Teams from 16 schools is a big field, and a big undertaking, for Kilgore High School’s tennis program, but the annual spring tournament proved to be a good warm-up for the Bulldogs last weekend.
Played here, and at courts in Longview as well, Kilgore managed a fourth-place finish. Luke Gilley and Jack Tyra teamed to win the boys B doubles championship for KHS, and Angelica Rios and Trystan Dobbs finished third in mixed A doubles. Also, Cheyanne Jones and Hannah Howell were consolation winners in girls B doubles.
Lindale and Wills Point, two traditionally-good programs, finished tied for first place, and Center was third.
“I was pretty happy with (Kilgore’s finish), considering we were missing a couple of our top players,” KHS coach Jason Maroney said.
The Bulldogs’ varsity roster has played only twice so far this young season. They’re scheduled to play in a tournament at Spring Hill High in Longview on Thursday, and then to go to Bryan for the annual mega-tournament on Feb. 24-25. Kilgore’s junior varsity is scheduled to play in a tournament at Spring Hill next Tuesday.
Gilley and Tyra won their first matchup against a team from Henderson, 8-0, then defeated a team from Chapel Hill, 6-1, 6-0. The KHS duo then won the finals, finishing 3-0.
Rios and Dobbs won their first two matches, and Jones and Howell came back from an opening-round loss to do well.
Also for Kilgore, Tyrese Sheffield won his first two matches in the boys A singles division before losing to Chapel Hill’s Will Humphreys in the semifinals; Cullen Ray represented Kilgore in the boys B singles, but lost to Pine Tree’s Noah Montoya; Ian St. Clair and David Chavarria played for KHS in the boys A doubles, but lost in the second round;.
Daisy Vega and Allyson Wilkins won their first-round match for Kilgore in the girls A singles before losing in round two; and Jocelyn Reyes and Maison Landaverde won two matchups in mixed B doubles before losing in the semifinal round.
Kilgore had no entries in either of the girls singles tournaments.