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Quick Hits: Rusk teams 4th at CH Hoopfest; 17-5A all-district FB
And now, Quick Hits: Rusk teams 4th; Hornets, Indians at CH Hoopfest The Rusk Eagles and Lady Eagles and Jacksonville Fightin’ Indians headed to Central Heights for the...
6 Pack of Picks: Swink edges Hubbard for picks title
Numbers were crunched, games were examined, outcomes were scrutinized and sometimes, naughty words were even said. The six intrepid pickers of the Cherokeean Herald’s 6...
Gayle signs with Arlington Bapt.; J’ville XC all-district
And now, Quick Hits: Gayle signs with ABU During his college signing ceremony Friday, Konner Gayle’s aunt Beth passed along a story about a...


Lana Welford, a senior urban forestry major at Stephen F. Austin State University’s Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture, won the Women’s Collegiate Work Climb title at the 2017 Tree-Care Industry Association Expo held in Columbus, Ohio. Welford, pictured right, accepts a certificate from Mark Chisholm, a world-renowned urban forester and competitive tree climber. SFA Student Wins Title at Tree-Care Industry Exposition
Stephen F. Austin State University student Lana Welford recently won the Women’s Collegiate Work Climb title at the 2017 Tree-Care Industry...


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Alto’s Hunter Townsend beats Shelbyville’s Jacobi Jackson to the end zone during Friday’s game. The Jackets picked up a 52-18 win over the Dragons. Alto (4-6, 3-2) will take on Lovelady in the bi-district round Friday at Westwood’s Panther Stadium in Palestine. The game can be heard at 7 p.m. Friday on 103.9 FM and citylinktv.com/channel/jacksonville. Jackets clinch 3rd with win; meet Lovelady at Westwood Friday
ALTO – Routing the Shelbyville Dragons, the Alto Yellowjackets dominated in all three phases of the game Friday night. The Dragons put up a...


Special Session: D. Session sets JHS record in rout of Nac
JACKSONVILLE – It was already a special night at the historic Tomato Bowl – the final game on the Bowl’s famed grass field before a groundbreaking to kick off renovations...
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The Rusk Eagles go into the playoffs as the second place team from District 8-4A Div. II with an 8-2 record. Rusk will take on Pittsburg (6-4) at 7:30 p.m. Friday from Panther Stadium in Bullard. The winner will meet Melissa (9-1) or Dallas Lincoln (6-5) in the area round. The game can be heard at thecube.com/event/rusk-eagles-vs-pittsburg-pirates-boys-varsity-foot-759880. Taking off: Eagles take flight for playoff tilt against Pirates
RUSK – It seemed that every district in the state of Texas came down to the wire – even District 8-4A Div. II and its teams: Rusk, Diboll, Jasper,...


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The Rusk Lady Eagles received a total of 11 all-district awards on the 16-4A All-District volleyball team, announced over the weekend. In front from left are Merle Besson, Mia Skinner, Laney Birdwell, Jamyah Anderson, Jillian West and Katelin Bryant. In back are Mary Fletcher, Sarah Crysup, Kylie Davis and Madi Davlin. Quick Hits: Troup, Bullard, BH end seasons, b-ball; Alto JH wins...
And now, Quick Hits: Tigers upset EF in finale Troup head coach John Eastman and his Tigers play each football game to the final whistle,...


‘Dark Side’ delivers: defense leads Indians past Lindale
LINDALE – Going into Friday night’s fourth District 17-5A contest with the Lindale Eagles, the Jacksonville Fightin’ Indians knew a win was necessary to keep any hopes of a...
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The Rusk Eagles acknowledge the fans during the playing of the alma mater following Friday night’s game. The Eagles defeated the Diboll Lumberjacks, 40-35, moving into second in District 8-4A Div. II with the bye week this Friday. Rusk will wait to find out their first round playoff opponent as well as their seeding with several slots still in the balance in both 8-4A Div. II and 7-4A Div. II. Avoiding the axe: last-minute TD pushes Eagles past ‘Jacks
RUSK – The playoffs started early this year. In a game that held all the intensity and intrigue of a playoff-game, the Rusk Eagles took on the...


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Alto’s Skylar Atkins avoids a tackle attempt from Cushing’s Austin Davis during Friday’s game. The Jackets picked up a 37-6 win over the Bearkats. Alto (4-6, 2-2) will take on Shelbyville in their regular season finale Friday in Alto. The game can be heard at 7:30 p.m. Friday on 103.9 FM and citylinktv.com/channel/jacksonville. Flashes of brilliance: Jacket rushing attack blitzes Cushing, 37-6
CUSHING – Like lightning in the passing storm before the Friday night game, the Alto Yellowjackets erupted in flashes of brilliance, overpowering...


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The Rusk Lady Eagles advanced to the regional quarterfinals in the UIL 4A State Volleyball Playoffs, falling in a hard-fought battle against Pleasant Grove, 3-0 (31-33, 25-27, 25-27). The Lady Eagles end the season at 31-9-1 and will return six players from a district champion squad. Quick Hits: State XC; volleyball playoffs; undefeated Rusk 8th...
And now, Quick Hits: Hornets 8th, Neel 4th at State Cross-Country The drive down State Highway 110 is a beautiful one, filled with beautiful...


Rusk’s Jermaine Lewis corrals Huntington’s Andrew Faulk while teammates Zayden Devereaux (left) and Joseph “JoJo” Francis (right) provide backup. The Eagles defeated the Red Devils, 54-6. Rusk (7-2, 2-1) will host Diboll (6-1, 2-0) at 7:30 p.m.  Friday. The game can be heard on KTLU 1580 AM and at thecube.com/event/rusk-eagles-vs-diboll-lumberjacks-boys-varsity-foo-757373. Cold night for the Devils: Rusk rolls to 54-6 win over Huntington
HUNTINGTON – It took about a quarter to get their engines revved up on a cold night in Huntington. Once things got fired up, however, the Rusk...


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Alto’s Jaqualon Finley searches for space on a run while San Augustine’s Ced Thomas closes in on the play. The Jackets fell to the Wolves, 51-35. Alto (2-6, 1-2) will travel to Cushing (4-4, 0-3) Friday. The game can be heard at 7:30 p.m. Friday on 103.9 FM and citylinktv.com/channel/jacksonville. Rough finish: Jackets lose 4th quarter lead, game to San Augustine
ALTO – With less than five minutes to go, Alto was ahead of San Augustine 35-33. The game was theirs to lose – and they did. With 4:42 remaining...


Into the Lions’ den: Ennis picks up win over Indians
ENNIS – Any team visiting Lion Memorial Stadium in Ennis can expect to have their hands full with the home team, a perennial powerhouse accustomed to making deep runs in...