Lady Bulldogs beat Red Oak
Life in three
By Sam Epps
CORSICANA–The Eustace Lady Bulldogs took their first step to the
state volleyball championship by beating the District 13-2A Red
Oak Life Lady Mustangs in three games Tuesday advancing from the
Region II bidistrict game to the next level. The Lady ’Dogs won
25-20, 25-15 and 25-9.
Game one started close, with both teams scoring and the lead
changing multiple times before Eustace pulled ahead, 7-6, and
kept the lead.
The Red Oak defense made great plays, but the powerful Eustace
offense was too much, wearing down the Lady ’Stangs.
In game two, the Lady Bulldogs started by taking a 2-0 lead
Monitor Photo/Sam Epps
Eustace Lady Bulldog Mallory Keeling (in back) blocks a shot by
a Life Red Oak Lady Mustang Tuesday. Eustace won the bidistrict
round of the playoff match in three games. They advanced to the
Area round, where they faced the Grandview Lady Zebras.
Red Oak’s offense cranked things up, taking an 11-10 lead before
the Lady Bulldog offense went on a six-point scoring spree to
take a 16-11 lead.
Shortly thereafter, with the score 19-15, another six-point run
took Eustace to a game two victory.
Game three began much as the previous two games, with a close
score and neither team taking command immediately.
That didn’t last long, however. Eustace, with the score 2-2,
slowly took charge and pulled ahead of Red Oak.
The score went from a 2-2 tie to a 13-5 Eustace lead in just
Eustace continued the domination and won the game, and the
Eustace head coach Chuck Powers noted that Red Oak was a strong
defensive team, and Eustace is a powerful offensive team.
Eustace’s depth in the hitting department made a huge impact in
Eustace’s win over Red Oak Life.
“Our number two and three hitters are almost as good as our
number one hitter,” Powers said.
Last year, the Lady Bulldogs lost in the Area round. This year,
however, the Eustace girls have “two levels up” as their motto –
meaning they plan on finishing at least two levels higher than
the Area round. That would mean they make it to the Regional
semifinal round Nov. 11.
The Lady Bulldogs faced the Grandview Lady Zebras Thursday in
the Area round of the playoffs. The game was held at Ennis High
The Grandview girls were the District 15-2A champions, and had a
bye in the first round.
“Grandview is a lot more of an offensive team and they hustle
well,” Powers said.
“We will have to play a much more complete game.”
The last time a team coached by Powers played in the state
tournament in Austin was the 1987-88 year. Eustace lost to
Jewett Leon that year.
Interestingly, Leon’s coach this season, Jason Evans, is the
grandson of the Leon coach that beat Powers then.
“I’m hungry for Austin,” Powers exclaimed.
Kaufman wins District 13-3A cross country
By Sam Epps
KAUFMAN–The hosting Kaufman Lions won the District 13-3A cross
country meet Oct. 24.
Both the boys and girls teams took top honors, with North Forney
taking second in both divisions.
Both the boys and girls teams from Kemp took fourth place at the
The LadyYellowjackets had 89 points, while the boys had 107.
The Mabank Panthers boys team finished third with 97 points.
Mabank Lady Panther runner Kourtney Holyfield finished 17 with a
time of 15:37, and Megan Holyfield finished 18th with a time of
Sydnee Pottorf placed 21st with a time of 16:07 and Kristina
Flatt finished 24th.
Kemp Lady Yellowjacket runner Mikalia Gutirrez placed 19th with
a time of 15:44, and Katie Thomas finished just behind her with
a time of 15:50.
Brianna Powell placed 27th, Kayla Collum finished 28th, Taylor
Day took 32nd, Kayla Hale finished 33rd and Harley Foster
The top spot for girls’ runners went to North Forney’s Yekeshia
Royal, who finished with a time of 12:45.
Kemp Yellowjacket runner Jesus Perez finished 11th with a time
of 18:26, while Garrett Haley finished 20th with a time of
Forrest Summerhill finished 24th, Sebastian Tobar finished 26th,
James Kimbrell placed 29th, Luis Baenz finished 33rd and Jeff
Gandera finished 36th.
Mabank Panther runner Garrett Graham took 14th place with a time
Korey Roberts finished 18th with a time of 20:06, Justin Smith
placed 19th with a time of 20:08, Caleb Massengale finished 21st
with a time of 20:28 and Jon Massengale finished 25th.
The top spot in the boys’ division went to Kaufman’s German
Lopez, who finished with a time of 16:26.