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TVCC coach, player arrested
Monitor Staff Reports
ATHENS–Trinity Valley Community College head women’s basketball coach Bill Damuth was arrested and charged with resisting arrest Feb. 10 following a game at Blinn College in Brenham. TVCCDamuth.jpg (89899 bytes)
Damuth was released from the Washington County Jail after posting $1,500 bond the next morning.

AT LEFT: Bill Damuth
TVCC Women’s coach

Also arrested and released after posting $2,500 bond was TVCC 6-4 freshman basketball player Lesha Dunn, who was charged with assaulting a police officer in the same post-game incident.
The Associated Press reported Blinn College spokeswoman Cathy Boeker saying Damuth angrily charged game officials at the final buzzer of TVCC’s 61-55 loss at Blinn.
Boeker reported a campus police officer tried to restrain him, but Damuth struggled and Dunn rushed to his aid, grabbing the officer’s arm, then grabbing from behind another officer who was handcuffing Damuth.
The day following the incident, TVCC President Dr. Glendon Forgey said, “At this time, we are awaiting further details concerning the incident. The administration at Trinity Valley Community College works to stress sportsmanship and appropriate behavior at college events and does not condone behavior contrary to our high standards ... (W)e will conduct a thorough internal investigation. After all the facts of the altercation have been determined, we will take any appropriate disciplinary action necessary.”
In a statement released through TVCC, Damuth said, “Trinity Valley Community College is a very special place to me, and becoming head women’s basketball coach was one of the proudest days of my life. TVCC women’s basketball has a rich history and tradition of outstanding teams and coaches. Being the head coach of such an outstanding program requires my behavior be exemplary. Unfortunately, after the TVCC basketball game with Blinn College Feb. 10, I failed to live up to the high standards expected of the head women’s basketball coach of TVCC.
“My behavior after the game was inappropriate and caused much embarrassment to the college, the team, and the community,” he continued.
“Sadly, I allowed my passion and emotions to affect my judgment,” he said. “The incident could have been avoided, had I conducted myself in a manner in which the college and our fans have come to expect from our great program. I deeply regret the incident and apologize for my actions.”

Mineola edges hosting Eustace, 60-53
Monitor Staff Reports
EUSTACE–A slight edge in the third quarter proved to be the winning margin for the visiting Mineola Yellowjackets Saturday afternoon, as they handed the Eustace Bulldogs a 60-53 loss.
With the seven-point loss, the Bulldogs fell to 2-7 in District 14-3A basketball play, and out of the playoff picture, which looks to be Van winning the loop championship, Wills Point (who has lost to Van twice) taking the second-place birth and Kemp grabbing the third-place berth with Friday’s 61-57 home-court upset of Van. EHSboysVsMineola.jpg (110041 bytes)
The Bulldogs were scheduled to visit Canton Tuesday night in the regular season finale. The Bulldogs defeated Canton at home Jan. 29 for their last district win.
In a game delayed until noon Saturday by a record snowfall early Friday, the Bulldogs and Yellowjackets faced off in front of a handful of fans in the cavernous E.L. Kirk Gym.
Both teams were evenly matched, and the score reflected that, with Mineola taking a narrow two-point lead, 16-14, in the first quarter, with the Bulldogs cutting that lead to one at halftime, 27-26.
As in other games this season, the Bulldogs came out cold after intermission, scoring just 10 points in the third quarter.
The Yellowjackets took advantage, scoring 17 to take an eight-point lead into the fourth quarter.
The Bulldogs were unable to cut more than one point off the Mineola lead in the final frame.
Bulldog senior Guy Hargrove, playing in his final home game, posted one of his best outings, scoring 20 points to lead Eustace.
Addison Scott added 10 points, Braden Strickland had nine, John Bradburn scored seven, Trevan Johnson had four points and Jacob McCarter had three points.
Mineola’s Brian Meankens had 21 points to lead all scorers, with Trey Stubblefield adding 13 points, Justin Clayburn 12, Trey Boyd eight and Eric Galaz six points.

Mabank scares Tigers, 71-69
Monitor Staff Reports
MABANK–In a game delayed until Saturday afternoon, the hosting Mabank Panthers gave second-ranked Lancaster all the Tigers could handle before falling 71-69.
With yet another narrow loss, the Panthers dropped to 0-11 in District 15-4A basketball play, and were scheduled to wrap up the regular season on the road Tuesday night at West Mesquite. MHSboysWoodard.jpg (232095 bytes)
A record snowfall forced both schools to close Friday, so the game wasn’t played until 1 p.m. Saturday before a small crowd.
If the Tigers had expected another romp like their 94-50 first-round contest at Lancaster Jan. 19, they were shaken when the Panthers stayed right with them through the first half.
Lancaster opened a narrow 15-13 lead in the first quarter, but were unable to add to their advantage in the second quarter, as the Panthers continued to stay within two points, 32-30, at halftime.
Long-range shooting made the difference in the first quarter, as the Panthers hit a trio of 3-point baskets, two by Jacob Woodard and one by Tyler Fisher.
In the second quarter, Fisher took over the scoring effort, hitting for nine of his 15 points in the period.
Playing in his final home game, Woodard started a long-range barrage in the second half, hitting seven of his nine 3-points shots after intermission, including three in the third quarter.
As the fourth quarter started, the Panthers still trailed by four points, but were well within reach of the Tigers.
In the final frame, the Panthers outscored the Tigers 19-18 behind Woodard, who hit four treys in the period, and five points (including 3-of-4 from the charity stripe) by Griffin Marshall, also playing in his last home game.
Woodard led all scorers with 33 points, with Fisher finishing with 15 and Marshall finishing with 12.
The Panthers also got five points from Chris Hall, two points from Tray Phillips, and free throws from both James Burkhalter and Jordan Allen.



Upcoming games


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

Feb. 23
MHS g/b vs Whitehouse*
EHS g/b @ Lindale*

Feb. 26
MHS g/b vs Chapel Hill*
EHS g/b vs Whitehouse*
(*District contest)


Feb. 18-20
MHS @ Sulphur Springs tn.

Feb. 19
KHS @ Alba-Golden
EHS vs Malakoff

Feb. 20
KHS vs Martins Mill

Feb. 23
MHS vs Malakoff
EHS vs Scurry-Rosser


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

Feb. 22
KHS vs Scurry-Rosser

Feb. 23
MHS vs Palestine
EHS vs Kaufman

Feb. 25-27
MHS @ Canton tournament
KHS @ Chapel Hill tourn.
EHS hosts tournament

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