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KHS fetes fall
By Kerry Yancey
Monitor Staff Writer
KEMP–Kemp High School athletes, coaches and parents marked one of the
most successful first semesters in many years Monday at the Fall Sports
Banquet at the high school cafetorium.
Robert Emfinger, outgoing president of the Kemp Sports Boosters,
welcomed the crowd and urged them to become active in Boosters projects.
“The Boosters have donated more than $20,000 to the athletic program
since August, 2007,” Emfinger pointed out. “With great pride we watch
them (athletes) and support them, and (that makes) all the time we spend
well worth it.
“What we do is not just for our kids, but for the future of Kemp High
School athletics,” Emfinger added. “We need your help to continue this
The Athletic Booster club meets every fourth Monday evening, Emfinger
Athletic director and head coach Greg Anderson noted the success of the
fall sports teams, and introduced the high school coaching staff.
Along with Anderson, KHS coaches include Jason Blackmon, Jeff Combs,
Randal Forguson, Adam Hass, Liz Henning, Kris Jones, Matt Langer,
Terrance McCloud, Corrie Riland, Cody Ross, Sally Ross, Kent Smith,
girls athletic director Peggy Swierc, Scott Travis and Cord Wood.
Each of the coaches introduced each player, including sub-varsity teams,
and spoke about the seasons posted by their team during the fall.
Cross country coach Sally Ross pointed out a number of her runners
practiced (and played) one sport and then came out to practice cross
country either before school or after school.
The cross country team ran in six different meets and the District 14-3A
meet in Eustace.
At the district meet, Michelle Ritterbach finished ninth overall,
qualifying her for the Region II meet at Arlington, where she finished
in the top half of the field against more than 100 runners.
and James Simmons
Heart & Hustle
Most Valuable Runner
Michelle Ritterbach and Tyler Jones
Veteran coach Peggy Swierc said this year’s junior varsity and varsity
volleyball teams were an “astounding” group.
“In 31 years of coaching, these are some of the hardest-working girls
I’ve ever coached,” Swierc said.
This year’s junior varsity squad doubled the number of wins they posted
last year, while the varsity girls tripled the number of wins, compared
to last year, she said.
“We were the only district team that placed every member on the Academic
All-District team, and we did that for the second year in a row,” Swierc
Most Consistent Server
Blocker of the Year
Hitter of the Year
Passer of the Year
(second year for the award)
Most Valuable Player
Anderson said the Yellowjacket football team wasn’t expected to do much
at all in the new District 14-3A, and at one point, the ’Jackets were
0-3, and many people were wondering if they weren’t looking at another
After that 0-3 start, the ’Jackets won six of their next nine games,
including three straight district games (two on the road), a
regular-season finale against Canton that clinched a playoff berth, and
their bidistrict championship game against the defending Class 2A state
champion Farmersville Farmers.
Of the five teams the ’Jackets lost to, four of them were playoff teams,
and one was a field goal away from qualifying for the playoffs in Class
4A, Anderson pointed out.
The turning point in the season, Anderson said, came in the
Yellowjackets’ first victory, a dramatic come-from-behind win over the
visiting Rains Wildcats.
The next week, the ’Jackets put up 63 points in a road win at Palmer,
one of the best nights in school history, Anderson said.
After beating Canton at home to qualify for the district’s third-place
playoff berth, the ’Jackets held off a talented Farmers team to take
their first playoff win in 11 years.
Anderson also announced the 14-3A All-District list, which was released
earlier that day after district champion Van lost to Prosper in the
state Division I quarterfinals.
The ’Jackets placed 15 players on the Academic All-District list,
Most Valuable Player
Offensive Player of the Year
Defensive Player of the Year
Wesley Kerr and Joseph Weeks
Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
Kemp High School’s outstanding cross country runners, volleyball players
and football players gather following the conclusion of the KHS Fall
Sports Banquet Monday at the school cafetorium.
’Dogs grab first
Monitor Staff Reports
EUSTACE–A big second quarter enabled the Eustace Bulldogs to hold off a
late comeback by the Fruitvale Bobcats and secure their first win of the
season Tuesday, 36-34.
This weekend, the Bulldogs were scheduled to play in the Scurry-Rosser
Invitational basketball tournament.
Tuesday, Dec. 9, the Eustace boys and girls will travel to LaPoynor for
games against the Flyers, opening with a 5 p.m. sub-varsity contest.
Next weekend, Dec. 11-13, the Bulldogs will travel to Brownsboro to play
in the Great East Texas Shoot-Out, before hosting Grand Saline Tuesday,
After a defensive battle in the first quarter, the Bulldogs erased a
two-point deficit and took a seven-point halftime lead by outscoring the
Bobcats 15-6 in the second quarter.
In the third quarter, the Bobcats outscored Eustace 12-9 to cut their
lead to four points heading into the fourth quarter.
In the final frame, the Bulldogs were outscored 8-6, but held on for the
Balanced scoring marked the Eustace effort, with seven players getting
in the scorebook, led by David Key’s 10 points.
Johnny Lee and Zach Sutton both scored seven points each, with Marcus
Emmons adding six, and Zach Keeling, Trevan Johnson and Brandon Beggs
all scoring two points each.
Fruitvale’s Kevin Johnson led all scorers with 22 points, while Carie
White added five, Ian McCann four and Tyler Yates three.
Monitor Staff Reports
VAN–Mabank’s Panthers used a one-two inside punch of Kolton Browning and
Tyler Fisher to knock out the Van Vandals 69-54 Tuesday.
Now 4-0, the Panthers hosted the 10th annual Cedar Creek Lake Shoot-Out
basketball tournament this weekend.
Tuesday, Dec. 9, the Panthers are scheduled to host the Rains Wildcats
for a rematch, opening with 4:30 p.m. sub-varsity contests.
Mabank crushed Rains 105-37 in their first meeting Nov. 25.
After an open date, the Panthers will host the Wills Point Tigers
Monday, Dec. 15, again opening with 4:30 p.m. sub-varsity games.
Tuesday, the Panthers took a narrow 14-11 lead in the first quarter
behind Browning, who scored eight of his game-high 27 points in the
A five-point edge in the second quarter enabled the Panthers to take an
eight-point halftime lead, 33-25. Griffin Marshall and Micky Pycha both
hit 3-point baskets during the period.
In the third quarter, Fisher scored eight of his 19 points to power a
three-point scoring edge.
Up by 11 heading into the fourth quarter, the Panthers outscored Van
21-17 in the period to forge the final 15-point margin.
Browning’s 27 points included a mediocre (for him) night at the free
throw line, hitting just 5-of-10 attempts.
Fisher hit 3-of-5 at the charity stripe while scoring his 19 points, as
the Panthers overall shot just 50 percent, 15-of-30. The Vandals hit
11-of-15 from the free throw line.
Tray Phillips finished with seven points, while Marshall and Pycha both
finished with five points, Cameron Tucker added four points and Jacob
Woodard added a pair of free throws.
Zach Gormley led the Vandals (who just got some players from the
football team Monday) with 16 points, while Jordan Schmidt added 12
MHS @ Ferris
KHS @ Malakoff
EHS @ LaPoynor
MHS @ Commerce
KHS @ Edgewood tourn.
EHS @ Mineola tourn.
MHS vs Lancaster*
KHS vs Italy
EHS @ Cross Roads
MHS vs Rains
KHS @ Scurry-Rosser
EHS @ LaPoynor
KHS @ ET Shoot-Out
EHS @ ET Shoot-Out
MHS vs Wills Point
EHS vs Grand Saline
MHS @ Sabine tourn.
EHS @ Grand Saline tourn.
KHS @ Fairfield