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Lady ’Dogs sweep Wills Point
Tuesday’s 3-1 win gives Eustace inside track to 14-3A championship
Monitor Staff Reports
WILLS POINT–In a key second-round matchup, the Eustace Lady Bulldogs took a huge step towards a District 14-3A championship Tuesday night by knocking off the hosting Wills Point Lady Tigers, 3-1.
Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
Eustace Lady Bulldog senior Kim Austin (7) sets as senior teammate Jenny McConathy (3) gathers herself for a leap and spike during their 3-1 win over the hosting Wills Point Lady Tigers in the District 14-3A second-round opener Tuesday. Also shown are Vanessa Lopez (20, lower left) and Harmony Allen (4).

Now 24-11 on the season and 6-0 in district volleyball play, the Lady Bulldogs are assured of no worse than a tie for the loop championship, having swept one of the two teams (Van being the other) who might be able to challenge them.
Wills Point (4-2) defeated Van, 3-0, in their first-round matchup Oct. 6. Those two teams will face each other again Friday, Oct. 23, in a match that most likely will determine second and third place behind the Lady Bulldogs.
Eustace is scheduled to stay on the road for their next two matches, at Canton Friday night and at Van Tuesday, Oct. 20, opening with 4:30 p.m. sub-varsity contests.
Friday, Oct. 23, the Lady Bulldogs will host the winless Kemp Lady Yellowjackets for “senior night,” opening at 5 p.m. with a sub-varsity match.
Both teams have been raising money for breast cancer research through the “Dig Pink” effort, and will mark the end of the fund-raising drive with a special presentation prior to the varsity contest.
The Lady Bulldogs will wind up the second round of district play and the regular season on the road at Mineola Tuesday, Oct. 27, with a 4:30 p.m. junior varsity match opening the evening’s slate.
If events unfold as anticipated, the Lady Bulldogs will get a first-round playoff bye and face an opponent to be determined in the area round Nov. 5-7.
Tuesday night in Wills Point’s gym, the Lady Bulldogs and Lady Tigers battled tenaciously, as neither team could put a run of more than a couple of points together after the first game.
Wills Point took an early 4-0 lead in the opening game, but the Lady Bulldogs came back to take a 5-4 lead, and they stayed within a couple of points of each other until the Lady Bulldogs put together the last three points of the match to win 25-22.
The second game was, if anything, even closer, but the Lady Bulldogs again prevailed, 25-22.
Facing elimination, Wills Point managed to find an edge in the third game, winning it 25-23, but the Lady Bulldogs took charge late in the fourth game to win going away, 25-17.
“It was a good, solid team effort,” veteran Eustace coach Chuck Powers noted later. “It’s starting to look like we belong in the playoffs.”
After struggling in the first game, Lady Bulldog senior Jenny McConathy started controlling the net, eventually racking up 15 kills, 11 blocks, 13 digs on defense, one assist and one serving ace.
Sophomore Catania Grant also turned in a sparkling defensive performance, notching 12 kills and three blocks, along with 28 digs on defense, one ace and two assists.
Junior Harmony Allen racked up 11 kills and four blocks, adding 17 digs and one assist, while classmate Allie Cass had seven kills, three blocks, three assists, one ace and a team-leading 34 digs on defense.
Vanessa Lopez had six kills, three blocks, six digs and two assists, while libero Erica Sanchez added one dig.
Senior setter Kim Austin notched 45 assists, along with three kills, two blocks, five digs and one ace.

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TFFC to host fish art contest, expo
Special to The Monitor
ATHENS–The Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center (TFFC) has agreed to host the 2010 national State-Fish Art expo next July.
“The Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center is an ideal location to host the expo,” TFFC director Allen Forshage said.
For the past three years, TFFC has managed the Texas division of the national conservation art contest, and during that time Texas has led the country in the number of entries. Last year 624 Texas students in grades 4-12 submitted entries, a fourth of all the entries nationwide.
“We’re thrilled that Texas, the leading State-Fish Art state, offered to host the expo to highlight the national winners in true Texas style,” Wildlife Forever (national sponsor of the contest) president Doug Grann said.
“By moving the expo to Texas, we hope to inspire other states’ participation and get more students to enter the contest,” Grann added.
The State-Fish Art contest is open to all students in public, private or home schools, and requires submission of a one-page essay and a drawing of an officially recognized state fish. Entry deadline is March 31 each year.
Educators who wish to have their students enter the contest can download the free “State-Fish Art Contest Lesson Plan” at www.statefish.artcom.
The interdisciplinary curriculum includes lessons and activities, a species identification section profiling each state fish, a glossary and student worksheets.
Contest rules, guidelines and entry information can be found at  Additional information can be obtained from the coordinator of the Texas division, Zoe Ann Stinchcomb, at (903) 670-2239 or
The public portion of the State-Fish Art Expo will be held July 17, 2010, and will feature fishing, instructional seminars and demonstrations and a display of all the state and national contest winners.
Plans are being made for a day-long schedule of events, with food booths, outdoor activities and displays that the public can enjoy in addition to viewing the artwork and voting for the People’s Choice Award. Public admission to the expo and related activities will be included with paid admission to TFFC.
One outstanding piece of artwork each year is selected for the Art of Conservation Award, and a commemorative stamp featuring the artwork is produced for sale. Proceeds from sales of the stamp are used to fund conservation projects.
In 2007, a drawing of a Guadalupe bass, the Texas state fish, by Eagle Lake student Clayton Bowen was selected as the Art of Conservation winner. The 2010 winner will be unveiled at the expo.
Support for the Texas division of the contest and the expo is provided by the Toyota Texas Bass Classic, which makes it possible for the top three Texas entries in each grade level to win cash prizes.
First place in grades 10-12 wins $1,000, second place $750 and third place $500. Prizes in the 4-6 and 7-9 grade levels are $100 for first, $75 for second and $50 for third.


Upcoming games

Cross country

Oct. 26
MHS idle
KHS @ 14-3A meet
EHS @ 14-3A meet
(4 Pines Ranch, Eustace)

Oct. 31
MHS @ 15-4A meet
(Samuell Farms, Mesquite)

Nov. 7
Region II meet (4A, 3A)
(Vandergriff Park, Arlington)

Nov. 14
State CC meet
(Old Settlers Park, Round Rock)

Oct. 20
MHS bye
KHS vs Canton*
EHS @ Van*

Oct. 23
MHS vs Forney*

Oct. 27
MHS vs Terrell*
KHS @ Van*
EHS @ Mineola*
(end regular season)
(*district contest)

Nov. 2-3
Bidistrict playoffs

Nov. 5-7
Area playoffs


Oct. 23
MHS vs Forney*

Oct. 30
MHS @ Lancaster*
KHS vs Mineola*
EHS @ Wills Point*

Nov. 6
MHS vs West Mesquite*
KHS @ Canton*
EHS vs Van*
(end regular season)
(*district contest)


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