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Top KHS athletes honored at
By Kerry Yancey
Monitor Staff Writer
KEMP–More than two dozen Kemp High School student athletes were honored
Monday night during the annual Fall Sports Banquet, the first such
awards ceremony held at the new high school.
Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
Kemp High School student athletes winning top awards at the annual Fall
Sports Banquet show their plaques following the assembly in the new
school auditorium Monday. Players receiving academic all-district and
academic all-state honors were given special recognition by coaches.
Following a chicken and pasta dinner catered by Seasons Restaurant of
Mabank, players, coaches and parents filed into the new school
auditorium for the awards portion of the evening’s festivities.
Kemp Athletic Booster Club president Robert Emfinger told the gathering
the club has spent more than $25,000 on sports equipment across the high
school and junior high campuses since July.
Students making academic all-district teams (maintaining a 90 or above
grade average throughout the season) were given special recognition
throughout the ceremony.
In cross-country, Brianna McCarty was noted as being named academic
Volleyball coach and girls coordinator Peggy Swierc was particularly
proud to announce the Lady Yellowjackets were the only District 14-3A
team to have every player on the roster named academic all-district.
Four players – Kayliegh Martin, Kylie Goswick, Hannah Carpenter and
Kimmie Gorka – were named academic all-state, having maintained a grade
average of 96 or above throughout the season, Swierc announced.
Three football players – Ryan Emfinger, Jeff Goldman and Wesley Kerr –
were also named academic all-district, head coach and athletic director
Greg Anderson announced.
Anderson introduced all the coaches, saying he considered this staff the
best he’s ever had.
During the awards ceremonies, coaches introduced freshman and junior
varsity players first, and they remained on stage while the varsity
players were introduced.
Cross country coach Sally Ross introduced KHS runners, who participated
in seven meets prior to the district meet in Eustace.
Caitline Garcia was named the Most Improved Runner, while McCarty and
Garrett Haney were named the Outstanding Runners for the season.
Kayla Collum received the cross country Heart & Hustle Award.
Swierc announced Martin and Lacy Pettigrew were the winners of the
volleyball Fighting Heart Award, while Heather Henderson was named the
Most Improved Player.
Amber Brewer was named the Most Consistent Server, hitting 94 percent of
her attempts during the season, while Sharda Bettis was named the
Blocker of the Year.
Shelbie Wright and Goswick were named the Hitters of the Year, while
Carpenter and Amanda White were named Passers of the Year.
Gorka was named the Best All-Around player, while Amanda Lawrence (the
team’s only first-team all-district selection) was named the Most
In somewhat of a surprise, the Lady Yellowjacket Award went to junior
varsity player Shannon Shipp, who never missed a practice, Swierc noted.
In football, Anderson said the season record was not what the team had
hoped, but noted. “This is probably the most enjoyable group of guys
I’ve ever worked with.”
The team suffered through some of the toughest losses one could imagine
– falling to district runner-up Van 3-0 in double overtime and losing to
the third-place team, Eustace, on the road by just one point, 21-20,
“This group never stopped fighting,” he pointed out.
Senior quarterback Jeremy Quick was named the outstanding offensive
back/receiver, while senior Terrence Sistrunk was named the outstanding
Senior running back Cris Murray, who scored three first-play touchdowns
in the first four games, but battled injury throughout the district
schedule, was named the Offensive Player of the Year.
Lance Roberts was named the outstanding defensive lineman, while Goldman
– who had five interceptions and three fumble recoveries – was named the
outstanding defensive back.
Blake Murray was named the outstanding linebacker, while junior
linebacker Johnny Kilgore was named the Defensive Player of the Year,
Senior running back/safety Wesley Kerr received the Yellowjacket Award
for his dedication and high level of play, while senior Zach Allison was
named the Most Valuable Player.
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MHS @ Van
KHS vs Malakoff
MHS vs Rowlett
KHS @ Venus tourn.
EHS @ Fruitvale tourn.
MHS @ Lancaster*
KHS vs Italy
EHS vs Cross Roads
MHS vs West Mesquite*
KHS @ Lindale
KHS vs Miller Grove
MHS @ Kaufman tourn.
KHS @ Gatesville tourn.
EHS @ Brownsboro tourn.
MHS-Cedar Creek Shoot-out
KHS @ Quinlan Ford tourn.
EHS @ Scurry-Rosser tourn.
MHS vs Sabine
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EHS vs Frost
KHS @ ET Shoot-Out
EHS @ Frankston tourn.
MHS @ Richardson Pierce
MHS @ Wills Point
KHS @ Palestine
EHS vs Grand Saline
MHS @ Sabine tourn.
KHS @ Athens tourn.
EHS @ Grand Saline tourn.
KHS vs Fairfield
KHS vs Miller Grove
MHS @ Wagstaff Classic
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EHS @ Fruitvale