Given the fact that the long Region XIV regular season is nearing an end, with many teams jockeying for playoff position and many sophomores attempting to make that last favorable impression in the eyes of coaches for four-year schools, it's easy to see why emotions are running at a fever pitch nowadays.
Such was the case Saturday night at Curtis Carroll Fieldhouse when Jacksonville College chalked up a
91-85 win over Lee College.
The Jaguars (20-7, 11-5 Region XIV) were able to notch their 20th win largely because they were able to keep their emotions in check and they were able to take care of business at the free throw line.
In one of the more chippy games — a total of four technical fouls were passed out, three against various Lee players and one whistled on JC head coach Jody Bailey — to have been played at JC recently, the Jags netted out two more points than the Rebels as a result of technicals.
“These guys beat me to the punch every time; I can't get a technical called on me to save my life,” a gregarious Lee head coach Roy Champagne quipped at one point during the game.
JC also shot a blistering 76.9-percent (20-26) from the charity line, while the Rebels hit just 45.6-percent (17-30) from the stripe.
Bailey urged his team on several times by reminding them to stay focused, especially during times when the the high-strung Rebels were playing out of control a bit.
JC led 50-42 at the break, after leading by as many as 18 points at one time in the first half.
Lee got the things down to four points with about 11 minutes to go in the game, but that was as close as they would get.
The Jag reserves scored a whopping 45 points, which included Tyrell Springer's team-best 18 points and a 15-point night by Mitchell Farr.
JC also had Daniel Skinner (17), Mike Manning (16) and Kennedy Eubanks (12) score in double digits.
“I was really pleased with our defensive effort and our pursuit of the ball,” JC head coach, Jody Bailey said. “We had 16 steals and we were able to crate 25 turnovers.
“We were able to play under control and I thought that that was one of the big differences in the game.”
Lee's Jamal Jones led all players with 24 points.
The Jags are off until Saturday, when they are scheduled to visit Angelina College. Tip-off is slated for 6 p.m.
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Fightin' Maiden softball earns first-ever playoff berth
As the late afternoon sun slowly dipped below the horizon Tuesday at Faulkner Park in Tyler, there was a soaking-wet head softball coach and a team of excited young Jacksonville Fightin' Maidens that had streaks of white chalk smeared across their faces, uniform tops and pants, milling around the infield, in no hurry to board the team bus for the ride back home.
16-4A Baseball: Jacksonville trounces John Tyler, 11-0
Chris Holcomb stroked a three-run triple that traveled to the fence in left field in the third inning, which was a part of a 2 for 3 night, as Jacksonville plastered John Tyler, 11-0, Tuesday in a District 16-4A encounter that was played at Mike Carter Field.
Racking up three RBI and two runs scored for the Tribe (7-16-1, 2-6 16-4A), Holcomb triggered a six-run third stanza for Jacksonville, with the Indians scoring the remained of their runs in the fifth frame.
Crisp no-hitter sends Lady jackets to 16-1 win over Wells
Alto celebrated Senior Night Friday by trampling Wells, 16-1, in a game that featured a no-hitter being thrown by Lady Jacket Madison Crisp.
Crisp struck out 10 and did not walk a batter in coasting to the win.
Alto recognized its two seniors, Carenza Johnson and Dariyana Moore, on their special day.
Mallard, Smith pick up 4 hits each as Troup whips Frankston
Mason Mallard and Logan Smtih accounted for four hits each on Tuesday when Troup chalked up a 12-0 route over Frankston.
21-A-I Track Championships: Alto boys cleanup; NS teams show improvement
The Alto Yellowjackets boys track team won the District 21-A-I Track & Field Championship by a landslide last week at J. F. Whitaker Stadium in Cushing.
The 'Jackets totaled 272.5 points, with Cushing (92) and New Summerfield (73) completing the top three.
“Our high school boys won district with 272 points, which is impressive to go over 200 points in any meet,” Alto athletic director, Paul Gould, said. “Our kids competed great and they represented Alto great. All of our coaches, as well as myself are pleased with the way that they got after it.”
For New Summerfield, the district meet brought another dose of improvement on the cinders for the Hornets and Lady Hornets.
JHS girls dealt unfavorable draws at regional tennis tourney
As the old sports saying goes, “sometimes it's better to be lucky than good.”
Lady Luck stayed far away from a trio of Jacksonville High tennis players on Monday as Ellie Day, Samantha Lee and Kristie Savage were in the Metroplex, having qualified for the Class 4A Region II Championship Tournament that was hosted by University Texas Arlington.
Schultz works overtime, sends Lady Guard to 5-4 victory
Brook Hill sophomore Taylor Schultz probably slept like a baby when she retired Monday night.
That's because Schultz excelled at the plate and on the pitching rubber as the Lady Guard whittled out a hard-fought, 5-4, district win over the Lady Saints of Dallas First Baptist on Monday afternoon.
Tribe soccer's special season culminates with regional tourney appearance
To put the Jacksonville Tribe boys soccer team's successful season and deep post season run in perspective, it had been just over three years since any team from Jacksonville had participated in a regional tournament.
And although the Tribe fell, 2-1, on the scoreboard to Spring Woods on Friday in the Class 4A, Region III semi-final, what this year's group was able to achieve will be remembered long after the painful memories of Friday's match fade away.
Eagle baseballers extend winning streak to 9
After Central Heights had tied the game in the top of the seventh, Rusk scored the winning run in the bottom half of the segment to run its winning streak to nine games by edging the Blue Devils, 3-2, in a non-district affair that took place at Eagle Park on Saturday.
FIghtin' Maiden softball looking to sew up playoff spot tonight
Jacksonvile's Fightin' Maiden softball team can lock down its first-ever playoff berth in the 13-year history of the program at 6 p.m. this evening when the Blue and White visit John Tyler at 6 p.m.
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