Area volleyball teams found their respective district matches to be very demanding Tuesday night as units from Jacksonville, Bullard and Rusk all came up on the losing side of things.
In Jacksonville, John Tyler pounded the Maidens, winning 3-0 (25-16, 25-19, 25-8).
The Lady Lions (22-9, 5-1 in District 16-4A) maintained a chock hold on second place in the conference standings with the win.
Amicia Williams fueled the Lady Lions by coming up with 12 kills, five digs and a couple of assists.
The Maidens dropped to 10-23, 0-6 with the loss.
Offensive leaders for Jacksonville were, Shelbi Laney, Gentry Hammons and Kevie Mathis who swatted six, three and two kills apiece.
Defensively, Kelly Crosby performed well for the Maidens by collecting 15 digs.
Jennifer Hunter added 11 digs, with Laney and Alayna Jeffcoat amassing nine scoops each.
In sub-varsity action, the Lady Lions beat Jacksonville 2-1 in junior varsity play, while the John Tyler freshmen earned a straight-set (2-0) triumph over the Maidens.
Jacksonville travels to Nacogdoches for a 4:30 p.m. match on Friday.
Spring Hill, ranked No. 4 in the current Class 3A poll, made quick work of Bullard in a District 16-3A
match that took place in Longview.
Spring Hill cruised to a 3-0 (25-12, 25-13, 25-8) win to remain in the driver's seat in conference action.
Spring Hill is now 31-2, 8-0 while Bullard, who visits Gladewater Friday, slips to 13-21, 2-6.
The Rusk Lady Eagles saw their three-match winning streak come to a halt in Groesbeck, where the Lady Goats topped the Red and Black in 19-3A play.
Rusk (16-18, 2-3) returns home to host Fairfield at 4:30 p.m. Friday at which time Senior Night and Dig Pink Breast Cancer Awareness events will both take place.
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35-4A Soccer: Jacksonville girls down Lady Hornets, 1-0
Jacksonville's Fightin' Maidens collected a District 35-4A triumph Friday night at Tomato Bowl without even scoring a goal.
Yes that's right, because Lufkin Hudson knocked in the only goal of the match — an own goal — with 12:58 to play in the match.
After the Maidens (7-7-2, 6-2-1 District 35-4A) almost scored on their own, the ball deflected a few feet out in front of the Hudson goalkeeper and in the made rush to clear the ball already Hornet accidentally knocked the ball into the Jacksonville goal.
16-3A Softball: Springer fans 13 as Bullard stops Spring Hill, 4-1
Kristie “Coco” Springer, a Texas Woman's University signee, struck out 13 Spring Hill batters Friday night to help propel Bullard to a 4-1 win in a District 16-3A tilt that was played in Longview.
Prep Baseball/Softball Roundup: Rusk's Raiborn tosses no hitter
High school baseball and softball roundup for games played mid week.
Lady Jaguars' season ends with 84-73 to No. 1 Trinity Valley
A disastrous defensive first half put the Jacksonville College Lady Jaguars in a hole that they could not claw themselves out of Friday afternoon in a semi-final game of the Region XIV Championship Tournament at Louise Herrington Patriot Center.
After allowing the No.1-ranked Lady Cardinals (31-1) to shoot at a 62.2-percent (23 of 37) clip in the first 20 minutes of play, the Lady Jags (17-14) found themselves down by 20 points, 54-34, at intermission.
Girls Powerlifting: Bullard qualifies 5 for upcoming state meet
Bullard finished second as a team at the Girls Region 3 Division 2 Powerlifting Meet last weekend at Crandell High School, but more importantly qualified five young ladies for the Texas High School Womens Powerlifting Association State Meet, which takes place late next week at the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi.
Jaguar rally falls 7 points shorts; Lee ends JC's season
Simply stated, turnovers are opportunities for the opposing team.
Jacksonville College's inability to cash in on Lee College's mistakes, particularly in the first half, ended up being too big of hurdle for the Jaguars to clear as Lee held on to beat JC, 105-98, in the opening round of the Region XIV Championship Tournament, which took place Wednesday night at Wagstaff Fieldhouse on the Tyler Junior College campus.
Workman, Maosa, Robinson pilot JC women to tourney win
Eleven Lady Jaguars broke into the scoring column in Jacksonville College's 57-43 win over Paris Junior College Wednesday in the first round of the Region XIV Championship Tournament, which is being played at UT-Tyler's Herrington Patriot Center.
Maiden soccer falls, 2-1, to rival Palestine
Jacksonville came out sluggish in the second half against Palestine Tuesday night at Wildcat Stadium and that spell of a lack of energy ended up costing the Maidens the match.
The Ladycats scored a lone goal in the second half to break a 1-1 halftime tie and then made it stand the rest of the waas palestien won, 2-1.
Jacksonville JV tennis team shows well in Nac
Highlighting the play by the Jacksonville junior varsity tennis team in the Nacogdoches JV Tournament, which was staged on Thursday, was a couple of consolation winning efforts.
Rusk trio qualify for girls state powerlifting meet
Rusk will be represented by three young ladies when the girls state powerlifting meet gets under way on March 14 in Corpus Christi.
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