The good news for New Summerfield is the Hornets have an Area Round date in the Class A-I, Region III state playoffs with the Bulldogs of Broaddus (6:30 p.m. Friday at Tenaha High School).
Now, for the unpleasant tidings.
The Hornets, who recently glided through District 21-A-I with a perfect 10-0 record, will have to square off against the Bulldogs without two of its starters.
Wendle Thomas will be unavailable due to disciplinary reasons while Angel Marroquin suffered a major ankle injury in a warm-up game against Douglass on Monday night and will not be able to compete Friday.
“No doubt this is a major blow for us,” New Summerfield head coach Jason Davis said. “It's always bad to lose starters, but Wendle and Angel account for most of our height and going up a team like Broaddus who has several big boys, really makes it tough.
“But, were not throwing in the towel.We feel we have some other weapons that we can use, so you never know how things will turn out.”
Broaddus, the third-place finisher out of District 23-A-I, speared the Sharks of Sabine Pass, 75-54, Tuesday to advance into Area play.
The Bulldogs return the core of a team that advanced all the way to the regional quarterfinals a year ago.
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Jaguar golf team wraps up season at NJCAA District 2 Championships
DENNIS, Texas — Jaguar linksters form Jacksonville College joined nine other schools from across the state to contest things at the NJCAA District 2 Championships earlier this week.
The three-round tournament was held at Sugar Tree Country Club in Dennis, Texas.
Fightin' Maidens, Lady Eagles to open up bi-district play tonight
Softball teams from both Jacksonville High School and Rusk High School will find themselves in unfamiliar territory tonight, albeit for different reasons, when they lift the curtain on the post season with their respective bi-district games slated to get under way.
Lady Jaguars' Workman, Maosa to play at D-I level
One is heading back to her home state of Pennsylvania, the other will remain in Texas, her native state. Jacksonville College sophomores and womens basketball standouts Deva'Nyar Workman of Reading, Pa. and Yvonne Maosa, from Mansfield, Texas have both decided to continue their respective promising basketball careers at NCAA, Division I institutions.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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