Cantrell stepping down as
Will stay with Mabank in a different capacity
By Sam Epps
MABANK–After eight years heading up the Mabank
Panther athletic department, Jimmy Cantrell has announced he is
stepping down as athletic director.
However, you can still expect to see him on campus as well as
the football sidelines.
“Cantrell will stay on the Mabank Panther staff as a coach,”
Mabank superintendent Dr. Russell Marshall said. “He just wants
to spend more time with family and other interests.”
Marshall also clarified that Cantrell made the decision
voluntarily, and the decision had nothing to do with his
performance of the job.
“He’s done a very good job for eight years,” Marshall said.
“He’s good for the program and good for the kids.”
The task of finding a new athletics director is currently
underway, according to Marshall. “We will start the process of
finding a new athletics director immediately.”
Cantrell will remain in the athletics director position until a
new AD is found.
“Dr. Marshall and the school board have been very supportive,”
While he doesn’t know what he’ll be coaching, Cantrell knows he
will put his heart into it, and give it his all. “I’m going to
coach hard,” he said. “I just decided it was time to settle down
and spend more time with my family.”
Marshall knows the job of finding an equally popular and strong
coach won’t be easy.
“He (Cantrell) came to me and asked what his options are. I told
him there is always room on the staff for a great, quality man
like him,” Marshall exclaimed.
Mabank gets split in Canton
Monitor Staff Reports
CANTON–The Mabank Panthers played a double-header in Canton
Saturday, and split the games with the Eagles.
Mabank won the first game, 7-5. Sophomore Corey Dyer started on
the mound and pitched for three innings.
Senior Jake Raney then entered the game and pitched four
innings. Ezequiel Gonzales pitched the final two innings.
Raney had two hits in the game and Stephen Caillet had a two-RBI
double to break the game open.
The Panthers had nine hits in the game and committed three
errors. Canton had four hits and four errors.
In the second game, Canton scored four runs off Mabank’s
starting pitcher Austin Craig in the first inning.
Senior Jacob Ortiz entered the game in relief of Craig and hold
the Eagles for three innings. The Panther bats, however, never
quite got warmed up.
Canton won the game, 9-2.
On Monday, the Panthers traveled to Fairfield, and got a 7-1
The win gives Mabank a 2-2 season record.
Caillet threw a complete game two-hitter against Fairfield. He
recorded 17 strikeouts with only two walks.
The offense was led by Garrett Holcomb and Jared Odom, who had
two hits each.
Craig put the game away with a two-run homer in the seventh
inning. It was his first home run of the season.
The Panthers will compete in the Grand Saline baseball
tournament today through Saturday.