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Bettis signs with Prairie View A&M
State hurdles champ looking toward Olympics
Monitor Staff Reports
KEMP–Kemp High School track star Sharda Bettis signed a college scholarship to run track for Prairie View A&M University Wednesday.
As a junior last June, Sharda (pronounced Shar-DAY) won the Class 3A state championship in the 100 meter hurdles in a school-record (and personal best) time of 14.53 seconds, becoming the first KHS athlete to win a gold medal at the state meet in 45 years.
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Kemp High School senior Sharda Bettis (seated center), flanked by her coach, Peggy Swierc (left) and her guardian (Sandra Sterling), along with assistant superintendent Sam Swierc (standing left) and athletic director Greg Anderson, signs a national letter of intent to run track at Prairie View A&M during a ceremony Wednesday.

Bettis also won state (in Mississippi) as a freshman. Transferring to Kemp as a sophomore, she advanced to the state meet in both the 100 and 300 hurdles, finishing fourth and eighth, respectively.
“Prairie View A&M noticed Sharda when she competed at an indoor meet at Texas A&M University, where she rain the 60 meter high hurdles,” KHS track coach and girls’ coordinator Peggy Swierc noted.
Angela Williams, a former sprinter and Prairie View’s head track coach, is a three-time Olympic competitor, and Bettis hopes to compete in the Olympics one day.
Williams represented the country of Trinidad in the 1980 and 1984 Olympics, and the United States in 1988, after she became a U.S. citizen.
“Coach Williams’ Olympic experience and Prairie View’s emphasis on retaining freshmen students were two of the deciding factors in Sharda’s decision to attend Prairie View,” Swierc said.
“I will run both the 100 and 400 meter hurdles, and plan to major in Communications,” Bettis said. “I would like to have a career on the radio or television.”
Prairie View has an enrollment of 10,000, and Bettis’ freshman class should be the university’s largest ever.
Bettis will start this summer in a freshman academic boot camp, to acclimate her to college academic life. She will live in an on-campus dorm her freshman year, which is covered by her full scholarship, worth around $17,500 per year.
Prairie View A&M University is a Division I university in the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC).
In the SWAC, the Panthers compete with Alabama A&M University, Alabama State University, Alcorn State University, the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff,   Grambling State University, Jackson State University, Mississippi Valley State University, Southern University & A&M College and Texas Southern University.


Canton sweeps Kemp girls, 51-38
Monitor Staff Reports
KEMP–The 24th-ranked Canton Eaglettes completed a 10-0 run through District 14-3A and handed the Kemp Lady Yellowjackets their first home-court loss of the season Tuesday with a 51-38 victory.

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Canton Eaglette senior Lexi Callan (left) and Kemp Lady Yellowjacket sophomore Brianna Powell (4) battle for position during an inbounds play in the fourth quarter of Canton's championship-clinching 51-38 victory over the hosting Kemp girls Tuesday.

The Lady ’Jackets finished the regular season at 22-9 and 8-2 in district play, securing the 14-3A second-place playoff spot.
Kemp’s girls will make their second straight basketball playoff appearance Tuesday, Feb. 16, against the Rains Lady Wildcats, but a site and time had not been finalized by presstime late Thursday.
Playing in front of a near-capacity crowd, both teams played inspired defense, limiting scoring.
Canton grabbed an early lead, but could not pull away from the Lady ’Jackets, who trailed by one point after the first quarter, by six at halftime and by four at the end of the third quarter.
The Lady ’Jackets tied the contest at 35 early in the fourth quarter on a 3-point basket by Brittany Simmons and a free throw by Brandy Simmons.
From that point, however, it was the free throw shooting that made the difference, Kemp second-year coach Kent Smith noted afterward.
“We went 2-of-8 in the fourth quarter,” he said.
With two minutes left, and down by six, the Lady ’Jackets had to start fouling to get the ball back, “but Canton did a good job of getting the ball to the right people, Meagan Wilson, who did a great job,” Smith said.
During the final 68 seconds, Wilson hit 6-of-6 from the free throw line, with the last one-and-one combination coming with 20.1 seconds to play.
“We did a good job, not an excellent one, holding Wilson to nine points through three quarters, but she was able to penetrate, creating shots or fouls on her,” Smith said.
Kemp’s trio of four-year starting guards had strong outings in their final home game, as Amanda Lawrence led the team with 13 points, two rebounds, one steal and three assists, while Brittany Simmons finished with five points, four rebounds, three steals and four assists, and Brandy Simmons had seven points, four rebounds, one steal and one assist.
Junior MVP candidate Michelle Ritterbach finished with six points, seven rebounds and three steals.
Post players Shannon Shipp and Kandace Rose combined for just three points, but pulled down 11 rebounds, had three blocks and one steal.



Upcoming games

Boys basketball

Feb. 16
MHS @ West Mesquite*
KHS vs Wills Point*
EHS @ Canton*
(end regular season)


Feb. 16
MHS girls @ Lindale*
MHS boys vs Lindale*
KHS idle
EHS g/b vs Athens*

Feb. 19
MHS girls vs Athens*
MHS boys @ Athens*
KHS @ Tatum
(end regular season)
EHS g/b @ Chapel Hill*


Feb. 16
MHS @ Scurry-Rosser
KHS vs Palmer
EHS vs Athens Christian


Feb. 15
EHS @ Athens (scr)

Feb. 16
MHS @ Van (scr)
KHS @ Scurry-Rosser (scr)

Feb. 19
MHS-Canton (scr TBA)
KHS @ Lone Oak (scr)
EHS @ Grand Saline


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