Ritterbach, Kilgore named
top Yellowjacket athletes
Monitor Staff Reports
KEMP–Seniors Michelle Ritterbach and Johnny Kilgore were named
the Kemp High School Athletes of the Year at the annual Spring
Sports Banquet Monday evening.
“She (Ritterbach) pushes every day in everything she does –
always,” girls coordinator Peggy Swierc told students, parents
and coaches gathered in the high school auditorium.
A multi-sport standout – a two-year regional qualifier in both
cross country and track, and an all-region selection in
basketball – Ritterbach qualified for the Texas Relays in Austin
all four years of high school, and also was academic
all-district in every sport all four years, Swierc related.
Kilgore, a consensus first-team all-district pick at linebacker,
also was a regional powerlifter and a relay runner in track.
Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
Seniors Johnny Kilgore and Michelle Ritterbach were named the
Kemp High School Male and Female Athletes of the Year at the KHS
Spring Sports Banquet Monday.
Athletic director and head coach Greg Anderson said this year’s
male selection was extremely difficult, as there were six
different young men considered, but Kilgore was the clear winner
in voting by the coaching staff.
Former KHS track standout Kate Donovan, a 2007 graduate who went
on to a stellar running career at Texas A&M University at
Commerce, spoke briefly to the students, urging them to always
do their best in anything they attempt.
Among Cedar Creek Lake area school districts, Kemp is unique in
hosting both fall and spring sports banquets. Members of the
Calvary Baptist Church youth group catered the meal.
Award winners are listed below by sport.
Girls basketball – Best Free Throw Shooter Michelle Ritterbach,
Sportsmanship Award Maegan McVay, Heart and Hustle Award Taylor
Day, Offensive Player of the Year Brianna Powell, Defensive
Player of the Year Kandace Rose and Shannon Shipp, MVP
Ritterbach and Powell.
Boys basketball – Leadership Award Ryan Emfinger,
Longevity/Endurance Cody Dunagan, Offensive Player of the Year
(new award) Jeff Goldman, MVP Jake Goldman.
Powerlifting – Girls Outstanding Lifter Jessica Van Pamel, Boys
Outstanding Lifter Johnny Kilgore and Cody Parker, Best All
Around Lifter Kandace Rose and A.J. Durham.
Soccer – Offensive Player of the Year Justin Hathcock, Defensive
Player of the Year Zach Patterson, Midfielder of the Year Matt
Kinney, Heart and Hustle Award Eric Garza, MVP Dalton Chambers.
Golf – Most improved Cody Dunagan, Golfer of the Year A.J.
Softball – Offensive Player of the Year Taylor Day, Defensive
Player of the Year Brianna Powell, Utility Player of the Year
Kayla Collum, Lady ’Jacket Award Shelby Brainerd, Most Improved
Maegan McVay, MVP (new award) Brianna Pavatt.
Baseball – Offensive Player of the Year Dalton Irby, Defensive
Player of the Year Cody Benavidez, Rookie of the Year Corey
Watkins, Leadership Award Blake Watkins and Jared Lane, MVP Jeff
Track – Outstanding Jumper Jeff Goldman and Zach Patterson,
Outstanding Thrower Shannon Shipp, Kandace Rose and Cody Parker,
Outstanding Distance Runner Amber Brewer and Justin Hathcock,
Outstanding Sprinter Nicole Cox and Zach Patterson, Outstanding
Hurdler Bree Weisinger, Heart Award Harley Foster and Matt
Kinney, Leadership Award Justin Lawler and Michelle Ritterbach.
Student Trainer of the Year – Caitlyn Garcia (new award).
Jackson grabs 2nd straight
Monitor Staff Report
MABANK–Mabank High School graduating senior Dustin Jackson is
headed to the Texas High School Rodeo Association (THSRA) finals
in Abilene again after winning the All-Around Cowboy title in
the regional competition for the second straight year.
Jackson, who will be graduating with Distinguished Honors (in
the top 10 percent of his class), qualified to go to state in
every event he competes in – Bareback, Saddle Bronc, Steer
Wrestling, Calf Roping, Team Roping (Heading) and Cutting.
It is very rare for a competitor to qualify in this many events,
and has been done only two or three times, because very few
cowboys work both ends of the arena, competing in both Rough
Stock and Timed Events.
In April, Jackson competed at the Region IV THSRA Finals in
Athens, where he won All Around Cowboy for the second year in a
row, making him a four-time All Around Cowboy Champion.
Only the top 10 from each of the 10 different regions are able
to advance to state finals, which will be held June 12-18.
Jackson recently received a National Intercollegiate Rodeo
Association scholarship to rodeo with Northeast Texas Community
College in Mt. Pleasant, where he’ll be pursuing a degree in
Jackson also rides with the North Texas High School Rodeo
Association in Saginaw, where he represents Mabank High School.
The NTHSRA finals will be held next weekend, May 20-22, at the
Will Rogers Coliseum in Fort Worth.
He has already clinched the All Around Cowboy Championship, as
well as first place in Bareback and Saddle Bronc. He also is
currently in first place in Team Roping and Ribbon Roping, third
in Calf Roping and third in Steer Wrestling.