Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : April 10, 2014

Monitor Photos/Summer Simpson Mabank’s Justin Smith places third in the high jump with a 5'10" leap over the bar.

Monitor Photos/Summer Simpson
Mabank’s Justin Smith places third in the high jump with a 5’10″ leap over the bar.

Lady ’Dogs take second

Monitor Staff Reports
KEMP–The Mabank Panthers boys track team took first place at the ’Jacket Relays in Kemp April 3, while the Eustace boys and girls teams finished in second place. The Kemp girls finished third and the Kemp boys finished fourth out of the eight teams competing.
Individual boys first place winners include: Pole Vaunt – Duncan, Eustace; 3200m Run – Perez, Kemp; 400m Relay, Mabank; 800m Run – Zimmer, Eustace; 100m Hurdles – Summerhill, Kemp; 100m Dash – Penix, Mabank; 800m Relays, Mabank; 400m Run – Smith, Mabank and 1600m Run – Perez, Kemp.
Individual girls first place winners include: Shot Put – Culp, Eustace; Discus – Holcombe, Eustace; High Jump – Crocker, Eustace; 400m Relay, Kemp; 800m Relays, Kemp and 300m Hurdles – Allen, Eustace.
District track meets are scheduled for April 9 and 10. Kemp travels to Eustace for the district meet and Mabank travels to Van to see which team is best.
More photos from this event are in the Thursday, April 10, 2014 issue of The Monitor.



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

Dyer’s bat, Thompson’s arm pave the way for success

By Erik Walsh
Monitor Staff Writer
VAN–The Mabank Panthers baseball team crushed the district rival Van Vandals 6-1 March 29 in Van.
Mabank was led by Corey Dyer and Cody Thompson. Dyer hit two for three with three RBIs and a run scored and Thompson pitched six innings and allowed only one hit.
Mabank got its offense going early on, as Adam Penix led off the game with a bunt single. Colt Conway reached first base on the next at bat after a fielder’s choice got Van the first out of the inning. Conway made the most of getting the lead runner out by stealing second base. Kaleb Mandeville followed the steal up with a ground ball single into right field that advanced Conway to third base. After the single, Mabank had runners at the corners with only one out. Mabank kept the pressure on and avoided the double play situation and Mandeville stole second base. In the ensuing confusion on the second base steal, Conway was able to cross home plate from third base to make the score 1-0 Mabank. An errand pitch hit Ty Winkelvoss in the following at bat to put runners on first and second base with still only one out. The Panthers looked to keep pushing their advantage and executed a successful double steal. Corey Dyer was up at bat next and made his only out of the night when he made contact, producing a ground ball that allowed Mandeville to score from third and advance Winkelvoss. Nathan Henderson struck out swinging to end the inning and the Mabank threat. The Panthers led 2-0.
Van answered back in the bottom of the inning with their only run of the game. Thompson worked his way out of a jam with Van runners on second and third and only one out by forcing a pair of ground balls. The first one scored a Van run and the second ended the inning. Mabank led 2-1.
The second inning saw no runs added to Mabank’s score, but the Panthers doubled their run production in the third. Mabank produced the runs by drawing walks, stealing bases and gaining one key hit. Penix led off the inning with a walk and took first base. Penix showed his speed on the base paths by stealing second and third base before Conway struck out looking for Mabank’s first out. Mandeville walked to gain first base and stole second to avoid the double play. After Winkelvoss got the second out of the inning, the Panthers offense rested in the capable hands of Dyer. Dyer came up big, hitting a ground ball single that scored Penix from third base and Mandeville from second. That’s all the offense Mabank would produce in the third inning. The Panthers led 4-1.
The fourth and fifth innings of play were largely a pitcher’s duel with only one hit among both teams in that span. The lone hit was by Van, and Mabank’s Thompson managed to force a double play to get him off the bases in the fourth. Thompson produced three more ground ball outs in the fifth inning. Mabank continued its trend of scoring two runs in successful offensive innings when Dyer got things going with an outfield single with one out in the sixth. After the Van pitcher threw a passed ball, Dyer advanced to second base. Henderson reached first base after a dropped third strike allowed him to scamper down the first base line. Dyer advanced to third on the play. Next up, Parker Johanneson tricked the defense with a bunt single that scored Dyer and advanced Henderson to make the score 5-1. After Thompson struck out swinging, Pearson Johannesen doubled by hitting a fly ball to centerfield to score Henderson. Mabank led 6-1 and the inning ended at the next at bat.
Thompson got three more ground ball outs in his final two innings of work to claim the win for the Panthers. He wasn’t flashy on the mound (with only one strikeout in seven innings pitched), but was highly effective at keeping the ball in the infield and runners out of scoring position. Overall Thompson allowed six hits, one run and walked four.
Offensively, Penix had one run and one hit, Conway scored one run and Mandeville scored two runs on two hits. Johanneson and Johannesen had an RBI each.
Mabank is back in action April 8 when they host Brownsboro at 6:30 p.m.



Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : April 3, 2014

Monitor Photo/Summer Simpson Mabank’s Alexandria Hawkins leaps over the hurdles blocking her way to the goal during the 300m hurdles March 27 at Mabank High School. Hawkins won the 100m and 300m hurdles events. See more pictures on 2B.

Monitor Photo/Summer Simpson
Mabank’s Alexandria Hawkins leaps over the hurdles blocking her way to the goal during the 300m hurdles March 27 at Mabank High School. Hawkins won the 100m and 300m hurdles events. See more pictures on 2B.

Kemp girls finish second

By Erik Walsh
The Monitor Staff Writer

MABANK-The Cedar Creek Relays were in full swing March 27 at Mabank High School. The Panther varsity boys captured first place, while the varsity girls fell just four points short of gaining their own first place nod.
The Mabank, Athens, Kemp and Grace Community teams met on the sunny Thursday afternoon to determine which team was in their peak performance. The Mabank boys dominated the field, finishing with 230 points, followed by Kemp (142), Grace Community (108) and Athens (92). The Athens girls finished in first place with 156 points, followed by Mabank (152), Kemp (148) and Grace Community (64).
The Mabank boys won nine of the 17 events to smash the competition. Events Mabank took first place in were the high jump, shot put, discus, long jump, 3200m run, 100m dash, 400m run, 200m dash and the mile run. The Mabank girls won the triple jump, pole vault, 100m hurdles and 300m hurdles and tied for first in the shot put, discus and 800m run.
The Kemp boys had their best showing in the 4×100 relay, finishing first. The Yellowjackets also finished first in the 800m run, 4x200m relay and the 1600m run. The Kemp girls finished first in the 4x100m relay and mile run, and tied for first in the high jump, shot put, 800m run and 400m run.
Individual first place winners for the Mabank boys include: Joe Vuson (shot put), Justin Smith (high jump), Parker Johannesen (long jump and triple jump), Adam Penix (100m dash), Colt Conway (200m dash) and Justin Smith, Josh Templeton, Garrett Lewis, Clay Carson (1600m relay). Second place winners for Mabank include Tommy Norman (discus) Justin Smith (high jump and 400m), Miguel Hollis (pole vault), Adam Reeves (3200m run), Miguel Hollis, Penix, Conway and Clay Carson (sprint relay), Johannesen (100m dash) and Hollis, Carson, Conway and Penix (800m relay).
Individual first place winners for the Mabank girls were Marissa Maraggia (discus), Carson Marsh (triple jump), Nitzia Dominguez (pole vault), Alexandria Hawkins (100m hurdles and 300m hurdles). Mabank girls second place winners were Maraggia (shot put), Elizabeth Dittmer (long jump, 100m dash) and Heather Bayless (1600m run).
First place individual winners for the Kemp boys include Jesus Perez (1600m run, 3200m run), James Kimbrell (800m run) and Forrest Summerhill (110m hurdles). Second place winners were Kimbrell (1,600m run), Toribio Vega (800m run) and Summerhill (800m run). David Dennis (100m dash) and Quinton Laster (long jump) finished in third place.
Kemp Lady ’Jackets individual first place winners were Madison Kerr (shot put), Madison Thompson (400m run) and Kelsey Gauge (800m run). Second place winners were Mikaila Guiterrez (3200m run), Julissa Lopez (discus), Lucy Anderson (200m dash) and Andrea Jonas (100m hurdles and 300m hurdles).