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FOOTBALL

Bulldogs split with Gilmer;

Second scrimmage here Friday

Both Kilgore High School and Gilmer were able to claim victory of sorts in last Friday’s preseason football scrimmage in Gilmer.

Kilgore’s Daniel Sifford and Gus Witt were among the Bulldogs who scored in the controlled portion of the scrimmage; the Bulldogs’ defense also played very well, creating several turnovers (including one at the 2-yard-line). Gilmer scored the only touchdown of the timed portion later in the night, with only about a minute left.

The Ragin’ Red will host Kaufman this Friday at R.E. St. John Memorial Stadium for the second and final scrimmage – it’ll start with freshmen and junior varsity at 6 p.m., varsity to follow. There will be the opportunity for a $2 donation for the Our Time To Shine fund, which is for benevolence for coaches and players over the course of the school year.

Kilgore officially opens at home next Friday, Aug. 31 against Nacogdoches.

VOLLEYBALL

Kilgore drops two, home Friday

Kilgore High School’s volleyball team won their first two games of the Marshall/East Texas Baptist University tournament last Friday (as reported in the News Herald’s Saturday edition), but the luck turned on Saturday, with the Lady Bulldogs dropping to eventual tournament champ Carthage (25-16, 25-17), then another.

Kilgore (4-7 on the season to date, including all tournament games) was to host Sabine Tuesday, after the print deadline for this issue of the News Herald. The Lady Bulldogs will also be home Friday against Arp. That’ll start at 4:30 p.m., and typically on Fridays, the varsity plays first, with freshmen and junior varsity to follow.

CROSS-COUNTRY

Season opens Saturday at UG

The cross-country teams at Kilgore High School will open their season Saturday at Union Grove, a 9:30 a.m. start.

It'll be a tough act to follow after the 2017 season, which saw coach Phillip Lane’s Bulldogs win a district championship for a fifth consecutive school year, and the Lady Bulldogs, coached by Heidi Hagan, reach the state meet in Round Rock as a team.

They’ll have an open date Sept. 1, then run in a Tyler Lee-hosted meet at the University of Texas at Tyler on Sept. 8.

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