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  Mabank finishes 10-0

Monitor Staff Reports
MABANK–Mabank’s Lady Panthers completed their second straight 10-0 sweep of District 13-3A volleyball opponents Tuesday with a 3-0 spanking of the visiting Kemp Lady Yellowjackets.
Now 27-12 on the season and a second district championship under their collective belts, the 10th-ranked Lady Panthers have a bye in the first round of the playoffs.
In the area round, Mabank will await the winner of the bidistrict matchup of the District 16-3A runner-up and the District 15-3A third-place team.
The area contest probably will be played next Thursday or Friday, Nov. 1-2, at a site and time to be determined.
All of the Lady Panthers were honored in pre-match ceremonies during “Senior Night,” as all 12 players (and the film crew) are seniors.
“They are truly a special group of athletes,” Lady Panther head coach Stacy Shelton said later. “We are pumped about the playoffs, and can’t wait to get into the mix of things.”
Had the Lady ’Jackets played a perfect match, they might have given the Lady Panthers a run for their money, but Kemp players committed a number of unforced errors.
For their part, the Lady Panthers didn’t make the mistakes they did in the first-round matchup against Kemp, and the game scores reflected that – 25-4, 25-6 and 25-12.
Miranda Groom and Macey Thomas led the Lady Panthers at the net, with Groom getting 16 kills, two blocks and five digs, and Thomas racking up five kills, two blocks, one dig and one scoring ace.
Hali Schultz had six kills and five digs, while both Haley Brackenridge and Ashley Corter each added kills.
Setter Kelsi Reynolds notched 25 assists, along with two digs, while Jessica Penney added four assists.
Katie Cross had five digs and two serving aces, while Erica Umana had one block and three digs, and Amanda Johnson added three digs.
Individual scoring for Kemp was not reported by presstime Thursday.

Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
Mabank Lady Panther Sam Goss (16) goes up to block a shot by Kemp’s Kimmie Gorka (4) during Mabank’s 3-0 win over the visiting Lady Yellowjackets in the regular season finale Tuesday. Also shown are Kemp’s Breanna Griffin (7) and Amanda Lawrence (2) and Mabank’s Kelsi Reynolds (12) and Hali Schultz (13).


Lady Bulldogs stop Ferris

Monitor Staff Reports
EUSTACE–It took four games, but the Eustace Lady Bulldogs cemented a playoff berth Tuesday with a 3-1 win over the visiting Ferris Lady Yellowjackets.
Now 20-11 on the season, the Lady Bulldogs finished the District 13-3A volleyball slate at 6-4, grabbing the third-place playoff spot behind unbeaten Mabank and loop runner-up Crandall.
Eustace will face District 14-3A runner-up Bullard Lady Panthers in bidistrict at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30, at Robert E. Lee High School in Tyler.
The Lady Bulldogs were scheduled to host Scurry-Rosser in a warm-up match at 4 p.m. Saturday.
Against Ferris Tuesday, the Lady Bulldogs dropped the first game, 25-21, but came back to win three straight – 29-27, 25-11 and 25-22.
“We had a slow start,” veteran Eustace coach Chuck Powers noted afterward. “You could really tell that four starters (Chelsea Truitt, Caty DiBari, Rebekah Walter and Ashley Houston) competed in the district cross country meet this morning.”
DiBari finished fourth, Walter 14th and Houston 17th as Eustace won the girls varsity district cross country championship for the sixth straight year, while Truitt finished eighth as Eustace also won the junior varsity girls title (see related story).
Cassie Freeman led the Lady Bulldog attack, notching 20 kills, while DiBari had 13 kills and 16 assists.
Walter had three kills and seven blocks, while Truitt had three kills and one assist and Houston finished with seven scoring points.
Nicole McNeel had 22 assists and eight scoring points, while Jenny McConathy had two kills and five blocks.
Jessica McConathy had 13 scoring points and Krysta Lowry added three scoring points.
After the game, the six Lady Bulldog seniors were honored – DiBari, Houston and Walter, along with Trisha McManus, Brisha Ward and Adrienne Rhodes.

Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
Eustace Lady Bulldogs Brisha Ward (13) and Camille Rogers (9) go up to block a Ferris shot as teammate Caty DiBari (2) moves into position during Eustace’s 3-1 win over the visiting Lady Yellowjackets in the regular season finale Tuesday.


Arnold wins medals at games

Courtesy Photo/Cris Cary
Mabank High School senior Brent Arnold wears medals he won playing bocce (a forerunner to bowling) at the Kilgore area Special Olympic games and at the Special Olympics bocce state tournament in College Station Oct. 20. At the Kilgore games, Arnold won a gold and a silver medal, and he won a bronze medal at the state tournament.



Upcoming games


Nov. 2
MHS vs Crandall*
KHS @ Ferris*
EHS vs Kaufman*

Nov. 9
EHS vs Ferris*
(end regular season)

*District 13-3A contest

MLLFA games
Games: Midgets 4, Pee-Wee 6, Little League 8 p.m.

Nov. 3
Wild Card @ Forney

Nov. 10
Playoffs @ Kemp

Nov. 17
Superbowl @ Kemp