Monitor Staff Reports
CANTON–The Mabank Panther boys cross country team became district champions. Led by Senior Harman Beyer’s first place showing, the Panthers finished the meet with four runners in the top 10, and seven in the top 14, to win the District 13-4A meet on Oct. 17 in Canton.
The Lady Panthers also had a regional qualifier, with sophomore Carly Usery finishing 9th, with a time of 13:59.
Beyer, a 2015 state qualifier, became the individual district champion, finishing the race in a time 17:18. Freshman Kaleb Allen placed second, just 26 seconds behind the leader. Raul Flores, another freshman, placed fourth with a time of 17:56, junior Tim Beall ran the race in 18:52 to take ninth to round out the top ten.
Not too far out of the top ten (just 30 seconds separated ninth place and 14th place) were junior Konner Kemp finishing 12th with a time of 19:02, senior Aaron Wilson 13th with a finishing time of 19:14, and 14th place Tanner Henderson, who finished with a time of 19:22.
Mabank cross country Head Coach Tracy Carter was very pleased with the way his team is running.
“I’m very proud of the growth and success of the team over the past two or three years.”
On the girls’ side, sopmore Carly Usery took ninth place, gaining a spot in the regional meet with a time of 13:59.
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Posted by : October 19, 2016| On :
By Erik Walsh
Monitor Staff Writer
KEMP–The Kemp Yellowjackets lost another close district game, this time by just three points and at home, 31-28.
Kemp drops to 5-2 overall and 2-2 in district play, while the Madison Trojans improve to 6-1 overall and 2-1 in district.
The Yellowjackets were once again without starting quarterback Dreyson Watters, who played just the first three plays of the game before leaving the game due to an injury suffered earlier this season.
Cameron Clamon came in as a replacement, and was very serviceable in Watters’ absence. In the opening drive Clamon went 3-3 passing before Caleb Bolin got the ’Jackets on the scoreboard with an 11-yard touchdown run at the 7:40 mark. Kemp failed the conversion attempt and led 6-0.
Madison took the lead with just 1:52 remaining in the first quarter on a three-yard touchdown run. They led 7-6 after the successful extra point.
Kemp got back on top in the second quarter when Clamon ran the football in the endzone for a 4-yard touchdown at the 7:39 mark. Kemp led 13-7 after the successful PAT.
Unfortunately for the Yellowjackets, Madison struck back lighting fast with a 90-yard touchdown pass to re-take the lead,14-13.
Kemp led at halftime when Josiah Brewington ran in a three-yard touchdown to make the score 20-14 after the PAT.
Scoring was scarce in the third quarter. Madison scored the only points of the period when they nailed a field goal to trim the lead to 20-17 at the 2:25 mark.
Kemp threatened to put the game away in the fourth quarter, driving the ball all the way down to the Madison 13-yard line, but instead a Madison defender picked up a Kemp fumble and ran the ball 85-yards for a touchdown, reversing the lead and putting Madison up 24-20 with just 10:38 remaining in the game.
The Trojans extended that lead at the 7:44 mark when they scored on a 67-yard run. The extra point was good, 31-20.
Kemp scored again quickly to give themselves a fighting chance when Clamon found Elijah Gardiner on an 80-pass to cut the Trojans lead to 31-28.
Kemp got the ball back for one last chance to tie the game or take the lead, but ran out of time. Gardiner threw an interception in the final moments and Kemp lost 31-28.
Clamon was 6-16 passing for 159 yards and one touchdown. He rushed for 55 yards and one touchdown on 19 carries.
Bolin had a game-high 152 yards rushing and one touchdown for the Yellowjackets.
Gardiner led the team with one reception for 80-yards and a touchdown. Kane Johnson had four catches for 48 yards.
The Yellowjackets return to action Oct. 21 at Dallas Life Oak Cliff. Kickoff for the district contest is set for 7:30 p.m.
Posted by : October 19, 2016| On :
By Rollin Hadsell
Monitor Staff Writer
EUSTACE–The Eustace cross country teams continued its tradition of winning. Both the Bulldogs and Lady Bulldogs won district titles at the District 12-3A meet in Eustace, Oct. 17.
While both teams were dominant, the Lady Bulldogs ran away with the district title by taking the top six spots, as well as eighth place in the meet. They scored 15 points in the meet (in cross country, lower scores are better), beating second place Kemp by 43 points. Quitman took third place to also advance to the regional meet.
Lady Bulldog senior Chanda Westbrook placed first in the meet with a time of 12:34.812. Senior Shelby White took second place, 40 seconds behind Westbrook. Two more seniors from Eustace took the next two spots, with Cara Henson taking third, and Skye Burns placing fourth.
In a sign that the team will be in good hands after these four graduate, freshmen runners Sabrina Davis and Macy Penix took fifth and sixth, respectively, with sophomore Reece Thorne finishing eighth.
The Kemp Lady Jackets will also advance to regionals, finishing second in the district. The Lady Jackets were paced by Kenzee King, who finished 12th overall, along with Evelyn Mireles (16th), Gracie Garner (18th), and Lilia Fonseca (20th). Rounding out the Lady Jackets’ great day was Emily January, who finished 21st, Cristal Fonseca 22nd, and Whitney Cokewell 24th.
The Bulldogs were almost as dominant as the ladies team, finishing with 21 points on the day, beating second place Edgewood by 59 points. The Kemp boys team will also advance to the regional meet, finishing in third place overall, scoring 74 points on the day.
Eustace’s Ericsen Gudjohnsen finished second with a time of 17:56.804, behind district winner Cody DeLaRosa of Edgewood. The Bulldogs took the next two spots as well, with Michael Wong placing third and Micah Zimmerer finishing fourth. The team also finished with Nicholas Westbrook taking ninth, Andrew Page 10th, and Dalton Page 11th.
Kemp also had a good day, with Luis Garcia placing seventh, Alex Wilson 17th, Hector Hernandez 18th, Ismael Morales 21st, Luis Soto 24th, Alan Lujan 30th, and Garrett Clark 37th.
The Class 3A Region II meet will be held Saturday, October 29, at Lynn Creek Park in Grand Prairie.