KC teams both headed to RXIV tournament

Begins Tuesday at former Lon Morris College

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Both Kilgore College teams lost their final regular season games at home to Trinity Valley last Saturday, but here’s the good news: both KC squads are headed to Jacksonville for the Region XIV Conference tournament.

The men’s division of the tournament, which takes the conference’s 12 top teams and seeds them, begins on Tuesday at John Alexander Gymnasium, at the campus of the former Lon Morris College. Coach Brian Hoberecht’s Rangers (16-12 overall, 8-11 in conference play) are seeded ninth and will face eighth-seeded Bossier Parish on Tuesday at 1 p.m.

The Rangers split the two-game series with BP in the regular season: KC won at Bossier back in January, but lost the rematch here at Masters Gymnasium.

There are 14 men’s teams in the conference; Jacksonville is ineligible for postseason play and Lee College was left out based on record (they finished 3-16 in conference).

Trinity Valley, winners of 10 straight games (including KC last Saturday) is the top seed. Tyler is second, San Jacinto is third, and Blinn is fourth. The KC-Bossier loser is out of the single-elimination tournament. The winner advances to face Trinity Valley, and that would be Thursday at 1 p.m.

Kilgore College’s Lady Rangers, coached by Anna Nimz, finished the regular season as the third seed for the tournament, with a 19-10 overall record and 13-7 in conference. KC is aiming for a return to the conference’s title game, where the Lady Rangers lost to Trinity Valley last year.

The women’s tournament begins Wednesday. KC will play in the late game, an 8 p.m. start against sixth seed Blinn. The KC-Blinn loser is out, of course; the winner would advance to play either Trinity Valley or Tyler on Friday at 3 p.m.

Panola is the top seed in the women’s tournament; Trinity Valley is second, KC third, and San Jac fourth.

Championship games will be on Saturday afternoon: the ladies title game will tip off at 4 p.m., and the men’s at 7. The entire tournament will be played at John Alexander Gymnasium. Admission per game is $6 for adults, and children over five and students with ID, it’s $3 each. Tournament passes are available for $25, which is admission, of course, for the entire tournament.

Both KC teams’ games will be broadcast by the voice of KC sports, Manny Almanza, on KDOK radio – that’s 105.3-FM – as well as online at kdokradio.com, and on tsrnsports.com, the Texas Sports Radio Network.

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