The more things change, the more they stay the same, at least with Kilgore High School tennis.

The KHS tennis team, normally very successful at both fall (team) tennis and individually-geared spring tennis, got a big win on Friday, taking down rival Henderson in the first district matchup of the year, 10-0 officially.

Coach Jason Maroney’s Bulldogs, like everyone else, had to make some adjustments to their schedule to help deal with the COVID-19 virus, but they’re still quite busy. At press time, Kilgore was preparing to play Pleasant Grove in Longview, both varsity and junior varsity, and on Monday, the JV hosts Bullard, while the varsity visits Center, both starting right after the school day ends around 3:45 p.m.

Kilgore won almost all of its matches against Henderson.

In girls singles, there was a suspended match without a winner between Kilgore’s Janette Chavez and Henderson’s Natalie Bateman. Kilgore played very well in girls singles. Mary Bess Mercer beat Henderson’s Leah Harvey, 6-2, 6-2; Madalynn Parrymore beat Henderson’s Jacey Jarell, 6-0, 6-0; Avery LeMaire of KHS beat Alisha Collins, 6-0, 6-1; and Angelica Chavez beat Henderson’s Allison Rivera, 7-5 (default). Henderson’s Alyssa Schminkey beat Jacyi Pyle, 8-3, and Tera Harrison of KHS lost her matchup, 8-0.

The Bulldogs left no doubt in girls doubles, a Kilgore sweep. Mercer and Parrymore teamed to beat Harvey and Collins, 6-2, 6-2; LeMaire and Janette Chavez beat Jarrell and Gomez, 6-1, 6-2; and Angelica Chavez and Pyle teamed to beat Bateman and Schminkey, 6-3, 6-4.

Kilgore’s boys had a complete sweep, winning all their singles and all of their doubles matches.

No. 1 single Chase Borders beat Nikhil Pai, 6-1, 6-3; Bryce Borders beat Rowdy Stern, 6-1, 6-0; Grayson Cavel beat Avi Patel, 8-2; Drew Adamez beat Jackson Pirtle, 6-0, 6-0; Garrett Lumpkins beat Chris Roquemore, 8-0; Kenneth Exline beat Christian Portillo, 6-1, 6-2; and Gage Chism won his match over a Henderson opponent, 8-0.

In boys doubles, the Borders teamed to beat Pai and Patel, 6-1, 6-1; Cavel and Adamez beat Stern and Pirtle, 6-0, 6-1; and Lumpkins and Exline beat Henderson’s Roquemore and Quintanilla, 6-0, 6-0.

Kilgore also won the only mixed doubles match that counted in the standings, with Harrison and Chism beating Henderson’s Rivera and Portillo, 6-2, 2-6, 14-12.


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