Locals honored as part of all-state team

West Rusk’s Piper Morton was named to the second team as a part of the Texas Sports Writers Association’s 2021 All-State softball team.

Morton, who helped West Rusk to a deep postseason run in the University Interscholastic League’s Class 3A playoffs, was named second-team all-state as a utility player. For the season, she batted .529 and had nine home runs, 11 doubles, three triples, 56 stolen bases (tagged out only once), scored 43 runs and had 36 RBI.

Kilgore’s Bailey Hedges and Jaycie Villanueva made the 4A all-state honorable mention list, Hedges at third base and Villanueva as an outfielder. Kilgore beat Lindale in a tiebreaker after the regular season to earn a playoff spot.

In 3A, pitcher Lilly Waddell of West Rusk earned honorable mention honors, as did Natalie Christy, an outfielder for the Lady Raiders.


Lees’ KC girls camp July 19-22

KC women’s basketball coach Addie Lees will welcome girls campers to Masters Gymnasium for the annual girls basketball camp next week, July 19-22.

The camp is broken into two age groups: girls entering first through sixth grades will come to camp 10 a.m. until noon each day, and girls entering seven through 12 will camp from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m.

Registration will be held 30 minutes before camp begins on the first day, July 19, at Masters Gym.

Registration fee is $40, and includes instruction and camp T-shirt. There will be awards presented daily. All campers should bring appropriate basketball clothing (gym shorts, shirt, socks and tennis shoes).

For questions, e-mail There is a camp registration form online. Go to, then to the women’s basketball link, and to “summer camp.” Checks should be made payable to Lady Rangers Basketball.

By sports editor Mitch Lucas

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