Jul

05

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : July 5, 2017

Monitor Staff Reports
MABANK–The Tri-County Soccer Association will open online registration starting July 5 and running through July 23. The online link will be available at www.tricountysoccer.us beginning on this date. New players will need to set up a new player account and password.
The association will have one in-person registration for those that do not have access to register online. It will be held at McDonald’s in Gun Barrel City from 10 a.m.- 1 p.m. Saturday, July 22.
Players must be four years old prior to Aug. 1, 2017. Standard fee is $70 which is used for uniforms and co-insurance. The fee will be $50 for players that are currently on teams responsible for their own uniforms. There may be additional uniform costs in this situation. There will be a $15 late fee for anyone signing up after July 23.
Practices will begin in mid-August and games will begin by Sept. 9. Practices are usually two nights a week determined by the coach of each team. Games will be played on Saturdays and some possible weeknights and Sundays if necessary.
A photocopy of birth certificates must be shown for new players and any returnees still outstanding.
Coaches are also still needed to coach teams. Coaches will need to submit and pass an online background check prior to being placed with a team.
For more information or for any questions, contact Candi Conner at (903) 887-3138.

Jul

05

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : July 5, 2017

By Rollin Hadsell
Monitor Staff Writer
MABANK–The Mabank softball team used timely hitting and good defense to beat Gun Barrel City at the inaugural Mabank vs. Gun Barrel City Softball Competition June 29 at Field #5 in Mabank. Next year’s game will be played in Gun Barrel City. The night was filled with not only softball, but also raffle drawings throughout the game, as well as music and entertainment from Scott Tuley, who also served as the announcer during the game.
Gun Barrel City struck first with two runs in the top of the first inning, but Mabank came back with three of their own in the bottom half to take the lead. GBC evened the score with a lone run in the top of the second inning, but Mabank came right back with another run to go ahead again at 4-3.
After a scoreless top of the third for GBC, Mabank extended their lead to 7-3 in their at-bat. Gun Barrel City got it going in the fourth, plating five runs to go back up 8-7. The lead did not last long however, as Mabank added three runs in the bottom half of the fourth to lead 10-8.
After each team scored in the fifth to make it 11-9, Mabank extended the lead to 15-9 with a four-run inning. GBC again rallied, making it a one-run game again by scoring the maximum five runs to cut the lead to 15-14.
After the seventh inning stretch, which featured fans dancing at home plate, Mabank ended the game in the bottom of the seventh going up 21-14.
The mayors of the two cities, Jim Braswell of GBC and Jeff Norman of Mabank, decided to create this event to help form a closer bond between the two cities. They both believed that a closer working relationship between the two cities would be beneficial to each of their towns. The game drew large crowds from both cities, and the concession available for the audience made $438, which was split between the two cities for their respective charities. The night ended with a fireworks show.
Gun Barrel City Mayor Jim Braswell was appreciative of the work put in to a successful event. “I personally want to thank Mayor Jeff Norman and the city staff of Mabank for their hard work in helping with the planning of the event. Also, Gun Barrel City Manager Bret Bauer and our city staff of Gun Barrel City for their help in planning as well”.
Mayor Braswell also wanted to recognize a few others who made the event a success. “To all the businesses in Mabank and Gun Barrel City who were so generous with their donations of raffle prizes, we thank you. Thanks to all the citizens of both cities who turned out for the event. A special thank you to Scott Tuley of Tuley Karaoke, who generously donated his time and served as the game announcer and and as always provided light hearted entertainment for everyone. Thanks to Texan Fireworks for providing a great fireworks show at game’s end. I look forward to next year when Gun Barrel City will host the second annual game between these two great towns”.

Jun

30

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : June 30, 2017

Monitor Staff Reports
MABANK–The Mabank High School volleyball coaching staff will be conducting the Mabank Volleyball Camp ’17 from July 10-13. The camp will run from 9:45 a.m. until 12:45 p.m. Monday through Thursday at the Mabank High School gym.
The camp is for incoming fourth through ninth grade students entering the 2017-18 school year. This camp is designed for beginners to the intermediate levels and will offer instruction and training of new performance skills and techniques of passing, setting, attacking, serving and defense. Emphasis will be placed on court movement and ball control as well as game competition. A variety of drills, games and competition will be used to put these techniques into practice. Campers will be divided by age group. The camp staff will consist of Mabank Head Volleyball Coach Stacy Shelton, her assistant coaches and former Mabank players.
The intent of the camp is to provide each athlete with a meaningful experience through fundamentals of the game, and the opportunity to learn what it takes to be a successful volleyball player.
The camp fee is $60, which includes a camp t-shirt. Please pick up and fill out the registration form and send the form with the full payment and hand deliver form and money to Coach Stacy Shelton or mail it to her. Payment may be made on or before the camp date.