POMONA, Calif. – Kilgore’s Steve Torrence managed to regain his composure after an incident with rival Cameron Ferre and, thanks to a pressure-packed, all-or-nothing victory over Brittany Force in the second round of Sunday’s 55th annual Auto Club Finals, became just the eighth driver in NHRA history to win back-to-back Mello Yello Top Fuel championships.
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History can’t be changed; that’s a proven fact.
But it can be added to. And Sabine High School football added a bright chapter to its football history on Saturday in Sulphur Springs. But the job’s not done.
Leverett’s Chapel went into the UIL’s Class 1A, or six-man, football playoffs on Thursday night in Mabank with the goal of playing David to Avalon’s Goliath.
LONGVIEW – The West Rusk Raiders won seven games in coach Nick Harrison’s first season at the helm, but the Jefferson Bulldogs proved to be a little too much here at Longview High School’s Lobo Stadium in a Thursday night playoff game.
ATHENS – Kilgore’s 2019 football season is over, unfortunately, after one game in the University Interscholastic League’s Class 4A Division I playoffs.
By bedtime tonight – unless your bedtime is before 10 p.m. – three football programs in the Kilgore area will know whether or not their 2019 season is over.
Girls athletics at Kilgore High School has gotten off to a fantastic start in the 2019-2020 school year, thanks to the success of the volleyball team, and KHS girls basketball coach Trushundra McGill is hoping it carries over.
After about a week off, the Kilgore College Rangers weren’t rusty in a home win here at Masters Gymnasium Tuesday night.
And the Lady Rangers? It’s the non-conference schedule, but they’re still unbeaten, now 5-0.
Longview and Diboll secured the top spots in the final #bEASTTexas Fabulous 15 poll for the 2019 high school football season.
The Kilgore Bulldogs’ mindset changes this week – it’s time to forget the regular season and move into playoff mode.
Maybe nobody in the area appreciates being in the playoffs this year more than the West Rusk High School Raiders, if only because they had to have help – without having a game themselves.
Leverett’s Chapel’s football team is going to be dealt a challenge this week, the first of the University Interscholastic League’s Class 1A, or six-man, playoffs.
Sabine High School football dates back to the mid 1930s. And during that entire time frame, the Cardinals have somehow managed to avoid winning a playoff game.
Coach Rex Sharp and his 2019 Cardinals intend to do everything in their power to make sure that dubious streak ends this weekend.
Kilgore High School's volleyball team closed its season with a loss to 41-1 Farmersville on Saturday afternoon at Edgewood.
Farmersville beat Kilgore in four sets, finishing the Lady Bulldogs' 2019 season at 20-14 in the second round of the University Interscholastic League’s Class 4A playoffs.
Performing on the biggest stage possible – a state championship game, or a state tournament – is one of, if not the, main goals of any high school athlete, especially in Texas.
Four Kilgore-area athletes did just that on Saturday in the University Interscholastic League’s state cross country meet, held at Old Settlers Park in Round Rock.
The West Rusk High School Raiders had to sit idle the final Friday night of the regular season, and wait out their playoff fate.
LIBERTY CITY – Sabine finished off the regular season with style here at James Bamberg Stadium, as coach Rex Sharp’s Cardinals beat White Oak, 23-7, and now move on to the UIL Class 3A playoffs.
There wasn’t a lot of drama at a very cold R.E. St. John Memorial Stadium Friday night, as the Carthage Bulldogs brought their unbeaten football program to town, and took excitement out of the night early.
With a win over Class 3A Division I No. 10 Franklin, Diboll moved into sole possession of the top spot in the Class 3A/2A/TAPPS portion of the #bEASTTexas Fabulous 15 poll.
LONGVIEW – District 16-3A’s fourth-seeded West Rusk Lady Raiders dropped a hard-played series to Tatum on Tuesday night, here at Pine Tree High School.
LONGVIEW – The No. 6 ranked Sabine Lady Cardinals ended the regular season on a major roll, and a setback to Class 4A Gilmer in a tuneup match over the weekend did little to slow that momentum.
Kilgore High School volleyball turned away the critics at the door all season – the ones who said they wouldn’t make the playoffs, wouldn’t compete with Bullard in district, and wouldn’t win a playoff game.
Check, check, and now, check.
Runners at state meet this weekend
Kilgore and Sabine runners will compete in the UIL state cross country meet this Saturday morning, Nov. 9, at Old Settlers Park in Round Rock.
Leverett’s Chapel needed a win over High Island last weekend to get into the playoffs, and the Lions got it. Now, much like West Rusk, LC waits.
With one regular season game to play, this much is certain: if Kilgore beats Carthage here Friday night, the Bulldogs will again be in the playoffs, for the 23rd time in 25 years.
If Kilgore loses… well, that’s where things get a little dicey.
It appears that, somewhat shockingly, suddenly, the Kilgore College Rangers have played their final football game of the 2019 season.
It’s tremendously early, but the Kilgore College Lady Rangers have gotten the 2019-20 basketball season off to a great start, and the Rangers are back after opening in Oklahoma.
OK, for everyone wondering how it works, here’s what Kilgore needs to do to make the UIL Class 4A playoffs, after losing at Palestine on Friday night.
PALESTINE – In the end, Kilgore just dug themselves too much of a hole and couldn’t climb out, and the Palestine Wildcats had claimed another upset.
And the playoffs in District 10-4A, Division I? Well, it’s 52-card pickup – except for Carthage.
Southwest Junior College Football Conference playoffs, semifinal round
New Mexico Military Institute (5-4) at No. 3 Kilgore College (8-1)
3 p.m. kickoff, R.E. St. John Memorial Stadium
It’s basketball time.
The Kilgore Youth Basketball Association will host its annual registration today from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m., and next Saturday, Nov. 9, during the same time period at the Kilgore Middle School’s cafeteria on both days.
LAS VEGAS – Despite first round losses in two of the first four races in the Countdown to the Championship, it would be difficult to find anyone willing to bet against Steve Torrence and his Capco Contractors Top Fuel dragster this week as the Mello Yello tour moves to The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway for the 19th annual Dodge NHRA Nationals.
NEW LONDON – Gavin Smith threw for a touchdown, ran for a touchdown and recovered both an onsides kick and a fumble.
But his third-down conversion run late in the fourth quarter provided the game's biggest play, and West Rusk held on to beat Winnsboro, 37-33, Friday at Bruce Bradshaw Stadium.
Leverett’s Chapel’s path back to the postseason hasn’t been easy, or clean. But the Lady Lions have cleared their own path, and when the UIL Class 1A playoffs begin next week, they’re there.
Some special things are happening right now in Sabine High School athletics – the football team is 8-0, cross country runner David Robinson is headed back to the state meet for the second straight year, and volleyball has had its best-ever season, to date.
Football season is just getting to its climax, and Kilgore College’s Rangers are ranked third in the nation. But basketball season is here, and the KC Lady Rangers are ready to roll tonight, right here at Masters Gymnasium.
BULLARD – In front of a boisterous – even raucous – crowd with plenty of supporters from both teams here Tuesday night, Kilgore fell to Bullard in a de facto championship game for the District 16-4A volleyball championship.
And now, North Lamar becomes the focus in a playoff game at Wills Point next Tuesday night.
If it seems the playoff race in District 10-4A, Division I – known by many affectionately as “The District of Doom,” an appropriate name for Halloween week – is a little more tight this year, that’s probably because of Palestine’s upset of Henderson a few weeks ago.
It’s kind of tough that Leverett’s Chapel’s postseason hopes each year come down to the Lions’ performance in just three games.
Overton defenders Logan Reddick (17), Jaxon Clark (2) and Justin Gomez (60) pressure Mount Enterprise quarterback Kendre Miller (center) to throw an interception, which was made by Overton’s Geno Dennis. The Wildcats left with a win; they’re undefeated. But Overton is at the other end of the…
Because the Southwest Junior College Football Conference schedule requires every team to play each other, there are no “new” matchups in the conference playoffs, which begin this Saturday.
That doesn’t mean there won’t be surprises.
Kilgore is in a tight race in the “District of Doom,” Leverett’s Chapel can secure a playoff berth with a win this weekend, and Kilgore College is hosting a conference playoff game.
But there is one game this week that is for sure a championship game. It’ll be played in Gladewater, and it matches up a pair of old rivals – although one has never beaten the other.