Aug

17

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : August 17, 2016

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Mabank 2cmykBy Erik Walsh
Monitor Staff Writer
VAN–The Mabank Lady Panthers varsity volleyball team saw the greatest competition of its young season last weekend in the Van Invitational, finishing fourth place in the championship bracket Aug. 13.
The Lady Panthers finished second in pool play with a 2-1 record after defeating the Van Junior Varsity team and Arp. Their one loss came in a close three set match to Edgewood. Edgewood went undefeated and finished first in pool play. Despite not winning the pool, Mabank advanced to the championship bracket because they allowed few points against them defensively.
Mabank opened bracket play with a victory over John Tyler for a chance at revenge against Edgewood. Unfortunately, Edgewood got the best of the fight again to advance to the final. Mabank had to settle for a battle for third place against Sunnyvale, where the Lady Panthers lost a tough matchup, finishing in fourth place.
Lady Panthers Head Coach Stacy Shelton was proud of the team despite not making it to the championship final.
“I am very proud of these girls,” Shelton said. “It is a total rebuilding year for our team. We have only one full-time starter and two part-time players returning from last season and have lots of holes to fill. It’s a totally new team. They haven’t quite gotten used to playing with one another. However, we are improving with every match. I expect lots of highs and lows during this preseason.”
In other tournament news, Quitman defeated district rival Edgewood 25-21, 25-17 to win the tournament. Quitman posted a 5-0 record throughout the tournament and won all 10 of its sets. They outscored their opponents 250-161, for an average margin of victory of 25-16.

Aug

17

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : August 17, 2016

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Monitor Staff Writer
CEDAR CREEK LAKE–The first scrimmages of the 2016 football season were a wash Aug. 12 when heavy rains and some lightning forced local teams to cancel.
The rains left local Cedar Creek Lake area teams wanting for more time with their pads strapped on. A total of three scrimmages were canceled: Eustace was set to host Quinlan, Mabank was scheduled to host Scurry-Rosser, and Grand Saline was slated to visit Kemp.
To make matters more difficult for the three teams coaching staffs, more rains continue to pound Cedar Creek Lake Monday, cutting morning practice short.
The Yellowjackets were able to get a little more scrim time in Kemp before the prospect of lightning cut their time short.
“We got in three offensive series on Friday,” Yellowjackets Head Coach Brandon Hankins said. “So it wasn’t a complete wash. “We looked good in some areas but have lots to improve on.”
Hankins noted that the key to success coming into the preseason is to “stay healthy and execute plays with great effort.”
Area coaches and players will get one more opportunity to compete in scrimmages this Friday, Aug. 19. Even if weather is poor, it is more likely to hold up for at least one of the teams, as Eustace, Kemp and Mabank are traveling away for the scrimmage.
Kemp will suit up against Quinlan, Mabank will travel to Groesbeck, and Eustace travels to Kerens. The regular season begins Aug. 26.

Aug

10

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : August 10, 2016

Mabank varsity volleyball team picBy Erik Walsh
Monitor Staff Writer
CEDAR CREEK LAKE– School may not be in session yet, but high school athletes are hard at work in two a day practices and scrimmages throughout the lake area.
Volleyball season gets underway to an especially quick start. The girls are already lacing up their shoes and strapping on their knee pads for official games with more than two weeks until the first day of school. In fact, by the time school gets underway and the general populous starts to become aware of high school sports, area volleyball teams have already played about half their games for the entire season.
Eustace volleyball Head Coach Chuck Powers told The Monitor that a deceptive number of games are played for the sport before school kicks off Aug. 29.
“If you look at our schedule,” Powers said, “You’ll see lots of tournaments in the first three weeks. The girls play lots of games in these tournaments and get the practice we need to evaluate our team pretty quick.”
For example, Mabank plays in four major tournaments with the school year barely coming into session. The Lady Panthers will participate in the Van Varsity Tournament Aug. 12-13, Eustace Varsity Tournament Aug. 18 and 29, the Tyler Invitational Tournament Aug. 26-27, and the Wills Point Tournament Sept. 1 and 3.
To put the number of games the volleyball players have already played at this point in the season in perspective, just a week after the Wills Point Tournament wraps up Sept. 3, Mabank will host its football homecoming game Sept. 9. The football Panthers will have played just three games that count in their pre-district standings, while the Lady Panthers will have played well over 25.
The Lady Bulldogs are competing in the Van, Eustace and Tyler tournaments against the Lady Panthers; while the Kemp Lady ’Jackets will test their mettle in the Eustace Tournament, then branch off to the Edgewood and Brownwood tournaments Aug. 25-27 and Sept. 1-3.
Mabank, Eustace and Kemp all began their season last Tuesday, Sept. 9. Mabank hosted Sunnyvale, Eustace hosted Athens and Mildred, and Kemp traveled to Rice.