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COLLEGE SOFTBALL
KC opens fall season
at home with tourney

There are, effectively, two seasons within a school year for the Kilgore College softball program, and coach Leslie Messina’s Rangers will start the smaller fall season today at home.
The Rangers will host Jarvis Community College, Mountain View College and Eastern Oklahoma today in round-robin fashion to start the 2017 fall campaign. KC gets Jarvis first, at 9 a.m., will face Mountain View at 10:50, and then take on Eastern at 6:10 p.m. tonight.
KC is also home on Wednesday afternoon in a 1 p.m./3 p.m. doubleheader against Hill College.
The fall schedule is the smaller of the two seasons, and wraps up in early October. KC plays its games at its new complex, at the site of the former Kilgore Heights campus on Houston Street.


VOLLEYBALL
Kilgore at Grace Tuesday;
District starts Sept. 19

Kilgore High School’s volleyball program is rapidly headed to its District 15-4A schedule.
Kilgore dropped a sweep, 24-26, 18-25, 17-25, at home to Carlisle on Tuesday.
Coach Lacy Coldiron’s Lady Bulldogs were to face Union Grove Friday night, then will host an all-day tournament for freshmen and junior varsity today. On Tuesday, they visit Tyler Grace, a 5 p.m. freshmen start with JV and varsity to follow, and then next Friday, Kilgore hosts Palestine.
District play starts Tuesday, Sept. 19 at home against Gladewater. Kilgore missed the playoffs last season and needs to finish in the top four in district to get in. Additional teams in 15-4A are Gilmer, Spring Hill, Chapel Hill, and Bullard – volleyball district is different from football.


Overton falls to Big Sandy
Overton lost to Big Sandy Tuesday, 19-25, 19-25, 24-25.
Still, Overton’s Molly Laws had 12 kills, and three digs. Sarrah Garrett and Maci Carpenter each had three kills for the Lady Mustangs. Carpenter had two digs and laws had three; Garrett had six.
Also for Overton, Carpenter had 15 assists; Valorie Fields had a kill and a dig; and Jaylin Blakeney and Jenny Emmel each had three digs.
Overton was to start district play on Friday at Timpson. The Lady Mustangs will host Shelbyville on Tuesday, a 4:30 p.m. varsity-only start.

LC tops LCS
Leverett’s Chapel’s volleyball Lady Lions swept Longview Christian School on Tuesday, 25-10, 25-8, 25-15. LC, now 12-9 overall this season and gunning for a return trip to the UIL state tournament, were to host Carlisle on Friday in the district opener for both teams.
LC is coached by Rickey and Patty Hammontree.
For LC in the win over Longview Christian, Yesenia Avalos had seven kills, 17 digs and six aces. Aubrey Williamson had five kills, 16 digs and three aces. Sara Williamson had four kills, a block and an ace. Lexus Haley also had four kills, with five digs and three aces.
Michelle Jamaica had three kills, nine digs and three aces for LC. Gracie Bathke had two kills, six digs, 21 assists and an ace. And Skyla Craig had a kill and 17 digs.

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