Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : June 17, 2016

By Ryan Moulds
Monitor Sports Writer
CEDAR CREEK LAKE–The Henderson County area had 25 soccer players represented on the Tyler Morning Telegraph and ETFinalscore.com All-East Texas soccer team.
There were 12 Athens Hornets and Lady Hornets and 13 Mabank Panthers and Lady Panthers players selected for the postseason honor.
The Mabank Lady Panthers had senior midfielder Kayla Houston on the second team. Honorable mention honors went to Kaitlyn Baker, Heidi Foster, Payton Costlow, Kaylee Creagh and Morgan Edwards.
All-East Texas honorable mentions honors for Mabank went to seniors Jordan Cottrell, Matthew Cochrane, Darius Duyka, Nick Greenville, Jeremiyah Mathis and Justin Shelton. Sophomore James Coker was also named to the team.
On the girls team, junior forward Makayle Traxson was named as a first-team member after winning the Player of the Year last year.
Grace Community sophomore Lexye Price follows Traxson as the second straight sophomore to be named Player of the Year.
Second-team honors went to senior forward Ana Rodriguez and senior defender Cori Earnest.
Honorable mention honors were given to Destiny Carter, Ashley Garcia, goalie Makayla Lewis and Isabel Villedas.
Rodriguez, Earnest and Carter will be heading off to play college soccer next year.
Rodriguez is heading to the University of Incarnate Word, Earnest is heading to Texas A&M-Commerce and Carter is playing at Paul Quinn College in the fall.
The Athens Lady Hornets advanced to the Class 4A regional final losing to a tough Kilgore team at Trinity Mother Frances Rose Stadium in Tyler.



Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : June 15, 2016

By Ryan Moulds
Monitor Sports Writer
MABANK–Mabank soccer star Jeremiyah “JJ” Mathis signed a letter of intent to play his college soccer at Paris Junior College (PJC). Mathis was a star on this season’s Mabank team that advanced deep into the state playoffs.
“I was looking for a city that had the home setting and that was small so I wouldn’t be in a completely different environment,” Mathis said. “I didn’t want to end up hating it. I was iffy on the tour and the try out but I started to notice that it wasn’t far and it was just like Mabank. The teammates were friendly and super talented. They took me in like they had known me for years and that made the decision very easy.”
Mathis played four years of varsity soccer at Mabank and was in the starting line-up by the end of his freshman season. He said that he enjoyed every bit of his senior season and the bond he built with his teammates.
“Being a senior captain really made me cherish the team and helped me make my last season amazing,” Mathis said. “I enjoyed being district champions for the first time in the history of Mabank and I enjoyed the little moments with the team.”
PJC was not the only college that was looking at Mathis for his soccer skills. Mathis attracted interest from Dallas Christian College, Jacksonville College, Tyler Junior College, Briar Cliff University and University of the Ozarks.
Mathis had to make a college choice in a hurry due to Mabank’s successful playoff run. By the time their season ended the school year was almost over.
Mathis credits a lot of his success to those around him including Mabank coach Weldon Killingsworth. “He made a huge impact on my soccer career,” Mathis said. “For four years he pushed me to be a better player, and he always held an example of how to be a great coach, father, husband and teacher. He always kept me on my toes and pushed me on the field and in the classroom. Without him I don’t know where I would be right now. I’m very thankful for him.”
Mathis plans on majoring in education and minoring in kinesiology while in college. After he plays his two years at PJC, he hopes to play his final two seasons at Midwestern State.
PJC finished the season with a 10-7 record and a 7-5 mark in conference play. Mathis thinks that the team has potential to be even better than they were last season.
Mathis says that he is thankful for four great years at Mabank. He is happy to have had the chance to be around a great community of teammates, coaches, teachers and fans. “No matter where I go or where the future takes me I’ll always be a Mabank Panther and the 2015-16 soccer team will always be my family,” Mathis said.



Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : June 10, 2016

Pinto2By Erik Walsh
Monitor Staff Writer
KERENS–An online video of Kerens horse “Pinto,” fooling a contract worker by playing possum, has gone viral on Facebook with over 9 million views.
A couple under the Facebook account Mark N Kelley, who live just outside Kerens, posted a video of an electrical contractor telling them that he found a dead horse on the couple’s property. The woman said that the horse, Pinto, isn’t dead, just playing possum.
“Is his leg straight in the air?” she asked in the video. He said it was, and explained it was because rigor mortis set in. “I know horses,” he said.
The video has been shared 200,000 times and viewed nearly 9 million. It’s getting hits in regions across Texas, the continental U.S., and even the U.K. and Australia.