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senior Ryan named Outstanding Scholar Athlete
Monitor Staff Reports
MABANKMabank High School senior Sean Ryan has been named as an outstanding
student athlete and will appear on Dallas WFAA Channel 8 televisions
Dale Hansons Sports Special.
Ryan, who has performed as the MHS swim team since his freshman year, was named the
District 15-4A Swimmer of the Year as a junior last spring, as well as first-team
All-Region and All-State.
In addition to his swimming accomplishments, Ryan is an A student, vice president of the
MHS National Honor Society chapter and is an Eagle Scout.
He has received a personal proclamation from Henderson County, as well as a national award
from the Presidents Council for Outstanding Contributions and Community Service.
Ryan taped his segment with WFAA veteran sportscaster Dale Hanson this past week, which is
scheduled to appear during Hansons Sports Extra broadcast Sunday, Oct.
McDonalds restaurants sponsor the Outstanding Scholar Athlete award, and hosts an
end-of-year banquet for all of the student-athletes honored during the 2010-11 school
year. McDonalds also will donate a check to the Mabank Independent School District
in Ryans name.
The Outstanding Scholar Athlete award recognizes high school seniors from around the
Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex area who have outstanding achievements in academics, athletics
and community involvement.
could make Kemp a contender
By Kerry Yancey
Monitor Staff Writer
KEMPA new coach and no returning starters is not usually a recipe for success, and
the Kemp Lady Yellowjackets have struggled so far this season.
However, a major breakthrough in communication might signal that the Lady
Jackets have finally pulled together just in time to start District 13-3A volleyball
The Lady Jackets begin 13-3A play at home Friday night, Sept. 24, against the
Kaufman Lady Lions, with 5 p.m. sub-varsity matches opening the evenings slate.
Former Crandall standout Kelly Grady is in her first year with the Lady Jackets.
After graduating from Crandall in 1997, Grady played at Sam Houston State University.
Now in her eighth year of coaching, Grady came to Kemp from Scurry-Rosser, and her first
Kemp team features four seniors, four juniors and four sophomores, six of them having
played on the junior varsity last year.
Seniors Amber Brewer and Heather Henderson both saw some varsity playing time last year.
They are joined by multi-sport standout Shannon Shipp and Taylor Machen.
The four juniors include multi-sport standouts Brianna Powell and Kandace Rose, along with
Lacey Weisinger and Nicole Autrey.
Sophomores playing on the varsity are Nicole Cox, Angela Madrid, Chancie Sivley and Lacie
Fortunately, Grady had enough players turn out to field a 10-player freshman squad and an
11-player junior varsity, enabling a lot of younger kids to get some playing experience.
The freshman group is really athletic, and have learned a lot in just the past
couple of weeks, Grady said.
Grady said she has been most impressed with the work ethic of the Kemp students.
They give me everything, every day, she said. I could ask them to serve
backwards, and Im pretty sure they would try.
Role-playing apparently helped spark more communication among her players, Grady said.
She joined them on the floor in practice (she was a standout setter in high school and
college), and made sure everyone took a turn at setter.
Most of the girls had never tried setting the ball, and found Autreys job was a lot
harder than it looked, Grady said.
Nicole Autrey joined up a week before school started, Grady said. She
had a lot to catch up on, and she did it on her own time. She assumed the role of setter,
and she runs my floor.
If shes not talking, were not playing, Grady added.
Brewer and Powell have both stepped up to assume leadership roles on the team, along with
Shipp, who was expected to take a leading role after adding volleyball to her senior
schedule, along with basketball and track.
Heather Henderson has also stepped up as a defensive specialist in the libero position.
Shes in the game every rotation, Grady said. When shes on,
shes a very vital part of the team.
Consistency has been a problem throughout the season, Grady said.
I see spurts of so much talent, but they havent figured out how to put it all
together, she noted.
Grady immediately picks Mabank and North Forney, in that order, as the two favorites in
North Forney is very young, but they have talent, she said. Mabank is my
No. 1 pick. Theyve got some very good players.
As far as third place, I have no idea, she added. It could be Kaufman or
Crandall, but honestly, it could be anybody.
If we continue to improve like we have in the last few days, it could be us,
13-3A favorite Mabank just seeking
By Kerry Yancey
Monitor Staff Writer
MABANKA killer pre-district schedule has left its mark on the Mabank Lady
Panthers season record so far, but veteran coach Stacy Shelton planned it that way.
The Lady Panthers, who were 12-16 going into Tuesday nights final pre-district
contest against hosting Rains, open District 13-3A volleyball play at home Friday night,
Sept. 24, against the North Forney Lady Falcons, with 5 p.m. sub-varsity matches opening
the evenings slate.
For Shelton, now in her 11th year at Mabank and 21st year of coaching, a pre-district
schedule full of 5A and 4A competition is pretty normal, as she expects the tough going to
help her young players get ready for district play.
That said, Where we are now is not where we wanted to be at this time of the
season, Shelton noted.
Inconsistency has been the bane of the Lady Panthers so far this season, she said.
I would say half of our losses have been due to unforced errors, she said.
Were just like a big ol rollercoaster weve had good offense
or good defense, never both.
We really dont have a go-to girl, she added. Normally, that would
be your outside hitters, but we dont have that right now.
The Lady Panthers are young outside, starting a freshman and two sophomores, as the
teams returning starters seniors Torrie Garrett and Meagan Royal
are best in the middle for me right now, she explained.
Because the Lady Panthers are so young, they suffer from nerves, and that has cost them a
number of games, Shelton said.
At times, weve had one senior, three sophomores, one junior and a freshman on
the floor, she said. Volleyball is very much a mental game and a game of
momentum, and you can gain or lose (momentum) at any time.
Another returning starter joining Royal and Garrett (who missed much of last year with a
broken foot) is sophomore setter Kourtney Holyfield, a multi-sport athlete who
doesnt play like a sophomore.
However, there is only one other letterman back, Jena Penney. Everyone else is new
Shelby Swain, Natalie Torres, Mikayla Adams, Morgan Gaona, Maegan Olivarez, Molly Groom,
Sadie Roberts, Brittany Findley, Reagan Thornton, Makenna Allen and Jasmine Richman.
Sadie has done a good job for us at libero, Shelton said. Makenna (the
daughter of MHS boys basketball coach Mark Allen) has been a real pleasant surprise, and
has become one of our better serve receivers and passers.
I put a lot of pressure on Makenna, and for a freshman to handle that is very
mature, Shelton added. Ive got to have an outside hitter who is
consistent hitting into the court.
Most folks consider Mabank among the 13-3A favorites, and Shelton doesnt disagree
Ive heard that Crandall is pretty good, she said. I havent
heard a lot about Kaufman. North Forney is not winning a lot, but like us, theyve
been playing a lot of tough Metroplex competition.
You cant discount Ferris, she added. Theyve got good
athletes over there.
Consistency is going to be the only key for us, Shelton said. When you
have rally scoring, youve got to be consistent. Ive never had a team
thats had so much talent to be so inconsistent.
My freshmen are really talented, and my sophomores just need confidence, she
said. I have faith in these girls, and I think were going to do just fine in
district. I just hope I havent frustrated them by my schedule.
Fun Sail or Make-up race
MHS @ Brownsboro
KHS vs Fairfield
EHS @ Ferris
MHS @ Canton Relays
KHS @ Canton Relays
EHS @ Lions Den Relays
MHS vs NForney*
KHS vs Kaufman*
EHS @ Blooming Grove*
MHS vs N.Forney*
KHS @ Crandall*
EHS vs Teague*