By Erik Walsh
Monitor Sports Editor
EUSTACE-Winning a track and field competition requires a well-rounded team of athletes performing at the peak of their ability. The Eustace Lady Bulldogs, led by two-time state champion long distance runners, outlasted and outperformed a field of eight teams to win the District 18 title April 17 in Eustace.
The Lady Bulldogs defeated second place West Rusk by only four points to claim the title. To put some perspective on how close the win was, one must understand track and field scoring. Each individual event awards a total of 30 points. The first place winner gains 10 points, second place eight points, third place six points, fourth place four points and fifth place two points. Teams finishing with an individual under fifth place gain no points in the standings from the event. With just a four-point victory, the Lady Bulldogs needed every athlete to perform as well as they did to win the meet. Not surprisingly, the state-champion long distance runners dominated their respective competitions to carry Eustace to victory.
The Lady Bulldogs were point hogs in the 800 meter, 1600 meter and 3200 meter runs. Chanda Westbrook, Skye Burns and Chloe Moore finished top three in the 1600, while Westbrook and Burns repeated as first and second in the 3200 with Cara Henson in third place. Moore, Henson, and Jacelyn Warner finished the 800 meter second-fourth place to secure much-needed points.
The varsity boys came in second place with 144.5 points to the Malakoff Tigers 169.5. Long distance runners also performed well for the boys team, with Mark Zimmerer taking first place in the 1600 and 3200 meter. Colton Summerall was a boon to the team running the hurdles, taking first place in the 110 and 300 meter.
The junior varsity boys and girls teams performed exceptionally well, taking first place.
Following are complete area-round qualifiers for the varsity boys and girls teams.
Chloe Moore, second, 2:39.010
Cara Henson, third, 2:39.300
Jacelyn Warner, fourth, 2:39.900
Chanda Westbrook, first, 5:35.900
Skye Burns, second, 5:46.800
Chloe Moore, third, 5:47.000
Chanda Westbrook, first, 11:56.200
Skye Burns, second, 12:52.000
Cara Henson, third, 12:52.040
Marshalla Padgett, third 17.295
Marshalla Padgett, 48.291, first
Whitney Boerner, 53.142, fourth
4×400 relay: second 4:19.300
Hana Abuhatab, fourth, 31-6 ¾
Grace Holcombe, first, 123-2
Gabi Corder, fourth, 101-2
Cayla Bullard, fourth, 4-4
Whitney Boerner, first, 9-6
Alexis Ramsey, second 8-6
Micah Stone, first, 52.441
David Summerall, fourth, 53.696
Cade Yates, first, 2:05.020
Zane Arambula, second, 2:05.910
Preston Schwartz, fourth, 2:09.160
Mark Zimmerer, first 4:37.000
Ericson Gudjohnson, second, 4:50.240
Zane Arambula, third, 4:51.030
Mark Zimmerer, first 10:09.750
Ericson Gudjohnson, second, 10:39.690
Brandon Richardson, fourth, 11:01.000
Colton Summerall, first, 16.208
Colton Summerall, first, 41.862
Thomas Hyde, second, 44-4 ¼
Zach Hughes, fourth, 114-7
Cody Duncan, third, 11-0
Eustace, first, 161.75 points
West Rusk, second, 157.75 points
Arp, third, 121 points
Malakoff, fourth, 90.5 points
Mildred, fifth, 31 points
Rice, sixth, 24 points
Troup, seventh, 16 points
Frankston, eighth, 9 points
Malakoff, first, 169.5 points
Eustace, second, 144.5 points
Arp, third, 123.5 points
Rice, fourth, 53 points
West Rusk, fifth, 49 points
Frankston, sixth, 40.5 points
Mildred, seventh, 24 points
Troup, eighth, 13 points
Posted by : April 23, 2015| On :
By Erik Walsh
Posted by : April 19, 2015| On :
By Erik Walsh
Monitor Sports Editor
CRANDALL–Many Mabank Panther track and field athletes advanced to the area round after successfully qualifying at the 4A District 13 track meet April 15-16 in Crandall.
Athletes competed in field events April 15, with seven Mabank students moving on to area meet in Emory-Rains April 22, including a district champion high jumper. The athletes that moved on were: Tommy Norman, discus; Daulton Burleson and district champion Josh Templeton, high jump; Tanner Henderson, pole vault; Marrissa Maraggia, shot put; Carson Marsh, triple jump and long jump and Erin Reeder, pole vault.
The Kaufman Lions boys and girls teams won the first day of competition with 74 and 72 points, respectively. In the boys field events, Crandall was second with 52 points, Mabank third with 38 points, Athens fourth with 31 points and Ferris last with 22. In girls field events, Ferris was second with 57 points, Crandall was third with 42, Mabank fourth with 25 and Athens last with 21.
Mabank track athletes took the field April 16 and had a largely successful day, advancing to the area meet in 11 categories. For the boys, junior Cameron Boren qualified in the 3200 meter and 1600 meter; Jordan Thomas, Joey Schmidt, Hagen DuPree and Colt Conway qualified in the 400m relay; Conway qualified personally in the 100 meter and Colton Riley, DuPree, Conway and Thomas advanced in the 800 meter relay.
Girl track athletes that moved on to the area round were: Faith Burleson in the 100 and 300 meter hurdles (fourth place, 17.37 and third place, 51.38); Shyanne Vinson in the 100 meter dash (fourth place, 13.35); Burleson, Heider Foster, Vinson and Marsh advanced in the 200 meter relay (1:5.7); Marsh in the 200 meter dash (27.70) and Kailey Currington, Q’haria Martin, Mahayla Bayless and Erin Reeder in the mile relay (4:44).
Posted by : April 16, 2015| On :
By Erik Walsh
Monitor Sports Editor
TYLER–Down 3-2 in a shootout, Meagan Holyfield lined up with a chance to tie the game and save the Mabank Lady Panthers’ soccer season and a chance at the state tournament.
Mabank didn’t want to be in this position. The Lady Panthers played an excellent first half of soccer during the regional semifinal match at Rose Stadium in Tyler and never trailed in regulation time against the Princeton Lady Panthers. Goalkeeper Bailey Swain and the Mabank defense had played splendidly all playoff long, not allowing a single goal prior to the start of the game.
Mabank got on the scoreboard first when Heidi Foster found the back of the net to put the girls in green up 1-0 at the 27:04 mark of the first half. Princeton quickly tied things up three minutes later when Melissa Bewley scored off a corner kick to tie the game 1-1.
After a halftime break Mabank took the lead again when Kayla Houston made an excellent pass on a corner kick to sophomore Morgan Lynn, who found the back of the net for a 2-1 Mabank lead.
After the Mabank goal, Princeton’s Bewley turned on the offense pressure and eventually snuck past two defenders to beat Swain for her second goal of the game with just 12 minutes remaining. Neither team scored in the rest of regulation time or the two 10-minute overtime periods, forcing the shootout.
Once the shootout began, Bewley scored her third goal of the game to put Princeton up 1-0. Mabank junior Kaylee Creagh tied things up 1-1 on the next kick. Then, BriAna Lacey gave Princeton a 2-1 lead on the second rotation of kicks. Mabank followed up with Catherine Turner missing the net to keep the score 2-1 Princeton. Swain kept Mabank in the game with a diving save on the next kick to preserve the 2-1 score. Kayla Houston tied things up for Mabank, slugging her kick past the opposing goalkeeper. The shootout remained tied until the final rotation of kicks. Princeton’s Jaymee Dotson scored with a shot to the top of the post for the 3-2 lead.
Holyfield came up to the penalty kick area as Mabank’s last hope. Everything the girl’s soccer team had worked so hard for came down to one shot. If they won today, they would advance to the regional finals, just one win away from the state tournament. Even more was on the line for Holyfield. She is a senior this year and faced what could be her last game and shot of her high school career. She also carried the dreams of fellow seniors Lauren Flowers, Swain and her twin sister, Madison.
The story didn’t end like a storybook. Holyfield’s shot sailed over the top of the net and Princeton players exploded on the field in celebration. Meanwhile, Holyfield collapsed on the turf as the reality of the situation sunk in. Likewise, Swain sunk to her knees knowing it was all over.
Lady Panthers Head Coach Mari Miller was proud of the way Mabank played and developed over the year.
“The girls fought very hard,” Miller said. “They scored some great goals and played excellent defense. I am proud of each and every one of them. They improved much from the beginning of the year to now. We lost four amazing seniors this year who will be hard to replace.”
The Lady Panthers ended their season with a 14-10-1 record and its second consecutive regional tournament appearance. Last year they lost 5-1 to the Wylie Lady Pirates.