KHS starts regular season this week

Kilgore High School’s softball team, back with coach Cheyenne Kirkpatrick and a young, talented roster, starts its 2018 season this week. The Lady Bulldogs were to open on Tuesday at Palestine, but that game was rained out.
So the Lady Bulldogs' season opener becomes the Lobo Invitational tournament, to be played tomorrow through Saturday at Lear Park, in Longview. The Lady ‘Dogs first game in that event is Thursday at noon, on field four, against Longview. Kilgore plays on field three at 4 p.m. Thursday against West Rusk. On Friday, Kilgore opens against Liberty-Eylau at 10 a.m. on field 4.

‘Dogs open 2018 Tuesday at L-E

Kilgore High School’s baseball team, the defending District 15-4A champions, will officially open the 2018 season on Tuesday at Liberty-Eylau, a 4 p.m. junior varsity Red-team start, with varsity to follow around 6.
After that, it’s back-to-back-to-back tournaments, including their own. Kilgore plays in Harmony’s tournament Feb. 22-24, hosts the annual Oil Belt Classic tournament here at Driller Park on March 1-3, and then plays in the Edgewood tournament March 8-10.
Two days after opening at L-E, the Diamond ‘Dogs will begin the Harmony tournament at 11:05 a.m. next Thursday, Feb. 22, against Elysian Fields. The Bulldogs will also play later that day against All-Saints at 5 p.m.
Coach Eugene Lafitte is Kilgore’s coach, in his first season, and has a very good crop of players returning – Kilgore only graduated Collin Pippen a year ago, so just about the entire team is back that won district, and set a single-season school wins record. Leading the charge is senior pitcher Javan Smitherman, a Dallas Baptist signee, and senior Ren Reynolds, who signed with Frontier Community College (Ill.) a week ago.
Kilgore went to the third round of the playoffs last season.

Today’s KC games moved to Weatherford

Due to the rain in the forecast Tuesday evening and today, the doubleheader between Kilgore College’s softball program and Weatherford was moved to Weatherford, still at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
The Rangers are 2-4, but in the early stages of the spring season. They’re scheduled, weather-permitting, to be home this Friday and Saturday for four games in a mini-tournament, the Ranger Shootout. They’ll play Texas College at 9 a.m. Friday, Murray State at 1 p.m., and then on Saturday, they’ll again play Murray State at 1, and Texas College at 3.
KC plays its home games at the Ballpark at KC Commons just off of Houston Street.
-- By sports editor Mitch Lucas