Lady Cardinals take lead in third quarter, Lady Rangers fall in third round of playoffs

The road to the Region XIV Conference tournament left Lady Ranger basketball fans with motion sickness. The Lady Rangers entered the tournament as the No. 6 seed and made their way to the championship game. The first stop was a mission to defeat No. 3 seed Panola. The KC Lady Rangers finished on top 77-74, giving head coach Anna Nimz her 100th win. After losing to the Fillies twice during the regular season, Kilgore (20-10), shut down Panola leaving them with a 23-8 record. This win was a landmark for KC, making it their first win in tournament play since defeating Angelina College in the 2008-09 season. Although the road was bumpy,  Lyrik Williams, Crystal, Minnesota sophomore, helped the Lady Rangers by adding 20 points and 15 rebounds. Richelle  Velez, Brazoswood freshman, finished  with five 3-pointers and a go-ahead layup for 17 points, while Danielle Meadow, Corpus Christi freshman scored 15 and Jade Thurmon, Ferris freshman, scored 13.

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The second stop was a nail biter. The fan base grew larger and louder, as they prepared for KC’s match-up against No. 2 seed San Jacinto. The Lady Rangers ended on top with a 64-56 win in  overtime. Lady Ranger fans in John Alexander Gymnasium seemed to be on the edge of their seats as Williams carried the team into overtime, scoring the extra points the Lady Rangers needed. Williams went on to score 17 points, 10 rebounds, four assists and a blocked shot. Velez led the Lady Rangers with 22 points, sinking six 3-pointers along the way, followed by Meador with nine points and 11 rebounds. Da’Jah Thompson, Tyler sophomore, with 10 rebounds.

The final destination was the longest haul. As the Lady Rangers met up with former rivals, No. 1 seeded Trinity Valley Community College Lady Cardinals, fans got serious about cheering on their team, borrowing megaphones from the now-defunct KC cheer squad. The goal was to cheer louder than TVCC’s band and cheerleaders. This was a milestone for KC. However it ended in heartbreak with the Lady Rangers falling to the Cards 61-39.

Meador finished with 11 points, five rebounds, three assists and three steals in that game. Williams, Thompson and Velez all added eight, with Williams adding five rebounds, and  Thompson pulling down seven rebounds.

Overall, the road to the championship bracket was a challenge, but the Lady Rangers drove hard to the final destination.

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Rangers break losing streak with needed win; Lady Ranger, Velez, sets new record

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The Rangers got off their 8 game losing streak with an 83-65 win against Navarro College on Sophomore night. The Rangers needed to win this game to stay in the playoff race.

The first half was close throughout ending with the Rangers leading 40-37. The Rangers then pulled away outscoring Navarro 43-28 in the second half.

Cheikh Diallo, KC sophomore, lead the game in scoring with 19 points. Diallo went 5-9 from three-point range and dished out 5 assists his final home game as a Ranger. Jamar Sandifer, KC freshman and Ndene Gueye, KC sophomore both scored 18 points to contribute to the win. Gueye notched a double-double grabbing 10 rebounds and added 3 blocks to his dominate performance.

Davion Newton, KC freshman also scored in double figures with 11 points. The Rangers now move to 13-15 overall and 4-14 in conference. The Rangers final game will be 4 p.m. March 4 at Trinity Valley Community College.

The Lady Rangers turned in a strong 81-67 win against Angelina college. The win was headlined by a 33 -point scoring outburst by KC freshman Richelle Velez. Velez made an eye-opening 9 three pointers and grabbed 4 rebounds to break down an old school record of 8 three pointers set earlier in the semester. Lyrik Williams, KC sophomore also played a great game securing a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Jade Thurmon, KC freshman also scored in double figures with 11 points and added 4 rebounds and assists. The Lady Rangers now push their record to 19-9 overall and 10-8 in conference. The Lady Rangers play their last game will be 2 p.m. March 4 against conference leader Trinity Valley.

 

Basketball Pink out; Lady Rangers support cancer research

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The Kilgore College Lady Rangers hosted their annual “Cancer Awareness Game” Wednesday, Feb. 22, to raise funds for the American Cancer Society.

The team raised $1,062 with money taken at the gate, including donations, and will be sent to support cancer research.

“We play for those who are fighting, have fought and who have lost,” said head coach Anna Nimz. “We all have our own ‘heroes’ who we fight for. Please help us make a difference.”

The women donned pink during this game and played with a pink basketball to visually show their support.

Before the game was a sophomore presentation, celebrating the women’s last home game of the season.

The halftime entertainment featured a performance by the Rangerette Swingsters and a 5-on-5 basketball game featuring members of the KC Dance Club.

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Bossier Parish puts up cavalier effort against KC teams, Feb. 18

 

The Lady Rangers returned to the floor strong on Saturday, Feb. 18, with an 81-57 blowout against Bossier Parish Community College Lady Cavaliers. The Lady Rangers were dominate throughout the game, leading by as many as 31 points at times.

Richelle Velez, Brazoswood freshman, led the Lady Rangers in scoring with 18 points. Lyrik Williams, Crystal, Minnesota, sophomore turned in a double-double with 17 points and 11 rebounds. Jade Thurmon, Ferris freshman, scored 16 points and grabbed six rebounds in the first half. Also, Danielle Meador, Corpus Christi freshman, led the team with 12 rebounds and chipped in six assists and seven points.

 

The Rangers took a tough 90-88 loss Saturday against the Bossier Parish Community College Cavaliers. The game was back and forth throughout, with the lead changing 18 times. But the Rangers couldn’t pull out a win and dropped their sixth straight game.

Chad Bowie, Houston freshman, led the Rangers in scoring with 22 points and almost notched a double-double with nine assists. Ndene Gueye, Senegal, Africa, sophomore who missed the last few games with an injury, made a strong personal comeback, scoring 18 points and grabbing eight rebounds. Jamar Sandifer, Dallas freshman, and Cheikh Fall, Senegal, Africa, sophomore, both scored in the double figures with 15 and 10 respectively.

Basketball team splits last double-header of the season

 

The Lady Rangers pulled out a nail-biting 81-76 win Wednesday night against the Paris Junior College Lady Dragons as the Lady Rangers’ sophomores were recognized at their last home game.

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The game was tied at 76 until Lyrik Williams, Crystal, Minn. sophomore, made a lay up while getting fouled with 10 seconds left in the game. She then made the free throw to cap off her 16-point night. Williams also added nine rebounds and six assists. Jade Thurmon, Ferris freshman, was the game’s leading scorer and added four rebounds. Alexus Moore, Stony Point freshman, scored 14 points in a solid birthday performance. The Lady Rangers are now 18-8 overall and 9-7 in conference.

The Rangers took a tough 83-70 loss in the double-header as part of a seven-game losing streak. Chad Bowie, Houston freshman, and Cheikh Diallo, Senegal, Africa, sophomore, both scored 19 points. Bowie added five rebounds and assists. Diallo made five three-pointers and was efficient shooting five-for-eight from downtown. Ndene Gueye, Senegal, Africa, sophomore, had a double-double scoring 13 points and grabbing 13 rebounds. The Rangers are now 12-14 overall; 3-13 in conference.

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Doubleheader does damage to KC Rangers

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The Lady Rangers had their three-game win streak snapped Wednesday, Feb. 15 with an 88-75 loss to Tyler Junior College. The Lady Rangers fought against the Lady Apaches the entire game and lead through three quarters before being outscored 28-14 in the fourth quarter.

Jade Thurmon, KC freshman guard, had a 28-point outing and added three steals to cap off her birthday performance. Lyrik Williams, KC sophomore guard, had another double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds. Williams also added eight assists and three steals.

The Lady Rangers now fall to 16-8 overall and 7-7 in conference. The women will visit Bossier Parish this weekend, Saturday, Feb. 18, to face the Lady Cavaliers head-on. The women’s sophomore night is scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 22. Sophomore students involved with the basketball team will be honored.  The team will also be hosting the annual “Cancer Awareness Game.” All gate proceeds and donations collected will be given to help fund cancer research.  The Rangerette Swingsters and the KC Dance Club will perform during the halftime of this game.

The Rangers lost their fifth straight game, 86-70, Wednesday, Feb.15 against the Tyler Junior College Apaches.

In a previous game at Trinity Valley Community College on Wednesday, Feb. 8, Brian Hoberecht, head basketball coach, was suspended for one game after teching out; consequently, he was not able to lead the Rangers in the game against TJC.

The Rangers went into the half down 35-34 but a second half explosion by Tyler ultimately was their demise. KC freshman guard Jamar Sandifer put up an eye opening 29 points and added six rebounds in a losing effort. KC freshman guard Chad Bowie had a well-rounded game scoring 15 points and turning in six assists and rebounds.

The Rangers were shorthanded missing both sophomore forward Ndene Gueye and freshman guard Tre Evans both starters. The Rangers now fall to 12-12 overall and 3-10 in conference.

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Lady Rangers come back strong; Men fall to conference rival

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The Lady Rangers bounced back after their two forfeits with a strong 77-55 conference win against Coastal Bend College Feb. 4. The Lady Rangers started the game with a 16-1 run and lead 50-20 at the half. KC sophomore guard Lyrik Wiliiams had a great game notching a double-double scoring 15 points and grabbing 12 rebounds. KC freshmen guards Richelle Velez and Jade Thurmon also scored in double figures. Velez scored 18 making her first 5 three-point attempts and ended the game with 6 three-pointers. Thurmon scored 13 points and added 6 assists. The Lady Rangers are now 14-7 and 6-6 in conference. The Lady Rangers next game will be at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, February 8 at Masters Gym against Louisiana College.

The Rangers had a rough week losing both of their conference games. Kc was ahead by three points at the half but a 18-2 run by Panola College to begin the second half and Panola hung on to give KC a 75-66 conference loss on Feb. 1. Ranger forward Ndene Gueye KC led the team in scoring with 20 points, almost securing a double-double with 9 rebounds. Also, KC freshman guard Jamar Sandifer was also in double figures with 17 points. The Rangers took another tough loss against conference foe Navarro College 57-51 on Feb. 4. The Rangers are now 12-10 and 3-9 in conference. KC will play again 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, February 8 in Masters Gym against conference opponent Trinity Valley Community College.

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KC men and women basketball teams set for game time

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The Region XIV Junior College Basketball Media Day for Men and Women JUCO basketball teams was held Oct. 15 at Tyler Junior College. Men and Women’s coaches from various teams in the conference were able to meet together and talk about the state of their teams coming into the upcoming 2014 – 15 basketball season.

Both of the KC Men and Women basketball teams will open up their season this weekend. Women’s Head Coach Roy Thomas talked at media day about how his team is looking and what he expects of them coming into this new season.

“Our new motto this season is 1-2-3 pass the ball. The ball has got to move and we all have to play together, Thomas said.

“We have to keep working hard and play together everyday. I feel like we have great effort and our experience that we have and the leadership that we possess will take us a long way.” Thomas really wants his team to execute on offense, play great team defense, and rebound. The team chemistry of his team has improved and he wants it to get better, and he wants his team to realize that this is no longer high school ball.  The Lady Rangers have four returners from last year’s team, including one red shirt freshman and two transfer players.

“Some of these girls on the team have never been told that they were doing a bad job. They have to realize that this is a different atmosphere and they have to learn to play organized junior college basketball as well as keep their grades in check,” Thomas said.

“They all have to play as a team not divided, and they have been enjoying working together and they are really practicing hard early one.”

The Lady Rangers will open up their season at the annual McLennan Community College Classic this weekend in Waco.

As for the men’s basketball team they are looking to have the same success that they had last year, but they want to go further down the road.

The Rangers have four returning players and three transfer players. Head Coach Brian Hoberecht is ready to for the season and likes his team’s progress so far.

“I’m excited to build an identity for this program and watch this grow,” said Hoberecht.”

“I like this group as players, and even better as people, and we are working hard in practice on communication and quick tempo. I feel like we are very versatile, athletic and deep, and we have the ability to create pressure and play aggressively.”

Hoberecht wants his team to have a post presence and have the ability to rebound and play balanced perimeter defense and offense.   He wants everybody on the team to hold themselves accountable for their own mistakes and take action to correct it on the next play.  He also feels like his returners can play a big role in the team’s production this year.

“Jonathan (Milligan), Mike (Thomas), and Myron (Chapman) have really grown up physically and mentally and they will be able to play with a stable and consistent personality.”

“We play games to win and we expect to win. We also want to develop a mentally to not slow down when we play trap games and we have an awesome opportunity to find our niche this season with our schedule being the way it is,” said Hoberecht.

The Rangers basketball team will open up their season at home against Greater Houston Prep. The Rangers have in store at 3 p.m., Saturday. Nov. 1 at Master’s Gymnasium.

Season over for KC basketball teams

Photo by Kristopher Dobbins / THE FLARE Jamarcus Weatherspoon gets up high with a dunk.
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Jamarcus Weatherspoon gets up high with a dunk.

Rangers’ season ends with 64-48 loss

FROM STAFF REPORTS

The KC Rangers’ season came to an early end during the third round of the Region XIV tournament, as they could not overcome a tough Trinity Valley defense and lost, 64-48 at UT-Tyler. KC ended its season at 25-6 a year after making it to the NJCAA national tourney in Hutchinson, Kansas. This week, Paris is headed to the nationals after beating TVCC in the finals, 74-63. Jonathan Milligan led KC with 11 points, while Stefan Moody added eight. The Rangers opened the tournament with a pair of wins, beating San Jacinto, 78-65 in the opener. Stefan Moody was top scorer with 22 points, followed by Jamarcus Weatherspoon with 17 points and Milligan with 15. KC took the opening game over Panola, 73-71. Moody again was top scorer with 20 points, while Milligan added 19 and Weatherspoon had 13. |———| For the season, Ole Miss-bound Moody led all scorers with a 17.8 scoring average, followed by Weatherspoon, who averaged 13.6 points per game and Milligan at 8.79 points. Tom Wamukota, headed to Wichita State, led on the boards with 186 rebounds, followed by Kalif Wright with 157. The Rangers, who were ranked as high as No. 2 nationally during the season, shot 49.4 percent from the field for the season while holding their opponents to 38.8 percent. They dominated in rebounding percentage 59.6 percent to 40.4 percent and in total rebounds — 1,081 to 733.

Lady Rangers end season, lose to TJC

By DEVIN BROOKS

The KC Lady Rangers ended their season on a sour note, losing to rival Tyler Junior College Lady Apaches, 69-52, in the first round of the Region XIV Tournament at UT-Tyler last week.

KC started the game off behind, and they were not able to get themselves back in the game. KC trailed the entire game. They shot 30 percent from the field in the first half and shot 100 percent from the free throw line, but they trailed, 36-21, at the half.

TJC shot an impressive 40 percent from the field and 33 percent from long distance in the first half.

In the second half, KC made a run at TJC, but time ran out.

KC shot 41 percent from the field in the second half, improving their percentage from the first half, but TJC shot 48 percent from the field in the second half, also improving from their first-half shooting percentage.

KC was outrebounded 34-29, and turned the ball over 19 times.

Point Guard Sha ‘Georgia Williams recorded 12 points and two steals for the game, while shooting guard Imabong Akpan matched Williams’s 12 points and two steals and pulled down six rebounds. Post Pre’Franz Dominick recorded 10 points and grabbed eight boards.

KC finished the season with a record of 14-14 and a conference record of 8-10.

Williams finished the season with 198 points scored on 42-percent field goal percentage. She had 49 assists and 21 steals on the year. Akpan led the team with 336 points scored, and she averaged 13 points a game. She also led the team in rebounds with and steals with 111 and respectively 62.

KC shot 39 percent from the field for the season and 64 percent from the free throw line. They grabbed 873 rebounds as a team and averaged 34 rebounds per game. They scored 1,470 points for the season and averaged 57 points per game.

Lady Rangers start slow, lose to Paris Saturday

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De’Gruys goes up for a layup during Wednesday’s game against Bossier Parish.
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De’Gruys goes up for a layup during Wednesday’s game against Bossier Parish.

The KC Lady Rangers fell to 6-8 in conference play losing Saturday to Paris Junior College 48-40.

KC got off to a slow start and never recovered.

The Lady Rangers have four remaining games and still have chance to get a seed for the regional tournament, but they need to win.

KC had a rough shooting night, going 33 percent from the field from the game; the team shot 17 percent from long distance, and 47 percent from the free-throw line.

Head Coach Roy Thomas was not pleased at all with his team’s effort.

“I was very disappointed with our overall play and effort for this game; we didn’t show up to play at all,” Thomas said. We have to show up every night to play to give ourselves a chance to win and we didn’t do that tonight.”

Thomas wants his team to take care of the ball better and play better defense.

“We have to stop with our turnovers; we didn’t make shots this game, but we took good shots. We have no control over the ball going in and out, but we do have control with ball control,” Thomas said.  We have to limit out turnovers and play better team defense. There is absolutely no excuses from here on out. We have to play every night we step on the floor or we will get beat just like tonight.”

Thomas is very determined to get his team back to a winning position, and he believes that if they can play the way they are capable of playing every night they can beat anybody.

Danesha Richardson led the team in points and rebounds. She recorded a double-double totaling 11 points and 11 rebounds while Imabong Akpan recorded eight points and seven rebounds.

KC scored 18 points off Paris’ turnovers, had seven second chance points, and nine bench points.

Lady Rangers rebound from loss

The KC Lady Rangers rebounded from their heartbreaking loss to Tyler Junior College last week, and beat Panola, 60-47 last Saturday. KC played with poise and maintained their lead for most of the game to stage off sharp-shooting Panola.

KC was only leading Panola 27-20 at the half shooting only 38 percent, but they held Panola to only 30 percent shooting and a mere 22 percent from long distance.

Both teams had a difficult time finding the basket in the first half, which was very physical and very defensive minded.

In the second half, KC  was sharper on offense and took it to Panola. KC scored 33 points in the second half to Panola’s 27. They made more shots and had some key stops late in the game after it looked like Panola was going to make a last-minute comeback. KC did not have that much progress from their post play in this game, so they had to rely on guard play to lead them to victory. KC shot 38 percent for the game and 33 percent from the three-point line. They also shot 85 percent from the charity stripe. KC capitalized on Panola’s turnovers, scoring 27 points off them and had great bench production scoring 24 points in that department.

Head Coach Roy Thomas was pleased with his team’s production in this game.

“We had some bright spots in this game, we played well defensively and we improved on out rebounding and offensive execution throughout the game,” Thomas said. “We have to do a better job with our control and our focus through the game, but I was pleased with the production we got in our game tonight.”

Thomas wants his team to be smoother on offense and use great ball fakes to have the defense on edge.

“There are no excuses from here on out; we have no excuses,” Thomas said. “We have to play great every night to give ourselves a chance to win in the tournament.”

Point guard Sha’ Georgia Williams tallied 11 points and four assists for the game, while Imobong Akpan had 13 points and ripped down nine rebounds. Forward Alexis Hill flirted with a triple double as she had eight points, seven rebounds, and seven assists. Danesha Richardson and Macy De’Gruy both had eight points each while De’Gruy added 4 assists along with her points.

The Lady Rangers cumulative stats follow: KC is shooting 41 percent from the field and 65 percent from the free throw line. They have compiled 700 total rebounds on the year, including 33 boards a game. They out-rebounded their opponent every game by 11. KC is averaging 59 points a game. They have strong bench production, scoring 392 total bench points and 19 bench points per game. KC is 6-7 in conference play and are 22-10 overall. They’re in the middle of the standings in their respective region and in a good position to make the postseason tournament.

KC got a week off before they take on Paris Junior College at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, in Paris.

Lady Rangers lose on road Wednesday to TJC, 65-60

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The Lady Rangers fell short Wednesday night in a road game to the Tyler Junior College Lady Apaches, 65-60, despite taking a four-point halftime lead. The loss drops the Lady Rangers to 5-7 in conference play and 11-10 on the season.

TJC outscored KC 40-31 in the second half to secure the victory.

Four Lady Rangers were in double-digits in scoring. Imaobong Akpan led scorers with 13 points, followed by Danesha Richardson with 12; Alexis Hill with 11 and Pre’Franz Dominick with 10.

Akpan added nine rebounds while Richardson had eight boards as did Macy De’Gruy. Da’Moneyco Spivey and Hill each had three steals.

Malena Washington led TJC players with 16 points.

The Lady Rangers return home at 2 p.m. Saturday to play Panola in Masters Gym.

Team still in hunt for post-season berth

DEVIN BROOKS
Sports Writer 

The KC Lady Rangers have been hard back at work since the new semester started. They have played some very tough competition in conference lately. They played four games the last two weeks, going 2-2 in those contests. The Lady Rangers have a conference record of 4-5 and they’re still in the hunt for the postseason.

KC played Trinity Valley on Jan. 13, and lost, 63-41. KC had played the Lady Cardinals close until about the last 15 minutes of the second half, when the Lady Cards went on a tear. Head Coach Roy Thomas was pleased with what his team did for the first 25 minutes of the game, but he felt his players just ran out of gas late.

“We played good for the first 25 minutes. The last 15 minutes they just exploited our weaknesses. We didn’t box out so they out rebounded us on the class.

“We also shot 50 percent from the free throw line. That just can’t happen against a team like Trinity Valley,” said Thomas. “I just feel like we gave up when things got tough; we have to learn to withstand adversity and play through the bad times. That is the true measure of a team. We have to be mentally tough. We were under sized and we were out rebounded. That simply can’t happen,” Thomas said.

Trinity Valley is one of the nation’s top ranked teams, and they are very tall and have outsized every other team that they have faced.

The Lady Rangers faced Bossier Parish Lady Cavaliers on Jan. 18, and KC came out victorious with a score of 71-48. Forward Da’Moneyca Spivey led all scorers with 22 points including six long range three-point bombs.

Freshman post Pre’Franz Dominick poured in 16 points on the night. KC had one of their better games of the year against this Lady Cavalier team.

On Jan. 22 KC faced Jacksonville Baptist and dropped a nail biter, 48-46. KC had three chances to tie or win the game on their last possession, but the ball wouldn’t drop for them when they needed it most.

Both teams had a hard time scoring. It seemed like the rim was taped up, because neither team could buy a basket. KC shot 35 percent from the field while Jacksonville only shot 38 percent. KC had a hard time making free throws in this game as well. They shot 53 percent from the field and also coughed up the ball 16 times.

Jacksonville’s Devanyar Workman had a double-double totaling 17 points and ripping down 12 rebounds. KC’s leading scorer was guard Sha’ Georgia Williams. She had 12 points and two steals. KC bench came alive as they scored 16 bench points, but not enough to get the win.

The last game KC played was on Jan. 25 against San Jacinto College. KC blew out San Jacinto 73-41.

KC only led by nine points at the half, but in the second half they exploded for 39 points to only 16 from San Jac. KC played some solid defense holding San Jac to only 35 percent from the field.

They also had 44 defensive stops. KC shot a very impressive 51 percent from the field for the game and 92 percent from the free throw line.

Imaobong Akpan recorded a double-double for the game totaling 20 points and 10 boards. Dominick accompanied her with 15 points and eight rebounds, while forward Alexis Hill dropped in 11 points for the game.

KC played Angelina College Lady Roadrunners  in a conference game Wednesday night at Masters Gymnasium.

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Lady Rangers play in TJC classic

DEVIN BROOKS
Sports Writer

The Lady Ranger basketball team is participating in the annual Tyler Classic, which tipped off Thursday.
They played Collin College Thursday after press deadline. The Lady Rangers were scheduled to play Arkansas Baptist at 2 p.m. on Friday, but the game was cancelled. They will play Saturday at 1 p.m. against Weatherford in Tyler.
Last year, KC went 1-2 in the Tyler Classic, losing to Collin County, 71-61 and Weatherford College, 76-75. They beat Odessa College, 71-60.
KC is still battling injuries. Freshman posts Pre’Franz Dominick and Harlie Greer are out with concussions, and sophomore guard Sha’Georgia Williams is hurt with a back injury.
KC is 1-2 in the year, with their first win coming against Southern University, 53-43.

Hall of Fame chosen

MASON MEHRENS
Staff Writer

KC will honor former standout athletes and contributors at its annual Hall of Fame Weekend in the fall.

A benefit golf tournament is set for Friday, Oct. 18, and Hall of Fame inductees will be introduced during a luncheon 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, in the Devall Ballroom on the Kilgore campus.

Hall of Fame members will be recognized during halftime of the KC versus Southeast Prep football game at 3 p.m. that afternoon.

“I always look forward to the Hall of Fame event because it is one of the most inspirational and motivational events of the year,” said Jimmy Rieves, athletic director.

“It is such a hard task to narrow down all of the great student-athletes and contributors who have come through our doors over the years to select a few outstanding people each year to honor.”

The golf tournament will be a two-man scramble at Southern Hills Golf Course in Gladewater, sponsored by KC and Trinity Mother Francis Hospital.

All proceeds will benefit KC athletics.

Rieves says there is still plenty of time to register a team.

The college is also looking for hole sponsors for the golf tournament and businesses to donate door prizes.

For more information, contact Gail Jackson, athletic secretary, at 903-988-7537.

 

Hall of Fames inductees

FOOTBALL:

•Kyle Cunningham (player from 1978-79)

•C.G. Mata (player from 1961-62)

•Leonard Carey (player in 1969)

MEN’S BASKETBALL:

•Tom Farrell (player in 1966)

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL:

•Cheron Wells (player in 1989)

TEAM:

•1993-94 Men’s Basketball Team

CONTRIBUTOR:

•David Castles: KC instructor, former coach and athletic director