MHS girls named
Monitor Staff Reports
MABANK–Mabank Lady Panther junior Ashton Norman was named co-MVP
by the District 31-4A soccer coaches recently.
Norman, who led the Lady Panthers in scoring (hitting almost
half their goals on the season), scored the first goal given up
in the playoffs by regional semifinalist Whitehouse during
Mabank’s sectional playoff game against the LadyCats April 1.
Monitor file photo
Mabank Lady Panther junior Ashton Norman (20) fires a shot in
the sectional playoff against district foe Whitehouse April 1.
Norman, who led the Lady Panthers soccer team in scoring, was
named the District 31-4A co-MVP by loop coaches recently.
Whitehouse junior Chestley Strother, who led the LadyCats to the
district championship, was selected as the other co-MVP.
Athens senior Samantha Harris was named the Offensive Player of
the Year, while Whitehouse sophomore Amber Bennett was picked as
the Defensive Player of the Year.
Coaches named two girls as Sophomores of the Year, Whitehouse’s
Amy Enlow and Chapel Hill’s Escarlet Velasquez.
John Tyler junior Andrea Araiza was named the Newcomer of the
Year, while Athens senior Daisy Martinez was picked as the
Goalkeeper of the Year.
Mabank had three players named to the 18-man first team –
seniors Natalie Torres and Lindsay Pait, along with junior
Whitehouse and Lindale each had four players named to the first
team, with Athens having three players and both John Tyler and
Chapel Hill having two players named.
Mabank senior Jennifer Pyle, junior Maegan Olivarez and freshman
goalie Shelby Fry were all named to the 18-man second team.
Again, Whitehouse and Lindale each had four players selected to
the second team, Athens had three players and both John Tyler
and Chapel Hill had two players picked.
John Tyler had three players named honorable mention, while
Lindale had two, and both Chapel Hill and Whitehouse had one
’Dogs stampede Mustangs, 16-0
Monitor Staff Reports
EUSTACE–Pounding out 11 hits and taking advantage of some sloppy
fielding, the Eustace Bulldogs blasted the Life Red Oak Mustangs
16-0 Wednesday evening.
Originally scheduled to be played in Waxahachie Tuesday night, a
thunderstorm forced the game to be postponed and moved to
Eustace, so even though the Bulldogs were hosting Wednesday’s
contest, they were, officially, the visitors.
Late arrivers were shocked to see the “visitors” ahead 5-0 after
the first inning, before realizing the actual situation.
Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
Eustace Bulldog Tyson Oliver (right) slides into home plate just
ahead of the cutoff throw to Life-Red Oak Mustang catcher E.J.
Madrigal to give the Bulldogs a 13-0 lead over the Mustangs in
the fifth and final inning of Eustace's 16-0 win Wednesday.
With the victory, the Bulldogs improved to 6-3 in District 13-2A
baseball competition and 17-9 on the season, while the Mustangs
fell to 0-9 in district play and 2-17 with their 13th straight
The Bulldogs were scheduled to host Scurry-Rosser’s Wildcats
(12-13, 3-6) Friday night in the second-round and regular-season
Having clinched the district’s third-place playoff berth, the
Bulldogs will play either Teague or Mildred in the first round
of the playoffs.
Those two teams will have a third-game playoff to settle second
and third place Friday, March 29, and the Bulldogs will play the
loser of that game, EHS coach Chris Powers said.
It didn’t take long for the Bulldogs to build a commanding lead.
Up 5-0 after the first inning, the Bulldogs scored one run in
the second and four in the third to make it 10-0.
In the fifth and final inning, the Bulldogs exploded for six
runs, thanks to some inaccurate Mustang pitching and sloppy
Alex Pharmakis led the Bulldogs at the plate, going 2-for-3 with
a two-RBI ground-rule double in the fifth, and scoring twice.
Addison Scott had just one hit, but it was a good one – a
three-RBI triple – and Jacob Petillo also went 2-for-3 with
three RBIs and scored twice.
Nathan Taft went the distance for the victory, allowing just two
hits and issuing two walks while striking out 11 of the 18
batters he faced, and adding a two-RBI single.
Tim Gassman also had a two-RBI single, as did Jordan Foote,
while Owen Babcock contributed an RBI on a fielder’s choice.
Also getting hits were Tyson Oliver, Taylor Caldwell and Forrest
Lane (a double).