Their playoff run is over much, much earlier than normal, but the Kilgore High School Bulldogs are deservingly recognized in the 2018 District 16-4A all-district team.
The Bulldogs won the district title yet again, and a couple of them got superlative honors.
No one was better for KHS, or anyone else, than Raul Cedillo, who was named the district’s overall most valuable player.
KHS goalkeeper Kaleb Jett, the most valuable player of last year's UIL Class 4A state championship game, missed some time late with an injury, but the senior was still dominant, and was named keeper of the year.
Jordi Contreras was named co-defensive MVP, alongside Henderson’s Jorge Guzman and Tatum’s Marco Vazquez. And Kilgore’s Efrain Mojica was named newcomer of the year.
Wait was named coach of the year in his first season back at KHS.
In addition, Brandon Hinojos was named first-team forward; John Hinojos was named first-team midfielder; and Daniel Sifford was named first-team defender. Luis Martinez was named second-team midfielder, and Izaiah Ramirez was named second-team defender.
Tray Epps and Maicol Pena were both named all-district honorable mention.
The Bulldogs, the defending Class 4A state champions, had made the state tournament for three consecutive seasons; they finished the season 20-7-2, losing to rival Palestine in the third round last week in Mineola.