Feb

22

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : February 22, 2017

Monitor Staff Reports
FRANKSTON–The Mabank Lady Panthers basketball team lost a heartbreaker Friday night, falling to the Chapel Hill Lady Bulldogs 68-67 Class 4A Region II area-round playoff at Frankston High School.
It took a big fourth quarter from Chapel Hill (27-9) to overcome the Lady Panthers, including lights out shooting from Mykaela Alfred (29 points, five 3-pointers).
Chapel Hill came out with the lead in the first quarter gaining an edge over Mabank 18-13 in the first quarter. The Lady Panthers fought back in the second and third quarters, outscoring them 13-11 in the second quarter and 25-15 in the third to take a 51-44 lead after the third.
Unfortunately for the Lady Panthers, Chapel Hill was able to squeeze out the one-point margin of victory with a 24-point fourth quarter. Mabank scored 16 points.
Chapel Hill moved on to the quarterfinal round, where they lost 54-36 to district rival Bullard.

Feb

22

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : February 22, 2017

By Erik Walsh
Monitor Staff Writer
MABANK–The Panthers baseball team is primed for a new baseball season under first year head coach Brandon Kajihiro.
Kajihiro has been working with Panther athletes since he was brought on board last summer and been preparing students for the baseball season.
“We’ve done lots of lifting weights to get stronger and practiced our fundamentals,” Kajihiro said.
Kajihiro comes to the Panthers with an unproven head coaching record, but an outstanding pedigree, winning a state championship with the 2-A Sunnyvale Riders in 2014.
“I’ve wanted to be a head coach for a long time,” Kajihiro said. “I spent six years in Sunnyvale and I think my time there has prepared me for this position. I want to make the most of it.”
Kajihiro is a tech apps teacher at the junior high.
Kajihiro says the Panthers have been improving in each scrimmage after not looking very good in the first. “If we keep improving, we will be just fine.”
The Panthers have three weeks of tournaments to improve and get in peak form before district play begins in late March. Tournaments will be held in Malakoff, Sunnyvale and in Mabank.
The usual suspect ,Athens, will not be competing against Mabank this year. The Panthers will face Van, Brownsboro, Canton, Rains and Wills Point in 4-A District 13.
“We should have a competitive district, Kajihiro said. “Nobody should be much better or worse than anyone else. Anybody can win.”
Key players on this year’s squad include second baseman Hunter Caves, shortstop Pearson Johannesen and catcher Dalton Penix.

Feb

17

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

By Blaine Clamon
Monitor Correspondent
KEMP–Kemp’s varsity boys’ basketball returned to the friendly confines of ‘Jacket Gym for senior night as they wrapped up the regular season against the visiting Grand Saline Indians. Kemp won the previous matchup at Grand Saline, 70-47.
Thanks to a 3-pointer by senior Alec Cooper, a layup by sophomore Jaise Bowie, two layups by junior Kane Johnson, and a free throw by sophomore Boomer Irvin, Kemp opened the game with a 10-0 lead. The Indians would not get on the board until a jump shot was made by junior Connor Lowe with 4:19 left in the opening quarter to cut the early lead to 10-2. However, thanks to the stellar defense and hot shooting of the Yellowjackets, including 13 points from Johnson, Kemp built a 25-4 advantage after the first quarter. Lowe contributed to Grand Saline’s only four points in that span.
The second quarter would be more of the same for Kemp as they continued to show why they are the hottest team in the district by forcing ill-advised shots and turnovers by the Indians and controlling the clock. Kemp took a dominating 43-10 lead at halftime. The Yellowjackets never looked back and cruised at home 90-31 against Grand Saline. Kemp found the right time to play their best basketball heading into the postseason as they now ride a 10-game winning streak.
Kemp was led by Josiah Brewington’s 21 points. Behind him was Kane Johnson with 17, Cameron Clamon with 14, Boomer Irvin with 13, Alec Cooper with eight, and Darel Booker with five. Connor Lowe led Grand Saline with his 12 points. Jordan Truett had six, Philip LaPrade and Jacob Akins both had four, and Jordan Smith had three.
Kemp finishes the regular season in second place of District 12-3A at 22-9 overall and 11-3 in district. Grand Saline’s season wraps up as the Indians finish with a 3-17 record and a 2-9 mark in district.