Jan

27

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : January 27, 2016

mabank soccer wildcat classic

By Ryan Moulds
Monitor Staff Writer
PALESTINE–The Mabank boy’s soccer team competed in the Wildcat Classic Jan. 14-16 and went 4-1. The Panthers beat Kemp, Palestine, Mexia, and Crandall before falling to Center in the Championship Game.
Mabank started things off by beating Kemp 7-0 in their first game. The Panthers scored early and often to win in a blowout.
Things really picked up in the next game when the Panthers faced off against Palestine, who was ranked fifth in the state. The Panthers played great on defense with goalkeeper Bubba Gray playing very well. Mabank upset the Wildcats 2-1 and moved to 2-0 in the tournament.
The Panthers later went on to beat Mexia 6-1 and Crandall 5-1 to make their tournament record 4-0. They advanced to the championship game to play a Center team that went all the way to last year’s state championship game before falling to San Elizario. The Panthers played their hardest against the defending state runner-ups but dropped the game 2-0.
Standout players for Mabank included Jeremiyah Mathis, Darius Duyka, Jordan Cottrell, Jonah Armstrong, Justin Shelton, James Coker and Nick Greenville.
Mabank moves to 4-2 on the season after the tournament.

Jan

27

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : January 27, 2016

Lilly Defense

By Ryan Moulds
Monitor Staff Writer
EUSTACE–The Eustace Lady Bulldogs beat Mildred 55-16 to improve their district record to 7-1. Eustace can potentially clinch a playoff spot with two more wins.
“We played solid on defense last night,” Eustace coach Lloyd Mahaffey said. “Each player did their job and it turned out to be one of our best defensive nights. We played well in the paint and our guards took care of the ball. I’m very pleased with the way that we played.”
Eustace started fast on both sides of the ball. The Lady Bulldogs found themselves up 12-0 before Mildred was even able to hit a shot. Eustace led 16-3 at the end of the first quarter and 25-5 at halftime.
Nothing changed after halftime. Eustace attacked the paint with Sydnee Wynn and Gabi Corder and almost everything they did on offense worked to perfection. They outscored Mildred 13-3 in the third quarter and 17-7 in the fourth to win by 39.
Eustace was led in scoring by Wynn with 19 points. Corder wasn’t far behind with 17. Also scoring for the Lady Bulldogs were Zoie Bailey with four and Lily Sorrells, Kelsey Contreras, Madison Holbert and Johnsynn Luckey with two each.
Eustace improves to 16-7 overall and 7-1 in district play with the victory. They are firmly in the drivers seat for a playoff spot and are one game behind Malakoff for the district lead. If Eustace can beat Malakoff at home on Feb. 2 and have the Lady Tigers drop one more game, they could possibly win the district.

Jan

22

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : January 22, 2016

Dreyson Watters basketball

Monitor Photo/Ryan Moulds
Kemp freshman Dreyson Watters drives in for a layup and two points against Red Oak Life. Watters finished with six points in his second varsity game.

By Ryan Moulds
Monitor Staff Writer
WAXAHACHIE–The Kemp Yellowjackets came into their Jan. 19 district matchup with Red Oak Life looking for a big upset over a preseason district favorite but Kemp was unable to bounce back from a slow start and fell 68-42.
Kemp was able to stay in the game in the first few minutes. Kane Johnson hit a 3-pointer to tie things up at five before Daniel Nguyen hit a 3-pointer on the other end to make the score 8-5. Kemp would trail for the rest of the game.
The ’Jackets put together a mini-run to pull within 20-17 on a Jay Kohlmeier layup. Red Oak called a time out and scored seven unanswered points to pull away once again. The score was 27-17 at the end of the first quarter.
Things didn’t get better for Kemp in the second quarter of play. Red Oak outscored them 12-8 and took a 39-24 lead into the locker room. The 14 points was the largest halftime deficit for Kemp all year.
Red Oak outscored Kemp 16-9 in the third quarter and 13-8 in the fourth to come away with the 26 point win. It was Kemp’s biggest loss of the season.
“We have to improve in a lot of areas,” Kemp junior Josiah Brewington said. “We need to start making free throws and playing better as a team when we get down.”
“We didn’t work as a team tonight,” senior point guard Brandon Shipp added. “We didn’t make the stops and plays that we needed to make. Tuesday’s game against Sunnyvale is a must win and we need to be who we are capable of being to get that win.”
Shipp led Kemp in scoring with nine points. Also scoring for the Yellowjackets were Johnson with eight, Dreyson Watters and Kris Wrenn with six, Kohlmeier with five, Dylan Dennis with three, and Boomer Irvin and Elijah Gardiner with two each.
Red Oak Life was led in scoring by Nguyen with 18 points, mostly off 3-pointers. Also scoring for Red Oak Life was Joshua Sanders and Kensen Vaughan with 15 each, Robin White with seven, Jonathan Hurst with six, and Chris Reed with four.
The loss drops Kemp to 11-8 on the season and 2-3 in district play. The ’Jackets return home Jan. 26 for a rematch with Oak Life Cliff.