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Two-Minute Drill: Carthage catcher to take part in preseason tourney, more

From Staff Reports
Jan. 17, 2013 at 11 p.m.

<strong>GUILBEAU EARNS ALL-STAR NOD:</strong> Carthage senior catcher Beaux Guilbeau has been selected to compete in the 2013 Under Armour All-American Pre-Season Tournament today through Sunday.

The tournament, hosted by Baseball Factory since 1999, showcases the nation's best talent in a three-day event at Kino Sports Complex in Tucson, Ariz.

This year's event will feature more than 350 of the top high school baseball players in the country in a 20-team wood bat tournament.

Baseball Factory and Team One scouts have determined that all players selected have the ability to play NCAA Division I or professional baseball. Scouts from many Division I colleges and 23 Major League Baseball teams are expected to attend the tournament.

Past participants include David Wright of the New York Mets, Eric Hosmer of the Kansas City Royals and B.J. Upton of the Atlanta Braves.

Guilbeau grew up playing baseball in the Carthage Dixie League and was a member of several teams that advanced to the Dixie League World Series. He received exposure to Team One at a baseball camp this summer and played in a summer baseball league at Centenary College and LSU-Shreveport.

<strong>KC HOLDING FOOTBALL TRYOUTS:</strong> KILGORE - The Kilgore College football team will host a winter tryout for any college-eligible athlete who would like to join the Rangers' squad.

Registration for the combine is set for 10-10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, at R. E. St. John Memorial Stadium.

The combine will begin at 10:30 a.m. and should last two hours, according to coaches. Attendees must bring their own cleats, workout clothes and tennis shoes.

Cost of the tryout is $20 per person.

This workout will provide the opportunity to showcase athletic abilities to the coaching staff and possibly earn a football scholarship or walk-on position.

For more information on the KC football program, visit

<strong>BOBCATS HONORED:</strong> HALLSVILLE - Hallsville High School recently held its annual football banquet at the new high school cafeteria, honoring members of the 2012 football team that earned a playoff berth.

Award winners included: Padon Brown (special teams), Coby Bradford (Iron Man and Defensive MVP), Hunter Anderson (Academic All-State), Coby Ayers (Academic All-State), Darien Denton (12th Man), Derek McCullar (Tommy Miller Fighting Heart "Hold the Rope" Award), Jessie Navarro (Most Improved), Austin Toney (Most Improved), Michael Wilber (defensive line), Hayden Wall (offensive line), Marshall Sartain (Bobcat who will play Saturdays this fall), Macailyn Wilder (Offensive MVP), Thaddeus Fagan (Offensive MVP), Santos Estrada (Defensive MVP), Cayden Ferrill (Team MVP).

<strong>GOLF TOURNEY:</strong> Team America's High School Baseball will host a golf tournament at Wood Hollow in Longview on Feb. 2.

Lunch will be served at 11 a.m., with a shotgun start at 1 p.m.

Entry fee for the four-man scramble is $280 per team, which includes mulligans and prize tickets.

Team America's High School Baseball, coached by Phillip Thomas of Thomas Hitting Academy in Longview, will tour Italy for 10 days in June. Most of the players are from East Texas.

To register, call (903) 235-5278.

<strong>BASEBALL CAMP:</strong> Thomas Hitting Academy will conduct its annual MLK Baseball Camp from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on Monday.

The camp will include morning drills followed by lunch and an afternoon scrimmage. The camp is open to ages 6-14.

For information: (903) 759-4300 or

<strong>SOCCER REGISTRATION:</strong> KILGORE - Registration for Kilgore Youth Soccer will be held from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday and also Jan. 26 at the Kilgore Soccer Fields on Hwy. 135.

The season begins Feb. 23.

For information, visit A birth certificate must be presented at registration.

<strong>SUPER BOWL SCRAMBLE:</strong> RUSK - Birmingham Forest Golf Club will host the 19th annual Superbowl Scramble on Saturday, Feb. 2.

Cash prizes of $600, $400 and $200 will be paid to the winning teams as well as a $50 long-drive prize and $50 closest-to-the-pin prize.

Cost to enter is $50 per person and includes mulligans and lunch. Format for the event is a four-person scramble. Combined handicaps must total 40 or higher. The tournament is limited to the first 22 paid teams.

For information: (903) 683-9518.

<strong>SOFTBALL CAMP:</strong> The Triple Threat Softball Camp will return to Longview on Saturday and Sunday.

The weekend camp will be hosted by Kelly Kretchman, Caitlin Lowe and Monica Abbott, all medalists for the USA Women's Softball Team.

The camp will be held at Longview High School's indoor facility, with special guest instructor Megan Willis - formerly of the University of Texas.

All four instructors will work with camp participants to teach techniques of pitching, catching, offense and defense.

Registration is $175, or teams may register for $150 per player (minimum eight players). The price includes two days of instruction, camp T-shirt and lunch on Saturday and Sunday. All four camp instructors will also sign autographs.

For information, call (903) 237-1270 or email

<strong>LGSA REGISTRATION:</strong> Registration for the Longview Girls Softball Association's spring leagues will be held from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Jan. 26 at East Texas Sports Center, from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday and Jan. 23 at Broughton Recreation Center, and from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at the Longview Mall.

Recreational age groups are Blast Ball 3-4, 6U (coach pitch), 8U (modified coach pitch), 10U, 12U and 14U Recreational Fast Pitch. There will also be a competitive division.

Cost is $85 per player, with additional siblings $65 each.

Registration is online at

Anyone interested in coaching may contact Jonathan Babino at

<strong>FREE THROW CONTEST:</strong> The Longview Knights of Columbus free-throw contest is set for 2 p.m. Sunday at St. Mary's gymnasium.

The contest is free for boys and girls ages 10-14, with proof of age. Winners will receive trophies, with the chance to advance to state-level competition.

For information, call John Ludwig at (903) 660-0333.

<strong>FLAG FOOTBALL:</strong> Advanced Flag Football will hold the first recreation 5-on-5 Flag Football Independence Bowl at Independence Stadium in Shreveport on Saturday.

The one-day event will run from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Entry fee is $280, with first-place earning $1,200. Only the first 30 teams will be accepted, and the first 10 teams to sign up and send money will get a $30 discount.

Teams are guaranteed three pool-play games and at least one bracket play game.

A punt, pass and kick shootout is scheduled before the tournament begins. Entry fee is $20, and there will a cash prize for the winner.

For information: (318) 458-4451.

<strong>DISC GOLF COMING:</strong> The 2013 Amateur World Doubles Disc Golf Championship is set for March 22-24 in Mount Vernon.

The event is sanctioned by the Professional Disc Golf Association. Registration is now open with only 216 slots available. Players from across the U.S. are expected to compete.

They must be PDGA members and have an amateur status. Disc Golf Planet TV will provide a live internet broadcast of the event.

The event will be conducted at the Selah Ranch north of Mount Vernon. The Lakeside course at Selah was recently voted by players as the top disc golf course in the world out of more than 5,000 courses according to Selah's Creekside course was ranked in second place.

Players will begin arriving on Tuesday, March 19. Practice times will be available and a pro-shop will be open. Competition will begin on Saturday at 8 a.m. and will continue through Sunday afternoon. An awards ceremony will be conducted at 5 p.m.

There is no charge to watch the event, and numerous prizes will be made available to the public, including a free airline ticket in the continental U.S. pro-clinics, disc golf putting games, a hole-in-one contest, kid games, as well as food and merchandise vendors will be available.

For more information, contact the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce at (903) 537-4365 or, Circular Productions at (512) 426-7722 or, or visit



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