Sports and Outdoors


Cook new EHS boys’ coach
Monitor Staff Reports
EUSTACE–The new Eustace High School boys basketball coach is hoping to pick up the pace with this year’s team.
Lynn Cook comes to Eustace from Jacksboro.
A Denton native, Cook graduated with a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Texas at Arlington in 1992, and is in his 13th year of education.
Last year, a number of boys expected to come out for basketball chose not to participate, and Cook said that trend has continued.
“There’s probably kids walking around who should be playing basketball, but aren’t,” he said.
Despite that, the number of players out this year is pretty good – 35 spread among the freshman, junior varsity and varsity teams.
Right now, there are 10 players on the varsity, Cook said.
“They are responding very well,” he noted. “I’ve really been pleased with how the kids have accepted what we’re trying to do.”
Cook said his team will try to push the ball.
“We like to go up and down the floor,” he said. “My big focus will be on the defensive end – we are going to try to be the best defense we can be.”

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New Eustace High School boys basketball coach Lynn Cook yells instructions during practice Wednesday.

Brown getting late start with Mabank
Monitor Staff Reports
MABANK–New Mabank girls basketball coach David Brown is getting a late start on the season.
The Lady Panthers’ deep run in the volleyball playoffs has pushed back the start of basketball workouts.
“I’ve only had the kids three days,” Brown said. “I see they have a lot of athletic ability.”
Brown comes to Mabank from Hughes Springs, now in District 17-2A with Daingerfield, Linden-Kildare, New Boston, Paul Pewitt, Hooks, Queen City and Redwater.
A Denton native, Brown graduated from Texas Tech University in 1995 with a bachelor’s degree in biology and chemistry, and has a master’s degree in environmental science from North Texas University.
Brown said he was looking forward to working with the Lady Panthers, who went to the 4A playoffs two years ago, but missed the playoffs last year.
“As we learn the system we’re going to run, I think we will be in good shape,” he said.

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New Mabank High School girls basketball coach David Brown hands out a game jersey to Blaire Hyde Wednesday.

Lady ’Jackets blank Malakoff
Monitor Staff Report
KEMP–Kemp’s Lady Yellowjackets turned up the defensive heat Tuesday to defeat the Malakoff Lady Tigers 43-17.
The win gave Kemp a 2-1 season record after three games, and new girls basketball coach Bruce Grider said the Lady ’Jackets “are doing a good job.”
Grider comes to head the Kemp girls program from Dallas Carter High School, and has coached at Quitman among several stops during his 23 years in education.
The Lady ’Jackets opened the season with a five-point win at Palestine Westwood, but lost their home opener to Quinlan-Ford 52-37 Nov. 11 when fouls forced them to finish the game with three players.
“We were down to four players with 2:23 left in the third quarter, and we went down to three players with about six minutes left,” Grider said. “With about two minutes left, we had one foul out. We were going to try to play with two, but they wouldn’t let us.
“They played with a lot of heart, and they never quit,” he added.
Against hosting Malakoff Tuesday, the Lady ’Jackets held the Lady Tigers to three points in the second half, and no points in the third quarter.
“We played pretty good defense,” Grider said. “We’re trying to get things going where we can do a whole lot of things.”
The Lady ’Jackets have four seniors, including returnees Alex Valentine and Ashley Zellmer, along with newcomers Kate Donovan and Brittany Updike, both of whom joined the team recently.
Even with the seniors, the Lady ’Jackets will be a very young team this year, Grider said.
“We’ll play three freshmen on the varsity,” he noted.

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New Kemp girls basketball coach Bruce Grider directs players in practice Wednesday.

Upcoming Games

Boys' Basketball

Nov. 21
MHS @ Canton
KHS @ Crandall Classic
EHS vs Bullard

Nov. 28
MHS @ Van
KHS @ Fairfield
EHS @ Quinlan-Ford

Nov. 30-Dec. 2
Cedar Creek Lake Shoot-0ut
Kemp Invitational

Dec. 5
MHS vs Rains
KHS vs N.Dallas
EHS @ LaPoynor

Dec. 7-9
KHS @ Fairfield tourn.
EHS @ Great ET Shoot-out (Brownsboro)

Dec. 12
MHS vs Terrell
KHS vs Royse City
EHS vs Quinlan-Ford

Dec. 14-16
MHS @ Sabine tourn.

Dec. 15
KHS vs Kerens
EHS @ Edgewood

Girls' Basketball

Nov. 20
MHS vs Terrell
EHS vs Rusk

Nov. 21
KHS @ Scurry-Rosser

Nov. 24
KHS @ Edgewood

Nov. 28
MHS vs Royse City
KHS vs Mineola
EHS @ Van

Nov. 30-Dec. 2
MHS @ Wills Point tourn.
EHS hosts tournament

Dec. 1
KHS @ FW Christian

Dec. 5
MHS vs Cross Roads
EHS @ LaPoynor
KHS @ Canton

Dec. 7-9
MHS @ Commerce tourn.
KHS @ East Texas Shoot-out
EHS @ East Texas Shoot-out