Jul

13

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : July 13, 2016

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By Ryan Moulds
Monitor Sports Writer
KEMP–The Kemp Yellowjackets summer league baseball team is making waves this off-season.
The team is currently 8-2. This is a very impressive mark when you consider that the team only won four games all of last season including just one district win.
The team is much improved this summer. They are led by ace pitcher Colton Breeze who had an impressive sophomore campaign despite Kemp’s losing record. He will be looked at as a leader and spark plug for the Yellowjackets next season.
Kemp will be forced to replace several seniors from last year’s team including Dylan Dennis, Blake Underwood, Beau Dancer, Jay Kohlmeier and Matt Deddie. Lots of younger players will need to step up for coach Kellen Monreal in his second season.
Cameron Clamon, Dreyson Watters and Noah Herring all saw playing time on varsity as freshman last season. The three will be back with a year of experience and will be hoping to get more wins in their sophomore season.
Players for Kemp agree that this year’s team has greatly improved. The Yellowjackets are out to prove doubters wrong and make a run at the playoffs.
Kemp will be in a district with Alba-Golden, Edgewood, Eustace, Grand Saline, Mineola, Quitman and Scurry-Rosser. They only return one district foe in Scurry-Rosser, who beat them twice this season.
If the players keep buying into Monreal’s system and improving, Kemp has a great chance to ride Breeze’s arm into the post season next year.

Jul

08

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : July 8, 2016

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lopez
By Ryan Moulds
Monitor Sports Writer
CEDAR CREEK LAKE AREA–Two local players were named to the Old Coach Friday Night Football Texas All-3A Football Team.
Kemp senior offensive lineman Joseph Lopez and Malakoff senior receiver and defensive back QT Barker were named to the team.
Lopez is joined at the offensive linemen position by Franklin’s Casey Phillips, Hallettsville’s Will Howell, Boyd’s Reece Jordan and Waskom’s Jack Smith.
Lopez helped block for an offense that put up 3,876 yards of total offense last season with 33 touchdowns. He helped Kemp break in freshman quarterback Dreyson Watters and helped the Yellowjackets to a 4-7 record and their first playoff appearance since 2008.
Barker was the leading receiver for Malakoff last season. He caught 40 passes from quarterback Judd Miller and put up 784 yards and 17 touchdowns. He was fifth in rushing with 232 yards on 25 carries and led the team in interceptions with four.
Barker has been getting interest from college football teams and has one offer from FCS school Stephen F. Austin.
Barker helped Malakoff to a 10-2 record last season and a second place finish in district.
The Tigers enter this season ranked number four in the state and have championship aspirations.
FNF Magazine picked Malakoff to win their district and advance to the third round of the state playoffs. Malakoff is in a tough district with Teague, Westwood, West, Groesbeck, Elkhart, Whitney and Eustace.
Kemp is picked to finish third in their district and advance to the second round of the playoffs. Kemp is in a big eight team district with Dallas Madison, Sunnyvale, Maypearl, Grandview, Scurry-Rosser, Palmer and Life Oak Cliff.

Jul

08

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : July 8, 2016

Second Quater 2016 Hillhouse
Monitor Staff Reports
HENDERSON COUNTY–Henderson County Sheriff Botie Hillhouse recognized one deputy and two officers for their outstanding work during most recent quarter of 2016 on July 7.
“These people go above and beyond each and every day,” Hillhouse said. “This office and the citizens of Henderson County are grateful for their dedication to duty, community and the office.”
Awards were given to Investigator Josh Rickman for Criminal Law Enforcement Division Deputy of the Quarter, Cpl. Samuel Addkison was named Detention Officer of the Quarter, and Communications Officer Ashlee Mills received the Communications Officer of the Quarter award.
Hillhouse said he plans to regularly honor the men and women in his office who strive for excellence in their service to the people of Henderson County with public recognition.
“Sometimes law enforcement is a thankless job, but I plan to point out the employees who consistently exceed expectations,” the Sheriff said. “Each of them makes our community safer and gives us a county we can take pride in.”