It was a season of ups and downs for the Kilgore High School tennis program, having to deal, like everyone else, with COVID-19 disruption to the schedule early, and a few injuries.
Still, the Bulldogs rallied to make the playoffs, but their season came to an end Friday afternoon in a loss to Lindale.
Lindale managed to win all the matches that counted in the playoff.
Chase Borders lost to Jared Macker, 6-0, 6-3; Drew Adamez lost to Andrea Samaraweera, 6-4, 1-4; Garrett Lumpkins lost to Emilio Rodriguez, 6-3, 6-1; Kenneth Exline lost to Hunter Graham, 6-1, 6-1; Gage Chism lost to Teagan Terry, 6-0, 6-0; and Axel Lira lost to Hayden Harry, 6-2, 6-0.
In girls singles, Mary Bess Mercer lost to Jacey King, 6-1; Madalynn Parrymore lost to Taegan Michel, 6-2, 2-1; Avery LeMaire lost to Hope Nelms, 6-3, 2-1; Janette Chavez lost to Emily Huber, 6-2, 4-1; Angelina Chavez lost to Bailee Lane, 6-4, 3-1; and Jaci Pyle lost to Abbey Van Andel, 6-2, 3-3.
The doubles matches all went Lindale’s way, as well.
But tennis has something that no other sport really has: another season this school year.
Coach Jason Maroney and his team will get another chance in spring to play once again, this time a more individually-geared season. Kilgore has had great success throughout the history of the tennis program under Mac Blackstone, Stan McMillian, and Maroney, now, for 15 years, twice a year, sending several doubles teams to the state meet.