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Hancock concerned about Eagles' conditioning with fall camp 2 weeks away

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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Kilgore's Gus Witt, Spring Hill's Marshall Lipsey and Linden-Kildare's John Roberts earned superlative selections on the 2019 All-East Texas Baseball Team.

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2019 All-East Texas Baseball Team

By News Journal Staff


Gus Witt

By the numbers: Witt helped lead the Bulldogs to the Class 4A State Tournament in Austin. The senior third baseman finished his year with a .477 average, 3 home runs, 10 doubles, 4 triples, 46 RBI, 50 runs scored and 15 of 17 bases stolen. The Weatherford commit was also 8-2 on the bump with a 1.83 ERA. Witt struck out 40 with just 16 walks in 53.1 innings of work.


When do you first start playing baseball and what was the name of your team: First started playing when I could walk. My first game was when I was four. The name of my team was the Athletics.

Describe your routine on game day: Get in a couple games of ping pong. Once I'm in the locker room I'll get stretched out on the roller, then get my wrists wrapped Brandon Meyers.

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The All Saints Trojans placed third in Silver Bracket of the TAPPS State Football Championships in Waco.

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State 7on7: All Saints takes bronze, Grace places fourth; JT goes 1-1

By Phil Hicks

The All Saints Trojans won a bronze medal on Saturday to highlight Tyler squads competing in 7on7 football events in Texas.

Coach Drew Starnes' Trojans placed third in the Silver Bracket of the TAPPS 7on7 State Tournament held at Waco's Heart of Texas Facility. All Saints placed in a tie for fourth with a 3-3 record in pool play on Friday. The Trojans were seeded fifth and were slotted into the Silver Bracket for the the fifth- and sixth-place seeds.

All Saints defeated Austin Texas School for the Deaf in the first round 40-17 before dropping a tight one, 28-25 to Victoria St. Joseph in the semifinals. In the third-place game, the Trojans downed Dallas First Baptist 46-14.

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