Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : September 13, 2015

Mabank boys team

Mabank girls team

By Erik Walsh
Monitor Sports Editor
MALAKOFF–The Mabank Panthers led a field of hundreds of runners from Henderson, Kaufman, Navarro and Van Zandt counties at the Malakoff cross country invitational Sept. 5 in Malakoff.
The Panthers won the varsity boys, varsity girls and junior varsity boys divisions in the hot and humid climate. Overall, 15 of Mabank’s 24 runners brought home individual metals.
Among all varsity boys, Mabank’s Cameron Boren finished third (17:53), Harman Beyer finished sixth (18:16), Ryan Lee 10th (18:27), Aaron Wilson 12th (18:46) and Cole Plunkett 16th (19:05).
Among all varsity girls, Mabank runners Taylor Isom finished sixth (14:30), Carly Usery finished seventh (14:49), Meagan Mueller 10th (15:03), Kaylee Boren 12th (15:32), Lauren Farris 13th (15:37) and Shelby Dempsey 14th (15:41).
Junior varsity two-mile boys placement Konner Kemp, third (12:55), Timothy Moore-Beall, fourth (13:01), Joshua Davidson, 16th (14:38), Jorge Gallegos, 17th (14:39) and Jared Greene 20th (15:49).
The junior high boys finished third as a team. Kaleb Allen got third, (12:29), Raul Flores fourth (12:41) and Matt Mueller 10th (13:36). Eli Romero, Jess Hopkins and Keiren McDonald also participated.
Shaylin Minshew finished sixth overall (15:01) for the junior high girls.
Kemp varsity runner Luis Garcia finished second in the boys race.



Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : September 10, 2015


By Erik Walsh
Monitor Sports Editor
CANTON–Scoreboard malfunctions and refereeing blunders weren’t enough to stop the Mabank Panthers football team from picking up their first win of the season, 35-34, in Canton.
“This was a huge win for the kids and the program,” Mabank Panthers Head Coach Mikey Thompson said. “We teach them that when they put in hard work, results will follow. I couldn’t be prouder of the kids and what this win means for them and the Mabank football program.”
As if a tough Canton squad wasn’t enough of a challenge for the Panthers and their coaches, Mabank also had to deal with playing a game without a structure of a working scoreboard and time clock. According to Thompson, the lack of working machinery directly affected the game at least twice.
The biggest such occurrence came when Canton scored a touchdown in the waning moments of the first half after, to the surprise of Mabank coaches, about 10 additional seconds of game time was added to the announced time clock.
“The press box announced 28 seconds remaining in the first half when it was our fourth down,” Thompson explained. “We punted, they ran two plays, and then they said there was only 25 seconds remaining. There’s no way only three seconds elapsed in three plays. At this point, I am livid. The referees told me there was a mistake and 38 seconds should have been announced. But the damage had already been done. All the coaches were playing the game like there was 10 less seconds.”
That 10 seconds was enough for Canton to score a touchdown and climb within two points, 14-12. Thompson also reported other officiating problems, such as Canton getting an extra timeout in the second half.
“The malfunctioning scoreboard allowed Canton to take an extra timeout,” Thompson said. “They took one in the third quarter and were allowed to take three in the fourth.”
Thompson said he recognizes the challenges the officials faced with no scoreboard, but was unpleased with their performance.
“I’ll leave more specific comments to myself,” he said, “but this was one of the more difficult games I’ve had as a coach.”
Mabank’s first touchdown came in the first quarter on an Adrian Higginbotham quarterback sneak from a foot out. After the PAT, the Panthers led 7-0. Canton scored its first points of the game on the next drive with a touchdown with about two minutes remaining in the first quarter. They missed the two-point conversion and Mabank led 7-6.
The Panthers next touchdown came in the second quarter when Clay Carson scored on a two-yard run on the fourth down to give Mabank a 14-6 lead. Canton answered right back, nearly tying the game up at the end of second quarter with a touchdown of its own. After failing the two-point conversion, Mabank led 14-12.
Mabank’s special teams made a big play on the kickoff return, blocking and out-hustling Canton to enable Carson to return a kickoff for a touchdown. The Panthers led 21-12 after the PAT.
This is when the game started getting messy with the press box announcing the wrong amount of time remaining in the game. Canton capitalized on the situation and scored at the end of the half to close the Mabank lead to 21-19.
The defenses played hard in the third quarter and went blow for blow. Canton was knocking on Mabank’s red zone when Ty Winkelvoss busted through the offensive line and landed a hit on the Canton quarterback, causing a fumble. The Panthers picked up the loose ball and ran it all the way down the field 76 yards for a touchdown. Mabank led 28-19.
After the great defensive effort, Canton scored two more times in succession to take a 34-28 lead.
Mabank’s winning drive culminated on fourth down play when coach Thompson called a pass to tight end Blayne Rowe. Rowe made the catch, then broke a tackle for a 59-yard touchdown catch. The extra point was good and Mabank had a 35-34 lead with less than two minutes remaining in the game. The Panthers defense held off Canton and secured the victory.
The Panthers will be back in action Friday, Sept. 11 when they travel to Lake Area rival Eustace.



Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : September 6, 2015

group huddle

By Erik Walsh
Monitor Sports Editor
KEMP–The Kemp Lady Yellowjackets volleyball team hit, passed and spiked their way to victory Sept. 1 against visiting Frankston.
Kemp won the first set decidedly 25-12, before dropping the nail bitter second set 25-21. The Lady ’Jackets went on in their dominating way in the third set and won 25-15 to claim the match win.
Kemp got a well-rounded effort from its entire team. Libero Sarah Farely had seven digs on the night and outside hitter Emily Mullens served up one ace to go with her three kills and three digs. Outside hitter Lucy Anderson had four kills and four digs, while middle blocker Cortney Crapazano exploded with 11 kills and three blocks. Defensive specialist Haley McNutt added a kill with her five digs, and middle blocker Hannah Hosch had three kills and four blocks. Hitter Madison Thompson also had seven kills and two blocks, and setter Chasity Rodriguez helped the team with 29 assists.
Kemp Lady Yellowjackets Head Coach Liz Henning said, “It was a great night in the Kemp High School gym because the girls hit the court hungry for a win at home. Crapazano was solid all night in the middle, finding the floor with every hit.”
The Lady ’Jackets are back in action after the Labor Day weekend when they dual Eustace and Malakoff at home.