Boys basketball programs from Kilgore High and Sabine High are both still in the University Interscholastic League’s playoffs this weekend, and both boys and girls from East Texas Christian School are back on the big stage for a second straight year.
Kilgore and Sabine both bounced into round two with first-round wins on Tuesday night. Kilgore edged out North Lamar, 37-33, in a UIL Class 4A bi-district game played at Emory Rains, and Sabine routed Ore City, 79-42, in the 3A playoffs, at LeTourneau University in Longview.
Both teams were to play second, or area, round games on Friday night, following the deadline for this print edition of the News Herald. Kilgore (18-10) was to face Crandall (25-10) in Athens on Friday night, and Sabine (24-9) was to play Mount Vernon (13-8) at Emory Rains.
See kilgorenewsherald.com now for updates. Round three for each team would be played sometime early next week.
Kilgore got 10 points from Deiontrae Wheat and nine from Jeremiah Hoskins in its low-scoring playoff win over North Lamar. KHS coach Jeff Coleman is in the first season of his second tenure as coach of the Bulldogs. The last full season he coached at Kilgore – the 2013-14 season, with Nick Orange, Trey Conrod and Xavier Gaona – the Bulldogs made the UIL 4A regional tournament at Texas A&M-Commerce.
The KHS-Crandall winner will face either Mabank or Pleasant Grove in round three. The Sabine-Mount Vernon winner will face the winner of Tatum-Hooks in a third-round game.
Sabine, of course, regularly plays well into the 3A playoffs, having done so just last year, reaching the third round. They’re led by coach Colby Carr, in just his second season.
Sabine’s Tray Oliver put on a clinic against OC on Tuesday, scoring 29 points in the Cardinals’ 13th straight win. Eylan Goodwyn chipped in 13 for the Cardinals. OC was led by Ryan Shastid, who had 20.
ETCS: Both boys and girls from East Texas Christian School reached the Texas Christian Athletic League’s state tournament for the second straight year, and both were to be in action in semifinals games on Friday.
The Chargers got a 34-29 win over Georgetown Grace on Thursday, and the Lady Chargers beat Georgetown’s Grayson Christian, 44-38.
See updates on both on kilgorenewsherald.com.
For the Chargers in their win over Grace, John Sawyer led the way with nine points and James Sawyer and Octavian McKee each had eight. Ben Hill had seven and Braden McCullin added two for ETCS.
In the Lady Chargers’ win over Grayson, Jordan Parker went wild, scoring 32 of ETCS’s 44 points. Jenna Parker had eight points and Jaelyn Cleveland had four.