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TRACK & FIELD

Kilgore High School teams in Lobo Relays

Kilgore High School’s boys and girls track and field teams have both started their season, and were to compete in the Longview High School-hosted Lobo Relays on Friday, after the print deadline for this issue of the News Herald.

See results in the News Herald’s Wednesday edition.

The teams will resume their seasons, following next week’s spring break, at Hallsville on Friday, March 22.

SOFTBALL

Tourney canceled; Dockter honored

The Region XIV Crossover tournament that had been scheduled for this weekend at Longview’s Lear Park was canceled, the conference announced, and now next up for the Kilgore College softball team is the conference opener.

KC’s Rangers (10-8 overall this season), coached by Leslie Messina, will get the bulk of next week off, but on Friday, they’ll travel to Mount Pleasant to open conference play in a doubleheader against Northeast Texas Community College. That begins at 1 p.m. on Friday, March 15.

Next Saturday, March 16, the Rangers will add a little more mileage. They’ll play at Angelina College in Lufkin, a doubleheader that will also begin at 1 p.m.

Also, Kendyl Dockter , a sophomore from Rowlett, was named the Region XIV East player of the week the week of Feb. 25.

Dockter, an infielder, batted .550 that week with four doubles, a triple and a home run. She had 7 RBI and on defense, had six put-outs.

BASKETBALL

Conrod’s 19 points key in huge TA&M-C win

Kilgore native and former Kilgore High School standout Trey Conrod now suits up for Texas A&M-Commerce’s basketball team, and chances are, the other teams in the Lone Star Conference wish he didn’t.

Conrod had 19 points to lead the Lions in a 90-80 in over University of Texas-Permian Basin in the conference tournament on Thursday afternoon in Frisco.

That advances Conrod and the second-seeded TA&M-C Lions to the semifinals of the tournament, and they were to play third seed Angelo State at noon today.

The Lions, now 22-7 on the season, split the regular-season series with Angelo State, each team winning a home game.

Conrod’s confidence is growing down the stretch. “I’ve been shooting the ball better in the second half of the season,” said the former Bulldog, who helped Kilgore to the UIL Class 4A Region II tournament in 2014. “My teammates know I can knock it down. They tell me to keep shooting it, and don’t get frustrated. My teammates drive the ball and draw help to get me open shots and good looks. We are just trying to make the right play.”

This is the third straight year the Lions have advanced into the tournament’s semifinals.

The News Herald always seeks updates on athletes from the Kilgore area who have moved on to college and pro ranks. To send an update, e-mail News Herald sports editor Mitch Lucas at mlucas@kilgorenewsherald.com.

(Special thanks to TA&M-C associate AD Josh Manck for this item)

FISHING

KCKL Big Bass tourney March 30-31

Cedar Creek Lake will be the site of this year’s 36th annual KCKL Big Bass Tournament the weekend of March 30-31 – that’s about 60 miles southeast of Dallas.

The tournament offers 120 cash prizes for bass weighed each hour and to the winners in the overall final standings. There are door prizes to be won at 3 p.m. daily.

Entry fee for adults is $85 per day. Youth entry fees (16 and under) are just $10, and youth contestants are eligible for all tournament prizes, including first prize.

The tournament is sanctioned by the Texas Conservation Society, and utilizes the lake release program, returning the fish back into the lake. Headquarters for the tournament will be Log Cabin City Park, located between Clear and Caney Creek bridges, about half a mile east of the intersection of Highway 198 and Highway 3054.

Contestants may enter by mail or at the lake For more information, call KCKL Bass at (903)-489-1346, or check out their website, kcklbass.com.

GOLF

Gaston Museum fundraising tourney April 27

The 12th annual Gaston Museum-Terry Irick Memorial golf tournament, a four-person scramble, is set for Saturday, April 27, at Longview Country Club (also known as Buster’s), at 3275 State Highway 42, about four miles north of Interstate 20.

The tournament is a $50 per-person entry, or $200 per team, which includes a cart and refreshments. In addition, there are mulligans available on holes five and 14 for $2 each.

First place prize is $200 per team; second place is $100 per, and third place, $80 per. There’s a $50 closest-to-the-pin contest on hole three, and a $25 long drive contest on hole 12.

The first-class hole-in-one prize is back this year: two tickets to The Masters tournament in Augusta, Ga., as well as round-trip airfare, eight days/seven nights in a private home rental, and $1,500 in spending cash. That’s for anyone who gets a hole-in-one on hole 18.

There are also prizes for aces on par three holes of six, nine, 10, and 16.

Sponsorships are also still available for this year’s tournament. Anyone who’d like to sponsor is invited to call Andy Elliott at (903) 987-2217.

Proceeds from the tournament go to benefit the museum and its scholarship program. Last year’s scholarship recipient, of the John Morrow Scholarship, was Angela Spain, the granddaughter of James Spain, a 1945 Gaston graduate.

Winners last year of the scramble were David Ross, Paul Goettle, Rick Whitaker and Mike Graves.

For more about the tournament, e-mail museumoffice@gastonmuseum.org, and for more about the museum, check out gastonmuseum.org, or see the Gaston Museum page on Facebook.

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