Aug

27

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : August 27, 2015

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By Erik Walsh
Monitor Sports Editor
MABANK–First year Head Football Coach Mikey Thompson is ready to lead Mabank to new heights with a fresh outlook.
Thompson and company recognize the challenge that lays before them, as they are in the rock-solid District 8-4A with Athens and Van, and couldn’t find much success with a 1-9 record last year under former Athletic Director Jared Wingfield.
For the Panthers, all of that is water under the bridge. To help turn things around for the boys in green, Thompson has brought in former Mabank District MVP quarterback and Sunbelt Offensive Player of the Year Kolton Browning as quarterback coach. Browning’s presence will be a spark and inspiration to the players.
The Panthers were a successful team in Browning’s era taking the snaps. He brings with him a pedigree of winning. As a Panther, he still holds the Mabank High School single-game records for total offense (507), rushing yards (228), passing yards (456) and passing touchdowns (6); as well as the single-season records for passing yards (3,126), completions (240), attempts (409) and touchdown passes (28); and a career record for passing yardage (7,352) and passing touchdowns (63).
As far as Mabank football is concered, Browning is a living legend and is back to help right the ship.
Thompson served as the Panthers Offensive Coordinator last year, but found himself as the top candidate for the head coaching role when former Lago Vista Athletic Director and Head Football Coach Alan Haire left Mabank for an Athletic Director position in Stephenville.
The Panthers will field five returning starters on offense and five on defense. Top players include defensive lineman Xavier Ewing, linebacker Zane Koskelin, running backs Clay Carson and Tony Ogburn, offensive lineman Noel Rojo and All-District tight end Blayne Rowe.
“We have a talented, hard-working bunch of players here in Mabank, and they are determined to play their hearts out on every snap,” Thompson said.

Aug

23

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : August 23, 2015

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By Erik Walsh
Monitor Sports Editor
EUSTACE–It’s going to be a busy three days of volleyball in Eustace Aug. 20-22, when the Eustace Lady Bulldogs host a 32-team tournament featuring premier schools from across East Texas.
The 32 squads are broken down into eight pools with four teams in each. To facilitate the large quantity of matches, two games will be going on at any given time at separate locations. The plan heading into the tournament was for Pool 1 and Pool 2 playing simultaneously Thursday morning at E.L. Kirk Gymnasium and the old high school gym, then for Pool 3 and Pool 4 to repeat the process in the afternoon. Those plans got washed out quickly when torrential rains found their way through a leaky roof in the old high school onto the playing floor. Referees stopped the game and conferred with school officials, who agreed to move Pool 2 matches to the middle school gym. Players and scorekeepers chuckled while changing facilities, saying “an indoor sport got rained out.” After the delay, Pool 2 resumed without additional issue.
Pool 5 is slated to play in E.L. Kirk gym on Friday morning, and Pool 7 following in the afternoon. At press time there was no word if Friday games for pools six and seven would relocate back to the old high school gym or remain at the middle school.
Following are what pools each of the 32 teams are broken down into.
Pool 1: Eustace, Athens, Kerens, North Dallas
Pool 2: Ennis, Trinidad, Grace Community, Life-Red Oak
Pool 3: Blooming Grove, Edgewood, Brook Hill, Elysian Fields
Pool 4: Jacksonville, Mabank, Frankston, Kemp
Pool 5: Canton, Malakoff, East Texas Christian Academy, Ferris
Pool 6: Fruitvale, Grand Saline, Palestine, Elkhart
Pool 7: Life-Oak Cliff, Eustace junior varsity, Neches, Mildred
Pool 8: Sunnyvale, Cross Roads, Buffalo, Rice
Teams play each other in their pool once, then move on to bracket play on Saturday. The winner moves on to the championship bracket, second place moves to the gold bracket, third place teams fight it out in the silver bracket, and fourth place teams play it out in the bronze bracket. Coaches plan on utilizing four gyms to accommodate teams, adding an additional gym from the middle school in bracket play. Bracket games on Saturday will run from noon-6 p.m. on all campuses.
Nearly half of Thursday’s outcomes were available at press time. In Pool 1, Eustace defeated Athens 25-16 and 25-21; Kerens defeated North Dallas in a three game set 26-24, 8-25 and 25-12; Eustace defeated North Dallas 25-16 and 25-11; and Athens defeated Kerens 25-18 and 25-20.
In Pool 2, Ennis defeated Trinidad 25-10 and 25-15; Life-Red Oak edged Grace Community 16-25, 25-15 and 25-20; Ennis defeated Life Red Oak 25-15 and 25-15; and Grace Community defeated Trinidad 25-18 and 25-12.

Aug

20

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : August 20, 2015

By Erik Walsh
Monitor Sports
EUSTACE–The Lady Bulldog volleyball teams had a successful and busy weekend Aug. 14-15, finishing third place in each of their respective brackets.
The varsity squad traveled to the Van tournament, where they met with stiff competition and defeated John Tyler in two games in the gold bracket third-place match, 25-22 and 25-19.
Other Eustace varsity tournament matches include victories against Quitman (16-25, 25-22, 25-21) and Grace (25-13, 25-21), and losses against Crandall (25-18, 25-15), Sanger (22-25, 16-25) and Grace (12-25, 6-25). Overall, Eustace went 3-3 at the tournament, won six sets and lost seven, while scoring 252 points and giving up 293.
Meanwhile, as the top Lady Bulldogs squad was traveling, Eustace hosted its annual sub-varsity tournament, which is quickly becoming one of the largest of its kind in the region. Thirty-two teams came from across East Texas to compete. In the junior varsity bracket, the Lady Bulldogs placed third overall after defeating Ennis 2-1 in a hard-fought game.
The freshman team also placed third after gaining a 2-0 victory over Canton.
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