Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX

Local Sports

February 7, 2014

Maidens to face senior-laden Mansfield Summit team in bi-district



 Jacksonville's Fightin Maiden basketball team will open the state Class 4A playoffs on Monday night by facing a very familiar (and formidable) foe in Mansfield Summit.

The bi-district encounter will be hosted by Fairfield High School and will tip-off at 6:30 p.m.

The Lady Jaguars are 22-7 this year and are fresh off of winning the District 15-4A championship.

Jacksonville (16-13), who came in fourth in District 16-4A, also faced Mansfield Summit in bi-district last season.

In that affair the Lady Jaguars prevailed, 45-31, before eventually going four rounds deep in post season before being ousted by Dallas Lincoln.

Mansfield Summit, ranked 12th in Class 4A, appears, at least on paper, to be an even better team this go around, as the Lady Jaguars have seven seniors on its roster of 15.

The Lady Jaguars will bring an 11-game winning streak into the fray.

Meanwhile, the Fightin' Maidens have just one senior, point guard Jasmine Parson.

Parson is Jacksonville's spark plug and can make a number of things happen with her speed, cat-like quickness and overall athleticism.

Jacksonville ended its regular season by notching a pair of wins over Corsicana and Nacogdoches.

In the Nacogdoches game Tuesday, DaMonica Franklin and Inchantra Kendrick answered the bell on both ends of the floor when Parson was forced to the bench in the third quarter with excessive fouls.

The Maidens are, arguably, playing their best basketball now, after struggling in mid-season when Parson was out for a couple of weeks due to injury.

Tickets, which will cost $5.00 for adults and $3.00 for students, will be sold at the gate.



Text Only
Local Sports
  • 04-24-Alto SB.jpg Alto softball shoots up to No. 1 in latest state-wide poll

    While the Alto Lady Jackets were taking on Pollok Central, a state-ranked Class 3A team, Tuesday evening in a warm-up scrimmage, the new Texas Girls Coaches Association Class A softball team was released.

    In that newly minted poll, the Lady Jackets took command of the No. 1 spot for the first time this season.

    Alto (20-3), the undefeated District 21-A champions, displaced Beckville (29-2) from the top spot.

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • 04-23-Troup SB + foto.jpg Lady Tigers zap Winona, 11-0, to settle into playoff mode

    Troup's Lady Tiger softball team sent its three seniors off in fine fashion Friday night by walloping Winona, 11-0, at Lady Tiger Park.

    The win locked up the District t 18-2A championship for Troup, and marked the fourth-straight season that the Lady Tigers have won the district crown.

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • 04-23-Melchor.jpg Tribe soccer sends 4 to 35-4A first team; Melchor District Offensive MVP

    Martin Melchor of Jacksonville High School was voted by the District 35-4A boys soccer coaches as the circuit's Offensive Most Valuable Player.

    Melchor is the all-time leading scorer in Tribe soccer history. He will continue his academic and athletic career at Coastal Carolina University (NCAA, Division I) following his graduation from JHS later this spring.

    April 23, 2014 2 Photos

  • mail_001.jpg JUCO Tennis: Jaguars hold at No. 13 in latest ITA poll; women up one spot

    In the latest International Tennis Association junior college polls that came out on Thursday, the Jacksonville College Jaguars held steady at No. 13 in the nation while the Lady Jags moved up one spot to No. 24.

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Bullard-B.jpg Bullard ace strikes out 14 in warm-up game

    The Lady Panthers of Bullard nailed down their 20th win of the season on Monday by humbling Harelton, 10-2, in a warm-up game that was played at the UT-Tyler Softball Field.

    The Lady Panthers will take on Athens in a Class 3A, Region II bi-district best-of-three series that gets under way beginning at 6 p.m. Friday at Grand Saline High School.

    The teams will travel back to Grand Saline for a noon game on Saturday, with a Game 3 (if needed) to follow the second contest.

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Alto.gif Alto boys win area track championship

    Alto earned 181 points to easily out distance second place Timpson (147) to win the team title of the Class A District 20/21 Area Meet that was hosted by Shelbyville High School late last week

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Troup softball image.jpg Troup to tangle with Jefferson in bi-district

    Troup will open post season play by taking on Jefferson's Lady Bulldogs at 7 p.m. Friday at LeTourneau University in Longview.

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • images.jpg New Summerfield qualifies handful for regionals

    Four individuals plus a relay team from New Summerfield High School earned berths in the Class A, Region II Championships, to be held in Palestine later this week.

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • mail-4.jpg Jacksonville College soccer finds a honey hole at Pine Tree High

    In fishing a honey hole is a spot in a body of water that has proven to be ideal for catching fish.

    Jacksonville College head soccer coach, Rafael Gonzalez, has found his talent honey hole at Pine Tree High School in Longview.

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • 04-22-Rusk bsb + foto.jpg Rusk grinds out 4-2 win over Jacksonville

    Rusk got in its playoff mindset early as the Eagles prevailed over Jacksonville by a score of 4-2 on Saturday afternoon at Eagle Park.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo