Members of the Kilgore High School girls soccer team posed for this photo shortly after the start of this season, before the coronavirus forced everyone to take a break from — well, everything. The News Herald would love to hear from senior athletes in the newspaper’s coverage area. (File photo from KILGORE HIGH SCHOOL SOCCER)

So, you’re cruising along in your senior year, spring break has already gone by, and we’re getting to the heart of things: baseball is state-ranked, both soccer teams look like they could get back to the state tournament, softball, tennis and track are all going and the prom is on the horizon.

And then BAM.

More like, THUD.

Everything comes crashing to a stop over something most of us have never heard of: a virus that a lot of people think was named after a beer. Only that’s where everything stops being funny. You’re stuck, for the most part, because you can hang out with those in your inner circle, but you’re prohibited by your folks (and, oh, yeah, the authorities) from hanging out in big groups – that’s why you’re not getting to play. You’re not getting to go to the movies, or to church, or much of anywhere else that doesn’t involve groceries, gas or toilet paper.

My senior year has been a dang long time ago. But I wouldn’t change it. Or I would change little of it, I’ll put it that way. And I’m still hoping, praying you get it. It may be condensed. Might not involve sports, I don’t want to say that. But I’m still rooting for a pretty good outcome for all this. I have to believe that way; that’s what keeps us going.

I wasn’t going to do this – I was trying to keep an optimistic view that this coronavirus pandemic that’s paralyzed the world would have a relatively quick solution and that we’d all get back to normal, even if by May.

I still hold on to that view, but realistically, if high school sports do return, it’s going to have to be under a limited time frame in order to get things done and then get to graduation.

So I’m adopting something that my fellow local sportswriters are doing. I’m going to ask that any high school senior athlete in the Kilgore News Herald’s coverage area – Kilgore, Sabine, West Rusk, Overton, and Leverett’s Chapel – whose season is currently ongoing and who’d like to be spotlighted, to fill out this questionnaire. It’s very similar to the one Longview News-Journal sports editor, my buddy Jack Stallard, is running.

The idea is simply this: fill out this questionnaire, put your cell number on it so I can contact you, e-mail me the questionnaire and I’ll do a spotlight. It’s that simple. There’s at least one in this sports section today.

I know I’d want someone to do this if one of my three children was a senior right now.

So even though I’m still being optimistic that tennis, baseball, softball, soccer and track will get to come back and finish, I’m saying let’s feature people in the meantime.

Here’s the questionnaire.



Cell phone/ contact number:


Parents names:


Sports you play:

Favorite high school sports memory:

Plans after high school:

If college, what schools are you considering, and what do you plan to major in?

Who are your role models?

Which coaches have had the most influence on you? Why?

What will you miss most about high school sports?


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