HIGH SCHOOL SOCCER

Parade for Bulldogs Monday

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Kilgore is invited to come out Monday and honor the city’s newest state champions with a parade.

There will be a parade at 5 p.m. Monday to honor the Kilgore High School boys soccer program, who won the University Interscholastic League’s Class 4A state championship on Friday at Georgetown’s Birkelbach Field.

The parade will begin by the U.S. Post Office on Kilgore Street, and proceed down Kilgore Street to Main Street. They’ll take a left on Main Street down to Martin Street (the corner by St. Luke’s United Methodist Church), and then a left onto Martin, down to Lantrip Street. They’ll take a left on Lantrip and go back to the post office.

Following the parade, the players and all invited will go back to the gym lot (beside the tennis courts) for a pep rally, at about 5:30 p.m. The team will be led into the gym by the cheerleaders, where there will be a presentation of the team, a video, and comments from coaches and players.

Kilgore, coached by Austin Walker, went 21-5-2 on the season, their third straight appearance in the UIL state soccer tournament, and fourth appearance since 2011. KHS defeated Bridgeport in the title game on Friday afternoon.

Also, four Bulldogs were named to the all-tournament team, selected by the Texas Association of Soccer Coaches: Elian Torres, Yoni Contreras, Kaleb Jett and Mateo Meraz. Jett, the team’s goalkeeper, was the most valuable player of the title game.

There are more honors to come: Walker and other District 16-4A coaches meet Friday to name an all-district team.

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