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Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : June 23, 2016

WORKED UP

WORKED UP


Monitor Photo/Sariah Kendall
Community members gather on the Henderson County Courthouse Square the night of June 20 to remember the 49 victims of the terror attack in Orlando.

By Sariah Kendall
Monitor Staff Writer
ATHENS–A candlelight vigil was held June 20 at the Henderson County Courthouse square in Athens where Athens at 6:15 p.m. Mayor Jerry Don Vaught, Celebration on the Lake Church members and several other community members gathered with heavy hearts to remember to victims of the Orlando night club shooting.
“My heart and I know your hearts go out to the families who have lost loved ones and those injured. We need to continue to show support and pray for them and pray for healing in Orlando and for our country,” Vaught said.
The vigil was coordinated by Celebration on the Lake Church member John Hollaway and Randy Norman. Hollaway read off the Orlando victim names as candles were lit. Celebration on the Lake also held a vigil at their church June 19.
The vigil came in the wake of the June 12 attack, deadliest mass shooting in the history of the United States and the nation’s worst terror attack since 9-11. A total of 49 people lost their lives at the Pulse night club in Orlando.
Athens is just one of many communities around the world that has come together to mourn and show their support for the victims and LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) groups.
“This time has come for churches and all houses of worship to end spiritual violence that perpetrate against LGBTQ members, Celebration member Tommie Churchman said. “I am angry but I cannot and will not return hate for hate. Hate will not stop the cycle of violence. Not in this country or anywhere in this world.”

Jun

22

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : June 22, 2016

By Ryan Moulds
Monitor Sports Writer
EUSTACE–120 local long distace runners came to Eustace June 18 to run in the Pioneer Days’ 5K. Runners came from all over the Henderson and Kaufman county areas. The overall winner of the event was Evan Arambula who finished with a time of 16:41.09 minutes.
In the females divison, the top overall runner was Brandi Russell with a time of 20:33.90. The top female runner in the 0-12 years of age range was Grace Ferrell with a time of 38:09.78. Kyer Avery won the 13-14 range with a time of 23:45.47.
Shelby White ran a 22:32.43 to finish first in the 15-16 range. The 17-19 range was won by Taylor Marshall who ran a 21:42.00. The 20-29 range was won by Tanita Watson who ran a 26:42.53. The 30-39 range was won by Marta Morgan who ran a 27:35.61. Jennifer Warner won the 40-49 range with a time of 27:39.10. Tammy Rooney won the 50-59 range with a time of 30:50.22. The 60-69 range was won by Jean Bogardus with a time of 31:26.5. Ashley McKee finished things off by winning the Female Masters division with a time of 26:37.39.
Noah Russell finished first in the guys 0-12 range. He had a finish time of 28:21.02. Dalton Page finished first in the 13-14 male range with a time of 19:39.77. Ericsen Gudjohnsen finished with a time of 17:39.53 and won the 15-16 division. Andrew Page was first in the 17-19 range with a time of 18:23.23.
Taylor Humphrey won the 30-39 male range with a time of 21:40.12.
Mark Moore won the 40-49 range with a time of 20:41.49. Cecilio Escamilla ran a 19:40.83 to win first place in the 50-59 range. Lester Patton ran a 25:19.89 to win the 60-69 range and Kenneth Roden ran a 29:36.80 to win the 70 and older range. The Master winner for the men was Scott Olden who had time of 19:23.53.

Jun

22

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : June 22, 2016

By Ryan Moulds
Monitor Sports Writer
KEMP–Kemp football players Kane Johnson, Josiah Brewington and Elijah Gardiner came into the Texas Longhorns June 18 satellite camp in Addison with something to prove. They walked away having impressed the entire UT coaching staff.
“Charlie Strong (UT Head Football Coach) had good things to say about us,” Gardiner said. “He told us to keep working hard and that good things would come.” “They gave us great feedback,” added Johnson. “They said that we could all play at the next level and the way they said it made me want to work harder as a football player.”
Texas tight ends coach Jeff Traylor was so impressed that he called Kemp Head Football Coach Brandon Hankins to brag on how well the trio competed. “He said that we had the three toughest and the most physical kids at the camp,” Hankins said. “These camps attract some of the best talent in the state so it meant a lot for me to hear that from him.
Satellite camps have become a highly controversial topic in the college football world over the past year. Several coaches, most notably Jim Harbaugh of Michigan, are highly in favor of them and try to be at as many as possible. Other coaches such as Nick Saben of Alabama have called them bad for college football.
A satellite camp is essentially a loophole coaches use to get around the NCAA rule that states that coaches can’t host a camp outside of a 50-mile radius of their campus. There is no rule to stop them from serving as a guest at a camp staged by another institution.
It allows coaches to travel long distances to work with kids that they otherwise wouldn’t have the chance to work with. It also allows the full staff of a Power 5 program to take over the campus of a smaller school for a camp.
Conferences such as the SEC and ACC don’t allow their coaches to step out of the 50-mile radius even as invited guests but other conferences like the Big 12 and Big 10 have been in full support of the camps.
For players like Gardiner, Brewington and Johnson, the camps give them the chance to compete with players from bigger schools and show that they have what it takes to play at the next level.
“These camps and our off-season workouts are going to help us get physically stronger than other teams,” Brewington said. “It is really going to help us win games next year.”
The three are not done with attending camps this summer. Gardiner will attend camps at Lamar and TCU, Johnson will attend camps at Texas Tech and Baylor and Brewington will be attending the Prep Football America Camp in Mississippi.
The three are hoping to perform well and lead the Yellowjackets to back-to-back playoff appearances. “Lots of people doubt us and most of them live in our same town,” said Johnson. “They better not sleep on us because we are going rounds in the playoffs next season.”
Johnson will be a junior next season. Brewington and Gardiner are both seniors. Kemp finished the season with a 4-7 record last season. They made the playoffs for the first time since 2008 but fell to Kirbyville in the first round, 59-14. Look for the ‘Jackets to continue their improvement this season.