Jack Tyra, Kalen Ray at state tourneament Thursday

Jack Tyra and Kalen Ray from Kilgore High School will compete tomorrow morning in the University Interscholastic League’s Class 4A state tennis tournament. The UIL’s state tennis tournament for all six classifications is at the George P. Mitchell Tennis Center and Omar Smith Intramural Tennis Center on the campus of Texas A&M University at College Station.

Kilgore’s boys doubles team will face Canyon’s Asher Melton and Bryce Ware in the state quarterfinals on Thursday morning at 10:30. The season is over for the losers. The winners advance to take on either Fredricksburg or Center tomorrow afternoon at 3:30.

Should Ray and Tyra get to the finals, they would play Friday morning at 10 a.m. Complete pairings in bracket form are available on the UIL’s website in the tennis section,

Tickets are $12 each for adults, $7 each for students, or an all-tournament pass is $20.

See tomorrow evening for an update.

Tyra and Ray are the third team from KHS to make the tournament in the last seven seasons. Sanjit Lanka and Takashi Thomas did it twice, and Ian St. Clair and Tyrese Sheffield also got to College Station, and those teams earned a second-place finish.

If Kilgore wins its matchup against Canyon, they’ll face the Center-Fredricksburg winner in the state semifinals at 3:30 next Thursday afternoon. The boys Class 4A finals are on Friday, a 10 a.m. start.


Co-ed tournament fundraiser here June 1

There will be a co-ed volleyball tournament, open to the community, on Saturday, June 1, at Meadowbrook Park, the park across Houston Street from Meadowbrook Golf and Event Center.

The teams should have six players each, and at least two girls on each team. Entry fee is $20 per player, and there will be prizes. Registration should be complete, though, by May 25.

Proceeds from the tournament will go to the Kilgore High School volleyball program.

To find out more or get entered, contact Christy McElyea at


Jay Cox memorial bass tourney June 22

Jay Cox was a Kilgore High School student who loved all things outdoors, especially fishing.

Jay was in a car accident on April 29, 2017, and suffered a brain injury. He was in a coma, and passed away on June 17 that year. The family does everything they can to keep his memory alive, and what better way than fishing?

The second annual Jay Cox Memorial Bass Fishing Tournament will be Saturday, June 22, from 7 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Lake O’ The Pines’ Johnson Creek. Entry fee is $25, with a 50 percent payback.

All proceeds will go to the LiveLikeJay Foundation, which provides scholarships for graduating seniors and other aid to KISD students.

Check-in is from 6 a.m. until 7 that day, and lunch is included with registration ($7 if not fishing).

For more information, contact Abbie Cox at


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