Palestine's Gage Concilio

Palestine High School tennis player Gage Concilio hits a shot during a drill on Thursday. Concilio will be joined by Seth Sheeley on the Wildcats' No. 1 boys' doubles team today in their first tournament of the 2019 season at Hallsville. 

HALLSVILLE — The Palestine High School tennis team embarks on the spring season today at the Hallsville Tournament.

Matches will begin promptly at 8 a.m.

“There's always been good competition at this tournament for us,” Palestine head tennis coach Scott Tyler said. “We'll be able to get some wins, have some success, and get something out of it.”

The spring season is all about personal satisfaction — rather than the fall's team concept where you accumulate points for your school.

The University Interscholastic League allows eight regular-season tournaments before playoffs begin.

Another perk for Texas scholastic tennis is a very early start, with events allowed during the final few days of January.

Tyler reported there are a few new schedule highlights, and he said the Wildcats will be competing in the Kaufman (Feb. 22) and Wills Point (March 1) Tournaments for the first time ever.

State qualifier Monique Ybarra leads the girls' contingent at No. 1 singles. Lily Nolan will play No. 2 singles today. Cassidy Lupo and Rahael Egbe will form a duo at No. 1 doubles.

Palestine returns its outstanding mixed doubles tandem consisting of Alex Shiller and Camryn Lupo at No. 1. Lupo and Shiller placed fourth at the 4A-Region III tournament last spring. Dominick Gonzalez and Morgan Lasiter will be the Cats' No. 2 mixed doubles outfit.

There's more depth on the boys' side, and Grant Shiller will be today's No. 1 singles player. Salvador Castillo is set for No. 2 singles.

The No. 1 boys' doubles tandem will be Seth Sheeley and Gage Concilio, and Bryston Lewis and Noel Pouncy will compete at No. 2.

Tyler said the line-up will be in flux for the first three or four tournaments before a permanent order will be set.

SCHEDULE 

HIGH SCHOOLS

Tennis

2019 Palestine Wildcats/LadyCats

Varsity Only

January

25, at Hallsville

February

1, at Jacksonville; 8, at Robinson, Waco; 22, at Kaufman

March

1, at Wills Point; 8, at Madisonville; 22, at Van; 29, at Taylor

April

1-2, District 19-4A, at Madisonville; 17-18, Region III Meet, at Bryan High School courts

May

16-17, University Interscholastic League state tournament, at Texas A&M University, College Station