Bullard Lady Panthers
District — 16-3A
Coach — Barry Gill
Last year — 25-10 (8-0)
Key returnees — Bridgette Taylor, Jr.; Brittany Hinton, Jr., Madi Hodges, Jr.; Maddy Slaytor, Soph.
Fast facts: The post Minta Spears era gets under way this year in Bullard with a new coach (Barry Gill) to guide the Lady Panther fortunes...The Lady Panthers traditionally have a strong basketball acumen, but this year's squad will be young and inexperienced for the most part, as Bullard lost five starters off of last year's team to graduation, including Spears who is now playing at Texas Tech.
Rusk Lady Eagles
District — 19-3A
Coach — Baldemar Ruiz
Laet year — 6-17 (2-6)
Key returnees — Kristen Fuller, Jr.; Kelsey Blankinship, Jr.
Fast facts: Rusk's chances at securing the third playoff spot behind Mexia and Fairfield appear to be good as any of the other teams'. If the Lady Eagles can stay injury free, get some timely contributions from some of the newcomers and get hot at the right time good things can happen.
Troup Lady Tigers
District — 18-2A
Coach — Janna Ross
Last year — unavailable
Key returnee — Cheney Cover
Fast facts: The Lady Tigers will be looking to improve under Ross. While probably not a playoff-caliber team this year, with teams like Harmony, Sabine and Frankston in the loop, Troup year-in, year-out has a strong colony of female athletes that are capable of producing solid results.
New Summerfield Lady Hornets
District — 21-A-I
Coach— Josh Faucett
Last year — 18-12 (5-3)
Key returnees — Ramie Weaver, Sr., Maritzza Melendez, Sr., Simone Derrick, Sr., Cindy Medellin, Sr.
Fast facts — The new district is loaded, with three-time state champion (Class 1-A-II) Neches making the move up as well as Wells, who has won three district crowns in-a-row. The Lady Hornets return a nice core, but depth is a concern...Look for New Summerfield and Cushing to battle for the third playoff spot.
Brook Hill Lady Guard
District — TAPPS 3-A, District 4
Coach — Ricky Clements
Last year — 11-12 (4-6)
Key returnees — Alyssa Eden, Sr.; Morgan Fore, Jr.; Riley Williams, Jr., Sam Anderson, Soph.;Hayden Langemeier, Jr.
Fast facts: Brook Hill will be looking to return to the playoffs once again, with Clements bringing back back a handful of key contributors from 2011-12...An improving team that could be poised for a deep playoff run...District is much improved with the addition of Dallas Lutheran and Richardson Canyon Creek, however.
- Local Sports
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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