Sep

21

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : September 21, 2016

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By Erik Walsh
Monitor Staff Writer
CANTON–The Mabank varsity boys cross country team finished fourth in a field of 12 teams at the Canton Invitational Sept. 17 in Canton. Joining Mabank was the Kemp Yellowjackets, where junior varsity runner Alex Wilson finished second overall in the junior circuit.
The Panthers finished the boys’ varsity race with 125 points, behind Kaufman (35 points), Canton (70 points) and Bishop Gorman (98 points).
Kaleb Allen set the pace for the Mabank boys with a 14th place finish (18:19.15). The rest of the team followed about a minute behind as Tim Beall (27th, 19:01.39) and Raul Flores (28th, 19:01.82) finished the race in step with each other. Konner Kemp (32nd, 19:08.29) and Aaron Wilson (33rd, 19:11.23) crossed the finish line just seconds later. Tanner Henderson rounded out the Mabank roster (37th, 19:31.43).
Hector Hernandez was the lone competitor from the Kemp Yellowjacket squad (34th, 19:16.16).
The Girls varsity team wasn’t as successful, coming in at 11th place with 285 points, though they were able to field a complete roster to race as a team. Fairfield won the girls meet (53 points), followed by Kaufman (58 points) and Canton (69 points).
Carly Usery held the fastest time for the Mabank girls, finishing 35th with a time of 14:41.40. The rest of the Lady Panthers were Meagan Mueller (61st, 16:07.22), Kaylee Boren (65th, 16:18.81), Jennifer Waters (78th, 17:32.43), Skylette Wolfe (82nd, 18:23.30) and Ashley Tupper (83rd, 18:27.17).
Three Lady ’Jackets also competed in the race. Kenzee King (40th, 14:53.94), Evelyn Mireles (63rd, 16:15.48) and Lilia Fonseca (72nd, 16:32.45) represented Kemp.
Perhaps the brightest spot for the local teams belonged to Kemp junior varsity runner Alex Wilson, who finished second in the junior varsity boys race with a time of 19:14.74.
The Mabank boy’s JV team finished in second place (80 points) behind Kaufman (20 points). Kemp finished sixth with 126 points.
Other individual JV boys finishes for Mabank include Jacob Johnson (8th, 19:49.65), Covey Martin (13th, 20:35.09), Reid Wise (21st, 21:22.69), Jadin Smith (30th, 21:59.66), Angel Martinez (33rd, 22:24.55), Josh Davidson (37th, 22:58.05) and Brenson Dennie (65th, 25:52.27).
Other individual JV boy’s runners for Kemp include Luis Soto (11th, 20:17.74), Garrett Clark (57th, 24:35.08), Dakota McRoy (62nd, 25:10.95), Hunter Cook (74th, 29:34.50) and Eric Soto (75th, 30:17.41).
The Kemp JV girls team finished fourth (99 points) behind Kaufman (33 points), Fairfield (49 points) and Bishop Gorman (57 points). Mabank did not field a girl’s JV team.
Kemp JV girls competitors were Jodan Cox (5th, 14:55.28), Cristal Fonseca (22nd, 16:29.45), Emily January (28th, 16:53.23), Deisy Soto-Galindo (31st, 17:10.62), Gracie Garner (36th, 17:46.16) and Jaylin Contreras (47th, 18:59.42).

Sep

21

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : September 21, 2016

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Monitor Staff Reports
MAYPEARL–It was a battle of undefeated teams Friday as the Maypearl Panthers hosted the Kemp Yellowjackets to open competition in District 6-3A, Division I.
Kemp proved to be the better of the teams, as the Yellowjackets rolled to a 26-14 win and improved to 4-0 on the season.
The Yellowjackets look to keep a perfect season alive as they hosted Palmer next week. Palmer hasn’t been able to find success yet this season with an 0-4 record, so Kemp should be the heavy favorites. They lost last week to No. 5 Sunnyvale 70-0. Head Coach Brandon Hankins isn’t underestimating them though.
“Palmer is a good football team, we will have our work cut out for us,” he said.
The Yellowjackets are still undefeated this season, a far cry from a couple of years ago when they went multiple season without winning a district game. Hankins says the team is enjoying the success.
“It was a big win for us against Maypearl,” he said. “The kids have done really well so far this season. It feels good to be undefeated and has been a long time since we have seen that around here. We hope to keep that trend going.
The’Jackets trailed Maypearl early in the game 7-0 before scoring two consecutive touchdown to bring the score to 12-7.
Maypearl, an Ellis County school, answered to take a 14-12 lead before Kemp made it 19-14 heading into the half.
The second half produced few points as both defenses tightened up. Kemp was able to score the only points of the half to take a 12-point win.
There are still plenty of other undefeated teams in the district. Grandview improved to 4-0 with a 62-13 win against Scurry-Rosser, and No. 5 Sunnyvale improved to 4-0 with a 70-0 win against Palmer. Madison blanked Life Oak Cliff 34-0 and improved to 4-0.

Sep

16

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : September 16, 2016

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Monitor Staff Reports
GRAND SALINE–The Eustace Lady Bulldogs remain a perfect 2-0 in district play after defeating the Lady Indians in four sets Sept. 12 in Grand Saline.
Eustace came into the match fresh off a win in the district opener against Mineola last weekend and kept the momentum coming into the match, winning by scores of 27-25, 25-21 and 25-18. Eustace lost the second match 27-25.
The Lady ’Dogs were led offensively by Sydnee Wynn and Reece Thorne with 18 and 17 kills each. Jessica Plunk and Erica Hoop had seven each, and Johnsynn Luckey three.
Kelsie Richmond and Wynn had two aces each serving, and Luckey and Hoops secured one a piece.
Luckey was stalwart on defense with three blocks. Wynn and Jessica Plunk had one each.
Next up for the Lady Bulldogs are the Kemp Lady Yellowjackets. Eustace will take a short trip down 175 next Friday to see which team will come out on top for Cedar Creek Lake bragging rights and a better position in 3A-District 12.