Last day of registration today

Today is the last registration date for the Kilgore Youth Football League. Registration will take place from noon to 2 p.m. at the former KBBA grounds on Harris Street, across from RE St. John Memorial Stadium.

Registration for flag football (ages 5 and 6 starting September 1) is $100. The tackling football entry fee is $125. Registration is cash only today. 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. The child must also be present during registration for the installation of protections and helmets.

Kilgore Youth Football plays as part of the Tri-County Football League. The first week of training is August 1 and the season opener is August 27.

Camp Bulldogs this week at Driller

Kilgore Bulldog’s annual summer baseball camp will take place Tuesday to Thursday at Driller Park, just off Commerce Street, from 9 a.m. to 11.30 a.m. each day for boys entering grades two through nine this year. school year (2022-23).

Registration is $75 and includes instructions and a camp t-shirt.

Campers should bring drinks, a glove, a bat and a helmet. Water will be provided.

The camp will be taught by the Kilgore High School coaching staff and former Bulldogs. Registration forms and payment are due on the first day of camp, Tuesday. Make checks payable to Kilgore Head Coach Eugene Lafitte.

Kilgore High School’s annual softball camp for girls in grades two through nine in the upcoming school year will be held Tuesday, May 31 through Thursday, June 2 at Stream-Flo Field (the KHS softball field just next to Driller Park).

The cost is $60 per camper and camp will take place from 9 a.m. to noon each day. The camp will be taught by coaches and alumni of Kilgore High.

For more information or to obtain a camp registration form, email Coach Cheyenne Kirkpatrick at [email protected]

The Kilgore College Softball Program will hold a tryout for college-age players who remain eligible today from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. for pitchers and catchers, and for position players from noon to 3 p.m.

The tryouts will take place at KC’s softball field — that’s the Ballpark at KC Commons on Houston Street, the site of the former Kilgore Heights Kindergarten campus, near the intersection of Houston and Broadway.

The cost to try is $25.

For more information, contact Coach Trish Robinson at her email, [email protected], or see the softball program link on the university’s website,

Registration for Ark-La-Tex to come,

Registrations are open for the Ark-La-Tex Junior Golf Tour 2022.

The tour is for boys and girls with splits for 7-9, 10-11, 12-13, 14-15 and 16 year old female students. All tournaments begin with a tee shot at 8:30 a.m.

The tour kicks off Tuesday May 31st at the Alpine Golf Club in Longview with an adult/youth event.

Other tournaments are Monday, June 6 (here at Meadowbrook Golf and Event Center), Thursday, June 9 (Texarkana Country Club), Monday, June 13 (Northridge Country Club, Texarkana), Monday, June 20 (Wood Hollow Golf Course, Longview), Monday, June 27 (Tempest Golf Club – adult/youth), Tuesday, July 5 (Alpine Golf Club, Longview), Monday, July 11 (Oak Grove Golf Club, New Boston), Monday, July 18 (Wood Hollow – adult/youth ) and Monday, July 25 (Pinecrest Country Club, Longview – Tournament of Champions).

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.

For more on the tournament, check out their Facebook page (East Texas API), website (, and future editions of the News Herald. To learn more about Tempest Golf Club, visit the course’s website,

Willie Gooden/KC Ranger

Kilgore College will host the annual Willie Gooden/Kilgore College Rangers Football Skills Camp June 6-10 here at RE St. John Memorial Stadium, for ages 7-15.

The camp is non-contact and taught by KC head football coach Willie Gooden and his championship team – Keith Browning, Russell Thompson, Paul Burgos, Zac Newbell, Tim Chura and Luke Alexander. The camp teaches children the basics of football. Players will be divided into groups according to age and position, learn individual skills and, above all, be placed in a fun environment.

Rewards will be given out daily and campers will receive a camp certificate and a KC football. Camp registration fee is $125. Professional medical trainers will be on duty at all times.

Campers must wear appropriate attire for football in the East Texas heat and must arrive daily between 7:30 a.m. to start camp at 8:30 a.m. and be picked up between 11:45 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

For more information or to download an entry form, go to the college’s website,, then the Rangers athletics link, then the football option, then the football camp. summer skills.

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.

KC Men’s Basketball Hosts

test on Saturday July 16

As with the softball program, coach Brian Hoberecht and the Rangers men’s basketball team will host a tryout this summer.

Tryouts are open to all still-eligible college men’s basketball players. They will take place on Saturday, July 16 at the Masters Gymnasium on the KC campus. Registration is $20 and starts at noon, with the trial to follow at 1 p.m.

Athletes trying out should bring proper basketball gear: shoes, t-shirts, and shorts. Water will be supplied by KC.

For more information, contact the basketball office at (903) 983-8270.

— By sportswriter Mitch Lucas