Nov

13

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : November 13, 2014

Courtesy Photo/Michelle White The Lady Bulldogs accept the State Championship trophy yet again. Pictured are (top row, from left) coach Kenneth Henderson, Cara Henson, Chanda Westbrook, Molly McAtee, Head Coach Josh Sypert, (front row, from left) alternate rummer Alyssa Shaddox, Harley Kile, Skye Burns, Shelby White, Chloe Moore and alternate runner Breanna Ragan.

Courtesy Photo/Michelle White
The Lady Bulldogs accept the State Championship trophy yet again. Pictured are (top row, from left) coach Kenneth Henderson, Cara Henson, Chanda Westbrook, Molly McAtee, Head Coach Josh Sypert, (front row, from left) alternate rummer Alyssa Shaddox, Harley Kile, Skye Burns, Shelby White, Chloe Moore and alternate runner Breanna Ragan.

Boys team claims third place for third consecutive year

By Erik Walsh
Monitor Sports Editor

ROUND ROCK–There’s no time for losing, because they are the champions.
The Eustace girls cross country team proved they are the best 3A team in Texas yet again, outpacing their competition at Round Rock Nov. 8 on their way to claiming the Championship for the second consecutive season.
The Lady Bulldogs ran their best when it mattered most. Just last week the EHS girls failed to win the Regional Meet and finished second to a very good East Bernard team. At the State Meet, Eustace brought everything it had, blowing away the field by 21 points. Their rivals, East Bernard, finished second.
At Regionals EHS did not run their best, says Head Coach Josh Sypert. Social media postings suggested sick players with flu-like symptoms contributed to second place finish. Sypert had a different analysis.
“Bottom line is we didn’t execute,” he said. “We did have a sick runner, but champions don’t make excuses. You can’t expect to be the best if you make excuses for your results. I told them as much afterward and they responded with their best race of the season.”
Sypert said the girls ran “the best race they were capable of” in the State victory. He added that he believes East Bernard underperformed a bit, contributing to the 21-point margin of victory.
In last year’s State Championship, Eustace finished the race with a two-point win over Holiday. This year Holiday finished third.
Skye Burns played her part masterfully as the team’s No. 1 runner. Burns finished 13th overall with a time of 12:31 and earned All-State honors. Molly McAtee placed 29th with a time of 12:48, Chandra Westbrook finished 32nd and ran a 12:51, Chloe Moore placed 38th with a 12:58 and Shelby White finished 46th and ran to a mark of 13:04. The sixth and seventh runners, Cara Henson and Harley Kile finished 99th and 136th with times of 13:48 and 14:41.
“People that don’t know a lot about cross country may be surprised that we beat East Bernard after they defeated us in the Regional,” Sypert said. “In cross country, it’s all about how you run that day. At Regionals, we didn’t run our best. At the State Meet we did. The best teams will be remembered for being their best at the biggest races. I couldn’t be more proud of these girls for what they’ve accomplished.”
Last year when Sypert got the news of the State victory, he was overcome with joy as he told the team the good news. This year he kept the news to himself for a bit and calmly called the girls over for a team meeting.
“Whatever happens today I want to let you all know I am very proud of you,” he said on a video recording posted on social media. “You left it all on the field. I want to let you know you finished…first.”
After the slight pause and word “first” slipped from his lips, the team exploded in joy as they realized they accomplished their goal of winning back-to-back State Championships.
Other video shows the girls singing Queen’s famous song “We are the Champions,” while in arm-in-arm embrace.
Last year the Lady Bulldogs were basically a brand new team, featuring a full cast of freshman and one sophomore (Moore) to its name. They came out of nowhere and surprised everyone except themselves to win on the biggest stage. Now the core have gotten a year older and increased the work and disciple they endure to be the best. The sky is the limit for this team.
It should be noted that this year’s Championship squad has a new runner on the team that joined after last year’s big win. McAtee won a spot on the team and steadily improved over the year, eventually working herself into the No. 2 runner on the Eustace depth chart. While the repeat was a true team effort, they couldn’t have done it without McAtee’s emergence.
The girls team rightfully stole the show at the Cross Country Championships, but let’s not forget that the boys ran a very good race as well. They claimed their third consecutive third place finish at the State Meet.
While pleased with the boys’ effort and dedication, Sypert said they were disappointed in the result.
“They’ve gotten third place the past two years and it was their goal all year to improve upon that,” he said. “Unfortunately they couldn’t do it. While the boys were happy that the girls won again, it stung a little just watching the celebration. We had the talent to do it this year, but it didn’t happen.”
While realistic with their expectations, Sypert doesn’t shortchange the boys’ accomplishments.
“This team is the fastest boys team in all my time coaching at Eustace,” Sypert said.
The boys were lead by senior Mark Zimmerer who placed 19th and ran a 17:10. Next was senior Preston Schwartz (40th , 17:28), Zane Arambula and Ericsen Gudjohnsen (46th and 47th, 17:34 and 17:36); Ayden Reed (70th, 17:54); Brandon Richardson (82nd, 18:02) and Gabe Purselley (106th, 18:32).
Coach Sypert says the teams will take a couple of weeks off practice before beginning light running again to stay in shape.

Nov

09

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : November 9, 2014

Courtesy Photo/Art Locke AT RIGHT: Taylor Peebles reacts to the ball in the Lady Bulldogs three game loss to White Oak in the 3A Bidistrict playoffs Nov. 4. in Lindale.

Courtesy Photo/Art Locke
AT RIGHT: Taylor Peebles reacts to the ball in the Lady Bulldogs three game loss to White Oak in the 3A Bidistrict playoffs Nov. 4. in Lindale.


By Erik Walsh
Monitor Sports Editor

LINDALE–The Eustace Lady Bulldogs played their last game of the 2014 season Nov. 4 when they lost to the 28-8 White Oak girls in the bidistrict round of the 3A volleyball playoffs.
The Lady Roughnecks won in three sets, 25-20, 25-7 and 25-21.
While a loss is disappointing to players and fans, Eustace played close matches in sets one and three against of the region’s best teams.
Abra Roberts, Ashley Purselley and Makenzie Abbott scored one ace each, Michelle Gomez had five kills and five blocks, Kasey Lopez had four kills and one block, Taylor Peebles had three kills and one dig, Grace Holcombe had two kills, and two digs, Abbott had one kill and Marshall Padgett had two kills and one dig.
All-District honors will be announced once all teams in District 18 exit the 3A playoffs. Troup and Arp won their Bi-district games are still active.

Nov

06

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : November 6, 2014

Courtesy Photo/Michelle White The Eustace Cross County teams finished in first and second place at the 2014 Cross Country Championships in Humble Nov. 1. The boys got first place and the girls second.

Courtesy Photo/Michelle White
The Eustace Cross County teams finished in first and second place at the 2014 Cross Country Championships in Humble Nov. 1. The boys got first place and the girls second.


The Monitor Staff Reports
HUMBLE–The Eustace boys and girls cross country teams continued their mastery of their sport, taking first and second place at the Region III Championships in Humble Nov. 1.
The girls team was meet runner-up, placing second with 74 points behind East Bernard’s 58 points. The girls’ team qualified for the State Meet in Round Rock Nov. 8. There were 24 total teams and 170 individuals represented in Humble.
The girls were led by sophomore Skye Burns, who placed fifth with a time of 12:12.1, next was sophomore Chanda Westbrook who placed 10th and ran a 12:21, then it was Chloe Moore and Molly McAtee who placed 21st and 22nd with times of 12:45 and 12:46. Shelby White finished 24th with a time of 12:53, Cara Henson placed 41st and ran a 13:14, and Harley Kile placed 54th and ran a 13:35.
The boys team took first overall, winning the meet by 28 points over second place Whitney. They raced against 24 total teams and 165 individuals.
The boys team was lead by senior Mark Zimmerer, who placed sixth overall with a time of 16:37. Next for Eustace was Preston Schwartz in 12th and a time of 17:11, Zane Arambula 15th and ran a 17:21, Ericsen Gudjohnsen and Ayden Reed placed 18th and 19th and ran 17:25 and 17:30, Brandon Richardson placed 24th and ran a 17:29, and Gabe Purselley placed 38th and ran 18:09.
Both Eustace Teams qualified to race at Old Settlers Park in Round Rock, this Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014.