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Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : August 17, 2016

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Mabank 2cmykBy Erik Walsh
Monitor Staff Writer
VAN–The Mabank Lady Panthers varsity volleyball team saw the greatest competition of its young season last weekend in the Van Invitational, finishing fourth place in the championship bracket Aug. 13.
The Lady Panthers finished second in pool play with a 2-1 record after defeating the Van Junior Varsity team and Arp. Their one loss came in a close three set match to Edgewood. Edgewood went undefeated and finished first in pool play. Despite not winning the pool, Mabank advanced to the championship bracket because they allowed few points against them defensively.
Mabank opened bracket play with a victory over John Tyler for a chance at revenge against Edgewood. Unfortunately, Edgewood got the best of the fight again to advance to the final. Mabank had to settle for a battle for third place against Sunnyvale, where the Lady Panthers lost a tough matchup, finishing in fourth place.
Lady Panthers Head Coach Stacy Shelton was proud of the team despite not making it to the championship final.
“I am very proud of these girls,” Shelton said. “It is a total rebuilding year for our team. We have only one full-time starter and two part-time players returning from last season and have lots of holes to fill. It’s a totally new team. They haven’t quite gotten used to playing with one another. However, we are improving with every match. I expect lots of highs and lows during this preseason.”
In other tournament news, Quitman defeated district rival Edgewood 25-21, 25-17 to win the tournament. Quitman posted a 5-0 record throughout the tournament and won all 10 of its sets. They outscored their opponents 250-161, for an average margin of victory of 25-16.

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Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : August 17, 2016

IMG_1456cmykBy Erik Walsh
Monitor Staff Writer
CEDAR CREEK LAKE–The first scrimmages of the 2016 football season were a wash Aug. 12 when heavy rains and some lightning forced local teams to cancel.
The rains left local Cedar Creek Lake area teams wanting for more time with their pads strapped on. A total of three scrimmages were canceled: Eustace was set to host Quinlan, Mabank was scheduled to host Scurry-Rosser, and Grand Saline was slated to visit Kemp.
To make matters more difficult for the three teams coaching staffs, more rains continue to pound Cedar Creek Lake Monday, cutting morning practice short.
The Yellowjackets were able to get a little more scrim time in Kemp before the prospect of lightning cut their time short.
“We got in three offensive series on Friday,” Yellowjackets Head Coach Brandon Hankins said. “So it wasn’t a complete wash. “We looked good in some areas but have lots to improve on.”
Hankins noted that the key to success coming into the preseason is to “stay healthy and execute plays with great effort.”
Area coaches and players will get one more opportunity to compete in scrimmages this Friday, Aug. 19. Even if weather is poor, it is more likely to hold up for at least one of the teams, as Eustace, Kemp and Mabank are traveling away for the scrimmage.
Kemp will suit up against Quinlan, Mabank will travel to Groesbeck, and Eustace travels to Kerens. The regular season begins Aug. 26.

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Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : August 12, 2016

Zoie Bailey vs Mildred servingBy Ryan Moulds
Monitor Sports Writer
EUSTACE–The Eustace Lady Bulldogs volleyball team got their season off to a great start with a 3-0 victory over the Mildred Lady Eagles Aug. 9 at E.L. Kirk Gymnasium.
The game was the second of a triple header between Athens, Eustace and Mildred. Mildred was swept by both teams. Eustace beat Mildred by scores of 25-17, 25-5 and 25-13.
In the first set, Eustace jumped out to a quick 5-0 lead and put the Lady Eagles in a tough spot early on. Mildred battled back to get as close as three points but they could never get over the hump and take the lead.
Eustace took advantage of multiple miscues by Mildred to dominate the second set. Mildred never got close and the Lady Bulldogs won the set by 20 points.
Eustace went into the third set looking to end the game and they did just that, getting after Mildred early and taking a 6-0 lead early on. Mildred scored some late points in garbage time but it was not enough and Eustace swept their season opener.
The duo of Reece Thorne and Wynn dominated at the net and at the service line. Other standouts included Zoie Bailey, Erica Hoops, Jessica Plunk and Miranda Fontenot.
“I’m happy with how our girls played,” Eustace coach Chuck Powers said. “Anytime you can get a sweep it’s a great feeling, especially when you have to turn around and play again in 10 minutes. It really helps the girls conserve strength and not get too worn out.”
The win improves Eustace to 1-0 this season. Mildred is 0-2 with the loss.
Eustace will return home to play Mabank on Sep. 6.