Apr

27

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : April 27, 2016

1st brady williams age 6 and under

Courtesy Photo/Mendy Davis
Brady Williams (right), who won first place in the six and under division poses with his catch after recieving his award during the Kid Fishing event at Purtis Creek State Park, April 23.

By Ryan Moulds
Monitor Sports Writer
PURTIS CREEK–More than 60 fish were caught and just under 400 kids were angler education certified and received their very own rod and reel provided by the Friends of Purtis Creek at the annual “Kid Fish” event, held April 23 at Purtis Creek State Park in Eustace.
Three different age groups competed in the event and the top three from each age group recieved medals.
In the six and under category, the first place winner was Brady Williams. Cate Coker won second place and Colt Pope won third.
In the seven through 12 division, the first place winner was Wyatt Standridge. Jasmine Grover won second place and Gracie Standridge was third.
In the 13 through 16 division Mark Walters took home first place. Seth Johnson won second and Hunter Mercer was third.
Robert Mercer Jr. set a lake record for the Junior Angler Channel Catfish. His catch was 15.25” long and .096 pounds.
“Our event was a huge success,” Purtis Creek State Park Superintendent Mendy Davis said. “I would like to thank board members Carei and Bobby Bobbitt for volunteering and supporting the event. I would also like to thank our other sponsors and partners for helping to make this possible.”
Sponsors for the event included Friends of Purtis Creek, Cabela’s, Kiddie Kampus of Eustace, Brookshire’s, Nestle Waters, Trinity Valley Electric Coop, Dr. Pepper, Texas Forrest Service, Communication Division Hunter Education, Communication Division Angler Education, TPWD Game Wardens, TPWD State Park Police Officers, Regional Natural and Cultural Resource Specialists and Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center Director and Volunteers.

Apr

22

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : April 22, 2016

By Ryan Moulds
Monitor Sports Writer
EUSTACE–The Eustace Bulldogs fell to Frankston 11-1 in their April 15 game.
Cory Strawn started at pitcher for Eustace and struckout five batters. Hayden Shaddox came in later in the game and struck out two. Eustace had five hits in all.
Frankston got out to a fast start and had three runs in the first inning to put Eustace behind early.
Eustace responded by scoring a run in the second inning but they also gave up a run in the bottom of the second to make the score 4-1.
Frankston scored another run in the third and then three more in the fourth to really open up the game. Eustace was able to get hits but they could not score any runs.
Neither team scored in the fifth inning. Frankston scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth to win the game 11-1 on a run rule.
Frankston had a great offensive night and finished the game with 17 hits. They only had one error.
Eustace played their next game on the road against Rice, who they had previously beaten 8-3 at home in April. Rice had a big sixth inning and came away with a 3-2 victory.
Chris Carlson started the game for Eustace at pitcher and struck out four batters in seven innings of work.
For the first four innings nobody scored. Both pitchers played well and not many hits would fall for either team.
Eustace finally broke through and had two runs in the fifth inning, thanks to big hits by Rusty Rodgers and Gannon Kirkhart.
Rice responded in the final inning and scored three clutch runs when it counted to take a 3-2 lead. Eustace had one more chance to put up a run but failed in the top of the seventh inning.
Kirkhart led Eustace with three hits, Rodgers had two. Carlson had 14 first pitch strikes. Cody Strawn was walked twice and Mikey Marshall was walked once. Kirkhart and Zach Compton had both RBIs for the Bulldogs.
The two losses drop Eustace to 11-10 and 4-4 in district play. They are in a tie for fourth place with Malakoff who has already beaten them twice this season.
Mildred has already won the district, and Troup and Frankston are tied for second place with 8-4 district records.
Eustace will need to play well in their final two games to grab the final playoff spot in the district.

Apr

22

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : April 22, 2016

Mabank golf regional

Courtesy Photo/Jeff Lee
The Mabank girl’s golf team won the regional tournament and are headed to the State Championship. Team members are from left, Macy Brockman, Haley Mashburn, Libby Thompson, Elizabeth Hardy, Hanna Smith, and Coach Jeff Lee.

By Ryan Moulds
Monitor Sports Writer
CANTON–The Mabank golf team competed in the 4A – Region 2 golf tournament on April 13-14 at Van Zandt Country Club in Canton. After the final results, the Mabank girls took first place and claimed the Regional Championship. This qualifies Mabank to play in the state tournament in Austin April 25-26.
The girls were in second place after the first day shooting 379, trailing Spring Hill (373) by six strokes. Close behind the Lady Panthers in third was Eaton High School (381) and Melissa High School (382) in fourth. Leading the way for Mabank was Elizabeth Hardy (90) and Libby Thompson (91).
On a rain soaked course the second day, Mabank’s girls shot an impressive 374 to hold off Eaton by one stroke to win the tournament. Haley Mashburn led the way with season best 88 and another 91 by Thompson.
“This was a great team effort and performance by these young ladies. I am extremely proud of them and happy about their accomplishments this year,” Coach Jeff Lee said.
Libby Thompson and Haley Mashburn were named to the All-Region team by placing in the top 10 of all the players. Hannah Montgomery and Jace Capehart also competed in the regional tournament