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The usual letter jackets, plaques, certificates and platitudes were given out, seniors were honored, and the 2020 football season was commemorated. But at Thursday night’s Kilgore High School football banquet, there seemed to be a genuine feeling of gratitude, accomplishment and most of all, an appreciation for simply getting to play a football season.

Kilgore football didn’t win its district championship in the 2020 season, although the Bulldogs did have a great year.

But the Bulldogs showed up – and big-time – in the District 9-4A all-district team, chosen completely, totally by the coaches of the programs who compete in the district.

The 2020 Kilgore High School football team, trainers, managers and coaches, will be honored on Thursday night at the annual football banquet, put together by the KHS football booster club. The banquet will be at the high school cafeteria and will begin at 6:30 p.m. Seating is limited but the…

The Dallas Mavericks’ game tonight at Charlotte is uncertain, after four members of the Mavericks’ roster tested positive on Monday for COVID-19, forcing the NBA to postpone Monday night’s home game against the New Orleans Pelicans.

Tournament play is a rigorous portion of the early-season soccer schedule each year, not only at Kilgore High School, but at most East Texas programs, simply because it allows coaches to normally play games against unfamiliar competition, to prepare their players for what they might see when it counts in district play, and to get that right combination of a lineup that can produce a winner.

If fans of the University of Texas football program can dream, the display that their new head coach put on Monday night with Alabama’s national-title win over Ohio State might be a preview of what’s coming to Austin in the future.

HOUSTON (AP) — Luka Doncic had 33 points, 16 rebounds and 11 assists, and Tim Hardaway Jr. added 30 off the bench as the Dallas Mavericks used a big fourth quarter run to pull away in a 113-100 win over the Houston Rockets on Monday night.

Kilgore High School’s football team made it two games shy of the UIL Class 4A Division I state title game this season, and the Bulldogs will be honored next Thursday, Jan. 14, at the program’s annual football banquet. This year, the banquet will be at the KHS cafeteria, at 6 p.m. There will …

Devin Booker supplied the offense while Chris Paul provided the savvy in the final minutes.

At least for the first game, the Suns' revamped backcourt performed almost exactly as hoped.

Three quarterbacks, a wide receiver and a running back are the five finalists for the Eighth Annual Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award, Cindy Smoak, SPORTyler executive director, announced this week.

Sabine High School’s Aubree McCann has been chosen as part of the Texas Girls Coaches Association Class 3A all-state team.

Luka Doncic will have to wait for European sidekick Kristaps Porzingis to join him for their second season together after the pair led Dallas to the playoffs for the first time in four years.

The Mavericks open the 2020-21 season tonight at Phoenix, a 9:30 p.m. tipoff on ESPN, and get the NBA's prime-time slot on Christmas Day: Friday at 7 p.m. on ESPN and ABC against LeBron James and the defending NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers.

The 2020 portion of the high school soccer schedule – which was all scrimmages, anyway – is about over, and now the Kilgore High School programs will move their focus to the real season.

Dallas and San Francisco were moved out of prime time, which says it all about what became of a late-season matchup between one of the NFL's ratings darlings in the Cowboys and the defending NFC champion 49ers.

The two longtime rivals meet again today at noon on Fox.

Kilgore High School basketball teams each get another game before the Christmas holidays, as both have home games early in the week, and district play starts for the Lady Bulldogs.

Scrimmages in soccer are the same as scrimmages in every sport: for coaches to evaluate personnel, see what changes need to be made, and put players in the very best position for them and for the team to be successful.

Both Kilgore High School soccer programs have plenty of scrimmages between now and Jan. 7, when both will open their 2021 seasons in tournaments.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Neither Carthage nor Gilmer is in the News Herald’s coverage area, but both are Kilgore’s rivals, and playing for the UIL Class 4A, Division II state title. Carthage won its eighth state title since 2008 on Friday in Arlington.

In the mid-1950’s, the United States was putting world conflict behind it, and coming into its own under President Dwight Eisenhower; Elvis Presley burst onto the music scene, changing it forever; Mickey Mantle was belting home runs for the New York Yankees; and “I Love Lucy” ruled television.

And Kilgore High School football was having its first real success on the football field.

Seven quarterbacks, three wide receivers and three running backs are semifinalists for the Eighth Annual Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award, Cindy Smoak, SPORTyler executive director, announced on Thursday.

And fans get a say in the winner, if they vote by Monday.

Scrimmages in soccer are the same as scrimmages in every sport: for coaches to evaluate personnel, see what changes need to be made, and put players in the very best position for them and for the team to be successful.

Both Kilgore High School soccer programs have plenty of scrimmages between now and Jan. 7, when both will open their 2021 seasons in tournaments.

First-year Dallas coach Mike McCarthy draws parallels to his debut in Green Bay when the Packers finished a rough year with four straight victories on the way to a strong second season.