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.
SEC Football Poll: Texas A&M pegged at No. 3 in West
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — The 67th Annual Birmingham News/AL.com Spring SEC Football Preview is out, with sports information directors from the conference's 14 institutions predicting Alabama to win the West this fall and Georgia being top dog in the East. LSU and the Aggies, were the first two teams trailing the Crimson Tide in the poll. South Carolina finished a close second to Georgia in the East.
NBA News: Kidd hangs it up after 19 seasons
NEW YORK (AP) — Jason Kidd retired Monday from the NBA after 19 seasons, ending one of the greatest careers for a point guard in league history.
Kidd won an NBA title and two Olympic gold medals, is second on the career list in assists and steals, and was a 10-time All-Star. But he struggled badly in the playoffs for the Knicks shortly after turning 40 and decided to walk away with two years and more than $6 million left on the deal he signed last summer.
His retirement comes two days after fellow 40-year-old Grant Hill, with whom Kidd shared Rookie of the Year honors in 1995, announced his retirement.
Handful of JC netters end inaugural season nationally ranked
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New Summerfield downs Van, 3-1, to win small school soccer tourney
The book closed on the the first year of New Summerfield High School boy's soccer season on Saturday night, after the Hornets had polished off Van, 3-1, to win the Small School Soccer Championship Tournament, which was played on a rainy Saturday night at Bill McRae Field at Jacksonville College.
The Hornets ended up with a record of 11-5-0.
Troup baseball: Smith tosses a no hitter; fans 12 Harmony batters
Luke Smith turned in a dominating performance in Troup's 10-0 win over Harmony in a District 18-2A affair that was played at the Tigers' ball yard Friday.
Smith pitched a no-hitter against the Eagles and struck out 12 of the 18 opposing batters that he faced.
Priddy Good Stuff: Brook Hill disposes of Class 6-A Lake Hamilton, Ark.
Brook Hill evened its record at 6-6 Saturday afternoon by leveling Lake Hamilton, Ark., a Class 6-A school with an enrollment in excess of 900, 4-1, in final day play of the Longview Lobo Classic Challenge.
Eagle 9 drop decisions to Carthage
Baseball teams from Rusk and Carthage did battle Friday and Saturday by playing a single game in each community.
Unfortunately for the Eagles, the results was the same as the Bulldogs ran their worksheet to 7-6 on the year by beating Rusk 2-0 in Carthage Friday night and 6-0 Saturday afternoon at Eagle Park.
Indian baseball loses twice in Quitman tourney
After starting off the Quitman Tournament with a pair of wins, the Jacksonville baseball Indians' luck changed Friday and Saturday when the Tribe came up short, losing 13-3 to Mount Pleasant Chapel Hill, and tumbling 10-7 to the host Bulldogs from Quitman on Saturday.
Boys Powerlifting: Rosales, Turner to represent Rusk at state meet
Leo Rosales and Jeremy Turner of Rusk have punched their respective ducats into the upcoming state powerlifting meet.
Crimson Tide's Littlejohn moves to 5-0 with 1st SEC win
Rusk High School product Sydney Littlejohn, a true freshman at the University of Alabama, moved to 5-0 on the year Saturday when she earned her first Southeastern Conference victory of her career.
Prep Soccer: Hawkins boots Brook Hill girls to another state championship
Brook Hill successfully defended its TAPPS DIII girls's soccer state title on Friday by slipping past Austin Vertas 1-0 at Awty International School.
Elise Hawkins was the unlikely hero for the Lady Guard. The senior defender scored what turned out to be the only goal of the match around the 12-minute mark of the final period.
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.
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