Jacksonville traveled to Ohatchee on Monday for an unusual 1 p.m. basketball start and bounced the Indians 72-57. The Golden Eagles led 19-10 after one quarter and cruised thereafter.

About 20 Jacksonville State University students and area residents gathered at a committee meeting of the school’s board of trustees Monday to protest the acceptance of Landon Rice onto the football team.

Senior Tasha Magruder notched her first double-double in a Gamecock uniform, and freshman Taylor Hawks led with 15 points as the Jacksonville State women’s basketball team won its seventh-straight home game of the season to improve to 5-1 in Ohio Valley Conference action.

Calhoun County high school basketball coaches met Sunday to seed the brackets for the 67th annual Calhoun County basketball tournament. Both of Jacksonville’s varsity teams fared well with top-four seeds that provide a bye into the quarterfinal found. The tournament begins Saturday and concludes the following Saturday, Jan. 20.      

Jacksonville’s “whole team effort” approach to the current basketball season continued to pay dividends in the Champions Sports Academy Christmas tournament. The Golden Eagles defeated Saks 59-51 on Dec. 23 to earn third place in the tournament. It was the second win over Saks in a week for head coach Cordell Hunt’s Eagles. Jacksonville had rallied in the fourth quarter and beaten the Wildcats 67-66 at Saks on Dec. 18.

Wins were hard to come by last season for the Jacksonville Golden Eagles. There were, to be exact, three. The Golden Eagles entered last year’s Champions Sports Academy Christmas tournament for boys at 2-7 and emerged 2-10.

In a year’s time, second-year head coach Cordell Hunt has produced a spectacular turnaround. The Eagles were 8-2 entering the Champions tournament Wednesday and Thursday’s 52-49 victory over Randolph County in the quarterfinal round upped Jacksonville’s record to 10-2.

Apparently, someone at Spain Park High School, specifically the person who set up the bracket for the annual Spain Park Christmas tournament, doesn’t like Jacksonville High girls basketball head coach Tres Buzan. Buzan’s team opens play in the Lady Jags Classic on Thursday at 10:30 a.m.

Jacksonville Christian travels to play Class 1A, Area 10 opponent Spring Garden tonight coming off what coach Tommy Miller called “as good a basketball game as we’ve played in a long time.” The game Miller characterized was Thursday’s 77-60 home-court victory over Class 1A, Area 14 power Ced…

Jacksonville begins Class 4A, Area 12 play in basketball tonight at home against Cherokee County on a three-game winning streak. It will be the only action for the Golden Eagles this week. Jacksonville will play Ohatchee at home on Dec. 11 then will travel to White Plains on Dec. 12 for an a…

Here is what Jacksonville State Head Coach John Grass and players said at their Monday press conference. The Gamecocks open the playoffs by hosting Kennesaw State. Kickoff is at 1 p.m.

The Jacksonville State football team received the No. 3 National Seed in the NCAA Division I Football Playoffs and will host either Samford or Kennesaw State on Dec. 2 at 1 p.m.

After a two-year absence, the Jacksonville Golden Eagles are back in the second round of the AHSAA Class 4A football playoffs. Jacksonville pounded visiting Randolph School of Huntsville 43-13 Friday night to advance.

After spending the past four weeks at No. 3, the Jacksonville State football team moved up to No. 3 in both the STATS FCS Top 25 and the FCS Coaches Poll on Monday.

Two Jacksonville turnovers on the Golden Eagles’ first two possessions gave visiting Cherokee County excellent field position. The Warriors responded with the first two touchdowns of the game Friday but Jacksonville recovered quickly and eventually won going away by a 45-21 count.

Two special-teams plays late in the second quarter righted the ship for Jacksonville and the Golden Eagles went on to defeat White Plains 41-20 on the road last Friday. Jacksonville improved to 6-3 overall and 5-1 in Class 4A, Region 5. The Eagles close out the regular season at home Friday with a crucial Region 5 game against Cherokee County. An opportunity to play at home in the first round of the playoffs rides on the outcome.

Jacksonville never trailed in defeating visiting Oneonta 42-14 last Friday. Quarterback Colton Clark completed four touchdown passes, two to Jakobie Calloway, and Macey Carr rushed for two scores as the Golden Eagles won for the fifth consecutive game. Jacksonville is now 4-1 in Class 4A, Re…

The Pleasant Valley Raiders ended a 17-game run of losses in region play with a resounding 37-0 homecoming win over Glencoe last Friday. The Yellow Jackets had started the Raiders’ region losing streak with a 56-0 win on Oct. 24, 2014. Two years ago, Glencoe won 48-8 and took last year’s gam…

Friday’s homecoming game at Jacksonville began with a touchdown by sophomore Ron Wiggins on an 80-yard return of the opening kickoff and the Golden Eagles cruised past Loachapoka 38-10.

Jacksonville won its second consecutive Class 4A, Region 5 game, improving to 2-1 in region contests, with its 31-12 road victory over Anniston last Friday. The Golden Eagles are now 2-3 overall and will attempt to reach .500 on the season when they host Loachapoka for homecoming Friday. 

After downing Hokes Bluff 28-27 last Friday, the Jacksonville Golden Eagles travel to Anniston this Friday. The Eagles and the Bulldogs are two of the six teams in Class 4A, Region 5 with 1-1 region records after the initial two weeks of region action.