Apr

22

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

By Ryan Moulds
Monitor Sports Writer
EUSTACE–The Eustace Bulldogs fell to Frankston 11-1 in their April 15 game.
Cory Strawn started at pitcher for Eustace and struckout five batters. Hayden Shaddox came in later in the game and struck out two. Eustace had five hits in all.
Frankston got out to a fast start and had three runs in the first inning to put Eustace behind early.
Eustace responded by scoring a run in the second inning but they also gave up a run in the bottom of the second to make the score 4-1.
Frankston scored another run in the third and then three more in the fourth to really open up the game. Eustace was able to get hits but they could not score any runs.
Neither team scored in the fifth inning. Frankston scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth to win the game 11-1 on a run rule.
Frankston had a great offensive night and finished the game with 17 hits. They only had one error.
Eustace played their next game on the road against Rice, who they had previously beaten 8-3 at home in April. Rice had a big sixth inning and came away with a 3-2 victory.
Chris Carlson started the game for Eustace at pitcher and struck out four batters in seven innings of work.
For the first four innings nobody scored. Both pitchers played well and not many hits would fall for either team.
Eustace finally broke through and had two runs in the fifth inning, thanks to big hits by Rusty Rodgers and Gannon Kirkhart.
Rice responded in the final inning and scored three clutch runs when it counted to take a 3-2 lead. Eustace had one more chance to put up a run but failed in the top of the seventh inning.
Kirkhart led Eustace with three hits, Rodgers had two. Carlson had 14 first pitch strikes. Cody Strawn was walked twice and Mikey Marshall was walked once. Kirkhart and Zach Compton had both RBIs for the Bulldogs.
The two losses drop Eustace to 11-10 and 4-4 in district play. They are in a tie for fourth place with Malakoff who has already beaten them twice this season.
Mildred has already won the district, and Troup and Frankston are tied for second place with 8-4 district records.
Eustace will need to play well in their final two games to grab the final playoff spot in the district.

Apr

22

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

Mabank golf regional

Courtesy Photo/Jeff Lee
The Mabank girl’s golf team won the regional tournament and are headed to the State Championship. Team members are from left, Macy Brockman, Haley Mashburn, Libby Thompson, Elizabeth Hardy, Hanna Smith, and Coach Jeff Lee.

By Ryan Moulds
Monitor Sports Writer
CANTON–The Mabank golf team competed in the 4A – Region 2 golf tournament on April 13-14 at Van Zandt Country Club in Canton. After the final results, the Mabank girls took first place and claimed the Regional Championship. This qualifies Mabank to play in the state tournament in Austin April 25-26.
The girls were in second place after the first day shooting 379, trailing Spring Hill (373) by six strokes. Close behind the Lady Panthers in third was Eaton High School (381) and Melissa High School (382) in fourth. Leading the way for Mabank was Elizabeth Hardy (90) and Libby Thompson (91).
On a rain soaked course the second day, Mabank’s girls shot an impressive 374 to hold off Eaton by one stroke to win the tournament. Haley Mashburn led the way with season best 88 and another 91 by Thompson.
“This was a great team effort and performance by these young ladies. I am extremely proud of them and happy about their accomplishments this year,” Coach Jeff Lee said.
Libby Thompson and Haley Mashburn were named to the All-Region team by placing in the top 10 of all the players. Hannah Montgomery and Jace Capehart also competed in the regional tournament

Apr

20

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : April 20, 2016

INSET: Drainage streams through the Harbor Point Community Park eroding the shoreline and undermining the seawall.

INSET: Drainage streams through the Harbor Point Community Park eroding the shoreline and undermining the seawall.

By Sariah Kendall
Monitor Correspondent
GUN BARREL CITY–Residents of Harbor Point are hosting a community garage sale from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. this Saturday, April 23 at the park pavilion to generate revenue to fix the drainage issues and erosion ruining the family park.
While visiting the scene, POA board members Tim Towne and Joann Bray point out a snake swimming in the largest eroded hole, which is not too far from the pavilion itself. Runoff water through the property is carrying away soil, opening up holes behind the park’s seawall. Yellow warning tape is stretched along these unsafe areas in an effort to keep children safe.
“We love to have this park for the people who don’t live on the water. They can bring their kids down here, but we need to have a safe environment or our liabilities are so high,” Towne said. The park may have to close, if repairs aren’t made.
Towne said the solution is to install a pipe or cement flume to redirect the rainwater into the lake, which is estimated to cost anywhere from $7,000 to $8,000.
“All this costs money, and that’s what it’s all coming down to, we don’t have enough money or enough memberships to support repairs down here,” Towne said.
Harbor Point consists of around 250 members who pay an annual fee, but is home to more than 800 residents. If the POA were to raise dues, it runs the risk of losing members. “It’s voluntary to be a member, not mandatory. It’s $50 a year at this point, that doesn’t add up to much,” Bray said. Not only do the fees go toward necessary repairs in the community, but lawn maintenance, lighting and electricity.
At the northern most point of the park, the seawall is deteriorating from the wave action, winter weather and drought, Towne explained. Private contributors funded the wall and the park, but there are no funds to make repairs. As the wall continues to breakdown, the grass will continue to recede and eventually the park will no longer exist. “That would take years,” Towne said, “but we need to fix it before it happens.”
To repair the most northern point of the wall would cost $28,000 to $30,000. “That’s for a ‘Band-Aid’ fix, to fill it in and put a stem wall up,” Towne and Bray said. One proposal is to install a 4-foot stem wall to keep the existing wall from eroding.
“Not only do we need to fix what’s happening but we need to establish a fund to continue to fix it. The obvious thing is we need more members,” Towne said.
Real estate agents often use the park as a selling point to potential residents. Losing the park means losing a critical selling point and decreasing the chances of gaining more Harbor Point members. “The park is good for the community,” Towne said.
Towne has called Harbor Point home for over 25 years and fears that the POA may have to sell the entire park property. “As a POA, either we figure out how to get the money though private donations or garage sales or whatever it may be. If we can’t do that we will have no alternative but to sell,” Towne said.
“The goal is to save the park. All board members want to keep it. We need to be able to keep it up, but we can’t afford it,” Towne said.
Over 30 homes are donating goods for the garage sale. Coordinator Rosie Curry said a few of the donations include speakers, silver items, furniture, jewelry, clothes and baked goods. “Everything will be affordably priced,” Curry said. Donations are welcomed and all revenue generated will go towards the renovation of the park area and pavilion.