Prep sports: Lady Hawks open softball season Tuesday at home against Carthage

TEXARKANA, Texas -- The Pleasant Grove Lady Hawks will open their 2024 softball schedule Tuesday with a home game against Carthage.

Game time is 5 p.m. at Lady Hawk Field.

The game was originally scheduled for today (Monday), but it was moved to Tuesday because of wet field conditions.

Pleasant Grove and Carthage reached the Class 4A state playoffs last year, with the Lady Hawks reaching the area round before losing to Canton, two games to none. The Hawks finished with a 19-14-1 record.

The Lady Bulldogs went 21-13-1 last season, and also were eliminated in the area round by Little Cypress-Mauriceville, two games to none.

Pleasant Grove is anxious to get on the field and play, said coach Becca Collom.

"Our scrimmage on Friday vs. Mount Vernon unfortunately was canceled. We just got our basketball kids last week, so we are still looking at our options. We are definitely excited to have everyone and to hit the ground running," Collom said.

The Hawks have only one senior this year in Hailey Allen, who "will lead our outfield in center field," Collom said.

"We have holes to plug from our previous year that we will have to work out. But this is going to be a fun group. We are optimistic in the potential. We will be young, but should still be gritty," the coach said.

Pleasant Grove will play six games Thursday through Saturday in the Carthage tournament. On Thursday, the Lady Hawks will face Kilgore at 10:30 a.m. and White Oak at 1:30 p.m. Friday's opponents are Ruston, Louisiana, at noon and Jacksonville at 3 p.m., and Saturday against Hughes Springs at 4:30 p.m. and Marshall at 6 p.m.

The other two Texas-side schools, Texas High and Liberty-Eylau, also will open their softball season this week. Arkansas High will not start its softball slate until Feb. 29.

Here are the other Texarkana teams first three softball games:

Texas High

The Lady Tigers will also open their season at home Tuesday against Redwater (6 p.m. start). They will entertain Gilmer at 1 p.m. Thursday and then host Paris North Lamar at Feb. 20.

Liberty-Eylau

The Lady Leopards will open their home slate Friday against Atlanta (3 p.m. start). On Monday, they'll host James Bowie and travel to Linden-Kildare on Feb. 20.

Arkansas High

The Lady Backs open their 2024 schedule with three road games. They travel to Genoa Central (5 p.m. start) on Feb. 29, followed by Lake Hamilton on March 1, and Benton on March 5.

Baseball

Season opens Feb. 19

Texarkana three Texas-side schools will open their respective varsity baseball schedules on Monday, Feb. 19.

Arkansas High opens its season on Friday, March 1.

Here are the first three games for the four Texarkana teams:

Liberty-Eylau

The Leopards went all the way to the Class 4A state finals, where those lost a heartbreaking 3-2, 11-inning decision to China Spring.

Liberty-Eylau opens the 2024 season against Queen City on Feb. 19 at H.E. Markham complex.

The Leopards will compete in the Longview tournament on Feb. 22-24, and then face Longview Pine Tree at home on Feb. 26.

Pleasant Grove

The Hawks first game will be on the road at Carthage.

They will compete in the Whitehouse tournament on Feb. 22-24 and the Lufkin tournament on Feb. 29-March 2.

Texas High

The Tigers' opener will be at home against Paris North Lamar on Feb. 19. They will follow that by competing in the North DeSoto tournament (Stonewall, Louisiana) on Feb. 22-24, and at Bossier City Airline on Feb. 27.

The annual Texas High Classic will be held on Feb. 29-March 2

Arkansas High

The Razorbacks open the season against conference foe Lake Hamilton in Pearcy, Arkansas, on March 1.

They will then host Genoa Central on March 4 and play another conference opponent, Benton, on the road on March 5.

Soccer

L-E forfeits to Hawks

TEXARKANA, Texas -- Pleasant Grove's varsity boys soccer team received a 7-0 forfeit from winless Liberty-Eylau in Friday's District 13-4A play.

The Hawks improve to 6-2 overall and 2-1 in district. The are third in league action behind Sulphur Springs (7-3-6, 3-0) and Pittsburg (8-1-1, 2-0).

The Leopards (0-7, 0-2) will host Paris at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at Harris Field.

Pleasant Grove's next match will be Friday at Paris and home on Feb. 20 against Mount Pleasant Chapel Hill.

The Lady Hawks (3-4-1, 1-1) are third in the girls standings, following Sulphur Springs (14-3, 2-0) and Paris (5-5-1, 2-1).

Sulphur Springs edged PG's girls, 2-1 in a recent match.

They will play Friday at Paris and Feb. 23 at Pittsburg.

Tigers seek a win

TEXARKANA, Texas -- Texas High's winless boys soccer team will try to get on the winning side when they entertain Pine Tree at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Tiger Stadium.

The Tigers are 0-13 overall and 0-6 in District 15-5A. They lost at Mount Pleasant (9-3-1) on Friday.

MP and Longview (10-4 overall) share the district lead at 5-0.

The Lady Tigers are hoping to bounce back after dropping a 2-0 decision to Mount Pleasant on Friday.

Texas High's loss ended a four-game home win streak and dropped them to 5-6-1 overall and 2-3 in district. Mount Pleasant, the win made it two in a row for them and bumps their season record up to 8-4-2 and district mark to 3-1-1.

Longview (8-2-3) and Whitehouse (7-2-3) share the league lead at 4-0-1.

The Lady Tigers will travel to Longview Pine Tree (3-10-3, 1-4) at 7 p.m. Tuesday. Pine Tree has lost its last three home games.

Tennis

Tigers compete in Tyler

TYLER, Texas -- Texas High competed in the 32-team Tim King Memorial Tennis Championships that was hosted by Tyler Legacy High School.

More than 500 players competed at 10 sites in the biggest tennis event in Northeast Texas. Players were guaranteed four matches in the tournament that was held Friday.

"It was a day of great match play for our players," said Texas High coach Toby Watson.

The Tigers' Elle Floyd and Grace Wilson finished fifth in girls A doubles. Brooklyn Ballard and Hayden Henry won the consolation division in B doubles.

Abigail Thomson won the consolation title in girls A singles. Gabby Cowan won a match in B singles.

The Tiger duo of Adam McCarter and Carter Shuffled placed fourth in boys B doubles. Ben Soyars and Alan Miller also won a match in B doubles.

Zain Suelzer won a match in boys A singles.

THS' Griffin White and Charlotte Shelton finished second in the consolation bracket in mixed B doubles. Max Currie and Rebecca Coleman won two matches in mixed B doubles.

Texas High's next action will be Feb. 23 in the Corsicana, Texas, tournament.

Hawks earn four medals

TYLER, Texas -- The Pleasant Grove Hawks varsity tennis team earned four medals at the Tim King Memorial tournament hosted by Tyler Legacy High School.

PG's Jack Humphrey and Andy Tye finished sixth in boys A doubles. The Hawks' Whit Miller and Jackson Tomberlain finished second in boys B doubles.

The Lady Hawks' team of Autumn Crouch and Lynleigh Henderson reached the consolation finals in girls A doubles.

In boys A singles, PG's John Tomberlain was a consolation finalist. Lilly Pace reached the consolation finals in girls A singles.

Basketball

Queen City takes 2nd

TEXARKANA, Texas -- Queen City defeated Atlanta, 60-57, in a one-game seeding playoff to determine second place in District 14-3A.

The Lady Bulldogs (19-11) clinched the district's No. 2 seed behind champion Hooks. Queen City will clash with Mount Pleasant Chapel Hill on Tuesday at Spring Hill High School in Longview.

The Lady Rabbs (21-10), the third seed from 14-3A, will square off against 13-3A runner-up Mount Vernon (19-9) in bi-district, but details of that playoff game were not available.

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