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  Lady Panthers head 13-3A All-District volleyball team
Monitor Staff Reports
MABANK–The unbeaten Mabank Lady Panthers dominated the District 13-3A All-District volleyball team selections last week.
With a nearly all-senior team, Mabank posted its second straight 10-0 district mark, and advanced to the regional quarterfinals for the second straight year.
Second-ranked White Oak knocked the Lady Panthers out of the playoffs, as Mabank finished 29-13 on the season.
White Oak secured a berth in the state tournament this past weekend by beating Lucas Lovejoy, 3-2, and then knocking off Royse City 3-0 in the Region III finals in Commerce.
Royse City defeated Athens, 3-1, in the other semifinal.
Athens (31-9) reached the regional tournament for the first time in school history under first-year coach Tosha Spain, a former Eustace High School graduate who played under veteran EHS coach Chuck Powers.
Miranda Groom, who led the Lady Panther offensive attack, was named the district’s Most Valuable Player.
Kesi Reynolds, who shared the honor last year, was again named Setter of the Year, while Katie Cross was a co-Server of the Year.
Eustace’s Lady Bulldogs took the district’s third-place playoff berth, and helped Powers notch his 600th career victory with a key win over Kaufman.
Two Lady Bulldogs were named to superlatives – senior Rebekah Walter was named the Blocker of the Year, while junior Cassie Freeman was named the Defensive Player of the Year.
Crandall, who took the district’s second-place playoff berth, was represented by senior Megan Helal, named Hitter of the Year, while Kaufman senior Lady Davis was the other co-Server of the Year.
Mabank’s eighth-year head coach Stacy Shelton was named Coach of the Year.
Mabank placed two players on the six-member first team, seniors Macey Thomas and Hali Schultz, while Eustace senior Caty DiBari was also named to the first team.
Other first-team selections were Crandall senior Macy Wade, Ferris senior Magan Markgraf and Kaufman sophomore Shelby Petross.
Mabank seniors Ashley Corter and Bridgette Tanner led off the six-member second team, while Eustace junior setter Nicole McNeel was also named.
Kemp senior setter Paige Moore was named to the all-district second team.
Also selected were Crandall senior Haley Stamm and Kaufman sophomore Shelby Stribling.
Honorable Mention
Mabank – senior Haley Brackenridge, senior Kelsie Busby.
Eustace – junior Chelsea Truitt, senior Ashley Houston.
Kemp – senior Sabrina Trammell, senior Amanda Lawrence, sophomore Kimmie Gorka.
Crandall – junior Elizabeth Wachel, senior Sierra Tate, senior Erin Wilson.
Ferris – senior Ashley Kinser, senior Cassie Savell.
Kaufman – senior Ryanne Bounds, senior Destiny King, junior Meridith Cox.
Academic All-District
Mabank – Haley Brackenridge, Kelsie Busby, Ashley Corter, Katie Cross, Samantha Goss, Miranda Groom, Lauren Hamilton, Amanda Johnson, Jessica Penney, Kelsi Reynolds, Bridgette Tanner, Macey Thomas, Erica Umana.
Kemp – Keleigh Collinsworth, Kimberly Gorka, Kylie Goswick, Breanna Griffin, Amanda Lawrence, Paige Moore, Sabrina Trammell, Shelbie Wright.
Eustace – Kim Austin, Allie Cass, Caty DiBari, Cassie Freeman, Ashley Houston, Krista Lowry, Nicole McNeel, Chelsea Truitt, Rebekah Walter.


’Jackets looking to the future
Monitor Staff Reports
KEMP–Although the Kemp Yellowjackets posted their second straight 1-9 season this fall, there’s quite a bit of optimism.
“The kids came in every week with a good attitude, and they played hard right to the end,” new head coach Greg Anderson said Monday.

Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
Kemp Yellowjacket senior Kory Henderson (25) tries to twist away from Mabank defenders Justin Crowsey (on ground) and Davis Kiker (6), as teammate Joseph Weeks (80) comes up to block and Panther Chris Murff (10) comes up to help make the stop during Mabank’s 48-14 season-ending win Friday.

“To me, that’s a foundation to build on,” Anderson added. “I’m proud of our seniors, and how they continued to lead us throughout the year.”
Considering the number of freshmen and sophomores not only on the varsity, but on the field, the Yellowjackets have more than a solid foundation coming back. Also, Kemp’s junior varsity, freshmen and eighth grade teams all posted undefeated or one-loss seasons.
“I hope the success we’ll have over the next couple of years was built on this year,” Anderson said.
A 48-14 loss to Mabank Friday finished the regular season, but the game featured two long touchdown runs by junior Josh Carr, who became the ’Jackets’ first 1,000-yard rusher since 2002.
“That’s a tribute to our offensive line, and we started a freshman and two sophomores in the line,” Anderson said.
Another junior, Bryan Fivecoat, began to make the ’Jacket kicking game a serious threat in district play, and senior Matt Brown did a surprisingly good job at punter until getting hurt in the next-to-last game, Anderson said.
“I hate to lose our 10 seniors, but a lot of underclassmen got a lot of good playing time,” he said.
A good off-season program is the next priority for the Kemp football team.
“We’ve got to get physically stronger, and that will go a long way to helping us stop the run,” Anderson said.
Anderson said he was encouraged by the ’Jackets being able to match scores with Mabank in the second half.
“Mabank is well-coached, and their kids play hard,” he said. “I wouldn’t be a bit surprised to see them go down and beat Athens (Saturday night).”
With a UIL realignment coming up in February, there’s quite a bit of speculation on whether Mabank will remain in Class 3A or move back up to 4A.
“If they do go up to 4A, I would still like to continue scheduling a game with them,” Anderson said. “It’s a natural rivalry, and we need to play that caliber of competition.”
Despite the long-standing rivalry, the players showed a great deal of mutual respect for each other as they mingled on-field after the final gun, he said.
“That shows both coaching staffs are teaching the right way to do things,” Anderson said.

Eustace future looking bright
Monitor Staff Reports
EUSTACE–After two straight lackluster seasons, this year’s Bulldogs posted a 4-6 season mark and had a shot at a playoff berth in the regular-season finale Friday.
Ferris cut the Bulldogs’ playoff hopes short with a 41-28 win, but the fact that there were playoff hopes was a tremendous step forward for the Eustace program.
“It was a very, very positive season,” new Eustace head coach Doug Wendel agreed. “The seniors laid the foundation for where we’re headed, and I’m proud of their accomplishments.
“For me, it wasn’t a completely successful season, because we weren’t in the playoffs,” he added. “Friday night, we left it on the field. We played hard and we played together.”
A strong off-season program is the next priority, Wendel said.
“We believe in our off-season program more than we believe in our offensive and defensive systems,” he said. “We’re not going to get anything but better.”
The Bulldogs will lose a lot of their depth, particularly on the offensive line, to graduation, but one typically doesn’t expect to see depth until the third year of a program, Wendel said.
“With an off-season or two, we will become a stronger and more disciplined team,” he said. “Our tackling will improve – which it needs to.”
Wendel said he expected the District 13-3A representatives – Kaufman, Ferris and Mabank – to do well in the playoffs.
“I think Kaufman has a good shot, and Mabank has a good shot (at advancing),” he said.
“Mabank has a different offense, now that they’ve got their running game going,” Wendel added. “I think they will pose a serious problem for Athens. I think that will be an interesting game.”
Looking back on the season, the Bulldogs played three playoff teams in their pre-district schedule, and the district victory over Crandall was a significant step forward, Wendel said.
“Beating Kemp in the way we did (coming from behind in the final minute) was also significant,” he said.
Team chemistry was something Wendel pointed to from the very first week of practices, and he said the Bulldog seniors were a big part of that.
“I can’t say enough about how far the seniors have come, and what they started here,” he said. “We are going to have to have other people come up and fill those big shoes.
“I’m as excited now as I was the first day I got here,” Wendel added. “We know where we’re headed, and the future is bright.”


Upcoming games

Girls basketball

Nov. 15-17
MHS @ UT-Tyler tourn.

Nov. 16
KHS @ Mineola
EHS @ Alba-Golden

Nov. 19
MHS @ Terrell
KHS vs Scurry-Rosser
EHS @ Rusk
Boys basketball

Nov. 16
EHS @ Scurry-Rosser

Nov. 19
MHS vs Athens
KHS @ Crandall Classic
MLLFA games
Games: Midgets 4, Pee-Wee 6, Little League 8 p.m.

Nov. 17
Superbowl @ Kemp