Feb

03

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : February 3, 2017

By Erik Walsh
Monitor Staff Writer
MABANK–The Mabank Panthers bounced back from a slow start, turning on the offense after the first quarter, to defeat district rival Rains 63-38 Jan. 31.
Rains gained a slight edge in the first quarter as the Panthers came on the floor flat, scoring only six points to go down 7-6. Putting points on the scoreboard wasn’t a problem the rest of the game as the Panthers outscored Rains 18-10, 21-7, and 18-14 to ice the game.
Top performers for Mabank include Collin Sims (13 points, eight rebounds), Matt McGee (11 points, eight rebounds), Jace Capehart (11 points, three steals), Cole Plunkett (10 points), Jordan Thomas (nine points, three steals, three assists), and Caleb Dally (six points, five rebounds, five assists).
Head Coach Tracy Carter told The Monitor that winning Tuesday’s game was a particularly tough challenge because three of the players were sick. “I’m proud of our kids for the way they overcame a slow start to take control against a very physical Rains team.”
The win holds Mabank’s position in second place in 4-A District 13 with a 5-1 record. The only blemish on the Panther’s district record so far came from the first place Brownsboro Bears, a six-point loss. Mabank is 16-12 overall.

Feb

02

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : February 2, 2017

Funeral services for Luna Howard are being held Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017 (today) at Eubank Cedar Creek in Mabank with Rev. Dennis Hogan officiating. Interment will follow the service at Four Mile Lutheran Cemetery in Prairieville.
Luna was born on Dec. 22, 1925 in Texarkana to parents Durwood and Luella Maye (Culpepper) Long and entered into eternal rest on Jan. 29, 2017 at the age of 91.
Luna was a wonderful grandmother and great-grandmother. She loved being outdoors, whether golfing or hunting for deer and turkey.
Luna worked as an executive secretary for TXU for over 40 years, before retiring. She enjoyed reading and traveling all over. Luna loved all her dogs, cats and other pets.
She was a member of Cedar Creek Country Club since 1970 and past President of Women’s Golf Association.
Luna loved her neighbors dearly, as they did her. Luna was a very loving and caring lady who will be missed by all who knew and loved her.
Luna was preceded in death by her parents and brother Durwood Long, Jr.
She is survived by her loving husband Dempsey Johnson, daughter Tia MacNerland and husband Richard of Wis., daughter Lisa Jones and husband Tommy of Wylie, daughter Carla Harrison and husband Larry of Grovetown, Ga., step-daughter Bobbie Sue Howard of Dallas, six amazing grandchildren and 10 exceptional great-grandchildren, sister Bobby Andrews of Garland, sister Maxine Williams of Dallas, numerous nieces and nephews who knew her as “Aunt Sis,” other loving family members and many more friends.
A personal tribute may be made online at www.eubankcedarcreek.com.

Feb

02

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : February 2, 2017

Monitor Staff Reports
CANTON–The Mabank Panthers find themselves in second (4-1) place in Region II District 13 after the first round of play and a 68-55 victory over the Canton Eagles.
So far the Panthers only loss came against the Brownsboro Bears (5-0) July 20 by the score of 57-51.
Against Canton, Mabank took a big lead in the first quarter and never surrendered it, outpacing the Eagles 23-11 in the opening frame. The Eagles tried getting their talons dirty in the second quarter and scored four more points than the Panthers, 14-10, but could never get back in the game.
Mabank outscored Canton by one in the third quarter 14-13, before the panthers took the win home in the fourth with 21 points, holding Canton to only 17.
Jordan Thomas led Mabank with 22 points, including three 3-pointers, grabbed four rebounds, dished out five assists and nabbed six steals. Cole Plunkett had 12 points, five rebounds, four assists and three steals; Caleb Dally had 2 points, five assists and two steals; Tyrece Gray had eight points and three rebounds; Jace Capehart scored six points, Collin Sims had six points and three rebounds and Matthew McGee scored two points.
Mabank is back in action at home this Friday when they play host to the Van Vandals.