The pursuit of a team championship will again drive the Kilgore High School tennis team, and head coach Jason Maroney, as the Bulldogs begin their fall season this weekend.
Maroney, well into his second decade as KHS head tennis coach, brings back a good line-up for the more team-oriented fall season – spring season starts in January, early February, and that’s geared more toward individual play.
Last fall, Kilgore made the UIL 4A playoffs as the second seed from District 15-4A. The Bulldogs beat Lufkin Hudson in Nacogdoches, then beat Pleasant Grove in Longview before falling to Wills Point in Van in the third round. Wills Point went on to the state tournament. This year, the state tourney is at Texas A&M University in College Station, on Oct. 31-Nov. 1.
The Bulldogs were to open the season Friday at Whitehouse, then play later that day in Jacksonville. See results in Wednesday’s News Herald, and online at kilgorenewsherald.com.
Maroney and assistant coach Rhonda Fletcher welcome back Trystan Dobbs, who was first-team all-district a year ago, as well as Cheyanne Jones, Kelton Kelly, Maison Landaverde, Mary Bess Mercer, Madalynn Parrymore, Kalen Ray, Kaleb Sanderson and Jack Tyra – Sanderson, Ray, Parrymore, Mercer, Kelley and Tyra were all second-team all-district last year.
Also on the team are William Bennett, Rori Bigos, Chase Borders, Reese Dailey, Hernan Galvan, Victoria Hampton, Chloe Hillman, and Samantha Linkinhoker.