Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : July 20, 2016

By Ryan Moulds
Monitor Sports Writer
ATHENS– Kris Baumann has announced his resignation as head men’s basketball coach/associate athletic director at Trinity Valley Community College. Baumann has accepted a position as assistant coach on the men’s basketball staff at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP).
“I’ve been coaching 17 years in junior college basketball and Trinity Valley is by far the best job I’ve ever had,” Baumann said. “It’s difficult to leave a place this special. “What sets this place apart from others is the people who work at the college, our fan base and the community. It truly is a special place.”
Baumann leaves after a four-year tenure at TVCC in which the Cardinals posted a 110-26 record. Baumann, owner of a 280-146 career record, guided the Cardinals to the national tournament in each of his last three seasons, claiming their first Region XIV championship since 1999 this past season.
In addition to claiming the regional title in the 2015-16 season, the Cardinals were an unprecedented 19-0 in conference play and were ranked No. 1 in the NJCAA the second half of the season. The Cardinals, who own a 33-game conference winning streak, also matched a school record for wins in a season, going 33-2.
During Baumann’s tenure, the Cardinals reached the Elite 8 in 2015 and the Sweet 16 in 2014 and 2016. The Cardinals were the No. 1 seed at the tournament this past season.
Prior to his arrival at TVCC in the summer of 2012, Baumann spent six seasons at Garden City Community College in Kansas. He was 120-75 at Garden City, where his 2009 squad advanced to the national tournament and finished sixth.
He also served three years as head coach at Lamar Community College and stints as an assistant coach at Chipola Junior College and Tallahassee Community College.
Baumann attended and played at the University of Idaho, where he became one of the top three-point shooters in school history. He was voted team captain both his junior and senior seasons and received the prestigious Ronald White Award.
He received his bachelor’s degree in general studies from the University of Idaho and Masters of Administration and sports management from Columbia Southern University.
UTEP is under the leadership of head coach Tim Floyd who will be entering his seventh season with the team. UTEP finished with a 19-14 record last season and was 10-8 in conference play. They finished sixth in Conference-USA.
Baumann’s junior college signees went on to play at Auburn (Archie Miaway), Charlotte (JC Washington), Cincinnati (Kareem Johnson and Octavius Ellis), East Carolina (Corey Farmer and Clarence Williams), Fresno State (Quinton Hosley), Gonzaga (Abdullahi Kuso), Iowa State (Jhaustin Thomas), Kansas State (Janerio Spurlock), Louisiana Tech (Marcelle Davis, Lavelle Felton and Michael Wilder), Memphis (Geron Johnson), Middle Tennessee (Trevor Ottley), New Mexico State (Supo Jegede), North Texas (Richard Thomas), Purdue (Jon Octeus), Stephen F. Austin (Leon Gilmore), Texas A&M (LaKeith Blanks), UAB (Will Campbell), UCF (Lavelle Payne) and Wyoming (Thomas Manzano), among numerous Division I schools.



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.



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

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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.