The eighth-grade Mineola Yellowjackets dismantled Lone Oak in the semifinals 61-21, and then defeated Edgewood in the championship game 35-23 to become district champs over the weekend of Feb. 16. The middle-school tournament was hosted by Grand Saline.
The Yellowjackets were led by TJ Moreland’s 18 points and Dawson Pendergrass’s 19 rebounds. A suffocating Yellowjackets defense held the Bulldogs to just 16 points with about a minute left in the game.
The win gave the young Yellowjackets back-to-back district championships, with big things expected in high school. The team posted a season record of 15-3.