Sam Rodriguez

Samantha Rodridguez, a Kilgore High School senior, will represent the Lady Bulldogs one more time today in San Antonio in the TASCO All-Star Game.


Sign-ups ongoing

Registration has started for Kilgore Youth Football and cheer for the upcoming fall season.

Sign-ups will continue on Monday, May 15, Wednesday, May 17 and Wednesday, May 24 at the old baseball field (1911 Florence Street) beside the football stadium, R.E. St. John Memorial Stadium, from 6 p.m. until 7:30 p.m.

Here’s what needs to be brought: your child, if they’re playing football (to be fitted for their uniform) and a birth certificate.

Registration for flag football (five and six-year-olds) is $100 (flag). For tackle football, it’s $125. Freshmen are seven and eight year olds. Sophomores are considered nine and 10-year-olds, and juniors are 11-and-12-year-olds. Ages are of Sept. 1.

Registration for cheer is $225.


Kilgore’s Samantha

Rodriguez in TASCO all-star game

Kilgore senior Samantha Rodriguez has been selected to play Saturday in the Texas Association of Soccer Coaches (TASCO) All-Star Game in San Antonio, one of a very few East Texans chosen for this year’s game.

Sam will represent KHS and the Lady Bulldogs in the Region II game against Region I at 1:30 p.m. today at the Blossom Athletic Center at 12002 Jones Maltsberger Road in San Antonio, and of course, there are both boys and girls games.

Rodriguez was a key member of coach Todd BonDurant’s Lady Bulldogs, who made it back to the regional tournament in Tyler, one step and two wins shy of the UIL’s Class 4A state tournament in Georgetown.


Tryouts for U-14 girls team next week at Lear Park

Angels FC, an under-14 girls team, is hosting open tryouts for its fall and spring seasons (fall 2023 and spring 2024) this coming week, May 15 and May 18, then May 22 and May 25.

The tryouts will be at Lear Park in Longview on field four at 100 HG Mosley Parkway from 6:30 p.m. until about 8:30 p.m.

Angels FC is a compe, spring and competitive club that plays Dallas-Fort Worth-area league play, spring and fall tournaments.

For questions, call David at (903) 445-2571, Fernando at (903) 399-0566, or Alexander at (423) 999-1656.


Chamber’s Spring Swing tourney June 2

The annual Spring Swing Tournament, hosted by the Kilgore Area Chamber of Commerce, will be Friday, June 2, also at Tempest Golf Club.

It’s a four-person scramble, and a great way to connect with other Kilgore-area business-owners. Entry fees for a team is $500, for chamber members, $600 for non-members.

Registration and a bloody Mary and brunch bar are set for 9:30 a.m., with an 11 a.m. tournament start.

The tournament’s title sponsor is Patterson Kilgore Chevrolet Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, the premier sponsor Republic Services. There are several opportunities for sponsorships, all still currently available, for now.

For more on the tournament or to sponsor, call the chamber office at (903) 984-5022, or e-mail Lisa Morgan at

East Texas API scholarship tournament at Tempest June 16

The annual American Petroleum Institute’s East Texas Chapter will host its annual fundraising golf tournament on Friday, June 16, at Tempest Golf Club, the 54th annual tournament.

The purpose of the event each year is to fund scholarships for sons and daughters, or grandchildren, of people in the oil and gas industry.

It’s a four-man scramble, 18-hole format, limited to 72 teams in two 36-hole sessions (Friday morning and Friday afternoon), with time preferences assigned on a first-come, first-serve basis. Food, drawings, awards and contests will be a part of the event, and drink carts will be provided throughout the day. Sponsorships are still available, as well. Entry fee is $1,000 per team.

For more information about entry or sponsorships, go to Pictured above: the tournament committee, as they concluded plans for this year’s event.

Ark-La-Tex registration has begun; Kilgore’s Meadowbrook on tour

Registration is now open for this summer’s Ark-La-Tex Junior Golf Tour.

The tour will play 11 events, including the Tournament of Champions to end the season.

Stops are set for Monday, June 5 at Alpine Golf Club in Longview (Adult/Youth), Monday, June 12 at Meadowbrook Golf & Event Center in Kilgore, Thursday, June 15 at Texarkana Country Club, Monday, June 19 at Northridge Country Club in Texarkana, Monday, June 26 at Wood Hollow Golf Course in Longview, Thursday, July 6 at the Tempest in Liberty City (Adult/Youth), Monday, July 10 at Alpine Golf Club in Longview, Monday, July 17 at Oak Grove Golf Club in New Boston, Monday, July 24 at Wood Hollow Golf Course in Longview (Adult/Youth), Monday, July 31 at Crossing Creek in Longview and Monday, Aug. 7 at Pinecrest Country Club in Longview (Tournament of Champions).

Events other than the July 6 stop at The Tempest begin at 8:30 a.m. with a shotgun start. That tournament will begin at 1:30 p.m.

For information: (903) 753-1415 or

— By sports editor Mitch Lucas

Sports editor

Mitch Lucas is the sports editor for the Kilgore News Herald, and has been since June 1, 2002.