Jacksonville, 5-0 overall and 3-0 in region games, begins a stretch of four consecutive Class 4A, Region 5 games Friday when Ashville (2-3, 1-2) arrives to help the Golden Eagles celebrate homecoming. Region games at Oneonta and at home against White Plains follow. Jacksonville’s game in Centre against Cherokee County on Oct. 21 should decide the region championship if there are no hiccups against Ashville, Oneonta or White Plains. 

Jacksonville withstood a fourth-quarter upset bid by home-standing Hokes Bluff by a 31-27 margin Friday night and improved to 4-0 on the season. Running back Taye Ackles scored three times and quarterback Colton Clark completed a pair of scoring passes, one to Ackles and one to T.J. Carr, as…

Now 3-0 after defeating three quality opponents to start the 2016 football season, Jacksonville’s Golden Eagles appear to have something of a breather this week. The Golden Eagles travel to Hokes Bluff Friday.

Jacksonville parlayed a big night scoring by Niko Richmond, on both offense and special teams, and a 15-tackle performance by junior linebacker Josh Glass into a 28-14 win over visiting Alexandria Friday. It marked Jacksonville’s third win in the past four seasons in the intra-county rivalry series.

High school football season begins Friday evening for Jacksonville, Pleasant Valley and Jacksonville Christian Academy. Pleasant Valley and Jacksonville Christian open at home while Clint Smith’s Jacksonville Golden Eagles are on the road.

Both major Football Championship Subdivision preseason polls were released on Monday, and both have Jacksonville State ranked No. 3 heading into the 2016 season.

This time last week, Shed Long was the regular second baseman for the Dayton Dragons, the full-season Class A affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds baseball organization, and just getting back home from a six-game road trip. All that changed quickly as the former Jacksonville Golden Eagles catcher was enjoying a rare off day in Dragons’ Midwest League season July 26, eating dinner and getting ready to watch a major league game on ESPN at a Dayton restaurant. As Long and his roommate were eating, he received a phone call from Dayton manager Dick Schoefield.

The Jacksonville State University Board of Trustees has given approval Monday for construction of a new baseball stadium after receiving a combined private gift of $2 million to help fund the project.

Jacksonville State University’s Marching Southerners will have the opportunity to perform at LSU’s Death Valley on Sept. 10 after all, according to the band’s director.

The Jacksonville State football program got another big addition on Monday, when running back Roc Thomas signed his financial aid agreement to join the Gamecocks.

JACKSON, Tenn. - The Jacksonville State baseball team was a win from claiming its fifth Ohio Valley Conference Baseball Tournament Championship, but Southeast Missouri proved why it won the regular season with a pair of wins on Sunday to win the 2016 OVC Baseball Championship.

After closing out the regular season with a sweep of UT Martin, the Jacksonville State baseball team has turned its attention to the 2016 Ohio Valley Conference Baseball Championship this week in Jackson, Tennessee.

Pleasant Valley closed out its spring football practices with two quarters of varsity play, one of junior varsity and one quarter of junior high in jamboree action against Pisgah Saturday afternoon at Jacksonville State.

The city pool will open Saturday and will open daily through Aug. 9. It will be open weekends only Aug. 10-Sept. 5. Admission is $3 person for all ages.

Nine days of spring football practice came to a close for Jacksonville’s Golden Eagles on Saturday. The Eagles downed St. Clair County 27-7 in a two-quarter varsity jamboree at Jacksonville State’s Burgess-Snow Field.

Jacksonville State will play in the Auburn Regional beginning Friday at Jane B. Moore Field, where the Gamecocks will face the No. 4 Tigers at 6:30 p.m. on ESPN3.

The Gamecocks held off Belmont for a 2-1 win that swept the series and the 2016 Ohio Valley Conference season, capping a 26-0 conference record and just the second unbeaten OVC season in league history. Tennessee Tech went 17-0 in 1994, nine games fewer than JSU’s unprecedented run.

The OVC’s regular-season champions, the Gamecocks (37-14, 26-0 OVC) wrapped up an historic weekend that started by giving head coach Jana McGinnis her 800th win with a doubleheader sweep of the Bruins (19-35, 11-16 OVC) on Saturday. They called on one of their two seniors on Senior Day Sunday, and she responded.