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EHS 3rd in tourney
Monitor Staff Reports
EUSTACE–Scurry-Rosser’s Lady Wildcats won the Eustace Lady Bulldog Invitational tournament championship Saturday, knocking off the Cayuga Lady Wildcats in the title game.
The hosting Lady Bulldogs took third place in the Gold Bracket with a 25-21, 25-20 win over Brook Hill, while Kemp’s Lady Yellowjackets won the consolation trophy by beating Palestine (see related story).
Pool play last Thursday and Friday set up two brackets, Gold and Silver, for championship play Saturday.
In the opening round of the Gold bracket, Cayuga knocked off Alba-Golden, while Brook Hill defeated Palestine, Scurry-Rosser defeated Brownsboro and the hosting Lady Bulldogs defeated the Kemp Lady ’Jackets.
In the second round, Palestine defeated Alba-Golden to eliminate the Lady Panthers, while Kemp eliminated the Brownsboro Lady Bears.
Over in the Silver bracket, Athens defeated Jacksonville, while Malakoff defeated Mildred, Grand Saline knocked off Winona and Cross Roads defeated Palmer.
In the second round, Jacksonville eliminated Mildred, while Palmer eliminated Winona.
Jacksonville defeated Palmer to take the consolation trophy in the Silver bracket.
In the second round of the winner’s bracket, Athens defeated Malakoff, while Grand Saline defeated Cross Roads.
Cross Roads then defeated Grand Saline to take third place.
In the championship game, Athens knocked off Grand Saline to take the Silver bracket crown.

Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
Eustace Lady Bulldog Jenny McConathy (8) blasts a
shot past Kemp's Breanna Griffin (7) during their
second-round matchup at the Eustace Lady Bulldog
Invitational volleyball tournament Saturday.

Kemp girls win consolation
Monitor Staff Reports
KEMP–Kemp’s Lady Yellowjackets brought home the consolation trophy from the annual Eustace Lady Bulldog Invitational volleyball tournament Saturday.
Now 5-4 on the season (the Kemp girls won a total of three matches last year), the Lady ’Jackets were scheduled to visit Brownsboro Tuesday before traveling to the Wills Point Lady Tiger Invitational tournament this weekend, with a 5 p.m. Friday game at home against Blooming Grove squeezed in.
Following the Labor Day holiday, the Lady ’Jackets resume tournament play at Brownsboro Thursday and Saturday, Sept. 4-6.
A home rematch against Cross Roads will follow Tuesday, Sept. 9, opening with a 5 p.m. freshman contest.
During pool play at the Eustace tournament Aug. 21, the Lady ’Jackets went 2-1, losing to Palestine before defeating Malakoff and Winona.
Seeded second in the Gold Bracket (see related story), the Lady ’Jackets opened Saturday with a loss to future district foe Eustace, 25-8 and 25-12.
Kemp bounced back to defeat Brownsboro’s Lady Bears 25-22 and 25-17 to advance to the consolation game.
In the trophy match against Palestine, the Lady ’Jackets lost the opening game 25-11, but bounced back to win the next two, 25-20 and 25-21.
Against Eustace, the Lady ’Jackets played sluggishly, although Amanda Lawrence and Shelbie Wright each hit 100 percent from the serving line.
In the Brownsboro game, the Lady ’Jackets got a strong all-around effort from Meagan Lacy, who hit all of her serves, including an ace, and had five hits, two kills and two blocks.
Kimmie Gorka also had a strong outing, with six hits, one kill, one serving ace and 11 digs, while Breanna Griffin had 10 digs, four hits and one block.
Wright also added 11 hits, three kills and four digs, while Lawrence had seven assists, two digs and one ace.
In the consolation match against Palestine, Lacy provided a strong presence at the net, notching five kills, two blocks and 12 digs, while Gorka also had five kills and 10 digs.
Lawrence had five digs, 10 assists and seven service points, while Griffin served up 12 points, while adding three kills, 10 digs and one block.
Wright had one kill, one block and 11 digs, while Amanda White had one kill, five digs and hit 100 percent from the serving line.

Courtesy Photo
Kemp High School varsity volleyball players show the consolation trophy they
won at the annual Eustace Lady Bulldog Invitational tournament Saturday. Pictured
are (from left, front) Meagan Lacy and Breanna Griffin; (back) Amanda Lawrence,
Shelbie Wright, Kimmie Gorka, Hannah Carpenter, Kayleigh Morton, Kylie Goswick
and Amanda White. Not pictured is Sharda Bettis.

Panthers host Lions in opener
Monitor Staff Reports
MABANK–With a good working scrimmage behind them, the Mabank Panthers welcome a former district foe, the Kaufman Lions, to Panther Stadium for the football season opener Friday.
Fifth-year Panther head coach Jimmy Cantrell was pleased with the workout his charges got against Canton’s Eagles at Birdwell Stadium last Thursday night.
“I thought it was a good scrimmage for both teams,” he said. “It was hard-hitting, and nobody got hurt.
“We kinda ran out of gas in the second part of the running half, and we will be working on conditioning,” he added.
Senior quarterback Kolton Browning did what he was expected to do, move the Panthers downfield, Cantrell said.
“I thought Kolton did a pretty good job,” he added.
Other standouts included Anthony McLaughlin on defense and Spencer Endelman at defensive tackle.
Offensive notables included Anthony Hendrix and Brandon Rasco both catching and running the ball, Cantrell said.
With no major injuries going into the season opener, the Panthers should be getting back a couple of players held out of scrimmages by nagging hurts.
Cantrell said he didn’t expect the Lions to approach Friday’s 7:30 p.m. contest with the Panthers any differently than in the past.
“Their game plan is always going to be keeping us off the field by controlling the ball, and wear us down in the second half,” Cantrell said.
“They have the same problem we do, in that nobody is in the best shape yet,” he added. “We need to learn how to be physical, and this will be a good opportunity.”
Although most fans won’t notice, the Panthers have a number of new coaches this year, and making sure coaches communicate during the game will be a key item.
“It doesn’t seem like much, but it is,” Cantrell said. “It’s huge.”
With conditioning in mind, coaches also will be working out a proper rotation for players, keeping them hydrated during what figures to be a hot and humid night.


Upcoming games


Aug. 28
EHS @ Grace Community

Aug. 29
MHS vs Kaufman
KHS vs Brownsboro

Aug. 28-30
MHS @ Tyler tournament
KHS @ Wills Point tourney
EHS @ Tyler tournament
Cross Country

Aug. 30
KHS @ Greenhill Relays
EHS @ Greenhill Relays
(Norbuck Park, Dallas)

*District contest


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