Diamond ‘Dogs in action Tuesday;

set to honor 70’s state teams April 5

The Kilgore High School baseball team has had a few days off, and has a few more, before jumping back into their District 16-4A schedule on Tuesday.

Kilgore (12-4 overall, 3-0 in district play) hosts Spring Hill Tuesday night, here at Driller Park, at 6:30 p.m. They’ll play at Spring Hill next Friday night, also at 6:30.

Coach Eugene Lafitte’s program is recognizing former Bulldogs on Friday night, April 5, as they’ll pay tribute to Kilgore’s state tournament teams of the early 1970s on the same night the current ‘Dogs face Henderson.

The Bulldogs have won six straight games, and haven’t played since Monday’s 8-3 win over Longview.


Bulldogs in Hallsville meet

The track and field teams from Kilgore High – coached by Phillip Lane and Robert Cooley – were to compete this weekend in the Tommy Miller Relays at Hallsville High School in Longview. See results in Wednesday’s News Herald, and online at kilgorenewsherald.com.

The track season only provides its athletes a few opportunities to excel before the postseason begins, and that’s the case again this year. Following the Hallsville meet, Kilgore is in the Gas Capital Relays in Carthage next Thursday, and then the District 15-4A meet is Monday, April 8, and Wednesday, April 10.

Athletes that do well enough at district can advance to the area meet, at Spring Hill, and then regionals, at Texas A&M-Commerce on April 26-27. The UIL state meet, held at the University of Texas in Austin, is May 10-11.


KCKL Big Bass tourney next weekend

Cedar Creek Lake will be the site of this year’s 36th annual KCKL Big Bass Tournament next weekend, March 30-31, 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.


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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