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This time of year, three words give Kilgore High School baseball a full tank of gas: “It’s playoff time.”

Kilgore didn’t win its final regular season game of the year at Driller Park on Saturday, but the Diamond ‘Dogs did give a 3A power all it wanted, as the postseason is coming quickly – like Thursday.

ATLANTA, Ga. – Trying to become the last Top Fuel winner at historic Atlanta Dragway, three-time reigning Top Fuel champion Steve Torrence came ever so close Sunday before dropping a narrow final round decision to close friend Antron Brown in the 38th Lucas Oil NHRA Southern Nationals.

They say opportunity knocks – if that’s the case, then it’s pounding on the doors of the best track and field athletes in the state this week.

The University Interscholastic League hosts the best performers from this year in its annual UIL State Track & Field Championships at the University of Texas in Austin, at Mike A. Myers Stadium. The event begins Thursday with athletes from classes 4A and 3A, which includes those making the trip from Kilgore High School and West Rusk High School.

ATLANTA, Ga. – On the track on which he won his very first pro race, a track on which he’s won two of his last three starts, three-time reigning Top Fuel drag racing world champion Steve Torrence hopes to apply an exclamation point this weekend when he sends his Capco Contractors dragster after the Wally Parks winner’s trophy in the 38th Lucas Oil Southern Nationals.

Stormy weather had been in the forecast for Thursday night’s rare football game – in spring, on top of that – but the game between Kilgore College and Southern University-Shreveport here at R.E. St. John Memorial Stadium came and went, for the most part, without storms.

SU-S might disagree.

FRISCO (AP) — As they say goodbye to one Penn State linebacker, the Dallas Cowboys are welcoming another.

The Cowboys selected linebacker Micah Parsons of the Nittany Lions with the 12th overall pick of the NFL draft Thursday night after trading down two spots in a deal with NFC East rival Philadelphia.

Overton’s Kaley McMillian hit this solo home run Wednesday night in the bottom of the first inning of a game-one UIL Class 2A playoff against Frankston, in Overton. It was probably the highlight of the game, though, for Overton, who wouldn’t score again in the game and lost, X-X. The Lady Mu…

In an exciting bit of news, Kilgore High School football is a bit closer to hiring a head football coach, although there is still more work to be done.

KISD Superintendent Dr. Andy Baker shared some items on the search with the Kilgore News Herald on Tuesday.

It’s been a long season for Kilgore High School baseball, another year of a district battle that might actually be a more difficult road than the first few rounds of the UIL Class 4A playoffs.

Hopefully, last Saturday’s win over Chapel Hill will be a spark for the Diamond ‘Dogs.

The UIL’s State Track & Field Championships will be on Thursday, May 6, Friday, May 7, and Saturday, May 8, at Mike A. Myers Stadium on the campus of the University of Texas in Austin.

And as they have so many times in the past, Kilgore High School will be represented there again.

It seems like every year the University Interscholastic League holds a state track and field meet, which is every year – you know, when there’s not a global pandemic – that Kilgore High School is represented there.

That will again be the case in 2021.

The UIL’s State Track & Field Championships will be on Thursday, May 6, Friday, May 7, and Saturday, May 8, and Class 4A will compete on May 6 at Mike A. Myers Stadium on the campus of the University of Texas in Austin.

As they have so many times in the past, Kilgore will be there again.

It wasn’t a run-away – far from it – but Saturday afternoon’s 126th meeting between Kilgore College and Tyler Junior College at Rose Stadium wasn’t exactly a nail-biter, either.

And surely, the football rivalry had never been played in springtime.

Home sweet home? Lee Livesay is hoping so.

Livesay, from the Kilgore-Liberty City area, is back in East Texas this week in his professional capacity: as one of about 100 pro fisherman on the Bassmaster Elite Series Tour, fishing on Lake Fork near Quitman in the Guaranteed Rate Bassmaster Elite event all weekend.

Overton High School golfer Kaley McMillan (above) is competing in the UIL regional golf tournament at Cherokee Ranch Golf Course in Jacksonville. McMillan shot a 116 on Monday, and the tournament was to wrap on Tuesday. McMillan was medalist in District 21-2A to earn her trip to regionals.

QUITMAN — It’s been six months since Lake Fork hosted a B.A.S.S. event, but while the seasonal complexion will be significantly different when the Guaranteed Rate Bassmaster Elite comes to town, this East Texas powerhouse stands ready to produce another impressive showing.

LAS VEGAS – On a Sunday full of surprises at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Steve Torrence’s Top Fuel victory in the DENSO Spark Plugs Four-Wide Nationals certainly was not one of them.

Kilgore College getting to the NJCAA Men’s National Basketball Tournament was an amazing achievement – to beat the host team in their own arena would’ve been taking it to the next level.

Kilgore College getting to the NJCAA Men’s National Basketball Tournament was an amazing achievement – to beat the host team in their own arena would’ve been taking it to the next level.

Today’s the day.

Kilgore College’s men’s basketball team begins the 2021 NJCAA Men’s National Tournament today at Hutchinson Sports Arena in Kansas against – well, whom else? – the home-team Hutchinson Community College.

Coach Brian Hoberecht, in year number 13 of guiding KC basketball, leads his No. 17-seeded Rangers (18-5) against the16 seed, the Blue Dragons (18-6), today at 10 a.m. in a first-round game. See it streaming live on njcaa.org/network and recap story here on kilgorenewsherald.com following the game.