Sports

Rusk incoming freshman Kolt Dement (center) recently won the bareback steer riding competition and finished third in the state in chute dogging at the State Finals Rodeo May 23-28 in Gonzales. Kolt won eight buckles, a saddle pad and a saddle and competed in four events. Quick Hits: locals in high-level competitions; Tribe spring ball
And now, Quick Hits, showcasing the best of sports in and around Cherokee County: Roll Syd! Littlejohn named All-American While the Alabama...


Gold standard: Alto Sports Banquet
Alto athletics took time to honor their successful seasons during their annual all-sports banquet, held May 23. The winner of the Alto All Around...


Several all-district teams named; county players honored
Several Cherokee County teams were recognized for outstanding seasons with the release of all-district teams for baseball, softball and soccer. Meanwhile, Cherokee County’s...
Rusk senior Libby Berry was recently named a member of the Baylor All- Girl Yell Leaders cheerleading squad for the 2016-17 school year. Miss Berry was head cheerleader for the Rusk varsity squad this past year. She plans to major in Health Science Studies at Baylor. The All-Girl Yell Leaders performs at all home football, volleyball and basketball games and select away football games. Baylor's first home football game will be Sept. 3 against Northwestern State. Sic ‘em, Berry! Rusk’s Libby Berry named Baylor Univ. cheerleader
As Baylor fans prepare for the Bears' first home game Sept. 3 against Northwestern State, the sidelines at Waco's McLane Stadium will have a...


And then there was 1: BH baseball advances to TAPPS semis
No one said the road to state would be an easy one - but then again, none of the teams still standing in the UIL and TAPPS state playoffs would have wanted it that...
Alto's Keenen Johnson (left) and Bullard's Jake Allen (right) were two of Cherokee County's three medalists from the UIL and TAPPS state track meets. Allen won gold in the discus and silver in the shot put in 4A. Johnson won bronze in the long jump in 2A. Also winning a medal were Brook Hill's Madeline Travis (not pictured, silver in TAPPS 4A high jump) and Kristen Clarke (silver, 100 meters). Tops in Texas: Allen, Johnson, Clarke, Travis win medals at state meet
Three of Cherokee County's 12 athletes and one relay team to advance to the UIL and TAPPS state track meets over the past few weeks brought home...


Rusk High honors achieving athletes at annual banquet
Another year for the Rusk Eagles and Lady Eagles was marked at the annual All Sports Banquet, held May 9. This season, Rusk boys' basketball won a...


Jacksonville alum and former New York Jet Pete Lammons addresses the crowd during the annual Jacksonville High School All Sports Banquet, held May 9. The school received a gold football from the NFL to commemorate Mr. Lammon's participation in Super Bowl III. Looking on at left is Matt Montgomery. One Tribe: Jacksonville honors athletes, Lammons at banquet
Another successful year in Jacksonville High School athletics was recognized with the annual JHS All Sports Banquet, held May 9. “This is my second...


Alto's Jordan Hall makes a catch for an out in front of teammate Jake Flowers during the Jackets' series against Lovelady. Alto lost the series to the Lions, 2-0, falling in game one, 19-4, and game two, 9-2. The Jackets' season ends at 14-14. Moving on: Rusk, BH squads, Bullard softball advance
Cherokee County’s remaining baseball and softball teams hit the road over the weekend, looking for wins that would get them one step closer to a...


Charles Morgan and the Alto Yellowjackets will meet Lovelady in the bi-district round of the UIL baseball playoffs. Game one will be at 7 p.m. Friday in Alto. Game two will be at 2:30 p.m. Saturday in Lovelady and game three will follow if necessary. Rusk, Bullard, BH softball move on, baseball set for playoffs
Cherokee County’s softball teams kicked off their roads to the state tournament while its baseball teams solidified their slots in the upcoming...


County well-represented in regional, state track, golf
The last few weeks have been busy ones for Cherokee County's athletes on the track and the golf course as several schools had representation at both the UIL regional track...
Rusk's Bryce Hoffman is one of four RHS athletes and one of 40 Cherokee County athletes to advance to the regional track meets, set for Friday and Saturday at various sites across the state. 40 athletes, 5 relays advance to regional track meets
Several cities in East Texas can claim recent track success, with several ET schools winning state championships. Cherokee County is a part of...


Around the horn: softball squads prep for playoffs
The high school baseball and softball regular seasons and teams are looking to punch their tickets to the playoffs and the road to a state title. A look back at the week on...
County teams find themselves in battles for playoff spots
A recap of last week’s baseball and softball action: • The Rusk Lady Eagles started their week at Henderson, taking on the Lady Lions in what became an instant...
Rusk's Jack Patton is one of at least 71 athletes from Cherokee County who will advance to the upcoming area track meets, set for this weekend at various sites around East Texas. Patton advanced in the 110-meter hurdles. Runnin’ down a dream: track athletes on road to state
It is said that a journey begins with a single step. For Cherokee County’s track athletes, it started with several steps – or jumps...or...