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
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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NJCAA Golf: Shattuck's Highlanders move up to No. 3 in nation
The McLennan Community College men's golf team moved up two spots to No. 3 in the latest NJCAA Division I Men's Golf World/Nike Golf Coaches Poll.
TAPPS Soccer: Brook Hill teams post easy wins in season openers
Soccer squads from The Brook Hill School successfully opened their new campaigns by ginning wins over Grace Community School and All Saints, respectively, Monday evening.
No. 3 Kilgore takes JC as latest victim
Kilgore College's twin terrors — Jamarcus Weatherspoon and Stefan Moody — victimized Jacksonville College for a total of 45 points (61% of KC's total points), 34 of which came in the decisive second half, as the Rangers scored a 76-54 win over the Jaguars before an estimated crowd of 400 at the Curtis Carroll Fieldhouse Tuesday night.
Valiant Lady Jaguar comeback try falls short
A late comeback attempt by Jacksonville College fell a few points short as Kilgore College was able to hang on and escape Curtis Carroll Fieldhouse with a 64-59 triumph over the JC women on Tuesday evening. The game was the Region XIV opener for both outfits.
In a game that had more ups and downs than a kid on a pogo stick, KC (5-3, 1-0, Region XIV) opened the second half on a major roll and turned a four-point JC lead at the break into a 15-point, 57-42, KC advantage with 5:36 to go in the game. The huge Lady Ranger lead proved to me too high of mountain for the Lady Jags to climb.
Saurez dumps in 24 points in Lady Hornet's 32-31 win
Tanya Saurez poured in a season-high 24 points which proved to be enough to propel the New Summerfield Lady Hornets to a 32-31 win over Beckville Tuesday night at Hornet Gymnasium.
Big second half effort sends REL past Indians
Not too often would a basketball player with four-points play. Much less make a run for the game MVP.
The Jacksonville Indians found out the hard way that points means good basketball, however it was Tyler-Lee’s, Caleb Johnston proved that it’s the little things to win games.
The Robert E. Lee Red Raiders got a strong, 20-points from Rico Major and converted 15 of 22 free throws in the second half to lead to a 58-49, win over the Indians on Tuesday night at the REL Varsity Gymnasium.
Boys Hoops: Brook Hill to host Tommy Young Classic
Boys basketball teams from nearby Bullard, Troup and Grace Community School will join the Guard of Brook Hill for the Tommy Young Boys Varsity Basketball Classic, which is slated to run Thursday through Saturday at Brook Hill's Herrington Gymnasium.
JMS Braves win 3-of-4 against Whitehouse
Teams from Jacksonville Middle School won three of four games from host Whitehouse on Monday night.
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