By Erik Walsh
Monitor Sports Editor
ROUND ROCK–The Eustace boys and girls cross country teams have built a habit of excellence putting not just one, but two teams on the state championship podium with top three finishes.
It was a wet, cold, and muddy day in Round Rock November 7 when the best cross country runners in Texas met to see who was the best. Course conditions were among the worst on record, with several inches of rain standing on the muddy ground. It was no deterance for the Eustace Bulldogs and Lady Bulldogs teams.
“This is what cross country is all about,” Head Coach Josh Sypert said. “Rain or shine, we still race.”
For the first time in three seasons, the girls team did not claim the state championship, taking third place in very close race between the top four teams. The lady Bulldogs were lead by Junior Chanda Westbrook, who placed fifth overall and ran a 12:21. The placement earns her All-State Honors. Next was junior Skye Burns, who placed 25th and ran a 12:58. Senior Chloe Moore placed 35th and ran a 13:10, junior Cara Henson placed 66th and ran a 13:32, junior Molly McAtee placed 71st and ran a 13:35, junior Shelby White placed 94th and ran a 14:00, and freshman Reece Thorne placed 108th and ran a 14:10.
The teams that Eustace defeated for first place the last two years (East Bernard and Holiday) claimed first and second place with 88 and 90 points each. Eustace (105 points) edged Jim Ned (106 points) for the final podium spot.
The Boys Team was able to capture a podium spot for the fourth consecutive season with a third place finish in the class 3A division. They were lead by junior Ericsen Gudjohnsen, who earned All-State honors with a 10th place finish and time of 17:00. Next was junior Zane Arambula, who placed 30th and ran a 17:38, juniors Andrew Page and Gabe Purselley placed 49th and 50th and ran a 17:59 and 18:01, Senior Brandon Richardson placed 61st and ran a 18:16. Freshman Nicolas Westbrook placed 103rd and ran a 19:03, and sophomore Ben Warren placed 110th and ran a 19:08.
The Bulldogs finished in third place with 125 points behind Luling (40 points) and San Anotino Cole (70 points).
Eustace was the only cross country team to have boys and girls finish in the top 3 in the state.
Posted by : November 12, 2015| On :
By Erik Walsh
Posted by : November 5, 2015| On :
By Ryan Moulds
MALAKOFF–The ’Jackets are back in the playoffs.
It was a tough night for both the offense and defense against the state-ranked Malakoff Tigers, but the Kemp Yellowjackets still had plenty of reasons to celebrate on the road Oct. 30 despite a 53-7 loss.
Even though the result wasn’t what Kemp was looking for, they still punched a ticket to the playoffs because Westwood beat Elkhart and helped secure Kemp at least a fourth place finish.
Kemp was coming off a huge upset of Elkhart while Malakoff was trying to bounce back from its first loss of the year, 28-7 to Teague. Despite it raining all day the sky was clear when the game kicked off.
It took awhile for either team to get anything going with both offenses trying to find a rhythm. Malakoff finally drew first blood with 4:05 left in the first quarter when quarterback Judd Miller hit QT Barker for a 40-yard touchdown. Later on in the second quarter, running back Wade Horn got to the outside and broke free for a 63-yard score. Despite the extra point being missed, the Tigers took a 13-0 lead with 11:12 left in the first half.
The Kemp offense continued to sputter. Quarterback Dreyson Watters fumbled on the first play of the next drive and it was recovered by Malakoff at the 19-yard line. The Tigers took advantage by blowing the game open on a 15-yard touchdown run by Dylan Grim. After a two point conversion the score was 21-0 with 10:26 left before the half.
Malakoff would put three more touchdowns on the board in the first half to make the score 39-0 at halftime. AJ Cook scored on a 54-yard pass from Miller, and Barker secured his second touchdown of the night on a 65-yard grab from Miller. Right before halftime Grim ran in from 51 yards out to cap off a 32 point second quarter. After each touchdown the extra point was either missed or the snap was botched. Kemp punted or turned the ball over on downs on every offensive possession.
Things were more or less the same in the second half. Malakoff scored on its opening possession on a 13-yard scamper by Grim. It was his third of the night. The extra point pushed Malakoff’s lead to 46-0 with 10:57 left in the third quarter. The teams would trade punts for the rest of the third quarter.
Kemp finally scored a touchdown with 6:12 left in the game when Nate Mendoza jumped a passing route and picked off a pass from Miller. He returned it 25 yards for a touchdown. The extra point made it 46-7. Malakoff pulled its starters and scored one more touchdown on an 11-yard run by backup quarterback Jake Woolverton. The Tigers got the ball one more time and took a knee to secure the 53-7 victory. The win puts them in the playoffs for the 7th consecutive year under the direction of head coach Jamie Driskill.
Malakoff held the usually explosive Dreyson Watters to only 51 total yards on the night. In his return from an early season ankle injury, Braxton Watters had 51 yards on 15 carries. Running back Alan Quezada added 61 yards on 11 carries.
With the win, Malakoff improves to 8-1 and 3-1 in district play. They travel to Eustace for their final game of the season. Kemp moves to 4-5 with the loss and is 2-2 in the district. They return home next week for senior night against Westwood. The winner of that game will get the third seed in the playoffs and the loser will get the fourth seed.
Posted by : November 1, 2015| On :
Special to The Monitor
HUNTSVILLE–The Eustace cross country teams are headed back to a familiar site following a top three regional finish at the 3A, Region 3 cross country meet Oct. 26 at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville.
The Eustace Lady Bulldogs finished as the runner-up behind East Bernard, while the Bulldogs finished as the regional champions in the boys race.
In the girls race, Chanda Westbrook finished in seventh place overall with a time of 13 minutes, 55 seconds in the two-mile race.
Skye Burns finished in 15th place with a time of 14:19, Molly McAtee was 25th in a time of 14:36, Chloe Moore was 28th in a time of 14:38, Cara Henson was 30th in a time of 14:41, Reece Thorne was 40th in a time of 15:03 and Shelby White was 75th in a time of 15:55.
This is the third straight year for the Lady Bulldogs to advance to the state meet as they are the two-time defending state champions. St. Bernard also beat out the Lady Bulldogs in the Regional race last year before the Eustace girls stormed back to win the state meet. St. Bernard finished second.
The state meet is Nov. 7 at Old Settlers Park in Round Rock.
In the boys race, the Bulldogs were led by Ericsen Gudjohnson with a third place finish in a time of 18:14. Zane Arambula finished in 11th place with a time of 18:57, Andrew Page was 12th in a time of 19:10 and Gabe Purselley was 13th in a time of 19:15.
Brandon Richardson finished in 17th place with a time of 19:32, Nicolas Westbrook was 32nd in a time of 20:13 and Ben Warren was 49th in a time of 20:51.
Another area school, the Malakoff Tigers, finished in 21st place in the team standings at the regional meet.
They were led by Chandler Prinka in 89th place in a time of 22:16. Tyler Crews finished in 113th place in a time of 23:26 and John Hernandez finished in 115th place in a time of 23:28.
Francisco Arvizu finished in 123rd place in a time of 23:40, Holden Ray finished in 130th, Chris Boose was 136th, and Xavier McCullar was 138th.