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claw Jackets in area
By Kerry Yancey
Monitor Staff Writer
LONGVIEWQuickness and defensive pressure proved to be a winning formula for the Kemp
Yellowjackets in their bidistrict win over Quinlan Ford Feb. 23.
Quickness and defensive pressure again proved to be the keys to victory in an area
basketball championship game at Longview High Schools Lobo Coliseum Friday night
but this time, it was the Yellowjackets who were on the receiving end of the
pressure supplied by the Liberty-Eylau Leopards.
In a game similar to the Kemp girls bidistrict loss to Rains Feb. 16, the Kemp boys
fell behind early and were never able to catch up to the Leopards, who raced out to an
impressive 76-51 victory.
The Yellowjackets finished their season at 12-20, capturing the District 14-3A third-place
playoff berth their first playoff berth in three years (since the 2007 graduation
of four-year standouts Joseph Simmons and Jacarri Culberson) and adding a bidistrict
Liberty-Eylau improved to 20-9 and advanced to face 14-3A winner Van in a regional
Liberty-Eylau defeated Van 82-62 Monday night at the Texas A&M-Commerce Field House.
Van enjoyed a bye in the area round.
District 14-3A runner-up Wills Point also lost in the second half of a double-header at
Commerce Monday (see sidebar).
We knew they were good, third-year Kemp head coach Terrance McCloud said
Everybodys going to be bigger than us and more athletic, but weve got a
lot of heart thats what weve played on all year, heart, he added.
We ran into a really good basketball team, he said. We didnt play
as well as we could have, but they (the Jackets) never quit. Thats why I like
coaching these guys. Im very proud of their accomplishment.
As the game got underway, this reporter camped out under the Kemp basket, waiting to take
a photo, but that plan changed pretty quick.
The Jackets got past the midcourt line only once in their first five or six
possessions although that one time, Jeff Goldman hit a 3-point basket to close
within a point of the Leopards at 4-3.
Leopard guards Tevin Wilson and Alex Watson, with help from Tra Carson and Marquez Clark,
caught the Goldman brothers (juniors Jeff and Jake) and senior Wesley Kerr in a trapping
press, forcing numerous turnovers and errant passes.
When the Jackets were able to close off the inside on defense, the Leopards
didnt hesitate to fire from long range, with Watson hitting two treys to push
L-Es lead out to 11-3 before Kemp was able to answer with their second basket.
Another Leopard trey (by Wilson) made it 14-5, but Kemp senior Zach Allison answered to
cut the L-E lead back to seven points at 14-7.
After the teams swapped turnovers, the Jackets forced a jump ball inside, and a
lengthy discussion between Leopard head coach Craig Collvins and the officials led to a
technical foul against Collvins.
Jeff Goldman hit both free throws, but the Leopards forced another turnover, and both
teams swapped misses before the quarter ended with Liberty-Eylau up by nine at 16-7.
Jeff Goldman put together a three-point play to pull the Jackets back close at 16-12
as the second quarter opened, but the Leopards then forged an 11-0 run over the next two
When Wilson hit a trey (one of five by the Leopards in the quarter) to give L-E a 17-point
lead at 36-19, McCloud called time so the Jackets could regroup.
Kemp appeared much steadier through the rest of the second quarter, but the damage had
been done, and swapping baskets with the Leopards didnt bring the Jackets any
A steal and a layup by Clark gave L-E a 20-point lead at 42-22 with 2:15 left in the first
half, and that was the game, pretty much, because the Leopards were content to match
baskets with the Jackets throughout the second half.
Kemp senior Jeremy Quick hit a jumper at the buzzer to make it a 19-point game, 45-26, at
The Jackets tried to make a run at the Leopards as the third quarter opened, with
Allison putting together a three-point play and Jeff Goldman adding another trey, but they
didnt get any closer than 14 points at 50-36, and the Leopards still led by 19 at
the end of the third quarter, 59-40.
A basket by Kemp sophomore Ryan Emfinger cut the margin to 15 points at 62-47, but minute
or so later, Wilson hit another trey to push the lead back out to 20 at 69-49 with 4:26
left to play.
The Jackets tried to do more on defense as the time started winding down, but as
they tried to close in, their shooting suffered and they also started fumbling when
harassed by the quicker Leopards.
A three-year starter, Kerr hit the last Kemp basket, which ended the scoring with about 20
Jeff Goldman led all scorers with 19 points, as Allison had nine, Kerr eight, Quick six,
Emfiinger five and Jake Goldman four.
Clark led the Leopards with 16 points, as Carson had 15, Wilson 12 and Watson 10.
Maltos qualifies for state meet
Monitor Staff Reports
EUSTACEEustace High School senior Kelsey Maltos took second in her weight class at
the Womens Powerlifting Associations regional meet at Forney High School Feb.
In finishing as the silver medalist, Maltos set a new regional record in the squat by
lifting a personal-best 425 pounds. She finished with a total lift of 900 pounds, also a
The second-place finish automatically qualifies Maltos to compete at the state
powerlifting meet, and her 900-pound total is 105 pounds more than the minimum needed to
qualify, independent of her runner-up finish.
Maltos will compete at the state meet in Corpus Christi Friday and Saturday, March 19-20.
Kaufman wins EHS tournament
Monitor Staff Reports
EUSTACEKaufmans Lions beat hosting Eustace and Malakoff to win the
championship at the annual Eustace Invitational baseball tournament Saturday.
Malakoff got into the championship game with a memorable see-saw win over Scurry-Rosser.
During Fridays game against Malakoff, Bulldog senior four-year starter Chris Compton
set a Eustace school record by recording his 100th career hit.
Misty rain all day Friday threatened the tournament, but all the pool games were held as
scheduled, Eustace head baseball coach Chris Powers reported.
However, heavy rain Monday on already soaked ground forced the cancellation of
Eustaces scheduled Tuesday night baseball and softball games against visiting
The Bulldogs are scheduled to play in the Grand Prairie tournament starting Thursday
(today), and are scheduled to play in the Athens tournament next weekend, March 11-13.
A scheduled contest against Tyler All Saints will follow Tuesday, March 16, and the
Bulldogs are scheduled to open District 14-3A baseball play at home against Mineola
Friday, March 19.
Eustace opened pool play Feb. 25 with a 13-3 thumping of Alba-Golden, and followed that
with a 5-0 win over Quinlan that evening.
With the late withdrawal of one team, the Bulldogs split into varsity and junior varsity
squads, and the JV lost back-to-back games to Grand Saline, 17-3, and eventual tournament
champion Kaufman 9-1.
Malakoff opened pool play by handing Alba-Golden a second first-day loss, 12-5.
Grand Saline lost to Scurry-Rosser 7-6 and followed that by blowing out the Eustace JV.
Fridays pool play got underway with Scurry-Rosser taking back-to-back wins over
Kaufman (8-4) and the Eustace JV (16-6).
Kaufman followed the early loss with an 11-7 win over Grand Saline. Quinlan Ford (who did
not play the opening day) defeated Alba-Golden, but a second scheduled game against
Malakoff was not played.
Eustace edged Malakoff, 12-11, in the final game of pool play Friday.
Sunny skies greeted teams Saturday, and Alba-Golden opened the final day of competition
with an 11-2 win over the Eustace JV. Grand Saline followed with a 12-0 shutout of Quinlan
In the first of the championship game playoffs, Kaufman edged Eustace 6-2, and then
watched as Malakoff came from behind to edge Scurry-Rosser 8-7.
Kaufman outslugged the Tigers 18-13 to win the championship.
In the opening day of play, Eustace blasted 10 hits and overcame four errors in their 13-2
win over Alba-Golden, who had five hits in the contest.
Nathan Taft went the distance for the Bulldogs, striking out three, with no walks and one
batter hit by a pitch. Both Alba-Golden runs were unearned.
Offensive standouts for the Bulldogs were Taylor Caldwell (two doubles, two RBIs), Compton
(single, double, three RBIs), Jacob Petillo (RBI double), Blake Hammonds (two-RBI single),
Blake Ward (RBI single), Taft (RBI single), Owen Babcock (RBI single) and Braden
Strickland went the distance on the mound during the Bulldogs 5-0 shutout of
Quinlan, giving up only one hit, to the leadoff batter in the first inning.
Strickland finished with nine strikeouts and issued just one walk to pick up his second
win of the season.
Compton had two singles and a double, with one RBI, Ward had two singles and an RBI, Tyson
Oliver and Babcock both had RBIs and Petillo also singled.
In Eustaces 12-10 slugfest against Malakoff, the Bulldogs battled back after giving
up eight Tiger runs in the first inning.
Oliver pitched the first two innings, but only two of the eight runs he allowed were
earned, as the Bulldogs committed four errors.
Petillo pitched the third inning, giving up three earned runs, but Addison Scott came on
in relief and threw one shutout inning to get his first career victory.
Oliver came up with the key hit, a walk-off RBI double in the rain. Petillo had three
singles and two RBIs, while Hammonds had a single and a double, with two RBIs, Babcock had
two singles and one RBI, Strickland had a three-RBI single, Compton had an RBI single,
Ward had an RBI single and Caldwell singled.
Saturday, the Bulldogs again were plagued by sloppy throws, recording three errors in the
6-2 loss to Kaufman. Both teams had six hits.
Compton went six innings, but took the loss, striking out six and walking three. Only
three of the six runs he allowed were earned.
Petillo had an RBI double for the Bulldogs, who also got offensive support from Caldwell
(two singles), Compton (RBI double), Scott (single), Oliver (single) and Strickland (RBI).
MHS g/b vs EHS g/b*
MHS g/b @ Lindale*
EHS g/b @ Athens*
MHS g/b vs Athens*
EHS g/b vs Chapel Hill*
(end regular season)
Xtreme @ Shreveport Storm
Xtreme @ Longview
EHS @ Canton
EHS @ Rains
MHS @ Tyler tournament
KHS @ Tyler tournament
EHS @ Scurry-Rosser
MHS vs A+ Academy
EHS @ Hawkins
MHS @ Terrell*
KHS @ Athens
EHS @ Athens Christian
MHS @ Grand Saline trn.
EHS @ Grand Prairie trn.
KHS @ Kaufman
MHS @ Kaufman
KHS vs Maypearl