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HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL

Kilgore splits with CH, as playoffs near

Kilgore High School’s basketball teams split a doubleheader at Chapel Hill on Friday, and by the time this is printed, the KHS girls will be finished with their regular season.

Kilgore’s Lady Bulldogs lost, 33-30. Kilgore beat CHHS the first time around, but couldn’t escape in Tyler. Jamaria Thomas led Kilgore with 14 points. Miah Thomas chipped in eight.

The Lady ‘Dogs were to close their regular season at home Tuesday night, following the deadline for this print edition of the Kilgore News Herald, against Bullard. Going into that game, Kilgore was third in the District 16-4A standings. Bullard is the district leader. It looks like, if the Lady Bulldogs can remain third, they’ll play Paris in the first round of the UIL Class 4A playoffs.

Kilgore is led by coach Trushundra McGill, in her first season as head coach.

The Bulldogs beat CHHS for the second time this season, 46-34. Deiontrae Wheat led KHS with 18 points and Seth Thomas scored 15.

The ‘Dogs were to host Bullard Tuesday night, as well, and have an open date Friday. They’ll finish the regular season Tuesday night at home against Henderson. Kilgore is 8-2 in district play, but with two wins over KHS, Spring Hill has already clinched the district title. Kilgore can do no better than second, but the playoffs are just a few days away.

TENNIS

Netters bring home titles from first weekend

Spring tennis has started for the Kilgore Bulldogs, as well, and coach Jason Maroney’s team brought home a few titles from the first tournament of the season, played last weekend in Jacksonville.

Jack Tyra and Trystan Dobbs got second in boys A doubles, and Samantha Linkinhoker and Chase Borders won consolation in mixed doubles B. William Bennett won boys B singles consolation.

Kilgore hosts a tournament this Friday, and it includes 16 teams. The tournament will be played at the courts here, of course, at the high school campus, as well as courts at Longview High School, Pine Tree and Spring Hill.

BASEBALL / SOFTBALL

KHS baseball alumni game Saturday

There will be a Kilgore High School alumni game this Saturday, Feb. 9, starting at 11 a.m. at Driller Park. Check-in is set for 10 a.m.

Entry fee is $20 per player, and all proceeds will go to the KHS baseball program.

To confirm a spot, e-mail Todd Nault todd.nault14@gmail.com.

YOUTH BASEBALL

KBBA sign-up begins this weekend

The Kilgore Boys Baseball Association will begin its 2019 season – its second full season in the new parks on Commerce Street – this spring, and registration begins this weekend.

Sign-up will be at the concession stand at the old parks on Harris Street, and will be this Saturday, and next Saturday, Feb. 16, from 8 a.m. until noon both days. Online registration will also be available this year (and will go live Feb. 1).

Players will need to provide a copy of their birth certificates. Registration fee this year is $100 per player.

For more, see their Facebook page (Kilgore Boys Baseball Association) or their website (www.kilgoreboysbaseballassociation.com).

HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL / SOFTBALL

KHS teams continue scrimmages;

softball starts Feb. 12, baseball Feb. 19

Preseason scrimmages continue for the Kilgore High School baseball and softball teams, but the real thing is coming up quickly.

The Lady Bulldogs were to scrimmage at Tatum on Tuesday late-afternoon, and will open their 2019 season next Tuesday, Feb. 12, at Mount Pleasant-Chapel Hill, and that’s varsity-only (MP-CH has no junior varsity).

After that, it’s tournament play, starting with one in Carthage. Kilgore will play Carthage – the team that beat them in the first round of the playoffs last season – that Thursday night (Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14) at 6, but prior to that, they’ll face Tatum at 4.

Kilgore’s home opener is Tuesday, Feb. 19, against Nacogdoches.

The Lady ‘Dogs are coached by Cheyenne Kirkpatrick, assisted by Ivan Monzon and Michelle Patterson.

Kilgore baseball has won more than 50 games the last two seasons combined, and got within a hair of the 4A state tournament last season. They’re back in action already, having scrimmaged Athens Monday night (Kilgore came up on the short end, 7-3, in the controlled scrimmage).

Coach Eugene Lafitte’s Diamond ‘Dogs will host the annual alumni game this Saturday at Driller, and then visit Longview for a scrimmage on Monday afternoon, starting at 4 p.m. with freshmen (JV and varsity to follow).

The final scrimmage is at home against Pine Tree on Feb. 15, and then Kilgore officially opens at Liberty-Eylau on Tuesday night, Feb. 19.

They’ll compete in a tournament in Whitehouse on Feb. 21-23, and then host the annual Oil Belt Classic tournament Feb. 28-March 2.

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