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Lufkin head coach Juan Encarnacion picked up his 200th career victory as the Lady Panthers stayed unbeaten in the district race with a 3-2 win over the Pine Tree Lady Pirates in District 16-5A action in Longview Tuesday night.

Rachel Bonnin scored a pair of first-half goals and Idalia Hernandez added a needed insurance goal after the break as Lufkin improved to 5-0-1 in district entering the final game of the first round.

Lufkin stayed atop the district with the win. It will host Jacksonville on Friday night. Jacksonville entered Tuesday night alone in second place in the district standings.

Kickoff for that game is set for 6 p.m


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Down three starters and taking on the second-place team in the district, the Lufkin Lady Panthers knew it would take an all-out effort to stay unbeaten in district.

Thanks to a gritty performance and a late Rachel Bonnin goal, the Lady Panthers closed out the first half of district with a key 2-1 victory over the Jacksonville Fightin’ Maidens in Lufkin Friday.

Lufkin (8-6-2 on the season , 6-0-1 in district) will host John Tyler on Tuesday night.

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16-5A Girls Soccer

Game 6
Lufkin beat Pine Tree 3-2
Jacksonville beat Whitehouse 4-3 in PKs after a 0-0 tie
Hallsville beat John Tyler 4-0
Nacogdoches Vs Marshall- NO REPORT

Game 7
Lufkin beat Jacksonville 2-1
Whitehouse beat John Tyler 1-0
Nacogdoches beat Pine Tree 4-1
Hallsville beat Marshall 8-0

Another wild week has caused a lot of shuffling around in the district standings.  LP has taken control of first place thanks to their clutch win over Jacksonville Friday night.  Hallsville has surged to the #2 slot with a pair of wins this week.  Looks like it will be a race to the finish with 5 teams within a game of the #2 slot.  

Lufkin (6-0-1) , (8-6-2)
Hallsville (4-1-2), (9-3-3)
Jacksonville (4-2-1) , (10-6-2)
Whitehouse (3-2-2), (4-8-2)
John Tyler (3-4), (4-9-2)
Pine Tree (3-4) , (6-7-1)
Marshall (0-6) ,  (5-9)
Nacogdoches (1-5) ,  (4-6-1) 

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Game 7
Jacksonville beat Lufkin 4-2
Whitehouse TIED JT 1-1
Nacogdoches Pine Tree 4-1

This is turning out to be a fantastic race.  Lufkin, who hadn't lost a game all season just a little over a week ago now finds themselves in fourth place and in a battle for the final playoff slot with their rivals from Nacogdoches.  Whitehouse fell from first place to third place thanks to their tie with JT.  Jacksonville's win over LP put the Indians all alone in first place.  JT is lurking at #2 and WH isn't out of title contention either.  It appears to be a five team race for the top 4 slots.  

Get some popcorn ready...this could be a fun race down the st

Jacksonville (6-1) , (14-4-1)
John Tyler (5-1-1) , (9-10-1)
Whitehouse (4-1-2) , (12-2-2)
Lufkin (4-2-1) ,  (9-2-4)
Nacogdoches (3-2-2), (14-5-4)
Hallsville (1-4) , (5-6)
Pine Tree (1-6), (3-8-5)
Marshall (0-5) , (1-10)

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It was a tough night for the Lufkin soccer teams as they each fell in one-goal decisions to John Tyler.

In action in Lufkin, the Lady Panthers dropped a 1-0 decision to the Lady Lions. John Tyler beat the buzzer at the end of the first half as it scored with 16 seconds remaining.

Lufkin holds on to first place in the district race with six games remaining despite the loss.

The Lady Panthers will look to get back on track at 6 p.m. Friday as they travel to take on the Marshall Lady Mavericks.

In boys’ action Tuesday night, the John Tyler Lions were also able to avenge an earlier loss to Lufkin as they took a 2-1 victory in Tyler.

Adan Hernandez had the lone goal for the Panthers.

The Panthers opened district with a dominating 4-0 win against John Tyler earlier this season.

With the loss, Lufkin has dropped back-to-back games for the first time this season.

The Panthers will aim to get back on track at 6 p.m. Friday when they host the Marshall Mavericks.

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Lufkin  7  Marshall  0  - Back-to-back road losses left the Lufkin Panthers ready to take out some aggression in front of the home crowd. Unfortunately for Marshall, the overmatched Mavericks were the team in the way.

Lufkin boys put on a clinic in the first 15 minutes in building a 4-0 lead then coasted from there on its way to a 7-0 win in District 16-5A action at Jase Magers Soccer Field.

Jaime Acevedo put two on the board for Lufkin and Luis Flores and Eric Aguilar added goals for the Panthers.

Lufkin girls 8, Marshall 0 — In Marshall, it was another night of domination for the Lady Pack as they rolled to an 8-0 win over the Lady Mavericks.

Freshman Rachel Bonnin had a spectacular night as she finished with four goals.

Idalia Hernandez added a pair of goals for the Lady Panthers, and Milagros Guzman and Natalie Madrigal had a goal each.

Lufkin will return to action on Tuesday night when it plays at Nacogdoches.

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Luis Flores recorded a hat trick as the Lufkin Panthers picked up an impressive 3-1 road win over the Nacogdoches Dragons in District 16-5A soccer action Tuesday night.


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16-5A Boys Soccer

Game 12
Games will resume on Friday night.

John Tyler (9-1-1) , (15-7-1)
Jacksonville (9-2) , (17-5-1)
Whitehouse (8-1-2) , (16-2-3)
Lufkin (7-3-1) ,  (12-3-4)
Nacogdoches (4-5-2), (15-8-4)
Pine Tree (2-9), (4-11-5)
Hallsville (1-9-1) , (5-11-1)
Marshall (0-10-1) , (1-14)

It appears the four playoff teams have been set with JT, Jax, WH, and Lufkin.  Nac still has a mathematical chance.... but it's a slim one.  They would need to win out...and Lufkin to lose out.  The finish to the district title could be a great one.  JT has the upper hand with the sweep of Jacksonville.  But WH's tie with JT and the season finale Vs. the Lions could make things interesting for all three.  LP seems settled in the #4 spot...but their pedigree demands attention in the finals days of the race.  



16-5A Girls Soccer

Game 12
Games resume on Friday

Lufkin (8-1-2) , (10-7-3)
Whitehouse (7-2-2), (8-8-2)
Jacksonville (6-3-2) , (12-7-3)
Pine Tree (6-5) , (9-8-1)
John Tyler (6-5), (7-10-2)
Hallsville (5-4-2), (9-6-4)

Nacogdoches (1-10) ,  (4-10-1) 
Marshall (0-11) ,  (5-12)

Friday's Lufkin Vs. Whitehouse game is huge.  A WH win would create a tie for first place with two games remaining.  An LP win would all but give the title to Lufkin.  Jacksonville could creep up on WH with a win coupled with a WH loss.  Pine Tree and JT are knotted up for the final playoff spot and Hallsville is lurking just behind them.  Shaping up for a great race to the end.

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LADY PACK FOR THE WIN! Lufkin High School's girls soccer team defeated Whitehouse 3-1 at Jase Magers Memorial Soccer Complex on the LHS campus tonight. 

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The Texas University Interscholastic League today suspended all interscholastic competition effective this coming Monday because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and said it would "continue to follow the direction of state and local officials to monitor this situation and will make additional announcements as needed."

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Whitehouse boys 5, Lufkin 3 — The Panthers dropped a 5-3 decision to the Whitehouse Wildcats on the road Friday night.

Luis Flores scored a pair of goals for Lufkin and Thomas Nava added a score.

The Panthers tentatively set for a road game against Pine Tree after the UIL’s suspension of events ends later this month.

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With competitions already being suspended until March 29, the University Interscholastic League added to its mandates on Monday afternoon by suspending any practices and workouts conducted outside of the normal school day.

That suspension of activities is also set to go through March 29. At that time, the UIL will reassess the situation.

During that time, schools may not practice and students are not allowed to use the school’s facilities or equipment.


All athletic facilities are to be closed for both school and non-school functions.

The mandate also applies to spring football. In addition, the statement said if spring football is eventually canceled, all schools would be eligible to begin summer practices on Aug. 3 while adding an extra scrimmage.


Soccer has released an updated potential playoff schedule, which would start on April 13 and run through the state championships from April 29 through May 2.

Other sports are using the original playoff schedule with the exception of track and field, which could combine district and area meets in order to meet the deadline.

Schools would still need to readjust their regular season schedules in order to determine district qualifiers for the playoffs. Restrictions on usual weekday game limits would be taken away.

The UIL also announced that it would make any updates in the upcoming weeks.

Saturday was the final day of UIL competition before the suspension went into effect on Monday.


Josh Havard’s email address is josh.havard@lufkindailynews.com.

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