Aug

19

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : August 19, 2016

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By Erik Walsh
The Monitor Staff Writer
MALAKOFF–The Malakoff Lady Tigers emerged victorious in three sets over cross-lake rivals Eustace Lady Bulldogs in a Aug. 16 matchup in Malakoff.
The clean sweep by Malakoff was the only meeting of the two teams this season. The Lady Tigers won by scores of 25-19, 25-22 and 25-23.
In sub varsity action, the Eustace freshman defeated Malakoff in two sets, 25-18, 25-15; and the Malakoff JV won in three sets, 25-23, 22-25 and 15-10.
Eustace jumped out to a 4-1 lead in game one before extending it to 11-8. The Lady Tigers fought back to take the lead 20-18 before taking the victory 25-23.
Malakoff never trailed in game two, jumping out to a 4-1 lead to begin the set. Eustace eventually tied it up 7-7, but the Lady Tigers reclaimed the lead and never surrendered it. Malakoff went up 15-12 before extending the lead to 18-15, then 22-19. They won game two 25-22.
Statistically, Sydnee Wynn led Eustace in kills with 13, Reece Thorne led the team with two digs, and Miranda Fontenot had a 100 percent service rate in 12 attempts. She also led the team with two service aces. Fontenot and Wynn had one block each.
After the hard fought game both teams set their sights at the Eustace tournament this weekend. The Lady Bulldogs first game is Aug. 18 at 8 a.m. against Blooming Grove. The loss drops Eustace’s record to 4-4.
The Lady Tigers open pool play in the Eustace tournament at 3 p.m. against Quinlan Ford. The win over Eustace gave Malakoff its first win of the season.

Aug

19

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : August 19, 2016

CB  Wiley FRAME

CB  Wiley honored

By Britne Hammons
Monitor Staff Writer
CANTON–It was tears and cheers during a remembrance event Tuesday for the late Precinct 2 Constable C. B. Wiley. Justice of the Peace Pct. 2 Ronnie Daniell addressed a packed room at the Van Zandt County Courthouse Annex to commemorate Wiley’s service. The commemoration was combined with an open house after extensive restoration work was completed at the Annex.
Wiley was an officer of the law for more than 50 years – first in Dallas and then in Van Zandt County. He and his wife, Mary, moved to Canton in 1972.
A tribute wall has been created in the JP office to honor Wiley and his law enforcement legacy. The date for the open house also honors him, JP Pct. 2 Clerk Sandra Plaster said. Aug. 16 would have been Wiley’s 80th birthday.
About 150 people attended the event with several notable figures having a few words to say to the family about Constable Wiley.
Wiley’s wife, Mary, daughter Pam Hinton and son David Wiley accepted plaques and certificates on behalf of deceased family member.
JP Daniell said that Wiley “fulfilled his call in law enforcement and gave so much to the county. He and his family gave so much of themselves when he was called to service.”
The Rev. Mike Burns of Word of Victory Church in Canton led the invocation, asking for healing and strength for the Wiley family.
Canton Mayor Lou Ann Everett read a proclamation highlighting Wiley’s long service.
“The City of Canton deeply mourns the loss of Constable Wiley. It is with genuine sadness that we join together and commemorate his passing,” Everett said.
County Judge Don Kirkpatrick said that Wiley had been a cornerstone in his own career.
“When I first was elected into office as JP Pct. 1, Constable Wiley helped train me. I knew that at any time, I could call on him and he would offer help. I know in a lot of elected positions; the family also has to sacrifice time with their loved one who is serving the county. I just want to say thank you, to Constable Wiley’s family for sharing him with the county.”
State Constable Association Representative Wayne Pierce, State Rep. Dan Flynn and State Sen. Bob Hall also presented plaques to the Wiley family.
State Sen. Bob Ball read a proclamation designating Aug. 16 as “C. B. Wiley Day.”
Daniell also recognized Judge Don Kirkpatrick, Commissioner Pct. 4 Tim West and Carl Waddell for their help in the restoration efforts of the County Courthouse Annex building.
In closing, Daniell said that Constable Wiley was an original.
“He was just one of a kind,” Daniell said. “We certainly lost a storehouse of information when we lost C.B.”
Pct. 2 Court Clerk Sandra Plaster said Wiley’s concern for his community and the people he served will make him hard to replace. “He truly cared about the people in this precinct and this county,” she said. “You could give him just about any address in the precinct and he would know who lived there. He made it his business to know.”
At the end of the ceremony, a portrait was unveiled of Constable Wiley (at left) that now hangs in the Precinct 2 JP Office, occupied by Justice of the Peace Daniell.
“This was our way of saying thanks to the Wiley family for sharing such an awesome man, husband and father. The court and county is going to miss this man so much. He was a hero to the many people that he helped,” Plaster said.
That kind of service does not go unnoticed. Sen. Hall suggested that “something be done to honor such a devoted man.”
“It was Memorial Day and Senator Hall and I talked about doing something to honor Constable Wiley. At that time, we both decided to put the wheels in motion. So, we planned an honorary event,” Plaster said.
Plaster was not alone in recognizing Wiley, sparking the formation of a committee to honor the lawman.
“Without the committee, we could not have honored him in such a great way. The committee went above and beyond to help put this together for Constable Wiley’s family.”
Plaster said the committee was comprised of Gina Cantrell, Jan Donaldson, Patty Hunter, Sandra Jones and herself.

Aug

17

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

Mabank 1cmyk

Mabank 2cmykBy Erik Walsh
Monitor Staff Writer
VAN–The Mabank Lady Panthers varsity volleyball team saw the greatest competition of its young season last weekend in the Van Invitational, finishing fourth place in the championship bracket Aug. 13.
The Lady Panthers finished second in pool play with a 2-1 record after defeating the Van Junior Varsity team and Arp. Their one loss came in a close three set match to Edgewood. Edgewood went undefeated and finished first in pool play. Despite not winning the pool, Mabank advanced to the championship bracket because they allowed few points against them defensively.
Mabank opened bracket play with a victory over John Tyler for a chance at revenge against Edgewood. Unfortunately, Edgewood got the best of the fight again to advance to the final. Mabank had to settle for a battle for third place against Sunnyvale, where the Lady Panthers lost a tough matchup, finishing in fourth place.
Lady Panthers Head Coach Stacy Shelton was proud of the team despite not making it to the championship final.
“I am very proud of these girls,” Shelton said. “It is a total rebuilding year for our team. We have only one full-time starter and two part-time players returning from last season and have lots of holes to fill. It’s a totally new team. They haven’t quite gotten used to playing with one another. However, we are improving with every match. I expect lots of highs and lows during this preseason.”
In other tournament news, Quitman defeated district rival Edgewood 25-21, 25-17 to win the tournament. Quitman posted a 5-0 record throughout the tournament and won all 10 of its sets. They outscored their opponents 250-161, for an average margin of victory of 25-16.