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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The 35-year-old quarterback is beginning his 13th NFL training camp, though it's his first as a team's projected starter since he was with the Arizona Cardinals in 2004.
Prep volleyballers to return to the gym Monday
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Most of the clubs will take part in scrimmages or playdays in late week before opening the regular season the following week.
Patton about to start his 7th season in Rusk
My how time flies.
When the Rusk High School football team trots out to Eagle Stadium on Monday morning to open fall camp, Ted Patton, Rusk's athletic director and head football coach, will be kicking off his seventh season at the helm of the Eagle program, which makes him the most tenured football coach in the Cherokee County/Southern Smith County area.
Junior golf: Brown claims a pair of 3rd place finishes this week
The summer junior golf tour schedule is now in the home stretch and Jacksonville's Cameron Brown is closing like a freight train.
Brown played in two tournaments this week and came in third place in each, while going up against some top-caliber junior golfers from the Metroplex.
On Monday and Tuesday, the son of Dean and Mary Carol Brown, played in a Texas Junior Golf Tour (TJGT) stop at TPC Craig Ranch in McKinney where he shot rounds of 73 and 71 to earn third place out of a field of 54 boys.
Forrest picked to guide Fightin' Maiden volleyball
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Jan Forrest, a veteran high school coach who calls Borger, Texas home, has been promoted from the Jacksonville Middle School coaching staff into her new position.
Guard-ex Minter helps USA win tourney in the Netherlands
Spurred on in part by the efforts of A. J. Minter, a former diamond star at The Brook Hill School, the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team was able to nail down the championship of the 27th edition of the Haarlem-Honkbal Week.
Rusk Rangers 14U stay alive in TTA state tourney
The Rusk Rangers 14U team were scheduled to take on Malakoff Monsters Friday night in an elimination game in the Texas Teen-Age Baseball Association (TTA) state tournament in Hillsboro.
Rusk suffered its first lost in the double-elimination event after falling to the Eagles from Mildred.
Gone fishing with Jerry Miller
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Locals Hamlett, Trotter prepare for SHSU swan song
The Sam Houston State University Bearkats will have a brand new head coach and an unfamiliar quarterback this season.
But the Southland Conference (NCAA, Football Championship Series) team will return a rock-solid nucleus, including Cory Hamlett, a senior who prepped at Jacksonville High School and Rusk High School graduate John Trotter, who will also be in his final year playing for the orange squad from Huntsville.
Johnson hired as Lady Guard basketball coach
In filling its opening for a head girl's basketball coach, The Brook Hill School turned to Ivan Johnson, a coach that has been has achieved playoff success in TAPPS circles.
Johnson was introduced as Brook Hill's man to lead the Lady Guard hoop charges Tuesday afternoon in a press conference that was held on campus at the Kyle Lake Athletic Center.
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