Posted by : December 7, 2014| On :
By Erik Walsh
Monitor Sports Editor
EUSTACE–The Eustace Lady Bulldogs used the momentum from a stellar fourth quarter Dec. 2 to defeat the visiting Fruitvale Bobcats 42-38.
The Lady Bulldogs and Lady Bobcats began the game matching each other point for point. Both teams scored six points in the first quarter, followed by Fruitvale taking a one-point lead to end the second quarter, 15-14.
The Lady ’Cats came out of the locker room in the third quarter and began distancing itself from Eustace on the scoreboard. Fruitvale scored 12 points in the third quarter, nearly doubling its total from the first half. The Lady ’Dogs kept scoring at about the same rate, managing seven points. After the solid third quarter, Fruitvale led 27-21.
With their backs against the wall, the Eustace Lady Bulldogs came on the court and played their best basketball. While Fruitvale’s stellar third quarter nearly matched its scoring output in the first half, Eustace’s comeback fourth quarter saw a doubling of points from the first three quarters.
The Lady Bulldogs played an uptempo game, scoring 21 points and allowing 11 to defeat the Fruitvale Lady Bobcats 42-38.
Leading scorers for Eustace were Grace Holcombe, 14 points; Gabi Quarter, eight points; Taylor Peebles, six points; Zoey Bailey, four points; Karen Kawthom, two points; Carly Copeland, one point and Kelsey Contraz, one point.
The Lady Bulldogs hoped to take the momentum from the victory over Fruitvale into the Tournament at Kirk Gymnasium in Eustace Thursday-Saturday. Results from the Eustace Tournament will be in the Dec. 11 edition of The Monitor.
Posted by : December 7, 2014| On :
Special to The Monitor
EUSTACE–Eustace Middle School will be hosting the District 18 3A UIL One Act Play contest at the Eustace High School Auditorium on Tuesday, Dec. 9. There are seven schools in the district that will be competing for first, second and third place rankings as well as for individual awards. These include Best Actor, Best Actress, All Star Cast, Honorable Mention All Star Cast and Honor Crew.
Eustace will be performing an adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s, Alice In Wonderland. Adapted by the Manhattan Project, under the direction of Andre’ Gregory, this version of Alice in Wonderland is anything but traditional and as abstract as a nightmare, full of suspense and wonder.
The public is invited to attend any or all performances that day, free of admission.
Each play will run between 18-40 minutes and will run back to back. Please arrive thirty minutes prior to the scheduled time. The schools competing and their show times are:
Noon. – Malakoff
1 p.m. – Frankston
2 p.m.– Rice
3 p.m. – Arp
4 p.m. – Mildred
5 p.m – West Rusk
6 p.m. – Eustace
The awards assembly and critiques begin at 7:45 p.m.
Posted by : December 4, 2014| On :
PAYNE SPRINGS–Windy gusts and blowing fall leaves threatened to spread a fire from a two-story structure to at least two other residences in the neighborhood in Cedar Branch Park Saturday.
Payne Springs Fire & Rescue Chief Randy Harley said, the presence of volunteer firefighters staying at the fire station over the weekend and the alert response of a neighbor made all the difference.
“Our response time was just three minutes after receiving the call,” he said. However, the caller reported flames were all she could see.
The house on Anderson Lane was fully involved in flames when firefighters arrived and fire was up against two more nearby structures, Harley reported.
The wind carried sparks and embers to leaves which carried the fire to two more structures, he described.
Quick teamwork on the water lines saved the two additional structures. Once the fire was beaten back, focused effort was put on the original structure fire.
The extremely high wind had burning leaves raining down on the neighborhood, so we had spot fires to the north of the actual fire scene, he added.
Firefighters from Eustace and Gun Barrel City were called in to assist, totaling 25 firefighters in all with two engines, a ladder truck, two tankers and a rehab and medical unit standing by. No one was hurt.
On the following day, a second fire was called in, this time on Wood Street, just opposite of the Pinnacle Club area. There the resident lost control of a burn pile of leaves that swiftly set a building alight. When firefighters arrived, the structure was fully involved in flames and was a total loss.
Harley warns area residents to use extreme caution when burning leaves and said the chore should not be attempted, if even light breezes exist.
The presence of so much combustible material, low humidity and windy conditions make for a “very dangerous situation” if a fire is ignited, he said.