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Both Kilgore Secondary School teams were due to play road games on Tuesday night, and both after the print deadline for this edition of the herald of newsand in very different situations.

Kilgore Baseball still has a few games left in its regular season, but the KHS softball team was scheduled to play its regular season finale at Chapel Hill on Tuesday. A victory and the Lady Bulldogs, who are currently fourth, would enter the UIL Class 4A playoffs for a sixth consecutive year; a loss, and they would be eliminated, and Chapel Hill would take that fourth playoff spot in District 16-4A.

Check the sports section on kilgorenewsherald.com now to find out how Kilgore’s softball did, and, if they retired it, where their first playoff game would be and the opponent, likely Gilmer.

Kilgore baseball was scheduled to play Lindale, as the 16-4A regular season continues. The Diamond’ Dogs are coming off a huge win Thursday night at home against Lindale, and they really need to win the rematch. Kilgore is 4-5 in 16-4A, having snapped a five-game losing streak partly through injury.

This week, the Bulldogs’ schedule looks like this: They’re on the road Friday at Chapel Hill, a first pitch at 6:30 p.m., then home for a rare out-of-district game Saturday afternoon at 2:30 p.m. against Rains.

Coach Eugene Lafitte’s Diamond ‘Dogs are also looking to earn one of those top four spots in the district and make the playoffs again. Kilgore is only a few years away from a state tournament appearance – and one of those years was killed by COVID, remember.

KC drops two at TJC, at home today

Kilgore College Softball lost a pair on Monday to Tyler Junior College but will look to make some headway at home today as they host Trinity Valley for a doubleheader at 1 p.m.

KC, coached by Trish Robinson, plays its home games at the KC Commons Ballpark on Houston Street, near the intersection of Houston and Broadway.

The Rangers’ 10th season hasn’t gone well: they’re 5-30-1 overall and just 2-12 in conference. They have lost five games in a row.

Saturday, KC is at home at 1 p.m. against Bossier Parish, and next Wednesday, Rangers are in Paris, also at 1 p.m. All series, unless otherwise specified, are doubleheaders.

KC lost both ends of Monday’s doubleheader at the TJC, losing the first game, 9-5, then the second, 14-0.

In Game 1, the Apache Ladies scored all of their runs, somewhat oddly, in the third inning, including some on a Leah Hensarling home run.

Elizabeth Torres had a home run, two doubles and 3 RBIs for the Rangers; Marissa Medina had two hits; Remington Denman and Dajah Montgomery each hit a home run; and Caison Nachtigall and Karlee Wichersham also had one hit each.

In Game 2, Makayla Trevino hit a three-run homer for TJC. KC was allowed three singles: Wicherrsham, Torres and Melissa Gress each had one.

Kilgore High School track and field athletes will compete in the District 16-4A/15-4A track and field meet Thursday at Liberty-Eylau High School in Texarkana.

The top four in each event at tomorrow’s meet will move on to the UIL Region II meet at Texas A&M-Commerce on April 29-30, where they will have the chance to go to the athletics meet of UIL State at the University of Texas at Austin from May 12-14, a stage on which many KHS athletes have previously competed.

The herald of the news will post regional qualifiers as they become available in the sports section of kilgorenewsherald.com.

API tournament scheduled for June 10

The 53rd Annual American Petroleum Institute (API) Golf Tournament will be played again at Tempest Golf Club on Friday, June 10.

It’s a four-way, 18-hole scramble of play, limited to 36 teams for one morning flight and one afternoon flight both that day.

Check-in for the morning flight will be at 6am for a 7am departure, then that afternoon it’s a 1pm departure. Game times will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. Food, drawings and contests will be on hand, and Tempest Golf Club beverage carts will provide drinks throughout the tournament. Rewards will be given out after each round.

API, and its East Texas Chapter, is the only national trade association representing all aspects of the US petroleum and natural gas industry. The East Texas Chapter offers scholarships for children of individuals affiliated with the oil and gas industry, accordingly.

To learn more about the tournament, check out their Facebook page (East Texas API), their website (easttexasapi.com), and future editions of the herald of news. To learn more about Tempest Golf Club, visit the course’s website, tempestgolfclub.com.

Upcoming registration dates

One registration date has passed for the Kilgore Youth Football League, but there are more to come: this Tuesday, April 19, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., and Tuesday, May 28, from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. h. Registrations are held at the old KBBA Fields on Harris Street.

For football only: Registration for flag football (ages 5 and 6 starting September 1) is $100. The tackling football entry fee is $125. The ages for freshmen are seven and eight; the second division is nine to ten; and the junior division is for 11-12 year olds.

Birth certificates must be brought to registration, unless the child played in the league during the 2021 season. The child must also be present when registering for the installation of protections and helmets.

To cheer you up: registrations are also on the grounds of the KBBA, this Tuesday, April 19, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.; Tuesday, May 10, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.; and Saturday May 14 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Cheering registration is $225, which includes two uniforms, two bows, underpants, black undershirt, pom poms, and meet fee. Payments are available with a $50 deposit. Full cost must be paid by May 31st for uniform to be ordered by June 1st.

Girls who cheered last year will not need a birth certificate when registering. Girls who didn’t cheer last year will need it. For more questions about cheer registration, contact Kelly at (903) 220-1741 or email [email protected]

The minimum age to play is five years old.

Referral packages are probably still available. For more information on this, contact Elisha at [email protected]

Hoberecht/KC Annual Camp July 11-14

It’s time again to sign up for Kilgore College-Coach Brian Hoberecht’s annual boys’ basketball camp, and this year the camp will take place July 11-14, here at the Masters Gymnasium campus, home of the Rangers, who made a comeback in the NJCAA Men’s National Basketball Tournament and three tournament appearances under Coach Hoberecht.

Camp is for boys ages 5-17, and camp is daily from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Registration is day one, starting at 8:30 a.m. in the gym, and the fee for the week per camper is $100. For this, campers receive a camp ball, a t-shirt, lunch each day and prizes are awarded. The concessions are open every day during the break and snacks and drinks will be at a nominal price.

Of course, the camp will be led by Coach Hoberecht, KC’s award-winning program coach and this year’s NJCAA Division I Men’s All-Star Coach, and his assistant coaches. The remaining staff will be other college coaches and current KC players.

Parents, all campers will be required to be in the gym at all times, and if a camper needs to leave during the day for any reason, please let staff know in advance.

Campers should bring appropriate attire for basketball – athletic shorts, shirt, socks and shoes, and a limited amount of cash for concessions during breaks.

— By sportswriter Mitch Lucas

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