Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : October 19, 2016


By Rollin Hadsell
Monitor Staff Writer
EUSTACE–The Eustace cross country teams continued its tradition of winning. Both the Bulldogs and Lady Bulldogs won district titles at the District 12-3A meet in Eustace, Oct. 17.
While both teams were dominant, the Lady Bulldogs ran away with the district title by taking the top six spots, as well as eighth place in the meet. They scored 15 points in the meet (in cross country, lower scores are better), beating second place Kemp by 43 points. Quitman took third place to also advance to the regional meet.
Lady Bulldog senior Chanda Westbrook placed first in the meet with a time of 12:34.812. Senior Shelby White took second place, 40 seconds behind Westbrook. Two more seniors from Eustace took the next two spots, with Cara Henson taking third, and Skye Burns placing fourth.
In a sign that the team will be in good hands after these four graduate, freshmen runners Sabrina Davis and Macy Penix took fifth and sixth, respectively, with sophomore Reece Thorne finishing eighth.
The Kemp Lady Jackets will also advance to regionals, finishing second in the district. The Lady Jackets were paced by Kenzee King, who finished 12th overall, along with Evelyn Mireles (16th), Gracie Garner (18th), and Lilia Fonseca (20th). Rounding out the Lady Jackets’ great day was Emily January, who finished 21st, Cristal Fonseca 22nd, and Whitney Cokewell 24th.
The Bulldogs were almost as dominant as the ladies team, finishing with 21 points on the day, beating second place Edgewood by 59 points. The Kemp boys team will also advance to the regional meet, finishing in third place overall, scoring 74 points on the day.
Eustace’s Ericsen Gudjohnsen finished second with a time of 17:56.804, behind district winner Cody DeLaRosa of Edgewood. The Bulldogs took the next two spots as well, with Michael Wong placing third and Micah Zimmerer finishing fourth. The team also finished with Nicholas Westbrook taking ninth, Andrew Page 10th, and Dalton Page 11th.
Kemp also had a good day, with Luis Garcia placing seventh, Alex Wilson 17th, Hector Hernandez 18th, Ismael Morales 21st, Luis Soto 24th, Alan Lujan 30th, and Garrett Clark 37th.
The Class 3A Region II meet will be held Saturday, October 29, at Lynn Creek Park in Grand Prairie.



Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : October 14, 2016

By Rollin Hadsell
Monitor Sports Writer
MABANK–The Lady Panthers volleyball team came back from a two games to one deficit to defeat the Wills Point Lady Tigers in five sets Oct. 11 in Mabank.
After winning game one, the Lady Panthers dropped the next two before winning game four, setting up a deciding fifth game. Mabank won by the scores of 25-20, 18-25, 24-26, 25-21, and 15-9. Lady Panther Head Coach Stacy Shelton was happy with the way the team stepped up in the final two sets. “I feel we had a total team effort last night, and we adjusted well in the last two sets to come out on top.”
In game five, the Lady Panthers raced out to a 5-1 lead before the Lady Tigers came back to tie it at 7-7. The two teams exchanged the next four points, keeping the game tied at 9-9. The Lady Panthers then went on a 6-0 run to win the final game, as well as the match, three games to two.
The two teams traded points during a very close game four before the Lady Panthers pulled away to win it. The game was tied at 17-17 when the Lady Panthers called a time out. The time out seemed to help, as they scored eight of the final 12 points to win it.
Games two and three belonged to the visiting Lady Tigers, as they edged the Lady Panthers in game three, and took control of game two early to win that one going away. The Lady Panthers also came back in game one, going down 9-3 before winning 25-20.
The win kept the team in the playoff hunt, putting them in third place behind district leader Rains and Van. “We are very hopeful in making the playoffs, but it is still too early and we still have 4 matches left to play, and our district is a very competitive one” said Coach Shelton. “With that many matches yet to play, I don’t want to count our chickens before they are hatched.”
Shelton said Wills Point was much improved since last time they played. “We handled them fairly easy in the first round but they came to play last night,” she said. “They were a much improved hitting and defensive team than before.”
Shelton said several Mabank players were key in their success. “Our big hitter Kailey Currington started out struggling but found her groove,” she said. “Defensively we played well with our Libero, Alexus Escalante leading our team and Currington and Lauren Thomas playing well. Haley Mashburn and Taylor Forester did well blocking for us.”
The Lady Panther record now stands at 18-13 overall, and 3-3 in district play. Their next game is at home, Tuesday, Oct. 18, against Brownsboro.



Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : October 12, 2016


Monitor Staff Reports
FAIRFIELD–It was a great day for the Mabank Cross Country team at the Fairfield Golden Eagle Run on Oct. 8, as the varsity, junior varsity and junior high girl’s teams all brought home team championships.
The Mabank squads did very well in their last meet before the District race next week in Canton. In varsity, 124 runners competed and Mabank senior Harman Beyer won the individual championship with a first place finish. Kaleb Allen finished fourth, Tanner Henderson 10th, followed by Raul Flores. Aaron Wilson (16th), Tim Beall (18th), and Konner Kemp (20th) has strong performances and just missed out on medals.
The JV boy champions were led by Reid Wise with a first place individual finish, followed by Angel Martinez in fifth, Jadin Smith in 10th, Josh Davidson in 15th and Brendon Dennie in 17th.
The varsity girls got eighth place out of 12 teams and were led by Carly Usery in 20th place.
The Mabank junior high girls competed in a field of 14 teams and 156 runners. They were led by Shaylin Minshew and Lilliana Forest who finished second and third respectively. Carly Sapp (12th), Brooke Ford (15th) Corey Greathouse (23rd), Olivia Hale 24th), and Lauren Carter 26th) all ran well.
The junior high boys team had a good showing with a fifth place finish. Matt Mueller led the Panthers in fourth place overall, followed by Emedio Campa in seventh.