Posted by : December 4, 2014| On :
Grace Holcombe with father Dr. Coy Holcombe and mother Laurie Holcombe.
More photos from this event can be found in the Thursday, December 4, 2014 issue of The Monitor.
Posted by : November 30, 2014| On :
Defeats Kaufman a day earlier
By Erik Walsh
Monitor Sports Editor
KEMP–A second half Yellowjacket surge wasn’t enough for Kemp, as the Crandall Pirates defeated them in a heartbreaker, 56-53, at home Nov. 25.
The ’Jackets needed to play catch up all game after a rough first quarter put the Pirates in the lead 17-6. Kemp’s defense leveled out in the second quarter, allowing seven points while the offense scored six. Crandall led 24-12 at halftime.
Kemp turned things around quickly in the second half. In a near total reversal of the first quarter, the Yellowjackets outscored Crandall 15-7 in the third quarter to bring the score to 31-27, The ’Jackets made the Pirates feel their string, eventually tying the game 46-46 in the final quarter to force overtime.
The overtime period did not end in celebration. Crandall finally regained its footing, outscoring Kemp 10-7. Regardless, the Yellowjackets put forth a tremendous effort to come back from such a steep first quarter deficeit t to force the overtime period.
Scoring points for Kemp were: Brandon Shipp, 14; Klayton Kent, 14; Noah Romero, 11; David Dennis, eight; Jay Kohlmeier, two; Elijah Gardiner, two and Josiah Brewington, two. Crandall scoring included: Jaden Ingram-Bullard, 15; Malachi Jacobs, nine; Garrett Hall, nine; Logan Wadcock, six; Will Kennemer, six; Markus Hopkins, six; Jordan Thompson, three and JB Tucker, two.
The Kemp loss came just a day after the Yellowjackets defeated Kaufman 49-38 at home. Scorers for Kemp were: Brandon Shipp, 14; Noah Romero, 12; Klayton Kent, seven; Elijah Gardiner, five; David Dennis, five; David Becerra, four and Jay Kohlmeier, two. Kaufman scoring included: Josh Borders, 11; Jordan Fowler, nine; Fily Cordero, eight; Josh McMullen, five; Jefferson Frito, four and Chanse Richards, one.
After the Thanksgiving break, the Kemp boys basketball team will be back in action Dec. 4-6 at the Edgewood Tournament.
Posted by : November 27, 2014| On :
Remains Head Basketball Coach
By Erik Walsh
Monitor Sports Editor
MABANK-Mabank ISD went looking for the best man to fill the recently vacated Athletic Director position and found help from within, hiring longtime Cedar Creek Lake resident Tracy Carter.
Carter begins his duties as Athletic Director immediately and will continue his role as head boys basketball coach and director of basketball operations at Mabank, as well as teaching high school science.
Superintendent Dr. Russell Marshall said that Carter was Mabank’s top candidate because he is “an excellent human being,” and “everything he touches turns to gold.”
“First of all, Tracy Carter is an outstanding coach and teacher and is invested in the community, Marshall said. “He has proved in his time here at Mabank and the lake area that he wants what is best for the kids he coaches. Additionally, Carter is committed to building an outstanding overall athletic program and knows what it takes to motivate kids to give their best.”
Carter’s first success in the area came when he was the head basketball coach at Kemp from 2004-2007. He took a struggling ’Jackets basketball program to its first playoff appearance in 40 years, then the Yellowjackets won their first playoff game in school history the following year.
In 2008 Carter began his tenure as head coach of the Athens Hornets. In Athens he built a 100-73 record and two consecutive regional playoff appearances, including a double overtime loss to Silsbee in the regional semifinals. He is a two-time All-District Coach of the Year.
He lives in the Mabank school district with his wife, Evelyn, who is the administrative assistant to the Kemp ISD superintendent.
With the departure of Jared Wingfield, Mabank begins its search for a new head football coach and director of football operations. Wingfield served as athletic director since May 2012.