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athletes on Xtreme 10 roster
By Gregori Starrett
Monitor Staff Writer
ATHENSSeveral former area high school athletes will be playing semi-pro football
this spring in the Texas United Football League for the Athens-based Texas Xtreme.
The Xtreme opens its ninth season at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27, with a home game against
the Port City Jaguars at Bruce Field in Athens.
The team, owned/coached by Larry Andng and Gary Craig, has advanced to the playoffs in
seven of eight previous seasons.
Former Mabank High School players Henry Brown and John Litchfield will be playing fullback
and linebacker positions.
Former Kemp standout Billy Biggar will play center and Malakoff alum Chris Ross is
penciled in on the offensive/defensive lines. Scurry-Rosser grad Brandin Pruitt will play
tight end and defensive tackle.
Following the season opener, the Xtremes next home game is March 29, after road
contests against the Shreveport Storm, the East Texas Outlawz in Longview and the Waco
Wranglers rustle Panthers
Monitor Staff Reports
MESQUITEA bitterly disappointing basketball campaign came to an end Tuesday in
typical fashion, as the Mabank Panthers gave the hosting West Mesquite Wranglers all they
wanted before falling, 77-68, in the regular season finale for both teams.
The Panthers finished the District 15-4A slate at 0-12, having dropped almost every game
in the second round by 10 points or less.
Against West Mesquite as in previous contests the Panthers were within
striking distance the entire game, only to fall short on a comeback attempt in the fourth
The Wranglers opened a 19-15 lead in the fourth quarter behind eight points from Love,
while the Panthers countered with eight points (including two treys) from sophomore Jordan
Mabank cut the Wranglers lead to three points by halftime during a fast-paced second
quarter, as Allen hit three more treys and Jacob Woodard added a three plus a pair of free
The third quarter proved to be decisive for the Wranglers, as they outscored the Panthers
21-15 to take a nine-point lead into the fourth quarter, 61-52.
In the final frame, both teams scored 16 points, as the Panthers were unable to cut into
West Mesquites nine-point margin.
Allen finished with a team-high 22 points, as Tyler Fisher hit for 13 (11 in the second
half) and both Woodard and Griffin Marshall finished with 12 points each.
The Panthers also got four points from T.C. Greene, three points from James Burkhalter and
two points from Unterrious Toliver.
Love led the Wranglers with a game-high 25 points.
Kemp girls fall in bidistrict
By Kerry Yancey
Monitor Staff Writer
WILLS POINTThe Kemp Lady Yellowjackets spotted the Rains Lady Wildcats 11 points in
the first quarter, and were never able to catch up, falling 65-52 in a bidistrict
championship basketball game at Wills Point High School Tuesday night.
The Lady Jackets finished their season at 23-10, with an 8-2 District 14-3A record,
losing only to No. 24 Canton.
Rains improved to 18-12 after finishing 6-4
in District 13-3A play. The Lady Wildcats will have a bye in the area round, and will face
an opponent to be determined in the regional quarterfinals.
Unfortunately, Rains had a strong post two, in fact and what has been
our Achilles heel all year hurt us again, second-year Kemp head coach Kent
Smith said afterward.
Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
Kemp's 5-4 senior guard Brittany Simmons (left) forces Rains' 6-5 freshman
post Karla Brichova to fumble during the second half of Rains' 65-52 bidistrict
championship win over Kemp Tuesday.
Rains senior post Chelsee Hudson, an all-region selection the last two years, led the
Lady Wildcats with 23 points, and junior post Brianna Spigner added 15 points, most of
them coming late in the second half to help Rains hold off any Kemp comeback.
Their posts alone accounted for 38 of their 65 points, Smith said. We
only had eight points underneath, and couldnt match them.
Rebounding underneath was a problem as well, he added. Rains did a good
job of blocking us out and getting rebounds and put-backs for points.
When your shooting guard (junior Michelle Ritterbach) has 10 rebounds and is your
leading rebounder, it hurts, Smith said.
Hudson dominated underneath on both ends of the floor during the decisive first quarter,
notching four blocks on defense and helping the Lady Wildcats take a 16-5 lead. Rains
added another shot late in the quarter to take a 12-point lead, 21-9, at the buzzer.
It didnt help that the Lady Jackets werent getting any calls, as they
were routinely whistled for fouls while the Lady Wildcats appeared to be more physical,
but didnt pick up any fouls.
Smith changed the Lady Jackets from a man defense to a 2-3 zone for the rest of the
game, limiting Hudson somewhat, but Spigner was able to attack the weak side of the
defense and collect several put-backs.
Teams that have done well against us all have strong inside games
unfortunately, we drew as our first playoff opponent a team that had it, Smith said.
With it being tough inside, and our outside just not hitting (6-of-21 from 3-point
range), it doomed us.
After switching to a zone, the Lady Jackets played fairly even with Rains for the
rest of the game but they were unable to get any closer, as the Lady Wildcats were
able to answer every basket.
Down by 12 after the first quarter, the Lady Jackets trailed by 11 at halftime, but
the third quarter proved to be a killer, as the Lady Wildcats were able to push their lead
out to 14 points, 47-33.
The Lady Jackets tried to pick up their defensive pressure in the third quarter, but
the officiating made that extremely risky, at best, and Kemps shooting touch
As an example, the Lady Jackets pulled back within 12 at 45-33, but missed three
shots on one extended possession before Spigner corralled a rebound.
In the fourth quarter, Kemp started pushing just a little too hard, and shot after shot
bounced off the iron or missed entirely, or (more distressingly) the Lady Jackets
turned the ball over without getting a shot off.
After two straight turnovers and two Rains baskets pushed the Lady Wildcats lead out
to 19 points, 57-38, Smith called time with 5:14 left to play to try to calm the Lady
However, the Lady Wildcats were able to match each Kemp basket with one of their own, and
didnt turn the ball over. Spigner gave the Lady Wildcats a 20-point lead at 62-42
with 3:50 to play.
Rains started trying to run a little clock on each possession after that point, and both
coaches substituted liberally in the final minute of the contest.
Ritterbach hit a 3-point basket in the final seconds to cut the Rains margin to 13 points.
Three Kemp seniors played their final game after being starters since they were freshmen
Amanda Lawrence and the Simmons twins, Brittany and Brandy.
Lawrence finished with two points, one rebound and one steal, while Brandy Simmons had
four points, seven rebounds and one assist.
Brittany Simmons finished with 13 points, two rebounds, one steal and five assists. She
also collected her state-leading 28th charge, which ranks her eighth in the nation.
Whether she retains that spot when the season finishes remains to be seen, as the
girl in second place is at (4A) McKinney North with 26, and they are still in the
playoffs, Smith reported.
Sophomore Brianna Powell stepped into the point guard spot during the second half and
posted a strong performance, leading the Lady Jackets with 14 points (two treys) and
collecting six rebounds.
Ritterbach (who had a weather-related automobile accident over the weekend) finished with
a double-double, 11 points and 10 rebounds.
Ritterbach and Powell return at shooting guard and point guard, respectively, next year,
along with posts Shannon Shipp and Kandace Rose, and Smith noted he had a strong
foundation to build on for next years revised District 13-3A slate.
MHS g/b vs Whitehouse*
EHS g/b @ Lindale*
MHS g/b vs Chapel Hill*
EHS g/b vs Whitehouse*
Xtreme vs Port City Jaguars
MHS vs Malakoff
EHS vs Scurry-Rosser
MHS @ Kerens tournament
KHS @ Brownsboro tourn.
EHS @ Kerens tournament
MHS vs Scurry-Rosser
EHS vs Kerens
KHS vs Scurry-Rosser
MHS vs Palestine
EHS vs Kaufman
MHS @ Canton tournament
KHS @ Chapel Hill tourn.
EHS hosts tournament
KHS vs Kaufman
EHS vs Kerens