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YOUTH BASEBALL

KBBA sign-up starts today

Registration for the upcoming season of the Kilgore Boys Baseball Association – the first at the KBBA’s new complex – will begin today, Feb. 10, at the old complex on Harris Street, at the pavilion, from 8 a.m. until noon.

Registration is $100 per player. Players should bring birth certificates. 

Other sign-up dates will be next 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 already available online at kilgoreboysbaseballassociation.com. Also, see the KBBA’s Facebook page.

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.

JUNIOR COLLEGE BASKETBALL

KC men lose at TVCC; ladies at JC today

Kilgore College’s Rangers suffered a road loss Wednesday at Trinity Valley, a 78-69 defeat that dropped them to 5-8 in the Region XIV Conference, and 13-9 overall.

Unfortunately for the Rangers, they’re last right now in the conference’s North Zone standings. They’re off today, then visit Tyler Junior College on Wednesday, a 7:30 p.m. tip-off. They’ll be back home next Saturday, Feb. 17, to host Bossier Parish at 4.

In the loss at TVCC, the Rangers had some good performances, just came up short. Five players scored in double figures: Chad Bowie and Malachi Davidson each had 14, Demiere Brown had 12, and Daytone Jennings and Davon Newton each had 11.

Lansana Nwosu had three, and Kur Ayol and Samory Gueye each had two.

Bowie had 11 rebounds; Jennings had eight; and Brown had six. Bowie also had four assists; Davidson and Brown each had two blocked shots.

Trinity Valley got 20 points from Wendell Mitchell and 13 from Jairus Roberson, and also went to the free throw line twice as much as KC – Trinity Valley was 25-of-37 at the line; the Rangers were 12-of-18.

Coach Anna Nimz’s Lady Rangers (14-8, 8-5) have won two in a row, but were off Wednesday after winning 86-37 at Coastal Bend last weekend. The Lady Rangers play at Jacksonville College today at 4 p.m., and then go to Tyler on Wednesday, a 5:30 p.m. start that’s the first half of a KC-TJC doubleheader.

Right now in the women’s division of the conference, there’s a three-way tie for first between Trinity Valley, Panola and Jacksonville (11-3 each), with Angelina College at 10-4. KC is 8-5, and then the rest of the pack. Poor Coastal Bend is 0-14 in conference play.

There is a date to circle on calendars. The Lady Rangers will host the annual “Cancer Awareness Game” on Wednesday, Feb. 28 – admission is $5, and all the night’s proceeds will  raise funds for cancer research. Donations will also be accepted. Angelina College will be the opponent, and it’ll be a 5:30 p.m. tip-off, as usual for Wednesday games.

This year’s theme is “We Give a Hoot” and will feature colored owls hung in the gym with the names of people who have suffered or are suffering from cancer.

Halftime entertainment will feature a performance by the Rangerette Swingsters and a 5-on-5 basketball game featuring students from the KC Dance Department.

 “We play for those who are fighting, have fought and who have lost,” said head coach Anna Nimz.  “We all have our own ‘heroes’ who we fight for. Please help us make a difference.”

To have a loved one recognized at the game who has (or is) suffering from cancer, please email Nimz at animz@kilgore.edu.

JUNIOR COLLEGE SOFTBALL

Rain-out Wednesday; two at home Sunday

Kilgore College’s softball home opener against Grayson on Wednesday was postponed, due to all the rain. The Rangers will make that date up here on Sunday, Feb. 25, with a doubleheader to start at 1 p.m.

KC (2-2 on the season so far) was to host Galveston College on Friday in a doubleheader, and then will host Centenary College this Sunday, starting at 1 p.m., with a second game to start around 3. All KC home games are played at the Ballpark at KC Commons, at the site of the former Kilgore Heights school on Houston Street. The park opened just last year.

The Rangers will also be home Wednesday against Weatherford for a 1-3 doubleheader, and are home next Friday and Saturday, playing four games in the Ranger Shootout: against Texas College Friday morning at 9, against Murray State Friday afternoon at 1, and then at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. next Saturday.

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