LOCAL SPORTS IN BRIEF

COME HONOR THE RAGIN' RED -- Kilgore's Deiontrae Wheat (above, 1) tries to get loose against Palestine. Kilgore High School's annual football banquet is tomorrow night at 6 p.m. at the Devall Student Center on the Kilgore College campus, honoring the varsity, junior varsity and freshmen Bulldogs for performances in the 2018 season.

BASKETBALL

Kilgore teams sweep

Henderson, still in second

Notch two more wins for the Kilgore High School basketball programs, who went to Henderson and came away winners in a pair of District 16-4A games.

The Lady Bulldogs beat Henderson for the second time this season, 45-30, and remain tied with Gilmer for second place in the district standings – that tie would be decided on Tuesday night, as Gilmer visited Kilgore (after the print deadline for this edition of the News Herald; check out kilgorenewsherald.com now to see who won).

Kilgore's boys also beat Henderson, 43-28, and are alone in second in the standings behind Spring Hill.

As mentioned, both were to host Gilmer on Tuesday, and then will visit Spring Hill on Friday, starting with subvarsity games at 5 p.m.

For the Lady ‘Dogs, Miah Thomas had her biggest scoring night of the season: 18 points, with seven rebounds and two assists. Also, Jamaria Thomas had 11 points, six rebounds and two steals, and Alexis Anderson scored seven, and had seven rebounds.

For the ‘Dogs, Deiontrae Wheat had a huge night: 28 points. Seth Thomas had 20, and Kilgore won big. Henderson's leading scorer was Caleb Medford (six points).

SOCCER

Tourneys over for Kilgore;

home games, district nears

Tournament play is now behind both Kilgore soccer teams, with the boys having competed in the Terrell tournament last weekend and the girls finishing up in Longview.

Both teams now go to regular Tuesday-Friday schedules, with district play just around the corner.

Kilgore's Lady Bulldogs were to visit Hallsville, a non-district night, on Tuesday, following the print deadline for this edition of the News Herald. The girls will host Henderson – now a non-district game – on Friday here at R.E. St. John Memorial Stadium, starting at 5 p.m. with junior varsity.

The Lady Bulldogs went 2-1 over the weekend in Longview, falling to Jacksonville, 1-0, but then beating Lufkin and John Tyler, 1-0 each. Emma Taylor scored the goals for Kilgore, getting an assist from Kylie Nichols on one of them. Kilgore's girls are coached by Heidi Hagan.

Coach Tom Wait's Bulldogs are now 8-1-2 on the season after that Terrell tournament, the Bulldogs' one loss on the year coming in the Palestine tourney, a 1-0 loss to the home team.

Kilgore won three games in Terrell, last knocking off Marshall, 7-2. For KHS, Raul Cedillo and Adolfo Castillo each had two goals, and Trey Epps, Elivon Torres and Christian Vega each scored.

The ‘Dogs are off the early portion of this week, then visit Hallsville for a 5:30 p.m. JV start on Friday. They finally get a home game next Tuesday against Pittsburg.

FOOTBALL

KHS banquet tomorrow night at KC's Devall Center

Kilgore High School's football teams will be honored Thursday night at the annual football banquet, put together by the school's football booster club.

As usual, the banquet will be at the Devall Student Center on the Kilgore College campus, a 6 p.m. start. Tickets are still available (can be bought in advance at the school's athletic department office) for $20 each.

YOUTH BASEBALL

KBBA sign-up starts Feb. 9

The Kilgore Boys Baseball Association will begin its 2019 season – its second full season in the new parks on Commerce Street – this spring, and registration is almost here.

Sign-up will be at the concession stand at the old parks on Harris Street, and will be on Saturday, Feb. 9 and on Saturday, Feb. 16, from 8 a.m. until noon both days. Online registration will also be available this year (and will go live Feb. 1).

Players will need to provide a copy of their birth certificates. Registration fee this year is $100 per player.

For more, see the association's Facebook page (Kilgore Boys Baseball Association) or online (www.kilgoreboysbaseballassociation.com).

RODEO

Donkey rodeo here

at KHS gym on Feb. 4

New rodeo stars will be born during the wild and crazy “Dairyland Donkey Basketball Show at the Kilgore High School gym on Monday, Feb. 4, starting at 6:30 p.m.

It's basketball on real, live donkeys and should be wilder than a rodeo and funnier than a circus. All local players will be riding, so come out and see someone you know try to ride a donkey and play basketball at the same time.

This fun-filled show is for a great cause – it's sponsored by Kilgore Ag Backers and all of the proceeds will benefit local agriculture students.

Advanced tickets can be bought for $7 on the KHS campus from Mrs. Murphy in room 120 or in the ag building, or locally from Kilgore Feed and North Creek Animal Hospital.

Tickets may also be available for $10 at the door if there is space available.

Kilgore News Herald

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