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KC ladies win a big one; Rangers split a pair

It was a red-letter weekend for the Kilgore College Lady Rangers, who thoroughly, soundly defeated longtime nemesis Tyler Junior College in embarrassing fashion on Saturday, dropping a 103-55 beatdown on TJC here at Masters Gymnasium on Saturday afternoon.

The win allowed KC’s ladies to remain once-beaten in the Region XIV Conference standings at 4-1. KC is one of three teams (Angelina and Trinity Valley are the others) tied atop the conference standings. The Lady Rangers are at Bossier Parish tonight, a 5:30 p.m. start, and then host Paris on Saturday at 2.

For KC against Tyler, the combination of Richelle Velez and Jade Thurmon came up big again. Velez had 29 points, eight rebounds and an assist, and Thurmon scored 25, to go with 11 rebounds, 11 assists, and had five steals. Alex Strawhorn had 12 points and five rebounds, and blocked three shots. Alexus Moore had eight points, and Danielle Meador, seven.

KC's defense was simply swarming.

TJC took an eye-popping 81 shots and hit only 18, going 5-of-27 from three-point range.

The Rangers had a mixed-bag weekend, but ended it on a good note. They lost on the road at Blinn in Brenham, 78-65, but then bounced back at home Monday night with a 78-67 win over San Jacinto. KC is 2-3 in conference play this year, and will play at Coastal Bend tonight (7:30), then host Lamar-Port Arthur Saturday at 4.

For KC, Chad Bowie led with 18 points. Davon Newton and Demiere Brown each had 15, and Daytone Jennings had 11. Jennings had eight rebounds and two blocks. Brown had five rebounds. Malachi Davidson scored six points and had three assists. Bowie had five assists as well.

Ironically, both KC teams have 10-4 overall records.

YOUTH SOCCER

KSA spring sign-up begins

Registration for the upcoming spring season of the Kilgore Soccer Association begins this weekend – specifically Saturday, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., at the soccer complex on Highway 135.

Children must be at least three years old by the registration date. If the child didn’t play in KSA’s fall season, they’ll need to bring proof of age, which could include a birth certificate, passport, or immunization record.

There are more sign-up dates after Saturday – others are Saturday, Jan. 20, and Saturday, Jan. 27, also both at the KSA soccer complex.

New player fees are $80 per player. Returning players (who played in fall 2017) are $65 each. A family discount begins with the third registered player.

See the KSA’s page (Kilgore Soccer Association) on Facebook.

FOOTBALL

KHS banquet Jan. 18

Kilgore High School’s annual football banquet, organized and sponsored by the KHS football boosters, will be Thursday night, Jan. 18, at 6 p.m. in the ballroom of the Devall Center on the Kilgore College campus.

Tickets are $20 each, and are on sale now in the KHS athletic department office on campus.

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

Renfro honored at

SISD board meeting

Sabine High School football standout Kobe Renfro, who’s received several honors for his 2017 season performance in recent weeks, got another on at the most recent meeting of the Sabine ISD board.

Renfro was recognized for his outstanding season, which earned him all-district honors, Texas Sports Writers Association all-state team honors, and the Associated Press’s 3A defensive player of the year. He was also named to the USA Today’s All-Texas team.

Renfro had 191 tackles, 20 of them for loss, four sacks, three fumble recoveries, and 191 tackles, 20 of them for loss, as well as four sacks, two pass break-ups, three fumble recoveries, and five forced fumbles.

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