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HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL
Tournament time for area schools

District play isn’t far away, now that the Christmas break is over, but area high school basketball teams will tune up with several holiday tournament games this week.
Sabine High School’s boys and girls are both participating in the huge holiday tournament in Tenaha. The Cardinals were to play this morning, in fact, at 10 a.m. against San Augustine. Sabine, which is 12-3 on the season, has won eight of its last nine games.
The Cardinals would play at 1 p.m. tomorrow, if they were able to beat San Augustine today. If not, they’ll play Thursday at 11:30 a.m. against the loser of Elysian Fields and Timpson.
The Sabine girls were also to play this morning at 10, against Timpson. A win would mean coach Sara Cantrell’s Lady Cardinals play again tonight at 7 against either La Poynor or White Oak. A loss would send Sabine to the consolation bracket to face the La Poynor-White Oak loser on Thursday morning at 8:30.
Kilgore’s Lady Bulldogs are off through the holidays, and won’t be back in action until next week. But the Bulldogs are playing – they’re in the big Wagstaff Holiday Classic tournament being played at Floyd Wagstaff Gymnasium on the Tyler Junior College campus.
Coach Jerry Timmons’ Bulldogs (4-7 this season, overall) will play Thursday morning at 10:30 a.m. against Brownsboro. Other teams in the tournament are Tyler Lee, All-Saints, Whitehouse, Arp, Athens, Fort Worth Brewer, Burleson, Brook Hill, Chapel Hill, Grand Prairie, Jacksonville, Lindale, North Forney, and Van.
Tickets for each game are $6 for adults and $4 for students, and tournament passes ($30) will be on sale.

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL
Sabine players make all-district squad

Four of coach Rex Sharp’s Sabine High School Cardinals were named to the District 8-3A, Division I all-district first-team.
Cardinals running back Glenn George, offensive lineman Jon-Michael McKinney, inside linebacker Kobe Renfro and kicker Fernando Jaimes were each named to the all-district first team, by the district’s coaches.
In addition, Michael Taylor was named the Cardinals’ utility player and Scottie Taylor Sabine’s special teams player.
Earning second-team all-district honors for the Cardinals were receiver Sam Longhofer, offensive lineman Tristan Green; and McKinney, on the defensive line. Honorable mentions for SHS were Eli Morris (running back), Clayton Simmons (receiver), L.J. Mitchell and Tanner Foster (offensive linemen), Green (on the defensive line), and Daniel Wood (outside linebacker).
As far as all-district superlatives, White Oak quarterback Heath Hood was named the district’s overall most valuable player. Three players – Jefferson’s T.Q. Jackson, White Oak’s Bo Reddic and Redwater’s Lavondrick Vaughn were all named co-offensive most valuable player.
White Oak’s Elijah Trest was named defensive player of the year in the district; his teammate, Kyle Berry, was named offensive lineman of the year; and the White Oak coaching staff were also honored. Hughes Springs’ Andrew Gaul was named offensive newcomer; Eric Gipson of Jefferson was named defensive newcomer; and his teammate, Taylor Smith, was named top defensive lineman.

OUTDOORS
Kilgore Bass Anglers to meet next week

The Kilgore Bass Anglers will meet next Tuesday, Jan. 2, at The Back Porch restaurant in Kilgore, at 6:30 p.m.
The club normally meets the first Monday of each month, but is meeting Tuesday due to the New Year’s Day holiday. The club fishes in one tournament each month, starting in January and continuing through October, and members can choose to fish either Saturday or Sunday.
For more information, contact Jamie Ware at jamie@noahss.com, or see kilgorebassanglers.com.

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