Sports and Outdoors


WP girls edge Lady ’Jackets
Monitor Staff Reports
KEMP–Visiting Wills Point used a fourth-quarter push to edge past the Kemp Lady Yellowjackets, 64-52, Dec. 20.
Following a Christmas break, the Lady ’Jackets were scheduled to begin play Thursday (today) in the Kaufman Invitational basketball tournament.
The Lady ’Jackets will open District 13-3A play on the road at Ferris Friday, Jan. 5, with a 6 p.m. junior varsity contest opening a two-game slate.
Mabank’s Lady Panthers will visit Kemp Tuesday, Jan. 9, again opening with a 6 p.m. junior varsity contest, and the Lady ’Jackets will travel to Eustace Friday, Jan. 12.
After falling behind the visiting Lady Tigers in the first quarter, the Lady ’Jackets took a four-point halftime lead behind a 19-11 second-quarter run.
Sarah Smith fueled the run with two 3-point baskets, and Kemp also got a trey from Ashley Zellmer and inside work from Alex Valentine, who scored seven of her 14 points during the quarter.
Wills Point came back in the third quarter to tie the contest at 43 behind ShaRhonda Jones, who hit three of her four treys during the quarter.
During the final stanza, the Lady Tigers continued to look to Jones, who added her fourth trey and hit 5-of-6 free throw attempts to fuel a 21-9 run.
Smith led the Lady ’Jackets with 20 points, while Zellmer finished with 15 and Valentine finished with 14. Meagan Lacy also hit three free throws.
Jones led the Lady Tigers with a game-high 23 points.

Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
Kemp’s Sarah Smith (22) drives in for a layup against
Ennis St. John’s Dec. 15.

Panthers named to All-State teams
Monitor Staff Reports
AUSTIN–Three Mabank High School seniors recently were named to Associated Press Sports Editors (APSE) Class 3A All-State teams.
Panther offensive lineman William “Bo” Atherton was named to the second team All-State offensive line, according to information published Dec. 21.
Panther running back Chris Recio, who gained 1,400 yards and scored 16 touchdowns during the regular season, was named to the Honorable Mention offense, while linebacker Joey Mendez was named to the Honorable Mention defense.
The Panthers finished the season at 6-5, garnering a District 13-3A tri-championship with Kaufman and Crandall, before falling to the District 14-3A Chapel Hill Bulldogs in the Division I bidistrict playoffs.

Lady ’Dogs rebuilding again
By Kerry Yancey
Monitor Staff Writer

EUSTACE–Youth and inexperience make this year another rebuilding year for second-year Eustace Lady Bulldogs coach Brad Robertson.
Robertson welcomes back only one letterman, sophomore returning starter Cassie Freeman.
“We are young, but we have three seniors who didn’t play last year,” Robertson said. “I’m glad to have them. I wish I had them more than one year.
“It’s like starting over again,” he added. “That part has been tough.”
Those seniors are Alyson Harlan, an outstanding athlete who was the softball MVP last year and a two-time MVP in volleyball, along with Traci Garrett, another volleyball standout and cross country state qualifier, and Shelby Knight.
They are joined by three juniors, Alyssa Cox, Christina Lazard and Rebekah Walter, another cross country and volleyball standout.
Also out this year is a second sophomore, Courtney Bearden.
Numbers are holding well for Robertson, who will be able to field three full teams again this year. There’s also four teams at the middle school for the second straight year.
“That’s pretty much a feat in itself, getting kids to participate,” he said.
Despite the youth and relative inexperience, the Lady Bulldogs have some outstanding athletes, although they hadn’t seen much success in pre-district competition.
“I’ve got good kids and good athletes. They try hard and they give me all they have, and that’s all you can ask for,” Robertson said. “I enjoy these kids.”
The Lady Bulldogs will be facing a very tough District 13-3A slate, headed up by the 12th-ranked Kaufman Lady Lions.
“They have the best athletes,” Robertson said. “I would say they’re going to be one of the top teams in the region.”
Mabank, dropping down from 4A, and Crandall are also going to be tough, he said.
“Kemp has a new coach, and they’re going to be young,” Robertson said. “It’ll be Kemp, Ferris and us all battling for a playoff spot. With a little luck, everybody’s got a chance.”

Upcoming Games

Boys' Basketball

Dec. 27
EHS @ Rusk

Dec. 27-30
MHS @ Wagstaff Classic
(Tyler Junior College)
KHS @ Gatesville tourn.
EHS @ Scurry-Rosser tourn.

Jan. 2
KHS @ Kennedale
EHS @ Brownsboro

Jan. 5
MHS open
KHS vs Palestine
EHS @ Trinidad

Jan. 8
EHS vs Westwood

Jan. 9
MHS vs Brownsboro
KHS vs Palestine

Jan. 12
MHS vs Kaufman*
*District 13-3A game


Girls' Basketball

Dec. 28-30
MHS @ Scurry-Rosser tourn.
KHS @ Kaufman tourn.
EHS @ Trinidad Classic

Jan. 5
MHS vs Crandall*
KHS @ Ferris*
EHS @ Kaufman*

Jan. 9
EHS vs Ferris*

Jan. 12
MHS vs Kaufman*

Jan. 16
KHS vs Crandall*

Jan. 19
MHS vs Ferris*
KHS @ Kaufman*
EHS @ Crandall*
*District 13-3A game