Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : November 20, 2015

Eustace Team Photo Basketball

Monitor Photo/ Ryan Moulds
The Eustace Bulldogs basketball team seeks a playoff berth under the leadership of new head coach Emmanuel Grady and a senior-heavy roster. You can catch the Bulldogs in action in their home opener against Quitman at E.L. Kirk Gymnasium Nov. 30.



Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : November 18, 2015

Kemp coming out of halftime

By Ryan Moulds
The Monitor Correspondent

CARTHAGE– The Kirbyville Wildcats got off to a quick start and knocked off the Kemp Yellowjackets 59-14 in the first round of the playoffs on Nov. 12 in Carthage.
The Wildcats got the ball first and wasted no time driving down the field. Ty Dennis broke free for a 49-yard touchdown run with 10:47 left to open the scoring. The two point conversion gave the Wildcats an early 8-0 lead. Dennis would later go in from 3-yards out to give his team a 15-0 lead.
Kirbyville quarterback Jackson Gore later found Joseph Fentress open for a 28-yard score to push the lead to triple digits. Dennis scored one more touchdown from 15-yards out to cap the first quarter scoring. The first quarter ended with the Yellowjackets trailing 28-0.
The Kemp defense played much better in the second quarter and only allowed a 37-yard field goal by Rodrigo Briz. Beau Dancer was also able to recover a fumble deep in Wildcat territory but the Kemp offense would fail to get anything going.
Kemp’s offense finally picked up a first down on their last drive before halftime but the clock ran out before they were able to put any points on the board. The two teams went into halftime with the Yewllowjackets trailing 31-0.
The Wildcats continued to pile on the points after halftime with Preston Ervine going in from 2-yards out to extend the Kirbyville lead to 38 points.
Kemp finally got on the board later in the third quarter when Elijah Gardiner picked off a pass from Gore and returned it 47-yards for a score to make it a 38-7 game.
Kirbyville would continue to pound the ball on the ground to run down the clock and scored three more rushing touchdowns to make the score 59-7 with a little less than two minutes remaining.
The Kemp offense was finally able to put a touchdown on the board with 31 seconds left in the game when quarterback Dreyson Watters ran in from 38-yards out to make the final score 59-14.
After the game Kemp head coach Brandon Hankins said, “we never focus on the negative. There is a lot of positive things to take away from this season and I’m very proud of the kids and what they have accomplished.”
The Kirbyville defense held Kemp to only six first downs during the game. Kemp quarterback Dreyson Watters finished 9-18 passing for 66-yards and two interceptions. He also ran for 86-yards and a touchdown on 14-attemps. Alec Cooper lead the ‘Jackets with three catches for 27-yards and Noah Romero had 11 tackles.
With the loss Kemp finishes the season 4-7 and 2-3 in their district. Kirbyville improves to 10-1 and will play West in the next round of the playoffs.



Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : November 13, 2015

By Ryan Moulds
The Monitor Correspondent
MABANK– Eleven members of the Mabank volleyball team won postseason awards.
Senior Bryanna Colwell was named setter of the year for the district and sophomore Lauren Thomas was co server of the year along with Hannah McCown of Crandall.
Senior Payton Costlow and sophomore Kailey Currington both recieved first team honors. Mabank also placed two girls on the second team all district with junior Haley Mashburn and senior Shyanne Vinson. Seniors Tera Grimes, Miranda Gonzales, and Morgan Edwards were honorable mention selections.
Nine Lady Panthers were named academic all district. Thoese girls were Hailey Browning, Payton Costlow, Tera Grimes, Miranda Gonzales, Shyanne Vinson, Chesney Sinclair, Haley Mashburn, Lauren Thomas, and Kailey Currington.
Other noteable award winners included Kaufman’s Lexi Dickerson who was named district MVP. Makayla Martin and Devon Tucker of Crandall were named offensive and defensive player of the year, respectivly. Blockers of the year were Deja Davenport of Crandall and Abby Bermudez of Kaufman. New comer of the year was Sam Trevino of Kaufman and Crandall was awared for having the best coaching staff in the district.