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July 18, 2013


JACKSONVILLE — Max Preps honors Rusk’s Littlejohn

RUSK — Rusk pitching standout Sydney Littlejohn, who will be soon be off to the University of Alabama to begin the next chapter in her academic and softball life, has been named to the Max Preps All-Star Softball Team for medium-sized schools. The list included players from throughout the nation. Littlejohn is the daughter of Paul and Lynn Littlejohn of Rusk. Another East Texan, Kelsee Selman of Lufkin Hudson, was also included on the list.

Jacksonville College announces 'Meet the Jags Night'

Jacksonville College will be holding its annual “Meet the Jags” night on Monday, August 19 at 7 p.m. This year's event will take place at the Curtis Carroll Fieldhouse. Student athletes from all of the college's sports will be on hand to meet and greet Jaguar/Lady Jaguar fans.

McKnight continues to do well out west

LARAMIE,Wyo. — Wells native Tyler McKnight and his team roping partner Tyler Wade of Terrell earned checks from two PRCA rodeos late last week. The duo finished fifth at the Laramie (Wyo.) Jubilee Days Rodeo, earning $534 apiece. McKnight, a heeler, and Wade a header, tied for seventh place at Vernal Utah's Dinosaur Roundup Rodeo. For their efforts in Utah each man received $855. McKnight ranks No. 22 in the PRCA World Standings, having earned purses totaling just south of $26,000.

Region XIV Men's Basketball: Navarro coach receives big promotion

CORSICANA — Navarro College is in the new market for a new head men's basketball coach after Johnny Estelle accepted a position on James Dickey's staff at the University of Houston (NCAA, Division I) late last week. Estelle piloted the Bulldogs to a 126-48 record during his seven seasons at the helm of the Navarro program. He served as assistant coach under the legendary Lewis Orr at Navarro, prior to being promoted as head coach. Estelle sent 21 players to the Division I ranks during his tenure at Navarro, with his players maintaining a 90-percent graduation rate.

Cowboys take at look at several free agents

ARLINGTON — The Dallas Cowboys on Tuesday gave a look-see to free agent quarterbacks Chase Clement, who played his college ball at Rice, former SMU/Eastern Washington quarterback Kyle Padron and signal caller Alex Tanney (Monmouth). Receivers Gino Crump (Arizona), Devin Goda (Slippery Rock) Antoine Hicks (TCU), DeWayne Peace (Houston) and former Oregon Duck Lacasier Tuinei were also put through their paces during the auditions.


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  • RNIZRWPNXJDDLGT.20140225144737.jpg 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.

    July 24, 2014 2 Photos

  • IMG_4906.JPG 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.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • baseball.jpg TTA Youth baseball: Rusk Rangers 8U open state play with 2 wins

    Rusk's trio of youth baseball teams particpating in various Texas Teen-Age Baseball Association state tournaments remained alive going into Wednesday evening's games.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • 07-22-Updated cover tease art.jpg Bullard's Rumbelow rapidly rising up through ranks in Yankee farm system

    In just over a month Nick Rumbelow, a former Bullard High School pitching standout, will be celebrating his 23rd birthday.

    Where he will be on that day is anyone's guess and may be classified as a “$64,000 question.”

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Indian head.jpg Jacksonville Football Camp set for Aug. 4

    Jacksonville High School will be hosting a free football camp, targeted towards for all incoming 7th, 8th and 9th grade football players, on Aug 4-5.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • 10273379_236808723182178_4581202026987849136_o.jpg Rusk qualifies 4 teams for TTA state baseball tournaments

    There will we far fewer youth baseball players, coaches, family members and supporters roaming the streets of Rusk this week.

    That's because, county them, four teams from Rusk will be competing at venues around Central and East Texas in various Texas Teenage-Baseball Association state championship tournaments.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • 07-22-Wright + mug.jpg Jacksonville finds new defensive a few miles down Highway 79

    Jacksonville athletic director/head football coach Chris Taber said that DeJoran “D. J.” Wright, former co-defensive coordinator at Palestine High School, was a logical choice to take over as the Tribe's new defensive coordinator for several reasons — most importantly was Wright's “X's and O's” philosophy.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • prca_logo1.jpg Wells roper snares a nice payday at Snake River Stampede

    Tyler McKnight, of Wells, and team roping partner Jake Cooper, won first place in the opening round of the Snake River Stampede (rodeo) that was held last week in Nampa, Idaho.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • 07-19-SA + foto.jpg Jacksonville College's Abboud pays dividends for Israel’s WNT

    Jacksonville College women's basketball coach Leasa Ailshie is expecting great things from incoming sophomore Shahd Abboud, who hails from Shefa-Amr, Israel, when the Lady Jags report on Aug. 16 for the fall semester.

    July 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • 10273379_236808723182178_4581202026987849136_o.jpg Area softball teams wrap up play in TTA state tourneys

    Two Cherokee County youth softball teams concluded their respective runs at Texas Teen-Age Softball Association state tournaments earlier this week.

    July 19, 2014 1 Photo