Sports

Grace Castillo displays the Billy m Watson Players Choice Basketball Award during the All-Sports banquet on May 7 in Rusk. BILLY WATSON AWARD Grace Castillo
Grace Castillo was given the Billy Watson Players Choice Award for Girls' Basketball. Grace ran cross country, track and played basketball this...


l Tarlandus Mitchell hurls a pitch in Alto's 9-4 win during game three of the Bi-District championship series over La Poynor. Alto will play Lovelady this weekend in Rusk. Game one begins at 7 p.m. Friday, with game two at 5 p.m. Saturday. Game three will follow game two if necessary. Rusk, Alto continue playoff runs


Rusk coach 'would not trade' team
A 5-9 district record was probably not what Rusk baseball coach George Banda had in mind when he came to Rusk. None the less, the coach said he is proud of his team. "I...
Alto teams head to post-season play
The Alto baseball and softball teams are preparing to kick-off their 2007 playoff runs this week against notable opponents. The Yellowjacket baseball team will face off in...
Rusk freshman short stop Alison Bowling steals 2nd base during game one of the Bi-district championship series between Rusk and Fairfield. Rusk will face Rockdale in the Area championship game at 5 p.m., Friday, May 4, in Fairfield. PHOTO: LYNN LITTLEJOHN Lady Eagles win Bi-district
The Rusk Lady Eagles cruised by Fairfield in two games to win the best-of-three Bi-district championship series. Rusk advances to the Area...


NEWS
Pre-participation health screenings for incoming Rusk athletes scheduled Pre-participation health screenings for next year's seventh, ninth and 11th grade athletes will...
PHOTO: LYNN LITTLEJOHN Baseball seniors
Senior Rusk Eagle baseball players who will be playing their final game Friday are (from left): Brent Jones, Kyle Garner, Chris Walley, Pax Richey...


Cinco de Mayo tourney slated
The Birmingham Forest Golf Club will host the Cinco de Mayo tournament on Saturday, May 5. The tournament will be a guy/gal tournament with a scramble format. Cash prizes...
PHOTO: ROY REYNOLDS Golf winners
First place winners in the Rusk Rotary Club Memorial Golf Tournament on April 14 were (from left): Charlie Raiborn, Jamie Magruder, Pat Richey and...


Eagle 3rd baseman Pax Richey fields a grounder and attempts a throw to 1st base during Rusk's recent 12-0 loss against the Carthage Bulldogs. Rusk is now 5-7 in district play and will finish the season at home against Hudson Friday. PHOTO: LYNN LITTLEJOHN Eagles lose to Carthage
Playoff hopes for the Rusk Eagles were dashed by a 12-0 loss to the Carthage Bulldogs Friday at Eagle Field. Carthage pitcher Jonathan Baker struck...


Rusk Eagles qualify for regionals
The Rusk Eagle track team will send five athletes to the Region III-3A track meet in Humble Friday and Saturday. Headed to regionals are Bobby McDuff, J.J. Session, Jacob...
Rusk senior Rachel Hicks hits the ball during Rusk's 10-1 win over the Center Lady Riders Tuesday. Rusk (17-9-2, 9-4) has clinched a playoff spot and finishes the regular season on Friday against Central. PHOTO LYNN LITTLEJOHN Lady Eagles defeat Center 10-1
The Lady Eagle defense stepped up and assisted pitcher Callie Collins during Rusk's 10-1 win over the Center Lady Riders Tuesday in Rusk. Collins...


Lady Eagles place 4th in district
When track season began, Rusk girls track coach Jamie Hays said she was looking forward to a competitive year. Finishing 4th in district and sending five individual...
Alto Lady Jacket pole vaulter Kayley Starr clears a 7'6" vault during the district track meet. Starr's vault was high enough to earn her the 4th place spot, qualifying her for the regional track meet at Stephen F. Austin State University on April 24-26. Other regional qualifiers from Alto include Devon Patton (long jump and triple jump), Brandon Wade (long jump and triple jump) and Taneshia Pope (long jump and triple jump). Raising the bar


Help me! Marquis, a black Dachshund receives a rabies shot from Dr. Justin Novak. Marquis is being held by his owner, Bobby Nance. At right, is Dr. Anthony Holcomb. The annual Cherokee County rabies clinic begins May 7. County veterinarians participate in the program with vaccination sites located throughout the county. 2007 rabies campaign set
The 2007 Cherokee County Rabies Campaign will begin May 7. Canine vaccines are $7 for Rabies only; $25 for Rabies, Distemper and Parvo; and $35...