Tigers take another pass at 7-on-7
But the Tigers wouldn't mind ruff ling a few feathers during their stay at the 12th annual 7- on-7 state championship which starts Thursday.
The Tigers were invited to the tournament after failing to qualify in the three tournaments they participated in.
They tied for first in two of the qualifying tournaments, but were outscored by another team that kept them from earning a trip to the state tournament.
The Tigers begin pool play Thursday at 1 p.m. at Penberthy Fields on the campus of Texas A&M University against Class 3A Snyder.
The Tigers continue pool play by facing Class 2A Lago Vista at 2 p.m and then Class 3A Lorena at 3 p.m.
The championship game will be played on Kyle Field at noon on Friday. Who—32 teams What—Class 3A-1A 7-on-7 State Tournament Tigers play—Pool H play begins Thursday at 1 p.m. vs. Snyder; 2 p.m. vs. Lago Vista; 3 p.m. vs. Lorena. At 5 p.m. will play first round of tournament games. When—Thursday-Friday, July 9-10 Where—in College Station at Penberthy Fields at Texas A&M. Qualified teams—Rockdale, Abilene Wylie, Anahuac, Bandera, Brownwood, Burnet, Cameron, Carthage, Celina, Edna, Gatesville, Glen Rose, Goldthwaite, Graham, Hardin, Hardin-Jefferson, Hitchcock, Lago Vista, Lovejoy, Marion, McGregor, Melissa, Navasota, Palacious, Palestine Westwood, Pilot Point, Rice Consolidated, Snyder, West, Whitney, Wills Point, Wimberly. Rockdale appearances—4 (2005, 2007, 2008, 2009).
Rockdale is making its fourth appearance and is one of just nine teams that has been to every tournament since it was split into two divisions in 2007.
Meanwhile, rival Cameron is making its first appearance in the small school tournament. The Yoemen had previously played in 2002.
Rockdale and Cameron are the only two District 24-3A teams which qualified.
NOTES—District 13-5A has five teams in the tournament (Klein, Klein Collins, Klein Forest, Spring, Tomball).
Brownwood has participated in 10 of the 12 tournaments. Arlington Lamar and Coffeyville Heritage have competed in all 12.
The smallest school competing in this year's tournament is Goldthwaite (enrollment 181), which knocked Thorndale out of the Class A playoffs last season. It's Goldthwaite's first trip.
Crane, which defeated the Tigers in pool play last year, is the defending champion.