Posted by : June 4, 2015
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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 : May 17, 2015
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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.
Posted by : May 10, 2015
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Monitor Staff Reports
MABANK–The Mabank Panthers baseball team joins three other Henderson County schools in playoff matchups.
Mabank (5-10) enters the playoffs as the No. 4-seed in District 13-4A and will open its playoff series against District 14-4A champion Van in a best of three series.
The series began last Thursday, May 7 at Lindale High School and Game 2 on Friday at 5 p.m. Game 3, if needed would follow 30 minutes later.
Malakoff joins Mabank as the only other Cedar Creek Lake area team to compete in post season play. The Tigers (16-8) join the 3A Region III playoffs and face Elysian Fields in a best of three series after wrapping up a district title last week
Game 1 of the series was set for Friday at 7 p.m. at Longview Pine Tree High School. Game 2 of the series is set for 2 p.m. Saturday with Game 3 to follow if necessary.
Mabank’s class 4A district rivals, the Athens Hornets (20-7) qualified for the playoffs again after winning their third consecutive district title, going undefeated in district play under the direction of coach Dallas Robertson. They faced the No. 4-seed Canton Eagles (9-7) in a one-game playoff May 7. The winner will face Bullard or Atlanta in the area round next week.
Brownsboro (11-8) comes in as the final Hendreson County team to battle in the playoffs. They are under the watchful eye of Coach Josh Turner’s and enter its best-of-three playoff series as District 14-4A’s No. 2-seed.
The Bears will battle the Kaufman Lions, who finished as the No. 3-seed in District 14-4A , with a 5-14 overall record.
The two teams are set to begin a best-of-three series Thursday, May 7 at 7 p.m. at Eustace High School. Game 2 is set for Friday at Eustace, with Game 3 set for Saturday at noon.
The winner of the series faces Pleasant Grove or Kilgore in the area round.