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girls fall at area
By Kerry Yancey
Monitor Staff Writer
MANSFIELDEustaces Lady Bulldogs struggled against an all-senior squad Nov. 4,
and eventually fell to the Whitney Lady Wildcats, 3-2, in an area volleyball championship
Despite a number of injuries and more than their fair share of medical problems, the Lady
Bulldogs finished their season at 32-9, collecting a district runner-up title and a
bidistrict championship trophy along the way.
Whitney improved to 35-2 and advanced to the regional quarterfinals.
While the Lady Bulldogs had four starting seniors Allie Cass, Harmony Allen,
Vanessa Lopez and setter Shelley Temple the Lady Wildcats had just one
underclassman (sophomore Kelsey Leech) on their roster, and that experience showed on the
The Lady Wildcats also had a large and loud fan following on their side of the Mansfield
Timberview High School gym, easily twice the size of Eustaces contingent, but the
Bulldog fans showed they could make a lot of noise, too, when they got the chance.
Unfortunately, Whitney didnt give the Eustace fans a lot of chances to cheer, taking
the match 25-22, 23-25, 25-18, 22-25 and 15-9.
The Lady Wildcats opened a big lead in the first game, 20-13, before the Lady Bulldogs
started chipping away behind the efforts of junior Kayla Ward and Cass, who nailed an ace
to stay within seven points at 23-16.
Thats been our Achilles heel all year long were slow out of the
gate, veteran Eustace head coach Chuck Powers said later. Every game we lost
we were down at least 7-1.
There wasnt any quit in them, he added. That hole just took too
much energy to climb out of.
Whitney made a couple of mistakes, and called time when the Lady Bulldogs pulled within
five at 23-18, but Lady Bulldog junior Catania Grant nailed a kill to cut the margin to
four points at 23-19.
Whitneys Chelsea Loggins and Grant traded kills, and both Allen and sophomore Kacie
Richards made kills to cut the Lady Wildcat lead to just two points at 24-22.
However, the Lady Wildcats got the game point when Danica Duran and Nicole Danford
collaborated on a block.
Eustace took a quick early lead in game two, only to have the Lady Wildcats tie the score
From that point, it was nip-and-tuck before the Lady Bulldogs could pull away behind some
unforced Whitney errors.
Eustace forged their biggest lead at 16-9 on a Whitney miss, but the Lady Bulldogs also
committed some errors, allowing Whitney to close in and eventually tie the contest at
Richards made a block and Temple served an ace to forge a 21-19 lead, but a block out and
a missed return tied the score at 21.
Lady Wildcat Kristen Martins tip gave them a 22-21 lead, prompting Powers to call
When play resumed, Allens kill tied the score again at 22, and Grants kill
tied the score again at 23-all.
Grant served an ace to put the Lady Bulldogs at game point, 24-23, and Allen and Lopez
made a block to ice the win.
As well as the Lady Bulldogs played in the second game, almost nothing went right in the
Whitney took advantage of three officials calls, a Duran block and service ace and a
couple of Eustace misses to forge a 10-0 lead before Lopez could break the run with a
That was a big hole to climb out of, and for a long while, it didnt look like the
Lady Bulldogs would be able to get back into the game.
They trailed by 11 points at 16-9, and still trailed by 10 when Durans kill made it
At that point, however, the Lady Bulldogs started rallying behind a Grant kill, a miss and
two block outs by the Lady Wildcats, another kill by Richards and a kill by Allen.
When the Lady Wildcats hit out to cut the margin to six points at 23-17, Whitney coach
Cheryl Gilchrist called time.
Eustace got one point closer at 23-18 when Whitney missed a return, but a Lady Bulldog
block out and a Duran ace gave the Lady Wildcats a 2-1 lead.
As lopsided as game three was, game four easily was the tightest of the five games, as
neither team managed to forge more than a three-point lead at any time, and swapped the
lead three times while forging three ties.
Eustace opened an early lead behind Cass, but Whitney came right back behind Duran and an
ace from Leech. A tip by Lady Wildcat Dacy Bonner and a hit out by Eustace gave Whitney a
three-point lead at 7-4.
Cass served an ace to make it a one-point game at 8-7, but kills by Bonner and Danford
gave the Lady Wildcats a two-point lead at 9-7.
Grants kill and an ace by Temple made it a one-point game at 10-9, and Danford and
Grant traded kills before the Lady Wildcats took a three-point lead at 13-10.
Two Whitney mistakes made it a one-point game again, and Duran and Cass traded kills
before a Whitney tip and Robin Wimberlys kill gave the Lady Wildcats a three-point
lead at 16-13.
A kill by Cass and a missed return tied the score at 17, and the game remained tied at 18
before a net serve and a block by Grant and Richards gave the Lady Bulldogs a two-point
lead and prompted Gilchrist to call time.
A Whitney miss put the Lady Bulldogs up by two at 21-19, and the teams swapped points
before Whitney pulled within one at 22-21, prompting Powers to call time.
Cass and Bonner traded points, but a second tip by Cass put the Lady Bulldogs at game
point, 24-22. Cass nailed another kill to capture the game and force a deciding game five.
Unfortunately for the Lady Bulldogs, game five started out just like game three, with
Whitney taking a commanding 8-1 lead before a Lady Wildcat mistake could break the run.
With only 15 points needed, the Lady Bulldogs couldnt afford any mistakes, but the
Lady Wildcats kept the pressure on, taking a 12-4 lead on a block by Bonner and Duran.
Durans kill put the Lady Wildcats at game point, 14-6, and although the Lady
Bulldogs were able to capture the next three points, Durans last kill put the final
nail in the coffin.
In their final match, Cass led the Lady Bulldogs with 20 kills, adding two blocks and
three digs, while Allen finished with 11 kills, two blocks, three assists and one serving
Lopez added four kills, two digs and two assists, while Temple notched 32 assists, one
block and one kill.
Grant, who faces surgery on her injured shoulder (which will force her to miss basketball
and maybe softball as well), finished with nine kills, two blocks and one assist.
Sophomore Kacie Richards came up big at the net with nine kills and four blocks, along
with one dig, while classmate Bethany Strickland added one kill and three blocks.
This is a good group of kids, and were getting a lot of them back,
Bulldogs to face Pottsboro in
By Kerry Yancey
Monitor Staff Writer
EUSTACEThe Eustace Bulldogs are in the playoffs for the third straight year, and
will face the Pottsboro Cardinals at 7 p.m. Thursday (tonight) at Richardsons Lake
Highlands High School Wildcat Ram Stadium.
With Friday nights 39-35 loss to Dallas Life Oak Cliff Lions, the Bulldogs dropped
into a three-way tie with DLOC and Palmer at 2-3 in District 6-2A play, as Palmer defeated
Sunnyvale 13-7 in the season finale.
Had Sunnyvale won, the Bulldogs would have been out, and a bigger DLOC win also would have
played a role, but the fact remains the Bulldogs are in the playoffs, despite what The
Monitor mistakenly reported in Sundays issue.
For fourth-year head coach Doug Wendel, Fridays loss had some very bright spots in
it particularly the return of backup quarterback John Bradburn and senior starting
fullback Jacob Petillo to the lineup.
I though we played exceptionally hard on offense, and our defense played pretty
well, Wendel said. Well have to do better in all three phases of the
Bradburn did well, and Petillo this was the first time that Ive seen
him back the way he was in September, Wendel added. Raymond Shutak played a
fantastic game in the offensive line.
The District 5-2A Pottsboro Cardinals, headed by coach Matt Poe, have turned completely
around from last years 1-9 to a sparkling 9-1 record this year.
(The Cardinals) use a spread offense, and are well-coached, both offensively and
defensively, Wendel said. They play good technique, and they have size and
strength up front.
Pottsboros offensive line reminded Wendel of Maypearls front wall. The
Cardinals skill players dont have the speed the Bulldogs have faced in their
last three games, but they play hard, Wendel said.
I think playing on Thursday is an advantage for our offense, Wendel said.
They havent played a running team the whole year. Theyre well-coached,
so theyll have their assignments down, but it takes time to get ready for the triple
The Cardinals have an outstanding noseguard, and the Bulldogs will have to alter their
blocking schemes somewhat to make sure hes double-teamed, but the Bulldogs should be
able to move the ball effectively, Wendel said.
For a change, the Bulldogs will be going into a ballgame at almost full strength, with
only two starters (quarterback Jacob McCarter and offensive lineman Caleb Wonhas) out.
We have two guys not going and everybody else is at full speed in Week 11,
Wendel said. I dont know that you could ask for more.
Despite having a young team wracked by injuries, the Bulldogs have achieved their goal of
making the playoffs.
Were excited about the opportunity, he said. The keys for us will
be scoring touchdowns on offense, and make a stop or two on defense, maybe get a
Directions to Wildcat Ram Stadium: From Eustace, take U.S. Highway 175 northwest to
intersect with I-635 (LBJ Freeway) in Mesquite. Follow I-635 north to the Miller Rd/Royal
Ln exit. Turn left on Royal Lane about 0.4 miles and turn left again on Audelia Rd. Go 0.6
miles and turn right on Church Rd. The stadium will be about 0.6 miles on your right.
Estimated driving time one hour, 15 minutes, depending on traffic.
Jackets looking foward to next year
By Kerry Yancey
Monitor Staff Writer
KEMPA rash of injuries forced younger players into starting roles, but that means
the Kemp Yellowjackets have a good nucleus of players returning for next year.
A disappointing 31-0 loss to the hosting Kaufman Lions ended Kemps admittedly
slender playoff hopes Friday night, but the Jackets were only at full strength the
first two games of the season, fourth-year head coach Greg Anderson noted Monday morning.
Going into the final game, Anderson worried about turnovers, and rightly so, as the
Jackets coughed up the ball six times (four fumbles, two picks) against the Lions.
Kemps defense had done a fairly good job holding the Lions to just three points,
despite giving them the ball twice deep in Kemps territory, but the third fumble
on a punt snap directly resulted in a Kaufman touchdown.
That (play) turned the entire game, Anderson said. Even though we had
been giving them chance after chance, they only had three points to show for it. That
turned momentum hugely in their favor, and we were never able to get it back.
Looking back over the season, injuries played a key role. One could argue junior
quarterback Blake Murray, the penciled-in starter, was lost in the second scrimmage and
was never at 100 percent the rest of the season.
We beat Eustace and a pretty good Edgewood team, but we were never at full strength
after that, Anderson said. We had spurts where we would play well, but we
couldnt offset the injuries and the mistakes we made.
We knew going in that we werent going to be a team with game-breakers, those
guys who go for 80 (yards), he added. We knew wed have to go four, five,
six yards at a time, and we couldnt afford to turn it over and stop those
One of the bright spots during the year was the play of senior linebacker Johnny Kilgore,
who proved he was one of the better defensive players in the area.
Also senior running back Brandon Smith topped 1,000 yards in Fridays final game.
He did it the tough way, four or five yards at a time, Anderson said.
Of course, when you have a back go over 1,000 yards, your offensive line has to be
doing some good things, he added.
That was a makeshift offensive line, as split end Colton Gaddis and tight end Ryan
Emfinger wound up playing the last three games at the guard positions, Anderson said.
That says a lot about them being able to do that against kids who usually outweighed
them by 70 or 80 pounds, he pointed out.
Also, both junior tackles, James Forrest and Cody Parker matured a lot this year, he
The Jackets will be losing 13 seniors, most of them in key positions, but there will
be a good nucleus coming back.
Were probably more set in the offensive and defensive lines than we are at the
skill positions, Anderson said. Blake will be back, and Jordan Freeman, who
started at corner, probably will be more of a two-way player for us.
Matt Kinney should be able take some of the load at running back next year, he
added. By the end of the year, he was our best return guy.
Still, you cant just replace a player like Kilgore or a two-way standout like Justin
Lawler, who both leave big holes to fill in the Kemp defense.
Weve had an up and down year. When we didnt turn the ball over, we
looked like a pretty good football team, Anderson said. Weve got a good
group coming back. Well need to get in the weight room and find out who those kids
are going to be.
KHS vs Palmer
EHS vs Van (10 a.m.)
MHS @ Commerce
KHS @ Scurry-Rosser
EHS @ Grand Saline
MHS @ Spring Hill
MHS hosts TSAO Classic
KHS vs EHS
MHS @ TK Gorman (scr)
EHS vs TBA (scr)
MHS @ TK Gorman
MHS vs Lindale
EHS vs Mineola
MHS hosts TASO Classic
EHS vs Brownsboro
MHS hosts TASO Classic
EHS vs KHS