Andy Bates

Leverett’s Chapel coach Andy Bates (right), pictured here with Gladewater athletic director Scott Clower, has been named one of the Dave Campbell’s Texas Football high school coaches of the week, for LC’s win over Oakwood a week ago.


LC’s Bates named DCTF 1A coach of the week

Leverett’s Chapel head football coach Andy Bates received a special honor this week from Dave Campbell’s Texas Football Magazine.

Bates was one of six coaches in the state to be named as DCTF coach of the week; Bates, of course, for 1A, or six-man football.

“Dave Campbell’s Texas Football is proud to honor one head football coach in each classification with the Coach of the Week award. Each coach recognized with this special honor typifies the best in Texas high school football. Congratulations to all the coaches and thank you for all you do for your players, schools and communities.”

Of Bates, DCTF wrote this: “1A coach of the week: Andy Bates, Leverett’s Chapel. Bates’ Lions played spoiler to Oakwood’s homecoming, getting a huge game from speedy senior Michael Dennis to upset the Panthers, 38-28.”

LC was to face Union Hill on Friday night, the first district game of the season for both teams. See how LC, and other Kilgore-area schools, fared on Friday night right now on’s sports section.


Back the Blue tourney Oct. 15

The Rusk and Gregg County Peace Officers Association’s Energy Weldfab Back the Blue golf tournament will be played at Tempest Golf Club next Friday, Oct. 15.

It’s a six-man scramble, with a $900 per team entry ($150 each), and sponsorships are still available.

For more, e-mail Scott Clark at


Hi-Steppers clay shoot Oct. 16

It’s time again for one of the biggest fundraisers of the year for the Kilgore High School Hi-Steppers, and that’s the Hi-Steppers’ annual sporting clays tournament, set for next Saturday morning, Oct. 16.

The event will again be at the phenomenal Prairie Creek Sporting Clays course, located at 15250 County Road 3111, Gladewater. Those coming down I-20 can take the Joy Wright Mountain Road exit.

The tournament will begin at 8 a.m., with breakfast; a safety meeting is scheduled for 8:20 a.m., and then a shotgun start at 8:30.

The format is four-man teams, so competitors can register as a team, and those who want to register as an individual can do so, as well, and then will be paired with others to form a team. Registration is $100, and that’s for shooting, breakfast, lunch and raffle contests, too.

To find out more, to become a sponsor or to sign up to enter the tournament, talk to a member of the KHS Hi-Steppers.

By sports editor Mitch Lucas

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