Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : June 7, 2015

By Erik Walsh
Monitor Sports Editor
KEMP-The Yellowjackets added many camp dates to their already busy summer schedule with baseball, softball, cross country and two football camps in June and July.

Baseball is the most immediate camp with the session June 15-18. Campers will learn the basics of fielding, batting, pitching and throwing from coach Kellen Monreal as well as former and current Kemp baseball players. Eligible students will be going into second grade through ninth. Camp time is 8:30-11:30 a.m.
Softball starts up the following week, June 22-24, and is also 8:30-11:30 a.m.

Also in June and running through July 30 is Kemp’s strength and conditioning summer programs, available for all athletes from sixth grade through seniors. It will be hosted in the high school weight room from Monday-Thursday. There will be two lifting sessions per day, from 8-11 a.m. and again from 4:30-7 p.m.

After a busy June, the staff gets a short break before youth football camp opens June 13-15, 8:30-11:30 a.m. Students from first-ninth grade are eligible for youth football camp. Just five days later, ninth graders get their own two-a-day camp July 20-22 and practice 8:30-11:30 a.m., then again from 1-3 p.m.

According to camp flyers, Kemp football camps “offer an opportunity to develop their skills and knowledge. Students will be able to receive instruction that will develop the student mentally, physically and athletically before high school football starts.”

Campers will need to bring athletic shoes or cleats, shorts, a t-shirt, sunscreen, money for camp, a snack, and a water container (H2O provided).

The summer camp season will conclude in early August with cross country August 3-6, 8 a.m.-10 p.m.
These camps are in addition to the previously announced basketball camps in June. The boys camp is June 8-10, 8:30 a.m.-11 a.m. and the girl camp is June 11-17 8:30 a.m.-11 a.m.

For more information on Kemp athletic summer camps, contact Athletic Director Brandon Hanks by telephone at (903) 498-3227 or email at brandon.hankins



Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : June 4, 2015

Mabank signing
By Erik Walsh
Monitor Sports Editor

MABANK–Five Mabank High School students will be playing college sports after a big signing day May 28.
Seniors Hugo Aguilar, Dalton Burleson, Lauren Flowers and Steven and Sergio Gallegos signed letters of intent to join various collegiate programs at a ceremony in the high school gym.
Aguilar and the Gallegos cousins pledged to play for the first-year soccer program at the historically black college Paul Quinn College. Burleson asigned with East Texas Baptist University in Marshall to play basketball for the Tigers and Flowers will join the Paris Junior College girls soccer team.
All five players found success at Mabank, with Burleson leading the charge with an outstanding basketball season.

Burleson was District MVP on the hardwood and was a 4A All-Region selection. The Mabank Panthers won two District Championships while Burleson was on the team. He joins an already succesfull East Texas Baptist University team that finished in the top eight of last spring’s national tournament.
Hugo Aguilar was District Defensive MVP, while Steven and Sergio Gallegos where both named to the All-District team. All three players where key members of Regional Quarter Final Mabank team that won the school’s first ever boys soccer playoff game.
Flowers was a two-time All-District Team player for the Lady Panthers soccer team and a key member of the of Regional Semifinalist team.



Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : May 17, 2015

kimpix Foisey duo

Susan Harrison
Monitor Staff Writer

QUITMAN–Kemp resident Keith Foisey was named Texas’ 1st Place Archer when he achieved 375 points out of a possible 450 at Deerman’s 3-D True Hunting Experience (THE) archery contest in Quitman May 3.
As the state’s winner, Foisey will compete at the World Championship set for July 18-19 in Ada, Okla.
“I started shooting 3-D targets in February at On Target Archery in Canton on Saturdays,” Foisey said. “The course consists of 30 targets.”

The On Target Archery owner encouraged Foisey to shoot in the tournament in Quitman.
After some debate, Foisey and his wife, Sue, decided to make the drive to the piney woods at 7 a.m. and were surprised to see a banner welcoming them to the 2015 State Championship.

“Everyone had nice big bows and I had a used bow I bought from a guy in Kentucky,” Foisey said.
When asked what class he was in, Foisey didn’t know. It was finally decided he would enter the 30-yard class since that is what he practiced at On Target Archery.

Foisey explained that Deerman’s contest was “true hunting” targets. “It was like hunting in the woods,” he said.

Shots that wound an animal, allowing it to get away and perhaps die a slow and agonizing death receive negative point values. Foisey was told to just shoot for true kills, as he would on a hunting expedition. He did and was the top scorer in his event that day, winning the buckle and prestigious title.
Other upcoming contests allow for the accumulation of points over the season of events.
As awards were being announced, Foisey congratulated those being recognized for their marksmanship. But then Sue told him his name was called.

“I thought they were calling me to the podium to give me a certificate or participation ribbon,” Foisey said. “I was blown away when the founder, Jim Gould, announced I was the State Champion for 30 Yards.”
Foisey received a belt buckle engraved Deerman’s THE 3-D TX State 1st Place.