’Jackets advance to regional semifinals
By Kerry Yancey
Monitor Staff Writer
LANCASTER–In exciting overtime play Tuesday night, the Kemp
Yellowjackets fought hard to defeat the Kaufman Lions 47-45.
The basketball win advances Kemp to regional semifinal play against
Princeton, at 8 p.m. Friday, March 2 in Commerce.
This is the third time Kemp has played Kaufman, and second overtime game
against the Lions this season.
Last year, the Princeton Panthers knocked Kemp out of the regional
It looks like a rematch is set.
Kemp ’Jackets edge Buckeyes, 48-47
By Kerry Yancey
Monitor Staff Writer
EMORY–Kemp senior guard Joseph Simmons
capped a game-long comeback with a short jumper to give the
Yellowjackets a dramatic 48-47 win over the Gilmer Buckeyes in an area
basketball championship game Saturday.
Now 19-12 on the season, Kemp was scheduled to face the Kaufman Lions
for the third time this season in a regional quarterfinals contest in
A partisan crowd at Rains High School (the vocal Kemp fans far
outnumbered the Gilmer contingent) saw a bruising defensive contest
featuring two very athletic, physical teams.
Gilmer opened an early lead, thanks to quick hands on defense and some
errant passing by the ’Jackets.
Both defenses clamped down inside. With entry passes blocked, both teams
looked to their guards to score from outside.
Both Buckeye guards, Zach Jones and Devane Clark, each hit treys to give
them a 21-16 lead, prompting Kemp coach Tracy Carter to call time with
3:21 left in the first quarter.
Kemp senior Justin Gibson answered with a trey to keep the ’Jackets
The Buckeyes looked to take advantage of Jones’ and Clark’s quickness,
as each defensive rebound was followed by a long pass downcourt.
However, Simmons and Gibson were able to get back on defense, and each
drew a charging foul during the first half.
With time running out, Jones grabbed a steal, and Gibson was charged
with an intentional foul.
That call allowed the Buckeyes to shoot free throws and play for the
last shot of the first half – a trey by Jones that gave them a 26-19
Simmons and Gibson hit back-to-back treys to open the second half,
bringing the ’Jackets within a point at 26-25, and Gibson’s spinning
layup in the lane tied the score at 27 with 4:52 left in the third.
Both teams began working inside – Kemp senior Jacarri Culberson against
Gilmer senior Dominique Buchanan – as each offense made adjustments to
offset the matchup zone defenses.
Kemp sophomore Josh Carr provided a spark on offense, getting two
assists when entry passes to him were distributed back outside for open
shots, and grabbing two rebounds.
The Buckeyes opened a seven-point advantage when Buchanan hit and former
Canton standout G.J. Kinne made a good play inside, but the ’Jackets
came back behind Culberson.
Culberson’s assist to Kevin Freeman pulled Kemp within two, 36-34, at
the end of the third quarter.
Simmons (who had four treys) and Jones swapped 3-point baskets to open
the fourth quarter, followed by offsetting baskets from Buchanan and
Both teams posted stops, but Culberson’s put-back made it a one-point
game, 47-46, with 2:30 left to play.
Gilmer missed, grabbed a steal but fumbled, and Kemp called time with
1:01 to play, still trailing by one point.
Simmons drove to the right of the lane, pulled up and hit a soft jumper
with about 42 seconds to play to give the ’Jackets a 48-47 lead.
The Buckeyes played for the last shot, going inside to Buchanan, but he
ended up too far underneath the basket.
Buchanan’s shot bounced off the bottom of the glass. Culberson grabbed
the rebound, made a long outlet pass to Gibson – and time ran out.
“Joseph had an outstanding game,” Carter said later. “He was focused the
moment we got on the bus.
“Josh Carr’s play really got us going in the second half,” Carter added.
“He played aggressive around the basket and distributed the ball well.”
Simmons finished with 16 points, three steals and three assists, while
Gibson finished with 12 points (two treys), three rebounds and two
Culberson finished with 11 points, eight rebounds, three assists and one
block, while Freeman finished with seven points and four rebounds, and
Carr finished with two points.
Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
Kemp senior Joseph Simmons (left) and Gilmer sophomore
Zach Jones (right) chase down a loose ball during Kemp’s
come-from-behind 48-47 area championship victory Saturday.
Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
A large contingent of Kemp fans cheer their team during the area
basketball game at Rains High School Saturday.
Crandall hosts 13-3A powerlifting meet
Monitor Staff Reports
CRANDALL–Mabank, Kemp and Eustace lifters qualified for regional
competition Saturday by winning or placing at the District 13-3A
powerlifting meet in Crandall.
Results of the meet are listed below, with each contestant’s total lift
(squat, bench press and dead lift) and adjusted score.
97 pounds – 1. Janice Martin, Eustace (415 total, 459.78 score), 2.
Caitlin Duran, Mabank (365 total, 411.03 score).
105 pounds – 1. Sara Simmons, Crandall (605 total, 629.50 score), 2. Joy
Bedford, Crandall (555 total, 582.42 score), 3. Crystal Ortiz, Ferris
(475 total, 498.47 score), 4. Chelsey Dillon, Mabank (435 total, 459.62
114 pounds – 1. Jill Shook, Crandall (660 total, 642.25 score), 2.
Heather Bailey, Eustace (575 total, 567.64 score), 3. Kelsey Rainey,
Mabank (355 total, 358.48 score).
123 pounds – 1. Elizabeth Paul, Crandall (760 total, 692.36 score), 2.
Candice Jones, Crandall (625 total, 578.94 score), 3. Alyssa Jernigan,
Kemp (475 total, 439.99 score), 4. Jennifer Cooper, Kemp (450 total,
409.95 score), 5. Jessica Bivens, Eustace (410 total, 393.40 score).
132 pounds – 1. Hannah Lewis, Crandall (665 total, 584.40 score), 2.
Rusty Hendley, Mabank (580 total, 526.99 score), 3. Megan Newton,
Crandall, 560 total, 488.77 score), 4. Amanda Johnson, Mabank (470
total, 407.77 score).
148 pounds – 1. Jill Rouse, Crandall (580 total, 478.91 score), 2.
Miranda Groom, Mabank (555 total, 444.56 score), 3. Veronica Maltos,
Eustace (550 total, 448.75 score), 4. Allison Vrzalik, Kaufman (540
total, 442.91 score), 5. Macey Thomas, Mabank (515 total, 417.41 score).
165 pounds – 1. Melissa Peebles, Crandall (675 total, 514.82 score).
181 pounds – 1. Krista Jennings, Mabank (680 total, 487.42 score), 2.
Abby Tamez, Crandall (615 total, 429.33 score), 3. Macey Olivarez, Kemp
(590 total, 398.55 score), 4. Leslie Deen, Kemp (470 total, 332.48
198 pounds – 1. Brisha Ward, Eustace (600 total, 405.30 score), 2.
Rebekah Steward, Kaufman (585 total, 384.11 score).
220 pounds – 1. Vanessa Maltos, Eustace (785 total, 494.55 score).
Superheavyweight – 1. Candace Williams, Kemp (715 total, 413.20 score),
2. Christian Cantrell, Kemp (710 total, 420.75 score), 3. Amythest
Ortiz, Eustace (385 total, 217.49 score.
114 pounds – 1. Cris Murray, Kemp (725 total, 694.41 score), 2. Collin
Mathis, Crandall (645 total, 644.42 score), 3. Travis Watson, Crandall
(610 total, 616.16 score), 4. Jake Minze, Eustace (585 total, 572.07
123 pounds – 1. Filipe Ortiz, Ferris (985 total, 915.26 score), 2.
Austin Kvapil, Crandall (765 total, 697.30 score), 3. Justin Gaddis,
Kemp (755 total, 675.42 score), 4. Zack Arambula, Eustace (745 total,
654.33 score), 5. Cody Roberts, Eustace (675 total, 603.86 score), 6.
Aaron Alvarez, Eustace (640 total, 583.36 score), 7. Justin Chambers,
Kaufman (600 total, 552.18 score.
132 pounds – 1. Nick Lane, Kemp (980 total, 804.58 score), 2. Nathan
Oliverez, Kaufman (900 total, 750.87 score), 3. Chris Anderson, Ferris
(865 total, 710.17 score), 4. Andrew Patrick, Crandall (630 total,
521.39 score), 5. Zach Thorpe, Kaufman (625 total, 530.19 score).
148 pounds – 1. Cale Barnes, Crandall (1,240 total, 910.04 score), 2.
Jacob Flores, Ferris (1,065 total, 781.60 score), 3. Mike Jones, Eustace
(1,060 total, 773.16 score), 4. Jeff Rambo, Mabank (830 total, 629.06
score), 5. Herb Dounlearn, Ferris (805 total, 602.06 score), 6. Justin
Calhoun, Eustace (780 total, 568.93 score).
165 pounds – 1. Guillermo Mendieta, Mabank (1,250 total, 857.13 score),
2. Garrett Hill, Mabank (1,070 total, 712.19 score), 3. Trey Moore,
Ferris (1,040 total, 705.85 score), 4. Travis Marrs, Crandall (940
total, 631.68 score), 5. Kolton Barber, Crandall (870 total, 623.36
181 pounds – 1. Eric Sparks, Kemp (1,170 total, 757.58 score), 2. Jake
Lewis, Crandall (1,090 total, 712.10 score), 3. Norman Brady, Mabank
(1,035 total, 645.63 score), 4. Jaryd Bedford, Crandall (975 total,
620.59 score), 6. Josh Unruh, Eustace (935 total, 581.01 score).
198 pounds – 1. Michael Morrison, Crandall (1,195 total, 723.69 score),
2. Justin Crowsey, Mabank (1,190 total, 718.28 score), 3. Hepitasio
Perea, Kaufman (1,135 total, 671.37 score), 4. Michael Shaefer (1,105
total, 666.98 score), 5. Dillon Bramblitt, Mabank (1,105 total, 651.62
220 pounds – 1. Justin Lewis, Ferris (1,390 total, 770.76 score), 2.
Tyler Griffith, Ferris (1,195 total, 677.57 score), 3. Brett Brewer,
Kaufman (1,140 total, 660.23 score), 4. Colton Ries, Kaufman (1,095
total, 637.49 score), 5. R.P. Smith, Mabank (1,095 total, 608.60 score),
6. Juan Santoy, Kaufman (1,075 total, 624.47 score).
242 pounds – 1. William Wood, Crandall (1,400 total, 769.16 score), 2.
Chris Brent, Kaufman (1,300 total, 710.71 score), 3. J.R. Hudson, Mabank
(1,245 total, 671.18 score), 4. Jaymes Maple, Eustace (1,215 total,
652.82 score), 5. Payden Bertrand, Ferris (1,210 total, 654.01 score),
6. Brandon Crow, Kemp (1,210 total, 649.41 score), 7. Michael Roe,
Kaufman (1,070 total, 592.25 score).
275 pounds – 1. Brandon Carrico, Mabank (1,310 total, 698.62 score), 2.
Juan Martinez, Kaufman (1,140 total, 602.03 score), 3. Harley Mitchell,
Eustace (1,100 total, 574.20 score), 4. Nic Shutak, Eustace (1,085
total, 562.72 score).
Superheavyweight – 1. Shawn Hamm, Kemp (1,510 total, 731.60 score), 2.
Humberto Hernandez, Ferris (1,310 total, 653.95 score), 3. Clint Pylant,
Kaufman (1,220 total, 621.96 score), 4. Josh Lopez, Eustace (995 total,
Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
Mabank’s Guillermo Mendieta squats 475 pounds during the District
powerlifting meet in Crandall Saturday. Mendieta won the 165-pound
division with a total lift of 1,250 pounds and an adjusted score of
Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
Three friends and a coach help Kemp’s Justin Gaddis don his support
shirt prior to the bench-press
competition at the District 13-3A powerlifting meet at Crandall
Saturday. Gaddis finished third in
the 123-pound division with a total lift of 755 pounds and an adjusted
score of 675.42.
Eustace hosts tournament
Monitor Staff Reports
EUSTACE–Lubbock Christian won the championship of the Eustace Bulldog
Invitational baseball tournament Saturday, defeating Palmer to win the
The hosting Bulldogs were eliminated by Lubbock Christian in their
Eustace was scheduled to visit Kerens Tuesday, and will play in the
Fairfield Invitational tournament this weekend, opening Thursday
Tuesday, March 6, the Bulldogs will host the Rains Wildcats, opening
with a 5 p.m. junior varsity game, and then will play in the Malakoff
Tiger Invitational tournament March 8-10.
Eustace opened the Bulldog tournament with a 14-3 win over
Scurry-Rosser, with Nick Shutak notching his first career victory by
tossing a five-hitter.
The Bulldogs pounded out 11 hits, but committed four errors, while the
Wildcats committed three errors.
Chris Compton nearly hit for the cycle, getting a single, double and
triple and driving in four runs, while Ryan Compton had a double and
Also getting hits for the Bulldogs were Cameron Coffey (two doubles, two
RBI), Aaron Coffey (single, two RBI), Cody Lowe (RBI single), Caleb
Bailey (single), Ryan Gassman (RBI single) and Rusty Hart (triple).
Quinlan-Ford’s Panthers handed the Bulldogs a 9-3 defeat in the second
game, with Cameron Coffey taking the loss.
Coffey helped his cause with a single, and the Bulldogs also got hits
from Chris Compton (single), Ryan Compton (two singles, RBI) and Lowe
(two singles, RBI).
The Bulldogs bounced back to knock off Cross Roads 8-3 in game three, as
Mike Cook struck out seven Wildcats to notch his first win of the
Getting hits were Cameron Coffey (single), Chris Compton (single), Lucas
Cope (single), Gassman (three RBI single), Hart (RBI single) and Brandon
Grayson (two RBI).
Lubbock Christian eliminated the Bulldogs with a 15-5 win in game four.
Cope, in his first outing, took the loss, giving up 10 hits, but helped
his cause by knocking out two homers and driving in four runs.
Also getting hits for the Bulldogs were Cameron Coffey (single), Hart
(single) and Chris Compton (RBI single).
Monday, the Eustace junior varsity opened with an 11-0 loss to the
hosting Athens JV.
Getting hits for the Bulldogs were Jonathon McRae (single, double) and
David Easley (single).
Chapel Hill wins Bulldog Relays
Monitor Staff Reports
EUSTACE–Chapel Hill took the girls and boys titles at the annual Bulldog
Hosting Eustace took second place in both the girls and boys divisions
at the annual track meet, which took place on a brand-new – literally
just hours old – track at Bulldog Stadium.
While the junior varsity portion of the meet Thursday had good weather,
drizzle and occasional showers marred the varsity competition.
Chapel Hill won the girls division with 165 points, followed by Eustace
with 139 points, while Kaufman finished third with 83 points.
Ferris finished fourth with 65 points, followed by Brownsboro (48),
Gladewater (33), Kemp (24), Malakoff (21), Quinlan (15), Crandall (12)
and Van (9).
Chapel Hill also won the boys competition with 136 points, followed by
Eustace with 133 and Mabank with 90 points.
Athens finished fourth with 60 points, followed by Quinlan (48), Van
(43), Ferris (40), Kemp (18), Fruitvale (18), Gladewater (17) and Cross
Results provided to The Monitor did not include first names of the
Pole vault – 1. Truitt, Eustace (9-3, new meet record), 2. Wade,
Crandall (8-0), 3. Milewski, Van (8-0), 4. Reed, Quinlan (7-6), 5.
Houston, Eustace (7-0), 6. Cotton, Van (6-0).
Discus – 1. Hughey, Kaufman (98-11), 2. Valentine, Gladewater (89-11),
3. Easterling, Chapel Hill (88-10½), 4. Simmons, Quinlan (86-1), 5.
Massenburg, Chapel Hill (83-10), 6.Mayfield, Chapel Hill (79-11).
Shotput – 1. Hughey, Kaufman (38-6¼), 2. Valentine, Gladewater (32-4½),
3. Kelley, Chapel Hill (30-10½), 4. Chimney, Brownsboro (30-9¾), 5.
Richardson, Malakoff (30-9½), 6. Eastorling, Chapel Hill (30-8¼).
High jump – 1. Tyner, Ferris (4-10), 2. Brown, Gladewater (4-10), 3.
Freeman, Eustace (4-6), 4. Jones, Chapel Hill (4-4), 5. Ford, Chapel
Hill (4-2), 6. York, Eustace (4-0).
Long jump – 1. Truitt, Eustace (16-8), 2. Harvey, Chapel Hill (16-7), 3.
Dixon, Chapel Hill (15-11¾), 4. Brown, Gladewater (15-5½), 5. Sanders,
Chapel Hill (15-0½), 6. Hopkins, Ferris (15-0).
Triple jump – 1. Jones, Chapel Hill (31-6¾), 2. Dowell, Malakoff (31-6),
3. Dixon, Chapel Hill (30-8¾), 4. B.Walter, Eustace (29-2½), 5. K.Walter,
Malakoff (30-1½), 6. Freeman, Eustace (29-11½).
3200 run – 1. Donovan, Kemp (12:35.66), 2. T.Durnell, Eustace
(12:40.96), 3. L.DiBari, Eustace (12:55.05), 4. Hudgins, Kaufman
(12:55.28), 5. Garrett, Eustace (13:05.02), 6. Derouen, Gladewater
400 relay – 1. Chapel Hill (50.88), 2. Kaufman (52.58), 3. Brownsboro
(53.0), 4. Eustace (54.3), 5. Quinlan (54.99), 6. Van (56.11).
800 run – 1. C.DiBari, Eustace (2:31.95), 2. C.Durnell, Eustace
(2:35.46), 3. Scott, Brownsboro (2:37.58), 4. Walters, Eustace
(2:42.68), 5. Ogle, Ferris (2:43.55), 6. DeRoun, Gladewater (2:47.11).
100 hurdles – 1. Mills, Chapel Hill (16.61), 2. Bledsoe, Chapel Hill
(17.26), 3. Miller, Chapel Hill (17.5), 4. Freeman, Eustace (18.3), 5.
Tyner, Ferris (18.61), 6. Allen, Gladewater (19.0).
100 dash – 1. Lee, Chapel Hill (12.38), 2. Hopkins, Ferris (12.4), 3.
Bell, Brownsboro (13.01), 4. Hunter, Kemp (13.02), 5. Booth, Kaufman
(13.3), 6. Offord, Kaufman (13.35).
800 relay – 1. Chapel Hill (1:50.11), 2. (not listed), 3. Ferris
(1:56.13), 4. Malakoff (1:56.46), 5. Brownsboro (1:56.81), 6. Eustace
400 dash – 1. Scott, Brownsboro (1:05.37), 2. DiBari, Eustace (1:07.68),
3. Wileford, Kaufman (1:08.09), 4. Lema, Kaufman (1:08.17), 5. Walter,
Eustace (1:08.52), 6. Trimble, Malakoff (1:08.77).
300 hurdles – 1. Mills, Chapel Hill (50.71), 2. Truitt, Eustace (51.22),
3. Strickland, Brownsboro (51.94), 4. Miller, Chapel Hill (53.72), 5.
Allen, Gladewater (54.35), 6. Bledsoe, Chapel Hill (54.44).
200 dash – 1. Hopkins, Ferris (26.9), 2. Harvey, Chapel Hill (27.06), 3.
Winstu, Chapel Hill (27.28), 4. Houston, Crandall (28.13), 5. Tyler,
Quinlan (28.47), 6. Rodgers, Eustace (28.61).
1600 run – 1. Donovan, Kemp (5:55.27), 2. Durnell, Eustace (6:01.13), 3.
DiBari, Eustace (6:06.19), 4. Garrett, Eustace (6:11.21), 5. Hudgens,
Kaufman (6:15.62), 6. Smith, Quinlan (6:24.15).
1600 relay – 1. Ferris (4:30.72), 2. Eustace (4:34.24), 3. Kaufman
(4:38.09), 4. Chapel Hill (4:36.40).
Pole vault – 1. Nichols, Quinlan (10-0), 2. Thompson, Eustace
(9-6), 3. McGee, Chapel Hill (7-0).
Discus – 1. Lewis, Ferris (135-3), 2. Maple, Eustace (131-11), 3.
Pennington, Van (114-9½), 4. Bertrand, Ferris (111-11), 5. F.Lopez,
Eustace (109-8), 6. Westmoreland, Athens (104-3).
Shotput – 1. Maple, Eustace (42-1½), 2. F.Lopez, Eustace (39-10½), 3.
Pruitt, Quinlan (39-4¼), 4. Juarez, Ferris (37-8¾), 5. Lowe, Eustace
(36-11¼), 6. Lewis, Ferris (36-5¾).
High jump – 1. Brady, Mabank (6-0), 2. Keeling, Eustace (5-10), 3.
Lynch, Chapel Hill (5-8), Cooper, Chapel Hill (5-4), 5. Johns, Quinlan
(5-4), 6. Ambler, Van (5-4).
Long jump – 1. Cooper, Chapel Hil (20-2), 2. Burk, Mabank (19-5½), 3.
Watson, Eustace (19-5½), 4. Jackson, Chapel Hill (19-5), 5. Gamble,
Athens (18-5), 6. Johnson, Athens (18-5).
Triple jump – 1. Burk, Mabank (40-8), 2. Jackson, Chapel Hill (38-6), 3.
Lynch, Chapel Hill (37-6½), 4. McGlaun, Cross Roads (36-11), 5. Watson,
Eustace (35-6), 6. Contreras, Eustace (35-0½).
3200 run – 1. Nixon, Eustace (10:34.77), 2. Reynolds, Athens (11:14.08),
3. Bennett, Eustace (11:20.61), 4. Burkhalter, Mabank (11:33.11), 5.
Klecka, Mabank (11:43.86), 6. Marshall, Gladewater (11:51.05).
400 relay – 1. Chapel Hill (43.81), 2. Athens (44.57), 3. Mabank
(44.74), 4. Eustace (46.63), 5. Van (47.8).
800 run – 1. Nixon, Eustace (2:03.84), 2. Alvizo, Fruitvale (2:09.26),
3. Hales, Gladewater (2:10.14), 4. Ambler, Van (2:11.58), 5. Alexander,
Ferris (2:11.71), 6. Davis, Mabank (2:12.86).
110 hurdles – 1. John, Quinlan (16.64), 2. Selmon, Ferris (16.65), 3.
Miller, Quinlan (17.81), 4. McGee, Chapel Hill (17.84), 5. Graves,
100 dash – 1. Warren, Chapel Hill (10.48), 2. Brady, Mabank (11.08), 3.
J.Farmer, Kemp (11.28), 4. Burk, Mabank (11.51), 5. Cooper, Chapel Hill
(11:58), 6. Birch, Mabank (11.61).
800 relay – 1. Chapel Hill (1:34.27), 2. Mabank (1:38.71), 3. Kemp
(1:38.86), 4. Eustace (1:41.96), 5. Athens (1:45.20).
400 dash – 1. Massenburg, Chapel Hill (50.82), 2. Windland, Van (54.99),
3. Alvizo, Fruitvale (55.09), 4. Brady, Mabank (55.46), 5. Waldo, Cross
Roads (55.73), 6. Alexander, Chapel Hill (56.01).
300 hurdles – 1. John, Quinlan (42.79), 2. Eads, Eustace (43.51), 3.
Selman, Ferris (44.78), 4. Miller, Quinlan (47.25), 5. Graves, Eustace
(47.26), 6. Fridley, Mabank (47.86).
200 dash – 1. Rasberry, Chapel Hill (22.53), 2. Lynch, Chapel Hill
(23.16), 3. Burk, Mabank (23.34), 4. Alvizo, Fruitvale (23.82), 5.
Parry, Mabank (23.99), 6. Costlow, Mabank (24.13).
1600 run – 1. Hale, Gladewater (4:59.86), 2. Alverez, Eustace (5:10.92),
3. Reynolds, Athens (5:13.73), 4. Bodeen, Ferris (5:17.23), 5.
Burkhalter, Mabank (5:18.54), 6. Klecka, Mabank (5:18.7).
1600 relay – 1. Van (3:42.9), 2. Eustace (3:44.1), 3. Athens (3:49.9),
4. Chapel Hill (3:50.6), 5. Mabank (3:52.7).
Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
Mabank’s Shane Burk flies through the air
during the triple jump competition at the Bulldog
Relays Friday. Burk won the triple jump with a
leap of 40-8, and also finished second in the long jump.
Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
Mabank’s Norman Brady brushes the bar as he attempts to clear 6-2 at
Bulldog Relays Friday. Brady won the high jump with a leap of 6-0.
Fly Fish Texas set March 3
Special to The Monitor
ATHENS–Somewhere out there – in Texas, or Colorado, or Alaska, or the
Florida Keys or Patagonia – a fish is waiting for you to present a fly
to be engulfed.
Are you ready?
The first step in your fly fishing adventure should be attending Fly
Fish Texas at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center the first Saturday
There you will learn to cast, tie flies and even build your own fly rod,
and you’ll do it all under the supervision of expert fly fishers from
Texas and beyond.
Fly fishers will converge on Athens for the eighth annual Fly Fish Texas
event to share tips and techniques during seminars and hands-on
Seminars will cover fly fishing for redfish, trout, tuna, stripers, bass
and carp; kayak fishing; teaching youngsters to fly fish and choosing a
Demonstrations and classes will teach building a fly rod, knot tying,
salt-water fly-tying, dry-fly tying, spinning deer hair, casting using
long (spey) rods, accuracy casting and Dutch oven cooking.
Speakers scheduled to appear include Mark Marmon, a member of Texas Fly
Fishers in Houston and urban fly fishing guide; Ronnie Ray, founder of
Tejas Outfitters, a fly fishing and outdoor adventure service based in
Austin; and Steve Watson and Jared Satterwhite, members of Pineywoods
Fly Fishers in Lufkin and kayaking addicts.
No prior experience in fly fishing is needed. Beginning and intermediate
fly fishing classes will be offered.
Admission to the day-long event is included with regular admission to
TFFC: $5.50 for adults, $4.50 for seniors and $3.50 for children ages
4-12. TFFC is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is located at 5550 FM 2495,
three miles east of Athens.
For more information and a schedule of events and seminars, visit
www.tpwd.state.tx.us/tffc and click on Fly Fish Texas in the Quick Links
box, or call (903) 670-2222 or (903) 676-2277.
Xtreme open season with win
Monitor Staff Reports
TATUM–The Athens-based Texas Xtreme semi-pro football team opened its
season Saturday with a dominating 24-7 win over the hosting East Texas
The East Texas Wolves will visit Brownsboro High School for the Xtreme’s
Texas United Football League home opener at 6 p.m. Saturday, March 3.
Saturday’s season-opening win was a costly one for the Xtreme, as they
lost starting quarterback B.J. Kennimer for the season in the second
quarter with a broken left leg and badly dislocated ankle.
Tailback Brandon Thompson and fullback Brandon Dillard also left the
game in the second quarter after sustaining injuries and did not return.
Despite the loss of their entire starting backfield, the Xtreme were not
in any danger, as their defense was more than capable of winning the
In the first half, the Xtreme defense held the Outlawz to zero first
downs and minus 38 rushing yards on 12 attempts.
In the second half, the Outlawz registered 10 rushing yards on seven
carries and completed 2-of-12 pass attempts for 21 yards and three
interceptions. They had four first downs, three courtesy of Xtreme
“When you surrender a total of minus 27 yards for the entire game, the
defense has done its job,” coach Gary Craig said.
The Outlawz’ only touchdown came on a 98-yard fumble return.
Kemp opens with 3 wins
Monitor Staff Reports
KEMP–Kemp’s baseball Yellowjackets forged three straight road wins to
open the season, defeating Nevada Community and scoring two wins in
Mexia’s Blackcat Invitational tournament.
The Yellowjackets were scheduled to visit Tyler All-Saints Tuesday, and
play in the Nacogdoches Dragon Invitational tournament this weekend,
opening Thursday (today).
Tuesday, March 6, the ’Jackets will stay on the road for a 6 p.m.
non-district game against the Canton Eagles, and then head to Waco to
play in the Time Warner Classic tournament March 8-10.
Kemp will return home Tuesday, March 13, for a 3 p.m. game against Fort
Worth Diamond Hill-Jarvis.
At Community Feb. 20, the ’Jackets pounded out 15 hits and took
advantage of eight errors by the hosting District 10-3A Beavers to roll
up a 15-0 shutout.
Nick Sallings got the win for the ’Jackets, tossing a one-hitter and
striking out 14 batters.
The ’Jackets opened a 3-0 lead in the third inning when both Justin
Gordan (who tripled) and Tim Fuller (who singled) both scored on errors.
Kemp made it 6-0 in the fourth when Matt Car singled in Dalton Fugitt
and Sallings doubled in Carr.
The ’Jackets scored three runs in the fifth, all of them coming with two
out. Shane Henderson singled, and Bret Kennedy joined him on base after
being hit by a pitch.
Fugitt then brought both of them home with an inside-the-park home run.
Kemp blew open the contest with a six-run sixth inning, featuring two
Beavers errors, a double by Kennedy, a triple by Fugitt and a single by
The ’Jackets opened the Mexia tournament with a time-limit 4-3 victory
over Reicher in six innings.
Fugitt got the come-from-behind win, with Mikie Scruggs coming on to
pitch one inning to notch a save.
Kemp opened a 1-0 lead in the first when Carr doubled and scored on an
error, but Reicher tied the score in the bottom of the first on a
After a scoreless second inning, the ’Jackets scored in the third when
Sallings singled in Kennedy, who reached base when he was hit by a
Reicher, however, countered with two runs in the bottom of the third, as
Fugitt gave up a walk and a single, before back-to-back bunts scored two
Kemp retook the lead in the top of the fifth with two runs on singles by
Fugitt, Carr and Sallings, along with a walk by Kennedy.
The ’Jackets followed that nail-biter with a 14-1 blowout of Whitney,
pounding out 12 hits and taking advantage of three errors.
Kemp took command early with a six-run first inning.
Kennedy reached first on a dropped third strike, and went to second on
an error. Fugitt walked, and Carr brought both of them in with a
Sallings and Gordan both walked, and Scruggs doubled both of them home,
but was thrown out trying to steal third.
Leif Skierski and Cody Kuehn both walked around a fly out by Tim Fuller,
and Kennedy singled home Skierski.
The ’Jackets added five runs in the second inning, opening with a solo
shot by Carr.
Scruggs singled home Sallings (who walked), and Fuller singled home
Scruggs. Fuller followed that with a single to score Fuller.
Kuehn added the fourth single of the inning to score Fuller, and Kennedy
singled home Kuehn.
Kemp added two runs in the third on a two-run shot by Sallings, and
added a run in the fourth inning when Henderson scored on an error.
Mabank wins consolation
Monitor Staff Reports
MABANK–Mabank’s Lady Panther softball team won the consolation bracket
of the Malakoff Lady Tiger Invitational tournament last weekend.
Mabank went 3-3 in the tournament, going 1-2 in a tough pool with
Grapeland, Scurry-Rosser and Elkhart, before defeating Teague, Palestine
and hosting Malakoff.
The Lady Panthers are scheduled to play in the Grandview Invitational
tournament this weekend, opening Thursday (today).
Monday, March 5, the Lady Panthers will host Dallas Molina, opening with
a 5 p.m. junior varsity game, before winding up non-district play at
home against Seagoville, opening with a 4:30 p.m. JV game.
At Malakoff, the Lady Panthers opened pool play with a 3-0 loss to
Grapeland, followed by a narrow 1-0 loss to Scurry-Rosser.
Mabank bounced back to edge Elkhart 1-0 in a tough battle before losing
a 5-3 time-limited game to Teague.
The Lady Panthers crushed Palestine 9-0 and then edged the hosting Lady
Tigers 5-4 to claim the consolation trophy.
“The games against Elkhart and Malakoff are the type of wins that could
propel the Lady Panthers into the playoff race in District 13-3A,” head
coach Russell Budai said. “Both games were nail-biters, and are the type
of games playoff teams win.”
Sisters Melody Lander and Brandie Lander both made the All-Tournament
team. Brandie Lander and Karlyn Bellows pitched for the Lady Panthers.
Alison Castle, who notched a triple and a home run, led the Lady Panther
Melody Lander had a big double against Elkhart, and Jordan Mounts had
the game-winning RBI in that contest.
Lauren Norwood, Katie Cross, Krista Jennings, Ashley Hammack all had
hits in the tournament.
MHS @ Westwood
KHS @ Tyler All-Saints
EHS @ Kerens
MHS @ Fairfield tourney
KHS @ Nacogdoches tourn.
EHS @ Fairfield tourney
MHS @ Van
KHS @ Canton
EHS vs Rains
MHS vs Westwood
KHS @ Cross Roads
EHS vs Cayuga
MHS @ Grandview tourn.
KHS @ Scurry-Rosser tourn.
EHS @ Spring Hill tourn.
MHS vs Waxahachie*
(boys & girls)
MHS girls vs Terrell*
MHS boys @ Terrell*
Eustace Invitational (girls)
(Cedar Creek Country Club)