Walker named Special Teams
Player of the Year
Three Panthers named to District 13-3A
All-District first team
By Sam Epps
MABANK–Mabank senior Ryan Walker was named the District 13-3A
Special Teams Player of the Year, and three other Panthers were
named to the All-District first team.
Austin Craig was named first team quarterback, Jake Raney was
named first team receiver and Derek Brill was named first team
Blake Bolton was selected as second team offensive guard, and
Corey Givens was picked as second team running back.
On defense, Cody Kuykendall was picked as a second team
defensive tackle, Trevor Chasteen was selected as second team
defensive end, Toby Grimes was chosen second team defensive
linebacker, Jesse Plunkett was named as second team safety and
Hunter Carrico was chosen second team cornerback.
There were five Panthers awarded offensive honorable mention;
Cameron Braden - offensive line, Joe Velez - offensive line,
Hunter Strebeck - offensive line, Chans Hall - receiver and
Tanner Marler - receiver/running back.
Eight Panthers received defensive honorable mention; Adam Penix
- secondary, Chans Hall - secondary, Korey Roberts - kicker,
Dustyn Cottell - linebacker, Trenton Bailey - linebacker, Colton
Thomas - defensive line, Ezekiel Gonzales - linebacker and
Justin George - defensive line.
Lady Panthers fall to Martins
By Sam Epps
MARTINS MILL–The Mabank Lady Panthers lost a close game, 57-52,
to the Martins Mill Lady Mustangs in overtime.
Martins Mill took the lead early, and held a 29-22 lead by
The Lady Panther offense scrambled in the third period, scoring
18 points, while Martins Mill was held to six.
Regulation ended with the game tied at 50-50.
In overtime, the Lady Panthers could only muster two points,
while the Lady Mustangs added seven points to secure the win.
The Lady Panthers had won five previous games, beating Kerens,
53-38, on Nov. 21, defeating Spring Hill, 55-40, on Nov. 18 and
getting a 53-36 win over Commerce on Nov. 15.
The Lady Panthers beat Pittsburg, 48-36, on Nov. 11, and cruised
past Forney, 64-31, on Nov. 8.
The Lady Panthers competed in the Wills Point basketball
tournament this weekend, and will travel to Bullard Tuesday.
They will compete in Brownsboro at the East Texas Shoot-Out Dec.
Panthers beat Vandals, 54-37
By Sam Epps
MABANK–The hosting Mabank Panthers defeated the Van Vandals
The Panthers made 12 of 16 free throw attempts and sank four
three-points in the victory.
In the first period, the Mabank offense racked up 19 points,
holding Van to just five.
The Panthers added the their lead in the second period, scoring
14 points while Van scored 11.
Coming into the third period of play with a 30-19 lead, Mabank
proceeded to 11 points to their lead, scoring 16 points while
holding Van to five.
Monitor Photo/Sam Epps
Mabank Panther and Van Vandal players struggle for control of a
loose basketball as the Panthers cruised to a 54-37 win Tuesday.
The Van offense tried to rally in the fourth period, but only
managed to shave five points off Mabank’s lead by scoring 13
points to Mabank’s eight.
Panther junior David Marler led the Panther offense with 18
points. Brandon Hatfield followed with 13 points. Marler made
seven of eight free throws, and sank two treys.
Jordan Allen scored eight points and Garrett Graham scored
seven, including two treys.
Ryan Walker added seven points to Mabank’s score, including
three of four free throws.
Mabank also competed at the TASO Classic in Mabank Nov. 21-22.
In the tourney, the Panthers defeated the Corsicana Tigers,
58-44, and the Eustace Bulldogs 102-34.
Against Corsicana, Mabank took an early, 24-3, first period
The added 12 points in the second period, while Corsicana scored
Corsicana’s offense took charge in the third period, scoring 14
points, while Mabank added nine points to the board.
The final period was a tight affair, with Mabank scoring 13
points and the Tigers scoring 12.
In the matchup, Allen led the Panthers with 18 points. Walker
scored 10 points, while Landon Marshall scored eight points.
Against Eustace, the Bulldog defense could fins no solutions to
the Panther offense.
Mabank bounded out to a 31-9 lead after the first period, and
ran on to a 48-13 lead by halftime.
In the third period, Mabank added 23 points to their score,
while Eustace managed just six.
The Eustace offense showed sign of life in the fourth period,
scoring 15 points. However, the Panther offense responded by
scoring another 31 points to seal the lopsided victory.
Allen led the Panthers against Eustace with 31 points, including
five three-points and a perfect four-for-four free throw
percentage. Walker added 16 points and was also four-for-four
from the free throw line. Graham and Reese Frosch both scored 10
points for the Panthers.
Marler added eight points and Marshall scored seven for Mabank.
For Eustace, Jordan Foote scored 11 points, including two
three-pointers. Kyle Wood scored eight points and Billy Key
scored seven points, including going two-for-two from the free
Panthers fell to the Lindale Eagles, 58-55, Nov. 19.
Monitor Photo/Sam Epps
Mabank Panther Ryan Walker gets around
a Vandal defender as the Panthers defeated the visiting Van
boys, 54-37, Tuesday.
Both the Panthers and the Eustace Bulldogs competed in the Cedar
Creek Lake Shoot-Out tournament this weekend in Mabank. Mabank
will host Whitehouse Tuesday, and will play in the East Texas
Shoot-Out tournament in Brownsboro Dec. 8-10.
The Eustace Bulldogs will host Rice Tuesday, and will host Grand
Saline Dec. 13.