By Jay Neal
RUSK — Things are on an uptick when it comes to Rusk Eagle football.
Rusk went through District 7-4A-II with an unblemished record last season, giving the Eagles their first outright league title since 2003.
Dave Campbell's Texas Football magazine has predicted the Red and Black, who return 14 lettermen and 10 starters from a year ago, to repeat as conference champions this fall.
Most of this year's team were still wearing diapers the last time Rusk was able to win district in back-to-back seasons — 2003, 2004.
It truly is a great time to be an Eagle.
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By Joey D. Richards
Eleven Big Country players were named to the Texas High School Baseball Coaches Association's Academic All-State Team for their respective classes.
Stephenville has four players on the Class 4A team – Cade Dunavant, Derek Gifford, Gabriel Moor, and Justin Swenson. Snyder's Drevian Hernandez also is on the team.
Early's Jonathan Morales and David Shields made the Class 3A squad.
Three Stamford players are on the Class 2A team – Nolan Baker, Zachary Duran and Kaleb Flick. Baird's Jaxon Bellar also is on the team.
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The 2018-2019 athletic calendar has concluded, so VYPE San Antonio will have a series dedicated to notable performers and moments over the past year. Check out the area's top 10 UIL girls athletes.
No. 1: Corina Carter (Converse Judson basketball)
The New Mexico signee, all-state senior and UIL 6A championship game MVP led the Rockets to their first state title.
No. 2: Aliyah Pritchett (New Braunfels Canyon softball)
The Baylor signee and all-state senior led the Cougars to the UIL 6A state semifinal.
No. 3: Kara McGhee (San Antonio Clark volleyball)
The Baylor signee and all-state senior led the Cougars to the UIL 6A Region IV final and was named one of the nation's top 50 high school volleyball players.
No. 4: Caroline Meuth (San Antonio Churchill volleyball)
The Notre Dame signee and all-state senior led the Chargers to the second round of the UIL 6A playoffs.
No. 5: Kyra White (Converse Judson basketball)
The USC signee and all-state senior played a major role in the Rockets' run to the UIL 6A state championship.
No. 6: Amaya Brown (Goliad track and field)
The Texas State-bound senior won UIL 3A state championships in the long jump and triple jump.
No. 7: Morgan Fey (San Antonio Southwest track and field)
The junior won the UIL 5A discus state championship and earned a state bronze medal in shot put.
No. 8: Adelyhda Perez (Uvalde wrestling)
The Lobos' senior and three-time UIL state wrestling champ finished her high school career with the 2019 UIL 5A 138-pound state championship.
No. 9: Charli Becker (Kerrville Tivy basketball)
The all-state senior led the Antlers to the UIL 5A state semifinal.
No. 10: Lea Karren (Jourdanton tennis)
The France native and Squaws' junior won the UIL 3A girls singles tennis state championship.
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