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Alto Heartbreakers State softball tournament comes to end
Cherokee County softball teams travelled near and far last week, all with the dream of securing a state championship title. Despite rain delays for...

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Jayse Tettenhorst, heeler, is working to lasso the hind legs of a calf during a recent team roping event. Tettenhorst was teamed with Cash Palmore of De Kalb during the International Youth Rodeo, which kicked off July 7. The rodeo included 10 events over a six day period in Shawnee, Okla. Davis secures first place in pole bending
The International Finals Youth Rodeo kicked off on Sunday, July 7 with top high school athletes competing in 10 events running simultaneously in...

Jacksonville Knights Vying to be baseball’s best
Several teams from the Jacksonville Baseball and Softball Association and the Rusk Youth Sports Association began state tournament play this week,...

Reagan Davis of Alto cuts around a barrel during her 16.922 ride on Sunday. Davis is also participating in pole bending and breakaway roping events. IFYR kicks off in Shawnee
The International Finals Youth Rodeo, held annually since 1993, kicked off on Sunday, July 7. The IFYR presents top high school athletes with a...

Rusk Velocity Play ball: Area softball teams vie for the state title during playoffs
Hard work and dedication has paid off for softball teams from Rusk, Alto, Jacksonville and Troup as they headed into week long softball tournament...

All Regional Pitcher Jerry Courtney joins Brook Hill team as head...
Officials with The Brook Hill School are thrilled to announce Jerry Courtney has been hired to be the private school’s new head baseball coach. Courtney has been the Head...
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Alto’s Reagan Davis navigates the pole bending course during the Texas High School Rodeo Association’s State Finals, held recently in Abilene. Davis walked away from the competition with two state titles. Alto’s Reagan Davis wins THSRA pole bending championship
After traveling to Abilene to compete in the Texas High School Rodeo Association (THSRA) State Finals, Alto’s Reagan Davis found herself with two...

Plans for establishing soccer field complex in Rusk progress
The next step in establishing a youth soccer and baseball practice fields has been approved. Rusk City Council members unanimously approved a lease agreement with the Rusk...
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Kolt Dement rides for the win during the Texas High School Rodeo Association’s State Finals, held recently in Abilene. Rusk’s Kolt Dement claims THSRA championship
Rusk resident Kolt Dement traveled to Abilene to compete in the Texas High School Rodeo Association (THSRA) State Finals, becoming the 2019 Texas...

Area summer athletic camps continue
Local school districts continue to offer a variety of summer athletic camps. Bullard Basketball A Panthers basketball camp will be hosted Monday-Thursday, June 24-27....
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Two Jacksonville girls finished first and second in the Tomato Fest tennis tournament Saturday, June 8, in the ages 14 and under division. Alena Trawick won first place and Sarah McCullough took second place. Tomato Fest tennis tournament results
Thirty-four players from East Texas played in the annual Jacksonville Tomato Fest Tennis Tournament on Saturday, June 8, in...

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and Jan Goodwin
Wells Pirate #18 Jackson Scroggins makes it safe at third during State baseball semi-finals. Wells Pirates’ baseball season ends at State semis
ROUND ROCK — The Wells Pirates and Coach Joe Tarrant saw their magical season come to an end Wednesday morning at the hands of Region I’s New Home...

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Jakari Hadnot received special permission to pitch in the Class-A State semi-final game, which took place on the date he was to go through processing for his enlistment in the National Guard. Keeping commitments: WHS senior gets special permission to play in...
Jakari Hadnot, one of the starting pitchers for the Wells Pirates, almost missed participating with his team, the Wells Pirates, in the Class-A...

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Wells Pirate Jackson Scroggins is safe at third during State baseball play this week. The Pirates faced the New Home Leopards on Wednesday. Pirates' season ends
ROUND ROCK—The Wells Pirates and Coach Tarrant saw their season come to an end Wednesday morning at the hands of the New Home Leopards, a team...

RYSA gearing up for football
By Michelle Dillon michelle@thecherokeean.com The Rusk Youth Sports Association is now accepting registrations for cheer and football for youth ages 5-11. Sign ups will...