Written by Corbett Smith
What's at stake for Kimball, other area schools at state tournament
Kimball will try to become the first team since South Oak Cliff (2005-08) to reach a state championship game in four straight seasons, as it returns to Austin’s Frank Erwin Center this weekend for the University Interscholastic League’s boys basketball state tournament.
Kimball (23-7) — the Class 4A champion in 2011 and 2012 — was upset in last year’s final by Rosenberg Terry, surrendering a 16-point lead in a 55-47 loss. Kimball will face Beaumont Central (31-4) in a Thursday semifinal.
Seven programs from the Dallas/Fort Worth area advanced to the state tournament, including DeSoto and Allen in Class 5A.
DeSoto (31-3) is back for a fourth time under coach Chris Dyer, after it won state titles in 2003 and 2009. This is the first trip to the state tournament for Allen (27-8), which is trying to become the second 5A high school to win boys basketball and football titles in the same school year. Duncanville did so in 1998-99.
Allen, Kimball and Class 1A Division II’s Nazareth are the only teams among the 24 state qualifiers that didn’t win at least a share of its district title.
Defending Class 3A champion Madison (28-3) could see a rematch of last year’s scintillating final against Houston Yates. Yates (23-8) faces unbeaten Kennedale (38-0) at 3 p.m. Thursday, with the winner facing either Madison or San Antonio Sam Houston (27-9).