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

By Ryan Moulds
Monitor Sports Writer
KEMP–Kemp football players Kane Johnson, Josiah Brewington and Elijah Gardiner came into the Texas Longhorns June 18 satellite camp in Addison with something to prove. They walked away having impressed the entire UT coaching staff.
“Charlie Strong (UT Head Football Coach) had good things to say about us,” Gardiner said. “He told us to keep working hard and that good things would come.” “They gave us great feedback,” added Johnson. “They said that we could all play at the next level and the way they said it made me want to work harder as a football player.”
Texas tight ends coach Jeff Traylor was so impressed that he called Kemp Head Football Coach Brandon Hankins to brag on how well the trio competed. “He said that we had the three toughest and the most physical kids at the camp,” Hankins said. “These camps attract some of the best talent in the state so it meant a lot for me to hear that from him.
Satellite camps have become a highly controversial topic in the college football world over the past year. Several coaches, most notably Jim Harbaugh of Michigan, are highly in favor of them and try to be at as many as possible. Other coaches such as Nick Saben of Alabama have called them bad for college football.
A satellite camp is essentially a loophole coaches use to get around the NCAA rule that states that coaches can’t host a camp outside of a 50-mile radius of their campus. There is no rule to stop them from serving as a guest at a camp staged by another institution.
It allows coaches to travel long distances to work with kids that they otherwise wouldn’t have the chance to work with. It also allows the full staff of a Power 5 program to take over the campus of a smaller school for a camp.
Conferences such as the SEC and ACC don’t allow their coaches to step out of the 50-mile radius even as invited guests but other conferences like the Big 12 and Big 10 have been in full support of the camps.
For players like Gardiner, Brewington and Johnson, the camps give them the chance to compete with players from bigger schools and show that they have what it takes to play at the next level.
“These camps and our off-season workouts are going to help us get physically stronger than other teams,” Brewington said. “It is really going to help us win games next year.”
The three are not done with attending camps this summer. Gardiner will attend camps at Lamar and TCU, Johnson will attend camps at Texas Tech and Baylor and Brewington will be attending the Prep Football America Camp in Mississippi.
The three are hoping to perform well and lead the Yellowjackets to back-to-back playoff appearances. “Lots of people doubt us and most of them live in our same town,” said Johnson. “They better not sleep on us because we are going rounds in the playoffs next season.”
Johnson will be a junior next season. Brewington and Gardiner are both seniors. Kemp finished the season with a 4-7 record last season. They made the playoffs for the first time since 2008 but fell to Kirbyville in the first round, 59-14. Look for the ‘Jackets to continue their improvement this season.

Jun

17

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : June 17, 2016

By Ryan Moulds
Monitor Sports Writer
ATHENS– Here are the results from the 29th annual Coaches Playday Golf Tournament held at the Pinnacle Club June 10.
Dan Youngman-Chip Souza-Ronny Snow-Steve Tardiff 30-30—60
Ty Morris-Jim Owens-Brian Owens-Doug Steger 33-32—65
Brad Scoggin-John Hacker-Elton Caldwell 33-32—65
Chris Frederick-Brad Smiley-Tres Winn-Phil Hicks 35-31—66
Sherard Poteete-Steve Green-Will Reed 34-34—68
Bill Mullins-Chuck Chapman-Jeff Thorpe-Scotty Bradley 35-33—68
Eddie Arthus-Benny Rogers-Billy Hughes-Mark Sartain 36-33—69
Michael Landers-Roark Montgomery-Kenya Landers-Jean McSpadden 34-35—69
Kris Baumann-Harold Jones-Leon Spencer-Mary Ensign 35-35—70
Jim Wommack-Lange Svehlak-Troy Scott-Alec Scott 34-36—70
Carl Tapley-Russell Tapley-James Bass-Walter Bingham 37-35—72
Blake Williamson-Brad Burnett-Ronnie Raines-Joe Elerson 36-38—74
Special Events
C.O. Phillips Memorial Award – Jeff Thorpe
Putting Contest – Ty Morris
Closest To The Hole No. 2 – Brad Scoggin
Closest To The Hole No. 7 – Jeff Thorpe
Closest To The Hole No. 10 – Brad Scoggin
Longest Putt Made No. 9 – Lange Svehlak
Second place was determined by a three-hole scorecard playoff, starting on Hole No. 1. The team of Ty Morris-Jim Owens-Brian Owens-Doug Steger went par-birdie-birdie on the first three holes to get the decision. Both teams carded 65s to finish five shots back of the winning team.
The title was the second for Dan Youngman, Steve Tardiff and Ronny Snow and the first for Chip Souza. Youngman won his first title in the first Coaches Playday in 1988. Tardiff won his first title in 2010 and Snow in 1994.
Former Cross Roads Athletic Director/Head Boys Basketball Coach Jeff Thorpe was the recipient of the C. O. Phillips Memorial Award. Ty Morris won the coveted Putting Contest title, becoming the third participant to claim it for a second time. He last won it in 2013.
The event was played at The Pinnacle for the first time since 1993 and for the sixth time overall.

Jun

17

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : June 17, 2016

By Ryan Moulds
Monitor Sports Writer
CEDAR CREEK LAKE–The Henderson County area had 25 soccer players represented on the Tyler Morning Telegraph and ETFinalscore.com All-East Texas soccer team.
There were 12 Athens Hornets and Lady Hornets and 13 Mabank Panthers and Lady Panthers players selected for the postseason honor.
The Mabank Lady Panthers had senior midfielder Kayla Houston on the second team. Honorable mention honors went to Kaitlyn Baker, Heidi Foster, Payton Costlow, Kaylee Creagh and Morgan Edwards.
All-East Texas honorable mentions honors for Mabank went to seniors Jordan Cottrell, Matthew Cochrane, Darius Duyka, Nick Greenville, Jeremiyah Mathis and Justin Shelton. Sophomore James Coker was also named to the team.
On the girls team, junior forward Makayle Traxson was named as a first-team member after winning the Player of the Year last year.
Grace Community sophomore Lexye Price follows Traxson as the second straight sophomore to be named Player of the Year.
Second-team honors went to senior forward Ana Rodriguez and senior defender Cori Earnest.
Honorable mention honors were given to Destiny Carter, Ashley Garcia, goalie Makayla Lewis and Isabel Villedas.
Rodriguez, Earnest and Carter will be heading off to play college soccer next year.
Rodriguez is heading to the University of Incarnate Word, Earnest is heading to Texas A&M-Commerce and Carter is playing at Paul Quinn College in the fall.
The Athens Lady Hornets advanced to the Class 4A regional final losing to a tough Kilgore team at Trinity Mother Frances Rose Stadium in Tyler.