Jul

13

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : July 13, 2016

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By Sariah Kendall
Monitor Staff Writer
GUN BARREL CITY–Positive vibes and laughter flow throughout the room as program leader Caren Anthony initiates an exercise class designed for helping people with Parkinson’s disease, stroke or traumatic brain injury.
There’s a feeling that everyone really wants to be there. The gentlemen are cracking jokes with one another, spouses are laughing back-and-forth. There’s something in the air. It’s a vibrant hope that these individuals in the free program hosted at Family Fitness in Gun Barrel City will get better.
“We laugh, cry and are loud,” Anthony says.
The program was created by Colorado resident Gary Sobol, who himself experienced severe motor skill loss from Parkinson’s disease in 2008 – and gained it back with regular exercise. He eventually founded GZSobol’s Parkinson’s Network in 2013 with the mission to help others. The network has three main principles: overcome challenges, improve quality of life and restore functions. After receiving training, Anthony runs the same class in Henderson County.
Anthony is also an emergency service first responder from Eustace and makes a living as the Marketing Director at Cedar Lake Home Health and Hospice in Malakoff and Corsicana. She is one of only ten certified Parkinson’s instructors in Texas.
Anthony first learned of Sobol’s network at a conference she attended through another hospice care, and when the opportunity arose to change job positions, she made it a priority to bring Sobol to Cedar Lake Home Health and Hospice and receive training. She wasted no time becoming certified and jump-starting classes.
Family Fitness owners Eric Castro and Steve Steerman have encouraged Anthony to offer the free classes on Monday, Wednesday and Friday each week from 12:30-2 p.m.
As a first responder, Anthony also provides “Vial of Life” packets for emergency planning and promotes fire escape plans.
This class was initially planned for six weeks, but because of the success rate, Anthony plans to keep the class going.
“If we can change one person’s life in this room, which I think we’ve changed several, that’s what it’s all about,” Anthony said. “You just have to care about people and change their life. And that’s what we do, that’s what we’re up to.”
The Parkinson’s Network also provides exercise classes for people with MS, TBI, neurological disorders and for those that want to age well.

Jul

13

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : July 13, 2016

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By Ryan Moulds
Monitor Sports Writer
KEMP–The Kemp Yellowjackets summer league baseball team is making waves this off-season.
The team is currently 8-2. This is a very impressive mark when you consider that the team only won four games all of last season including just one district win.
The team is much improved this summer. They are led by ace pitcher Colton Breeze who had an impressive sophomore campaign despite Kemp’s losing record. He will be looked at as a leader and spark plug for the Yellowjackets next season.
Kemp will be forced to replace several seniors from last year’s team including Dylan Dennis, Blake Underwood, Beau Dancer, Jay Kohlmeier and Matt Deddie. Lots of younger players will need to step up for coach Kellen Monreal in his second season.
Cameron Clamon, Dreyson Watters and Noah Herring all saw playing time on varsity as freshman last season. The three will be back with a year of experience and will be hoping to get more wins in their sophomore season.
Players for Kemp agree that this year’s team has greatly improved. The Yellowjackets are out to prove doubters wrong and make a run at the playoffs.
Kemp will be in a district with Alba-Golden, Edgewood, Eustace, Grand Saline, Mineola, Quitman and Scurry-Rosser. They only return one district foe in Scurry-Rosser, who beat them twice this season.
If the players keep buying into Monreal’s system and improving, Kemp has a great chance to ride Breeze’s arm into the post season next year.

Jul

08

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : July 8, 2016

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By Ryan Moulds
Monitor Sports Writer
CEDAR CREEK LAKE AREA–Two local players were named to the Old Coach Friday Night Football Texas All-3A Football Team.
Kemp senior offensive lineman Joseph Lopez and Malakoff senior receiver and defensive back QT Barker were named to the team.
Lopez is joined at the offensive linemen position by Franklin’s Casey Phillips, Hallettsville’s Will Howell, Boyd’s Reece Jordan and Waskom’s Jack Smith.
Lopez helped block for an offense that put up 3,876 yards of total offense last season with 33 touchdowns. He helped Kemp break in freshman quarterback Dreyson Watters and helped the Yellowjackets to a 4-7 record and their first playoff appearance since 2008.
Barker was the leading receiver for Malakoff last season. He caught 40 passes from quarterback Judd Miller and put up 784 yards and 17 touchdowns. He was fifth in rushing with 232 yards on 25 carries and led the team in interceptions with four.
Barker has been getting interest from college football teams and has one offer from FCS school Stephen F. Austin.
Barker helped Malakoff to a 10-2 record last season and a second place finish in district.
The Tigers enter this season ranked number four in the state and have championship aspirations.
FNF Magazine picked Malakoff to win their district and advance to the third round of the state playoffs. Malakoff is in a tough district with Teague, Westwood, West, Groesbeck, Elkhart, Whitney and Eustace.
Kemp is picked to finish third in their district and advance to the second round of the playoffs. Kemp is in a big eight team district with Dallas Madison, Sunnyvale, Maypearl, Grandview, Scurry-Rosser, Palmer and Life Oak Cliff.