The District 16-4A fall team tennis trophy isn’t wrapped up, but they’re getting the paper and ribbons ready.
Kilgore, ranked 17th in the state in the most recent poll of 4A tennis programs, held off the 18th-ranked team, Spring Hill, on Tuesday, 11-8. Kilgore hasn’t lost a district matchup yet, and their last one of the season, as the regular season winds down, is home on Tuesday after school against Henderson.
If Bullard beats Henderson this weekend, though, that would pretty much seal the district title for Kilgore before they take the court Tuesday.
The UIL’s playoffs will start the following week, either Monday or Tuesday, although Kilgore doesn’t know its opponent yet. Fall tennis is team-geared – you advance (or not) as a team.
Against Spring Hill, Spring Hill won the matchups of the top two girls singles seeds, but then Kilgore ran the table. But it was a battle in boys singles.
Kilgore’s Cheyanne Jones lost to Emmaline Nichols, 7-5, default, and Mary Bess Mercer lost to Maz Morton, 6-2, 6-3. Kilgore won the rest: Madalynn Parrymore beat Logan McKelvey, 7-5, 5-7, 10-4; Avery LeMaire beat Maylea Malloy, 6-2, 6-2; Estrella Chavarria beat Kaylee Mongtomery, 6-1, 6-3; Samantha Linkinhoker beat Demi Ferguson, 6-1, 6-1; and Connie Chavarria beat Madison Cook, 6-0, 6-0.
Jack Tyra beat Spring Hill’s Zach Couch, 6-0, 6-4; Kalen Ray lost to Spring Hill’s Collin Castleberry, 6-4, 4-6, 10-7; Kelton Kelley beat Jace Jones of SHHS, 1-6, 6-2, 10-2; Chase Borders lost to Spring Hill’s Luke Hurst, 6-4, 8-7, 10-3; Bryce Borders lost to Jake Couch of SHHS, 7-5, 6-1; Kilgore’s Hunter Wilcox beat Carson Barnhill, 6-4, 7-6 (1); and Tanner Bonnette lost to Jayden Marsalan, 6-2, 6-2, in an extra match.
Connie Chavarria and Bonnette lost to Marsalan and Malloy, 6-1, 6-2, and then the doubles teams made the difference. Of the six doubles matches, Kilgore’s boys and girls won four.