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individuals make history in ’09
By Kerry Yancey
Monitor Staff Writer
CEDAR CREEK LAKE–Local high school athletes put together some personal
and team triumphs during the first half of 2009, as some multi-sport
standouts saw their storied careers draw to a close with the end of the
2008-09 school year.
Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
The throw in from the outfield gets away from Mineola second baseman
Erik Galaz (1) as Kemp's Zach Allison (7) slides safely into second base
after advancing on an outfield error during the teams' District 14-3A
baseball contest at Kemp April 21.
Mabank’s Panthers gave notice early they would be a factor in the
District 15-4A basketball race, knocking off the Terrell Tigers in the
loop opener, but the Lady Panthers found the going tougher against the
usually much taller and more athletic district teams.
In a first for the area, a group of sponsors obtained official Little
League status, and the Cedar Creek Area Little League (CCALL) began
signing up players.
The CCALL wound up drawing nearly 600 players during the early spring
and summer, but squabbles over policy and a number of questions about
money – specifically, umpires not being paid as contracted – would taint
the organization’s initial season.
As the year draws to a close, it remains uncertain whether CCALL will
return for a second season in 2010.
Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
Kemp junior Sharda Bettis clears the next-to-last hurdle while winning
the 100 meter hurdles in 16.01 seconds at the Al Williamson Relays April
2. Bettis advanced to the state track meet, where she won the gold medal
In what turned out to be a key victory, the Eustace Bulldogs edged the
hosting Kemp Yellowjackets to gain a two-game district sweep.
The teams wound up tied in the standings, but the Bulldogs advanced to
the playoffs for the first time since 1997 by having the tie-breaker
edge in head-to-head competition.
After the Kemp Lady Yellowjackets and the Mineola Lady Yellowjackets
forged a home-and-home split during the two district rounds (each team
winning on the other’s home court), they met in Wills Point for a
one-game playoff to determine which Lady Yellowjacket squad would be the
loop’s third-place qualifier.
Kemp notched the first postseason berth for the girls team in at least
16 years with a 47-41 victory.
Their playoff trip was a short one, however, as they fell to a much
quicker Rains Lady Wildcat squad in the bidistrict championship contest
at Royse City.
Mabank’s Panthers and Mesquite Poteet’s Pirates split home-and-home
contests during the two rounds of district play, and a one-game playoff
for the district’s third-place playoff berth ended up going to the
Pirates, who nipped Mabank 54-51 at Forney.
Eustace’s boys saw their first playoff trip end quickly, as the Nevada
Community Braves (the same folks who knocked the Bulldogs out of the
football playoffs in November, ’08) used a significant edge in quickness
to run past Eustace 72-41 in a bidistrict championship matchup.
Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
Eustace senior Chelsea Truitt plants her pole en route to clearing 9-6
in the pole vault competition at the District 14-3A track meet April 15.
Truitt later won the regional meet, and then broke her own school record
to take second at the state track meet June 6.
Mabank senior Kolton Browning, who was named the football and basketball
MVP in 3A competition as a junior, repeated the achievement in the 4A
ranks, as he was named the outstanding offensive player by district
basketball coaches, an honor he also won in football.
The Mabank girls soccer team clinched the school’s first postseason
berth in the history of the program (six years for boys, four years for
girls) with a 7-0 shutout of hosting Eustace.
Thanks to the luck of the draw, the Lady Panthers faced powerhouse
Longview in bidistrict, but played the Lady Lobos closer than anybody
else, eventually falling 4-1 to a team that advanced to the regional
Two MHS powerlifters, Si Frideley and Dillon Bramblitt, qualified for
the state meet with their performances at the Region III Division I meet
in Lindale March 12.
Dillon set two regional records – squatting 645 pounds and
bench-pressing 395 pounds – while Frideley won his weight division’s
bench press with a lift of 290 pounds.
Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
Mabank's Dillon Bramblitt squats a meet-best 600 pounds during the
Mabank Invitational powerlifting meet Jan. 24. Bramblitt later advanced
to the state meet.
Eustace’s boys and Canton’s girls won the Al Williamson Relays on the
newly refurbished Kemp High School track.
Eustace’s girls finished second to Canton, while the Canton boys
finished second to Eustace. Hosting Kemp’s girls took third and the boys
In softball, top-ranked Van stormed through the district, meeting
serious difficulty only against the second-place Wills Point Lady
Tigers, while Canton and Mineola proved to be the top 14-3A baseball
Both the Eustace and Kemp boys were projected to be contenders for the
loop title, but unforced mistakes wound up costing both teams dearly.
In their second-round matchup at Kemp, the Bulldogs ended their lengthy
losing streak and kept the Yellowjackets winless in an 11-10 slugfest.
Canton’s girls and Van’s boys won the top spots at the District 14-3A
track meet in Mineola.
Eustace’s boys took second and the girls finished third, with Kemp’s
girls taking fourth and the boys finishing sixth.
Three local athletes turned in outstanding performances:
• Kemp junior Sharda Bettis qualified for the regional meet in five
different events, winning the long jump, the triple jump and both the
100 and 300 hurdles, as well as anchoring the KHS girls’ third-place 400
meter relay team.
• Eustace senior Chelsea Truitt, competing with a broken bone in her
left foot, qualified for the regional meet in four different events,
winning the pole vault, anchoring the EHS girls’ winning 400 meter and
800 meter relay teams and finishing second to Bettis in the 100 hurdles.
• Eustace junior Trevan Johnson qualified for regional in five different
events, winning the 400 meter run and the long jump, finishing third in
the triple jump and anchoring the EHS boys’ winning 1600 relay team and
second-place 400 relay team.
The flu – which dominated state and national news most of the year –
also threatened to cancel the regional track meets, as the UIL ordered a
two-week break in all sanctioned events and announced no regional meets
would be held.
Following a major outcry from coaches and administrators around the
state, however, the UIL relented, rescheduling the regional meets for
That pushed the state meet to June 5-6, past the end of school for most
Mabank seniors Chelsey Dillon and Kolton Browning were named the top
athletes at the school’s annual all-sports banquet.
Actually, it would have been difficult to think of someone else, as both
were multi-sport standouts and state-level competitors.
Browning amassed one of the most storied careers in the school’s history
– graduating with three of the four top season passing records and the
career passing mark (63 touchdown passes), as well as the school’s
single-game total offense record.
As noted earlier, Browning was the district MVP in both football and
basketball as a junior (3A) and the district’s offensive player of the
year in both football and basketball as a senior (4A).
In addition, Browning was a first-team all-district selection in
baseball all four years.
Dillon was a regional qualifier in both cross country and track all four
years, and a first-team all-district selection in basketball all four
At Kemp High School, seniors Meagan Lacy and Joseph Weeks were named the
top athletes of the year.
Both also were multi-sport standouts all four years, and Lacy also won
female athlete of the year as a freshman.
Both Weeks and Lacy lettered in four different sports as seniors.
Chelsea Truitt and Sharda Bettis both advanced to the state track meet
by winning their respective events at the Region II meet in Commerce.
While Bettis advanced to state as a sophomore, it was the first time to
advance for Truitt, even though she qualified for the regional track
meet in five different events as a freshman, sophomore and junior – a
remarkable record of athletic excellence.
It was no surprise when Truitt was named the female athlete of the year
at the EHS all-sports banquet, as she lettered in volleyball, soccer and
track, despite breaking a bone in her foot during soccer season.
Eustace coaches could not decide between two Zachs for male athlete, so
named Zach Keeling and Zach Arambula as co-male athletes of the year.
Again, both young men were multi-sport standouts. In addition to being a
regional track qualifier, Arambula was a first-team all-district
selection in soccer.
Keeling was a second-team all-district wide receiver in football, and
the district’s offensive player of the year in basketball, along with
winning the district high jump event for the second straight year.
In her second trip to the state meet, Sharda Bettis became the first KHS
athlete to win a gold medal in 45 years by winning the 100 hurdles with
a personal best (and school record) time of 14.53 seconds.
A week after graduating, Chelsea Truitt became the first EHS athlete to
medal in the pole vault when she took the silver with a personal best
(and school record) leap of 11-6.
Youth baseball and softball action swung into high gear, including Cedar
Creek Area Little League play.
Gun Barrel City opened an adult co-ed softball league, drawing six teams
in its inaugural season.
Local high school athletes continued summer off-season workouts, with
boys and girls running and lifting weights.
Local schools also scheduled football, baseball, basketball and
volleyball camps for youngsters.
Editor’s note: See the Thursday, Jan. 31, issue of The Monitor for a
review of the second half of 2009 athletics.
MHS @ Kaufman tourn.
KHS @ Gatesville tourn.
EHS @ Brownsboro tourn.
KHS @ Cross Roads
MHS vs Terrell*
KHS @ Quinlan Ford
MHS @ Red Oak*
KHS vs Van*
EHS vs Mineola*
MHS vs Mesquite Poteet*
KHS vs Wills Point*
EHS @ Canton*
MHS @ Forney*
EHS vs KHS*
MHS vs Lancaster*
KHS vs Mineola*
EHS @ Wills Point*
MHS @ Wagstaff Classic
KHS @ Kaufman tourn.
EHS @ Fruitvale
MHS @ Terrell*
KHS vs Westwood
EHS @ Cross Roads
MHS vs Red Oak*
EHS vs Brownsboro
KHS @ Quinlan Ford
MHS @ Mesquite Poteet*
EHS vs Kemp (boys only)
MHS girls @ Greenville (scr)
MHS girls vs NForney (scr)
EHS b&g vs Ferris
EHS hosts tournament
(KHS, MHS boys)
MHS g @ Mt. Pleasant trn.