Sports and Outdoors


Lady Panthers Spike Eustace
Monitor Staff Reports
MABANK-Mabank's Lady Panthers knocked off the visiting Eustace Lady Bulldogs 3-0 in a key District 13-3A volleyball match Tuesday.
Now 21-4 on the season and ranked No. 13 in the Oct. 2 Texas Girls Coaches Association poll, Mabank gained a least a share of the district title with Tuesday's win, improving to 4-0 in district play.
The Lady Panthers, who have not lost a game in district play, were scheduled to host 0-4 Kemp in the final first-round match Friday.
Now 19-8 on the season, Eustace dropped to 2-2 in loop competition, but still have a shot at making the playoffs. The Lady Bulldogs were scheduled to host Ferris in their final first-round match Friday night.
Tuesday, Oct. 10, Mabank is scheduled to open the second round of district play on the road at No. 20 Crandall, while Eustace also will go on the road to Kaufman.
Next Friday, Oct. 13, Mabank will host Kaufman, while Eustace will host Kemp. Each evening's slate opens with 4:30 p.m. sub-varsity contests.
Tuesday, the hosting Lady Panthers used their strong net game to control the contest, winning 25-13, 25-16 and 25-12.
During the match, Mabank racked up 37 kills and 12 blocks, while the Lady Bulldogs had 16 kills and nine blocks.
"It was another good match for our team. However, we didn't pass the ball very well tonight," Mabank head coach Stacy Shelton said afterward.
"Our outside hitters were a little off, but I give Eustace credit for that, because they had two really good blockers," Shelton added. "Defensively, we played a good match. Our two middle blockers played a great net game, and hit well."
Veteran Eustace head coach Chuck Powers was disappointed in his squad.
"We just didn't show up to play," he said. "We want to apologize to our fans for our lackadaisical performance."
Shadia Rueb and Miranda Groom led the Lady Panthers at the net, as Rueb had 13 kills four blocks, one dig and one serving ace, while Groom had 10 kills, two blocks and eight digs.
Hali Schultz added six kills, one block, 12 digs and two aces, while Kelly Hitzfeld had four kills, four blocks and three digs.
"Kelsi Reynolds (31 assists, three digs, one block) continues to set the ball well, and make good decisions on who and when to set someone," Shelton said.
Lindsie Amyx provided one dig and one ace for the Lady Panthers, while Bridgette Tanner had four kills and one assist, and Pheng Leav had seven digs and one save.
Alyson Harlan led the Lady Bulldogs at the net with 10 kills and four blocks, while Rebekah Walter also had four blocks.
Traci Garrett had three kills and two digs, while Cassie Freeman added two kills, one dig, one block and one assist.
Jessica Parker had nine assists and one kill for the Lady Bulldogs, while Chelsea Truitt added two digs. Kayla Stacks and Camille Rogers also scored for Eustace.

Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
Mabank Lady Panthers Kelsi Reynolds (12) and Shadia Rueb (14) react after blocking a Eustace shot, while Lady Bulldog Traci Garrett (1) tries to recover during Mabank's 3-0 District 13-3A volleyball win Tuesday.


Crandall Crushes Lady 'Jackets, 3-0
Monitor Staff Reports
CRANDALL-No. 20 Crandall kept the Kemp Lady Yellowjackets winless in district play Tuesday with a 3-0 victory.
Now 8-12 on the season and 0-4 in District 13-3A action, the Lady 'Jackets were scheduled to visit Mabank to wrap up the first round Friday.
Tuesday, Oct. 10, the Kemp girls will open the second round of district play on the road at Ferris.
Next Friday, Oct. 13, the Lady 'Jackets will visit the Eustace Lady Bulldogs. Each evening's slate opens with 4:30 p.m. sub-varsity matches.
The hosting Lady Pirates dominated Tuesday's match, winning 25-18, 25-7 and 25-11.
Julie Gorka led the Lady 'Jacket scoring with six points on six kills, while Alex Valentine added four points on four kills and one block.
Jamie Hunter had two digs, four assists and one serving ace, while Brittany Updike added an ace.
Paige Moore and Keleigh Collinsworth had three digs each, while Taylor Sharp added one dig.
Sabrina Trammell had two digs and one kill, and Ashley Zellmer had three digs and one kill.
Crandall also won the junior varsity match, 25-11 and 25-16.

Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
Kemp's Julie Gorka (1) slaps a kill against Kaufman while teammate Meagan Lacy (2) stands ready during their Sept. 29 match.


Cedar Creek Lake Matchup

Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
Mabank's Miranda Groom (8) slaps a kill past Eustace blocker Rebekah Walter (10) during Tuesday's match at Mabank.


Upcoming Games
Cross Country
Oct. 14
MHS @ Hillcrest Inv.
EHS @ Van Inv.
KHS @ Ferris Inv.

Oct. 23
District 13-3A meet
(Cedar Creek CC)

Oct. 13
MHS vs Kaufman*

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. 10
MHS @ Crandall*
EHS @ Kaufman*
KHS @ Ferris*

Oct. 13
MHS vs Kaufman*
EHS vs Kemp*

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