Eagles and Lady Eagles Make It to Playoffs

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Kevin Willis

The Lindale football team plays against Lamar Consolidated. This was the second playoff game for Lindale.

Haley Bass, Staff Writer

Both the Varsity volleyball and football teams recently advanced to their first playoff round this year. The volleyball team made it to the area playoff round, but was eliminated by Red Oak on November 8. The football team will be competing in their first playoff game this Friday on November 16 in Rosenburg, Texas. 

“I love playoffs because the excitement and nerves make it a fun time,” head volleyball coach Jessica Camp said. “The girls get excited and have high hopes of going further each year.”

On November 5, the volleyball team won their first playoff game against John Tyler. Unfortunately, they lost their second playoff game against Red Oak on November 8, ending this year’s volleyball season. 

“I try to keep the team mindset the same,” Camp said. “I am very proud of these girls and what they’ve accomplished.”

The team ended their season with an overall record of 28-15,  as well as a district record of 8-2; and the title of Bi-District Champs. Several players also earned All-District honors, such as junior Shelbi Steen who was named Most Valuable Hitter for District 15-5A.

“I, of course would have loved to advance further,” Steen said. “I am so proud of our entire team and everything we accomplished. Making it to the playoffs is a great accomplishment.”

So far this year the football team’s overall record has been 6-3. Their district record, which determined whether or not they could go to playoffs against Lamar Consolidated, is 4-2. 

“It’s one of those things that we’re excited about and feel like we can get some really good positive momentum going,” head football coach Chris Cochran. “We don’t want to be happy with just making the playoffs. We really want to grow and mature and really take the program where we want to be.”

Last year, Lindale made it to the second round of playoffs. The farthest that Lindale has ever made it in the playoffs has been the second round, finishing their season with an overall record of 7-3. 

“I’m so excited to play in the playoff game,” junior Jaret Allen said. “I’m very hopeful about what we can do, considering [that] we have practiced so hard.”