LOCAL SPORTS IN  BRIEF

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BASEBALL
Diamond ‘Dogs at PT today,
open district next Friday

Kilgore High School varsity baseball will play its final non-district game of the immediate future today at Pine Tree High School in Longview. A junior varsity game will be played at 11 a.m., then varsity at 2.
Coach Charles Foshee’s Bulldogs are 10-4-2 this season after a home loss to Athens on Tuesday.
District 15-4A play, which determines whether or not Kilgore will make the playoffs, starts next week. Kilgore will be off Tuesday, then host Chapel Hill in that district opener next Friday, a 4:30 p.m. JV start, with varsity to start at 7.
In the 1-0 loss to Athens on Tuesday, Collin Pippen went 2-for-3; Ren Reynolds and Javon Smitherman each went 1-for-3; and Harlee Biggs was 1-for-2.
Pippin started the game on the mound but came off after three innings; he allowed no runs on two hits, and struck out four. Connor Martin took the loss, but pitched well. He only gave up three hits over three innings. He had one strikeout. Reynolds finished the game on the mound.

OUTDOORS
KHS DU banquet May 11

The third annual Kilgore High School Ducks Unlimited banquet will be held Thursday, May 11, at 5:30 at the Kilgore Bodacious Barbecue, located at I-20 and Highway 42 North.
Kristin Clark Pieper and Travis Orms are the faculty sponsors for the club, and Emalie Hanewald is the president.
“We had our first banquet in 2015,” Hanewald said. “We competed with clubs from other Texas high schools to see who could raise the most money, and we were the state champions that year and again in 2016.”
High school DU clubs throughout Texas compete annually for recognition at both the state and national level, for awards, and for bragging rights.
“Our students really worked hard last year. They showed a maturity and a willingness to work that’s usually associated with an older group,” Pieper said. “They deserved the recognition that they received from both Texas DU and DU National.”
KHS-DU finished both 2015 and 2016 as the top high school club in Texas. In 2016, they ranked sixth nationally, and in 2017, they ranked seventh.
The 2016 national champion club, Memphis University School, raised more than $44,000. The clubs and the events they sponsor offer many learning opportunities for the students.
Advance tickets for the 2017 KHS-DU banquet will cost $45 for a single ticket, $70 for a couple’s ticket, and $25 for a child under 17 years old. Tickets are available from any KHS-DU member. Tickets purchased the night of the event will cost slightly more.
Membership in KHS-DU is open to any student at Kilgore High School. Anyone interested in joining should contact Pieper or Orms.

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