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Dalhart Soccer League crowns champions

By Bill Kelly 
Dalhart Texan

The Dalhart Soccer League held its closing ceremonies and championship games on Friday, July 12, ending a week-long double-elimination tournament. The season-ending tournament started on July 6 and games were held every day except Sunday, July 7. 

There are four different age divisions in the league: five-and-under (5u) (basically PreK-Kindergarten), eight-and-under (8u), 10-and-under (10u), and 14-and-under (14u). Although some of the teams give themselves nicknames,each team is officially identified by the business that sponsors it. 

The 5u division normally crowns a champion based on the regular season, but at the end of the final games XIT/Hart Auto Group and Gabe’s Heating and Air were tied in terms of wins-losses-ties, and tied in points, which is the usual tiebreaker. So for the first time ever, a championship game was held in that division on July 12. Gabe’s Heating and Air won that game to win the 5u championship (the final scores of the different playoff and championship games were unavailable.) 

The tournament for older players began in the morning of Saturday, July 6, then continued in the evening of Monday, July 8. 

On July 8 in the 8u division, Double J Farms beat His Hands & Feet Tee Shirt Co. 

Mariscal Trucking eliminated Beecher Body Shop and Coronado Feeders eliminated Bullseye Security Systems, with Beecher and Bullseye each suffering their second loss. 

On July 9, His Hands & Feet Tee Shirt Co. eliminated Mariscal Trucking, while Double J Farms handed Helena its first loss and TKO Gas gave Machinco its first loss. 

Those games put Double J Farms up against TKO Gas on July 10, and Double J gave TKO Gas its first loss. 

In the elimination games on July 10, Coronado Feeders beat Machinco and His Hands & Feet Tee Shirt Co. beat Helena. 

TKO Gas ended up beating the winner of the elimination game between Coronado Feeders and His Hands & Feet Tee Shirt Co. on July 11 to move into the championship game (the winner between Coronado and His Hands & Feet was not listed on the bracket.) 

Double J Farms won the final game on July 12 over TKO Gas, winning the championship. 

In the 10u division, TNA Day Customs beat Mariscal Trucking and R&R Machine Works beat Stockmen’s Feed Bunk on July 8. 

On July 9, Rockin MC eliminated Paul’s Windshield and Stockmen’s Feed Bunk eliminated Mariscal Trucking. 

TNA Day Customs beat R&R Machine Works July 10, while Rockin MC eliminated Stockmen’s Feed Bunk. 

R&R Machine Works beat Rockin MC on July 11 to move into the championship game and a rematch against TNA Day Customs. TNA Day Customs was able to win that final game, though, winning the 10u championship. 

In the 14u division, Bull Mountain Investment beat Memo’s Party Rental and D&S Custom Farms beat XIT Insurance on Monday July 8. 

Elimination games were held on July 9, and HC Cattle eliminated Speer Electric and Memo’s Party Rental eliminated XIT Insurance. 

Bull Mountain Investment beat D&S Custom Farms on July 10 and Memo’s Party Rental eliminated HC Cattle. 

That put Memo’s Party Rental against D&S Custom Farms on July 11, and D&S Custom Farms won that game to move into the championship. 

Bull Mountain Investment was able to beat D&S Custom Farms in the final game, which gave the team the 14u division title. 

The Dalhart Soccer League will begin its next season in June 2025.

Season ends for Dalhart Soccer League