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Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : July 8, 2016

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By Ryan Moulds
Monitor Sports Writer
CEDAR CREEK LAKE AREA–Two local players were named to the Old Coach Friday Night Football Texas All-3A Football Team.
Kemp senior offensive lineman Joseph Lopez and Malakoff senior receiver and defensive back QT Barker were named to the team.
Lopez is joined at the offensive linemen position by Franklin’s Casey Phillips, Hallettsville’s Will Howell, Boyd’s Reece Jordan and Waskom’s Jack Smith.
Lopez helped block for an offense that put up 3,876 yards of total offense last season with 33 touchdowns. He helped Kemp break in freshman quarterback Dreyson Watters and helped the Yellowjackets to a 4-7 record and their first playoff appearance since 2008.
Barker was the leading receiver for Malakoff last season. He caught 40 passes from quarterback Judd Miller and put up 784 yards and 17 touchdowns. He was fifth in rushing with 232 yards on 25 carries and led the team in interceptions with four.
Barker has been getting interest from college football teams and has one offer from FCS school Stephen F. Austin.
Barker helped Malakoff to a 10-2 record last season and a second place finish in district.
The Tigers enter this season ranked number four in the state and have championship aspirations.
FNF Magazine picked Malakoff to win their district and advance to the third round of the state playoffs. Malakoff is in a tough district with Teague, Westwood, West, Groesbeck, Elkhart, Whitney and Eustace.
Kemp is picked to finish third in their district and advance to the second round of the playoffs. Kemp is in a big eight team district with Dallas Madison, Sunnyvale, Maypearl, Grandview, Scurry-Rosser, Palmer and Life Oak Cliff.

Jun

30

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : June 30, 2016

By Ryan Moulds
Monitor Sports Writer
TRINIDAD–After just one season with Scott Hayes at the helm, the Trinidad Trojans are looking for a new football coach with only two months left before their season kicks off.
It was announced June 29 that Hayes would be leaving his position as head coach of Trinidad to take an assistant coaching job with the football and baseball teams at Rice High School.
The Trojans did not have much to smile about in Hayes’ first year as coach. The team finished with a 3-7 record and were last in district with a 0-3 record. It was a bitter season for a team that hoped to improve on a 7-4 record from the previous season.
Hayes took over for Tom McVey in 2015 after McVey took the coaching job at Santa Anna High School. Hayes was new to the area at the time and was looking to get back into coaching sports. He always had a passion for 6-man football and felt that the Trinidad job was a perfect fit.
The Trojans won the only football state championship for the area in 1998 but they haven’t been able to have that same success since. The new coach will have to find a way to replace two big senior leaders in running back Javonte Hornbuckle and wide receiver Sean Davies.
In order to make the playoffs, the next head coach of the Trojans will need to take advantage of a team stacked with talent in Antywon Shofner, Zack Stanfield, Billy Quinn, Alex McDaniel, Jerry Bannister, Kaleb Eastman, James Mathis, Ronald Marcus and Jaden Garcia.
Having a proven quarterback like Colby Snider under center will make the transition easier.

Jun

30

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : June 30, 2016

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Special to The Monitor
EAST TEXAS–Crappie Anglers of Texas (CAT) recently held its 6th Crappie Anglers of Texas Qualifier Tournament of 2016 on Cooper Lake June 18.
Cooper Lake was new to the 2016 Tournament Schedule and it proved to be a challenge with temperatures nearing the 100 degree mark. The anglers had 18 teams sign up, 8 teams for Division 1 and Division 2 had 10 teams. Here are the results:
In Division 1, Paul O’Bier (Gunter) and George Nelon (Boyd) won first place with a stringer of seven fish weighing 12.71 pounds. This team also won the Pro Angler Elite Rod Challenge Award and the Bobby Garland Big Fish Award with a slab weighing 1.93 pounds.
Jeff Schweiterman (Parker) and James Rains (East Tawakoni) took home second place with a seven fish stringer weighing 7.60 pounds. This team also won the Slab Bandit Crazy Eight Award.
Chris Scott (Sanger) and cousin Willie Scott (Denton) netted third place with seven fish weighing 4.83 pounds. Chris and Willie also won the Constant Pursuit Outfitters Lightest Stringer Award and the Minnow Bucket Lucky Dog Award.
In Division 2, Clay Gann (Hideaway) and Todd Froebe (Lindale) and also Junior Angler Langdon won first place with a stringer of three fish weighing 4.33 pounds. This team also won the Bobby Garland Big Fish Award with a nice crappie weighing 1.74 pounds.
Second place was won by Robert Russell (Fort Worth) and son Cody with a stringer of two fish weighing 3.19 pounds. James Turner (Klondike) and son Stewart rounded out the top three spots and took home third place with a two fish stringer weighing 2.47 pounds.
Other awards in Division 2 went to: Clinton Joseph (Killeen) won the Pro Angler Elite Rod Challenge Award. Langdon Froebe won the Pro Angler Junior Angler Award. Truston Hibdon (Randolph) and John Zoski (Trenton) won the Big Earl’s Bait and Tackle Lucky Dog Award.
Crappie Anglers of Texas is a non-profit organization dedicated to the sport of crappie fishing. With over 280 members nationwide, CAT has been instrumental in gaining national attention for crappie fishing in Texas and continues to develop its member’s knowledge of crappie fishing through educational meetings, seminars and fishing tournaments. All CAT tournaments pay back at least 100% of the anglers’ entry fees.
CAT will have three other events this year. On July 16 they travel to Lake Texoma, on August 20 they travel to Tawakoni and on October 14 they travel to Lake Lewisville.