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Photo: Grace Traylor, Jacksonville ISD
With a motto of “leave no doubt,” the Jacksonville Fightin’ Indians have started the 2017 football season with a 4-1 record with wins over Pine Tree, Mount Pleasant, Hallsville and Alvarado. Jacksonville will open district Friday at Corsicana (3-2). Leave no doubt: J’ville hopes to kick off playoff push
JACKSONVILLE – When the Jacksonville Fightin’ Indians embarked on their 2017 campaign at the beginning of September, the team’s mantra was “Leave...

Photo: LeAnn Jones

Alto’s Javonettie Mumphrey (#11) and Harmon West  (#10) prepare for action during the Alto-Rusk game earlier this season. The Jackets open district play with a Homecoming match-up against Joaquin. The game can be heard at 7:30 p.m. Friday on 103.9 FM and citylinktv.com/channel/jacksonville. After tough non-district schedule, Jackets kick off district vs....
ALTO – There is just no easy way to say it. The Alto Yellowjackets would like to be in a better place in getting ready for conference play....

Quick Hits: Brook Hill wins, Troup falls; VB, XC round-up
And now, Quick Hits: • The Brook Hill Guard won their district opener, rolling past Carrollton Prince of Peace, 32-0. Brook Hill benefitted from six turnovers and led...
Football Friday update
A light slate of football action in Cherokee County: The Rusk Eagles came back from 11 points down two times to defeat the previously undefeated Madisonville Mustangs,...
All tied up: Rusk 1, Alto 1
Photos: LeAnn Jones, Josh Hubbard, Tara Tatarski, Beverly Milner and Jason Crysup

Jacksonville wins ‘Battle of the Indians’ over Alvarado
ALVARADO – When a football team makes a long road trip, sometimes they have trouble “getting off the bus” and are slow to get started. That seemed possible for the...
Photo: Jason Crysup

Rusk’s Sam Thomas runs around blocks from Jermaine Lewis (#64) on Alto’s Hunter Nicholson (#65) and Jace Rogers (#61) on Ra’Dedrick Woodson (#51) during Friday’s game. Thomas finished with 79 yards rushing and a touchdown and an 85-yard kick return for a score as the Eagles defeated the Jackets, 43-21. Special teams, defense help Rusk sting Alto, 43-21
ALTO – In a game between two teams with speed all over the field, it was a special teams play and a defensive play that turned the tide. In the...

Photo: LeAnn Jones

Alto’s Isaiah Gaddis runs away from pressure from Rusk’s Caleb McNair (back) and Ladadrian Polk (#8) during Friday’s game. Gaddis rushed for 70 yards and a score but the Jackets dropped a 43-21 decision to the Eagles. Alto (1-4) has a bye this week and opens district Oct. 13 with Homecoming against Joaquin. Yellowjacket effort falls short in 43-21 loss to Eagles
The Alto Yellowjackets fell short of a brave effort to overcome the Rusk Eagles, being edged-out 43-21 in the “Highway 69 South Braggin’ Rights...

Quick Hits: Troup, Bullard drop district openers, VB, XC
And now, Quick Hits: Tigers fall in district opener Troup was looking to continue building momentum and kick off 9-3A play with a win, but Beckville scored 33...
Football Friday recap
In action from Friday night: • In the Cherokee County Showdown, the Rusk Eagles defeated the Alto Yellowjackets, 43-21. Rusk (4-1) will host Madisonville (5-0) for...
Iron Eagle Classic Golf Tournament
Gather a team together now for the upcoming Rusk Chamber of Commerce Iron Eagle Classic Golf Tournament. Saturday, Oct. 21 at 1 p.m., at Birmingham Forest Golf Course in...
Tyler Pro Challenge Tennis Tournament
The new Tyler Athletic and Swim Club is hosting the $80,000 Tyler Pro Challenge from Oct. 30 - Nov. 5. Some of the worlds top ladies tennis players ranging from Top...
Football Friday: 9-22-17
In Friday football action: Rusk spoils Fairfield's homecoming with a 33-21 win. Rusk (3-1) travels to Alto next week. Alto falls on the road at Garrison, 50-36. Alto...
The Great Golf Ball Drop
Birmingham Forest Golf Course is hosting The Great Golf Ball Drop Fundraiser on Saturday, Oct. 21 at 6 p.m. Only 1,000 golf balls will be sold. The winner does not have to...
Iron Eagle Classic Golf Tournament
Gather a team together now for the upcoming Rusk Chamber of Commerce Iron Eagle Classic Golf Tournament. Saturday, Oct. 21 at 1 p.m., at Birmingham Forest Golf Course in...