Posted by : July 24, 2014| On :
Special to The Monitor
ATHENS–The torch of the most successful National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) women’s basketball program has been passed to Gerald Ewing.
Ewing has claimed the last three national titles at TVCC with eight overall.
The coaching veteran of 19 years, replaces Elena Lovato, who resigned in June to become an assistant coach at Mississippi State University after leading the Lady Cardinals to back-to-back national crowns during her TVCC career from 2012-2014.
Ewing was on Lovato’s coaching staff both seasons.
As position coach, Ewing was instrumental in the development of the 2014 NJCAA and WBCA Player of the Year Adut Bulgak, who transferred to Florida State University. Bulgak was a two-time All-American.
In addition to claiming back-to-back national titles in his tenure as assistant coach, the Lady Cardinals posted a 72-2 (72-1 on the court) record.
They will carry a 29-game winning streak into his first season, having also won 54 straight conference and 57 straight home games.
“I’m truly blessed and excited to be the new head coach of such a tradition-rich program,” Ewing said.
“I thank Dr. Glendon Forgey and the administration for this opportunity.
“I would also like to thank Elena for allowing me to be on her staff and introducing me to a special place like Athens and the ‘Valley.’ Working with her the past two years has prepared me for this opportunity.
“I understand the expectations of the Lady Cardinal program from our fans and the community. Our goal will be to maintain the high level of excellence both on and off court.”
Prior to his arrival at TVCC, Ewing served four seasons as a member of the Johnson County Community College (JCCC) Lady Cavaliers basketball coaching staff, serving as head coach Ben Conrad’s top assistant. He was responsible for recruiting and academics.
During his four seasons, the Lady Cavaliers won more games in a four-year span than at any time in Johnson County history.
JCCC posted a record of 113-26 over that span, including three straight 30-win seasons, helping JCCC become just the second school in Kansas Jayhawk Conference history to reach that milestone.
He helped the program win four straight Region VI titles, three District titles, make three NJCAA Division II appearances and post three top-10 finishes, including a top five finish in 2010-11.
Academically, the Lady Cavaliers were ranked in the WBCA Top 20 in three of the four years of his tenure.
Overall, Ewing has mentored 10 NJCAA All-American performers, four WBCA State Farm All-Americans, eight NJCAA All-Tournament selections, 17 NJCAA All-Region D-II picks, 11 All-East Jayhawk Conference selections and the 2010 East Jayhawk Freshman of the Year, a first in team history.
Ewing went to JCCC after spending six seasons as head coach at George Washington High School (GWHS), in Chicago, Ill.
He also served six seasons at the school as the assistant prior to taking over as head coach.
During Ewing’s association as head coach with the George Washington High program, the Minutewomen won back-to-back Illinois Regional Championships in 2007 and 2008.
Additionally, Ewing was named the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association District 3 Coach of the Year in 2007 and 2008.
He also was bestowed the 2007 Illinois Times Coach of the Year, and named the Chicago Public Schools Coaches Association Coach of the Year in 2004, 2007 and 2008.
Ewing compiled a 120-60 record in his six seasons as head coach, all resulting in playoff appearances.
As an assistant coach at GWHS, Ewing was the top assistant for Chicago Public School Hall of Fame coach Willie Byrd. Ewing helped lead Washington to a 33-5 record, a city championship and a second place finish in the state in 2000.
The Minutewomen compiled a 134-61 record in Ewing’s first six seasons with the program.
Ewing was also successful helping his players advance to the next level. Seventy-five percent of the athletes he coached went on to play collegiate basketball, including NCAA Division I players Angelina Williams, Leslie Hill and Brianna Kulas.
Williams was a WBCA High School All-American who went to the University of Illinois. She went on to help the WNBA’s Detroit Shock win the 2006 WNBA title.
Hill played for the University of Minnesota and helped the Gophers to a Final Four appearance in 2004. She is now employed by the Big 10 Network as color analyst for women’s basketball.
Kulas played at the University of Missouri and was selected in the 2014 WNBA draft by San Antonio.
Posted by : April 13, 2014| On :
Monitor Staff Writer
MABANK-The Mabank Panthers baseball team offense was on a tear Tuesday night, scoring 15 runs in just six innings for a 15-8 victory over the visiting Brownsboro Bears April 8.
Mabank’s offense got going early with two runs in the bottom of the first inning to take the early 2-0 lead. The second inning was quiet, but it was the calm before the storm.
Brownsboro got one back in the top of the third to make the score 2-1 but the Panthers bottom half of the inning essentially won the game for them. Eight Mabank runners crossed home plate in the third inning, giving the Panthers a 10-1 lead moving into the fourth inning.
One big inning was not enough for Mabank’s offense. The Panthers scored three runs in the bottom of the fourth to bring the score to 13-1. Brownsboro finally found the mark in the fifth inning, scoring four times and avoiding a run-rule defeat. Mabank answered with one run in the bottom of the fifth to bring the score to 14-5.
In the sixth inning both teams scored one run, making the score 15-6. The bats were silent in the seventh and final inning.
Mabank scored 15 runs on 11 hits and three Brownsboro errors. The Bears scored six runs on 10 hits and one Panther error.
Offensively Adam Penix led the way with two runs on two hits and a walk with two RBIs. Parker Johanneson crossed home plate three times on two hits and a walk. Ty Winkelvoss scored two hits for Mabank, while Colt Conway, Kaleb Mandeville, Winkelvoss and Cody Thompson scored two runs each. Nathan Henderson and Pearson Johannesen drove in two RBIs each.
Pitcher Cody Thompson threw seven innings of work, allowing six runs (four earned) on 10 Brownsboro hits, while walking two and striking out four.
The Mabank Panthers baseball team is back in action April 15 at home against Athens. Game time is 6:30.
Posted by : March 20, 2014| On :
Final performances of ‘Harvey’ March 21-22
Special to The Monitor
WILLS POINT–The final performances of “Harvey,” are at 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, March 21-22. Dinner begins at 6:30 p.m.
Admission for dinner theatre performance is $17 per person and $10 for children 10 and under when accompanied by an adult.
Admission for regular seating performance is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and students and $5 for children 12 and under. Limited regular seating may be available during dinner theatre performances.
For reservations, call (903) 873-8945 and leave your name, telephone number, date of performance you wish to attend and the number in your party.
Dinner theatre seating reservations must be prepaid and closed Wednesday, March 19. Your call will be returned.
Tickets may also be purchased at www.thetalentbox.org.
Harvey is a play about 47-year-old Elwood P. Dowd, whose best friend is a six foot tall invisible rabbit, named Harvey.
Dowd and Harvey are well known and liked in the taverns around town, but his relatives, who have come to live with him are embarrassed by his behavior and try to have him committed to an asylum.
“Harvey” is directed by Henry Bates of Wills Point and written by Mary Chase.
The Talent Box Theatre is located at 244 N. 4th St. in Wills Point.