Sports and Outdoors


‘Jackets Jump Bulldogs
After opening a 27-0 lead in the first half Friday, the Kemp Yellowjackets had to hold off a determined Eustace Bulldog comeback in the second half to notch a 33-27 victory in the District 13-3A opener for both teams.
Now 1-5 on the season, Kemp will host its Homecoming festivities against Crandall Oct. 20, while 1-5 Eustace will host Mabank.

Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
Kemp senior Leif Skierski (3) cuts outside, away from Eustace defenders Cameron Coffey (9) and No. 55 (not listed on the program), as Kemp tackle Shawn Hamm (79) looks for a downfield block during Kemp’s 33-27 win over hosting Eustace Friday.

Kaufman Lions Claw Panthers
The Mabank Panthers were hoping to keep their two-game winning streak going Friday night, but the Kaufman Lions used a strong running game and a big first quarter to upset the Panthers 27-2 in the District 13-3A opener for both teams.
Now 2-4 on the season and 0-1 in district play, the Panthers will be looking to get back on the winning track next Friday, when they travel to face the Eustace Bulldogs.

Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
Mabank linebacker Mark Groom (42) combines with an unidentifiable Panther to sack Kaufman quarterback Michael Cox during a defensive-minded third quarter Friday. An earlier sack by Groom for a safety gave the Panthers their only points in a 27-2 loss.

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Eustace Clocks Kaufman
Monitor Staff Reports
KAUFMAN-Eustace's Lady Bulldogs took a big step toward a playoff berth Tuesday by notching a 3-1 victory over the hosting Kaufman Lady Lions.
Now 21-8 on the season and 4-2 in District 13-3A volleyball competition, the Lady Bulldogs were scheduled to host Kemp Friday.
Tuesday, Oct. 17, the Eustace girls will host Crandall in a key district match, and next Friday, Oct. 20, the Lady Bulldogs will host league-leading Mabank before closing out the regular season on the road against Ferris Tuesday, Oct. 24.
Each evening opens with 4:30 p.m. sub-varsity matches.
Eustace won the first two games, 25-13 and 25-18, before Kaufman fought back to win the third game, 25-21. Eustace captured the fourth game, 25-13, to secure the match.
"Great team effort," veteran Eustace coach Chuck Powers noted afterward.
"Our front line (Alyson Harlan, Rebekah Walter, Cassie Freeman and Traci Garrett) controlled the match with great efforts," Powers added.
Garrett scored 11 points on eight kills, while Freeman scored 13 points on seven kills, one block and two digs.
Walter had seven blocks, while Harlan scored 17 points on 11 digs and a whopping 10 serving aces.
"Jessica Parker (27 assists, two blocks and two kills) did a good job of moving the ball around and running our offense," Powers said.
The Lady Bulldogs also got one kill, two blocks, two digs and one assist from Cati DiBari, while Chelsea Truitt added a dig, Kayla Stacks had four digs and Cayce Hampton had one dig.
Eustace freshmen also won their match against Kaufman, 25-19 and 25-22, behind seven points each from Tori Bynum and Taylor Alexander.
No junior varsity match was played.


Ferris Edges Kemp
Monitor Staff Reports
FERRIS-In a battle of Lady Yellowjackets, the hosting Ferris girls knocked off Kemp 3-0 Tuesday.
Now 8-15 on the season and 0-6 in District 13-3A volleyball play, the Kemp Lady 'Jackets were scheduled to visit Eustace Friday.
Tuesday, Oct. 17, the Kemp girls will visit Kaufman's Lady Lions, and next Friday, Oct. 20, they will host Crandall in a homecoming contest.
The Lady 'Jackets will close out the regular season at home Tuesday, Oct. 24, when they host league-leading Mabank.
Each evening opens with 4:30 p.m. sub-varsity matches.
At Ferris Tuesday, the hosting Lady Yellowjackets kept their slim playoff hopes alive by taking the match in three games, 25-14, 25-7 and 25-15.
Alex Valentine led the Kemp scoring with four points on four kills, while both Julie Gorka (three kills, two digs) and Ashley Zellmer (three kills, three digs, one assist) scored three points each.
Sabrina Trammell scored two points with four digs and two kills, while Meagan Lacy (one ace, one assist), Jamie Hunter (one kill, one dig and three assists) and Keleigh Collinsworth (one ace, one dig and one assist) all scored one point each.
Paige Moore added four digs and Taylor Sharp had one dig for Kemp.
Ferris also won the junior varsity contest, 25-17, 25-22 and 25-20.


Mabank Bops Crandall
Monitor Staff Reports
CRANDALL-Mabank's Lady Panthers actually lost a game, but they remained unbeaten Tuesday by taking a 3-1 win over the hosting Crandall Lady Pirates.
Tuesday's win over the 20th-ranked Lady Pirates probably locked up the District 13-3A volleyball championship for the 13th-ranked Lady Panthers, who went through the first round of district play without dropping a game.
Now 23-4 on the season and 6-0 in loop play, Mabank's girls were scheduled to host Kaufman in a key second-round match Friday.
Tuesday, Oct. 17, the Lady Panthers will host Ferris for Parent's Night, and then travel to Eustace Friday, Oct. 20, before winding up the regular season on the road at Kemp Tuesday, Oct. 24.
Each evening opens with 4:30 p.m. sub-varsity contests.
"We didn't play as well as we normally play, but we'll take the win," Mabank head coach Stacy Shelton said afterward.
"You've got to give Crandall credit - they were ready to play tonight," Shelton said. "I think, at times we thought we could just roll right over them, and they did not let that happen.
"Crandall played a great match, and have some talented girls on their team," she added.
Mabank won the first two games, 25-21 and 25-20, before dropping the third game to the Lady Pirates, 25-22.
"Our girls relaxed in the third game, and then had to step it up in the fourth game," Shelton said. "They came out strong, and didn't let Crandall get into that game at all."
The Lady Panthers won the fourth game 25-15 to secure the victory.
"Hopefully, this will be a wake-up call for our girls to lift their play up a notch," Shelton noted. "We have to be prepared for the playoffs, and step up to that level."
The Lady Panthers' strong net game came into play against Crandall, as six different players notched 45 kills and three players combined for nine blocks.
Bridgette Tanner led the Lady Panther net game with 11 kills, two digs, two assists and three blocks, while Shadia Rueb added seven kills, three blocks and two digs.
Kelly Hitzfeld had three kills, three blocks and one save.
Hali Schultz had 12 kills, eight digs and two saves, while Miranda Groom had 10 kills, seven digs and four saves.
Pheng Leav led the defense with 13 digs and one save, while Lindsie Amyx had nine digs and one serving ace, and setter Kelsi Reynolds had 36 assists, four saves and five digs.
Crandall won both the junior varsity and freshman matches, handing the Mabank JV their first district loss.


Upcoming Games
Cross Country
Oct. 23
District 13-3A meet
(Cedar Creek CC)

Oct. 20
KHS vs Crandall* (HC)

Oct. 27
MHS vs Ferris*
KHS @ Kaufman*
EHS @ Crandall*

Nov. 3
MHS @ Crandall*
KHS vs Ferris*
EHS vs Kaufman*

Nov. 10
EHS @ Ferris*
(end regular season)

*district game

Oct. 17
MHS vs Ferris*
EHS vs Crandall*
KHS @Kaufman*

Oct. 20
MHS @ Eustace*
KHS vs Crandall*

Oct. 24
MHS @ Kemp*
EHS @ Ferris"
(end regular season)

*district match