TRACK & FIELD
G/K Relays a wash
Kilgore High School’s boys and girls track and field teams were scheduled to open their season this Saturday at Pine Tree High’s annual Graham-Knowles Relays, but for the first time in recent memory, the weather won out – the event has been canceled.
That leaves KHS track, barring a schedule change, not opening its season until March 3, the Earl Milner Relays at Stephen F. Austin University in Nacogdoches. Kilgore’s next one after that isn’t even quite a week later: Friday, March 9, at Lobo Stadium in Longview.
Games involving KHS, KC teams canceled
High school baseball and softball, and junior college softball all got an unwanted break this week (and this weekend) when baseball and softball tournaments in Harmony and White Oak were canceled due to all the rain, as were games for Kilgore College.
Kilgore High’s baseball team, 0-1 after dropping a hard-fought season opener at Liberty-Eylau on Tuesday, was to play in the Harmony tournament this weekend, but won’t now. The Diamond ‘Dogs’ next scheduled game isn’t until their own Oil Belt Classic tournament, set for March 1-3 here at Driller Park.
If the Bulldogs add a game next week, we’ll have it posted on kilgorenewsherald.com.
The same thing happened with KHS softball, whose tournament appearances in White Oak were also canceled. Coach Cheyenne Kirkpatrick’s Lady Bulldogs, 2-3 on the season to date, are slated to host Garrison Tuesday at 5:30 at Stream-Flo Park, varsity only. That’s Kilgore’s home opener.
KC isn’t exempt from the rain-outs, either. Coach Leslie Messina’s Rangers were originally scheduled to play eight games this week, both here and on the road, but have only managed to get in two (wins against Texas College on Monday). A trip to Denison to face Grayson in a doubleheader was canceled, and Friday’s home games against Iowa Western and Sunday’s against Grayson were, as well.
Messina has scheduled KC to play Centenary College’s junior varsity on Monday night at 7 p.m. at East Texas Baptist University in Marshall.
With all the rain-outs, the Rangers have only played 10 games this season. They’re 4-6.
Sabine girls trio makes first-team all-district
Sabine High School’s Kristen Stuart, Genesis Willett and Miranda Cook were all named first-team all-district in the just-announced District 15-3A all-district team.
All-district choices are made by the district's coaches.
Coach Sara Cantrell’s Lady Cardinals finished the regular season in a three-way tie with Troup and Harmony for the district’s best record.
Joining Stuart, Willett and Cook were teammates Sarah Davis and Brookelyn Gray, named to the second team, and Gracie Taylor, honorable mention.
West Rusk is also in 15-3A. No WR player made first-team, but Brey Ruiz was named second-team, and Chloe Tidwell and Hannah Trichell were honorable mention.
Named to the academic all-district team (with a 90 average or above) from Sabine were Davis, Taylor, Gray, Cook, and Natalie Morgan. For WR, Tidwell, Ruiz and Taylor Tarbutton all earned the distinction.
Winona senior Randaysha Hanson was named the overall most valuable player. Troup’s Kori Minnix was named offensive player of the year; Harmony junior Elizabeth Spencer is defensive player of the year; Harmony freshman McKinzee Settles was named newcomer of the year; and Troup’s David Minnix is coach of the year.