Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : March 15, 2015

By Erik Walsh
Monitor Sports Editor

MABANK–It was a short stay in Mabank for former Head Football Coach Alan Haire.
After less than two months on the job in Mabank, Haire left the post he took in mid January to become the Athletic Director at Stephenville Independent School District. Former Mabank offensive coordinator Mickey Thompson takes over as the Panthers head coach.

Haire’s arrival in January was widely viewed as a positive move for the Panthers and its football program. Before his stint in Mabank, Haire spent 13 seasons at Lago Vista High School. He took over the three-year-old football program in 2002 and led the Vikings to the playoffs just five seasons later. By 2010 he brought the team to the 2A Division 1 semifinals. His overall record at Lago Vista was 81-62.

He said when coming to Mabank that he chose the Panthers because the team was “in need of some accomplishment” and he was ready to “accept new challenges and be somewhere the good Lord is leading me to make a difference.”
Haire is now ready to make a difference with the Stephenville Yellow Jackets and oversee its sports programs. Stephenville is not short on accomplishment, as its football program is regarded as one of the top 4-A outfits in Texas. Stephenville won four state championships in the 90’s and another as recently as 2012.

Other details add to why Haire may have left Mabank for the Yellow Jackets. Stephenville ISD’s Superintendent, Matt Underwood was previously the Superintendent over Haire at Lago Vista until October 2014. Underwood told the Stephenville Empire Tribune that “Haire was my athletic director and head football coach in Lago Vista. He basically built that football program. I think he’s a total program kind of guy. He builds good character.”
Haire has another connection to Stephenville, as he graduated from Tarleton State University and played on its football team.

The Athletic Director job opened up in Stephenville after Yellow Jackets Head Coach and A.D. Joseph Gillespie left for a job at the University of Tulsa in January.

The beneficiary of the school shuffling is Thompson, who was named Panthers Head Coach earlier this week. Mabank Superintendent Dr. Russell Marshall said Thompson was a great fit because he “has already proven his commitment to our kids.” Thompson served as the interim head coach before Haire was hired.

Thompson is now tasked with getting Mabank back into the playoffs and the winning side of the score line. The Panthers have won just three games in the past two years and face tough district opponents Van, Athens and Kaufman.



Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : March 15, 2015

By David Webb
Monitor Correspondent

KEMP–Mayor Laura Hanna Peace introduced resident Alvin Miller to the Kemp City Council Tuesday as the newest volunteer to step forward to help govern the city.

Miller, who is a native of Kemp, will be sworn into office by Peace at the April meeting to fill the unexpired seat of former Councilman Jerry Hazelip who died of a heart attack last year. Peace said Miller could not be sworn in at the March meeting as planned because of the lack of a super majority of council members.

Council member Jackie Self missed the meeting because of a relative’s illness, Peace said. The attendance of Peace, Mayor Pro Tem Barry Lummus and Council members Christie Neal and Leona Bounds established a quorum for only routine business.

Peace said the addition of another council member to fill the council desk will prevent important business being delayed if a council member must miss a meeting in the future.

“Thank you for agreeing to join us,” Peace said to Miller. “Alvin is well known and respected by everyone in the community. We really appreciate your willingness to help.”

Miller, who is a self-employed carpenter, said he appreciated the mayor asking him to volunteer. “It’s going to be a learning experience, and I’m looking forward to it,” he said.

Attendance by the public at the previously contentious council meetings has fallen off to almost nothing in recent months. On the mayor’s Facebook page, Peace recently wrote, “I want to thank everyone for the kind words of support and gratitude for my part in moving our town forward, but I must give credit where it’s due: without a great council I could do nothing.” She praised council members “can do” attitudes.

Peace said the city is planning to conduct a summer concert series in the park with a band being booked every weekend in June to perform at the City Park stage, which is known as “The Bridge.” The stage was constructed using a century-old iron bridge that used to span King’s Creek near the city.

The mayor said the Wildflower Festival April 11 will go on as scheduled, and that city officials expect all of the vendor booths to be filled. The festival will include entertainment.

Hillcrest Baptist Church will conduct Sunrise Easter services at The Bridge, Peace added.
Peace said the opening of the new Walmart neighborhood grocery store on Highway 274 was a success and a huge benefit to the city.

The council meeting lasted only 15 minutes with the proclamation of “Poison Prevention Week” in Kemp the second week in March being the only business conducted.

There would be no need for an executive session, Peace said.



Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : March 9, 2015

Mabank team raw

By Erik Walsh
Monitor Sports Editor

MABANK–Eight Mabank Panther were recognized for their performance on the basketball court when the District 13-4A awards were announced this week.

Six-foot-seven post player senior Dalton Burleson headlined the awards with the District MVP title. In addition to the Panthers awards, Head Coach and Athletic Director Tracy Carter gained Coach of the Year honors.
Two Panthers were named to the All-District First Team. Junior Cole Smith and senior Payton Lee took the honors. Senior Elliot Jackson and sophomore Jordan Thomas were named to the second team. Honorable Mention recognition went to senior Miguel Hollis and juniors Mark Driskell and Corey Flores.

Senior Peyton Lee and juniors Corey Flores, Cole Smith and Mark Driskell were placed on the Academic All-District team for their excellent scholarship.

The awards were announced after each team in District 13 were eliminated from the UIL playoffs. The Panthers finished the 2014-15 season as District 13 and Bi-District Champions.

Following is a complete list of District 13-4A award winners:
District MVP: Dalton Burleson, Sr., Mabank
Offensive MVP: Courtland Lyons, Sr., Athens
Defensive MVP: Jadon Ingram-Bullard, Sr., Crandall
Newcomer of the Year: Miles Koeler, Fr., Athens
Coach of the Year: Tracy Carter, Mabank

1st Team All-District
Mabank: Cole Smith, Jr., Peyton Lee, Sr.
Athens: Kynden Crist, Sr., Nykell Roberts, Sr.
Ferris: Nate Wells, Sr. Daylon Taylor, So.
Crandall: Malachi Jacobs, Sr., Will Kennemer, Sr.
Kaufman: Myron Wrenn, Sr., Chause Richards, Sr.

2nd Team All-District
Mabank: Elliot Jackson, Sr., Jordan Thomas, So.
Athens: Tim Tanner, Sr.,
Ferris: Brad Erskin, Sr.
Crandall: Garrett Hall, Jr.,
Kaufman: Josh Bordens, Jr.

Mabank Honorable Mention: Miguel Hollis Sr, Mark Driskell Jr, Corey Flores Jr.
Academic All-District
Mabank: Corey Flores, Jr., Peyton Lee, Sr., Cole Smith, Jr., Mark Driskell, Jr.
Athens: Miles Koehler, Fr., Garrett Lawyer, Sr.
Ferris: Brad Erskin, Sr., Alan Steinbeck, So. Ferris, Nate Wells, Sr.
Kaufman: Gatlin Woffard, Sr., Fily Cordero, Josh Borders, Jr. Chanse Richards, Sr. Kaufman, Alan Bermudez.