Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX

June 5, 2013


Jacksonville Daily Progress

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.  

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.