At least a couple of the of the rule changes that the University Interscholastic League (UIL) agreed upon during Legislative Council meetings on Sunday and Monday were the expansion of the Class 3A and Class 2A state playoffs by one team in all team sports, meaning that four representatives from each district will now have a chance to dip their foot into the playoff waters.
Rusk athletic director and head football coach Ted Patton said that he likes the idea of having four teams advance, but that he can also understand some folks' gripe about the addition of another team diluting the mix to an unsatisfactory level.
“Four teams gives more schools and more kids an opportunity to experience the state playoffs and for that reason I like the idea,” Patton said. “But, there are two sides to the issue, and I understand how some people feel that adding teams waters everything down a lot, but I think that you will find in the end it is usually the stronger teams that are expected to make the finals that end up playing for a championship.”
The council also voted to place the creation of a split conference format for Class 3A football on a referendum ballot.
If the Class 3A superintendents vote to create a split conference format, the change would not go into affect until the 2014-15 school year.
Patton said that he hopes this piece of legislation becomes a reality as well, but that it could meet opposition, particularly in West Texas due to travel concerns.
The split conference format was previously implemented in Class 1A and 2A by a referendum ballot vote.
In other business the Legislative Council approved a proposal to rename all conferences, creating a conference 6Q.
The current Conference 1A, Division II, comprised of six-man schools, to Conference 1A.
Current Conference 1A Division I, comprised of 11-man schools, will become Conference 2A, current 2A schools will move into Conference 3A, etc.
These changes will go into effect on Aug. 1, 2013, if approved by the Commissioner of Education.
There will be six conferences in cross country, football,basketball, academics, one-act play, golf, tennis and track and field.
And in business that could affect Jacksonville High soccer and tennis teams, among other schools, the UIL would like to create a third conference for team tennis and soccer, which currently divided into either Class 5A or 4A.
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Region XIV Men's Hoops: Tyler rallies in final half to clip Jacksonville 73-70
Tyler Junior College rallied in the second half to beat Jacksonville College, 73-70, in a Region XIV contest that took place at the Curtis Carroll Fieldhouse Saturday afternoon.
The Jaguars (4-8, 0-3 Region XIV) led 35-31 at halftime, but TJC took the lead for good at the 15:24 mark of the second half when Todd Eaglin drained an uncontested trey from straight away that made the score 42-39 in favor of the Apaches (8-2, 2-1).
BH-Tommy Young Classic: Bullard downs Troup; Guard upset by Grace
Day 2 of of the Tommy Young Boys Varsity Classic at Brook Hill Friday produced a pair of entertaining contests.
Jacksonville goes 4-0 in Madisonville Tournament
The Jacksonville Indians not only only posted a 4-0 record in the Madisonville Tournament on Thursday and Friday, but they won in a convincing manner as the Tribe had an average margin of victory of 22 points.
Coach Mark Alexander's Tribesmen will carry a 6-2 record into Tuesday's game at Athens. Varsity tipoff should take place around 7:30 p.m., following junior varsity and freshman games.
Fightin' Maidens double up Hawkins
Jacksonville unleashed some nasty defense on the Hawkins Lady Hawks Friday afternoon and as a result the Fightin' Maidens were able to dish out a 51-26 defeat to Hawkins in Jacksonville's final game of the Hawkins Tournament.
GONE FISHING WITH JERRY MILLER
Frank Lusk is one of the most patient and thorough worm fishermen I have fished with. We live in a time when everybody is in a hurry. You’ve probably heard the statement, “Hurry up, I don’t have all minute!” That’s how a lot of fishermen fish – in a hurry.
Personally I like to chunk and wind, throw and go, and burn up the water with my lures. I’m in a hurry to catch bass. When bass are active these methods work. But what do you do when you are in an area that is known for holding good size bass but they are reluctant to bite? Simply put, you slow down and then slow down some more.
Prep Hoops Roundup: Jacksonville, Bullard girls perform well in tourney play; Guard rout Tigers
Her's a quick look at the high school basketball action from Thursday that involved local and area teams.
Old Man Winter alters Jacksonville athletic schedules
Several alterations to the Friday-Saturday Jacksonville High School basketball schedules have been made due to the possibilty of hazerdous travel conditions this weekend due to a winter storm event.
Region XIV Men: Jaguars to entertain Apaches in Sat. matinee
The Jacksonville College men's basketball team will be playing its final home game of 2013 at 4 p.m. this afternoon when the Jaguars take on Tyler Junior College at the Curtis Carroll Fieldhouse.
The Jags will enter the matchup looking for their first Region XIV win of the season. The JC men are 4-7 overall, 0-2 in conference, and are coming off of a 76-54 loss to No.3-ranked Kilgore College on Tuesday.
New Summerfield homecoming festivities postponed
New Summerfield High School's basketball doubleheader scheduled for this evening has been postponed due to travel concerns later this evening.
McCown on track to start for Chicago Monday vs. Dallas
Josh McCown took reps with the first string offense on Thursday as the Chicago Bears said that starting quarterback Jay Cutler will not be available for duty on Monday night when the Bears host the Dallas Cowboys at 7:30 p.m.local time.
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