LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - The Lufkin Panthers and Diboll Lumberjacks each hosted a state qualifying 7 on 7 tournament this weekend and each of the East Texas teams is moving on to the state tournament.
The Panthers and Lumberjacks each reached the championship games of their respective tournaments, earning themselves a spot in the state tournament beginning July 19th in College Station. At their weekly group of games the Pack talked about how happy they are to be headed to the state tourney.
"It takes a little pressure off of them," said Panther Head Coach Todd Quick. "We didn't qualify last year, so us qualifying in our tournament lets them relax a little bit. We can now work on some stuff that we need to work on and there will not be so much pressure."
Oscar Kennedy, Lufkin's long time 7 on 7 coach, understands that wins during the summer lead to good things in the fall.
"Wins are always good regardless of when it happens," said Kennedy. "It just gets you more confident and ready to play. Hopefully they get a little more knowledge of the offense, get more comfortable with it and they are ready to go in the fall."
Lufkin will be in division I of the state tournament and John Tyler, who also qualified this weekend in Lufkin, will join the Pack. While Diboll and Carthage emerged from the Diboll tournament and will compete in division II.