an issue.

“Thursday is not much different from a Friday, because Thursday is a walk through day for us anyway,” Taber said. “Being a rivalry game it doesn't matter what day you play it on...the kids will be up for it.”

“I anticipate that our fans will travel well to this game,” Deena Brand, who coordinates many of the ticket selling activities for JISD, said. “Not only because of the rivalry factor of it being Jacksonville-Palestine, but the fact that it will be on television will make people want to be at the game even more.”

The game will be the Wildcats' 2013 home opener, as Palestine is scheduled to open the year at Waco LaVega on Aug. 30 and Palestine officials are pushing for a sellout (8,000).

“We are trying to get the stadium packed,” Lance Angel, Palestine athletic director/head football coach said in an interview with the Palestine Herald. “That's a goal of ours. Playing on a Thursday night, maybe people that support other schools will get a chance to come out.”



Text Only
Local Sports
  • JJHS logo.png Class 4A Area meet:Tribe's Thacker takes the gold in long jump

    Datavion Thacker of Jacksonville High School qualified for the Class 4A, Region II Meet, to be held at University of Texas-Arlington next week, in two events, long jump and the 100M dash.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • 4-18-golf.JPG Class 4A, Region II Golf Championship: Future looks bright for Tribe golf

    Jacksonville been absent from the regional golf tournament for a number of year, but that changed earlier this week when head coach Cecil Newton's Tribe golf team took part in the 36-hole Class 4A, Region II Championship Tournament.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • eagles_rusk_boys_varsity_basketball_winter_12-13.gif Rusk track & field to send 5 to upcoming regional meet

    As a result of their performances at the Class 3A District 19-20 Area meet, which was hosted by Carthage High School on Wednesday, five student-athletes from Rusk High School have earned a spot in the Class 3A, Region III Meet, slated for George Turner Stadium in Humble (April 25-26).

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • 9926366.jpg Rusk-ex Collins named SBC Pitcher of the Week

    For the second time this season Callie Collins of University of Texas Arlington (UTA) has been named as the Sunbelt Conference Pitcher of the Week.

    Collins, a senior, played high school softball at Rusk High School.

    Collins went 2-0 in the circle last week and pitched a pair of complete game victories for the Mavericks.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • IMG_8831-1.jpg JMS Tennis: Roper wins first place in Kilgore tourney

    Hannah Roper, representing Jacksonville Middle School, won the 8th-grade girls singles championship at the Kilgore Middle School Tournament on Friday while Thomas Brewer came away with the consolation crown in the 7th-grade boys flight.

    And, those success stories were just the tip of the tennis iceberg for JMS.

    April 18, 2014 2 Photos

  • troup_tigers.gif Troup Tiger golfers to return to state tournament

    The UIL Class 2A state golf tournament would not be complete without the Troup Tigers included in the mix.

    The young men from Troup made sure that they will be in this year's state tournament on April 30-May 1 in Austin by coming in second at the Class 2A Region III Golf Tournament.

    The tourney took place Tuesday at Oak Hurst Golf Course in Bullard.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • 04-17-Maidens team.JPG Fightin' Maiden softball earns first-ever playoff berth

    As the late afternoon sun slowly dipped below the horizon Tuesday at Faulkner Park in Tyler, there was a soaking-wet head softball coach and a team of excited young Jacksonville Fightin' Maidens that had streaks of white chalk smeared across their faces, uniform tops and pants, milling around the infield, in no hurry to board the team bus for the ride back home.

    April 17, 2014 3 Photos

  • 04-17-JHS bsb. + foto.jpg 16-4A Baseball: Jacksonville trounces John Tyler, 11-0

    Chris Holcomb stroked a three-run triple that traveled to the fence in left field in the third inning, which was a part of a 2 for 3 night, as Jacksonville plastered John Tyler, 11-0, Tuesday in a District 16-4A encounter that was played at Mike Carter Field.

    Racking up three RBI and two runs scored for the Tribe (7-16-1, 2-6 16-4A), Holcomb triggered a six-run third stanza for Jacksonville, with the Indians scoring the remained of their runs in the fifth frame.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Alto.gif Crisp no-hitter sends Lady jackets to 16-1 win over Wells

    Alto celebrated Senior Night Friday by trampling Wells, 16-1, in a game that featured a no-hitter being thrown by Lady Jacket Madison Crisp.

    Crisp struck out 10 and did not walk a batter in coasting to the win.

    Alto recognized its two seniors, Carenza Johnson and Dariyana Moore, on their special day.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • troup_tigers.gif Mallard, Smith pick up 4 hits each as Troup whips Frankston

    Mason Mallard and Logan Smtih accounted for four hits each on Tuesday when Troup chalked up a 12-0 route over Frankston.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo