KC home today,

rain shuffles things

Kilgore College softball will play at home today against Northeast Texas Community College, a 1 p.m./3 p.m. doubleheader that had originally been scheduled for last Friday, altered by rain.

The Rangers (16-14 overall) will also be at home on Friday against Angelina College (also at 1 and 3) and then KC plays Navarro in Corsicana, again at 1 and 3.

KC won two at Paris on Saturday, 5-4 and then 2-0. The Rangers are 6-6 in Region XIV Conference play.

In the 5-4 win, KC had 14 hits, including a home run by Makenna Bell, who had 3 RBI. Brooke Goynes went 3-for-4, and Andrea Decareau, Ella Ortiz, Bria Tovar, and Tori Tovar each had two hits. Kelsey Ahart and Kendyl Dockter each had one.

In the second game, KC got both of its runs in the fourth inning, the only runs scored in the contest. Decareau was 2-for-3, including a double, with an RBI, and Christina Herrera was 1-for-2, a double, with an RBI.


Benefit tourney

to be made up Saturday

The benefit golf tournament at Meadowbrook Golf and Event Center originally scheduled for last Saturday – which was stormed out – has been rescheduled for this Saturday, at 8 a.m.

The fundraiser is to help Kilgore High School Hi-Steppers who are currently juniors to fund their senior trip. There are 11 juniors who will be seniors in the 2019-20 school year.

Sponsorships are no longer available, but slots in the tournament are. There is an entry fee of $100 per person, and that includes lunch, a cart if still available, and green fees. If participants have a cart of their own they’d like to use, they may.

Anyone with questions should e-mail Chandra Robins at Chandra.Robins@tylertech.com, or Melissa Greene at mgreene@kltv.com.


KC’s Texas-Sized Fundraiser April 27

Kilgore College’s annual Texas-Sized Fundraiser – to raise money for the college’s athletic department – is set for Saturday, April 27, at the Longview Exhibit Building at the Longview Fairgrounds. It’ll start at 6 p.m.

It’s the second annual event; last year’s was quite successful, and KC athletes benefitted greatly. An event ticket for $50 includes dinner and drinks, a live auction, silent auction, live band, and armadillo races.

The jockeys for the races will be a few Kilgore-area “celebrities.” There will also be bingo, fun to play at an additional cost, and there will be a raffle for a Henry American Oilmen Tribute Edition .44 Magnum .44Spl capacity, donated by Mike Clements.

Tickets for the gun raffle are $10 each, and can be purchased by contacting Kristan Propes (see below). The raffle will be the night of the fundraiser, but you don’t have to be present to win.

Sponsorships and table sponsorships are still available. Sponsorships range from Red (table sponsor) up to Star of Texas, which, among other things, includes two VIP tables for eight, tickets to all KC sports events next year, plus sponsorship of all football, basketball and softball venues, and sponsorship (and entry) at the hall of fame golf tournament this fall.

For more information on the event, or to inquire about sponsorships, contact KC athletic director Jimmy Rieves at (903) 988-7536, or Kristan Propes at (903) 988-7537. E-mail either of them at jrieves@kilgore.edu or kpropes@kilgore.edu.


Torrence out in round two

LAS VEGAS – The streak ran out Sunday for world champion Steve Torrence whose domination of NHRA four-wide drag racing ended in the second round of the 20th annual Denso Spark Plug Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

The 36-year-old from Kilgore had driven his Capco Contractors dragster to three straight four-wide wins over the last two seasons but a brief loss of concentration in Sunday’s second round duel with Top Fuel rivals Brittany Force, Doug Kalitta and Richie Crampton cost him a shot at number four.

Force, the 2017 series champion, and Kalitta, the Mello Yello point leader, advanced to the final quad even though Kalitta’s track time of 3.790 was a tick slower than Torrence’s (3.783). The difference came at the starting line where Kalitta forged an .021 of a second advantage in his reaction to the starting signal.

“Doug’s really good on the lights,” Torrence said, “and I was a little off my game. I hate it for these Capco boys because they gave me a great car. No excuses. I just have to do better.

“The good thing is there’s not a lot of time to beat myself up about it,” he said. “We start racing in Houston (in the 32nd annual Mopar Express Lane NHRA SpringNationals) on Friday.”

A 27-time tour winner, Torrence remains solidly in position to successfully defend his championship. Despite Sunday’s disappointment, he’ll move on to Houston Raceway Park, one of the two Texas tracks he calls home, third in points behind Kalitta and Sunday race winner Mike Salinas.

Billy Torrence, the 60-year-old founder of Capco Contractors and an NHRA national event winner in both the professional and sportsman divisions, also failed to advance out of Sunday’s second round in the second Capco dragster, the 10,000 horsepower hybrid in which he won earlier this year at Phoenix, Ariz.

He, too, remains well positioned in driver points, tied for sixth with a chance to improve his standing before a partisan crowd in Houston.


Gaston Museum fundraising tourney April 27

The 12th annual Gaston Museum-Terry Irick Memorial golf tournament, a four-person scramble, is set for Saturday, April 27, at Longview Country Club (also known as Buster’s), at 3275 State Highway 42, about four miles north of Interstate 20.

The tournament is a $50 per-person entry, or $200 per team, which includes a cart and refreshments. In addition, there are mulligans available on holes five and 14 for $2 each.

First place prize is $200 per team; second place is $100 per, and third place, $80 per. There’s a $50 closest-to-the-pin contest on hole three, and a $25 long drive contest on hole 12.

The first-class hole-in-one prize is back this year: two tickets to The Masters tournament in Augusta, Ga., as well as round-trip airfare, eight days/seven nights in a private home rental, and $1,500 in spending cash. That’s for anyone who gets a hole-in-one on hole 18.

There are also prizes for aces on par three holes of six, nine, 10, and 16.

Sponsorships are also still available for this year’s tournament. Anyone who’d like to sponsor is invited to call Andy Elliott at (903) 987-2217.

Proceeds from the tournament go to benefit the museum and its scholarship program.

For more about the tournament, e-mail museumoffice@gastonmuseum.org, and for more about the museum, check out gastonmuseum.org, or see the Gaston Museum page on Facebook.


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