Strickland loop MVP
Monitor Staff Reports
EUSTACE–Palmer advanced farther in the state baseball playoffs,
but Eustace had the District 13-2A’s most valuable player,
according to all-district selections by loop coaches.
All-district picks were released Thursday, after Palmer lost to
Nacogdoches Central Heights, 4-3, in the state semifinals
Wednesday night in Round Rock.
LSU signee and recent EHS graduate Braden Strickland, whose
dominating second-round performance helped Eustace gain a
home-and-home split with Palmer April 15, was named the district
Palmer senior Zach Hobbs was named the Pitcher of the Year,
while junior teammate Garrett Dearden was the Defensive Player
of the Year.
Sunnyvale junior Zach Metzger was the Offensive Player of the
Year, and freshman teammate Ryan Cottingame was named the
Newcomer of the Year.
Three Eustace players, all seniors, were named to the district’s
15-man first team – Nathan Taft (one of three pitchers named),
Addison Scott (one of five infielders) and Jacob Petillo (one of
Malakoff had two players, both juniors, named to the first team
– pitcher Kash Armstrong and infielder Jacob Teague.
Coaches named a 14-man second team, which included three Eustace
players, senior outfielder Taylor Caldwell (who broke his ankle
in the Bulldogs’ season-ending area-round playoff game against
Clifton) and two juniors, first baseman Raymond Shutak and
outfielder Blake Ward.
Malakoff sophomore infielder Tate Taylor was also named to the
Strickland, Scott, Taft and fellow seniors Alex Pharmakis, Owen
Babcock and Brad Sawicki were all named Academic All-State
CCVF 2nd Golf Classic June 20
Monitor Staff Reports
PINNACLE CLUB–The Cedar Creek Veterans Foundation will hold its
second annual Golf Classic Monday, June 20, at the Pinnacle Golf
Club, north of Malakoff.
Funds raised will benefit three nonprofit organizations – Hope
For The Warriors®, the Fisher House of Dallas and the
Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society.
Registration opens at 8 a.m. followed by a 9:30 a.m. shotgun
start. Entry fee for a team of four is $240 (single player is
$60) and includes golf, green fees, golf cart and lunch.
To register for the Golf Classic or to learn more about
sponsoring the event, contact Gayle Robinson at (903) 451-5054,
email@example.com, or Elaine Bownes at (903) 451-3820,
Several veterans will be honored in an opening ceremony.
World War II veteran Richard E. Dwelle of Athens was assigned as
a forward observer during the Battle of the Bulge and the Rhine
Campaign. Upon returning to the United States, Dwelle began a
50-year career in newspaper publishing.
George “Mickey” Ludwig was an Army pilot in Vietnam, and the
recipient of numerous awards, including the Distinguished Flying
In addition, several wounded service members undergoing
rehabilitation at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio will
be honored and will participate in the Golf Classic.
Special guests this year are Lt. Gen. Robert Carey, USMC (Ret.)
of Plano, and Maj. Gen. Paul Landers, USAF (Ret.) of Bullard,
both highly decorated pilots in their respective military
A representative from the Texas Governor’s Office will present
each retired general with a resolution, honoring their service.
Each general will also be entered into the Congressional Record
in Washington, D.C.
“These brave service members, both currently serving and
retired, are the reason the Cedar Creek Veterans Foundation was
established,” Robinson said. “We owe these men and women our
respect and support for their service to our country.”
“We are proud to be chosen with both of these fine nonprofit
organizations,” Peggy Rochon, Hope For The Warriors® Southeast
Regional Director said. “This is an exciting event for our
organization to be a part of, and for our local wounded heroes
Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
Rally Girls catcher Ashton Wallace gets some help removing her
gear from coach Amanda Cline (left) and dad Waylon Wallace
into the batter's box during a Mabank Baseball Softball
softball (8 and under) contest against the Malakoff Poison
Monday at Mabank's
George Watts Park.