Tournaments dominate, continue this weekend
Pre-district tournaments all over East Texas are what's keeping Kilgore High School's soccer programs busy here in early-mid January, with both teams doing their fair share of tournament play.
Kilgore's Bulldogs, coached by Tom Wait, took part in a tournament last weekend in Jacksonville, beating Whitehouse, 1-0 (chronicled in Saturday's News Herald), then beating Center, 2-0, and Bullard, 4-1.
The Bulldogs were off the early part of this week, and are in a tournament in Palestine that begins Thursday and runs through Saturday. That's the story again next week, with KHS slated to play in a tournament in Terrell.
Kilgore's boys home opener isn't until Jan. 29, against Pittsburg.
As for coach Heidi Hagan's Lady Bulldogs, they had a tough first week in the Midlothian tournament, with losses to Paschal (1-0), Pine Tree (2-1) and Midlothian (5-0). Hagan said her team, coming off a state tournament appearance last season, played well, until that Midlothian game.
The Lady Bulldogs were to host Whitehouse on Tuesday night, following the print deadline for this issue of the News Herald. They're in a tournament in Keller that begins Thursday – Kilgore faces Denton Ryan at 11:30 a.m.
On Friday, the Lady ‘Dogs play twice: against Azle at 11:30 a.m., and against Tascosa at 4. And on Saturday, KHS gets the early game, facing Sam Houston at 8 a.m.
KHS spring season
start a week away
Kilgore High School's tennis team is about to embark on its 2019 spring season.
Coach Jason Maroney's Bulldogs have three junior varsity tournaments (Jan. 17 at Tyler Lee, Jan. 24 at Longview and Jan. 31 at John Tyler) and then varsity begins Feb. 1, in Jacksonville.
Kilgore, like most high school tennis programs, has two tennis seasons each school year: a more team-oriented fall season, in which you advance to the postseason (or not) based on how your overall scores are, and a more individually-oriented spring, where players advance to regional and state tournaments strictly on their own merit.
The regional tennis tournament this year is again in Longview; the UIL state tournament, which has had several Kilgore competitors in it over the last decade-plus, is set for College Station on May 16-17.