FOOTBALL

KHS, Sabine players Academic All-State

Three Kilgore High School football players and one from Sabine High School have each received a big honor: the Texas High School Coaches Association’s Academic All-State award.

Sabine’s Holton Pepper and Kilgore’s Josh Kennel, Dalton McElyea, Cade Pippen were all winners of the award. Pepper was named THSCA Academic All-State second-team, as were all three of the Kilgore players.

According to the THSCA, in order to be nominated, a student must be an athlete, student trainer or manager in good standing with the team, of good moral character, a senior and have an overall grade point average of 92 or above (including courses from grades 9-11 and courses completed from grade 12). Weighted GPAs are accepted.

The top team a nominee can make is the Elite Team, meaning they have near perfect scores in all categories. Other categories include first team, second team and honorable mention.

SOCCER

Kilgore scrimmages continue

Actual soccer games that count are a few weeks away, after the new year, but both Kilgore High School soccer programs continue to play preseason scrimmages.

The Bulldogs, coached by Tom Wait, postponed their game last Friday against Longview due to the inclement weather. That game was to be played Tuesday night after the print deadline for this issue of the News Herald.

After that, the ‘Dogs, both varsity and junior varsity, are playing in a tri-scrimmage at Pine Tree against the Pirates and Terrell on Friday. Kilgore takes the holidays off and hosts Tyler (formerly John Tyler) on Jan. 2. The actual season begins on Jan. 7 as a part of the Pine Tree tournament.

Coach Todd BonDurant’s Lady Bulldogs have been off since a scrimmage with Hallsville last week. They’re scheduled to go to Tyler High for a scrimmage on Thursday (tomorrow), starting at 5 p.m. with JV. After that, they’re off until Dec. 29, when they host a four-team scrimmage here at 10 a.m., with Mount Pleasant, Mabank and Henderson.

They have scrimmages at Grace Community (Jan. 2) and at home against Sulphur Springs (Jan. 4) before beginning the season in their own tournament on Jan. 7.

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