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COLLEGE SOFTBALL

KC sweeps Paris; five straight wins

It must already be summer in the Kilgore College softball locker room – it’s red-hot.

The Rangers, coached by Leslie Messina, took both ends of a doubleheader Saturday in Paris, and have won five straight in Region XIV Conference play. The Rangers’ only loss was one half of a doubleheader to Navarro to open the conference schedule.

KC (17-13 overall, 5-1 in conference) is tied with Bossier Parish for the lead in the North Zone of the conference. KC is off this week for spring break, and will return to action next Wednesday, March 22 at Tyler Junior College, another 1 p.m. doubleheader.

KC beat Paris in the first game, 7-4, and then won the second, as well, 9-4.

In the first game, eight different players collected nine hits; Kaitlyn Stebelton went 2-for-4and had an RBI. Taylor Christopher, Kilgore’s Amber Williams, Brianna Davis, Shelby Edwards, Lacy Hambalek, Hannah Carpenter and Manda Wilmoth each had one hit; Edwards had 2 RBI, and Christopher, Hambalek and Carpenter each had one. Edwards’ hit was a home run. 

Katy Worrell got the win, going seven innings. She struck out just one, and allowed nine hits, but only three earned runs.

In the second game, KC jumped out to a 5-0 lead, and won in spite of being charged with five errors.

Jo Rivera didn’t have a hit in the first game, but homered in the second. She went 2-for-2 with 2 RBI. Christopher went 2-for-4 with 3 RBI; Davis was 1-for-3 with an RBI; Edwards was 1-for-3; Carpenter was 3-for-5 with an RBI; and another Kilgorite, Cailon Palmer, had a hit.

Lashanda Jones worked five innings for the win. She moves to 4-1 on the season. She allowed seven hits, four runs (one earned), and struck out six.

BASKETBALL

Kilgore’s Wheat top newcomer

In 15-4A’s all-district team

Kilgore High School sophomore Deiontrae Wheat was named the newcomer of the year as a part of the District 15-4A all-district basketball team, as chosen by the district’s coaches.

Kilgore, coached by Jerry Timmons, narrowly missed out on a playoff berth, losing their regular-season finale.

There were no Bulldogs on the first team, but senior A.J. Henson and sophomores Seth Thomas and Octavian McKee were all three named to the second team. Elijah Williams and Nesba Brown were both named honorable mention.

Henson, Williams and Hunter Bonnett were named academic all-district.

Spring Hill senior Blake Zeilinger was named the overall most valuable player. Gilmer’s Qua Heath was named defensive player of the year, and Chapel Hill’s Devin Taylor was named offensive MVP. Chapel Hill coach Robert Sampson and Gilmer coach Keith Tate were named co-coaches of the year.

At the end-of-season banquet, Timmons and his staff named Henson the team’s overall MVP; Wheat offensive player of the year; and Bonnette as the Bulldog Pride award-winner.

TRACK & FIELD

Kilgore’s Hamilton wins 200M

Kilgore High School’s Javorie Hamilton won the 200 meter dash at the Longview Lobo Relays last Friday, one of few results reported from KHS from the meet.

Kilgore’s girls 400 meter relay team finished second, and the boys 800 meter relay team finished third.

The team was off this week, with spring break, and will be back in action March 25 at Tatum, for the Eagle Relays, an 8:30 a.m. start that day.

Kilgore track is coached by Phillip Lane and by Robert Cooley.

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