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Lufkin Captures East Texas’ First State Soccer Championship With 3-1 Defeat Of Georgetown East View

Lufkin coach Russell Shaw hoists the trophy as he lifted up in the air by his players after their 3-1 win over Georgetown East View in the Class 5A state championship game Saturday in Georgetown. (Thao Nguyen, ETSN.fm)
Lufkin coach Russell Shaw hoists the trophy as he lifted up in the air by his players after their 3-1 win over Georgetown East View in the Class 5A state championship game Saturday in Georgetown. (Thao Nguyen, ETSN.fm)

GEORGETOWN -- The University Interscholastic League staff tried frantically to maintain some semblance of order on the Lufkin sideline.

It was a lost cause. The Panthers had just accomplished something no East Texas school had done before: a state soccer championship.

Omar Zamarripa scored two goals and set up another in Lufkin's 3-1 win over previously unbeaten Georgetown East View in the Class 5A state title game Saturday afternoon at Birkelbach Field.

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Lufkin Smothers Tomball Memorial, 1-0, To Advance To Saturday’s Class 5A State Title Game

Lufkin's Chris Marquez (14) celebrates his first goal of the season with teammates (from left) Jake Williams, Kacy Bennett, and Javier Patlan during the Panthers' 1-0 win over Tomball Memorial in their Class 5A state semifinal Thursday in Georgetown. (Stephen Spillman, ETSN.fm)
Lufkin's Chris Marquez (14) celebrates his first goal of the season with teammates (from left) Jake Williams, Kacy Bennett, and Javier Patlan during the Panthers' 1-0 win over Tomball Memorial in their Class 5A state semifinal Thursday in Georgetown. (Stephen Spillman, ETSN.fm)

GEORGETOWN -- Lufkin entered its Class 5A state semifinal having scored 64 goals on the season, none of them belonging to senior defender Chris Marquez.

That all changed Thursday night.

Marquez scored with six seconds remaining in the opening half, and the Lufkin defense made stop after stop in a 1-0 shutout of Tomball Memorial at Birkelbach Field.

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East Texas Claims 16 Teams In Latest TGCA Softball Polls

Harleton pitcher Randi Carol Phillips and the Lady Cats are the No. 1 team in the latest Class 2A TGCA softball poll. (Travis Harsch, ETSN.fm)
Harleton pitcher Randi Carol Phillips and the Lady Cats are the No. 1 team in the latest Class 2A TGCA softball poll. (Travis Harsch, ETSN.fm)

East Texas Softball Teams Ranked By TGCA (April 13)

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Weekly Txhighschoolbaseball.com Polls Have Three East Texas Teams In Top Spots + 14 Other Local Teams Ranked

Jarod Bayless and the Pleasant Grove Hawks are ranked No. 1 in his week's Class 4A poll, published by Txhighschoolbaseball.com. (Christopher R. Vinn  ETSN.fm)
Jarod Bayless and the Pleasant Grove Hawks are ranked No. 1 in his week's Class 4A poll, published by Txhighschoolbaseball.com. (Christopher R. Vinn ETSN.fm)

East Texas Teams Ranked By Txhighschoolbaseball.com (April 13)

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UIL State Soccer Tournament: Matchups + Schedule

(Georgetown ISD)
(Georgetown ISD)

UIL State Soccer Tournament
Wednesday-Saturday
At Birkelbach Field, Georgetown
WEDNESDAY'S GAMES

  • Class 4A girls semifinal: Boerne (23-3) vs. Kennedale (22-2-1), 11 a.m.
  • Class 4A girls semifinal: JASPER (26-0) vs. Princeton (21-4-2), 1:30 p.m.
  • Class 4A boys sem

Lufkin Downs Mount Pleasant In Extra Penalty Kicks For Spot In 5A Region II Tournament

Lufkin midfielder Cesar Camacho runs toward his teammates after scoring the game-winning goal in penalty against Mount Pleasant in Tuesday's Class 5A Region II quarterfinal game at Trinity Mother Frances Rose Stadium. (Mark Martin, ETSN.fm)
Lufkin midfielder Cesar Camacho runs toward his teammates after scoring the game-winning goal in penalty against Mount Pleasant in Tuesday's Class 5A Region II quarterfinal game at Trinity Mother Frances Rose Stadium. (Mark Martin, ETSN.fm)

TYLER -- Three hours of emotions gave way to just one in the milliseconds after Cesar Camacho netted Lufkin's game-winning goal.

Setback after setback and close call after close call, the Panthers edged Mount Pleasant 5-4 in penalty kicks after a 1-1 draw in Tuesday's Class 5A Region II quarterfinal at Trinity Mother Frances Rose Stadium. A draw that was scoreless through a full 80 minutes of regulation.

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Latest Txhighschoolbaseball.com Polls Feature 19 East Texas Schools, Including Three Top-Ranked Teams

Hunter Lee and the undefeated Douglass Indians are ranked No. 1 in Class 2A by Txhighschoolbaseball.com. (Travis Harsch, ETSN.fm)
Hunter Lee and the undefeated Douglass Indians are ranked No. 1 in Class 2A by Txhighschoolbaseball.com. (Travis Harsch, ETSN.fm)

East Texas Teams Ranked By Txhighschoolbaseball.com (April 6)

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Latest Txhighschoolbaseball.com Polls Feature 16 East Texas Teams

Jarod Bayless and the Pleasant Grove Hawks are ranked No. 1 in his week's Class 4A poll, published by Txhighschoolbaseball.com. (Christopher R. Vinn  ETSN.fm)
Jarod Bayless and the Pleasant Grove Hawks are ranked No. 1 in his week's Class 4A poll, published by Txhighschoolbaseball.com. (Christopher R. Vinn ETSN.fm)

East Texas Teams Ranked By Txhighschoolbaseball.com (March 30)

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East Texas With 12 Teams Ranked In Latest TGCA Softball Polls

Cassidy Ferrill and the Hallsville Ladycats are ranked No 6 in the latest TGCA Class 5A softball poll. (Christopher R. Vinn  ETSN.fm
Cassidy Ferrill and the Hallsville Ladycats are ranked No 6 in the latest TGCA Class 5A softball poll. (Christopher R. Vinn ETSN.fm

East Texas Softball Teams Ranked By TGCA (March 30)

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Lufkin Powers Past Lindale 15-1 To Remain Unbeaten In District 16-5A

Lufkin's Trey Cumbie, a University of Houston signee, stuck out 11 and allowed just a run on two hits over five innings in the Panthers' 15-1 win over Lindale on Friday night.. (Christopher R. Vinn, ETSN.fm)
Lufkin's Trey Cumbie, a University of Houston signee, stuck out 11 and allowed just a run on two hits over five innings in the Panthers' 15-1 win over Lindale on Friday night.. (Christopher R. Vinn, ETSN.fm)

LINDALE -- Free from sharing a baseball district with the Class 6A powerhouses of the northern Houston suburbs for the first time in a decade, the Lufkin Panthers appear to be falling in love with their new home.

That was made abundantly clear in Friday night's 15-1, five-inning rout of Lindale, which kept Lufkin (13-2, 4-0) all alone in first place in District 16-5A. The Panthers have now outscored four of its new league counterparts, 42-1.

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