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Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : December 19, 2014

Monitor file photo Madison Holyfield led Mabank in scoring at the Brownsboro Tournament, averaging 16.8 points. She also contributed 4.6 rebounds per game.

Monitor file photo
Madison Holyfield led Mabank in scoring at the Brownsboro Tournament, averaging 16.8 points. She also contributed 4.6 rebounds per game.


By Erik Walsh
Monitor Sports Editor

BROWNSBORO–The Mabank Lady Panthers relied on solid performances from their veteran core when they traveled to Brownsboro for the East Texas Shootout last weekend. Seniors Madison and Meagan Holyfield anchored the team on offensive and defense, while sophomore sparkplug Carson Marsh chipped-in on scoring with a nice shooting touch. Mabank finished its final tournament before the Christmas break with a quality showing and a 3-2 record, good for sixth place out of 30.
Action began Dec. 11 and Mabank was tested against two teams, Fairfield and Pine Trees. The Lady Panthers were victorious in both contests and finished the first day of play, 2-0.
The game against Fairfield was a particularly close match. Mabank pulled out the narrow victory 49-46 against a tough Lady Eagles squad. Madison Holyfield led the way with 18 points and seven rebounds, while her sister Meagan secured a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Marsh added 14 points in the winning cause.
The Lady Panthers had a little bit more breathing room against Pine Trees, gaining a nine-point, 55-46 victory. Marsh led the offense with 19 points and added five rebounds, while Madison Holyfield scored 17 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Meagan Holyfield scored 13 points and Brittni Anthony showed her defensive wizardry with four steals.
With its two victories the previous day, Mabank moved on to the winners bracket Dec. 12. The day was cut short after just one game, a 51-40 loss to the Peaster Lady Greyhounds. Meagan Holyfield scored 14 points, Madison Holyfield added 11 and Marsh scored 12 points and grabbed 5 rebounds.
The Lady Panthers played two more games to dictate their placement on the final day tournament Dec. 13. Neither game, both a win and a loss, was very close.
Springhill was up first and Mabank blew them out of the water 52-36. The 16-point victory was their largest of the tournament. Madison Holyfield scored a tournament team-high 23 points while grabbing seven rebounds. Meagan Holyfield scored 15 points to go with her eight rebounds, and Marsh added 10 more points.
Alba Golden ended the tournament for Mabank, handing the Lady Panthers a 67-38 loss. Madison Holyfield had 15 points and seven rebounds, Meagan Holyfield 12 points and eight rebounds and Carson Marsh seven points.
Head Coach Christie Shoulders said Mabank held its own against a field of very strong teams and should be proud of what they did.
“I am extremely proud of how we played in the Brownsboro tournament,” Shoulders said.
“There were many strong teams at the tournament and the girls really stepped up to the challenge and competed.”
Mabank’s big three put up good numbers throuhout the tourney. Madison Holyfield averaged 16.8 points and 4.6 rebounds, Meagan Holyfield13.4 points and 5.6 rebounds and Carson Marsh 12.4 points and 4 rebounds.
The 3-2 showing in Brownsboro lifted Mabank’s record to 8-7 overall. The Lady Panthers next games will be at the Kaufman Holiday Tournament Dec. 29-30.

Dec

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Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : December 19, 2014

Special to The Monitor
CEDAR CREEK LAKE–The Better Business Bureau (BBB) serving central East Texas is warning consumers about a scam in which someone claiming to be with “the government” is giving out a grant if the resident sends them money.
Consumers are getting phone calls telling them they received a grant from “the government,” and they may spend the funds however they want. But in order to get the grant, the caller asks you to buy a Green Dot MoneyPak card and load it with money.
They request the numbers off the back of the card and then they take your money. Consumers don’t get any grant money and they lose their own money in the process.
“Consumers should always be cautious of unsolicited phone calls where the caller states you have won money,” BBB of central East Texas Chief Executive Officer and President Mechele Agbayani Mills said.
“Without doing your homework, you could end up losing money instead.”
BBB encourages consumers to sign up for the Texas Do Not Call List by calling 1(866) 896-6225 or by going to www.texasnocall.com.
Also, be cautious when using a Green Dot MoneyPak reloadable card. Once you give the number out, there is no way of tracking who has the money. BBB encourages not wiring money to individuals you don’t know.
BBB provides the following additional tips for dealing with this scam:
• government grants have to be applied for in order to receive. If you didn’t apply for the grant, you won’t receive one either.
• The government doesn’t call you to contact you for such matters. You will not receive information about government grants through a phone call.
• If you get one of these calls, hang up. You may be tempted to call back, but this will only give the scammer another opportunity to steal your information.
• Don’t give out your personal information to someone you don’t know. Never give out your bank account numbers, date of birth, credit card number or Social Security number to an unsolicited caller or anyone you don’t know.
According to grants.gov, the FTC points out you shouldn’t have to pay fees for a “free” government grant.
If you would like to apply for a grant, go to grants.gov. This website provides all of the federal grant opportunities including different types of grants, rules for applying and how to track your submissions.
To report those pretending to hand out grants on the government’s behalf to 1(800) 447-8477.
For more tips on how to be a savvy consumer, go to bbb.org.
To report fraudulent activity or unscrupulous business practices, call the BBB Hotline at (903) 581-8373.

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Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : December 19, 2014

Bobby “PawPaw” Dennis Jr.

Bobby “PawPaw” Dennis Jr.

Services for Bobby “PawPaw” Dennis Jr. of Kemp will be held Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014, at 3 p.m. at Anderson-Clayton Bros. Funeral Home in Kemp, Texas. Visitation will be Friday, Dec. 19, 2014, at Anderson-Clayton Bros. Funeral Home in Kemp from 6 to 8 p.m.
Bobby was born on December 20, 1949, in Dallas, Texas to parents Robert William and Sandra Anita (Minerva) Dennis Sr. and entered into eternal rest on December 11, 2014, at the age of 64.
Bobby was known to his friends and family as “Bobby D” and “PawPaw.” He loved his family and held them close to his heart. Bobby enjoyed being outdoors fishing and hunting. He enjoyed watching the Dallas Cowboys play. Bobby’s favorite hobby was watching his grandchildren play sports and coaching them. He coached sports in Seven Points and Kemp. Bobby was Baptist by faith. He was a very loving and caring man who will be missed dearly by all those who loved and knew him.
Bobby was preceded in death by his parents and brothers Johnny Dennis and Danny Dennis.
He is survived by his son Robert Charles Dennis of Seven Points; daughter Angela Junell and husband Jacob, of Seven Points; son Matthew Dennis of Seven Points; son Garen Dennis and wife Ashley, of Combine; grandchildren Kamry and Kaden Dennis, Justin, Austin and Dustin Junell, Hayden, Dalton and Trenton Dennis, Chase and Amillie Dennis; one great-grandson on the way; other loving family members and many more friends.
A personal tribute may be made online at www.andersonclaytonkemp.com.