Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX

November 28, 2012

Jacksonville Indians: East Texas' only Class 4-A state-ranked boys team

Jay Neal
Jacksonville Daily Progress

SUGAR LAND —  What do the Jacksonville Indians, the John Tyler Lions, the Whitehouse Wildcats, the Marshall Mavericks and the Mount Pleasant Tigers have in common?

Each squad won at least 20 games a year ago and are picked to finish at or near the top of their districts in the 2012-13 campaign.

There is at least one thing that these high school powers do not share and that is being state ranked.

Only the Fight'n Indians can lay claim to that honor as head coach Brent Kelley's crew vaulted into the  Texas Association of Basketball Coaches/Tex Preps Basketball Magazine's Class 4A poll for the first time this year late Monday.

Jacksonville (2-0), at No. 21, was the only Class 4A school north of Houston and east of the Metroplex to be included on the list.

Arlington Seguin (2-1) owned the top spot followed by San Antonio Brennan (7-1), Terry (2-0), Dallas Woodrow Wilson (4-0) and San Antonio Alamo Heights (3-0).

Rounding out the top 10 were: Fort Bend Marshall, Byron Nelson, Houston Wheatley, Austin LBJ and West Mesquite.

The Tribesmen finished ahead of Port Lavaca Calhoun, Lucas Lovejoy, Corpus Christi Miller and Beaumont Central in the poll.

Jacksonville opens play in the 67th Annual Madisonville Basketball Tournament at 2:30 p.m. Thursday by taking on Livingston.

At 5:30 p.m. the Indians will battle the A&M Consolidated junior varsity team.

Both of those games will be held in the New Gym and will be Pool A contests.

The tournament will wrap up on Saturday.