After the University Interscholastic League went through proper COVID-19 cautionary measures, and after everyone adjusted schedules (and seemingly everything else) to match, Kilgore High School finally began its fall / team tennis schedule last week, and dropped a pair of games to Van and Wills Point.

The Bulldogs were scheduled to play at Lindale on Tuesday afternoon, but after the deadline for this print edition. See results on, and in Saturday’s sports section.

A third matchup, against Chapel Hill, had been scheduled, but Chapel Hill didn’t have enough players – KHS tennis coach Jason Maroney, in his 15th season, said they plan to re-schedule it.

Maroney is looking at a roster with experience at the top, but several players who will be getting their first real look at varsity. “(Boys) players two through six are all sophomores,” Maroney said, “and the bottom half of our varsity girls ladder have only played tennis one or two years.”

Maroney did note the experienced players: senior Chase Borders, the number one boys player, and three senior girls: Mary Bess Mercer, Madalynn Parrymore, and Samantha Linkinhoker.

“Mary Bess Mercer had a great day the other day,” Maroney said, “going 4-0 in her matches. Madalynn and Avery LeMaire went 3-1.”

Kilgore’s junior varsity tennis is home Monday after school against Van, and Kilgore’s varsity hosts Henderson next Thursday, Sept. 3, also after school.


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