FAIRFIELD — All week, the Palestine Independent School District's Facebook page has been offering encouragement to the boys' and girls' basketball players.

That's because the Wildcats and LadyCats play in some mighty big District 19-4A games tonight.

Palestine was off on Tuesday, giving the players a full week to prepare.

The Texas Association of Basketball Coaches polls think highly of both the Palestine boys and Fairfield girls. The Palestine boys (19-3) are ranked 12th in the Conference 4A poll, and the Fairfield girls (20-8) are rated 21st.

The girls' game will begin at about 6:15 p.m., with the boys to follow. Both games will air on Wildcat Nation Radio.

Frankston and Westwood will clash here in the city tonight, with both schools fighting for playoff seeding in District 20-3A. Elkhart entertains Buffalo in the other 20-3A twinbill tonight.

Cayuga wraps up a three-game homestand today, playing Itasca. The LadyCats are battling Itasca for second spot in District 19-2A.

Slocum plays host to Lovelady in District 20-2A. Meanwhile, Grapeland's girls are off this evening because of a bye. However, the Grapeland boys will play a non-district game versus Celeste at 5 p.m. at LaPoynor High School in LaRue.

The Flyers and Lady Flyers also play tonight at home versus Wells in District 28-1A.

Both Neches and Oakwood are on the road tonight in District 28-1A — at Apple Springs and Kennard, respectively.


‘Cats earn win, and a tie

KENNEDALE — The Palestine High School boys' soccer team earned both a victory and a tie at the Kennedale Round Robin on Thursday.

Palestine downed Fort Worth Diamond Hill-Jarvis, 1-0, as Riley Harper scored the lone goal of the game. Later in the day, the Conference 4A No. 1 Wildcats forged a scoreless tie with 4A No. 13 North Dallas.

Keep in mind, tournament games are being played with 25-minute halves.

Goalkeeper Christian Hutchinson earned two more clean sheets for Palestine (9-0-2). Brian Armenta, Easton Musil, Daniel Sanchez, Lizardo Lemus and Yoriel Reyes all were defensive standouts.

Palestine plays Waco La Vega at 11 a.m., followed by Athens at 3:30 p.m. today.

Westwood's girls added a non-district home match with Madisonville today, head coach Stan Kowalski reported. First kick is set for 5:30 p.m.

Palestine's girls also have home matches versus Jacksonville at Wildcat Stadium — with the junior varsity first at 5:30 p.m.