Kilgore College broke ground June 30 to celebrate the beginning of construction for the new KC Commons softball complex.
Work on the project will begin in July with the goal of playing Ranger softball home games on the new field by the spring 2017 season.
The new field will be located behind the former Kilgore Heights Elementary School.
Representatives from Herring Bank were on hand at the ceremony and presented a $10,000 check to help fund a new state-of-the art scoreboard for the complex.
"This is a great day for Ranger softball," said coach Leslie Messina at the ceremony. "I took the job at Kilgore College because of the people -- the genuine people. And this is a testament to the dedication that the college and the community have for the future of our student-athletes. This truly is an exciting and great day."
KC began its softball program in 2013 and has been playing its home games at city-owned Stream Flo Field in Kilgore.
“It’ll be amazing to have our own field and facilities,” said head softball coach Leslie Messina. “The new field will greatly enhance our recruiting efforts and will be a landmark facility that will instill a sense of immense pride in the college and the Kilgore community.”
The KC Board of Trustees unanimously approved June 20 the contract for construction of the field to be completed by local company K-K Mobbs Construction, Inc.
Spearheaded with a $25,000 donation by Energy Weldfab president Mike Clements, more than $100,000 was raised by the KC Athletic department through donations to begin construction.
PHOTO ABOVE: Dr. Mike Jenkins, VP of student development; Mike Clements, donor; Jimmy Rieves, KC athletic director; James Walker, KC Board VP; Leslie Messina, head women’s softball coach; Dr. Brenda Kays, KC president; Cecelia Sanders, KC Board member; Brian Nutt, KC Board member; Larry Woodfin, KC Board president; and Karol Pruett, KC Board secretary. Photo by Jamie Maldonado/KC
Artistic rendering of softball complex: