Sports and Outdoors


Panthers Dominate Bulldogs
The visiting Mabank Panthers dominated the Eustace Bulldogs Friday, winning 40-0 before a packed Bulldog Stadium.
With the win, the Panthers are 3-4 for the season, and 1-1 in District 13-3A play. They will host the Ferris Yellowjackets next Friday.
The Bulldogs are now 1-6 for the season, and 0-2 in district. They will travel to Crandall next Friday to face the Pirates, who defeated Kemp 37-14 Friday night.

Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
Mabank sophomore Kolton Browning throws in the flat for a receiver against Eustace Friday. Browning hit 25 of 33 attempts for 278 yards and two touchdowns in his first varsity start.

Crandall Spoils KHS Homecoming
After a close first half, Crandall went on a fourth-quarter run to upset Kemp on their Homecoming night, 37-14, Friday.
Now 1-6 on the season and 1-1 in District 13-3A play, Kemp will look to bounce back as they travel to Kaufman next Friday.

Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
Kemp Yellowjacket Josh Carr dashes through a huge hole made by Cody Cook (52) and Jacarri Culberson (89) for a touchdown on his only carry of the evening during Kempís 37-14 loss to Crandall Friday.


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Mabank Clinches Crown
Monitor Staff Reports
MABANK-Mabank's Lady Panthers had a struggle in the second game, but buckled down and crushed the visiting Ferris Lady Yellowjackets in the third game to stay unbeaten.
Tuesday night's 3-0 win over Ferris clinched the District 13-3A volleyball championship for the 8-0 Lady Panthers, who improved to 25-4 on the season.
The Lady Panthers were scheduled to visit Eustace Friday night, and Tuesday, Oct. 24, will wind up the second round of district play and the regular season when they visit the Kemp Lady Yellowjackets, opening with a 4:30 p.m. sub-varsity contest.
At presstime late Thursday, the Lady Panthers did not have a playoff warm-up game set for next weekend.
Tuesday was "Parents Night," with Lady Panther seniors, accompanied by their parents, honored in ceremonies before the final home match of the season.
Mabank won the match, 25-9, 28-26 and 25-14, but clearly lost focus in the second game, committing a number of unforced errors and finding themselves fighting to win the game.
"We played a great first and third game, but the second game was ugly," Mabank head coach Stacy Shelton said afterward.
"I tried not to play Hali Schultz, due to a shoulder injury," she added.
"Other than the second game, we played pretty well," Shelton said. "We do have to step our play up for Eustace, because they want to beat us at their place, and they always play well at home."
As usual, the Lady Panthers dominated the net against Ferris, racking up 38 kills and 13 blocks.
Four Lady Panthers sparked the net game - Miranda Groom led the attack with 14 kills and two blocks, while Bridgette Tanner had 10 kills and one block, along with one serving ace, Shadia Rueb had seven kills, three blocks and a save, and Kelly Hitzfeld had six kills and seven blocks, along with one dig.
Katie Cross added one kill and three digs, while Lindsie Amyx added a serving ace.
Kelsi Reynolds notched 33 assists and two saves.
Mabank also won the junior varsity and freshman matches against Ferris.

Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
Mabank Lady Panthers Shadia Rueb (14) and Miranda Groom (8) block a Ferris Lady Yellowjacket spike during the third game of Mabank's win Tuesday. The two combined for 21 kills and five blocks in the match.


Kemp Beats Kaufman
Monitor Staff Reports
KAUFMAN-In a huge win on the road, the Kemp Lady Yellowjackets handed the Kaufman Lady Lions a stinging defeat in five games Tuesday.
The win was the first for the Lady 'Jackets in District 13-3A volleyball play, and likely cost the Lady Lions any shot at a playoff berth.
Now 9-16 on the season 1-7 in district play, the Lady 'Jackets were scheduled to host Crandall in a homecoming match Friday.
Tuesday, Oct. 24, the Lady 'Jackets wind up the second round of district play and the regular season when they host the district champion Mabank Lady Panthers, opening with a 4:30 p.m. sub-varsity match.
At Kaufman, the Lady 'Jackets lost the first two games, 25-14 and 25-20, before coming back to win the third and fourth games, 25-17 and 25-19.
In the decisive fifth game, the Kemp girls prevailed, 15-9.
"Great effort and heart!" Kemp head coach Patsy Davis said afterward. "We had great passing."
Senior Alex Valentine led the Lady 'Jacket scoring with 16 points on 14 kills, one dig and two blocks, while Julie Gorka added 14 points on 13 kills, one block and two digs.
Meagan Lacy added nine points, notching five aces, four kills and eight digs.
Jamie Hunter led the defensive effort, racking up 15 assists, one block, one dig and one ace, while Ashley Zellmer added 11 assists, one block, one dig and two kills.
Sabrina Trammell had one ace, one kill and four digs, while Paige Moore had five digs, and Keleigh Collinsworth had six digs and served three aces.
Kaufman took the junior varsity match, 25-15 and 25-21.


Crandall Edges Past Eustace
Monitor Staff Reports
EUSTACE-Crandall's Lady Pirates solidified their grasp on the district's second-place playoff berth win a 3-2 win over the hosting Eustace Lady Bulldogs Tuesday.
Now 22-9 on the season and 5-3 in District 13-3A volleyball play, the Lady Bulldogs were scheduled to host district champion Mabank Friday.
Tuesday, Oct. 24, the Lady Bulldogs will wind up the second round of district play and the regular season on the road against Ferris, opening with a 4:30 p.m. sub-varsity match.
Against Crandall, the Lady Bulldogs dropped the first two games, 25-17 and 25-21, before coming back to win the third and fourth games, 25-19 and 25-20.
In the decisive fifth game, the Lady Pirates prevailed, 15-7.
"We had too much up-and-down play," veteran Eustace coach Chuck Powers said later. "We just couldn't keep it at a playoff level."
Last year's district MVP, Eustace senior Alyson Harlan, posted one of her strongest matches of the season, notching 20 kills, three blocks, six digs and one assist.
Jessica Parker led the Lady Bulldog scoring with 22 points on 27 assists, while Traci Garrett had eight kills and 10 digs.
Sophomore Cassie Freeman also had a strong match, notching nine kills, one block, 11 digs and two assists.
Caty DiBari had six digs, while Kayla Stacks had nine digs, Chelsea Truitt had one kill and Rebekah Walter had two blocks and one assist.

Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
Eustace Lady Bulldog senior Alyson Harlan (3) slaps one of her 20 kills against the Crandall Lady Pirates Tuesday.



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

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

*district match