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Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : February 22, 2015

By Erik Walsh
Monitor Sports Editor

MABANK–It took them until the last game of the regular season and the score was too close for comfort, but when the final buzzer sounded the Mabank Panthers basketball team secured their second district title in three years.
The Panthers claimed the title after holding off a fourth-quarter Ferris Yellowjackets comeback attempt, 66-59. Mabank held on in the fourth after building a sizable lead in the first and third quarters.
Mabank’s conquest began in a dominant first quarter, where Dalton Burleson led the team as an inside scoring threat, opening opportunities for Cole Smith’s sharp shooting to add points from behind the arc. Mabank led 21-12 after the first quarter of play. Slick passing from Elliot Jackson helped Mark Diskell score six points in the first half, but Ferris connected on three three-point shots to keep the Yellowjackets in the game, 35-26.
The Panthers nearly put the game away with a strong third quarter, outscoring the Yellowjackets 18-11 to build a 16-point, 53-37 lead. Burleson did the majority of the damage up front and Mabank’s victory looked squarely in hand. That’s when things started to get a little hairy for Mabank. Ferris couldn’t miss a shot.
In the fourth quarter, Ferris got hot from three-point arc and ran the ball well, converting on many points with a solid transition game. Mabank let its lead dwindle all the way to five with under a minute to remaining in the game, but the Jackson shut the door on Farris by nailing key free throws and a layup.
Head Coach and Athletic Director Tracy Carter was proud of the way the Panthers played.
“It was a tremendous effort from our team tonight,” he said. “They wanted the championship ball and showed grit in getting it done.”
The Panthers secured the 4A-District 13 title with a 6-2 record against district opponent’s Athens, Ferris, Crandall and Kaufman. Mabank’s overall record was 17-14 and started district play with winning percentage under .500.
“That just shows we had a hard pre-district schedule,” Carter said.
Burleson led Mabank with 27 points; Smith, 12; Jackson, 10; Jordan Thomasm 7; Peyton Lee 6 and Driskell, 6.
Mabank now sets its eyes on the post season. The Panthers will be matched up in the Bi-district against the winner of the Van/Emory Rains fourth-place tiebreaker match. The same is set Feb. 24 at Forney High School at 8 p.m. after the Wills Point/Ferris game at 6 p.m.

Feb

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Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : February 22, 2015

Courtesy Photo Club members (from left) Faye Laycock, Jan Baxley and Donna Kay Cooper discuss the best way to arrange the flowers in their vases.

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Club members (from left) Faye Laycock, Jan Baxley and Donna Kay Cooper discuss the best way to arrange the flowers in their vases.


Special to The Monitor
SEVEN POINTS–The Cedar Creek Lake Garden Club sponsored The Seven Minute Curve, a free, hands-on community workshop in floral design at The Library at Cedar Creek Feb. 5.
The workshop was presented by Rachel Beer, and long-time garden club members Donna Malik and Hyta Sims.
Topics discussed include floral design and vocabulary critique, drying, preserving, and coloring plant materials, and creating individual arrangements using primarily locally acquired dried materials.
The floral compositions ranged in size and scale from mini-bouquets to large free-standing arrangements, and made use of both formal and informal design elements.
More photos from this event can be found in the Sunday, February 22, 2015 issue of The Monitor.

Feb

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Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : February 22, 2015

Prayer services for Weldon Loyd Derebery, 62, of Payne Springs, were held Feb. 19, 2015, at Moorhead Epps Funeral Chapel in Gun Barrel City.
Derebery was born March 26, 1942, in Denison, to Beatrice (Bryson) and Loy Derebery, and died February 16, 2015, at his home.
He was preceded in death by his son, Eugene Derebery, and a brother Harold Derebery.
Survivors include his wife, Margie Derebery, children Randy Howell, Truman “Leo” Howell and wife Tonya, Jerrold Howell and wife Wendy, Bradley Howell, Richard “Ricky” Howell, Gena Derebery, Dina Derebery, Trina Derebery; 13 grandchildren, a great-grandchild, numerous other family members and many friends.