Posted by : May 15, 2013| On :
By Sam Epps
MABANK–The Mabank Athletic Booster Club hosted the annual Varsity All Sports Banquet Thursday, May 9.
Mabank athletics director and head football coach Jared Wingfield announced Garrett Graham and Kourtney Holyfield as Athletes of the Year.
Wingfield also introduced a new award this year – the Academic Athletes of of the Year. Rance Thorne and Sydnee Pottorf were named the academic athletes of the year.
Criteria for the new award include participation and dedication to the athletic program, as well as maintaining an exceptional grade point average.
During the banquet, coaches presented team awards for each sport.
See the full list of winners in the Thursday, May 16, 2013 issue of The Monitor.
Posted by : May 11, 2013| On :
ATHENS–The Henderson County Spring Rendezvous, a two-day event, introduced county fifth graders to six areas of outdoors interest the first week of May.
The hands-on educational outreach is organized by the Henderson County Wildlife Committee along with volunteers from the Texas Parks and Wildlife, Henderson County Game Wardens and the N.R.C.S.
It was held at the Henderson County Fair grounds with an estimate of 400 to 500 kids attending annually.
Buses started to arrive at 8:45 a.m. dropping students off from Athens Intermediate and Athens Christian Academy on May 1. The next day fifth graders from Cayuga, Cross Roads, Eustace, LaPoynor, Malakoff, Trinidad and Murchison arrived.
The students divide into six groups and rotated throughout the day to various stations.
The stations included Archery, Rifle, Reptiles, Game Wardens, Fishing and Natural Resource Conservation.
The Spring Rendezvous is a lot of fun for the kids, offering new experiences, making for an exciting day.
Midday activities break for a sack lunch resuming and finishing in time for buses to get back them back to schools for dismissal. This is an event that the Wildlife Committee and all volunteers look forward to every year.
Thank you to all of our volunteers that make this a success every year.
You can view more pictures and information at www.facebook.com/HendersonCountyWildlifeCommittee.
Posted by : May 2, 2013| On :
Monitor Staff Writer
MABANK–the Mabank ISD School Board recognized the girls golf and soccer teams as well as the new fishing team at its April 22 meeting.
The girls golf team won the region tournament by 28 strokes and the district tournament by 51 strokes.
The girls soccer team finished as District 31-4A champs, going the furthest ever in the school’s girls soccer history.
The Mabank High School fishing team, which began in the fall of 2012 under the direction of coach Dustin Clark and boat captains Strider Browning and Michael and Mitchell Holstein also did well in competitions. Ninth grader Hailey Browning and Hunter Streybeck took first place in the Lake Tawokoni Tournament, catching three fish weighing more than six pounds.
Steven Calliet and Justin Shelton each won $1,000 scholarships and a one year sponsorship from Dobyns Rod Company for catching 16.45 lb of bass during the Lake Ray Hubbard State Tournament.
The fishing teams next tournament is Saturday, May 4, at Cedar Creek Lake.
In other news, board members:
• approved to move the May board meeting to Monday, May 20, due to the Memorial Day holiday.
• heard MISD superintendent Dr. Russell Marshall explain why the board chose not to join the CSCOPE program.
“We feel good about where we are and we didn’t get this way by using other curriculums,” Marshall said.
• approved the application for a $858,000 grant through TEA for Title I, Part A School Wide Program for instructional specialists.
• heard the graduation ceremony is set for 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 23, at the Curtis Culwell Center (formerly Garland Special Events Center) in Garland.