Townsend to represent Rusk at state track meet
CONROE — Rusk's Shayla Townsend earned a spot in the upcoming state Class 3A track and field meet based on her superior performance at the Class 3A, Region III Meet in Conroe late last week. Townsend will be competing in the 100-meter hurdles.
Bullard's Haden Bryant takes regional gold
COMMERCE — Haden Bryant of Bullard was clocked in 14.74 which was fast enough to earn the Panther senior the Class 3A, Region II title in 110-meter hurdles. The regional meet was held late last week at Texas A&M Commerce. Bryant will now move on to the state meet in Austin next month.
Class 4-A, Region II Meet: JHS athletes give good effort
ARLINGTON — Dadrian Franklin wrapped up his storied athletic career at Jacksonville High School by earning fourth and fifth place finishes in high jump and triple jump at the Class 4A, Region II Track and Field Championships in Arlington over the weekend. Franklin cleared 6' 4” in high jump and landed a 43' 10” jump in the triple jump competition. On the girls side, Damonica Franklin had a toss of 121' 5” to come in sixth in discus.
Bi-district Baseball: Panthers to face Vandals in 1 gamer
KILGORE — It's do or die time, literally, for the Bullard High School baseball team. The Panthers (20-8) are scheduled to take on the Vandals of Van (16-13) in a single game, winner take all, Class 3A, Region II bi-district playoff game. First pitch will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday at historic Driller Park in Kilgore. Bullard will be looking to snap a three-game losing streak on Thursday, while Van will be looking to extend a three-game winning streak.
Jacksonville College to offer summer tennis camps
Jacksonville College tennis coach Mark Robbins will be conducting a series of mini camps this summer which are targeted towards juniors, ages 14-18, who aspire to play at a collegiate level, or simply want to improve their game. The program will focus on technical and pre-competition aspects. Seven different camp sessions will take place in June and July. Cost is $110.00 per person, which includes 12 hours of training and a camp t-shirt. For more information contact Robbins (903) 258-3981 or by e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org).
NBA player reveals that he is gay
NEW YORK (AP) -- NBA veteran Jason Collins became the first active male player in the four major American professional sports to come out as gay.
The 34-year-old center, who has played for six teams in 12 seasons, wrote a first-person account that was posted on Sports Illustrated's website Monday. Collins finished the season with the Washington Wizards and is now a free agent. He says he wants to keep playing.
''If I had my way, someone else would have already done this,'' he writes. ''Nobody has, which is why I'm raising my hand.''
Collins played in a Final Four for Stanford and reached two NBA Finals. His twin brother, Jarron, was also a longtime NBA center.
''Jason has been a widely respected player and teammate throughout his career and we are proud he has assumed the leadership mantle on this very important issue,'' NBA Commissioner David Stern said in a statement.
Townsend to represent Rusk at state track meet
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New Summerfield boys trounce Panthers by 72 points
Case Wilkerson, a 6-foot-5 sophomore post, poured in 25 points on 11-21 (52.4%) shooting from the field to propel the Hornets of New Summerfield to a 109-37 blowout victory over East Texas Christian Academy of Tyler Tuesday night at Hornet Gymnasium.
The Hornets improved to 5-3 with the win, while ETCA fell to 0-8.
McCown named NFC Offensive Player of the Week
Jacksonville native Josh McCown has been named as the NFC Offensive Player of the Week for Week 14 of the NFL campaign.
McCown, the 34-year-old Chicago back-up quarterback, connected on 27 of 36 passes for 348 yards and four touchdowns (no interceptions) in Chicago's 45-28 thrashing of Dallas on Monday.
Lady Hornets get 21 from Saurez to blast ETCA, 37-16
Tanya Saurez, New Summerfield's sophomore point guard, gave East Texas Christian Academy fits on both ends of the floor Tuesday night, with the Lady Panthers inability to keep the quick and speedy Saurez in check having a lot to do with New Summerfield being able to etch out a 37-16 decision over the young ladies from Tyler.
Athens strikes fast to top Tribe, 80-59
Athens' Anthony Sanders was the District 15-3A Most Valuable Player last season.
He is making a case to earn that honor once again as a four-point play by Sanders ignited Athens to 80-59 victory over Jacksonville Tuesday evening, which gave the No. 23-ranked Hornets their fourth victory of the season over a Class 4A team.
16-4A All-District football team: Two Indians selected for First Team honors
Here's a look at the 2013 16-4A All-District football team, as selected by a vote of the league's head coaches.
Brook Hill knocks off Bullard 43-34 to win town bragging rights
In a low scoring affair, Brook Hill hopped out to a 23-13 halftime lead over cross town rival Bullard and then made the advantage stand as the Guard (5-1) put away the Panthers, 43-34, Saturday on the final day of the Tommy Young Boys Varsity Classic, which was hosted by Brook Hill.
The Guard moved to 5-1 with the victory, while the Panthers slipped to 5-2 on the year.
McCown has career game as Bears drub Dallas, 45-28
As a young boy growing up in Jacksonville Josh McCown followed the Dallas Cowboys, just as many East Texas youth have done for decades.
On Monday night the Dallas Cowboys had the opportunity to check out McCown, who was making his fifth-consecutive start as quarterback of the Chicago Bears.
And what the Cowboys saw from the 34-year-old McCown could have very easily had a nauseating effect on them.
Region XIV Women: Lady Jaguars close semester with win at Bossier
On a unseasonably cold December Saturday in Bossier City, the Jacksonville College Lady Jaguars warmed things up inside the Health and Physical Education Complex at Bossier Parish Community College by roasting the Lady Cavaliers, 71-56, giving head coach Leasa Ailshie her first-career Texas Eastern Conference victory.
McCown and Bears to collide with Cowboys on Monday Night Football
Jacksonville's Josh McCown will be leading the Chicago Bears into a Monday Night Football (7:30 p.m., ESPN) meeting against the Dallas Cowboys this evening.
The game will take place at what promises to be a frigid Soldier Field in Chicago. Temperature at kick off is predicted to be about 17 degrees with a west wind of nearly 20 miles per hour howling through the facility as well.
Football Capitol of Kansas Bowl: Rusk's Bennett runs for 117 yds. in TJC win
Former Rusk High School standout Chaston Bennett showed glimpses of his old self as he led Tyler Junior College in rushing and to a 47-21 win over Garden City (Kan.) Sunday afternoon in the Football Capitol of Kansas Bowl, played in Pittsburg, Kan.
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