The players on this season’s Jacksonville Christian boys’ basketball team can say they accomplished something no other JCA boys team ever did. Saturday at Pete Mathews Coliseum, the boys won a game in the annual Calhoun County basketball tournament. The Thunder began playing in the county tournament in 2003. Their 66-58 victory over Jacksonville erased 14 years of frustration.

Jacksonville caps off a full week of basketball with Saturday’s 10:30 a.m. game against Jacksonville Christian on the opening day of action in the 66th annual Calhoun County basketball tournament. Once again, Jacksonville State’s Pete Mathews Coliseum will be the venue for all the tournament games. Jacksonville is the No. 12 seed in the boys bracket and Jacksonville Christian is No. 13. The winner of Saturday’s game will play No. 6 seed Alexandria Monday at 4:30 p.m.

Varsity basketball action resumes for Jacksonville High School today when the Golden Eagles travel to Odenville to meet the Class 5A St. Clair County Saints. The Golden Eagles return home, and return to Class 4A, Area 12 play, Friday when they entertain Hokes Bluff.

Wednesday of last week started out like any other game day for Jacksonville High School senior basketball player Rivan Hill. When the day ended, Hill had done something extraordinary. He scored 51 points in the Eagles’ 95-85 loss to Weaver in a consolation game in the Champions Sports Academy Christmas tournament. It appears no other Jacksonville player had accomplished that feat since Tommy Keith scored 51 points on Jan. 3, 1978, in a 71-69 road win over Anniston.

Single-digit points in the second and third quarters doomed the Jacksonville boys to a 54-39 loss to Lincoln in Champions Sports Academy Christmas tournament’s opening game Monday.

Nine years ago, Jacksonville native Thomas “Todd” David Cunningham III began his college career at Jacksonville State University. This Friday, he will trade his baseball hat for a graduation cap as he crosses the stage to accept his diploma. However, the road to his degree has been anything …

The No. 3 Jacksonville State fell 40-24 to Youngstown State Saturday afternoon at Burgess-Snow Field, bringing an end to the 2016 football season for the Gamecocks.

Here is what Jacksonville State football coach John Grass said at his Monday press conference about Saturday’s game against Youngstown State at Burgess-Snow Field. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m.

November 15 will always be a special day for Jacksonville High School senior Tatiyana Thomas. With a dozen teammates and almost as many family members watching, a “very excited” Thomas signed all the paperwork necessary to become a part of the Miles College volleyball program next year.

Since his days in age-group baseball, Jacksonville High School’s Colin Casey made playing his favorite sport in college a goal. That dream became a reality on Wednesday of last week. As teammates, coaches and family members watched, Casey signed the paperwork that made him a member of the Jacksonville State University baseball family.

The season that many Jacksonville fans felt would see the Golden Eagles advance well past the second round of the AHSAA football playoffs ended in disappointment Friday. Visiting Cordova, the No. 3 seed from Class 4A’s Region 6, scored four touchdowns in the second quarter alone and downed Jacksonville, No. 2 from Region 5, in a first-round game by a 46-23 margin. Jacksonville trailed just 6-0 after one quarter.

Tradition-rich Cordova (8-2) comes to Jacksonville (8-1) Friday night for the opening round of the AHSAA Class 4A football playoffs. The Blue Devils have big lines on both offense and defense and feature a trio of 300-pound linemen.

Tuning up for Friday’s road game against the Cherokee County Warriors, the game that will decide the Class 4A, Region 5 championship, Jacksonville dominated White Plains 60-20 at home last Friday. The Golden Eagles improved to 8-0 overall and 6-0 in Region 5.

Jacksonville remained on a collision course for the Class 4A, Region 5 championship with its 16-0 road win over Oneonta last Friday. The Golden Eagles are now 7-0 overall and 5-0 in region games heading into Friday’s home game with White Plains. Cherokee County is also undefeated in Region 5 and will host Jacksonville on Oct. 21. First, the Eagles must take care of business against White Plains.

Facing must-win situations in each of the final two sets, No. 3 seeded Jacksonville rallied to defeat No. 1 Pleasant Valley 3-2 in the championship match of the annual Calhoun County volleyball tournament at Pete Mathews Coliseum Monday night.  The scores were 22-25, 25-23, 23-25, 26-24, 15-13.

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.