Lufkin has solid showing at 7-on-7 state tournament

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The Lufkin Panthers had a solid showing at the recent 7-on-7 state tournament, winning a pair of games against some tough competition before falling in the opening round of the championship bracket. The Panthers opened the tournament with a narrow 40-34 win over Lancaster before picking up a 42-33 win over Clear Brook in the second game. Those two wins allowed Lufkin to lock up a spot in the championship bracket before taking the field for its third game. However, the Panthers dropped a narrow 39-33 decision to Belton in a game that decided the final standings from Pool F. Belton, which went 3-0 in pool play, went into the championship group as the first seed from the pool, while Lufkin went as the second seed. Lancaster was the top seed in the consolation bracket from the Pool F bracket, while Clear Brook was the second seed.

However, the Panthers bowed out of the tournament in the opening round of the championship bracket, dropping a 35-30 decision to Hebron. The Woodlands, which will share the same district with the Panthers when the high school season kicks off, won the championship bracket, taking a 32-26 win over Dickinson. Killeen won the Division I consolation bracket by taking a 46-34 win over A&M Consolidated. Kaufman won the Division II championship game with a 32-27 win over Somerset. Grace Community won the Division II consolation bracket with a 53-27 win over Bay City.

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