The annual Black & Gold spring football game is scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday at Pat Hartley Field on the Tyler Junior College campus.

Coach Danny Palmer’s squad finished the 2015 season at 7-3 and was ranked as high as No. 3 in the nation at one point. The Apaches finished No. 16 in the nation.

The Apaches will hit the field at about 6:30 p.m. for warm-ups and play until around 9 p.m.

Dr. Tim Drain, TJC’s athletic director, said the 2016 schedule should be announced soon. He did say the Apaches will open and close the regular season with Kilgore College.

New Mexico Military Institute, the school Roger Staubach attended before winning the Heisman Trophy at the Naval Academy, is joining the Southwest Junior College Football Conference for the 2016 season.

TENNIS

The JoAnn Medlock Murphy Tennis Center is hosting the Region XIV Tournament this weekend.

Friday’s men’s schedule has TJC meeting Jacksonville College at 9 a.m., followed by JC taking on Laredo at 3 p.m. The Apaches will play Laredo at 9 a.m. Saturday.

The Apache Ladies also play Jacksonville College at 9 a.m. Friday and Laredo at 9 a.m. Saturday.

The Apache Ladies are ranked No. 2 in the nation, while the Apaches are ranked No. 3. Laredo’s men are No. 6, while Jacksonville is No. 9. Tyler will be hosting the women’s national tournament May 7-13.

The men’s national tournament is scheduled for May 16-20 in Plano.

SOFTBALL

The Apache Ladies remained the No. 1 team in the nation in the latest NJCAA poll this week.

TJC (50-1) is followed by Central Florida (58-2), Northwest Florida State (38-5), Indian River State (Florida) (42-7) and Salt Lake (Utah) (32-4).

The Apache Ladies, which have won 34 straight, play their final regular season home games on Friday at Schwab Field on The Brook Hill School campus in Bullard. TJC (24-0 in Region XIV East Division) meets Trinity Valley Community College (26-24, 13-13) in a doubleheader. The first game is scheduled for 1 p.m. The games were originally scheduled for March 13, but were rained out.

TJC concludes the regular season on Saturday by visiting Lufkin and meeting Angelina College in a DH. The first game is slated for 3 p.m.

The Region XIV Tournament, which will determine the representatives to the national tournament, is scheduled for April 28-30 in Houston. San Jacinto-South is hosting. Region XIV gets two bids to the 16-team NJCAA Tournament, which is scheduled for May 18-21 in St. George, Utah.

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