Sports and Outdoors


Kemp wins district crown
Monitor Staff Reports
FERRIS–Kemp’s Yellowjackets clinched the District 13-3A basketball championship Friday with a 54-44 win over hosting Ferris.
Now 17-12 on the season, the ’Jackets notched their second district title in three years with an 8-1 record, and have locked up a first-round bye in the playoffs.
The ’Jackets were scheduled to wind up the second round of district and the regular season at home Tuesday against the Mabank Panthers.
Mabank came into Tuesday’s season finale needing a victory to have a shot at the district’s third-place playoff berth (see related story below).
At Ferris Friday, the ’Jackets opened a 19-10 lead on the hosting Yellowjackets, and continued to maintain their margin as the pace of the game slowed in the second and third quarters.
Kemp remained up by seven going into the fourth quarter, 36-29.
Early in the final frame, Ferris gained some momentum by hitting back-to-back 3-pointers, pulling within five points at 40-35, but the ’Jackets picked up their defensive intensity behind Jacarri Culberson and Kevin Freeman, pushing their lead back out to double digits.
“Matt Brown did an outstanding job defensively, and Justin Gibson distributed the ball very well,” Kemp coach Tracy Carter said.
“I am proud of the kids winning the district championship. They are a great group,” Carter added. “Our mind is more at ease, knowing where we standing the playoff bracket. A first-round bye is nice to have.”
Culberson led the ’Jackets with 22 points, 13 rebounds, four assists and three steals, while Freeman finished with 14 points and five rebounds.
Gibson finished with nine points, five rebounds and six assists, while Matt Brown had six points and five rebounds.
Joseph Simmons finished with three points, four rebounds, four assists and four steals.

Mabank sinks Pirates
Monitor Staff Reports
MABANK–Mabank’s Panthers kept their slim playoff hopes alive Friday when they defeated the visiting Crandall Pirates 52-47.
The win tied the Panthers and Pirates at 5-4 in District 13-3A play heading into Tuesday’s regular-season finale behind Kaufman.
Kaufman remained at 6-3 when Friday’s scheduled game against Eustace was cancelled, giving the Lions a one-game edge on both the Pirates and the Panthers.
Kemp (8-1) grabbed the district crown with a victory against the hosting Ferris Yellowjackets (see related story above).
Kemp’s first-round contest at Mabank went to overtime, and the Panthers had a chance to grab the district’s third-place playoff berth if they could upset the ’Jackets on their home court during “senior night.”
If Mabank won and Crandall lost Tuesday, Mabank would take the third-place berth with a 6-4 record, with Kaufman at 7-3.
If Mabank and Crandall both lost Tuesday, they remain tied at 5-5, and a playoff will determine the district’s third playoff berth.
If Mabank lost and Crandall won, Mabank would be out with five losses, and the Pirates and Lions tied for second at 6-4, with a playoff to determine second- and third-place seedings.
Friday, the Panthers came out playing like they knew their season was on the line, running up a 17-7 lead in the first quarter and dominating defensively through the first half.
Mabank led by 13 points at halftime, 30-17, thanks to some long-range shooting from Mark Groom (one trey), Wayland Pharms (one trey) and Jarred Batson (two treys).
The Pirates started a comeback in the second half, cutting the Panther lead to just nine points with a 14-10 scoring edge behind sophomore Brent Russell and freshman Travis Dykman, who combined for 10 points.
In the fourth quarter, the Pirates outscored the Panthers 16-12 to cut the final margin to five points.
Crandall took advantage of their trips to the free throw line, hitting 9-of-12 in the fourth quarter and 14-of-21 for the game.
The Panthers hit 4-of-8 at the free throw line in the fourth quarter (and only 12-of-21 for the game), but got five points from Barry Prather and three from Pharms to hold off the Pirates.
Prather wound up leading the Panthers with 11 points, while Batson finished with 10 and Kolton Browning with nine points.
Pharms finished with seven points, while both Haydon Blair and Groom finished with six and Mack Wintin had three points.
Russell led all scorers with 23 points, including 9-of-13 from the free throw line.
In the junior varsity game, the visiting Pirates came from behind to nip the hosting Panther JV 51-44.
The Panthers held a 34-30 lead going into the fourth quarter, but the Pirates turned up the defensive pressure, forcing a number of turnovers, and two 3-point baskets.
Corbin Anderson led the Mabank JV with 17 points, as Drew Harley added 10, Zach Wood nine, Caleb McKee five, Cameron Tucker two and Kyle Bristow chipped in a free throw.
In the freshman matchup, it was the Panthers who came from behind, outscoring the Pirate frosh 20-7 in the fourth quarter to take a 50-48 win.
Six different Panthers scored in the fourth-quarter run, with both Jacob Woodard and Cory Janicke nailing 3-point baskets.
Trey Phillips led the Mabank frosh with 18 points, while Griffin Marshall finished with 12.
Woodard finished with six points, while Janicke had five (all in the fourth quarter), James Burkhalter four points, Tyler Fisher had three and Jordan Featherston two.

Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
Mabank Panther senior Mark Groom (white uniform)
gets knocked down by Crandall senior Matt Dotson (11)
but officials made no call during the first half of the
hosting Panthers’ 52-47 victory Friday.

Mabank boys win powerlifting meet, girls second; Kemp lifters grab weight division titles
Monitor Staff Reports
MABANK–Mabank High School’s boys took first place in the team standings and the girls took second in the girls’ team standings, as they hosted a powerlifting meet Saturday.
Kemp’s boys took fifth place in the team standings and fourth place in the girls’ team standings.
Crandall won the girls meet with a total of 46 points, followed by Mabank with 30 points, Royse City (21), Kemp (11), Athens (10), Union Grove (5) and Palmer (1 point).
Kemp’s Candace Williams won the superheavyweight class with a three-lift total of 700 pounds.
Two other Kemp lifters placed – Hanna Carpenter took fifth in the 148-pound class with 595 pounds, while Macey Olivarez finished third in the 181-pound class with 545 pounds.
Mabank’s Caitlin Duran won the 97-pound class with a total lift of 345 pounds, while Taylor Chapa took second in the 114-pound class with a total lift of 435 pounds.
Mabank’s Krista Jennings won the 165-pound class with a total lift of 725 pounds, and Rusti Hendley took second in the 123-pound class with a total lift of 600 pounds.
Teammate Kelsie Busby took second in the 148-pound class with a total lift of 670 pounds.
With Malone rankings figured in, Busby was second overall in the 148- to superheavyweight class with a score of 546.65.
Three Mabank lifters performed among the top lifters in individual lifts.
Busbie took second overall in the squat with a Malone score of 228.45, and also took third in the dead lift with a score of 216.21.
Krista Jennings took second overall in the dead lift (148- to superheavyweight class) with an adjusted score of 216.90.
Mabank won the meet with 42 points, followed by Royse City (38), Crandall (35), Athens (27), Kemp (24 points), Terrell (21), Palmer (16) and Italy (3 points).
Mabank’s Guillermo Mendietta and Garrett Hill placed in the best lifters in their respective weight divisions.
Mendietta was second overall in the 114- to 165-pound class, with a Schwartz adjusted score of 837.37, while Hill was third in the 181- to superheavyweight class with an adjusted score of 728.64.
Kemp’s Nick Lane won the 132-pound class with a total lift of 970 pounds, while teammate Shawn Hamm won the superheavyweight class with a total lift of 1,425 pounds.
Kemp’s Cris Murray took second in the 114-pound class with a total lift of 705 pounds, while Justin Gaddis took third in the 123-pound class with a total lift of 710 pounds.
Mendietta won the 165-pound class with a total lift of 1,240 pounds, while Hill and Norman Brady finished one-two in the 181-pound class, with total lifts of 1,100 pounds and 1,065 pounds, respectively.
Brandon Carrico won the 275-pound class with a total lift of 1,360 pounds, while Justin Crowsey took second in the 198-pound class with a total lift of 1,185 pounds.
Mabank’s J.R. Hudson took second in the 242-pound class with a total lift of 1,175 pounds, while Dillon Bramblitt finished fourth in the 220-pound class with a total lift of 1,050 pounds.
Schwartz-adjusted scores had Lane finishing second in the squat (328.40) and Hill second in the bench press (182.16) in their respective weight divisions.
Carrico won the squat with an adjusted score of 330.15, while Crowsey was third at 297.70 in the 181- to superheavyweight division. Crowsey also took the top spot in the dead lift with an adjusted score of 285.79.
Mendietta posted the top bench press score in the 114- to 165-pound division at 212.72.

Monitor Photo/Mary Landrie
Mabank’s Taylor Chapa squats during the Mabank
Invitational powerlifting meet at Mabank Middle High
School Saturday. Chapa finished second in the
114-pound class with a total lift of 435 pounds.

Upcoming Games

Feb. 16
MHS vs Canton (scr)

Feb. 17
KHS vs Westwood (scr)
EHS alumni game

Feb. 19
EHS @ Athens

Feb. 20
MHS vs Quinlan Ford
KHS @ Nevada Community

Feb. 22-24
KHS @ Mexia tournament
Eustace tournament


Feb. 15
MHS @ Dallas tournament
KHS @ Terrell

Feb. 19
MHS vs Quinlan

Feb. 22-24
MHS @ Malakoff tourn.
KHS @ Kerens tournament
EHS @ Kerens tournament

Feb. 26
MHS vs Westwood


Feb. 16
MHS girls vs Lancaster*
MHS boys @ Lancaster*

Feb. 17
EHS boys @ Athens (JV)

Feb. 20
MHS girls @ Forney*
MHS boys vs Forney*
*District 11-4A game


Feb. 24
District 13-3A meet