KSA spring sign-up

begins today at complex

Registration for the upcoming spring season of the Kilgore Soccer Association starts today, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., at the soccer complex on Highway 135.

Children must be at least three years old by the registration date. If the child didn’t play in KSA’s fall season, they’ll need to bring proof of age, which could include a birth certificate, passport, or immunization record.

There are more sign-up dates after Saturday – others are Saturday, Jan. 20, and Saturday, Jan. 27, also both to be held at the KSA soccer complex.

New player fees are $80 per player. Returning players (who played in fall 2017) are $65 each. A family discount begins with the third registered player.

See the KSA’s page (Kilgore Soccer Association) on Facebook.



Bulldogs, Forney tie

in Lobo Invitational

Defending UIL state champion Kilgore and Forney tied on the first day of the Lobo Invitational, a soccer tournament hosted by Longview High, which continues this weekend.

The Bulldogs and Forney – coached by former Kilgore coach Kris Duplissey – played to a scoreless tie on Thursday. The Bulldogs’ times today are will be based upon performance; the finals of the tournament is set for 4 p.m. today, at Lobo Stadium.

Next week, the ‘Dogs visit Tyler Lee on Thursday, a 5:30 p.m. junior varsity start with varsity to follow, and then they’ll compete in a tournament in Terrell that begins Thursday.

Kilgore’s Lady Bulldogs were competing this weekend in a tournament in Forney, ironically, and will be off until Thursday, when they’ll take part in another tournament in Longview.

Neither KHS team is home until Jan. 26 (that’s the boys, hosting Lindale), and both teams are home Jan. 30 for the District 16-4A openers against Spring Hill.


‘Dogs lose to Lions; KHS girls

2-0 in district; SHS sweeps WR

Coach Jeff Coleman’s Kilgore High School girls basketball team is taking its District 15-4A playoff pursuit seriously. The Lady Bulldogs are off to a 2-0 start in district play.

Kilgore’s girls won at Gladewater Tuesday night by 14, 47-33. Tianna Holland had 12 points and six rebounds. Jada Abercrombie had 11 points and four rebounds. Jamaria Thomas had nine points and Maih Thomas had eight. Kilgore is 11-11 overall this season, and was to visit Chapel Hill Friday night, after the print deadline for this issue of the News Herald. They’ll also play away on Tuesday (at Bullard), then finally get a home game next Friday against Gilmer.

The KHS boys stumbled in their final non-district game of the season Tuesday night at home to Henderson, 46-35. Colby Powe had eight points for Kilgore; Hunter Bonnette had seven, and Seth Thomas had five.

Kilgore (5-11 overall this season) was without Deiontrae Wheat, who was ill.

The Bulldogs were to open 15-4A play Friday night at Chapel Hill, then visit Bullard Tuesday, starting at 5 p.m. with freshmen. Gilmer visits Kilgore next Friday.

Both Sabine teams got back on the winning track with District 15-3A wins at home over West Rusk.

The Lady Cardinals held WR to just seven first-half points and won, 59-26. Genesis Willett and Kristen Stuart each had 18 for Sabine. Miranda Cook scored 10, and Natalie Morgan had seven. Jordin Broadway, Mikinzi Cantrell and Sarah Davis each had two.

Sabine’s Cardinals also raced out to a big lead – they led 24-9 at the end of the first quarter – and never looked back in a 73-42 win over the Raiders.

Eylan Goodwyn had 16 points, four steals and nine rebounds for Sabine (15-6). Nate Willis had 15 points and five rebounds. Tray Oliver had 12 points and six rebounds. Hunter Grotemat had nine points and two steals. Scottie Taylor had eight points, two steals and five rebounds.

Will Shawn had six points, seven rebounds, five assists and three steals. Jackson Lutz had five points, and T Taylor had two, plus three steals, two assists and three rebounds. Glenn George had three steals and as many rebounds.

Both Sabine teams each have just one district loss (both at Troup last weekend) and both were to visit Arp on Friday. They’ll play at Winona Tuesday, then come home to host Harmony next Friday evening.

KC teams win a pair; both home today

Both Kilgore College basketball teams, competing in the grueling Region XIV Conference, secured wins on Wednesday night, and both will be home this afternoon.

KC’s Rangers, coached by Brian Hoberecht and fresh off a home win Wednesday against Coastal Bend, will host Lamar-Port Arthur today at 4. The Rangers are 11-4 overall, and that 73-64 Wednesday victory evened their conference record at 3-3.

After today, the Rangers host Tyler Junior College on Wednesday night (7:30), then take a week off before traveling to Bossier Parish on Jan. 24.

The Lady Rangers, coached by Anna Nimz, continue to roll, and came from behind Wednesday to top Bossier Parish, 71-67. KC’s ladies are 11-4 overall, and at 5-1 in conference play, it’s looking like the 1990s around here – the Lady Rangers are at the top of the Region XIV Conference standings.

They host Paris Junior College today at 2, then visit Panola College in Carthage on Wednesday at 5:30.

In the win over BP, Jade Thurmon led the way with 24 points. She also had 13 rebounds, four assists and four steals. Richelle Velez had 12 points, and Alicia Mardis had nine. Alexus Moore and Hennessey Handy each had six, Tyra Cormier and Paula Esteban, five each, and Danielle Meador, three. Oluwatunmise Amusa hit a free throw for a point.


KHS banquet Thursday, Jan. 18

Kilgore High School’s annual football banquet, organized and sponsored by the KHS football boosters, will be Thursday night, Jan. 18, at 6 p.m. in the ballroom of the Devall Center on the Kilgore College campus.

Tickets are $20 each, and are on sale now in the KHS athletic department office on campus.

Kilgore’s varsity football team got to the third round of the playoffs, and finished the season with a 9-4 record.


‘Dogs start next week; varsity in February

Kilgore High School’s tennis program begins its 2018 “spring” season next week, with the Bulldogs’ junior varsity participating in a tournament in Tyler, hosted by Tyler Lee, on Friday, Jan. 18.

The Bulldogs’ JV will actually play three dates before the varsity starts: Jan. 18, as mentioned, in Tyler; a tournament in Longview the following Friday, Jan. 25; and then another Tyler tournament, this one sponsored by John Tyler, on Feb. 1.

Kilgore’s varsity will open its campaign on Feb. 2, in a tournament at Jacksonville. The Bulldogs host their own pretty large tournament on Feb. 9.

Kilgore’s tennis team went three rounds deep in the UIL Class 4A playoffs in the fall, and has been off for a couple of months. Fall tennis is the team tennis competition; spring tennis is geared more toward individual accomplishments. Last year, Ian St. Clair and Tyrese Sheffield made it to the state tournament, held at Texas A&M University in College Station, finishing second in 4A boys doubles.