Cherokeean/Herald (Rusk, Tex.), Vol. 145, No. 4, Ed. 1 Thursday, February 25, 1993 Page: 10 of 16
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Page Ten—CHEROKEEAN/HERALD of Rusk, Texas—Thursday, February 25,1993
By STEVE LEE,
Rusk relied on strong pitching
Saturday, as the Eagles defeated
Mineóla 4-2 in a pre-season base-
The trio of Billy Whitehead, Bart
Clayton and Casey Gates all looked
strong on the mound. Rusk never
trailed in the scrimmage against a
strong Mineóla squad that had al-
ready defeated two previous oppo-
nents in scrimmage action.
Rusk took a quick 1-0 lead in the
top of the first when Whitehead led
off the game with a sharp single to
leftfield. When the ball eluded the
outfielder's glove, the baserunner
advanced to third and scored on
Ronnie Gates' sacrifice fly to
The hosts tied the game 1-1 in the
bottom of the first taking advan-
tage of a Rusk error.
Whitehead hurled the first three
frames and looked very sharp. He
struckout five batters, walked two
and allowed only one hit, a third-
inning single down the rightfield
Clayton worked the fourth and
fifth innings for the Eagles and fin-
ished his outing with three
strikeouts and three walks. Gates
pitched the final three innings and
struckout three batters, allowed one
hit and three walks.
Rusk left the bases loaded in the
fifth inning without scoring, but took
advantage of several Mineóla mis-
takes in the sixth to score three key
Ronnie Gates walked, Clayton
bunted down the first base line and
reached base on the pitcher's throw-
ing error while Casey Gates walked
to load the bases. The trio scored on
a wild pitch, error and a stolen base.
The Eagles had five hits.
Whitehead singled twice, while
leftfielder David Crysup singled and
doubled for the only extra-base hit
of the scrimmage. Tom Ball laid
down a bunt for Rusk's other hit.
The Eagles were to open regular
season play Tuesday at 6 p.m. at
home against the Palestine
Rusk will compete in the Pales-
tine Westwood Booster Club base-
ball tournament beginning Thurs-
day when the Eagles battle the
Elkhart Elks at 6 p.m.
Rusk won the Westwood tourna-
ment last year, defeating Crockett
in the championship game. Both
Crockett and Diboll will compete in
District 20-AAA play this season
along with Rusk.
Varsity Eagles beat
Central 91 -68
Preparations are underway for
the 1993 Rusk Spring Series "E.E.
Gunter Memorial" Rodeo. The ro-
deo will begin on April 3 and run
each Saturday night through May
The deadline for entering the
Queens Contest is March 22. Any
girl between the ages of 14 and 24 is
eligible to enter the contest. Each
contestant must have a sponsor.
The contestants will have their
first meeting at 1 p.m. March 27 at
the Southern Cherokee Federal
Credit Union in Rusk.
For more information on the
Queens Contest, contact Brenda
Emerson at 903-683-3450, Diane
Garner at 903-795-3593, or Carolyn
Halbert at 903-586-2746.
The rodeo committee members
will be contacting area individuals/
businesses about sponsoring a chute
or belt buckle for the series. Anyone
interested can contact Johnny
Emerson at 903-683-3450 or Bryan
Robinson at 903-683-4435.
The finals for the series will be
held May 8 and May 9. Awards will
be presented on May 9. There will
be a dance May 9 featuringTy Black.
Rush High School Varsity
Eagles played an action packed, im-
pressive basketball game here Tues-
day, Feb. 16 against Central. The
Eagles lead the first half 45-35 and
kept that lead with a final score of
Rusk 91, Central 68.
High scorer for the night was
Larry Walker with 29 points. Steven
Overstreet, 15 points, and Jamaal
Leviston and Scott Ramey both tied
with 14 points each.
The following Friday night
Rusk travelled to Center in an effort
to beat the Roughriders. The win
would have given the Eagles a chance
to play in a sudden death playoff
match with Diboll for second place in
20AAA District and advance to bi-
district playoffs. The Eagles played
hard but came up short 78-49.
Steven Overstreet was high
point man for the Eagles with 14
points, Darwin Stewart, 12 points,
and Larry Walker scored 10 points.
The overall Varsity season record
was 13-16, district record 8-6, plus
the honor of third place.
Coach Marks Lanham com-
mented, "After such a slow start at
the beginning, we did improve, and
finished the season better than when
The final week of Rusk JV
basketball ended on a winning
streak. Hie JV team played Central
Tuesday, Feb. 16 here and won. Fi-
nal score was Rusk 102 and Central
High point man for JV team
was Ronnie Gates with 19 points.
Adrienne Barnett scored 16 points,
Daniel McCain 17, Berrick Foreman
10, Adam Halber 9 and Arlington
scored 12 points.
The JV finished their season
traveling to Center Friday night. In
a very close, highly competitive, and
emotional game Rusk defeatd the
JV Roughriders 67-62, winning the
Regretfully, during the course
of the game, one of the Center bas-
ketball players broke his leg and had
to be carried out by paramedics.
"We sincerely regret the injury
sustained by this fine young athlete
and wish him a speedy recovery,"
commented Coach Walker.
The Freshman Basketball
team almost had a clean sweep for
their season record of 18-1. They also
succeed in winning district play with
an undefeated record. Coach Tim
Eden is definitely proud of these
atheletesand looks forward to watch-
ing them advance and compete in the
Class of '83
The Class of 1983 is now malting
plans for their 10 year class re-
union. Information is needed on the
following classmates: Robin Ellzey,
Charlotte Ford, Steven Lankford,
Jerry Mowrey, Glen Walker, Lisa
Warren, Bobby Jones, Bill Hughes,
Mary Birdwell, Matthew Bobbitt,
Renee Gaddy, Bryan Hines, Johnny
King, Sheila McCutcheon.
Also, Vivian Mims, Noel Richey,
Michelle Stockton, Dorothy Tilly,
Ricky Tilly and David Reynolds. If
you have any information on how
they may be contacted pleaBe call.
Shelley Tosh Norman at (903)683- ,*
5486 days, (903)683-5189evenings,
or Shelly Hood Dewbre' at (903)683-
5401 days, (903)683-6083evenings. '•
Any information would be helpful. '
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("Surety") announced that it has
received approval from the Office of
the Comptroller of the Currency,
Dallas, Texas for the mergers of the
Bank of East Texas, located in
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Bank's insurance premium finance
On December 31,1992 the Chester
bank had total assets of $8,162,000,
and for the year ended December
31, 1992, it had total revenues of
$686,000 and net income of $62,000.
Seen on the 'passing Bcene' over
WEATHER! Wasn't it nice? But lots
of problems/bugs abound...all
around. Good thoughts are still
needed for many...including Helen
Finley, Mary Madden, Bob and
Bea Jansen, George Jackson,
John McCarty, Jewel Coupland,
Emma Jons son, Jake Conway,
Katie and Frank Gillespie (he
broke his leg more than a year ago
and she recently had hip surgery),
Gladys Shattuck and Bunella
And how about Bob and Mary
Stallings? They're not sick, they
don't have time for that...too busy
helping other folks.
Afile Webb reports her daugh-
ter, Gerry, seems to be gaining in
strength as she convalesces at home
in San Antonio; also grandson Barry
(daughter Kay's son) Jordan was a
recent featured artist in an exhibit.
Louola Hoover noted that her
children in Fayetteville, Ark. re-
cently er\joyed (?) a snowfall esti-
mated at 14-16 inches. A record for
their 13 years residency there, she
Mildred Holcomb was a visitor
to the office here Monday, bringing
news of a coming meeting of the
Heritage Association. She is on the
"mend" after learning a hiatal her-
nia is her problem.
Barbara Ricks and husband
Eddie were in town recently visit-
ing her dad, Jake Conway. So was
Jake's son, Billy Dan, not long
Mae Anderson enjoyed a visit
from daughter Shirley over the
weekend and the weekend before,
daughter Bonnye came.
Congratulations! To Flora Mae
and Frank Jones on the obser-
vance of their 55th Wedding Anni-
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wish them many more!
Friends of Sara Fairbanks Is-
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is very pleased with her work in
sute government as an attorney.
She and her husband live in the
neighboring state of Arkansas.
On December 31, 1992 the Wells
Bankhad total assetsof$ll,545,000,
and for the year ended December
31,1992, it had total revenues of
$1,074,000 and net income of
J ack Bean, Chairman of the Board
of Surety, stated: "The mergers of
the Bank of East Texas and First
State Bank will substantially in-
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This is the beginning of our efforts to
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the ultimate goal ofTexas Bank be-
coming one of the most profitable
banks in the United States. We are
pleased we were able to complete
these acquisitions without incurring
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Cherokeean/Herald (Rusk, Tex.), Vol. 145, No. 4, Ed. 1 Thursday, February 25, 1993, newspaper, February 25, 1993; Rusk, Texas. (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth152100/m1/10/: accessed July 23, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Singletary Memorial Library.