Cass, Scott named EHS top
Monitor Staff Reports
EUSTACE–Eustace High School seniors Allie Cass and Addison Scott
were named the female and male Athletes of the Year Saturday at
the annual EHS sports banquet.
Seniors Allie Cass and Addison Scott were named the Eustace High
School Female and Male Athlete of the Year at the annual
all-sports banquet Saturday.
There was never any question about who the female athlete
would be – a four-year starter, Cass was named the MVP in
volleyball, basketball and girls track during the banquet – but
there were a couple of multi-sport male athletes who could be
considered, Scott and Braden Strickland.
Both started on the football, basketball and baseball teams, and
as it turned out, Scott was named in what was likely a close
vote by the coaching staff.
Girls coordinator Chuck Powers noted he had been blessed over
the years by coaching some outstanding girl athletes.
“It’s a bigger blessing each year that a kid comes along who
echoes all those characteristics,” he said. “She was a leader in
the classroom, on the field and in the community.
“You’ve heard her name said over and over tonight – she’s the
valedictorian – Allie Cass,” he added.
Athletic director Doug Wendel was brief in Scott’s introduction.
“This young man had the drive to be the best he could be, and
the drive to compete,” Wendel said.
In his welcome to the gathering, Wendel said his highest
priority was always excellence in the classroom, noting that had
been met by athletes during the past school year.
“We had 13 athletes who made academic all-state this year, and
we’ll have five or six more from baseball,” he reported. “We’ll
have five or six (athletes) going on to college careers.”
Four starters on the Bulldog football team were academic
all-state – Scott, Strickland, Owen Babcock and Taylor Brown –
and Scott, Strickland and Babcock also started on the baseball
The other academic all-state baseball players were Alex
Pharmakis, Brad Sawicki and Nathan Taft.
As he introduced his volleyball team, Powers noted seven of the
nine girls on the team were named academic all-district, and
three – Cass, Vanessa Lopez and Shelley Temple – were named
Cass was also named all-state by the state volleyball coaches’
association, Powers pointed out.
In cross country, both the EHS boys and girls teams were
district champions (the first time in three years for the
girls), while the girls basketball team posted four district
wins – the best showing in at least 18 years.
The boys basketball team posted its highest number of district
wins since 1997, with seven players named academic all-district.
(Boys basketball coach Chad Martinez was absent from the
proceedings – he and his wife welcomed a new baby girl that
morning, attendees heard.)
In soccer, the boys team posted the highest number of wins in
school history, and brought home the first tournament trophy in
the history of the program.
Similarly, the softball team went into the final week of the
season with the realistic possibility of going to the playoffs
for the first time in the 18 years of the program.
With a bidistrict victory, the Bulldog baseball team advanced in
the playoffs for the first time since 1989, and 10 players on
the team were named academic all-district.
The Eustace girls track team won district by 70 points, and the
boys team finished second by just four points.
Eustace Athletic Booster Club members presented scholarships to
six athletes – Babcock, Lopez, Scott, Strickland, Temple and
Taylor Caldwell, while the Courtney Howard Foundation presented
scholarships to Amalie Arambula, Scott, Temple, Pharmakis, Lopez
In turn, the Athletic Boosters presented a $1,000 donation to
the Courtney Howard Foundation.
The Eustace All Sports Association presented scholarships to
Sawicki and Chelsea Pritchett, and the Trinity Valley Community
College Volleyball Officials Association presented scholarships
to Lopez, Cass, Temple and (for the first time) manager Samantha
Following all the awards, the seniors lined up for the
traditional cutting of the ribbon – as the seniors held a purple
ribbon, a coach would snip off a piece to be kept by the
Individual coaches announced team awards, which are listed
Volleyball – Newcomer of the Year Kacie Richards, Hard Luck
Award Harmony Allen, Catania Grant and Shelby Stegent, Heart
Award Shelley Temple and Vanessa Lopez, MVP Allie Cass. Manager
Samantha Ives awarded $800 scholarship.
Cross country – Girls Heart Award Nancy Murff, MVP Meagan
Gunter, Boys Heart Award Michael Yates, Gavin Kirkhart and Caleb
Caldwell, Boys MVP Evan Arambula.
Football – no individual awards, special No. 1 Fan Award Owen
Babcock and Taylor Brown.
Girls basketball – Newcomer of Year Chelsea Oldham, Bulldog
Pride Award Megan Renteria, Offensive Player of the Year Katy
Brigham, Rebounder of the Year Kacie Richards, Defensive Player
of the Year Vanessa Lopez, Heart Award Shelley Temple, MVP Allie
Cass (led district in scoring).
Boys basketball – Defensive Player of the Year Jacob McCarter,
Offensive Player of the Year Braden Strickland and Chad Barina,
Bulldog Heart Award Billy Key, MVP Addison Scott.
Powerlifting – no individual awards.
Soccer – Girls MVP Haley Mathis and LaShawnda Martin, boys MVP
Softball – Offensive Player of the Year Bethany Strickland,
Defensive Player of the Year Chelsea Oldham, Most Improved Megan
Renteria, MVP Kacie Richards.
Baseball – Defensive Player of the Year Addison Scott, Offensive
Player of the Year Jacob Petillo, MVP Braden Strickland (also
named to Texas Baseball Coaches Association All-Star game and
named first-team All-American).
Track – Girls Most Improved Karli Gallops, MVP Allie Cass, Boys
MVP Jajuane Bennett (district champion in three events).
Hardy, DeLoach, Bywater, Lane
win Realtors’ tourney
Monitor Staff Reports
KEMP–The team of Jason Hardy, John DeLoache, Bill Bywater and
Ken Lane won the annual Henderson County Women’s Council of
Realtors golf tournament May 9 at the Cedar Creek Country Club.
Team Stalcup (No. 5) won $400 cash, which they donated back to
Team No. 6, representing Kwik Kar, with David Lindsay, Mike
Roach, Tim Reagan and Bo Relyea, took second place at the
tournament and won $200.
Team No. 2, Team Higgins, with Mike Higgins, Scott Higgins,
Randy Duncan and Daryl Duncan, finished third in the tournament,
Lew Talbot of Cedar Isle won the 50/50 raffle.
Other teams participating in the tournament were:
• Team No. 1 – Nathan Carmines, David Yanna, Shelli Yanna, Jason
Yanna and John Comeau.
• Team No. 3 – Lew Talbot, Gary Johnson, Chet Marter and Rob
• Team No. 4 – David Hollowell, Joe Budenski, John Hassell and