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Jacksonville Daily Progress
TAPPS 3A State Track Championship: Brook Hill athletes bring home the gold
WACO — Student athletes from The Brook Hill School earned three gold medals at the TAPPS Class 3A Track and Field Championships on Friday at the Hart-Patterson Complex on the campus of Baylor University. In the girl's division, Kirby Vinson had a throw of 97'-2” to win first place in discus. Vinson, a senior, also won gold in her sophomore year. Brook Hill's remaining first-place efforts came from Logan Walters, who won shot put (46'-5”) and from Alex Hale who cleared six feet to take win bragging rights in high jump. Walters also a bronze medal in discus (126'-8”). Seth Brasher finished fourth in high jump for the Guard, successfully clearing 5'-8”.
Class 2A Area Baseball: Blue Devils tame Tigers
KILGORE — Nacogdoches Central Heights (22-6) halted Troup's playoff march by winning 8-0 and 5-3 over the Tigers to sweep the best-of-3 Class 2A, Area series, 2-0. Game 1 was played Friday night, with the decisive game taking place Saturday afternoon at Kilgore's Driller Park. Head coach Tell Ross' Tigers end the year at 20-8.
UIL State Track and Field Championship results
AUSTIN — Bullard's Haden Bryant ran a 14.81 to finish eighth at the UIL State Track and Field Championships Saturday at Mike A. Myers Stadium in Austin. Bryant competed in the Class 3A division. In Class 2A, Michael Davis of Troup took seventh place in shot put, landing a throw of 49'-10 1/2”. Alto's spring relay team, running in Class A, Division I, ended up fifth by posting a finishing time of 43.29.
Jacksonville Booster Club members bond with guests from West
Members of the Jacksonville Athletic Booster Club (JABC), along with Whataburger and the Jacksonville Fire Department joined forces to show the West High School baseball team and its followers some East Texas hospitality Friday night when the Trojans played Carthage in a Class 3A Area round baseball game at Summers Norman Field on the Jacksonville High School campus.
Trojan players and fans were treated to a meal courtesy of the aforementioned trio of local organizations.
JABC president Jessica Thompson said her interaction with the visitors from West was very heartwarming.
“I must say that I have never met a group of people who were more gracious, respectful and appreciative for everything they received, which in the grand scheme of things was not that much,” Thompson said. “...They thanked us, shared their stories and melted our hearts.”
Food was not all that was given to the people of West, however.
As of mid-day Monday $935 had been donated by individuals and businesses in Jacksonville, who wanted to help those in West.
“We will continue to accept donations for a couple of more days, in case there are those that would like to contribute and have not had the opportunity to do so,” Deena Brand, JISD athletic secretary said.
Thompson said that those in West that have so much, will continue to occupy her thoughts.
“I want the people of West to know that they will continue to be in our thoughts and prayers as they rebuild their lives,” she said.
NOTE: The small Central Texas community of West was ravaged by an explosion at the West Fertilizer plant in mid-April that claimed the lives of at least 15 people and injured more than 150. Many of West's homes, businesses, schools and churches were completely destroyed by the violent blast that left destruction comparable to a major tornado.