One of the real neat local sports stories this year was the Jacksonville Fightin’ Indians basketball team going through district play undefeated.
The Tribe hoopsters, coached by Brent Kelley, finished up 23-7 overall, 10-0 in league play.
Jacksonville’s formula for success a year ago was to play a very challenging non-district schedule to prepare the squad for the rigors of conference play.
With the Indians battling Fort Worth Trimble Tech,a perennial Metroplex power, Houston Wheatley, a dynamo from Space City, as well as Lufkin and Tyler Robert E. Lee in pre-district, Jacksonville was more than ready when loop play commenced.
The Indians won nine-of-10 conference games by double-digit margins, with the only exception being a 50-43 decision over Whitehouse which took place on Jan. 29 at the JHS Gymnasium.
Seven seniors helped the Tribe reach its goal of an unblemished league worksheet last season.
These young men, who will long be remembered for their stellar play on the court include, Cory Hamlett, Chris Hall, Duke Hamilton, Brandon Orr, Justin Davis, Levante Franklin and Devante Hinton.
2009-10 Jacksonville Indians District 14-4A Results (10-0)
Jan. 12-at Whitehouse W, 61-49
Jan. 15-vs. Nacogdoches W, 57-30
Jan. 19-at Henderson W, 62-44
Jan. 22-vs. Kilgore W, 60-28
Jan. 26-at Lindale W, 58-48
Jan. 29-vs. Whitehouse W, 50-43
Feb. 2-at Nacogdoches W, 62-44
Feb. 5-vs.Henderson W, 62-50
Feb. 7-at Kilgore W, 79-37
Feb. 12-vs. Lindale W, 60-47