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Five East Texas Teams Ranked in Preseason Associated Press Football Poll

Carthage will begin the year as the No. 1-ranked team in Class 4A by the Associated Press.
Carthage will begin the year as the No. 1-ranked team in Class 4A by the Associated Press.

Associated Press High School Football Poll
Here is The Associated Press preseason high school poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, and points based on 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1.
CLASS 6A

Others receiving votes: 11, Spring Westfield 8...

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Top 25 Games of 2017: No. 21, Henderson at Kilgore

Kilgore's Buddy Jackson (left) and Isaiah Smith. (© Rob Graham, ETSN.fm)
Kilgore's Buddy Jackson (left) and Isaiah Smith. (© Rob Graham, ETSN.fm)

The two schools are separated by just 17 miles along Highway 259, and for years Henderson and Kilgore have been squaring off under the Friday night lights of East Texas.

And they've been good, too...

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2017 ETSN.fm Preseason East Texas Football Super Team

Carthage Keaontay Ingram reaches to break the plane.
Carthage running back Keaontay Ingram dives into the end zone during the Bulldogs' home game against Henderson on Sept. 30, 2016.

The East Texas football landscapes never disappoints. Each summer, the staff at ETSN.fm combs through the thousands of players in the area to pick its annual preseason East Texas Super Team.

It is simultaneously the most fun and hardest job we undertake all year...

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Kilgore Football’s ETSN.fm Photo Days Shoot At A Glance

(© Rob Graham, ETSN.fm)
(© Rob Graham, ETSN.fm)

Here’s a look at Kilgore's time at its ETSN.fm Photo Days shoot.

The Bulldogs sent eight players to be the faces of their program for their work ethic on and off the field. The representatives were Austin Adams, Bucky Duke, Buddy Jackson, Octavian McKee, Isaiah Smith, Deiontrae Wheat, McKinnon White, and Jaiden Zackery

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2017 ETSN.fm East Texas Baseball Super Team

Pleasant Grove's Caleb Bolden heads back to the dugout after scoring a run during the Hawks' 8-0 win over Argyle in Game 2 of their Class 4A Region II semifinal series May 27 in Tyler. (ETSN.fm)
Pleasant Grove's Caleb Bolden heads back to the dugout after scoring a run during the Hawks' 8-0 win over Argyle in Game 2 of their Class 4A Region II semifinal series May 27 in Tyler. (ETSN.fm)

2017 ETSN.fm East Texas Baseball Super Team
PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Caleb Bolden

  • School: Pleasant Grove
  • Position: Pitcher/shortstop
  • Classification: Senior
  • 2017 stats: .563, 7 HRs, 46 RBIs, 12 doubles, 5 triples, 37 runs, 8 steals, 33 walks,
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Kilgore’s Jonathan Shepherd Commits To Oklahoma State

Kilgore receiver Jonathan Shepherd committed Wednesday to Oklahoma State. (Rob Graham, ETSN.fm)
Kilgore receiver Jonathan Shepherd committed Wednesday to Oklahoma State. (Rob Graham, ETSN.fm)

Jonathon Shepherd's fast-paced recruiting process appears to be over.

The senior Kilgore receiver verbally committed Thursday to Oklahoma State. He had no offers before April 27 and chose the Cowboys program in favor of 14 other NCAA Division I FBS programs.

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Filed Under: Category: Class 4A, Football, News, Recruiting

Missouri + North Texas Latest to Offer Kilgore’s Jonathan Shepherd

Kilgore receiver Jonathan Shepherd committed Wednesday to Oklahoma State. (Rob Graham, ETSN.fm)
Kilgore receiver Jonathan Shepherd committed Wednesday to Oklahoma State. (Rob Graham, ETSN.fm)

In less than four weeks, Kilgore wide receiver Jonathan Shepherd has gone from zero Division I FBS scholarship offers to one of the state's hottest recruits in the 2018 class.

Shepherd (6-3, 196) brought his total number of FBS opportunities to 15 on Thursday with offers from both Missouri and North Texas, he announced via Twitter...

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Filed Under: Category: Class 4A, Football, News, Recruiting

Southern Miss Begins Recruitment Of Kilgore’s Jonathan Shepherd

Kilgore receiver Jonathan Shepherd committed Wednesday to Oklahoma State. (Rob Graham, ETSN.fm)
Kilgore receiver Jonathan Shepherd committed Wednesday to Oklahoma State. (Rob Graham, ETSN.fm)

Jonathan Shepherd has added a sixth NCAA Division I FBS offer in a seven-day span thanks to a college football scholarship opportunity issued Tuesday morning by Southern Miss.

Kilgore's rising senior receiver, who now has 13 FBS offers in total, announced his latest invitation via Twitter.

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Filed Under: Category: Class 4A, Football, News, Recruiting

Memphis Offers Three Local Players

West Rusk linebacker Tyree Wilson committed Monday to Texas A&M. (Courtesy)
West Rusk linebacker Tyree Wilson committed Monday to Texas A&M. (Courtesy)

Memphis rolled through the region Monday evening and jumped from being interested in one local player to four.

The Tigers program presented offers to Kilgore receiver Jonathan Shepherd, Pleasant Grove linebacker Xavier Benson and West Rusk linebacker Tyree Wilson within a matter of hours. All three players reported their new college football scholarship opportunities via Twitter.

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East Texas Baseball + Softball Playoffs: Saturday’s Results

Spring Hills second baseman Austin Green makes the tag on Pleasant Grove pinch runner Seth Hopkins in the fourth inning. (ETSN.fm)
Spring Hills second baseman Austin Green makes the tag on Pleasant Grove pinch runner Seth Hopkins in the fourth inning. (ETSN.fm)

BASEBALL
CLASS 5A
Region II

  • Frisco Centennial 3, Hallsville 1 (Centennial advances 2-0)

CLASS 4A
Region II

  • Kilgore 12, Mabank 2 (Kilgore advances, 2-0)
  • Pleasant Grove 10, Spring Hill 0 (Pleasant Grove advances, 2-0)
  • Gilmer 1, Paris 0 (Gilmer advances)

CLASS 3A
Region III

  • Troup 6, Hughes Springs 0
  • Troup 7, Hughes Springs 6 (Troup advances, 2-1)
  • Beckville 7, Winnsboro 0 (Beckville advances, 2-0)
  • Gunter 10, Mineola 5 (Gunter advances, 2-1)

Region III

  • Pollok Central 8, Kountze 4 (Central advances, 2-0)
  • Nacogdoches Central Heights 11, Hitchcock 3  (Central Heights advances, 2-0)

CLASS 2A
Region III

  • Linden-Kildare 5, Overton 1
  • Overton 2, Linden-Kildare 0 (Overton advances, 2-0)
  • West Sabine 6, Centerville 0 (West Sabine advances, 2-0)
  • Union Grove 7, Detroit 1 (Union Grove advances, 2-0)

CLASS A
Region III

  • Trinidad 15, Yantis 7 (Trinidad advances)

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SOFTBALL
CLASS 4A
Region II

  • Carthage 9, Pittsburg 0 (Carthage advances, 2-0)

Region III

  • Little Cypress-Mauriceville 5, Huntington 0 (LCM advances, 2-1)

CLASS 3A
Region III

  • Woodville 5, Garrison 0 (Woodville advances, 2-0)

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