16-3A Baseball: Panthers return to winning ways
BULLARD — Bullard got back on the winning track on Friday by clipping Spring Hill 6-5 at Panther Field. Bullard is now 15-5 overall and 5-1 in District 16-3A. JP Hendrix went 2-for-3 and scored a run for Bullard, while Holden Bryant, Haden Bryant, Conner Mebane, Cody Goode and Trevor Rumbelow each had one hit. Rumbelow's was a double. Jacob Provencher walked twice, was hit by a pitch and drove in a run. Zach Eschberger worked six innings and fanned nine while not walking a batter to pick up the win on the hill for Bullard. Rumbelow pitched the final frame and and struck out one and walked one to notch a save. Bullard will visit Kilgore on Friday. First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Driller Park.
18-2A Softball: Lady Tigers lose for first time in district
GLADEWATER — The Troup Lady Tiger softball team gave an uncharacteristic lackluster performance n Friday night and the Lady Eagles of Harmony took advantage by upsetting the No.8-ranked (Class 2A) Lady Tigers, 4-3. Troup (22-5-2, 8-1 in 18-2A) continues to lead the conference by one game, with Harmony (7-2) occupying third place. Troup bats could muster up just four hits on the night, while the Lady Tigers committed seven errors in the field. Caitlin Tomlin led Troup at the plate by going 1-for-3 with two RBI. Her hit was a two-run homer over the centerfield wall that came in the top of the third inning. “I truly feel that this loss will turn into a positive for my girls,” Troup head coach Sam Weeks said. “They need to (learn) that they will have to show up ready to play for each and every game.” Troup visits West Rusk at 5:30 p.m. Friday.
JHS's Kelley named as East Texas Coach of the Year
TYLER — Jacksonville head boy's basketball coach Brent Kelley has been named by the Tyler Morning Telegraph/ETFinalScore.com as its Coach of the Year. Indians Dadrian Franklin and Kedarrius Buckingham were picked as Second Team members on the publication's All East Texas squad. Brook Hill had Grant Hanks elected to the Third Team. Included on the Honorable Mention roll were: Londedric Taylor, Daytron Thompson and Raybon Riden from Jacksonville; Scott Lowrie and Corbin Howard, out of Bullard and Chase McDermott, Phillip Kitt and Alex Hale representing Brook Hill. In addition, Rusk placed Jadarian Skinner and Ray Foremen onto the Honorable Mention list. Troup sent a trio, Bradley Stewart, Shaquille Rollins and Richard Lacy to the team as well.
Josh McCown to return to Bears
CHICAGO — Former Jacksonville Indian great Josh McCown has agreed to a one-year contract to remain a Chicago Bear the team reported on Friday. McCown originally signed with Chicago in November 2011. Last season he played behind quarterbacks Jay Cutler and Jason Campbell and did not see any playing time. Campbell bolted for Cleveland since the end of the 2012 season. McCown will turn 34 in July.
Final Four teams now established
ATLANTA — The NCAA Men's Basketball Championships are down to four teams now. Louisville will go up against Wichita State at 5:05 p.m. (CST) Saturday from the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, with Michigan slated to battle on Syracuse at 7:49 p.m. (CST) on the same evening.
16-3A Baseball: Panthers return to winning ways
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New Summerfield downs Van, 3-1, to win small school soccer tourney
The book closed on the the first year of New Summerfield High School boy's soccer season on Saturday night, after the Hornets had polished off Van, 3-1, to win the Small School Soccer Championship Tournament, which was played on a rainy Saturday night at Bill McRae Field at Jacksonville College.
The Hornets ended up with a record of 11-5-0.
Troup baseball: Smith tosses a no hitter; fans 12 Harmony batters
Luke Smith turned in a dominating performance in Troup's 10-0 win over Harmony in a District 18-2A affair that was played at the Tigers' ball yard Friday.
Smith pitched a no-hitter against the Eagles and struck out 12 of the 18 opposing batters that he faced.
Priddy Good Stuff: Brook Hill disposes of Class 6-A Lake Hamilton, Ark.
Brook Hill evened its record at 6-6 Saturday afternoon by leveling Lake Hamilton, Ark., a Class 6-A school with an enrollment in excess of 900, 4-1, in final day play of the Longview Lobo Classic Challenge.
Eagle 9 drop decisions to Carthage
Baseball teams from Rusk and Carthage did battle Friday and Saturday by playing a single game in each community.
Unfortunately for the Eagles, the results was the same as the Bulldogs ran their worksheet to 7-6 on the year by beating Rusk 2-0 in Carthage Friday night and 6-0 Saturday afternoon at Eagle Park.
Indian baseball loses twice in Quitman tourney
After starting off the Quitman Tournament with a pair of wins, the Jacksonville baseball Indians' luck changed Friday and Saturday when the Tribe came up short, losing 13-3 to Mount Pleasant Chapel Hill, and tumbling 10-7 to the host Bulldogs from Quitman on Saturday.
Boys Powerlifting: Rosales, Turner to represent Rusk at state meet
Leo Rosales and Jeremy Turner of Rusk have punched their respective ducats into the upcoming state powerlifting meet.
Crimson Tide's Littlejohn moves to 5-0 with 1st SEC win
Rusk High School product Sydney Littlejohn, a true freshman at the University of Alabama, moved to 5-0 on the year Saturday when she earned her first Southeastern Conference victory of her career.
Prep Soccer: Hawkins boots Brook Hill girls to another state championship
Brook Hill successfully defended its TAPPS DIII girls's soccer state title on Friday by slipping past Austin Vertas 1-0 at Awty International School.
Elise Hawkins was the unlikely hero for the Lady Guard. The senior defender scored what turned out to be the only goal of the match around the 12-minute mark of the final period.
35-4A Soccer: Jacksonville girls down Lady Hornets, 1-0
Jacksonville's Fightin' Maidens collected a District 35-4A triumph Friday night at Tomato Bowl without even scoring a goal.
Yes that's right, because Lufkin Hudson knocked in the only goal of the match — an own goal — with 12:58 to play in the match.
After the Maidens (7-7-2, 6-2-1 District 35-4A) almost scored on their own, the ball deflected a few feet out in front of the Hudson goalkeeper and in the made rush to clear the ball already Hornet accidentally knocked the ball into the Jacksonville goal.
16-3A Softball: Springer fans 13 as Bullard stops Spring Hill, 4-1
Kristie “Coco” Springer, a Texas Woman's University signee, struck out 13 Spring Hill batters Friday night to help propel Bullard to a 4-1 win in a District 16-3A tilt that was played in Longview.
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