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Insider: Notebook: Lady Lobos hosting big game; NSD list released, more

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Hayden Henry

By Hayden Henry
Feb. 5, 2018 at 7:25 p.m.
Updated Feb. 5, 2018 at 7:25 p.m.


With the playoffs on line, the Lady Lobos host Mesquite on Tuesday in the regular-season finale. On Wednesday, 15 Longview athletes will sign to continue their respective playing careers on National Signing Day

Here's a look at Lobo athletics this week ....

BIG FINALE

It's pretty cut and dry as far as the postseason goes as the Lady Lobos host Mesquite on Tuesday in the regular-season finale: Take care of business and see what happens.

Longview, who has won three-straight, grabbed a big road win over Rockwall-Heath on Friday night, setting up a win-and-play-another-one night at Lobo Coliseum on Tuesday.

With Longview's win over Heath on Friday, both teams enter Tuesday at 6-7 in District 11-6A action, tied for the fourth and final playoff spot.

Longview (22-11) hosts Mesquite (4-9 in 11-6A) while Heath faces a taller task in travelling to Mesquite Horn, who enters at 12-1 in district with a chance for the out-right district championship on the line.

On the road, the Lady Lobos grabbed a 57-47 win over the Lady Skeeters in January. That same night, Horn got past Rockwall-Heath, 60-56.

A Longview win, paired with a Heath loss, would put the Lady Lobos in the postseason after missing the playoffs a year ago, snapping a four-year streak. If both teams win or lose, a play-in game between Heath and Longview would be needed for determine the final spot.

Tuesday night is also senior night for the Lady Lobos, who will honor seniors Destiny McAfee, Kindra Taylor and Kyrra Boone.

Tipoff is slated for 6 p.m.

CRUNCH TIME

Longview flipped a district-play trend last week, grabbing its first road win of 11-6A play on Tuesday before falling to district-leading Rockwall-Heath at home, the first loss of 11-6A for the Lobos at Lobo Coliseum.

With three games left, this week is huge for the Lobos, who enter tied for fourth place with Mesquite Horn at 6-5, one game behind Mesquite at 7-4 and one game ahead of North Mesquite at 5-6.

Longview visits Mesquite, who the Lobos took down at home, 63-58 in overtime, in the first meeting. The Lobos (20-8) then close the week at home against Mesquite Horn.

Here's the 11-6A standings and this week's full schedule:

TEAM11-6A
Rockwall-Heath10-1
Rockwall8-3
Mesquite7-4
Longview6-5
Mesquite Horn6-5
North Mesquite5-6
John Tyler2-8
Tyler Lee0-11

TUESDAY'S SCHEDULE

Longview at Mesquite

Rockwall at North Mesquite

John Tyler vs. Lee

Mesquite Horn at Rockwall-Heath

FRIDAY'S SCHEDULE

Mesquite Horn at Longview

North Mesquite at Mesquite

Rockwall at John Tyler

Lee at Rockwall-Heath


NATIONAL SIGNING DAY

Fourteen Longview ISD athletes will sign to continue their respective playing careers at 1 p.m., Wednesday at the LHS Turf Room for a National Signing Day ceremony.

Longview athletic director John King released the list of signees on Monday:

FOOTBALL

Chris Kessler - Texas State University

A'Darius Carter - Southeastern Oklahoma University

Jaylin Brown - Kilgore College

JC Blakemore - Howard Payne University

Jalen Carr - Southwestern Oklahoma State

Davotrick Dotrey - Southwestern Oklahoma State

Javotrick Dotrey - Southwestern Oklahoma State

D'Marjai Dearion - East Texas Baptist University

BASKETBALL

Jason Bush - Tyler Junior College

SOFTBALL

Madalyn Alexander - University of Memphis

Brooke Goynes - Kilgore College

BASEBALL

Jacob Fidler - Murray State College

SOCCER

Yazmin Rodriguez - Lyon College

Celeste Nunez - Northeast Texas CC

Carrie Gilliland - UT Tyler


SWIM SEASON CONCLUDES AT REGIONALS

A large contingent of Lobo swimmers got a taste of action at the regional swim meet this past week and will have another chance in the pool next season.

Three Lady Lobo relay teams, comprised of freshmen Caroline Taylor and Rachel Smith with juniors Samantha Taylor and Nicole Magee competed in three events and trimmed off time from the district meet.

For the Lobos, the 200 freestyle relay team of Will Holloman, Ben Taylor, Austin Lawson and Jorin Sides set a Longview High School record with a time of 1:33.47 at the regional meet Saturday in Rockwall.

Holloman and Taylor, both juniors, competed in four events this weekend. Lawson (four events), Van Zyl (three events) and Sides (three events) are seniors.


STRONG START

Leading scorer Jesus Galvan recorded a hat trick Friday as Longview moved to 2-0 in 11-6A action on the soccer field.

Galvan leads 11 Lobo players with goals this season with a team-high 11 goals. Blaine Wright has a team-high eight assists and sophomore keeper Raul Torres has nine shutouts on the season for the Lobos, who have won nine-straight.

Longview (10-1-2, 2-0) visits Rockwall (7-4-1) on Tuesday and hosts North Mesquite on Friday.

The Lady Lobos (6-3-1) look for their first win of 11-6A play at home Tuesday against Rockwall (3-2, 1-1).


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