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Report: Lufkin Should’ve Competed in Class 6A the Last Two Years, Not 5A

Lufkin players celebrate their 3-1 win over Georgetown East View in the 2015 Class 5A state championship game last April in Georgetown. (Thao Nguyen, ETSN.fm)
Lufkin players celebrate their 3-1 win over Georgetown East View in the 2015 Class 5A state championship game last April in Georgetown. (Thao Nguyen, ETSN.fm)

This past February, the University Interscholastic League's biennial realignment and reclassification designated Lufkin High School a member of Class 6A, the state's highest classification, for the 2016-18 school years...

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Palestine Tops Progreso In Penalty Kicks For 4A State Championship

Palestine celebrates its 2016 Class 4A soccer state championship at Birkelbach Field in Georgetown. The Wildcats defeated Progreso 3-2 in penalty kicks after a scoreless game.
Palestine celebrates its 2016 Class 4A soccer state championship at Birkelbach Field in Georgetown. The Wildcats defeated Progreso 3-2 in penalty kicks after a scoreless game.

GEORGETOWN -- Bennett Gierkey recorded 200 minutes of shutout time in two games at the UIL state soccer tournament. It still wasn't enough.

For a second straight match, Gierkey went to Goalie Island and had to help save his Palestine side from absolute heartbreak.

He did it. For state.

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Jasper Falls To Kennedale In Class 4A Championship Game

Junior midfielder Kaitlin Campos works to get around Kennedale's Claire Hamilton in the early minutes of Thursday's Class 4A state championship game, a 6-0 loss for the Lady Dawgs. (Stephen Spillman, ETSN.fm)
Junior midfielder Kaitlin Campos works to get around Kennedale's Claire Hamilton in the early minutes of Thursday's Class 4A state championship game, a 6-0 loss for the Lady Dawgs. (Stephen Spillman, ETSN.fm)

GEORGETOWN -- Jasper got a little closer to the program's ultimate goal Thursday, but the state title it seeks will have to wait at least one more season.

Kennedale defeated the Lady Dawgs, 6-0, in the Class 4A state championship game at Birkelbach Field in Georgetown and successfully defended its 2015 crown. It was the same score Kennedale put up on Kilgore in the duo's state semifinal game Wednesday.

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Kennedale Girls End Kilgore’s Breakthrough Season In State Semifinals

Kilgore head coach Heidi Hagan consoles her team after a 6-0 state semifinals loss to Kennedale at Birkelbach Field in Georgetown.
Kilgore head coach Heidi Hagan consoles her team after a 6-0 state semifinals loss to Kennedale at Birkelbach Field in Georgetown.

GEORGETOWN -- Kennedale showed no signs of slowing down in its quest to repeat as the Class 4A state champion Wednesday.

The Metroplex squad built a three-goal lead before the eighth minute and cruised to a 6-0 win against Kilgore in Wednesday's state semifinal game on Georgetown's Birkelbach Field.

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Jasper Girls Pass Salado In Overtime For State Championship Game Berth

Junior midfielder Kaitlin Campos celebrates with a Jasper friend on the field shortly after scoring in overtime to give the Lady Dawgs a 1-0 win in Georgetown and a berth in today's state title game.
Junior midfielder Kaitlin Campos celebrates with a Jasper friend on the field shortly after scoring in overtime to give the Lady Dawgs a 1-0 win in Georgetown and a berth in today's state title game.

GEORGETOWN -- Sometimes it just takes a little luck to get where you're hoping to go.

A tricky shot off the foot of Kaitlin Campos and a slight misplay by Salado's goalkeeper gave Jasper a 1-0 overtime victory in Wednesday's Class 4A state semifinal game at Birkelbach Field in Georgetown.

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Palestine Boys Take Down Kilgore In Penalty Kicks To Reach State Title Game

Palestine Bennett Gierkey   (Stephen Spillman for East Texas Sports Network)
Palestine goalkeeper Bennet Gierkey celebrates with his teammates after edging Kilgore 3-2 in penalty kicks following a scoreless draw through 100 minutes of game play. (Stephen Spillman, ETSN.fm)

GEORGETOWN -- Palestine goalkeeper Bennett Gierkey navigated the space between a sweet reward and a long bout with what-ifs masterfully.

The senior propelled his side to the Class 4A state championship game with two stops in penalty kicks against Kilgore for a 3-2 situational win. It followed a scoreless draw through 80 minutes of regulation and another 20 minutes of overtime in the semifinal round Wednesday at Georgetown's Birkelbach Field.

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UIL State Soccer Tournament Pairings: Four East Texas Teams Vying For Titles

Kilgore boys sorround their Lady Bulldogs after a victory.
The Kilgore boys soccer team (red jerseys), which clinched its own state tournament berth earlier in the day on April 9 at Rose Stadium, mobs the Lady Bulldogs after the win.

Class 4A UIL State Soccer Tournament
Wednesday-Friday (April 13-15)
At Birkelbach Field, Georgetown

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Kilgore Girls Pound Athens For First State Tournament Appearance In Program History

Kilgore Daria Rossum attemps a shot.
Kilgore senior forward Daria Rossum scored three goals in the Lady Bulldogs' 7-0 regional championship win against Athens at Rose Stadium.

TYLER -- Kilgore battled some nerves early.

You'd never know it if you just looked at the final score. The Lady Bulldogs rolled Athens, 7-0, Saturday at Trinity Mother Frances Rose Stadium in the Class 4A Region II title game to reach the UIL Soccer State Tournament later this week in Georgetown.

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Kilgore Boys Scrape By Henderson In Overtime For Regional Championship

The Kilgore soccer team hoists Yonatan Contreras in the air shortly after the junior midfielder scored in overtime to guide the Bulldogs into the UIL Soccer State Tournament field.
The Kilgore soccer team hoists Yonatan Contreras in the air shortly after the junior midfielder scored in overtime to guide the Bulldogs into the UIL Soccer State Tournament field.

TYLER -- Saturday's Class 4A Region II championship game was everything players from Kilgore and Henderson billed it to be. It took extra time at Trinity Mother Frances Rose Stadium to separate the top two teams not only from District 16-4A but also the northern half of East Texas.

Yonatan Contreras lifted the Bulldogs to a 2-1 win and a UIL Soccer State Tournament berth on his second goal of the match with 1:50 left in the second and final period of non-sudden death overtime.

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Kilgore Girls Give School Two Opportunities For State Tournament Berth With 3-2 Win Against Nevada Community

Kilgore Daria Rossum makes a pass inside.
Kilgore striker Daria Rossum, a Texas A&M-Commerce commitment, feeds Katy Raby for an early lead in the Lady Bulldogs' 3-2 win against Nevada Community.

TYLER -- It's a year of firsts for the Kilgore girls soccer team.

The Lady Bulldogs will play in their first regional championship game today after knocking out Nevada Community by a score of 3-2 in their first-ever regional semifinal match Friday in the Class 4A Region II tournament at Trinity Mother Frances Rose Stadium in Tyler.

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