NACOGDOCHES —The 2020-21 athletic year will be remembered as the start of a new era at SFA Athletics. In the spirit of launching a refreshed identity, the Purple Lights Fund is excited to announce the 110% PLF Renewal Campaign.

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NACOGDOCHES — Nacogdoches native Brandon Jones had a dream come true Friday night, as the 5-foot-11, 198-lb. safety overcame injuries as a three-year starter of the University of Texas Longhorns and was the 70th pick of the 2020 NFL Draft by the AFC East Miami Dolphins.

NACOGDOCHES — Storms that tore through East Texas killed one person and were responsible for a slew of calls to emergency responders.

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Faced with the monumental task of trying to knock off the No. 1-ranked squad in the country on its own home court, the SFA Lumberjacks did the virtually impossible Tuesday night, as seniors Nathan Bain and Kevon Harris led a group of Lumberjacks that got into foul trouble and not only surviv…

THIBODAUX, La. – The Stephen F. Austin women’s soccer team did everything it was supposed to do to secure three much-needed points, but was unable to convert any of its 22 shots into a goal in a 2-0 loss to Nicholls on Sunday. The Colonels, by contrast, were dormant on offense until the 70th minute, and scored on their only two shots of the contest to steal the win from SFA. The loss drops SFA to 3-7-3 on the season and 1-4-3 in conference play.

The Woden varsity boys and girls cross country teams swept past the competition to capture the District 22-2A championships last Wednesday at New Summerfield, and in doing so, qualified for the Class 2A Region III Meet on Oct. 22 at Sam Houston State in Huntsville.

LUFKIN — Three members of the Nacogdoches Dragon and one member from the Lady Dragon cross country teams qualified for the Class 5A Region III Meet last Thursday by finishing in the top 10 individuals at the District 16-5A Cross Country Meet held in Lufkin.

The Nacodoches sub-varsity Dragon football teams both put up strong numbers Thursday night, as the freshmen improved to 3-0 with a 14-6 victory over Whitehouse, and the NHS junior varsity dropped a hard-fought 19-15 decision.

PORT ARTHUR — Igalious “Ike” Mills has been nominated to the Texas Sports Hall of Fame for his 62-point single game scoring performance while attending Central Heights High School in 1970.

It’s been a slow start to the 2018 Archery Only season in eastern Texas with limited activity filtering in across the region. The best buck reported thus far in Region 6 belongs to Joseph Loggins of Lufkin, and it’s a good one.

HOUSTON — For the second straight season, the Stephen F. Austin Ladyjacks have been picked for a runners-up finish in the Southland Conference Preseason Poll, per a release from the conference office at the 2018-19 Basketball Media Day. SFA received a total of 248 votes in the poll, which combined votes from league coaches as well as sports information staff from each school.

The Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks picked up the pace on defense and got their passing game in high gear, thanks to junior signal caller Jake Blumrick and a pair of play-making receivers Saturday afternoon, but they couldn’t quite get over the hump as the running game sputtered in a 27-17 loss to No.16-ranked University of Central Arkansas here at Homer Bryce Stadium.

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Editor's note: This story has been altered to correct the gender of the person charged in the stabbing.

GARRISON — The Garrison Bulldogs picked right up where they left off seven years ago when the “Battle of the Attoyac” rivalry with Timpson took a break, as the ’Dogs used their strong ground game to open up a 21-12 halftime lead and then cruised to a 41-18 victory over the Bears here at Bulldog Stadium for Garrison’s fifth straight win.

After four straight wins to start the season, the Cushing Bearkats were hoping that the confidence and improvement they had made in the early portion of the 2018 season would carry over into District 10-2A DI action.

After an early goalline stand, and then taking a 24-13 halftime lead over Whitehouse Friday night here at Dragon Stadium, Nacogdoches came out strong in the third quarter and widened the gap to 31-13 with 10:41 remaining when senior Tarance Swindle broke five tackles and then sprinted 72 yards for a touchdown.

SAN ANTONIO — Playing without one of their most formidable front-row presences, the SFA volleyball team still managed to make short work of yet another foe and reached a milestone in the process.

Success and winning often takes the bad taste out of the mouths of a team that is coming off a disappointing defeat. So, for the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks, a win over a nationally-ranked opponent would be the best medicine right now.

Just two games into the District 9-5A DII race and the Nacogdoches Dragons find themselves one game out of first place. That’s not exactly where they wanted to be at this point, but they want to make sure they stay in the running for the league title and playoff spot this week by taking care of business against Whitehouse.

FRISCO – The Southland Conference released its 2018-19 Preseason All-Conference Teams ahead of Wednesday’s Media Day in Houston, with Ladyjack senior Chanell Hayes being selected to the second team in the release. Hayes, a native of Texarkana, Texas, figures to be a cornerstone for the ’Jacks in the upcoming season and is the team’s top returning scorer and rebounder.

After rushing for a career-best 276 yards and five touchdowns on 32 carries against previously undefeated Linden-Kildare during a 49-35 Bulldog victory last Friday night, Garrison junior running back Sabastion Porter has been named to the Built Ford Tough Texas High School Football Player of the Week for Class 2A, according to a release by Ford.

It’s been seven years since the Garrison Bulldogs and Timpson Bears have squared off on the football field. And when the two squads hit the gridiron of Bulldog Stadium Friday night in Garrison, the Bulldogs will look to capture their third straight in the series and take over sole possession of first place in the District 11-2A DI race.

HOUSTON — No men’s basketball squad in the nation has exceeded the in-conference dominance of SFA over the past six seasons. And given the way the voting shook out when the league’s preseason poll was released Wednesday, the conference’s head coaches and athletic media relations personnel expect do not expect that trend to change in 2018-19.

The Cushing Bearkats have confidence after starting the season with four straight wins. But those victories won’t matter much if the team isn’t successful District 10-2A DI play.

Stephen F. Austin junior place-kicker Storm Ruiz has been placed on the 2018 Fred Mitchell Award Watch List for the month of September after his performance in the first five weeks of the college football season. He is one of just seven FCS place-kickers to appear on the 21-man list and is one of only two representatives from a Texas school.

Week 7 of the football season will mean different things for area football teams. For the SFA Lumberjacks, it means their third straight game against a nationally-ranked opponent. Cushing will put an unbeaten mark on the line against No. 8 Carlisle in the District 10-2A DI opener for both teams.

FRISCO — Three of the individuals responsible for the on-court success of the SFA men’s basketball team last season saw their names listed among the 10 Preseason All-Southland Conference selections which were released by the league office Tuesday.

FRISCO, Texas - Following a week in which she played a large part in extending the nation's second-longest active winning streak, SFA volleyball freshman libero Marisabel Torres earned the title of Southland Conference Defensive Player of the Week. The league made the announcement Monday afternoon via a press release.

The Garrison Bulldogs and Cushing Bearkats continue to roll through their respective high school football seasons, and the play of their leaders topped this week’s Daily Sentinel Area Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week for games of the Week of Oct. 5-6 to reflect it.

Stephen F. Austin’s home football game against Central Arkansas on Saturday will be broadcast on national TV and will kick off at 2 p.m., the Southland Conference and its television partners have announced.

Both Nacogdoches High School subvarsity football squads recorded wins again this week. The Dragon junior varsity went on the road and blanked Lindale, 20-0, and the ninth grade posted a 20-12 victory over the Eagles at home.

HOUSTON — Early on in Saturday’s 93rd Battle of the Piney Woods, the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks appeared as if they were going to give No. 16/17 Sam Houston State a battle as they tried to snap a seven-game losing skid in the series.

Red-hot Cushing quarterback Deuce Garrett once again worked his magic, completing 11-of-18 passes for 289 yards and four touchdowns Friday night, to lead the unbeaten Bearkats (4-0) to a 28-26 victory over the Tyler All Saints Episcopal Trojans at Mewbourne Field.

LINDEN — The Garrison Bulldogs took down their fourth consecutive unbeaten team Friday night here at Jack Hetherington Tiger Stadium, and in doing so set up an opportunity to contend for the District 11-2A DI title.

A stagnant second quarter by the Nacogdoches defense and a opportunistic offense by Lindale resulted in the Eagles outscoring the Dragons 27-17 in the period Friday night, as Lindale used the outburst to build a 18-point halftime lead, and then the Eagles held off the Dragons late for a 42-30 District 9-5A DII victory here at Dragon Stadium.

The 93rd Annual Battle of the Piney Woods, presented by H-E-B, is set for this weekend, as the nationally-ranked Sam Houston State Bearkats take on the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks for the ninth straight year in Houston’s NRG Stadium.

Fresh off a wild 45-41 league-opening victory over Jacksonville last Thursday night that saw the lead change hands eight times — including six times in the second half — the Nacogdoches ‘Air Dragons’ will look to stay with the front-runners of the District 9-5A DII chase tonight when they host the Lindale Eagles.

The Nacogdoches McMichael seventh and eighth grade Dragon football teams both recorded victories Tuesday night at home, defeating squads from Tyler Hubbard. The Dragon seventh grade cruised to a 32-0 victory, while the eighth grade bolted to a 37-14 win.

The Cushing Bearkats are hoping that their high-flying offense and tough defense that has helped the squad post an unbeaten mark through three games this season will help the team when it enters District 10-2A DI action next week.

Garrison head football coach Larry Prince knew his team was jumping from the frying pan into the fire this year when re-alignment put them in District 11-2A DI. So far in non-district play the Bulldogs have been giant killers.

There is probably no more helpless feeling than a team that needs help from another squad to move into contention for a playoff spot or a conference championship. But there could be worse things, like not having any chance at all to make the postseason.

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