Apr

24

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : April 24, 2014

Funds raised go to kidney cancer research

Tom Green

Tom Green


By David Webb
Monitor Correspondent

KEMP–Retired firefighter Tom Green considered himself to be fit and healthy in 2009 when he noticed blood in his urine while on a vacation with his wife, Judy, in Canada in 2009.
Less than three years later, he died after losing a battle with an aggressive kidney cancer.
“He was in excellent condition,” Judy Green said. “He played golf three or four times each week. We would spend a month at a time in our RV on the road traveling. He had no idea anything was wrong.”
The retired couple decided to head home, but they stopped in Niagara Falls, where a doctor diagnosed the health problem as a prostate infection and prescribed antibiotics. In Ohio, he became ill, and another doctor diagnosed it as a kidney infection.
A kidney specialist finally diagnosed him with a genetic form of kidney cancer that is fatal, advising him he had only two years to live. After surgery and treatment, he managed to squeeze another nine months in before he died.
Green attributed the extra time she got to spend with her husband to the treatment he received at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center under the care of oncologist Dr. James Brugarolas. Green donated his body to the medical center for research purposes.
After his death in April 2012, she established the Tom Green Memorial Golf Tournament at Cedar Creek Country Club, to help raise funds for kidney cancer research at the medical center. The third annual tournament will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, April 26-27.
The tournaments raised a total of $9,800 during the first two years, and Green said she hopes to raise $6,000 this year.
“I would like to raise a little more money each year,” Green said. “I hope to eventually get up to at least $10,000 per year. All of the money raised goes to research. We are very proud of what we have been able to raise so far.”
Green said she believes the research at the medical center has already produced results, and Kemp Independent School District Superintendent Sam Swierc said he agrees.
Doctors diagnosed him in the summer of 2010 with the same cancer that killed Green and they also gave him only two years to live.
Swierc said doctors removed his left kidney, and he underwent a rigorous treatment plan under the care of Brugarolas.
He not only is still alive almost four years later, he is thriving. The most recent scan gave him, his family, friends and associates a reason to rejoice.
“I had really good news,” Swierc said. “I’ve been declared clear of cancer.”
Swierc said he had planned to attend the golf tournament this weekend to, but he will be out of town. The superintendent said the benefit has his support and he hopes golfers will participate to help raise money for continued research that has already helped save his life.
“I feel myself to be very fortunate to have had the care and treatment I did,” Swierc said.
For information about the benefit, call (903) 498-6761.
Cedar Creek Country Club is located at 18392 Country Club Dr., Kemp, TX 75143.

Apr

20

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : April 20, 2014

Monitor Photo/Erik Walsh Lady Yellowjacket Madison Thompson finishes the last leg of the girls 1600m relay April 16 at the Area 13 and 14 2A track meet in Kemp. The Kemp girls finished third in the 1600m. Individually, Thompson finished third in the 400m run.

Monitor Photo/Erik Walsh
Lady Yellowjacket Madison Thompson finishes the last leg of the girls 1600m relay April 16 at the Area 13 and 14 2A track meet in Kemp. The Kemp girls finished third in the 1600m. Individually, Thompson finished third in the 400m run.

Lady Bulldogs finish second place, travel to Stephenville April 25

By Erik Walsh
Monitor Staff Writer
KEMP-The Eustace girl’s track team came within one event from finishing first at the Area 13 and 14 2A track meet April 16 in Kemp, but several Bulldogs and Yellowjackets athletes excelled in their individual events.
The Eustace girl’s team needed at least a fourth place finish in the 1600m relay, the final event of the day, to secure the meet’s top spot. The Lady Bulldogs were unable to place in the top four. Hampton Prep (104 points) finished first to give them the Area Championship. The Eustace girls finished second overall (96.5 points) and advance to the Regional meet April 25 at Tarleton State University in Stephenville. The Kemp girls finished in sixth place with 46 points. The Eustace boy’s track team finished in fifth place (56 points) and Kemp tenth place (24 points).
The girls’ teams had some outstanding individual finishes. Kemp’s Madison Kerr finished first in the shot put with a throw of 35’ 9” and Eustace’s Caitlyn Culp was just inches behind with 35’6”.
The Lady Bulldogs dominated the discus event. Three Eustace girls finished in the top five, including Grace Holcombe 110’ 8” (first place), Kasey Lopez 103’ 10” (fourth place) and Makenzie Abbott 97’ 4” (fifth place).
Kemp’s Audra Jones finished fifth in the high jump with a leap of 4’ 10”.
Eustace’s Whitney Boerner finished the pole vault event, clearing two feet higher than any other contestant from another school (8’ 6”). Meagan Gunter, of Eustace, finished second with a 7’ 0” vault.
The Lady ’Dogs Skye Burns took the top spot in the 3200m run with a time of 12:44. EHS runner Chloe Moore finished fourth with a 13:15 pace.
The Kemp girl’s sprinters were sharp, placing fifth in the 400m and 800m relays.
Many lake area athletes placed in the 800m run. Kemp’s Kelsey Gage finished second (2:33.05), and Eustace runners Shelby White (2:35.78) and Molly McAtee (2:37:67) were third and fifth.
Lady Bulldog Madi Allen finished first in the 300m hurdles (47.2) and fourth in the 100m hurdles (17.13).
Lady Yellowjacket Madison Thompson finished third in the 400m run (63:46).
Eustace placed three runners in the top five in the 1600m run, as Burns finished first (5:50.00), Moore second (5:56:97) and Brianna Ragan third (6:01:56).
The boy’s action, the long distance races were once again closely contested by Kemp’s Jesus Perez and Eustace’s Mark Zimmerer. Perez won the 3200m run with a time of 10:09:38, with Zimmerer a couple of seconds behind at 10:12. Eustace’s Preston Schwartz and Brandon Richardson finished fourth (11:02) and fifth (11:24).
Even more exciting was the 1600m run. Perez claimed the victory in this race too (4:41:17), but not before Zimmerer (4:41:85) briefly took the lead. With just a few steps to the finish line Perez turned on the last bit of reserve and took the lead again for the victory. Eustace’s Preston Schwartz and Cade Yates finished third (4:47:75) and fifth (5:12:91).
EHS athlete Steven Stine finished fourth in the long jump with a leap of 18’ 7” and fifth in the 300m hurdles (43:34).
The Bulldogs showed that pole vaulting is another one of the schools strengths, as Cody Duncan and Lance Rodgers tied for first with a 11’ 0” clear.
In the 800m run, Cade Yates, of Eustace, finished second (2:06:37) and Kemp’s Jimmy Kimbrell fifth (2:12:84).

Apr

17

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : April 17, 2014

Monitor Photo/Summer Simpson Kemp’s Forrest Summerhill (left) finished 6th place in the 110m hurdles with a time of 16.80.

Monitor Photo/Summer Simpson
Kemp’s Forrest Summerhill (left) finished 6th place in the 110m hurdles with a time of 16.80.

Boys long distance runners Perez, Zimmerer end 1-2 in photo finish

By Erik Walsh
Monitor Staff Writer

EUSTACE–The Kemp and Eustace boys and girls track teams met in Eustace April 9-10 for the District 13-2A meet. The Eustace girls varsity and junior varsity teams claimed the top overall scores, and when the dust settled were the District Champions.
The competition, if fact, wasn’t all that close. The Eustace varsity girls finished the meet with 165 points. Red Oak Life came second with 108 points while the Kemp girls team finished fifth place with 76.5 points. The Eustace junior varsity team finished with 221.5 points, nearly 100 more than the closest competition.
In varsity girls competition, Eustace runners Skye Burns and Chloe Moore finished first and second in the 3200m run with times of 12:58.05 and 13:10.36. Kemp Lady ’Jacket Kelsey Gage got first place in the 800m run with a time of 2:32.48 and Lady Bulldog Shelby White finished second with a 2:35.00. Lady Bulldog Madi Allen finished second place in the 100m and 300m hurdles with times of 16.88 and 46.87. Kemp’s Madison Thompson finished third in the 400m dash with a time of 64.03. In the 1600m run Burns claimed the top spot with a 5:53.49 run. Lady ’Jacket Madison Kerr got the top spot in Shot Put with a toss of 37’ 9”. Lady Bulldog Caitlyn Culp was second with a 36’ 2” throw. Grace Holcombe brought another first place finish to the Eustace team with a 113’ 3” discus throw. Eustace throwers Kasey Lopez and Makenzie Abbot finished second and third. Eustace also won the top pole vaulter spot, as Whitney Boerner cleared an 8’ 0” vault. Kemp placed second in the 4x400m relay with a time of 4:22.85. Eustace took third with 4:27.31.
In varsity boys competition, the 3200m run saw the top two lake area long distance runners battle it out to a photo finish. Kemp’s Jesus Perez inched Eustace’s Mark Zimmerer for the 3200m victory. Perez finished with a time of 10:14.85 and Zimmerer 10:15.03. The incredibly close race was a fitting end to the years of competition between to lake’s top prep runners. Zimmerer and Perez also had a close 1600m race. Perez claimed that title too with a time of 4:38.35 to Zimmerer’s 4:40.
Bulldog Cade Yates finished first in the 800m run with a time of 2:11.53. In the 200m dash Kemp runner Larry Shaw finished second with 23.55. Steve Stine leaped his way to second place in the long jump, with 20’ ½”. Eustace’s Cody Duncan finished well ahead of the competition in the pole vault with a clear of 11’ 6”.
The top four finishers in every varsity race advanced to the Area track meet in Kemp April 16. See the April 20 edition of The Monitor for coverage of Area meet.