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  EHS offense, KHS defense picked for 14-3A first team
Monitor Staff Reports
CEDAR CREEK LAKE–Six Eustace Bulldogs and four Kemp Yellowjackets were named to the first team offense and defense by District 14-3A coaches recently.
All three of the district’s playoff teams – loop champion Wills Point, runner-up Van and third-place Eustace – did not survive the first round of the state 3A playoffs.
As expected, Wills Point dominated the superlative selections, with two seniors, Steven Cunigan and Jacoby Alexander, being named as co-Most Valuable Players.
Tiger junior quarterback Trent Jurica was named the Offensive Player of the Year, while junior J.K. Wilson was named the Defensive player of the Year and junior running back Brandon Morris was named the Newcomer of the Year.
Runner-up Van had two superlative selections, as Dalton Santos was named the Sophomore of the Year and junior Tory Parson was named the Return Specialist of the Year.
All six of the Bulldogs making the first team were named on the offensive side of the ball, while Kemp had one offensive player and three defensive standouts selected.
For Eustace senior tackle Nick Dunlap was a first-team pick for the second year, while senior center Owen Babcock was also named to the offensive line.
Senior Chris Compton was selected as the first-team quarterback, and all three Bulldog running backs, seniors Joseph Bradburn, Trevan Johnson and Justin Calhoun were named first team. Calhoun was the only unanimous first-team pick.
Senior guard Michael Scott was the only Yellowjacket named on offense. On defense, Kemp senior Zach Allison and junior Johnny Kilgore were named to the first team at linebacker, while senior Lance Roberts was selected at defensive end.
Allison and Roberts were both unanimous selections.
Wills Point had five players named to the first-team offense, sophomore guard Logan Cravens, wide receivers Marquis Burch, Junior Hamilton and Brett Bradshaw and kicker Evann Padilla.
Canton, which had the district’s most prolific offense, had three selections, junior center Arsen Lajqi, and junior receivers Roy Denbow and Trent Termin.
Van placed tight end Joey McMinn, guard Clay Hendon and receiver Ryan Parham on the first team, while Mineola placed five players, tight end Evan Finley, tackle Montana Duncan, center Matt Blocker, receiver Trey Stubblefield and running back Paul Nevarez.
Wills Point placed eight players on the first-team defense – defensive linemen Tanner Sistrunk and Seth Butler, linebackers Joseph Gray and Alex Anderson, and defensive backs Cyle Henderson, Zac Bean, Clay Deen and Padilla.
Sistrunk, Butler, Gray, Anderson, Henderson and Bean were all unanimous selections.
Van had six players named to the first-team defense, defensive linemen Corey Fuller and Ryan Wigley, and defensive backs Tye Hughes, Addison Neal and Seth Potter.
Fuller, Wigley, Daniels and Hughes were all unanimous selections.
Mineola had two first-team selections, Duncan at defensive line and Colt Bickerstaff at punter.
Duncan and Padilla were the only players named to first-team spots on both sides of the ball.
Eustace had three players named to the second team offense – Shawn Baldwin, Dillon Yates and Justin Hall – while Kemp running back Cris Murray was also named to the second team.
On defense, Eustace had four players named to the second team – Cody Folsom, Blake Ward, Jacob McCarter and Skylar Johnston, while Kemp’s Josh Jennings and Justin Lawler were selected to the second team.
Kemp had three players given honorable mention – quarterback Jeremy Quick, cornerback Jeff Goldman and center Terrence Sistrunk.
Eustace had five players given honorable mention – kicker Zach Bennett, linebackers Jacob Petillo and Blake Hammonds, and offensive linemen Tanner Thompson and Tony Alfaro.

TOPS tips to avoid diabetes
MILWAUKEE, Wis.–Tomorrow may be too late when it comes to preventing or improving a diabetes condition, according to TOPS Club, Inc. (Take Off Pounds Sensibly), the nonprofit weight-loss support organization.
Diabetes is a disease in which the body does not produce or properly use insulin, a hormone needed to convert sugar, starches and other food into energy needed for daily life.
Obesity is one of the leading risk factors for developing the most prevalent form of diabetes, Type 2 (adult-onset).
Typically affecting individuals age 40 and older, the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion notes that Type 2 diabetes has been reported among children and adolescents with increasing frequency.
According to the American Diabetes Association, one out of every three children born today will face a future with diabetes if current trends continue. If not treated properly, diabetes can lead to serious complications, such as blindness, kidney failure, heart disease, foot ulcers and the need for limb amputations.
In acknowledgment of November being National Diabetes Month, Nicholas “Dr. Nick” Yphantides, M.D., M.P.H., medical spokesperson for TOPS, says, “Preventive care, like weight loss, a healthy diet and physical activity, is the easiest way to avoid diabetes and its complications.”
A formerly obese person who once weighed 467 pounds, Dr. Nick was a borderline diabetic and has treated diabetic individuals for years. He now focuses on preventive health.
“There are currently 24 million people in the United States who are diabetics,” he said. “There are 57 million more who are pre-diabetic, having blood glucose levels that are higher than normal and raising the potential for cardiovascular disease. Every single one of those people can either eliminate or reduce their risk for developing diabetes by improving their health through organizations such as TOPS.”
Employ the following tips from TOPS to prevent the development of diabetes:
• Eat smart. Choose low-fat, fiber-rich and whole-grain foods, which have all been associated with improved blood sugar control.
Increase servings of fruits, vegetables and nuts to help you feel full and even promote weight loss.
• Aim for at least 30 minutes of physical activity five days a week. Exercise helps keep your blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol levels within a normal range.
If you can’t find a solid block of time to be active, even 10 minutes of exercise spread out over the course of the day, like brisk walking, can help.
• Quit smoking. According to the American Diabetes Association, smoking increases blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol levels (also raising your risk of a heart attack).
The Rhode Island Department of Health notes that smoking even one cigarette can reduce the body’s inability to use insulin by 15 percent.
• Reduce chronic stress, a prolonged state of stress that can continue for days or weeks. The American Diabetes Association has found that when under stress, the body responds by raising blood sugar levels.
A study by the BMJ (British Medical Journal) found that chronic stress has been linked to the development of heart disease and other conditions, as well.
Try relaxation or stress management techniques, such as beginning the day with a few minutes of yoga or meditation. Breathing exercises, listening to soothing music or watching a funny television show can help alleviate anxiety.
“Everybody has the opportunity to take control and prevent diabetes,” Dr. Nick said. “TOPS is about giving people the sense of ‘yes, we can.’ Life-style transformation is a solution, and the information and support that TOPS provides can be those tools.
“We can all generate an epiphany and say, ‘Wait a second, I can ignite a change towards a healthier me,’” Dr. Nick noted.

EHS girls drop opener, get first win at tourney
Monitor Staff Reports
EUSTACE–Eustace High School’s Lady Bulldogs dropped their season opener on the road, but grabbed their first win at the Quinlan Ford tournament last weekend.
The Lady Bulldogs were scheduled to host Malakoff Tuesday night.
Following a Thanksgiving break, the Lady Bulldogs travel to Fruitvale to face the Lady Bobcats for a varsity-only contest at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 1. That next weekend, Dec. 3-5, the Lady Bulldogs will host their own Roundball Roundup tournament.

Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
Eustace Lady Bulldog Ashlie Phillips (left) dribbles across the top of the key around the defense of Grand Saline Lady Indian Brittany Pope during the Lady Bulldogs' season-opening 40-29 loss to the visiting Lady Indians Nov. 17.

In their season and home opener against Grand Saline, the Lady Bulldogs fell behind in the second half after playing evenly with the Lady Indians in the first half.
Eustace led the Lady Indians, 13-10, at halftime, but were outscored 11-7 in the third quarter and 19-9 in the fourth quarter to forge the final 11-point margin.
“For our first game of the season, I was pleased with our effort,” second-year head coach DaLinda Cassell noted later.
“Grand Saline started in a man defense against us,” she added. “We scored a quick eight points against them and they never got back into a man defense.
“I thought we lost the game because we were fatigued,” Cassell said. “Once we get into better basketball shape, I feel we are going to have a great season. They played with a lot of heart.”
Junior Allie Cass, who led the team in scoring as a sophomore, when she was the district’s Newcomer of the Year, led the Lady Bulldogs with 11 points.
Jenny McConathy added five points, with Ashlie Phillips and Harmony Allen scoring four points each, and both Vanessa Lopez and Aurora Beasley scored two points each, with Megan Renteria adding a free throw.
Amanda Rucker led the Lady Indians with 20 of their 40 points.
In a junior varsity matchup that night, Eustace defeated the Lady Indian JV 16-14.
“I thought their defense is what won the game for them,” Cassell said. Eustace held the Lady Indian JV scoreless in the second quarter to take an 8-3 halftime lead and held on for the two-point win.
Kacie Richards led the Eustace JV with six points, as Breanna Davis had four, and Alexis Cravey, Chelsea Oldham and Heather Morrison all scored two points each.
Over the weekend, the Lady Bulldog varsity headed to Quinlan’s tournament, where they fell to Leonard and Lone Oak before bouncing back to knock off Ferris for their first victory of the season.
In the tournament opener against Leonard of District 11-2A, the Lady Bulldogs were never in the contest against the far quicker Lady Tigers, falling behind 19-4 in the first quarter.
The Lady Tigers outscored Eustace 19-2 in the second quarter and 13-5 in the third to take a 40-point lead into the fourth quarter, 51-11.
Cass led the Lady Bulldogs with five points, as both Allen and McConathy had three, Catania Grant (in her first game of the season), Lopez, Alyssa Walker and Beasley all scored two points each, with Phillips adding a free throw.
The second-round matchup against District 13-2A powerhouse Lone Oak went slightly better, until the fourth quarter, when the Lady Buffaloes went on a 19-0 run to break open the contest and take a 44-16 victory.
McConathy led the Lady Bulldogs with seven points, as Cass and Lopez both scored four points and Phillips hit a free throw.
In their third-round contest against Ferris, the Lady Bulldogs finally put everything together, running up a 16-6 lead in the first quarter and padding that out to a 14-point edge by halftime, 30-16.
Both teams played evenly in the third quarter, but the Lady Bulldogs outscored the Lady Yellowjackets 9-2 in the fourth quarter to forge the final 19-point margin.
McConathy led the Lady Bulldogs with 14 points, as Grant had nine, Cass six and Renteria five.
Both Allen and Lopez scored four points each and Phillips finished with three points.


Upcoming games

Girls basketball

Dec. 1
MHS vs Kaufman
KHS vs Ferris
EHS @ Fruitvale

Dec. 3-5
MHS @ Spring Hill tourn.
KHS @ Scurry-Rosser tourn.
EHS hosts tournament

Dec. 8
MHS @ Van
KHS vs Malakoff
EHS idle

Dec. 11
MHS vs Rowlett

Dec. 10-12
KHS @ Venus tourn.
EHS @ Fruitvale tourn.

Dec. 15
MHS @ Lancaster*
KHS vs Italy
EHS vs Cross Roads

Dec. 18
MHS vs West Mesquite*

Dec. 19
KHS @ Lindale

Dec. 21
KHS vs Miller Grove

Dec. 28-30
MHS @ Kaufman tourn.
KHS @ Gatesville tourn.
EHS @ Brownsboro tourn.
(*District contest)

Boys basketball

Dec. 1
MHS vs Van
KHS @ Athens
EHS vs Scurry-Rosser

Dec. 3-5
MHS-Cedar Creek Shoot-out
KHS @ Quinlan Ford tourn.
EHS @ Scurry-Rosser tourn.

Dec. 8
MHS vs Sabine
KHS vs Scurry-Rosser
EHS vs Frost

Dec. 10-12
KHS @ ET Shoot-Out
EHS @ Frankston tourn.

Dec. 11
MHS @ Richardson Pierce

Dec. 15
MHS @ Wills Point
KHS @ Palestine
EHS vs Grand Saline

Dec. 17-19
MHS @ Sabine tourn.
KHS @ Athens tourn.
EHS @ Grand Saline tourn.


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