May

19

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : May 19, 2017

Monitor Staff Reports
MABANK–Mabank High School junior Ray Martin and his brother, sophomore Cole Martin, will be traveling to Abilene June 4-10 to compete in the Texas High School Rodeo Association State Finals.
The state finals rodeo is an annual, week-long event where high school students across Texas and surrounding states come and compete for numerous awards, scholarships and the opportunity to represent Texas at the National High School Finals Rodeo held each July.
Contestants compete in rodeos throughout the year in one of 10 regions across the state. At the last rodeo of regional level competition, the top 10 competitors in each event are announced. The events for the cowboys and cowgirls include bareback riding, barrel racing, bull riding, saddle bronc riding and shooting sports among other events.
These contestants are then given the opportunity to represent their region on the state level at the THSRA state finals.
Both Ray and Cole will be competing on the state level in the steer wrestling event.
Rodeo performances as well as other events held throughout the week are open to the public each morning and afternoon.
Shuttle services will be offered on the Taylor County Expo Center grounds, and tickets will be sold at the gates.
Schedule updates will be posted to the THSRA Facebook and Twitter pages regularly throughout the week.
The Texas High School Rodeo Association is a 501-C non-profit organization, which is the largest, most prestigious state high school rodeo association in the nation. The Texas High School Rodeo Association sponsors over 125 rodeos per year throughout 10 regions across Texas.
The rodeo year begins in August and concludes with the Texas High School Finals Rodeo in June. It is here, at the largest rodeo in the state of Texas, where “The Elite” compete, featuring the top high school cowboys and cowgirls from each region.
They compete for numerous awards, scholarships as well as the coveted honor of representing the state at the National High School Finals Rodeo held each July in Wyoming.
The National High School Finals Rodeo will be held July 16-22 in Gillette, Wyo.
For additional information visit www.thsra.org or contact Holly DeLaune at delaune.holly@gmail.com. See photos of the Martins on page 2B.

May

17

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : May 17, 2017


By Rollin Hadsell
Monitor Staff Writer
AUSTIN–Malakoff High School senior Tyler Russell went to the state meet determined to keep his state championship in the high jump, but came home with a bonus. Russell won two gold medals at the UIL State Track and Field Meet May 11-13 at Mike A. Myers Stadium on the campus of the University of Texas. Eustace High School senior Chanda Westbrook came home with some hardware as well, winning a silver and bronze to close out her decorated career as a Eustace Lady Bulldog.
Russell defended his state high jump title, winning with a jump of six feet, 11 inches, a personal best. Russell added to his trophy case with a gold in the long jump, winning first with a distance of 23 feet, seven and a quarter inches. In the past two track seasons, Russell has taken home three gold medals, two in the high jump and one in the long jump.
Westbrook started out the Friday morning session of the state meet by finishing second in the 3200-meter run with a time of 11:12.71 to take the silver medal. Blanco’s Johanna Villareal won the gold medal with a time of 11:08. 59. Westbrook came back on Saturday to take third place and the bronze medal in the 1600-meter run. Westbrook finished with a time of 5:10.60. Little River Academy’s Jenna Brazeal finished second with a time of 5:09.54 and Villareal took another gold with a time of 5:09.03.
Malakoff Tiger Q.T. Barker was fourth in the 100-meter run, missing a medal by just .09 seconds. Barker ran a 10.90, trailing Crockett’s Demarcus Richardson’s 10.81. Danny Gray of Dallas Madison won gold in the 100-meter dash with a time of 10.70.
Larry Coker finished ninth in the discus with a throw of 137 feet, 10 inches. Schulenburg’s Josh Brown won gold with a throw of 176 feet, six inches.
Trinidad Lady Trojan Erica Airheart finished fifth in the Class A triple jump with a distance of 34 feet, seven and a half inches. Ella Anttila of Jonesboro won gold and set a state meet record with a distance of 39 feet, one and a half inches.

May

17

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : May 17, 2017

Monitor Staff Reports
MESQUITE–The Eustace Bulldogs came back from four runs down in the fourth inning to tie the score at seven all, but could not come all the way back, losing to Farmersville 8-7 May 11 at Copeland Field in Mesquite to end their season.
The Bulldogs erased a three-run deficit in the fourth inning. Eustace was down 3-0 after giving up three runs in the third, but the Bulldogs tied the score the next half inning. Zach Compton led off the inning with a walk and moved to third on two wild pitches. After a Juan Maltos walk, Micah Zimmerer hit into a fielder’s choice to drive in Compton. Another walk to T.J. Howard and a James East hit by pitch loaded the bases. Cory Strawn doubled home Zimmerer and Howard to tie the score at three.
Farmersville scored four times in the bottom half of the fourth inning to take a 7-3 lead on two doubles, a single, a walk and a hit batter.
The Bulldogs again answered, this time scoring four runs in the sixth to tie the score at 7-7. With one out, East singled to left and Cory Strawn walked. Hayden Shaddox was hit by a pitch to load the bases for Chris Carlson, who lined a three-run double to left field to clear the bases. Compton drove in Carlson with a double to tie the score.
Farmersville plated a run in the sixth to retake the lead. After a double and a flyout, the Farmers got a walk and a single to score one run and take an 8-7 lead.
The Bulldogs went down in order in the seventh to end the game.
Cory Strawn was 1-2 with a run scored and two RBIs, Shaddox was 1-2 with a walk and a run scored, Carlson was 1-4 with a run and three runs batted in, Compton went 1-3 with a run and an RBI and East was 1-2 with a run scored. Zimmerer scored a run and drove in a run and Howard scored a run for the Bulldogs.
Eustace ends its season as bi-district champions and a record of 18-12 on the season. The Bulldogs have nine juniors that will return next season with each playing a significant amount of time at the varsity level this season.