Several Kilgore High School athletes had some of the biggest moments of their lives last week, as they were honored at ceremonies on campus for selecting their college destinations.
On Friday, KHS seniors Cameron Jackson, Wanya McIntyre and Jada Abercrombie were all recognized by family, friends, and coaches as they announced where their college education would begin, and where their athletic careers would continue.
Abercrombie had declared a few weeks ago, and it was announced in area media, that she would be attending and playing volleyball for East Central (Okla.) University. In addition to Jada’s announcement, Kilgore track standout Jackson will be moving on – literally – to (and at) the University of Arkansas-Little Rock, where he’ll continue his education and track career. And McIntyre, a big part of the KHS boys soccer team the last four years, will hit the books and the field for Hardin-Simmons University.
They joined other KHS seniors who signed last week and were covered in the pages of the News Herald: Jeremiah Hoskins (basketball, Mountain View College), Maliyah Holland (track, Arkansas-Little Rock) and B.J. Owens (football, Friends University).
As told in her original announcement, Abercrombie was part of a special group for coach Madeline Harris’s Lady Bulldogs volleyball team: they finished second overall in District 16-4A play, taking that race right down to the wire with Bullard, and then won the school’s first volleyball playoff game in over 25 years.
Kilgore went 22-15, losing in the second round of the UIL Class 4A volleyball playoffs.
Abercrombie had 234 kills, 294 digs, 36 blocks and 10 assists in her senior season.
Jada will compete for East Central in the Great American Conference, against teams like Henderson State (Ark.), Southern Arkansas, and Northwestern Oklahoma State.
Being a soccer standout, McIntyre was among the athletes this spring who didn’t get to finish his senior season due to the coronavirus-imposed break. Kilgore High School’s soccer programs each had two games left in the regular season when the break happened (following spring break), and both teams were leading their respective district standings and had pretty much wrapped up district titles.
McIntyre had 10 goals the season that Kilgore won the 4A state title in 2017, and overcame a knee injury as a sophomore to score 16 goals and notch 11 assists last year. This year was his best yet: 26 goals and 13 assists before the virus-related stoppage. He was named the district’s overall most valuable player.
Among the schools McIntyre will face in the American Southwest Conference will be LeTourneau University in Longview, East Texas Baptist University in Marshall, and UT Dallas.
Jackson was special for his sport at KHS, as well. Like McIntyre, Jackson didn’t get to finish his spring season; track had a handful of meets left.
But Jackson was doing well on his quest to return to the UIL state track and field meet at the University of Texas before the virus caused the cautionary break in sports and in schools nationwide.
Last year, Jackson became the latest track athlete in a long line from Kilgore to compete on the state meet stage. He finished with a third-place medal in the 100 meter dash and finished seventh in the 200. And Jackson also went as a sophomore as a part of the second-place 400 meter relay team.
Arkansas-Little Rock is a part of the Sun Belt Conference; some of the teams Jackson will face at future meets include the University of Louisiana, the University of Louisiana-Monroe, University of Texas at Arlington and Texas State University in San Marcos, near Austin.