UIL realignment

announced Thursday

Kilgore, and high schools all around the state, will find out its destiny – or at least, its district opponents – in all sports for the next two school years tomorrow morning at 9 a.m. when the University Interscholastic League announces its district reclassification and realignment for the 2018-19 and 2019-20 school years.

Kilgore currently competes in Class 4A, Division I, the bigger classification in 4A, and that is not expected to change, although a few of Kilgore’s district opponents are expected to change.

The Bulldogs' football program is in a district with some different opponents than other sports, like baseball and basketball, and soccer is in a different district alltogether. It's possible, even likely, that several district rivals will change across the board.

Locally, in the Kilgore area, only West Rusk is expected to move – it appears the Raiders’ sports teams will compete in the bigger Class 3A, Division I, up from 3A, DII the last two seasons.

The News Herald will have a local story – on how the realignment affects Kilgore, West Rusk, Sabine, Overton, and Leverett’s Chapel – on kilgorenewsherald.com moments after the announcement is made. The complete announcement for all UIL schools will be online at uiltexas.org, and there will also be coverage of the announcement, as well as discussion with UIL officials, on a program on Fox Sports Southwest.


KBBA registration

starts Saturday, Feb. 10

Registration for the upcoming season of the Kilgore Boys Baseball Association – the first at the KBBA’s new complex – will begin on Saturday, Feb. 10, at the old complex, ironically, on Harris Street, near the pavilion.

Registration will be conducted from 8 a.m. until noon, and the fee is $100 per player. Players should bring birth certificates.

Other sign-up dates will be Saturday, Feb. 17, also from 8 a.m. until noon, and then Wednesday, Feb. 21, from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m., also both at the old KBBA complex. After that Wednesday, Feb. 21 sign-up date, there will be a $20 late fee added to registration. Sign-up is available online at kilgoreboysbaseballassociation.com.


Bulldogs drop 1-0

home decision to Lindale

Kilgore High School’s boys soccer team dropped its final non-district game of the season Friday night here at R.E. St. John Memorial Stadium to Lindale, 1-0.

Lindale scored with just over 34 minutes left in the first half, and led the rest of the way. The game was halted with 3:19 left after a brief fight at midfield – officials and coaches got control of the situation quickly, but elected not to resume the game.

Kilgore’s boys and girls were to play their District 16-4A openers on Tuesday night at home, against Spring Hill, in games that were scheduled after the print deadline for this issue of the News Herald. Go online now to kilgorenewsherald.com to see how those games turned out, and coverage will also be in Saturday’s print edition.

Both KHS teams get an early open date this Friday, then split up to face Tatum next Tuesday – coach Heidi Hagan’s Lady Bulldogs will be at home, starting with the junior varsity at 5:30 p.m., and coach Tom Wait’s Bulldogs will be at Tatum, starting with JV at 5:15.


KHS opens season

in Spring Hill tourney

Kilgore High School’s golf team began its 2018 season on Monday at the Spring Hill’s Panther Invitational at Wood Hollow Golf Club in Longview.

The Bulldogs shot a collective 405, finishing about middle of the pack. Jake Holland led Kilgore with a 95. Austin Huckabee shot a 98. Jax Brantley finished with a 104. Trace Buyher had a 108, and Jacob Lucas had a 111.

Carthage won the event with a 321 team total. Lindale’s Evan White was the medalist of the tournament (a 71).

Kilgore, led by new coach Carl Kilgore and assistant Doug Duke, isn’t scheduled for another tournament appearance until March 5 at Oak Forest Golf Club in Longview.


Lindale takes Bo Bates Invitational

Lindale High School’s boys and girls powerlifting teams both came out on top over the weekend at the annual Bo Bates Invitational at Sabine High School.

Sabine’s boys were fifth, and the girls were sixth.

Among top finishers in the boys standings: Sabine’s Mauro Gallegos totaled out at 1,030 pounds in the 123-pound weight class, squatting 385 pounds, bench pressing 240, and deadlifting 405.

Sabine’s Kole Stripland competed in the 165-pound class, totaling out at 730 pounds – 265 squat, 185 bench and 280 deadlift. Eli Morris competed in the 181-pound class, with 1,145 total, a 415 squat, a 285 bench and a 445 deadlift. And Jon-Michael McKinney of the Cardinals was in the super heavyweight class. McKinney had a total of 1,210 pounds, 450 squat, 300 bench and 460 deadlift.

For Sabine’s girls, Kayden Perry had 360 total pounds – 130 squat, 70 bench and 160 deadlift – in the 105-pound class. Delani Waggoner was in the 132-pound class and finished with 560 total – 230 squat, 110 bench and 220 deadlift; Emma Smitherman was second in the 148-pound class with a 635 total (255 squat, 135 bench and 245 deadlift); and Erika Lowry was second in the 220-pound class (805 pounds total, 315 squat, 175 bench, 315 deadlift).

Also, Overton’s Kyiriona Roland won her class with 515 total pounds (185 squat, 105 bench, 225 deadlift).