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Thursday, November 11, 2010

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EHS girls fall at area
By Kerry Yancey
Monitor Staff Writer

MANSFIELD–Eustace’s 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 match.
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. EHSvsWhitney.jpg (287484 bytes)
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 court.
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 Eustace’s contingent, but the Bulldog fans showed they could make a lot of noise, too, when they got the chance.
Unfortunately, Whitney didn’t 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.
“That’s been our Achilles heel all year long – we’re 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 wasn’t 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.
Whitney’s 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 at 4-4.
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 19-19.
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 Martin’s tip gave them a 22-21 lead, prompting Powers to call time out.
When play resumed, Allen’s kill tied the score again at 22, and Grant’s 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 third game.
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 kill.
That was a big hole to climb out of, and for a long while, it didn’t 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 Duran’s kill made it 20-10.
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.
Grant’s 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 Wimberly’s 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 couldn’t afford any mistakes, but the Lady Wildcats kept the pressure on, taking a 12-4 lead on a block by Bonner and Duran.
Duran’s kill put the Lady Wildcats at game point, 14-6, and although the Lady Bulldogs were able to capture the next three points, Duran’s 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 ace.
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 we’re getting a lot of them back,” Powers said.

Bulldogs to face Pottsboro in bidistrict contest
By Kerry Yancey
Monitor Staff Writer

EUSTACE–The Eustace Bulldogs are in the playoffs for the third straight year, and will face the Pottsboro Cardinals at 7 p.m. Thursday (tonight) at Richardson’s Lake Highlands High School Wildcat Ram Stadium.
With Friday night’s 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 Sunday’s issue.
For fourth-year head coach Doug Wendel, Friday’s 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. “We’ll have to do better in all three phases of the game.
“Bradburn did well, and Petillo – this was the first time that I’ve 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 year’s 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.”
Pottsboro’s offensive line reminded Wendel of Maypearl’s front wall. The Cardinal’s skill players don’t 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 haven’t played a running team the whole year. They’re well-coached, so they’ll have their assignments down, but it takes time to get ready for the triple option.”
The Cardinals have an outstanding noseguard, and the Bulldogs will have to alter their blocking schemes somewhat to make sure he’s 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 don’t 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.
“We’re 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 turnover.”
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

KEMP–A 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. KHSvsKaufmanFB.jpg (219483 bytes)
A disappointing 31-0 loss to the hosting Kaufman Lions ended Kemp’s 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.
Kemp’s defense had done a fairly good job holding the Lions to just three points, despite giving them the ball twice deep in Kemp’s 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 couldn’t offset the injuries and the mistakes we made.
“We knew going in that we weren’t going to be a team with game-breakers, those guys who go for 80 (yards),” he added. “We knew we’d have to go four, five, six yards at a time, and we couldn’t afford to turn it over and stop those drives.”
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 Friday’s 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 added.
The ’Jackets will be losing 13 seniors, most of them in key positions, but there will be a good nucleus coming back.
“We’re 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 can’t 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.
“We’ve had an up and down year. When we didn’t turn the ball over, we looked like a pretty good football team,” Anderson said. “We’ve got a good group coming back. We’ll need to get in the weight room and find out who those kids are going to be.”


Upcoming Events

Girls basketball

Nov. 12
MHS idle
KHS vs Palmer

Nov. 13
EHS vs Van (10 a.m.)

Nov. 16
MHS @ Commerce
KHS @ Scurry-Rosser
EHS @ Grand Saline

Nov. 19
MHS @ Spring Hill

Nov. 22
MHS hosts TSAO Classic

Boys basketball

Nov. 13
MHS @ TK Gorman (scr)
EHS vs TBA (scr)

Nov. 16
MHS @ TK Gorman
KHS idle

Nov. 19
MHS vs Lindale
KHS idle
EHS vs Mineola

Nov. 22
MHS hosts TASO Classic
EHS vs Brownsboro

Nov. 23
MHS hosts TASO Classic

Cross country

Nov. 13
State meet
(Round Rock)



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