KC men lose by one;
Velez sets 3-point record

Kilgore College’s men’s basketball team dropped their latest Region XIV Conference game in maybe the most frustrating fashion, falling by just one point, 58-57, at Panola College on Wednesday night.
Here at Masters Gym, the Lady Rangers got back on track with a 75-62 win over Blinn that included a new school record.
The Rangers (12-8 overall, and 4-7 in conference) will host Navarro (15-6, 6-5) today at 4 p.m. The Lady Rangers (13-8, 7-5) will play at Coastal Bend in Beeville.
Panola 58, KC 57 (men): Panola’s Jeremy Roscoe broke a 57-all tie with just under two seconds left, hitting one of two free throw attempts that gave the Ponies a 58-57 lead. KC was able to inbound the ball to Davon Newton, who took a long-range three-pointer that would’ve won the game had it went in – but it hit the rim and Panola had one.
KC 75, Blinn 62 (women): Richelle Velez hit 10 three-point shots, a new school women’s record for three-pointers in a single game. Velez finished with 34 points.
Also in the contest for KC, Jade Thurmon had 19 points, nine rebounds and 12 assists; Patience Idoko had nine points; Alicia Mardis had four; Danielle Meador and Amusa Oluwatunmise had three each; and Tyra Cormier had two. Thurman also blocked two shots and played all but 2 ½ minutes of the game.
Ke’Asia Williams had 10 to lead Blinn.

KSA late sign-up today

Registration for the upcoming spring season of the Kilgore Soccer Association will be held again today, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., at the soccer complex on Highway 135. This is a late registration, so there will be a $10 late fee per player.
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.
New player fees are $80 per player (plus the $10 late fee). Returning players (who played in fall 2017) are $65 each (plus the late fee). A family discount begins with the third registered player.

KBBA sign-up 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 on kilgoreboysbaseballassociation.com, as well.
Opening ceremonies will once again be at Driller Park on Saturday, March 17, and then the regular season will be played at the KBBA’s brand new complex across the street from Driller.

KC starts this weekend, home Wednesday for DH

The Kilgore College Rangers softball program opens its spring season this weekend, and will have a doubleheader here in town on Wednesday afternoon.
Coach Leslie Messina returns as coach for the Rangers – she’s the only coach in the history of the young five-year program – after guiding them to a 33-19 record and their first-ever playoff berth in the Region XIV Conference a year ago.
KC is playing in this weekend’s Galveston College Invitational, in Galveston, of course, and was to open the season Friday against Lamar State College. A second game Friday had the Rangers facing the University of Houston-Victoria.
Today, KC plays San Jacinto at 9 a.m., Alvin Community College at 11, and then host Galveston College at 3.
KC hosts Grayson County College on Wednesday for that doubleheader – game one begins at 1 p.m. and game two, at 3 p.m., both at KC’s year-old home, the Ballpark at KC Commons, located just off Houston Street at the former site of Kilgore Heights school.

In a recent edition, the News Herald did a feature on Philadelphia's Lane Johnson, a former KC Ranger who will play with the Eagles this Sunday in the Super Bowl. The News Herald stated that Robbie Tobeck was the only other former Kilgore College player that had appeared in a Super Bowl since 2000. Actually, that's incorrect. Ricardo Colclough, who played here in 2000-01, actually played for the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XL (against Toebeck's Seattle Seahawks). The News Herald regrets the error.