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Buckeyes will have one more chance to qualify for state after coming up short at Bullard SQT


by ELWYN HENDERSON
elwynh@juno.com

The Gilmer Buckeye 7on7 varsity went into the Bullard State Qualifying Tournament last Saturday hoping to finish in the top two teams out of eight entrants and punch their ticket to the State 7on7 Tournament in Leander next month. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen, as Gilmer went 1-2 in Pool Play and finished their day early. They will have one final chance to qualify at the Gilmer SQT on Saturday, June 15.


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