Aug

16

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : August 16, 2017


By Bodey Cooper
Monitor Staff Writer
EUSTACE–The Kemp Lady Jackets volleyball teams did very well over the weekend in the TVVOA Tournament held in Eustace.
The Kemp JV squad came in third place at the tournament. Meanwhile, the Kemp freshmen won the consolation bracket in Eustace.
The Lady Jackets varsity team also finished in third place in the tournament, losing only to 6A MacArthur.
Alyssa Edwards, Carly Delaney, Amanda Edwards and Alicia Dennis led the way for the Lady Jackets in Eustace.
Alyssa Edwards led the team with 43 digs, giving her 60 overall for the season.
Dennis had 37 kills and 17 aces in the tournament to bring her total kills up to 64 so far in 2017.
Delaney had 50 assists to bring her team-leading total up to 110 on the season to go with 17 aces in the tournament.
Amanda Edwards had a great tournament as well with 12 aces, 43 assists and 17 kills. Edwards also leads the team with 65 digs.
“It all starts with the back row,” said Head volleyball coach Mike Hill. “If you do not get the pass you really cannot run the offense. Alyssa, Amanda, Erin, Haylie, Beth and Alicia did a great job with their tenacious passing.”
Hill also said the Lady Jackets are really beginning to jell as a team and that everyone is contributing.

Aug

16

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : August 16, 2017

Special to The Monitor
GUN BARREL CITY–In October of 2015, Rhonda and Jay Don Reeve were on top of their “game”.
The husband and wife team from Gun Barrel City,Texas competed throughout Texas and the southeastern United States in professional crappie fishing tournaments. They had just finished up another successful tournament season at the Crappiemasters National Championship on Kentucky Lake, when Rhonda finally gave voice to her growing discomfort.
She was a full-time CPA, a professional crappie angler and worked out regularly at her local gym, but she kept gaining weight. Her abdomen was bloating and her exercise and healthy diet was not helping. As the pain in her abdomen continued to grow and her bloating increased, she knew something was wrong.
After several trips to multiple doctors, she was finally diagnosed with Stage 3 ovarian cancer in November 2015.
In treating her ovarian cancer, Rhonda underwent 5 separate surgeries, 16 rounds of chemotherapy and spent more than two months in the hospital. Today, Rhonda is cancer-free and working very hard to stay that way!
In an effort to raise funds and increase awareness about ovarian cancer, “Team Reeve” has partnered with the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition (NOCC).
Unlike many other forms of cancer, there is no early screening test for ovarian cancer. Each year, more than 22,000 women in the United States are diagnosed with ovarian cancer and over 14,000 die. Of those who live, over half will die within five years.
Until a screening is approved, education and awareness of the symptoms are the keys to early detection.
Team Reeve has transformed its boat into a “moving billboard” for ovarian cancer awareness. They are using their love of fishing to educate men and women across the state and across the country about this deadly disease and its signs and symptoms. So far, this year, Team Reeve has raised over $33,000 for the NOCC.
“I knew I had to do something,” says Rhonda. “I went to my yearly checkups just like I was supposed to, had a yearly PAP Smear and mammogram—I did everything right and I had no idea that none of these checkups or testing would detect ovarian cancer. I want to do everything I can to raise awareness among both men and women about the signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer, and to increase funding for the discovery an early screening test for this deadly disease.”
For more information about ovarian cancer and its signs and symptoms, go to www.nocc.org. To donate to the NOCC on behalf of Team Reeve, go to give.ovarian.org/teamreeve. You can contact Rhonda or Jay Don directly by emailing teamreeve2015@gmail.com.

Aug

11

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : August 11, 2017


By Bodey Cooper
Monitor Staff Writer
MABANK–The new Mabank Lady Panthers varsity girls’ soccer head coach Ashton Norman was welcomed on Friday, Aug. 4, as well as the returning JV girls’ soccer head coach Stephanie Smith at the First Baptist Church in Mabank.
Turn-out for the meet and greet was a success with incoming freshmen as well as veteran players getting to visit with both coaches and ask any questions they might have.
The reception was hosted by Jill Pridgen, LeeAnn Conway and Nicoli Hinkle. Homemade tarts, breads and more were provided by Jacey Pridgen.
The Lady Panthers varsity team looks to build off an exciting 2016 season in which they went 19-6 overall.
That record includes an 11-1 record in district. Mabank’s offense was on-point last season with 106 goals for with only 26 goals against.
They advanced to the second round of the UIL 2017 Girls State Soccer Championship with an exhilarating 5-4 shootout win against Princeton before bowing out to Athens, 4-2.
The soccer season kicks off with school tryouts in November followed by games starting in January.