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June 5, 2013


JACKSONVILLE — Handful of JC netters end inaugural season nationally ranked

The Jacksonville College men's and women's tennis teams recently wrapped up their respective first seasons in a positive manner as both clubs finished ranked in the top 25, with several individuals picking up ranking considerations as well. The Jaguars are ranked No. 18 in the year-end ITA poll while the JC ladies checked in at No. 23. Jonathan Taylor came away with a No. 24 ranking as a singles player, while the duo of Taylor and Gil Mlim earned a No. 21 mention in men's doubles. Gil Lim was also ranked as an individual, checking in at No. 62. On the women's side, Maria Coronel wrapped up the year ranked No. 20, The JC doubles duo of Coronel and Kerri Kirkpatrick came in at No. 23. JC tennis is coached by Mark Robbins.

TGCA Final Softball Polls: Teams from Troup, Alto ranked in top 20

SUGAR LAND, Texas — Softball teams from Troup and Alto ended the year as the area's only top-25-ranked teams, as the Texas Girls Coaching Association released its season-ending poll on Monday afternoon. Troup came in tied for 17th in Class 2A, while Alto was T17 in Class A. Pilot Point, Santa Gertrudis Academy, Hawley and Garrison were the top four teams in Class 2A. In Class A, Weimer, Sam Rayburn, Beckville and Albany were slotted as the top four teams.

2012-13 school year marked end of coaching rein for Alexander family

Up until the recently completed school year, at least one member of Cherokee County's Alexander family had been serving as a coach for the past 56 years. With legendary coach John Alexander now retired, son Mark, who previously worked as head varsity boy's basketball coach and assistant football coach at Henderson High School, successfully employed in the private sector, and son Lance serving as assistant principal at Klein Oaks High School, 2012-13 was without an Alexander leading a team into the competitive arena.  

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  • 04-24-Alto SB.jpg Alto softball shoots up to No. 1 in latest state-wide poll

    While the Alto Lady Jackets were taking on Pollok Central, a state-ranked Class 3A team, Tuesday evening in a warm-up scrimmage, the new Texas Girls Coaches Association Class A softball team was released.

    In that newly minted poll, the Lady Jackets took command of the No. 1 spot for the first time this season.

    Alto (20-3), the undefeated District 21-A champions, displaced Beckville (29-2) from the top spot.

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • 04-23-Troup SB + foto.jpg Lady Tigers zap Winona, 11-0, to settle into playoff mode

    Troup's Lady Tiger softball team sent its three seniors off in fine fashion Friday night by walloping Winona, 11-0, at Lady Tiger Park.

    The win locked up the District t 18-2A championship for Troup, and marked the fourth-straight season that the Lady Tigers have won the district crown.

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • 04-23-Melchor.jpg Tribe soccer sends 4 to 35-4A first team; Melchor District Offensive MVP

    Martin Melchor of Jacksonville High School was voted by the District 35-4A boys soccer coaches as the circuit's Offensive Most Valuable Player.

    Melchor is the all-time leading scorer in Tribe soccer history. He will continue his academic and athletic career at Coastal Carolina University (NCAA, Division I) following his graduation from JHS later this spring.

    April 23, 2014 2 Photos

  • mail_001.jpg JUCO Tennis: Jaguars hold at No. 13 in latest ITA poll; women up one spot

    In the latest International Tennis Association junior college polls that came out on Thursday, the Jacksonville College Jaguars held steady at No. 13 in the nation while the Lady Jags moved up one spot to No. 24.

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Bullard-B.jpg Bullard ace strikes out 14 in warm-up game

    The Lady Panthers of Bullard nailed down their 20th win of the season on Monday by humbling Harelton, 10-2, in a warm-up game that was played at the UT-Tyler Softball Field.

    The Lady Panthers will take on Athens in a Class 3A, Region II bi-district best-of-three series that gets under way beginning at 6 p.m. Friday at Grand Saline High School.

    The teams will travel back to Grand Saline for a noon game on Saturday, with a Game 3 (if needed) to follow the second contest.

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Alto.gif Alto boys win area track championship

    Alto earned 181 points to easily out distance second place Timpson (147) to win the team title of the Class A District 20/21 Area Meet that was hosted by Shelbyville High School late last week

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Troup softball image.jpg Troup to tangle with Jefferson in bi-district

    Troup will open post season play by taking on Jefferson's Lady Bulldogs at 7 p.m. Friday at LeTourneau University in Longview.

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • images.jpg New Summerfield qualifies handful for regionals

    Four individuals plus a relay team from New Summerfield High School earned berths in the Class A, Region II Championships, to be held in Palestine later this week.

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • mail-4.jpg Jacksonville College soccer finds a honey hole at Pine Tree High

    In fishing a honey hole is a spot in a body of water that has proven to be ideal for catching fish.

    Jacksonville College head soccer coach, Rafael Gonzalez, has found his talent honey hole at Pine Tree High School in Longview.

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • 04-22-Rusk bsb + foto.jpg Rusk grinds out 4-2 win over Jacksonville

    Rusk got in its playoff mindset early as the Eagles prevailed over Jacksonville by a score of 4-2 on Saturday afternoon at Eagle Park.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo