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Matt last won the day on April 26 2016

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  1. These are all great statistics everyone that each of you put out here. People wonder why East Texas has a difficult time competing at the 5A and 6A level in football and basketball. Well, one school in 6A now. Sure, there will be a few teams every now and then that will compete in those sports and get to regionals, but getting to the semi finals or the finals .... is just not going to be in the cards consistent as long as the population distribution is like it is. Look at West Texas. East Texas, at least at the upper levels, seeing the same thing. 4A and below isn’t an issue.
  2. It’s all about jobs. East Texas industry has changed so much over the last 20 years. People have to move where they can get a payable wage. I have watched Jacksonville’s economy / jobs decline for 30 years. Yes, we have our moments of an upturn— like right now— but we are still low socioeconomic and I think that’s true across East Texas. I’ve already said on here JAX should be one of those schools that drop to 4A D1.
  3. Longview is the ONLY East Texas representative in the 5A state track meet? Boys and girls? Yikes. Or did I miss someone?
  4. Maybe I’m mistaken.... I didn’t think he actually got to football season.... I may be wrong (?)
  5. He never coached Palestine. Was hired in the Spring but didn’t get to the Fall to coach. I don’t know who went 1-9 there.
  6. Jay Brown, Jacksonville class of 1982. Current DC at Nac, 19-year collegiate coaching career. Brilliant coach and an even better man.
  7. Agreed, Mav. 2004 . . . Palestine drops to 4A, go to semi-finals that year. Have had some good, some bad years. But 5A football for them would have been pretty bad all these years. 2020 . . . Lindale drops to 4A, go to state finals. Fluke? We'll see. Long term, year in and year out, numbers matter. Yeah, you may have an Atlanta every now and then (3A state champs in 2004 with 25 varsity players, I counted!) but, overall, you're running against the wind.
  8. Uhhh, I would take Chapel Hill, Palestine (we already every year, split most of the time), Henderson (we play most of the time), Mabank, Kaufman, or Terrell instead of Marshall, Texas High, and perhaps the "new" Pine Tree any day, even Nac as they seem to be getting bigger and better. At least the numbers are closer with those smaller schools, yes, they do have decent programs. I would think Carthage is far enough east for them to be another 4A-D1 district . . . but you never know . . . always depends on who else drops / comes up. It's all speculation on the districts but I really see JAX goi
  9. It is not always about facilities. JAX replaced all three K4s, redid the HS, added a $1.5m track at HS, Tomato Bowl redo.... passed every bond issue for last 5 years. People are not flocking to Jacksonville although our town / schools have added / improved a lot. We are low socioeconomic and I’m afraid that has kept people from coming here despite the upgrades.
  10. Fantastic work, Mav. I believe ‘Jacksonville will drop to 4A D1. If the UIL continues to increase enrollment by 50 like they have over the last several realignments, ‘Jacksonville should drop. Our 2020 snapshot was below the number turned in for 2019. It’s time. I see us with Lindale, CH, Palestine, Henderson, Kilgore, and possibly Mabank, or Kaufman, or Terrell, or others like that on the borderline.
  11. It’s my understanding that Jacksonville will revert back to the pre-Covid schedule. In 2020, we had to replace Palestine and Henderson in non district with Cleburne and Nederland. So we will open at Crandall, play Palestine, then Hendo.... bye week.... then the 7 game 9-5A district schedule.
  12. Well, the Display at the track showed 10.50. They told him when he finished 10.53 so...... I guess the Pressbox got it wrong or changed it... it was a prelim and he won going away so time didn’t matter I guess.... we had a coach get him at 10.53 and another at 10.56. Regardless that’s fast!
  13. They were 6A, what last realignment? Or maybe before? Yes, they had lots of speed.
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