Sports and Outdoors


Mabank snares Lady Rabbits
Monitor Staff Reports
GLADEWATER–Mabank’s Lady Panthers snared the Atlanta Lady Rabbits 3-0 to capture an area volleyball championship trophy.
Mabank’s win in Gladewater Nov. 2 put the Lady Panthers (28-5) into the regional quarterfinals contest Tuesday night against Gilmer’s Lady Buckeyes in Brownsboro.
Gilmer, out of District 15-3A, knocked off Eustace’s Lady Bulldogs in a bidistrict match at Lindale Nov. 2 to advance (see related story).
After a shaky start, the Lady Panthers took charge against the District 16-3A Lady Rabbits, downing them 25-19, 25-17 and 25-15.
“The girls did a great job keeping Atlanta out of their offense,” Mabank head coach Stacy Shelton said afterward.
“We did not let their big middle get involved in the match like she normally does, and we pretty much did the same for their best outside hitter,” Shelton added.
“We did, however, start off too slow and got behind 8-13,” she said. “I had to call a time-out to calm them down. I think they could have been a little nervous, or it could have been that we hadn’t played a match since Saturday (Oct. 28).”
After a number of unforced errors in the early going, the Lady Panthers calmed down and tied the match at 14-14.
From that point on, the Lady Rabbits didn’t mount a serious challenge to the Lady Panthers, who took charge at the net, racking up 40 kills and nine blocks.
“We served the ball well, and kept them from making good passes to their setter,” Shelton said. “We had a great team effort and Miranda Groom and Kelsi Reynolds had a great offensive match.”
Groom got the benefit of most of Reynolds’ 34 assists, notching 20 kills to go along with 15 digs and one save. Reynolds also added two digs and one block.
Hali Schultz had eight kills and 12 digs, and also served up three aces, while Lindsie Amyx had one ace and five digs.
Shadia Rueb and Kelly Hitzfeld dominated the net, each notching four kills and three blocks. Rueb also had two digs, while Hitzfeld had one dig.
In addition, Bridgette Tanner had three kills and two blocks, along with seven digs, while Pheng Leav had nine digs and one kill.

Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
Mabank Lady Panther Shadia Rueb (14) slams between Atlanta’s Sarah Barr (4) and Miranda Byrd (11) as Lady Panther setter Kelsi Reynolds (12) and Hali Shultz (13, partially hidden) stand ready during Mabank’s area volleyball championship victory Nov. 2 in Gladewater.

Lady Bulldogs capture
third Regional title

Kemp’s Donovan, Bulldog Nixon also qualify for state meet
Monitor Staff Reports
ARLINGTON–Eustace’s Lady Bulldog cross country team won their third straight regional championship Saturday in Arlington.
The Eustace girls team, along with Kemp senior Kate Donovan and Eustace senior Jordan Nixon, will advance to the state cross country meet, set for approximately 1:15 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, at Old Settler’s Park in Round Rock.
Eustace will hold a send-off parade for the girls team at 9 a.m. Friday, Nov. 10, down Henderson Street between the high school and middle school buildings and through the bus loop. Everyone interested in giving the team a rousing send-off is invited to participate.
Tanita Durnell finished sixth overall in 12:18.98, breaking her own school record (12:48) set last year. Donovan finished seventh overall in 12:22.
Also qualifying for the state meet were Eustace’s Rebekah Walter (11th in 12:34.25), Laura DiBari (18th in 12:45.65), Coressa Durnell (21st in 12:48.02), Caty DiBari (35th in 13:06.22), Traci Garrett (44th in 13:17.60) and Kayla Stacks (54th in 13:30.56).
Walter, Caty DiBari, Garrett and Stacks all played for the Lady Bulldogs in an area volleyball championship match Thursday evening prior to Saturday’s regional meet at Vandergriff Park in Arlington (see related story).
Nixon, who started for the Bulldog football team against Kaufman the night before the meet (see related story), set a Eustace school record for the regional course at 16:21.12, breaking the 16:44 record set by Josh Syphert in 2002.
Nixon finished sixth overall, followed by Zachary Bennett (33rd in 17:27.67), Zachary Arambula (42nd in 17:35.69), Colton Thomsen (51st in 17:49.37), Justin Calhoun (72nd in 18:15.50), Travis Cox (78th in 18:23.99) and Canon Thomsen (82nd in 18:26.75).
Eustace’s girls finished with a total time of 1:03:33.12, for an average of 12:42.63, amassing 68 points.
West took second with 120 points, followed by Celina, with 132 points. All will advance to the state meet, along with the top 10 individuals.
Prosper finished fourth in the girls team totals, followed by Pilot Point, Kaufman, Wills Point, Mabank (eighth with 263 points), Athens and Spring Hill.
Texarkana Pleasant Grove won the boys team competition with 105 points, with each runner averaging 17:06.87.
Wills Point took second place in the team competition with 107 points, while Atlanta finished with 109 points.
Princeton finished fourth in the boys team totals, followed by Kaufman, White Oak, Eustace (seventh with an average time of 17:29.87), Whitesboro, West, Kennedale and Mabank (11th with 337 points and an average of 18:21.44 per runner).

Upcoming Games
Nov. 10
EHS @ Ferris*
(end regular season)

*district game

Boys' Basketball

Nov. 10
EHS @ P.Westwood (scr)

Nov. 14
EHS @ Scurry-Rosser

Nov. 21
MHS @ Canton
EHS vs Bullard

Girls' Basketball

Nov. 10
MHS @ Forney
EHS vs Cross Roads

Nov. 14
MHS @ Lindale
EHS @ Mineola

Nov. 17
MHS @ Cross Roads

Nov. 20
MHS vs Terrell
EHS vs Rusk