GILMER -- The Lindale Lady Eagles escaped with a five-set victory over Gilmer in non-district volleyball action Tuesday night.
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HALLSVILLE -- The Ladycats received word they were ranked No. 5 in the latest Texas Girls Coaches Association Class 5A volleyball poll Monday. Its practice after the news was released, coinciding with the first day of school, was not a good one.
No harm, no foul. This time.
With the most comprehensive and thorough preview of high school football in East Texas complete, we thought it prudent to allow our readers an opportunity to catch up on what they may have missed over the course of this month.
What a way to kick off the 2014 high school football season in East Texas! Two longtime rivals -- Longview and Lufkin -- began the year against one another Friday night at Abe Martin Stadium in the ETSN.fm/Dairy Queen Game of the Week.
Expectations are always high at programs like Longview, but they seem more elevated than usual this season. For the first time since 2009, the Lobos will be competing at the second-highest classification.
Tyler Lee caught a tough break as the only school in East Texas to move into the UIL's new Class 6A format, the largest classification in the state of Texas, while potential district mate Longview moved down in enrollment to the new Class 5A with a group of local former 4A programs.
Head coach Darrell Piske's group fell into a district centered around Garland. The Dallas suburb has seen great high school ball in the past, but its booming population has the Garland school district operating seven high schools in its jurisdiction. To say Garland's talent pool has been diluted is an understatement.
There are a few power players in District 11-6A to contend with though.
Since 2008, there has been no more accomplished program in all of East Texas than Carthage, which captured its fourth state title in six years last December with a 34-23 victory over new district rival Kilgore in the Class 3A Division I final.
It's not often that two state championship game participants find themselves placed in the very same district the following year. But as fate would have it, that's exactly what transpired back in February when the UIL made Kilgore and Carthage district mates once again.
UTSA got its man Monday with Arp defensive end Tyrone Hunt pledging to join the Roadrunners program next season.
InsideRoadRunnerSports.com broke the news Monday afternoon.
A brutal District 16-4A has morphed into an even tougher District 16-5A with the additions of Lufkin and Ennis.
The league championship title race should make the early rounds of the playoffs look like a cakewalk.
Ennis is fresh off a run to the Class 4A Division II state