Smith, A&M-C win DII national championship

Texas A&M-Commerce captured this year’s NCAA Division II national championship last weekend, beating West Florida, 37-27, at Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kan.

Former Kilgore High School standout Ja’Quorious Smith is a redshirt freshmen for the Lions – Smith has played on special teams and as a linebacker. He’s also listed as a running back, his position while at KHS. Smith had a tackle in the championship game.

The Lions finished the season 14-1, and won their last 10 games. They were the first Lone Star Conference team to win the national championship in football since 1982.


Oil Belt concludes, KHS drops final two

Last week’s revival of the Oil Belt Classic basketball tournament, with games played at both Kilgore College and Kilgore High School, has to be considered a success on many levels, including for coach Jerry Timmons’ Kilgore Bulldogs.

It was the first time the Oil Belt was played in decades.

The Bulldogs went 2-2 in the tournament, winning their first two games (over an Australian tour team and Pine Tree), then faltering in the final two (against Marshall and then Pine Tree in a rematch).

The Bulldogs (4-6 on the season so far) were to play Tatum Tuesday night, following the print deadline for this issue of the News Herald), and then take off for Christmas. They’ll be in the huge Wagstaff Holiday Classic, a big tournament for high school teams to be played at Tyler Junior College, and they’ll face Brownsboro on the first day, Thursday, Dec. 28, at 10:30 a.m.

Also in the Wagstaff tournament are All-Saints, Arp, Athens, Burleson, Fort Worth Brewer, Brook Hill, Chapel Hill, Grand Prairie, Jacksonville, Lindale, North Forney, Tyler Lee, Van and Whitehouse.

Tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for students for each game; tournament passes are $30.