District — 16-3A
Coach — Shane Chambless
Last year — 2-6 in district
Key returnee — Chandler Clark (6-foot-6)
Fast facts — The Panthers should show improvement in what will be Chambless' second year in Bullard...Don't count the Panthers out of the playoff hunt in 16-3A...Bullard plays at home for the first time at 7 p.m. on Nov. 16 when the Panthers are slated to test Pittsburg.
District — 19-3A
Coach — Zach Allison
Last year — 7-12, 0-8 in district
Key returnees — Chaston Bennett (5-foot-9, Sr.), David Overstreet (6-foot-2, S.r) and Ray Foreman (6-foot, Jr.)
Fast facts — Overstreet and Foreman were both injured in football and may be joining the team late...If either or both are unable to play, it could be another long season in Eagleland...Allison, a Carthage native, played college basketball and has had success at DeKalb...Bennett was second team all district a year ago and Overstreet was newcomer of the year... Losing a couple of off season transfers to Alto will hurt the Eagles in 2012-13...Rusk should be a team on the rise, but may not have the fire power to challenge Fairfield and Mexia at the top of the loop pecking order just yet.
District — 18-2A
Coach – Jody Sory
Last year — 25-9, 12-0 in district
Key returnees — Bradley Stewart (6-foot-1, Sr.,), Wesley Thompson (6-foot-2, Sr.), Richard Lacy (5-foot-9, Sr.)
Fast facts — Troup returns six lettermen off of last year's team that made it as far as the regional quarterfinal...Tigers look to be poised to win a slew of games once again...Sory comes in after serving as a long-time assistant at Henderson and is recognized as a veteran coach that is very adept in the game of basketball...Troup, Frankston and Sabine are the league's elite programs.
Brook Hill Guard
District — TAPPS Division III, District 4
Coach — Wally Dawkins
Last year — 14-15, 4-5 in district
Key returnees — Grant Hanks (Soph.), Chase McDermott (Soph.), Andrew Swink (Sr.), Luke Humphries (Sr.), Phillip Kitt (Jr.)
Fast facts — Dawkins returns a nice core of players from last year...Add in newcomer Malik Alley and a winning season and another trip to the TAPPS state playoffs could easily be within reach for this group...District appears to be a bit weak, with McKinney Christian and Brook Hill the pre-season favorites.
Editors Note: Jacksonville's Robert Loper, long time head coach at Frankston High School, needs only 23 wins to reach the 800-career win plateau...Roper's team went 19-10 last year, so keep an eye on the Indians this year.
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Bullard finished second as a team at the Girls Region 3 Division 2 Powerlifting Meet last weekend at Crandell High School, but more importantly qualified five young ladies for the Texas High School Womens Powerlifting Association State Meet, which takes place late next week at the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi.
Jaguar rally falls 7 points shorts; Lee ends JC's season
Simply stated, turnovers are opportunities for the opposing team.
Jacksonville College's inability to cash in on Lee College's mistakes, particularly in the first half, ended up being too big of hurdle for the Jaguars to clear as Lee held on to beat JC, 105-98, in the opening round of the Region XIV Championship Tournament, which took place Wednesday night at Wagstaff Fieldhouse on the Tyler Junior College campus.
Workman, Maosa, Robinson pilot JC women to tourney win
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Maiden soccer falls, 2-1, to rival Palestine
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The Ladycats scored a lone goal in the second half to break a 1-1 halftime tie and then made it stand the rest of the waas palestien won, 2-1.
Jacksonville JV tennis team shows well in Nac
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Rusk trio qualify for girls state powerlifting meet
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Tribe Tennis: De La Rosa, Mireles excel in Nac tourney
Bryan De La Rosa and Lorena Mireles notched second-place finishes, respectively, in the Nacogdoches Tournament which took place on Friday.
Most of the matches were completed before the skies opened up; however a few competitions were not played in their entirety.
De La Rosa posted three-straight victories in boys “B' singles.
Jaguar tennis squad dumps D-II Dallas Baptist, 9-0
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Jacksonville Soccer Association gets set for opening day
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No. 5 Alto pounds Douglass, 22-0
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