Sports

Tribe names new chief
The Jacksonville ISD Board of Trustees named Steve Wells as their new athletic director and head football coach during a special meeting held Thursday morning. Coach Wells...
PHOTO: LELAND ACKER     New Rusk Athletic Director/Head Football Coach Ted Patton introduces the Eagles to Leadership Boot Camp, an off-season program designed to build mental toughness. Coach Patton said he wants his players to graduate "better students, better athletes and better people." The general institutes boot camp
New Rusk athletic director and head football coach Ted Patton's passion for success is undeniable. Although he has barely had time to settle into...

PHOTO: LYNN LITTLEJOHN          Kristen Joyner (6) and Sierra Smith congratulate each other after a great play during a recent game between Rusk and Hudson. Rusk defeated Hudson 2-1 Tuesday before falling to Huntington 3-0 Saturday. The Lady Eagles host Crockett at 6:30 p.m. Friday. Rusk beats Hudson, falls to Devillettes
The Rusk Lady Eagles solidified their second place standing in District 20 3A with a 2-1 victory over the third place Hudson Lady Hornets, but fell...

PHOTO: LYNN LITTLEJOHN          Cambry Blakemore takes a break during a district basketball game in 2008. Blakemore will play in the Azalea Orthopedics All-Star game at 5 p.m. Saturday at the Patriot Center on the campus of UT-Tyler. Blakemore to play in all-star game Saturday
Rusk senior basketball player Cambry Blakemore has been selected to play in the 2008 Azalea Orthopedics All-Star basketball game. The game will be...

PHOTO: LELAND ACKER     Rusk Eagle pole vaulter Josh Glover clears a 10-foot vault during the Doug Jordan Relays Thursday at Eagle Stadium in Rusk. Glover's vault was good enough to earn him a third place medal in the meet. Reaching new heights
Rusk and Alto athletes competed well, but their efforts were not enough to stop Carthage High School from dominating the Doug Jordan Relays...

PHOTO: LYNN LITTLEJOHN          Lady Eagle first baseman Hillary Hugghins makes a throw during a recent Rusk softball game. The Rusk Lady Eagles are currently in second place in District 20 3A with a 7-1 record. Lady Eagles stretch win streak to 5
The Rusk Lady Eagles continue to roll through District 20 3A play with two big wins over traditional rivals last week. Rusk beat Central 10- 0...

Tony Torres of Rusk runs the 3,200-meter run at the Doug Jordan Relays. Torres placed third in the event, contributing to Rusk's second place showing in the boys varsity division of the track meet. Running down a dream

PHOTO: LELAND ACKER    Rusk Eagle Quinn Anthony hurls a discus during Thursday's Doug Jordan Relays at Eagle Stadium. Anthony placed second in the event. Doug Jordan competition spins out of control

PHOTO: WOLF WHITAKER        Josh Glover clears the bar during the pole vault competition at the Tribe Relays in Jacksonville. Glover placed fourth in the event with a 10' 6" vault. Field events in the Doug Jordan Relays begin at 3:30 p.m. Thursday at Eagle Stadium in Rusk. Rusk, Alto teams gear up for Doug Jordan Relays
Rusk and Alto track teams fired out of the starting blocks at the Tribe Relays in Jacksonville March 13 in preparation for the Doug Jordan Relays...

PHOTO: LYNN LITTLEJOHN          Rusk left fielder Kristen Joyner takes third base during the Lady Eagles' 9-1 victory over the Carthage Lady Bulldogs. The win propells Rusk to a 19-4 record, 5-1 in District 20 3A. The dog-catchers
The Rusk Lady Eagles are poised to take sole possession of second place in District 20 3A after soundly defeating the Carthage Lady Bulldogs 9-1...

PHOTO: LELAND ACKER     Abby Scott makes a throw to first base during a recent Alto Lady Jackets practice session. Alto defeated Wells in a doubleheader 16-0 and 13-3. Head Coach Sharon Reid says if the Lady Jackets (5-0 in district play) can improve their defense, then they will be in good shape for the playoffs. Fine tuning the defense

PHOTO: LELAND ACKER     Six Rusk Eagles were recognized in the District 20 3A all-district selection process. Receiving honorable mention recognition on the front row from left are: Michael Katon, Demarcus Skinner and John David Beard. Honorees on the back row are: J.J. Session (second team), Horrace Lewis (first team) and Quinn Anthony (honorable mention). Basketball all-district

Donkey basketball planned
A cross town rivalry occurs Thursday at the Curtis Carroll Gymnasium on the campus of Jacksonville College. The show begins at 7 p.m. Donkey basketball is coming to...
PHOTO: LELAND ACKER     Alto Yellowjackets Jaymes Scroggins, Javante Jones, Kevin Blakemore, Mark Green and Tarence Martin show off their state championship rings from this season and last season. The rings arrived shortly before spring break. kings

Alto coach evaluates district play
The Alto Yellowjackets had an unexpected vacation last week as the game against the Wells Pirates was postponed due to rain Tuesday, then cancelled Wednesday due to...