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Jacksonville Daily Progress
MS Football: 7th grade Blue team downs Marshall, 16-14
MARSHALL - The Jacksonville Middle School 7th grade Braves' Blue team took a thrilling 16-14 victory over Marshall in Marshall earlier this week. THe JMS 7th-grade White squad lost 4-0 to Marshall while the Mavs also came out on top, defeating the 7th-grade Gold unit, 22-0. Phil Nash, JMS boys athletic coordinator stated that all teams played hard and showed marked improvement. All three 7th-grade teams will be at home on Oct. when Nacogdoches is slated to visit Mauldin Field. THe White will get things started at 4:30 p.m., followed by the Gold at 5:30 p.m. and the Blue at 6:30 p.m.
JMS Volleyball: Whitehouse sweeps Maidens
Whitehouse took all four middle school matches from Jacksonville this week, but the scores were close as the Maidens battled all the way. THe 7th-grade Gold lost 2-1 and the 7th-grade Blue fell 2-0. In 8th-grade play, both the JMS Gold and Blue squads lost by identical 2-1 scores.
JUCO Women's Golf: Lady Jaguar threesome play in UMHB Fall invite
BELTON - Jacksonville College sent its three female golfers to Belton this week to compete in the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor Lady Cru Invitational. Sophomores Sydney Cash and Katie Lamond wound up tied for 42nd place after carding two-round totals of 183. Ciera Manglona, in her first season at JC, finished 54th with a 203. The top-three teams were, Western Texas Community College (631), Mary Hardin-Baylor (641) and Tyler Junior College (642). Iben Hvass of Western Texas won medalist honors by shooting rounds of 74 and 77 to come in at 151.
Rangers ground Astros; still a game back in WC hunt
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- The Texas Rangers keep winning, giving themselves a chance to reach the playoffs for the fourth season in a row.
They're just not getting any help while running out of games.
Leonys Martin hit a three-run double, Ian Kinsler homered and the Rangers beat the Houston Astros 7-3 on Wednesday night, a victory they needed just to keep pace while chasing in the AL wild-card race.
''We put ourselves in this position. We have to win the games, we've got to get help from someone else,'' Kinsler said. ''The best we can do is win four more games.''
The Astros lost their 12th in a row and set a team record with their 108th of the season. The Rangers completed a three-game sweep and finished 17-2 with 11 straight wins against their instate rival.
''It's one of those things where we want to win, but we have to take account of what we've done,'' first-year Astros manager Bo Porter said. ''Nobody's going to feel sorry for us.''
The Rangers remained a game behind Cleveland for the AL's second wild-card spot - Tampa Bay is a game ahead of the Indians. Texas has four games left in the regular season, with the series opener at home against the Los Angeles Angels on Thursday night.