Spring has sprung, sort of, and the Kilgore High School tennis team has started its 2018 spring season.
The Bulldogs will really get busy on Friday, hosting their own tournament at four different sites, including courts in Longview.
Kilgore’s varsity opened last weekend in a tournament in Jacksonville. Kelton Kelley won first place in boys B singles. Cheyanne Jones won third in girls B singles, and Pooja Patel fourth in girls A singles.
Jordan Butts and Ally Wilkins finished fourth in girls A doubles.
Tennis will be all over the place on Friday, beginning at 9 a.m. Kilgore hosts its annual tournament, featuring all the normal divisions (boys singles, girls singles, boys and girls doubles, and mixed doubles).
Probably all boys singles will be played at Pine Tree High School, KHS coach Jason Maroney said. Girls singles will play at Spring Hill High. All A doubles will be played at Longview High, Maroney said, and all B doubles here at the courts at KHS.
Kilgore’s varsity will be off Tuesday, then travel to Tyler for the annual Tyler Lee-hosted tournament next Friday, Feb. 16. A trip to Bryan is slated for Feb. 23-24.
Kilgore’s junior varsity will host a tournament on Tuesday.
Maroney, who, along with boys track coach Phillip Lane is one of the Bulldogs’ longest-tenured head coaches, is assisted by Rhonda Fletcher.
Kilgore's varsity this spring: Jordan Butts, David Chavarria, Trystan Dobbs, Hannah Howell, Cheyanne Jones, Kelton Kelley, Maison Landaverde, Mary Bess Mercer, Madalynn Parrymore, Pooja Patel, Kalen Ray, Kaleb Sanderson, Graham Tyra, Jack Tyra, Daisy Vega and Allyson Wilkins.
Playing for KHS on JV: Jairo Alvarez, Jorge Baldazo, William Bennett, Chase Borders, Rori Bigos, Jose Brown, Reese Dailey, Hernan Galvan, Victoria Hampton, Chloe Hillman, Sean Howell, Samantha Linkinhoker, Chance Myers, Tania Montes, Alec Smith, Erik Vazquez, Dylan Venable, and Hunter Wilcox.