Posted by : April 29, 2016
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The Eustace Bulldog baseball team finish their regular season 13-10 and 8-6 in district to grab the final playoff spot. The Bulldogs secured a finals berth with a 15-5 win over Troup and a 13-0 win over Arp.
By Ryan Moulds
Monitor Sports Writer
EUSTACE–The Eustace Bulldogs went into the final week of the season on the outside of the playoffs looking in. They were tied for fourth place with the Malakoff Tigers who had beaten the Bulldogs in both of their season meetings.
In order to make the post season, Eustace had to win their last two games and have Malakoff lose both of their games and that is exactly what happened.
Cory Strawn led the team April 22 with a win over Troup, 15-5.
Strawn pitched for the Bulldogs and played well, striking out two and throwing 14 first pitch strikes.
Eustace scored three runs in the first inning and never looked back. Their eight run sixth inning put the game away and gave them the victory.
In addition to pitching, Strawn was also strong at the plate, batting in five runners. TJ Howard also had three RBIs. Kelly Ashton and Zach Compton each had three hits in the game.
In all, Eustace had 16 hits and Troup only had seven.
In their last game of the season, April 26 against Arp, Eustace knew that they needed a win to make the playoffs. The Bulldogs delivered and played well from start to finish, coming away with a 13-0 shut-out victory.
The Arp lineup had no answer at all for the sharp pitching of the Bulldogs. Eustace outplayed them in every phase of the game and looked like a team on a mission.
The Bulldogs got out to a quick start and scored four runs in the top of the first inning.
That set the tone for the rest of the game. The Bulldogs scored three runs in the second inning to go up 7-0 and pretty much put the game out of reach.
Just for good measure, Eustace scored two more runs in the third inning then four more in the fifth to win the game 13-0 on a run rule. Later on that night Malakoff dropped their final game and Eustace secured a playoff spot for the first time since 2013.
Mildred was first in district with a perfect record, Frankston was second, going 8-3, Troup was 7-4 and finished third and Eustace finished 13-10 and 8-6 in district to grab the final spot.
Posted by : April 29, 2016
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Kemp senior Dylan Dennis swings at a pitch during the third inning of Kemp’s April 26 Senior night game against Maypearl.
By Ryan Moulds
Monitor Sports Writer
KEMP–The Kemp Yellowjackets came into their April 26 Senior Night game against Maypearl playing for pride and looking for a victory. Despite giving it their best effort, the Yellowjackets fell 6-5 in extra innings.
Before the game, Kemp honored seniors Dylan Dennis, Braxton Watters, Matt Dedie, Beau Dancer, Blake Underwood, Kyle Keathley and Jay Kohlmeier. Dancer started on the mound for Kemp.
Kemp got off to a strong start at the beginning of the game. Maypearl got a man to second base but didn’t score in the top of the inning. In the bottom of the first inning, Junior Brooks scored a run for Kemp on a wild pitch to make it 1-0.
Maypearl had most of their success in the second inning. Errors by Kemp worked against them and Maypearl scored four runs in the inning to take a 4-1 lead.
Neither team got anything going in the third or fourth inning. Kemp held Maypearl to no runs in the top of the fifth and then went to work in the bottom of the fifth to take back control of the game.
Things got started when Nate Mendoza scored on an overthrow by Maypearl to make it a 4-2 game. Nate Crim came up to bat next and hit a single, knocking in Kohlmeier to make it 4-3. Kemp then tied the game in dramatic fashion when Brooks scored on an interference call when it looked like he would be stuck in a rundown situation between third base and home plate. Braxton Watters singled to score Crim for the final run of the inning. Kemp took a 5-4 lead headed to the top of the sixth inning.
Maypearl scored one run in the sixth to tie the game at five. Kemp was unable to respond and the two teams went to the seventh inning still tied at five.
Kemp didn’t allow Maypearl to score in the top of the seventh and went into the bottom of the seventh looking to win in walkoff fashion. Cameron Clamon and Watters got on base but Matt Dedie grounded out to end the inning. The teams headed to extra innings tied at five.
Maypearl scored first in the top of the eighth to go up 6-5. Kemp needed at least one run to stay alive. Unfortunately for the Yellowjackets Kohlmeier struck out for the final out of the game and the Yellowjackets dropped their final game of the season 6-5.
Kemp finished the season 4-11-1 and 1-9 in district, a disappointing season for a squad that came in with playoff aspirations and hopes of a top two finish in district.
The Yellowjackets lose seven seniors but have a lot of impact players coming back for next year to help them improve. Key players next season will be Dreyson Watters, (younger brother of senior Braxton Watters) Clamon, Brooks, Crim, Colton Breeze and Noah Herring. It will also be the second season for coach Kellen Monreal.
Posted by : April 27, 2016
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By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer
HENDERSON COUNTY–A beautiful spring day for Henderson County, Sunday was the day County Extension Agent Rick Hirsch died at his residence. All who heard of the longtime extension agent’s death expressed shock and grief. Hircsh, 51, is well-known in East Texas and elsewhere as he dispensed advice and information via a newspaper column, radio show and agricultural clinics, tours and seminars in his 28-year career.
A funeral service is to be held at 10 a.m. Thursday (today) at the First Baptist Church in Athens. located at 1055 S. Carroll Street.
Most recently, he organized a pasture tour, including a location on the shores of Cedar Creek Lake in late March. He served Henderson County from 1992 as its Extension Office Agent on behalf of AgriLife of Texas A & M University.
He is well-known for his support of youth agricultural projects (FFA & 4-H) and its students. The Athens FFA has opened a gofundme page to raise funds for his family. In its first seven hours, nearly $2,000 had been raised. The goal is to raise $25,000.
Terrie Echols writes: “So sorry for your loss. Rick was a great teacher, I learned a lot from taking his class. May God bless and comfort his family and friends.”
The Carroll-Lehr Funeral Home in Athens is overseeing the funeral arrangements. Members of the community are invited to share their stories, photos and remembrances of Rick to comfort the family on its website.
Rick Hirsch is survived by his wife, Bronte, a teacher in the Athens ISD, and three children.
Lorri and Harold Hawkins of Brownsboro state of Hirsch: “He was always there to help the community and especially the young people of Henderson County. Rick will be greatly missed.”
The Henderson County Master Gardeners extend their condolences, adding: “Rick was a respected and wise leader. We will miss his guidance and counsel.”
Chad Coburn, who judged many bovine exhibits with Rick writes: “I’ve had the privilege to judge cattle shows with Rick and serve with him on the Animal Industries Committee. I was shocked to hear the news.”
Gregg County Extension Agent Randy Reeves describes Hirsch as a great mentor. “We will all miss Rick. He was a great mentor to all of us and will be sorrowfully missed. Extension will never be the same with a great friend and co-worker called home.”
Co-worker Jo Petty Smith writes: “From the time I was a kid on the end of a show halter, to the time I was able to call him a co-worker, mentor and more importantly, a friend, I will cherish those memories and the laughs that he was surrounded by. I felt it a great honor to work with him and know him. Extension lost one of its finest agents.”
Among the many accolades and recognitions Hirsch garnered through his successful career, is the County Agent of the Year award bestowed by the Texas & Southwestern Cattlemen’s Association in 2012.
Athens ISD agricultural teacher Jeff Jones summed up best what many recognize on this sad occasion: “Mr. Rick Hirsch was a great friend and an outstanding person. Rick was an iconic figure in Henderson County, a truly good man and someone who helped thousands and thousands of people in our community and across the state of Texas.”