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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,...

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Josh Hubbard’s daughter, Kendalynn, gets excited as the Texas State Railroad’s Polar Express ride approaches the North Pole. The Hubbard family – Josh, wife Cassie and children Kobyn, Kendalynn and Jet – took a ride on the event train Nov. 9, giving the experience rave reviews. Santa, elves and Josh: Just Joshin’ Ya at the Polar Express
On Thursday, November 9, I was privileged to take a ride on the Polar Express presented by the Texas State Railroad. I had never been, but my...

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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...

Photos: Leann Jones

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...

All treats: sights from Rusk’s Trick or Treat Around the Square
All photos: Quinten Boyd

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...

Steve Langston, Kenny Derrington capture top honors at Cherokee...
At the annual Hay Show & Sale in Jacksonville on Tuesday, Oct. 24, Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Service agent Aaron Low told the assembled group...

The Rusk FFA served the Cherokee County community with their annual “Week of Service,” held Sept. 25-29. Above, members cut blue jeans to create shoes for Sole Hope, which is a program that sends shoes to Uganda to protect against the Chigoe flea. Living to serve: Rusk FFA celebrates Week of Service
The Rusk FFA kicked off the year with their “Rusk FFA Week of Service” which was held September 25-29. The week consisted of various service...

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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...

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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...

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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: LeAnn Jones County's home sweet Homecoming 2017 in Alto
Alto High School will celebrate Homecoming festivities at 7 p.m. Friday as the Yellowjackets (1-4) take on the Joaquin Rams (4-1) in Alto’s...