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SOCCER

Lady Bulldogs, Sabine do well

on District 16-4A all-district team

Coach Heidi Hagan’s Kilgore High School girls soccer team finished their season a couple of weeks ago, but were honored in various portions of the District 16-4A All-District team, voted on recently by the district’s coaching staffs.

Kilgore senior Ashley Castillo brought home a big prize: the district’s most valuable defensive player. Sophomore Emma Taylor, who’s now among several athletes preparing to represent KHS tomorrow in the area track meet in Longview, was named sophomore of the year, and senior Kylie Nichols was named utility player of the year.

In addition, five KHS standouts were named first-team all-district: goalkeeper Sarah Loomis, a junior; sophomore defenders Jackie Estrella and Maria Whitaker; and sophomore midfielders Cristina Rosas and Zoe Craven. Joining the list as part of the second-team all-district for Kilgore are sophomore forward Laramie Cox and sophomore defender Berenice Zarazua.

Kilgore had a nine-game winning streak in district play, but fell just short of winning a district championship. The Lady Bulldogs were attempting to get to the UIL state tournament, of course -- they’ve been to Georgetown two of the last three seasons.

For Sabine, freshman Dahjah Lewis got quite an honor: the district’s most valuable offensive player. Sabine also won a superlative as a team, the team sportsmanship award (shared with district champion Spring Hill).

Also, Sabine sophomore Sierrah Richter, a forward, and senior defender Leslie Badillo were named first-team all-district. Junior defender Nayelie Moreno and freshman midfielder Hadlee Waggoner were named second-team all-district.

Sabine made the playoffs for the first time in program history, as did Sabine’s boys team.

In other superlative awards, Spring Hill senior Olyvia Dowell was named the overall MVP; Tatum sophomore Yuvia Vazquez was named midfielder of the year; Spring Hill freshman Jayme Dowell was named newcomer of the year, and SHHS goalie Macy Borens was named keeper of the year. The Lady Panthers’ coach, Jimmy Dowell, was tabbed coach of the year by his peers in the district.

COLLEGE SPORTS

KC’s Texas-Sized Fundraiser April 27

Kilgore College’s annual Texas-Sized Fundraiser – to raise money for the college’s athletic department – is set for Saturday, April 27, at the Longview Exhibit Building at the Longview Fairgrounds. It’ll start at 6 p.m.

It’s the second annual event; last year’s was quite successful, and KC athletes benefitted greatly. An event ticket for $50 includes dinner and drinks, a live auction, silent auction, live band, and armadillo races.

The jockeys for the races will be a few Kilgore-area “celebrities.” There will also be bingo, fun to play at an additional cost, and there will be a raffle for a Henry American Oilmen Tribute Edition .44 Magnum .44Spl capacity, donated by Mike Clements.

Tickets for the gun raffle are $10 each, and can be purchased by contacting Kristan Propes (see below). The raffle will be the night of the fundraiser, but you don’t have to be present to win.

Sponsorships and table sponsorships are still available. Sponsorships range from Red (table sponsor) up to Star of Texas, which, among other things, includes two VIP tables for eight, tickets to all KC sports events next year, plus sponsorship of all football, basketball and softball venues, and sponsorship (and entry) at the hall of fame golf tournament this fall.

For more information on the event, , contact KC athletic director Jimmy Rieves at (903) 988-7536, or Kristan Propes at (903) 988-7537. E-mail either of them at jrieves@kilgore.edu or kpropes@kilgore.edu.

GOLF

Gaston Museum fundraising tourney April 27

The 12th annual Gaston Museum-Terry Irick Memorial golf tournament, a four-person scramble, is set for Saturday, April 27, at Longview Country Club (also known as Buster’s), at 3275 State Highway 42, about four miles north of Interstate 20.

The tournament is a $50 per-person entry, or $200 per team, which includes a cart and refreshments. In addition, there are mulligans available on holes five and 14 for $2 each.

First place prize is $200 per team; second place is $100 per, and third place, $80 per. There’s a $50 closest-to-the-pin contest on hole three, and a $25 long drive contest on hole 12.

The first-class hole-in-one prize is back this year: two tickets to The 2020 Masters tournament in Augusta, Ga., as well as round-trip airfare, eight days/seven nights in a private home rental, and $1,500 in spending cash. That’s for anyone who gets a hole-in-one on hole 18.

There are also prizes for aces on par three holes of six, nine, 10, and 16.

Sponsorships are also still available for this year’s tournament.

Anyone who’d like to sponsor is invited to call Andy Elliott at (903) 987-2217.

Proceeds from the tournament go to benefit the museum and its scholarship program.

For more about the tournament, e-mail museumoffice@gastonmuseum.org. For more about the museum, check out gastonmuseum.org, or see the Gaston Museum page on Facebook.

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