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SOCCER

Kilgore opens ’18 season

Both Kilgore High School soccer teams have played a handful of preseason games and are now getting the 2018 regular season cranked up.

Coach Heidi Hagan’s Lady Bulldogs will defend their District 16-4A title, and the Bulldogs, now coached by Tom Wait (in his second stint at KHS), will defend their 16-4A title, and their UIL Class 4A state title.

The Lady ‘Dogs were to play this weekend in a tournament at Spring Hill, which continues today (times vary depending on wins and losses) and will play in a tournament at Forney that begins Thursday. Kilgore’s girls aren’t home until the district opener – that’s Jan. 30, against Spring Hill.

Coach Wait’s Bulldogs have started their season in a tournament in Hallsville, and beat Texas High in the first game of that tournament, 3-0, on Thursday.

That tournament will continue throughout the weekend. But the Bulldogs are in the annual Longview tournament that starts Thursday – Kilgore opens at noon against Forney High at Longview, just off Hawkins Parkway.

SOFTBALL

KC winter camp today

Kilgore College’s softball program will host a winter hitting and slapping camp today at the Ballpark at KC Commons on Houston Street (at the site of the former Kilgore Heights campus), from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. for first through fifth graders and 1 p.m. through 3 p.m. for sixth through 12th graders.

The cost is $20 per camper, and campers should bring their own equipment and water, as well as indoor running shoes and cleats.

BASKETBALL

KC ladies at home today

Kilgore College’s Lady Rangers are back at home today for a huge Region XIV Conference game against Tyler Junior College. The game tips off at 2 p.m.

The Lady Rangers only recently returned from the lengthy December break, where the programs take much of that month off. KC split a pair of non-conference games on Tuesday and Wednesday at Bossier Parish, beating Baton Rouge Community College, 72-54, but losing to Hinds (Miss.), 75-71.

Against Baton Rouge, Richelle Velez had 25 points for KC, and Jade Thurmon had 23.  Against Hinds, Thurmon had 26, including going 12-of-13 from the free throw line, and Velez had 18.

On the season, coach Anna Nimz’s team is 9-4, and they’re 3-1 in conference play. Today’s opponent, TJC, is 7-5 overall and 2-2 in conference.

Both the Lady Rangers and Rangers will be back home this week. The Rangers host San Jacinto Monday night at 7; the Lady Rangers are at Bossier Wednesday, but home next Saturday against Paris.

The Rangers (9-3 overall, 1-2 in conference) were to play Blinn at Brenham in a game after the News Herald’s press deadline Friday night. 

FOOTBALL

KHS banquet Thursday, Jan. 18

Kilgore High School’s annual football banquet, organized and sponsored by the KHS football boosters, will be Thursday night, Jan. 18, in the ballroom of the Devall Center on the Kilgore College campus.

Tickets are $20 each, and will be on sale for senior parents starting Monday in the KHS athletic department office on campus. Tickets for the general public are also $20 each, and will go on sale Wednesday.

Kilgore’s varsity football team got to the third round of the playoffs, and finished the season with a 9-4 record.

- By SPORTS EDITOR MITCH LUCAS

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