Mar

29

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : March 29, 2017

Special to The Monitor
AUSTIN-Ranked the number one golfer in the FedExCup standings, Dustin Johnson, 32, proved it by winning the Dell Technologies Match Play March 26 at the Austin Country Club as part of the World Golf Championship series and walking away with a $1.66 million paycheck.
Johnson is engaged to hockey icon Wayne Gretzky’s daughter, Paulina, and they are expecting their second child.
Wayne Gretzky was in Austin to support Johnson during the five-day tournament that started March 22.
In round one of play, Johnson defeated Webb Simpson by five up with three holes to play. In round two, he defeated Martin Kaymer, three up with two holes to play. In round three, he defeated Jimmy Walker, five up with three holes to play and in the quarter-finals, he defeated Zach Johnson, five up with four holes to play.
After playing Zach Johnson Saturday morning, Johnson defeated Alex Noren three up with two holes to play that afternoon.
On Sunday morning, following his win in the semi-finals over Hideto Tanihara at one up, Johnson defeated Spaniard Jon Rahm in the afternoon, one up in the second round of golf to win the tournament.
Rahm won $1.045 million for second place, followed by Bill Haas in third, winning $678,000 and Tanihara, fourth with $545,000.
Noren, Phil Mickelson, Soren Kjeldsen and Ross Fisher tied for fifth, each winning $298,000.
Bubba Watson, Marc Leishman, Kevin Na, Charles Howell III, Paul Casey, William McGirt, Brooks Koepka and Zach Johnson each took home $158,000.

Mar

29

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : March 29, 2017

By Rollin Hadsell
Monitor Staff Writer
PARIS–The Mabank Lady Panthers are moving on to the area round of the playoffs after their hard-fought 2-0 victory over Paris at Wildcat Stadium in Paris. The Lady Panthers had to play on the road as the higher seed, but shut out the Lady Cats with a dominant second half of play in the match.
In the first half, the Lady Panthers had a couple great chances to get on the board, but could not find the net. Paris also had three chances in the first half after getting behind the Mabank defense, but one shot hit the post, and the other couple shots were stopped by Lady Panther goalkeeper Presley Reese. The Lady Panthers and Lady Cats went into halftime scoreless.
The Lady Panthers struck with just three and a half minutes gone in the second half. Senior Cat Turner sent a high shot from about 15 yards out toward the goal, and placed it perfectly over the goalkeeper’s hands and under the crossbar for the first Lady Panther score of the game.
The Lady Panthers kept the pressure on, sending the ball back into the Paris end of the field when the Lady Cats would try to get something going.
Paris had another chance to score in the second half, but was thwarted again by Reese and the Lady Panther defense.
At the 17:33 mark of the second half, sophomore Maysi Hinkle lifted a ball over the goalkeeper’s head and into the back of the net to give the Lady Panthers a 2-0 lead and some breathing room.
Paris could not get one past Reese, and the Lady Panthers continued to keep the ball in the Paris end of the field for the remainder of the game. The Lady Panthers had another great opportunity to score late in the game, but the ball was just over the crossbar.
The Lady Panthers avenged a 2-1 loss to Paris in a tournament game earlier in the season.
Lady Panther Head Soccer Coach Sean Falloure was proud of the way his team stepped up in the game. “Anytime you have to go to an opponent’s home field for a playoff is a difficult situation,” Falloure said. “In our case, that was the location for two of our four losses for the year, including a loss to the team we were playing in the first round. My girls responded as they have all year to adversity, they fought as hard as they could and left everything on the field. As a coach, you can’t ask for anything else.”
With the victory, Mabank improves to 17-5 on the season. The Lady Panthers will play Carrollton Ranchview (12-7-3) in the area round of the Class 4A state playoffs at 7 p.m. Friday, March 31 in Forney.

Mar

24

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : March 24, 2017

Monitor Staff Reports
DALLAS–Kemp junior pitcher John Brooks did everything in the Yellowjackets’ 14-0 win over Madison March 21 in Dallas. Brooks went 3-4 at the plate, scoring three runs and driving in a run. But his pitching was the highlight of the night. Brooks went the distance in the win, giving up no hits and striking out 12 Madison hitters in the shutout. The only baserunners came on four walks and two Kemp errors.
Brooks didn’t need much offense with the way he was pitching, but the rest of the team gave him plenty. The offense got started early in the game. Brooks reached on an error, promptly stole second and third and scored on Cameron Clamon’s groundout.
In the top of the second inning, the ’Jackets added another run when Dakota Price reached on an error, stole second base, went to third on the overthrow and scored on a sacrifice fly from Tyler Garrett to make it 2-0.
The ’Jackets broke the game open with a six-run third inning. Nate Mendoza started the inning with a bunt single to third. Jack Griffin hit a fly ball that the center fielder could not handle, allowing him to reach base and sending Mendoza to third on the error. Mendoza came home on a passed ball, with Griffin going all the way to third base on the play. Brooks singled home Griffin to make it 4-0. Clamon tripled to right center field to score Brooks, and after a Noah Herring walk, scored on an error by the second baseman. A Price single drove in the fifth run of the inning, and a Cameron Fiatte fly-ball drove in Price to make it 8-0.
Kemp added another run in the fifth inning on a Nate Crim groundout scored Price, who had reached on a single, stole second and moved to third on a Colton Breeze grounder.
The ’Jackets added five more runs in the top half of the sixth inning. Brooks hit a triple to left field and Clamon singled to score Brooks with the 10th run of the game. Herring reached on an error and Rexx Claxton doubled to drive in Clamon and move Herring to third. Another error on the shortstop allowed Herring and Claxton to score on a line drive by Price. Price stole third base and scored on an error to make it 14-0.
Just for good measure, Brooks struck out the side in the bottom of the sixth, after a walk, to end the game and get his no-hitter. Brooks threw 93 pitches in the game.
Price finished the night 3-4 with four runs scored and three runs batted in. Clamon went 2-4 with three runs and two RBI. Mendoza had two hits and scored a run, Fiatte and Griffin had a hit each, with Griffin also scoring a run and Claxton went 1-4 with two runs scored and drove in a run. Herring scored a run and Garrett and Crim each drove in one run in the game.
The ’Jackets will be back in action at 6 p.m. March 28 when they travel to Palmer.