Sports

Alto youth baseball and softball tryouts set
The Alto Youth Baseball/Softball Registration and tryouts will be at 9 a.m. Saturday, March 8, at the Alto Youth Baseball Complex.
Rusk ISD names 4 finalists
After hours of reviewing resumes and narrowing down the field of 111 applicants, Rusk Superintendent Dr. Jim Largent and the search committee have announced the four...
Hallelujah to Health Fair scheduled March 22
The Hallelujah to Health Fair is planned for 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, March 22 at the Alto High School cafeteria. Persons interested in receiving a mammogram at a...
PHOTO: LELAND ACKER     Rusk Head Baseball Coach George Banda discusses his coaching philosophy and background. His program stresses discipline and team unity. Stepping up
Rusk Eagle baseball fans who attended the season opener last season against Elkhart noticed some changes. First, there was a new head baseball...

Alto pitcher Heaven Lyles returns to the lineup after leading the Lady Jackets to the regional quarterfinals her freshman year. Coach Sharon Reid said a good defense is needed to back up a good pitcher. Alto's depth to lend Heaven a helping hand
After a regional quarterfinal appearance last year behind a freshman pitcher, Alto Lady Jacket softball fans are hoping for a heavenly season this...

Lady Eagles play big schools in Hudson tourney
The Rusk Lady Eagles opened the season in the Hudson Tournament by wrestling bears and being pounced by panthers, but they managed to slay dragons before being rained out...
The Rusk Lady Eagles "ham it up" for photographers during a recent media day. Rusk returns 10 lettermen from last year's 23-13-2 team which finished in the regional quarterfinals. The Lady Eagles will have to overcome Huntington and Carthage before making a playoff run this season. They're lovin' it
The Lady Eagles' new head coach Ashley McElroy is excited about her first job of coaching one of the area's top softball teams. "It's been really...

Sierra Smith, second baseman for the Rusk Lady Eagles, signs a scholarship offer from McLennan College. Pictured are (from left): Donna Smith, grandmother; Lisa Smith, mother; Rusk Head Coach Ashley McElroy, Sierra Smith, McLennan Head Coach Manuel Ordones and Kirby Smith, father. Lady Eagles' second baseman Smith signs with McLennan
Rusk Lady Eagles softball second baseman Sierra Smith signed college scholarship papers with McLennan Community College of Waco Monday at the Rusk...

Rusk point guard J.J. Session sets up the Eagle offense during a recent game. Session scored 16 points in his final game as an Eagle. PHOTO: LYNN LITTLEJOHN Eagles fall to Hudson Hornets
Tuesday's season finale between the Rusk Eagles and the Hudson Hornets summed up the year's results for the Eagles, victory is just beyond the...

Rusk Eagles to open baseball season Tuesday
The Rusk Eagles will open baseball season at home against the Elkhart Elks Tuesday. The game will be played at 6 p.m. at Eagle Field on the campus of Rusk High School....
Alto youth baseball/softball sign-ups set
Players wishing to play baseball or softball this summer in the Alto Youth Baseball/Softball Association may sign up through March 8. Forms can be obtained at Alto...
Demarcus Skinner shoots a lay-up during a recent game with the Hudson Hornets. Skinner, a senior, scored four points against Central Friday. The Eagles concluded their season against Hudson Tuesday. Eagles bitten by 2 packs of Bulldogs
The Rusk Eagles suffered another heartbreaker during Friday's game against the Central Bulldogs. Despite jumping out to a 20-9 lead in the first...

Tarlandus Mitchell, who signed with Navarro College, is pictured with his mother, Kim Mitchell. Coaches on the back row are Clint Gardner, Head Coach Keith Gardner and Paul Gould. 8 local athletes sign college scholarships
Eight Cherokee County athletes signed with colleges on signing day Wednesday, Feb. 6. Two Alto football players, four Jacksonville football players...

Lady Eagles to play in Hudson tourney this weekend
The Rusk Lady Eagles softball team will play in the Hudson softball tournament Thursday through Saturday. Both varsity and JV teams will be competing. The Lady Eagles will...
Rusk guard J.J. Session scrambles after a loose ball during Friday's game against the Crockett Bulldogs. Session scored six points as the Eagles fell to the top team in District 20-3A by a score of 74-62. PHOTO: LYNN LITTLEJOHN Eagles show continuing signs of improvement
Fans who have not given up on the Rusk Eagles were treated to a great basketball game Friday as the Rusk Eagles battled the Crockett Bulldogs for...