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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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  • 07-31-FB + foto.jpg Fightin' Indians' new district stacked with quality

    Any Jacksonville Fightin' Indian football fans that have not taken note of the Tribe's new conference home — District 16-5A — will probably want to take a few minutes and get familiar with a league that has been labeled as perhaps “the deepest (Class 5A) district in the state” by at least one expert in such matters.

    July 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • 07-31-D-II + 2 images.jpg Trio of former local prep standouts playing for top 10 D-II schools

    Three former local and area high school football phenoms will be playing for NCAA Division II top 10 teams this fall.

    July 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • I07-31-07-29-VB + foto.jpg High school volleyballers to hit ground running Monday

    High school gymnasiums around the area will be hubs of volleyball activity beginning Monday, when fall camp opens for all teams.

    In fact, the entire week will be jammed packed with dig, set and spike activities.

    July 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • 07-29- Josh + foto.tif McCown says he likes direction Tampa Bay is heading in

    Josh McCown expects the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to be better this season. He's just reluctant to speculate how much.

    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.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • I07-29-VB + foto.JPG Prep volleyballers to return to the gym Monday

    Volleyball season for local and area high school teams will get under on Monday with the opening of the respective fall camps.

    Most of the clubs will take part in scrimmages or playdays in late week before opening the regular season the following week.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • 07-29-Patton + foto.jpg 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.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • 07-26-Brown + foto.jpg 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.

    July 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • JJHS logo.png Forrest picked to guide Fightin' Maiden volleyball

    Jacksonville High School will have a new head volleyball when fall camp opens up on Aug. 4.

    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.

    July 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • 07-26-Minter + photo.jpg 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.

    July 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • 07-26-TTA logo.jpg 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.

    July 26, 2014 1 Photo