Christmas has passed, 2020 is almost in the past, and things are beginning to get back to normal in the high school sports scene.
Basketball is just getting to its district schedule, and soccer is about to start its season. In the coming weeks, golf, baseball, softball, spring tennis and eventually track will start; both Kilgore College basketball teams begin their basketball schedules Jan. 20; and KC football is yet to come, thanks to COVID-19: the Rangers play a spring season starting in March.
For now, it’s basketball and soccer, and here’s what’s on tap.
Kilgore: At this writing, on Tuesday both Kilgore High School basketball teams were to be in action: the KHS girls in a non-district game at Marshall, and the Bulldogs in their District 16-4A opener at Lindale.
See updates on both now on kilgorenewsherald.com, in the online edition sports section.
On Friday, they’ll both be in district games, but at different sites: coach Trushundra McGill’s Lady Bulldogs will play at Chapel Hill, a scheduled 1 p.m. start for freshmen, then junior varsity and varsity. The ‘Dogs, coached by Jeff Coleman, will play a normal Friday night schedule, with freshmen tipping off at 5, followed by JV and varsity.
As covered in Saturday’s News Herald, the Lady ‘Dogs are 0-1 in district after dropping last week’s opener to Lindale by just four points (52-48).
Sabine: The Cardinals, coached by Colby Carr, also lost their District 15-3A opener at Daingerfield last week. The Cards were to play at Brownsboro, a non-district game, on Tuesday night, and will be off the rest of the week. They’ll visit district opponent New Diana next Tuesday.
The Lady Cardinals have only lost once all season (a district game to Gladewater on Dec. 15). They’ve been off since last week, and were to play a non-district game Tuesday at Troup. They’re also off until next Tuesday and a trip to New Diana.
West Rusk: The Raiders were to open their District 16-3A schedule at home Tuesday, after the print deadline for this issue of the News Herald, against Elysian Fields. They’re scheduled to play at Waskom on Saturday.
The Lady Raiders were to host Gilmer on Tuesday, and then also visit Waskom on Saturday.
Overton: Both the Mustangs and Lady Mustangs were to host non-district opponent Bloomburg on Tuesday, and both are also off until next Tuesday, home games against Union Grove, in District 21-2A play.
Kilgore: The Lady Bulldogs were to host a four-team scrimmage on Tuesday, and have one more scrimmage remaining before the season begins: that scrimmage is at home on Monday against Sulphur Springs, starting with JV at 5 p.m. here at R.E. St. John Memorial Stadium, and varsity to follow around 7.
Coach Todd BonDurant’s Lady ‘Dogs start the season with their own tournament, here at R.E. St. John, beginning next Thursday, Jan. 7. Kilgore will open the tournament – and the season – against Lindale that day at 1 p.m.
The Bulldogs have one more scrimmage left, too: that’s here on Saturday against Tyler Legacy, an 11 a.m. JV start, with varsity to follow around 1. The JV opens its season next Tuesday at home against Pine Tree at 6, and the varsity opens as a part of a tournament at Pine Tree next Thursday, Jan. 7.
Kilgore faces Whitehouse first in the tournament that day, starting at 9 a.m., and then will play Hallsville later that day at 5 p.m. On Friday, Jan. 8, they play Nacogdoches at 1 p.m. and Pine Tree at 7, and then on Saturday, Jan. 9, they face Palestine at 3 p.m.
Sabine: Sabine’s boys soccer team, coached by Wayne Borden, also open the season in that Pine Tree tournament. They’ll play Pine Tree at 9 a.m. next Thursday, Jan. 7, and then Whitehouse at 1 p.m. On Friday, they play Nacogdoches at 9, then Hallsville at 1, and on Saturday, they face Marshall at 11 a.m.
The Lady Cardinals will open the season next Tuesday night, Jan. 5, against Byrd, here at James Bamberg Stadium on campus at 5:30 p.m. After that, they’ll play in a tournament in Palestine that begins Thursday. Former KHS coach Heidi Hagan is now Sabine’s girls soccer coach.