Mar

22

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : March 22, 2017

By Rollin Hadsell
Monitor Staff Writer
KEMP–The Kemp Yellowjackets staged a furious rally in the last few minutes of their season finale against Van, but ultimately came up short, losing 2-1 at Yellowjacket Stadium Saturday, March 18 on Senior Day. The ’Jacket boys and girls teams were honored between the two games.
The ’Jackets took a 1-0 lead just four and a half minutes into the match. Senior forward/midfielder Jose Rico scored on a perfectly-placed free kick from about 20 yards out, sending the ball just over the hands of the Van goalkeeper and into the back of the net for the ’Jacket lead.
Van tied the score with 18 minutes remaining in the first half. A Van midfielder took a pass down the middle of the field, dribbled through the Kemp defense and sent a kick past diving Kemp senior goalkeeper Adolfo Viguerrias to even the score at 1-1. The score stayed tied into the second half as both teams played good defense for the rest of the half.
Van had a chance to score on a breakaway with 28 minutes remaining in the game, but Viguerrias swatted away a Van opportunity, preserving the 1-1 tie.
Just six minutes later, Van scored when a Van player deflected a corner kick past Viguerrias for a 2-1 lead.
The ’Jackets kept the pressure on offensively for the last 20 minutes of the game, but could not get another one past the Van goalkeeper.
Kemp finishes the season 2-14-1, including a big 1-0 win against rival Mabank.

Mar

17

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : March 17, 2017

By Rollin Hadsell
Monitor Staff Writer
MABANK–The Mabank Panthers had trouble getting anything going against the North Lamar pitching staff in a 10-1 loss March 14 at home.
The North Lamar Panthers used steady pitching and broke the game open in the top of the seventh inning to pull away for the win.
North Lamar got the scoring started in the top of the third inning with a walk and two singles, the last one scoring the first runs of the game and giving North Lamar a 2-0 lead.
Mabank answered with a run of their own in the bottom half of the inning. Junior Dalton Penix laced a two-out double and senior Hunter Caves drove Penix in with a double of his own to make it a 2-1 game.
North Lamar threatened again in the fourth inning, but Mabank got out of the inning after throwing out a runner trying to take second base after a walk.
Mabank put two men on in the bottom of the fourth inning with one out, but after a strikeout, the North Lamar defense halted the rally after a Clay Conway line drive to left field was caught on a great sliding catch by the left fielder.
North Lamar added a run in the fifth on a sacrifice fly to take a 3-1 lead, and then added another run in the sixth to go up 4-1.
North Lamar had bases loaded with two outs, but senior Braden Rich induced a grounder to first to end the inning.
Mabank loaded the bases again in the bottom half of the sixth inning, on a hit by pitch and two walks, but could not get the timely hit.
North Lamar added six runs in the top of the seventh to put the game out of reach.
Rich had two hits for the Panthers, Caves had a double and an RBI, sophomore Alynn Gentry had a single and a walk, Penix doubled and scored a run. Sophomore Kobey Roberts had a hit and sophomore Bradley Reynolds had a walk in the game.
The Panthers will be back in action at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 21 when they travel to Wills Point to take on the Tigers in a district matchup.

Mar

17

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : March 17, 2017

By Rollin Hadsell
Monitor Staff Writer
MABANK–The Mabank Lady Panthers exacted a little revenge on the Kaufman Lady Lions with their 1-0 home win March 14 at Mabank’s Panther Stadium.
The Lady Lions beat Mabank in a shootout earlier in the season. Regulation ended in a tie, but Kaufman won the shootout 6-5. It was the only District 12-4A loss for the Lady Panthers this season.
As the district winners, the Lady Panthers will play the fourth-seeded team from District 11, which is yet to be determined, in bi-district to be held March 23-25.
Although this game could have had major implications on the seeding for the state playoffs, it didn’t turn out that way as Kaufman lost last Friday, and the Lady Panthers earned the district title. This game did mean something to both teams however, as the play was physical throughout the game.
After a scoreless first half of play in which the ball was kept at the Kaufman end of the field, the Lady Panthers struck with 25 minutes left to play in the game as sophomore Juliet Pridgen took a pass and scored from 10 yards out into the corner of the net for the lone score of the match.
The Lady Panthers kept the pressure on the Kaufman defense for the rest of the match, giving them the 1-0 win.
The Lady Panthers end the regular season with a 16-5 record overall and 11-1 in District 12-4A play.