By Rollin Hadsell
Monitor Staff Writer
MABANK–The resiliency and the never-quit attitude of the Lady Panther volleyball team was on display again in their District 13-4A matchup with Brownsboro at Mabank High School gymnasium on Tuesday, Oct. 18.
The Lady Panthers and Lady Bears battled for five sets, with Mabank winning a crucial match, 25-23, 29-27, 20-25, 23-25 and 15-7.
After winning the first two sets, the Lady Panthers made it look like it was going to be a short night, but the Lady Bears battled back to win the next two, setting up a winner-take-all fifth set. The home team scored the first three points of the set, led seven to two, and cruised to a fifth set win, 15-7.
Lady Panther Head Coach Stacy Shelton was happy with the way her team fought back. “Our team is very resilient and we never give up,” she said. “We were down in the first two sets and came back to beat them in those then left them win the next two sets and battled back to take the momentum in the final sets.”
Things were not as easy in sets three and four, as both went back and forth. The fourth set was not decided until Brownsboro score the final two points to tie the match up at two sets a piece. At no time during the set were the two teams any further apart than three points. Set three was much like the entire match, with no team able to take control until late. Tied at 13-13, the Lady Bears scored seven of the next eight points to take a 20-14 lead. The teams then traded points the rest of the way leading to a 25-20 Brownsboro win.
The second set belonged to the Lady Panthers, but it wasn’t easy. The visitors went up 20-14, only to see the Lady Panthers come back to eventually tie it at 23-23. Again, the two teams went point for point until an ace gave the Lady Panthers a hard-fought 29-27 win.
Brownsboro came out in the first set to take a 14-7 lead, but the resilient Lady Panthers scored seven consecutive points to tie the score at 14-14. The two teams battled to a 20-20 tie, before Mabank again scored 3 straight points to take a seemingly commanding three-point lead 23-20. The Lady Bears, though, scored three of the next four points to again make it close. The Lady Panthers finally ended it with a block from the Lady Panther defense.
Coach Shelton was happy with the way the team played both defensively. “Defense was the key; we had great defensive play from Alexus Escalante, Lauren Thomas, Hanna Smith and Kailey Currington.” she said. She also like the way her offense came played in the fifth set. “We came around on the offensive side in the fifth set with dominating play from Kailey Currington, Dannielle Sinclair and Hailey Mashburn.”
Coach Shelton also said that more of these types of games will take place in the final two games of district. “This district has some really good teams in it and it will be a dog fight until the end of district play.” she said.
With the win, the Lady Panthers improve to 19-15 overall, and 4-4 in district play, which puts them in third place in the district with two games to play.
In their final game of the season, the Lady Panthers will be traveling to Canton to take on the Lady Eagles, Tuesday, Oct. 25.
Posted by : October 21, 2016| On :
By Rollin Hadsell
Posted by : October 21, 2016| On :
Monitor Staff Reports
CANTON–The Mabank Panther boys cross country team became district champions. Led by Senior Harman Beyer’s first place showing, the Panthers finished the meet with four runners in the top 10, and seven in the top 14, to win the District 13-4A meet on Oct. 17 in Canton.
The Lady Panthers also had a regional qualifier, with sophomore Carly Usery finishing 9th, with a time of 13:59.
Beyer, a 2015 state qualifier, became the individual district champion, finishing the race in a time 17:18. Freshman Kaleb Allen placed second, just 26 seconds behind the leader. Raul Flores, another freshman, placed fourth with a time of 17:56, junior Tim Beall ran the race in 18:52 to take ninth to round out the top ten.
Not too far out of the top ten (just 30 seconds separated ninth place and 14th place) were junior Konner Kemp finishing 12th with a time of 19:02, senior Aaron Wilson 13th with a finishing time of 19:14, and 14th place Tanner Henderson, who finished with a time of 19:22.
Mabank cross country Head Coach Tracy Carter was very pleased with the way his team is running.
“I’m very proud of the growth and success of the team over the past two or three years.”
On the girls’ side, sopmore Carly Usery took ninth place, gaining a spot in the regional meet with a time of 13:59.
Posted by : October 19, 2016| On :
By Erik Walsh
Monitor Staff Writer
KEMP–The Kemp Yellowjackets lost another close district game, this time by just three points and at home, 31-28.
Kemp drops to 5-2 overall and 2-2 in district play, while the Madison Trojans improve to 6-1 overall and 2-1 in district.
The Yellowjackets were once again without starting quarterback Dreyson Watters, who played just the first three plays of the game before leaving the game due to an injury suffered earlier this season.
Cameron Clamon came in as a replacement, and was very serviceable in Watters’ absence. In the opening drive Clamon went 3-3 passing before Caleb Bolin got the ’Jackets on the scoreboard with an 11-yard touchdown run at the 7:40 mark. Kemp failed the conversion attempt and led 6-0.
Madison took the lead with just 1:52 remaining in the first quarter on a three-yard touchdown run. They led 7-6 after the successful extra point.
Kemp got back on top in the second quarter when Clamon ran the football in the endzone for a 4-yard touchdown at the 7:39 mark. Kemp led 13-7 after the successful PAT.
Unfortunately for the Yellowjackets, Madison struck back lighting fast with a 90-yard touchdown pass to re-take the lead,14-13.
Kemp led at halftime when Josiah Brewington ran in a three-yard touchdown to make the score 20-14 after the PAT.
Scoring was scarce in the third quarter. Madison scored the only points of the period when they nailed a field goal to trim the lead to 20-17 at the 2:25 mark.
Kemp threatened to put the game away in the fourth quarter, driving the ball all the way down to the Madison 13-yard line, but instead a Madison defender picked up a Kemp fumble and ran the ball 85-yards for a touchdown, reversing the lead and putting Madison up 24-20 with just 10:38 remaining in the game.
The Trojans extended that lead at the 7:44 mark when they scored on a 67-yard run. The extra point was good, 31-20.
Kemp scored again quickly to give themselves a fighting chance when Clamon found Elijah Gardiner on an 80-pass to cut the Trojans lead to 31-28.
Kemp got the ball back for one last chance to tie the game or take the lead, but ran out of time. Gardiner threw an interception in the final moments and Kemp lost 31-28.
Clamon was 6-16 passing for 159 yards and one touchdown. He rushed for 55 yards and one touchdown on 19 carries.
Bolin had a game-high 152 yards rushing and one touchdown for the Yellowjackets.
Gardiner led the team with one reception for 80-yards and a touchdown. Kane Johnson had four catches for 48 yards.
The Yellowjackets return to action Oct. 21 at Dallas Life Oak Cliff. Kickoff for the district contest is set for 7:30 p.m.