In what has become an annual ritual of fall, the Tyler Junior College soccer teams are participating in national tournaments.

The Apaches, six-time national champions under coach Steve Clements, will get to play on their home field this season. Of course, playing in Tyler adds the pressure of performing before the home folks.

While the men’s NJCAA Division I tournament is in Texas, the women are competing in Melbourne, Florida. The Apache Ladies have won three national titles under coach Corey Rose.

What the Tyler teams would love to do is pull off two championships in the same season as they did in 2009 and 2017 when both the Apaches and Apache Ladies won national titles.

MEN’S TOURNAMENT

All games are slated for Pat Hartley Soccer Complex. Pool play will take place Monday through Wednesday with the winner of each pool advancing to the semifinals, which are scheduled for 3 and 5:30 p.m. Friday. The championship match is slated for 6 p.m. Saturday.

Eight teams won their district championships with four at-large berths awarded for the first time.

District champions include: Central (Illinois Central, 14-3-1), East (Monroe College, New York, 14-0-0), Gulf South (Tyler, 18-4), North Central (Laramie County, Wyoming, 15-3-1), Northeast (Muskegon, Michigan, 16-3-0), Plains (Cowley,Kansas, 14-1-2), Southeast (Louisburg, North Carolina, 14-0-1) and West (Arizona Western, 14-5-3).

The at-large teams include: Gulf South/Southeast (Eastern Florida State, 13-1-2), Plains/West (Pima, Arizona, 14-3-2), Central/North Central (Iowa Western, 15-0-1) and East/Northeast (Essex County, New Jersey, 12-2-1).

Groupings and seedings include: Pool A, No. 1 Monroe, No. 8 Iowa Western, No. 12 Muskegon; Pool B, No. 2 Louisburg, No. 7 Arizona Western, No. 11 Illinois Central; Pool C, No. 3 Tyler, No. 6 Laramie County, No. 10 Cowley; and Pool D, No. 4 Eastern Florida State, No. 5 Essex County, No. 9 Pima.

Play begins on Monday with the first match set for 10 a.m. as Monroe takes on Muskegon. TJC plays Cowley at 5:30 p.m. Games in between include: Louisburg vs. Illinois Central, 12:30 p.m. and Eastern Florida State vs. Pima, 3 p.m.

Pat Hartley Soccer Complex is at 1400 S. Palmer Ave., Tyler, 75701. A tournament pass is $40. Day passes are $10 (adult), $5 (seniors 65-plus), $3 (students with ID) and free (children under 14 and students with IDs from participating schools).

The turf field will be used for all pool play games with the grass field, weather permitting, used for semifinals and championship games.

WOMEN’S TOURNAMENT

All games slated for Orlando Health Stadium. Pool play will take place Monday through Wednesday with the winner of each pool advancing to the semifinals, which are scheduled for 9 a.m. and noon Friday. The championship match is slated for Saturday at a time to be determined

Eight teams won their district championships with four at-large berths awarded for the first time.

District champions include: Central (Lewis & Clark, Illinois, 19-2-0), Great Lakes (Monroe Community College, New York, 13-4-2), Gulf South (Tyler, 18-1), North Plains (Gillette, Wyoming, 16-2-1), Northeast (Monroe College, New York, 11-0-0), Plains (Hill, Texas, 14-2-1), Southeast (Eastern Florida State, 14-0-0) and West (Snow, Utah, 14-2-3).

The at-large teams include: Gulf South/Southeast (Navarro, Texas, 14-4-0), Plains/West (Seminole State, Oklahoma, 19-0-3), Central/North Plains (Laramie County, Wyoming, 14-1-2) and Great Lakes/Northeast (CCBC Essex, Maryland, 19-2-0).

Groupings and seedings include: Pool A, No. 1 Monroe, No. 8 Laramie County, No. 12 Monroe CC; Pool B, No. 2 Eastern Florida State, No. 7 Gillette, No. 11 CCBC Essex; Pool C, No. 3 Tyler, No. 6 Snow, No. 10 Seminole State; and Pool D, No. 4 :Lewis & Clark, No. 5 Hill, No. 9 Navarro.

The Apache Ladies will begin Poll C play at 2 p.m. (Central) Monday against Seminole State. On Wednesday, TJC will play Snow at 2 p.m.

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I am a native Tylerite and I grew up reading the Tyler Morning Telegraph and The Tyler Courier-Times. My parents took both the morning and afternoon papers. I came to work here 35 years ago at the age of 23, right after college.

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