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“Throw out the records when (fill in the blank teams) play,” an old and somewhat tired cliché.

Rivalry games, though, can reach a different level of intensity, and coach Clint Fuller – who you can bet is aware of that – will be reminding his Kilgore Bulldogs of it all week.

Kilgore (6-1 overall, 3-0 in District 9-4A, Division I) has worked very hard to remain unbeaten in district play, and to set themselves up for a somewhat-easier road in the playoffs, although “playoffs” and “easy” don’t exactly go together like peanut butter and jelly.

It appears the coaches in the Region XIV Conference aren’t the only ones high on Kilgore College’s men’s basketball team as the 2021-22 season gets ready to tip off.

And the Lady Rangers? They’re home tonight at 5:30, for a preseason scrimmage.

West Rusk senior quarterback Andon Mata is the Chick-Fil-A / Kilgore News Herald player of the week this week, and it wasn’t all that easy.

FRISCO (AP) — Dak Prescott promised not to miss any time after straining his right calf on the touchdown pass in overtime that gave the Dallas Cowboys their first win at New England since 1987.

The star quarterback believes he can deliver on that vow because the team is going into its open week. Even with the break, recent history with his teammates suggests Prescott's view is optimistic.

It’s October, so if you’re not expecting a scare, shame on you.

Kilgore volleyball fans got a bit of a scare from the Lady Bulldogs on Friday night. The Lady Bulldogs, battling Chapel Hill at home and constantly, it seems, fighting with CHHS and Henderson for a berth in the UIL Class 4A playoffs, Kilgore lost its first two sets, only to bounce back and win in five, 17-25, 20-25, 25-22, 25-16, 15-10.

BRISTOL, Tenn. – Steve Torrence couldn’t capitalize on a track record-setting qualifying performance, but the three-time reigning NHRA Top Fuel world champion still managed to leave Bristol Dragway with the TF point lead Sunday after a runner-up finish in the 20th NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals.

The first windy night of the season caught some fans a bit off guard Friday here at R.E. St. John Memorial Stadium – but there was no surprise that in the battle of the Bulldogs, it was Kilgore that proved to be up for the challenge.

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Ezekiel Elliott didn't have to think long this week about what he remembered most about Dallas' last visit to New England in 2019.

"It was a like a hurricane," Elliott recalled of the game played in wet, windy conditions and included temperatures that dipped into the 30s. "I had the big beach towel in my pants, so I could keep my hands dry. I remember wearing like five or six different pairs of gloves."

The Kilgore College Rangers will start the 2021-2022 season exactly how they ended the previous campaign: at the top of the heap in the East Zone.

BRISTOL, Tenn. – The insertion of the Thunder Valley Nationals into this year’s NHRA Countdown, expanding the NHRA playoffs from six races to seven, may prove troublesome for reigning Top Fuel champion Steve Torrence as he pursues his fourth straight Camping World title at the wheel of his Capco Contractors dragster.

That’s because while the 38-year-old cancer survivor from Kilgore has won 41 tour events over the last five seasons and celebrated at least one victory at every host track in the series, it’s been eight long years since he was a perfect 4-and-0 at Bristol Dragway.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Because of deadline times and constraints, these are Tuesday’s games; for an update on games from Friday night, see kilgorenewsherald.com now.

Running into Bullard in volleyball is always a challenge, and while Kilgore did put up a fight, the District 16-4A defending champ did go over once again Tuesday night, on their senior night.

Kilgore High School cross country proves that, when it comes to district championships, they still rule the roost: on Thursday in Lindale, the Bulldogs and Lady Bulldogs claimed both the boys and girls team championships at the District 16-4A meet.

There’s something to be said for being the underdog in a sports event.

But there’s absolutely nothing wrong with being the favorite – or at very least, the champion of your district – moving on to regionals.

Kilgore High School tennis – playing the fall team tennis season – has advanced into the second round of the University Interscholastic League’s Class 4A playoffs, and actually plays round two, or the area round, today.

CHICAGO (AP) — It was Jose Altuve, Carlos Correa and Alex Bregman once again.

The Houston Astros are going to the AL Championship Series for the fifth straight year. Their October-tested stars led the way.

One of them is ranked No. 1 in the #bEASTTexas Fabulous 15 3A/2A/TAPPS poll, and the other is having its best season in two years, and leads its district standings without a single district loss.

We’re talking, of course, about top-ranked West Rusk, coached by Nick Harrison, and about Sabine, coached by veteran Rex Sharp. They’re in two different divisions of Class 3A: Sabine is in the bigger Division I, and West Rusk, Division II – in other words, they played each other in the regular season, but can’t meet in the playoffs.

And they are both on a roll.

Kilgore High School volleyball scored a big win Friday in District 16-4A, keeping their hopes alive for one of the four playoff berths.

Sabine and Overton both won big district match-ups, as well.

All were to play again Tuesday night after the print deadline for this edition of the News Herald; see our Wednesday morning volleyball update online now on the sports section at kilgorenewsherald.com.

JEFFERSON – It was homecoming in Jefferson Friday night – but the Sabine High School Cardinals weren’t a cordial guest.

The Cardinals traveled took on the Bulldogs for their third district game, looking to remain perfect in District 6-3A, Division I.

And they did it.

The Bulldogs were sent to the doghouse as Sabine came away with a very impressive 31-7 win and a 3-0 district record to boot.  And now on Friday, the Cardinals will host the White Oak Roughnecks.

ARLINGTON (AP) — Same opponent. Same stadium. Same week.

The NFL didn't do Dallas quarterback Dak Prescott any favors sending the New York Giants to the $1.2 billion home of the Cowboys in Week 5. As a result, the setting Sunday will be a repeat almost a year to the day since the severe ankle injury that ended his 2020 season.

HOUSTON (AP) — A three-time World Series winner, Chicago White Sox manager Tony La Russa certainly couldn't be nervous as his team prepares for the opener of a best-of-five AL Division Series against the Houston Astros today.

FRISCO (AP) — The Dallas Cowboys are releasing linebacker Jaylon Smith in what could be considered a cost-cutting move because of a guaranteed salary next season in the case of an injury.