There’s more work to be done, for sure, but the Kilgore High School tennis team has put itself squarely in the driver’s seat in District 16-4A.

Kilgore defeated district rival Bullard on Thursday, and is now 2-0 against district competition. They’ll host Spring Hill on Tuesday, right after school ends around 3:30. Kilgore, coached by Jason Maroney, is ranked 17th in the state in the Class 4A poll, and fourth in Region II. Spring Hill is ranked 18th, and fifth, respectively.

The Bulldogs won all the boys matchups except one, the mixed doubles match, and the bulk of the girls matches against Bullard.

Kilgore’s Jack Tyra beat Bullard’s Clark Gunn, 6-1, 6-2; Kalen Ray beat Bullard’s Houston Hodges, 3-6, 6-10, 10-7; Kelton Kelley of KHS beat Aaron Landgraf, 6-1, 6-1; Chase Borders beat Cayden Dodd, 6-2, 6-0; Bryce Borders beat Windham Hamilton, 6-3, 6-4; Hunter Wilcox beat Bullard’s Caleb Brooks, 8-0; and Bullard’s Koby Dockter got the Panthers’ only win, a 6-3 win over Tanner Bonnette.

Bonnette did win, though, in mixed doubles with Connie Chavarria as his partner against Brooks and Madison Creel, 6-7 (5), 6-1, 10-8.

In girls singles, Kilgore won all but one match. Cheyanne Jones beat Abby Wills, 6-0, 6-2; Mary Bess Mercer beat Hailey Minton, 6-3, 4-6, 10-8; Madalynn Parrymore beat Maddi Majors, 8-4; Avery LeMaire beat Creel, 8-6; Estrella Chavarria beat Aubrey Brenden, 8-6; Samantha Linkinhoker beat Avery Hicks, 8-4; and Bullard’s Sierra Boudreau beat Connie Chavarria, 603.

The boys doubles teams – Tyra and Ray, Kelley and Chase Borders, and Bryce Borders and Wilcox – all won their matches. Kilgore’s Mercer and LeMaire won their girls doubles match, as did Parrymore and Linkinhoker. Jones and Estrella Chavarria lost theirs, 6-2, 6-4.

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