Sports

RYSA announces Meeting
The Rusk Youth Sports Association is having their biannual meeting at 7 p.m., on Wednesday, Oct. 25 at a location to be announced.
JTA Award Winners
The Jacksonville Tennis Association congratulates this year’s award winners who will receive their plaques at 2 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 29, at the Woodman of the World building,...
At the Jacksonville Rotary Club meeting on Oct. 4, rotarian, Michael Banks (left) hosted Leo Gustafson, Manager of the US Fish and Wildlife Service’s Neches River National Wildlife Refuge. The Neches River NWR was established in 2006 and contains approximatey 6,500 acres of hardwood bottomlands, mostly in Cherokee County. The refuge is focused on maintaining and protecting critical wildlife habitat along the Neches River for migratory birds and other bottomland wildlife and plant species. Jacksonville Rotary hosts Manager of US Fish and Wildlife Services


Two Members of the Cherokee 4-H Clay Crushers to Compete in TPWD...
The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Whizbang finals will be held on Saturday, Oct. 28, at the National Shooting Complex located in San Antonio. Whizbang competitions...
Photo: LeAnn Jones

Alto’s Skylar Atkins (#19)breaks free on a play as teammate Josh Castillo (#78) prepares to block Joaquin’s Trenton Ramsey. The Rams defeated the Jackets, 35-20. Alto (2-5, 0-1) will travel to Price to take on Carlisle (6-0, 1-0) Friday. The game can be heard at 7:30 p.m. Friday on 103.9 FM and citylinktv.com/channel/jacksonville. Ram tough: Alto takes tough Homecoming loss to Joaquin, 35-20
ALTO – The Alto Yellowjackets lost their conference-play season opener at Homecoming in Alto to the Joaquin Rams, 35-20. “Another loss we’re not...


Offensive explosion: Tiger offense outlasts Indians
CORSICANA – The Jacksonville Fightin’ Indians took plenty of momentum into Friday night’s District 17-5A opener at Corsicana’s Tiger Stadium, but the home team’s explosive...
Photo: Jason Crysup

Rusk’s Sam Thomas finds open field on a run during a recent game. Thomas finished with 65 yards rushing and 62 yards receiving with a touchdown, but the Eagles fell to Jasper on a last-second touchdown, 35-28. Rusk (5-2, 0-1) will return home to take on Tatum (2-5, 0-1) at 7:30 Friday at Jim Swink Field at Eagle Stadium. The game can be heard on KTLU 1580 AM and at thecube.com/event/rusk-eagles-vs-tatum-eagles-boys-varsity-football-754879. Matter of seconds: last-second score pushes Jasper past Rusk
JASPER – Many say there never seems to be enough time in the day to do everything that needs to be done. Unfortunately for the Rusk Eagles, there...


Courtesy photo: Eddie Breen

The Rusk Eagles flag football team is currently second in their division and has solidified a playoff spot despite only having eight to nine available players for the majority of the season. The team concludes the regular season Saturday at Bullard and will kick off the playoffs next week. Quick Hits: Bullard wins, BH loses; playoff runs start
And now, Quick Hits: 21-point run leads Panthers past Palestine Bullard took advantage of Palestine turnovers in the second half and finished...


Photo: Beverly Milner
Alto High School recognized the 2007 Class 2A State Championship Yellowjackets during halftime of the Jackets’ game against Rusk Sept. 29. The ‘07 Jackets won their second consecutive state championship and closed their second undefeated season with a 22-0 win over Seymour in Midlothian. 10 years – still #ALTOgether: AHS honors title team
It’s been almost 10 years – but it’s still just as sweet for members of the 2007 Alto Yellowjackets. On a bitterly cold, windy day in Midlothian,...


Photo: Tara Tatarski

Rusk’s Joseph “JoJo” Francis breaks away from a Madisonville defender as Jace Rogers blocks behind the play. The Eagles came back from two separate 11-point deficits to hand Madisonville its first loss, 48-45. Rusk (5-1) opens district play Friday at Jasper (3-2). The game can be heard on KTLU 1580 AM and online at thecube.com/event/jasper-bulldogs-vs-rusk-eagles-boys-varsity-footba-753357. Party at Home(coming): Eagles come back to beat Mustangs
RUSK – The definition of resilience is “an ability to recover from or adjust easily to misfortune or change.” The first six games of the Rusk...


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