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The College Report: Kilgore's Conrod scores 22, leads A&M-Commerce to win

Jan. 11, 2018 at 6:03 p.m.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Courtney Ganus is a 2014 Kilgore High School graduate, where she played golf and volleyball and was a cheerleader. She is a December graduate of the Communication and Information Sciences College at the University of Alabama, majoring in Journalism and Communication Studies with a focus in sports journalism. She will write the weekly College Report for the Longview News-Journal for the remainder of the 2018 school year while regular columnist Dan Chamness takes some time to battle a recent illness.

Kilgore graduate Trey Conrod helped lead No. 12 Texas A&M University-Commerce to an 82-72 victory over Tarleton State with flawless shooting in Tuesday night's game.

Conrod led the Lions with 22 points, shooting perfect from the field in his 18 minutes of play. The win improved the Lions to a 14-1 record and 7-0 in the Lone Star Conference.

In the victory, Conrod was 9-9 from the field, making both three-point shots attempted. He was also perfect at the free-throw line, sinking 2-of-2. Tuesday night nearly marked him for a season high, but he came up short by one point of his 23-point game against Midwestern State.

Texas A&M-Commerce will take a full week's recovery before returning to action Jan. 18. The Lions will travel to Odessa to face off with nationally ranked UT Permian Basin.

Madison Martin (Spring Hill) helped lead her team, Hendrix College, to a 79-63 victory over Berry College on Sunday. Martin was 8-13 from the field and perfect at the free throw line, 2-2. She posted 18 points in Sunday night's game and is averaging 23 minutes of playing time in her 13 appearances.

Sky'Lynn Holmes (Pine Tree) and her teammates at Troy University fell short of a win Saturday against Texas State, 75-83. Holmes played for 23 minutes and was 3-7 in the field. Of her 15 games this season, she has started in eight. She has made 45 field goals and sits at 24-42 for free throws, where she is shooting over 50 percent.

Lynzee Faulkner (Sabine) did not have a huge effect on the score board for the Warriors of Calvary University this past Saturday, but she did help with a defensive front. Despite her efforts, the Warriors fell to Rhema Bible College, 51-82. Faulkner has played in eight games averaging 6.5 minutes of playing time. She has three offensive and nine defensive rebounds, and sits at one steal on the season.

Evan Barron, (Pine Tree) a cross country runner, had a 65th place finish at the NCAA South Central Regional for Stephen F. Austin State University in late November. Barron posted a finish time of 31:55. Jared Love, (Longview) a sprints runner for the Lumber Jacks, will begin his senior season Saturday in College Station at the Texas A&M Twelve Team Invitational. Love's personal record in the 60 meters is 6.84 seconds. In his last competition at the Houston Invitational, he placed 13th with a time of 6.89 seconds.

Several area softball players will begin the season next month.

Julie Ann Rawls and Emma Hawthorne (Hallsville) will be starting their sophomore seasons for Northwestern State University. Rawls, an outfielder for the Demons, appeared in 41 games and started in 31 for the 2017 season. She hit in the No. 2 spot for 19 games in a 20-game stretch. Hawthorne, a catcher and third baseman for the Demons, started as the primary catcher in 52 of her 53 appearances last season. Both earned spots on the 2017 Southland Conference Commissioner's Spring Honor Roll.

Annie Mehringer (Kilgore) will begin her senior season at the University of Kansas in early February. In her junior season with the Jayhawks she appeared in 24 games and posted 12 starts. Mehringer, an outfielder, played in 13 games tallying four putouts and no errors. She last registered six runs scored and managed three walks.

Jayden Mount (Sabine) will begin her sophomore season at the University of Louisiana-Monroe. Mount started 57 games for the Warhawks last season, hitting .355 with seven home runs and 31 RBIs.

Anela Everett (Tatum) is finishing up her senior season at the University of Arkansas-Little Rock. Everett is a member of the Trojan Swimming and Diving team. In her last meet, in late October, she posted a 12th place finish in the freestyle with a time of 2:10:91.

Reach out to me for any names throughout this spring semester. If the Longview News Journal normally covers the athlete's former high school and they are now competing at a four-year college or university, let me know. Send me an email with the subject line "Longview News Journal." I will need the name of the athlete, the high school they attended, the college they are attending and the sport they are playing.




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