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Kilgore’s Reynolds competes as all-star

Ren Reynolds, who recently graduated from Kilgore High School and helped the Bulldogs’ baseball program to one of the its best seasons ever, played last weekend in the most prestigious all-star game in the state.

Reynolds played second base for the North all-stars in the Texas High School Baseball Coaches Association’s 2A-3A-4A all-star game, at Dell Diamond in Round Rock, the home of the Round Rock Express.

Reynolds, who led Kilgore in hits in the 2018 season, didn’t get a hit, but he wasn’t alone: the North had a difficult time on offense, and fell to the South, 15-1.

But Reynolds enjoyed the experience, and was one of just a handful of East Texans in the game this season.

He helped Kilgore go 27-6 in the ’18 season, and to the University Interscholastic League’s Region II championship – that’s one step away from the UIL state tournament. Argyle, who beat KHS in the Region II title series, went on to capture the 4A state crown and an undefeated season. Kilgore set a new single-season record for wins and had its farthest trip into the playoffs since 2004.

Reynolds will move on to Frontier College, in Illinois, to play baseball there as a freshman next season.

BASKETBALL

KC boys camp July 9-12

Kilgore College men’s basketball coach Brian Hoberecht invites area youth to come out to his annual basketball camp at Masters Gym at the KC campus on Monday, July 9, through Thursday, July 12.

The camp is for boys ages five through 17, and cost is $100 per camper through June 30; it’s $120 per camper after that date.

Registration will be the first day, at 8:30 a.m. at Masters. The registration fee includes instruction by KC coaches, a camp basketball, a camp T-shirt, awards and lunch each day. There will be a concession stand open during break times, with items available at low cost.

Families are invited to the end-of-camp game on the last day, starting at 3:30 p.m.

HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS

UIL lengthens ejection punishments

The University Interscholastic League’s legislative council met last week in Austin, and took note that there were almost 1,600 ejections from UIL games last year – almost double the amount in 2008.

As a result, perhaps, of that staggering number, the council voted to strengthen penalties for being ejected from a UIL sport. The new rule for almost all sports now states that players who are ejected from a game must miss the minimum of their team’s next game, as well. In football, a player that’s ejected must miss a minimum of their team’s next game’s first half – football’s rules are different only because football plays much fewer games in a season than baseball, volleyball, softball, or basketball, for example, said UIL Athletic Director Susan Elza.

It was noted in the meeting that ejections in football were actually down from the 2016 season.

The new rule will be in effect for the upcoming school year.

Also, the council increased the time in spring that 5A and 6A programs are allowed to practice, and ruled that 12 of 18 allowed practices can be full contact, not to exceed three days per week.

FOOTBALL

KC football tryout July 14

The Kilgore College football program will hold an open tryout on Saturday, July 14, at R.E. St. John Memorial Stadium, beginning with registration at 10 a.m.

Prospective players should bring cleats, workout clothes and tennis shoes, a copy of a physical exam from their high school if possible, and there is a $20 registration fee.

Anyone who’d like to send game film prior to the tryout can do so – send it to J.J. Eckert at Kilgore College, 1100 Broadway, Kilgore, Texas, 75662, or e-mail it to jeckert@kilgore.edu.

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