It’s been a big four days for Palestine soccer players Kaleb Garcia and Xochitl Zavala.
On Friday, the duo were part of big wins for their respective Palestine soccer teams against Lufkin Hudson, then Monday both celebrated taking their careers to the next level at a ceremony at Palestine High School.
The Wildcats clinched a playoff spot Friday with a 2-0 win over Hudson, with Garcia setting up Pablo Aguilar for the game’s opening goal.
Adrian Rodriguez netted the second goal of the match with an assist from Parker Hamon.
The girls’ game was a bit more intense.
The Ladycats fell behind Hudson 2-0, and trailed by that deficit at halftime.
But, Palestine scored three second-half goals to earn a big win, with Zavala having a hand in all three.
On the first, she set up Nidia Umanzor to cut the Hudson lead in half, then the duo switched roles, as Umanzor set up Zavala for the equalizing goal.
With seven minutes left in regular time, Zavala found Alyssa Claytor, who finished to give Palestine the 3-2 win.
With the victory, the Ladycats moved into second place in district, and travel to first-place Nacogdoches today. Boys action begins at 5:30 p.m., followed by the girls’ game.
Also celebrated in Monday’s ceremony were former Palestine players Lucy Ayala and Fabio Chavez, who both will play at Jacksonville College next season.
Elks win Leon Classic
Behind a scalding-hot performance at the plate from Jacob Cheatham, the third-ranked Elkhart baseball team captured the Leon Classic crown over the weekend.
The Elks (10-2) won the title with mercy-rule shortened win over Buffalo, scoring runs in all six of the game’s innings.
Cheatham drove in the decisive run in the sixth to end the game via mercy-rule, a fitting end to the tournament for the Cisco College-bound Cheatham. On the weekend, Cheatham was 16-of-17 at the plate, driving in 15 runs and scoring 12 of his own.
He had four doubles, a triple and a home run among those 16 hits, and also stole six bases.
Hunter Parker got the win on the mound for the Elks, his second win of the week.
The Elks open up District 19-2A play today, welcoming in Garrison to The Backyard in Elkhart. Games begin at 4:30 p.m. with junior varsity action.