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TRACK & FIELD

Kilgore, Sabine, WR in state meet this weekend

One of Kilgore’s boys relay teams, sprinter Melek Hamilton, Sabine High School hurdler Adam Caudle and West Rusk’s Jayla Hooper are all getting set for the biggest show in Texas this weekend.

The University Interscholastic League puts on its state track and field championships at the University of Texas in Austin this week, specifically at Mike A. Myers Stadium on the UT campus. The KHS, West Rusk and Sabine programs are certainly not strangers to this trip; all three programs regularly send athletes.

Kilgore’s 800 meter relay team will compete for the 4A state title in that event. The quartet of Jonathan Shepherd, Patrick Jackson, Melek Hamilton and Terrell Shelton ran for coach Phillip Lane’s Bulldogs at regionals in Commerce, and that very well might be the lineup again, although relay event coaches do have the right to substitute, and typically bring alternates along, just in case.

Also, Hamilton will run the 200 meter dash in an attempt for a gold medal.

Shepherd has been to the state meet before, back two years ago as a freshman, part of a mile relay team for the Bulldogs.

The KHS 800 relay team will run Saturday night at 7:25 p.m. Hamilton’s 200 meter dash will follow, scheduled to start an hour later at 8:25.

Caudle is back for another shot at a medal at state, as well. He’ll run in Class 3A’s boys 110 meter hurdles on Saturday, set for a 12:55 p.m. start. It’s his second consecutive year in the event. Caudle also plays football.

Hooper carries the baton figuratively for the West Rusk program. Hooper will compete on Friday afternoon at 3 p.m. in the Class 3A girls shot put.

See results from all of these events this weekend at kilgorenewsherald.com, and coverage in Wednesday’s print edition, as well.


FISHING

Ross wins Jay Cox benefit tournament

 Winning wasn’t the foremost thing on anyone’s mind last weekend at Lake Sam Rayburn, as a  collection of people gathered to help raise money for Kilgore High School sophomore Jay Cox.

 Cox is in Children’s Hospital in Dallas after suffering injuries in a car accident almost two weeks  ago. The tournament was organized quickly as a way to help offset some medical costs. There  were 15 teams, and about 30 fishermen, that entered, as well as 10 volunteers to help things go  more smoothly.

 Charles Ross was the official winner – Ross had 17.12 pounds of fish, a five-fish sack. He also won  the big bass pot for a 6.89-pound bass.

 Jordan Gore and Shelby Keefer checked in second (15.64 pounds, five fish), and Cliff Goore and  Josh Burton were third (12.93 pounds, five fish sack).

Organizers also plan a car wash benefit at the Gabriel Jordan car dealership on Highway 259 in Kilgore next Saturday, May 20.

In the meantime, keep up with Cox’s recovery by going on Facebook to Jay’s Comeback Page. His family updates the page regularly.


FOOTBALL

Jeter signs with Colts

Colin Jeter, a former Kilgore College tight end, has signed a free agent contract with the NFL’s Indianapolis Colts.

Jeter, who began his career at Longview High School, played one season for coach J.J. Eckert’s KC Rangers in 2013, then transferred to LSU to finish out his collegiate career. At high school and at KC, Jeter was used primarily as a blocker. For the Lobos in his senior year, Jeter had eight catches for 112 yards and a score. He had 14 catches for 137 yards for the Rangers in ’13.

But Jeter became a dependable receiver for coach Les Miles’ LSU Tigers. He started in 17 of 35 games over two seasons and had 23 catches for 289 yards and two touchdowns. He helped the Tigers beat Louisville a few months ago in the Citrus Bowl, and had a touchdown in that game.

On the next level, if Jeter can make the Colts’ 53-man roster, he’ll be a part of what’s normally a prolific offense, with quarterback Andrew Luck calling the shots.

(Courtesy of KC public information director Chris Craddock)

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