The Leopards will once again be starting their season in the Longview LGSA HS Eligible Pre-Season Tournament. For the first time ever, the Leopards are taking two teams to Longview to compete.
The tournament is set up into Two Brackets, with a total of 40 teams coming to Longview to participate. Each bracket is Double Elimination after 2 Pool Games have been completed.
In 2015, the Leopards traveled to Longview and faced some stiff competition over the course of two days. In Pool Play, which does not count towards anything, the Leopards defeated 5A Marshall [5-3], but lost to out-of state competitor, Ashdown, Arkansas [7-2].
Bracket Play began with wins over 4A Tatum [4-1], 4A Canton [12-0], 5A Longview Pine Tree [9-8], and out-of-state Ashdown, Arkansas [12-0], before losing to Royse City [2-1] in the Winner’s Bracket Semifinals. With the tournament being Double Elimination, the Leopards battled 5A Hallsville for the right to make it into the Championship Game. The Leopards defeated Hallsville 8-0, and reached the Overall Championship Game to once again face 5A Royse City. The Leopards run-ruled Royse City to win the 2015 LGSA Championship and start their 2015 campaign.
In 2016, the Leopards took their second annual pre-season trip to Longview, but were not as successful. Dealing with a multitude of injuries even in January, the Leopards went 2-3 overall, and finished in 15th Place. The Leopards defeated 5A North Forney 8-5, but lost to 5A Whitehouse 6-5 in Pool Play. In Bracket Play, the Leopards started off with a win over 5A Cleburne 5-2, but then lost consecutive games to 5A North Forney [7-2] and 4A Grandview [9-4], respectively.
This season, the Leopards will have a team in each of the 2 20-Team Brackets. The Varsity Leopards will play in the Big School Bracket, and the JV Leopards will play in the Big School JV/Small School Varsity Bracket. We are looking forward to a exciting weekend!
The games will once again be coached by parents: Jason Ramos, Kyle Lusby, and Tom Weichel. All three parent coaches have senior daughters on the team this season.
If you are unable to make a game on January 14th or 15th in Longview, you can check out the action online through the GameChanger app! We will have each game live broadcasted!
POOL PLAY SCHEDULE: Saturday, January 14
JV – 8:00AM vs. 5A Whitehouse Ladycats JV
JV – 9:10AM vs. 5A Lindale Eagles JV
V – 11:30AM vs. 4A Carthage Bulldogs
V – 12:40 vs. De Queen Leopards (De Queen, Arkansas)
All four of the Varsity Teams from these schools made the playoffs in both 2015 & 2016! These should be very competitive games to start off the tournament!
Double Elimination Bracket Play will start on Saturday afternoon, but the brackets will not be released until we arrive in Longview. We expect both teams to play 4 or more games on Saturday, and hopefully be playing on Sunday!