Mar

10

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : March 10, 2017

By Blaine Clamon
Monitor Corespondent
KEMP–The Quitman Lady Bulldogs softball team arrived in Kemp for a non-district matchup against the Lady Jackets, who were returning home from a tournament in Corsicana.
Quitman scored their first run in the top of the first inning on an RBI double by Kendal Wiley to score Madalyn Spears for an early 1-0 lead. Kemp answered in the bottom half of the inning with an inside-the-park home run by Emily Mullens and RBI double by Kylan Watters to score Erin Crutchfield for the 2-1 lead.
Kemp tacked on four additional runs in the bottom of the second inning for a 6-1 lead thanks to a two-run RBI double by Crutchfield, an RBI double by Kylan Watters, and an RBI single from Haylee Scott. In the top of the third inning, Quitman added four runs of their own for a 6-6 tie. An RBI single from Crutchfield and RBI triple from Watters gave the Lady Jackets the lead back at 8-6.
In the top half of the fourth inning, Quitman took the lead at 9-8 with three straight runs, all with one out, thanks to a two-run RBI single by Macy Wilson and an RBI single from Hannah Hardy. Shelby Hayes retired the Lady Jacket side in the bottom of the fourth inning to preserve that lead.
The Lady Bulldogs added four more runs in the top of the fifth inning for a 13-8 advantage. Kemp’s offense exploded for seven straight runs, including a two-run home run, in the bottom of the fifth for a 15-13 lead.
In the top of the sixth, Quitman threatened with two runners on base, but only managed to bring home one in order to cut Kemp’s lead to 15-14. An RBI single in the bottom of the sixth inning gave Kemp an insurance run and built the lead to 16-14. With one out and the tying run for Quitman at the plate in the top of the seventh inning, Shelby Bettis and Hardy would both settle for groundouts and give Kemp the 16-14 home win in an offensive display.
Kemp resumed play at Alba-Golden on March 10th to face the Lady Panthers. Quitman also returned to action on the same day against Linden-Kildare at the Troup Tournament in Linden.

Mar

08

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : March 8, 2017

By Magan Chapman
Monitor Corespondent
TYLER—The Lady Panthers Track Team performed admirably at their first track meet of the season held in Tyler, Feb. 25. The team placed fourth overall out of 10 squads competing.
“For having a small team, we did okay, considering that half of the team was out for soccer, softball, and DECA,” Coach Jacob Shirley said.
Varsity triple jumper Alex Corter tripped and rolled her ankle in a pothole while exiting the bus, ruling her out of the day’s competition.
Senior Carson Marsh finished fourth in the varsity long jump with 14 feet and 9 inches with freshman Madeline Turner not far behind with a jump of 13 feet and 10 inches for sixth place. “I think I did pretty well for not very much practice and my first track meet but I hope I get better as the year goes on,” Turner said.
In the running events, the Lady Panthers performed a bit better. With a time of 2:48, sophomore Carly Usery took the fifth spot in the 800-meter race and fourth in the mile with a time of 6:14. Usery said she pushed herself but is sure of future improvement.
“I think I did pretty well, I definitely could’ve picked up my pace in both races, it was hard, but I still feel like I could have done better even though I was pushing pretty hard,” she said.
Sophomore Aubrey Crow finished third in the two-mile run in 13 minutes and 38 seconds, and Sophomore Kally Dupree took sixth in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 19.3 seconds.
“Sixth place for having practiced once is pretty good, but I expect her to get better as the season goes on,” Coach Shirley said.
In the final race of the day, sophomores Sky Wolf, Magan Chapman, Aubrey Crow and Tamara Polk ran the 1600 meter relay and finished in four minutes, 50 seconds, good enough to bring home the third-place medal.
With a depleted squad, March 4 at the Rick Pinson Invitational at Life High School in Waxahachie, the Lady Panthers continued to make strides. Several key athletes were traveling across Europe with the MIS field trip and others were away for Spring Break. A few notable moments included Carly Usery capturing second place and Aubrey Crow fourth in the 800-meter race and Junior Mahala Bayless taking third in the 100 meter hurdles. Coach Shirley noted Bayless was set to take first place in the 300 meter hurdles, but her hurdles were set a notch higher than everyone else’s.
Up next for the Lady Panthers, the distance runners will compete Saturday at the Lovejoy Distance Festival in Lucas, and the entire team will participate in a tri-meet with Eustace and Van on March 16th.
Editor’s note: Magan Chapman is a journalism student at Mabank High School.

Mar

08

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : March 8, 2017

Monitor Staff Reports
MABANK–Two members of the Mabank Panthers basketball team walked away with District 13-4A superlatives this week after finishing second place in the standings behind Brownsboro. Additionally, four members were named to the First and Second All-District Teams, and four members were named to the All-Academic Teams.
Mabank senior Jordan Thomas walked away with the highest honors, sharing the Co-MVP title with Brownsboro junior Kenneth Woods. Panther sophomore Caleb Dally locked up Newcomer of the Year honors for his contribution.
Cole Plunket and Jace Capehart were named to the All-District First Team, and Collin Sims and Tyrece Gray were on the Second Team. Sophomore Matthew McGee received an honorable mention.
Four Panthers were recognized for their hard work off the court as well. Seniors Plunkett and Capehart (both named the First Team) locked up All-Academic nods, as well juniors Ryan Lee and Seth Grimes.