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man qualifies for Boston marathon
Monitor Staff Reports
MABANKMabank resident Brent McDonald qualified for the annual Boston Marathon Dec. 5
with his finish at the Dallas White Rock Lake Marathon.
The White Rock Lake run was McDonalds first marathon, with the 34-year-old finishing
At his age, McDonald needed to run a 3:10:00 or better to qualify for the Boston Marathon.
His wife, Mabank Junior High teacher/coach Adrienne Gautreaux-McDonald, said he admitted
finishing the run was by far the toughest thing he had ever done.
He has inspired me to run one, as well, she said.
McDonald had run one half-marathon before tackling the White Rock Lake run.
His desire to run had always been sidelined by a bad knee, but surgery in August, 2009,
allowed him to start serious training, and he lost 55 pounds during the past year.
McDonald owns A+ Plumbing in Mabank.
He will not be able to run in the 2011 Boston Marathon, as the field has already been
filled (about 30 minutes after registration opened), but he will be waiting by the
computer to register for the 2012 race.
The good thing is that I achieved my goal (of running a marathon), but on the other
hand, now I have to run another one, he said.
Athletes make history in
By Kerry Yancey
Monitor Staff Writer
CEDAR CREEK LAKEStudent athletes from Mabank, Kemp and Eustace all made history with
their performances during 2010.
Kemp fielded its first soccer team this year, and the Mabank boys soccer team made history
by notching their first playoff berth.
The biggest event of the year, however, was the biennial UIL realignment in early
February. As a result of the realignment, Mabank dropped from 4A to 3A, and Eustace
dropped from 3A to 2A.
Kemps inaugural soccer team won its first-ever match, knocking off hosting Eustace
The Yellowjacket soccer team went on to play essentially a junior varsity schedule
all on the road.
On the girls side, the Kemp Lady Yellowjackets started posting win after win in
District 14-3A play, opening with a 15-point win against visiting Van.
Kemps girls turned out to be very good at home, going unbeaten until the final game
of district against loop champion Canton.
At Mabank, however, both the Panther boys and girls basketball teams found the going very
tough against the much larger schools in District 15-4A.
Four Kemp volleyball players were named academic all-state Hannah Carpenter, Kimmie
Gorka, Kylie Goswick and Kayleigh Morton while three Eustace players also were
named Kimberly Austin, Tori Bynum and Erica Sanchez.
Austin and teammate Jenny McConathy, both seniors, were later named to the All-East Texas
volleyball team by the Tyler Morning Telegraph later in the month.
While Kemps girls continued to be the strongest basketball team in the lake area,
the Kemp boys (who struggled in pre-district play) began serving notice they would be a
factor in the district race.
The biennial UIL realignment did what everyone expected dropped Mabank back down
into 3A and Eustace into 2A, to the great (mostly unexpressed) relief of coaches at both
One by-product of the drop to 2A was that Eustaces successful soccer program could
no longer play regulation contests, due to a pesky UIL rule that says 2A schools
cant play soccer.
Eustace soccer coach Cody Taylor said the Bulldogs would play an outlaw
schedule in the 2010-11 season, since they cant compete in the 4A league they had
been in since forming teams.
Kemps girls continued their run through the District 14-3A also-rans, heading for a
final-game showdown against Canton in Kemp.
Cantons Eaglettes proved themselves to be equal to the task, however, as they handed
the Lady Jackets their only home loss of the season. 51-38, to remain unbeaten at
10-0, while the Lady Yellowjackets took second place at 8-2.
One of the few bright spots for the Mabank Panthers in 15-4A competition came in the
In a game delayed until Saturday thanks to a record snowfall that closed everything
Friday the Panthers threw a major scare into the second-ranked Lancaster Tigers
behind nine 3-point baskets from senior Jacob Woodard before eventually falling 71-69.
Kemps boys used an upset of Van to help cement the districts third-place
playoff berth, entering the playoffs with a 12-18 record.
Trinity Valley Community College womens basketball coach Bill Damuth was arrested
following a post-game confrontation with officials at Blinn College in Brenham.
Damuth was suspended and later fired by TVCC.
Mabanks boys notched their first-ever soccer playoff berth, and hosted Kilgore for a
bidistrict match, won by Kilgore 5-1.
The Kemp girls second straight trip to the basketball playoffs was brief, as they
ran into the Rains Lady Wildcats strong inside game and fell 62-52 in a bidistrict
contest played in Wills Point.
The Kemp boys, however, edged the Quinlan Panthers 42-40 in their bidistrict contest at
Forney, vaulting them into an area championship contest at Longview High School.
However, the Jackets found themselves on the other end of a smothering defense for a
change, as the Liberty-Eylau Leopards used their edge in quickness to open a big early
lead and eventually claim a 76-51 win.
The Leopards went on to the regional finals before bowing out of the playoffs.
Mabank High School junior Sean Ryan, who has made up the schools entire swimming
team since his freshman year, was named to the All-State Swim Team by the Texas
Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association, making him one of just 24 team members
Mabank seniors Dillon Bramblitt and Nolan Duncan both qualified for the state powerlifting
meet with their performances at the regional meet.
Competing in the 220-pound class, Bramblitt broke two of his own regional records (squat,
650, and bench press, 405) en route to a total lift of 1,575 pounds.
Duncan won the 242-pound class with a total lift of 1,545 pounds, including a 610-pound
Kemps Macey Olivarez qualified for the state powerlifting meet with a seventh-place
finish at the girls regional meet.
On the boys side, Kemp seniors Ray Hodges and Cris Murray both notched second-place
finishes at the regional meet to qualify them for the state powerlifting meet, and the KHS
boys team finished third overall with 15 team points.
Murray later took third at the state meet with a total lift of 1,310 pounds.
Midlothians boys and girls dominated the annual Cedar Creek Relays at Mabanks
Kemps girls and Mabanks boys both finished a distant third in the standings.
At Brownsboro, Chapel Hill edged Eustace by just one point to win the boys division at the
annual Bear Invitational track meet.
Eustace pulled off an unusual softball/baseball sweep, as the hosting Bulldog boys and
girls defeated their Kemp counterparts by identical 8-3 scores.
The Rains girls and Eustace boys topped the field at the annual Al Williamson Relays at
Kemps Yellowjacket Stadium.
Strong performers included Kemps Sharda Bettis, who won the 100 and 300 hurdles and
finished second in both the long jump and triple jump, along with Eustaces JoJo
Bradburn, who finished second in the boys pole vault and won both the long jump and the
Mabanks season-long baseball road trip caused by a deeply rutted outfield
came to a close when the Gun Barrel City street departments asphalt roller
was able to smooth out the Panthers field, enabling the Panthers to finish the rest
of the season at home.
Cantons girls and Eustaces boys won team titles at the District 14-3A track
meet held in Eustace.
Eustace senior Trevan Johnson qualified for the regional meet in four events
winning the 400 and 200 runs, anchoring the Bulldogs undefeated 1600 relay team and
winning the long jump.
Bettis, who had such a dominate performance at the Al Williamson Relays, qualified for the
regional meet in four events, winning the 100 and 300 hurdles, taking third in the long
jump and anchoring the Kemp 400 meter relay team.
Mabanks Lady Panther softball team captured the districts fourth-place playoff
berth, and the Eustace Bulldogs clinched a playoff berth with their fifth straight win, a
5-1 home triumph over Wills Point.
Mabanks baseball Panthers did their job, run-ruling Lancaster, 16-0, in their final
road game, but missed the playoffs when Terrell upset Forney, 7-6, to claim the
fourth-place playoff berth.
A regional qualifiers track meet in Eustace drew 45 teams and more than 600 runners to
Bulldog Stadium, where they braved threatening weather.
The Eustace 1600-meter relay team continued their season-long unbeaten streak at the
Canton, Eustace and Wills Point all tied for first place in the 14-3A baseball race,
forcing a playoff. Wills Point defeated Eustace, but then lost to Canton, giving the
Eagles first place, the Tigers second and the Bulldogs third.
Seniors Nolan Duncan, Alison Castle and Tyler Fisher were named the Athletes of the
Year at the annual Mabank High School All-Sports Banquet.
Mabanks boys golf team finished second at the district tournament to qualify for the
regional tournament at Robison Ranch in Denton.
Kemps Bettis secured her fourth straight trip to a state track meet (she won state
in Mississippi as a freshman) by winning the 100-meter hurdles, and just missed a second
berth when she finished third in the 300 hurdles.
She was the areas only state qualifier, and later finished second at the state meet,
finishing 0.25 second behind Spring Hills Shelby Young. Bettis was later named to
the Texas Girls Coaches Associations all-state track and field team.
The Mabank Lady Panther softball teams playoff run was a short one, as Waco Midway
nipped the Lady Panthers, 1-0, in a bidistrict playoff.
A classic pitchers duel matched Mabank senior Brandie Lander, who tossed a
two-hitter in her final game, but Midways Ward tossed a one-hitter.
The games only run came on a passed ball in the bottom of the sixth inning.
Farmersvilles Farmers knocked the Eustace Bulldogs out of the playoffs for the
second time in the school year (they also beat them in the football playoffs) with a 2-1
edge in a best-of-three series at Mesquites Tillery Field.
Kemp seniors Zach Allison and Amanda Lawrence were named the Athletes of the
Year at the KHS Spring Sports Banquet.
Citing the sheer quality of this years senior class, Eustace coaches gave up trying
to pick just two and named five multi-sport standouts as the Athletes of the
Year at the schools annual sports banquet.
Named were Trevan Johnson, Victoria Tori Bynum, Chris Compton, Jenny McConathy
and Joseph Bradburn.
Eleven Cedar Creek Lake area soccer players were named to All-East Texas teams by the
Tyler Morning Telegraph.
Eustace junior Lindsey Pate was the highest-ranked of the 11, as she was named to the
Girls honorable mention went to Eustace players Chelsea Grimes and Shelby Stegent, along
with Mabanks Natalie Torres, Jesse Toms and Ashton Norman.
On the boys side, Eustaces Zach Bennett and Evan Arambula were named, along
with Mabanks Thomas Heller, Ricardo Robles and Ryan Floyd.
The Cedar Creek Yacht Club held its seven annual Round the Lake regatta,
drawing 14 sailboats, but not much wind, unfortunately.
Two Kemp High School graduates, Amanda Lawrence and Kimmie Gorka, were named academic
all-state track and field team by the Texas Girls Coaches Association.
Dave Campbells Texas Football magazines 51st annual mid-summer preview taps
Mabank, Eustace, Malakoff and Trinidad as playoff contenders in their respective
Mabanks 55th annual Western Week rodeo drew dozens of performers to the Andrew Gibbs
Rodeo Arena for hot (and sweaty) competition.
Narrow margins and tough conditions marked the rodeo, as the competitors had to battle the
heat and humidity as well as the Hat Band Rodeo Companys stock.
Malakoff teen Justus Whitcher dominated the Texas High School Rodeo Association finals in
Abilene, taking first place in both calf roping and steer wrestling to win the State
Champion All-Around Cowboy title.
Eustace incoming senior Braden Strickland and Lady Bulldog incoming junior Josie Collie
were given honorable mention on the Tyler Morning Telegraphs All-East Texas baseball
and softball teams, respectively.
Strickland and new EHS graduate Chris Compton were both named to the Collin Street
Bakery/Texas Sports Writers Association Class 3A All-State baseball team, gaining
A four-year starter, Compton was the 14-3A Utility Player of the Year as a senior, while
Strickland was the districts Pitcher of the Year.
TVCC named Ranger Junior Colleges Ashley Palma as the new assistant softball coach.
The team of Brad Lawrence, Steve Whitfield, David Farhat and Doug Humble claimed the low
gross honors at the annual Red Hot 18 golf tournament sponsored by the Cedar
Creek Lake Area Chamber of Commerce.
Editors note: Area sports action during the second half of the year will be examined
in Sundays issue.
MHS @ Kaufman tourn.
EHS @ Quitman tourn.
KHS @ Corsicana
KHS vs Quinlan Ford
EHS vs Teague*
MHS vs Kaufman*
KHS vs Ferris*
EHS @ Mildred*
KHS @ Westwood
EHS vs Teague*
MHS vs Quinlan Ford
EHS @ Mildred*
EHS vs Kemp
MHS b vs N.Forney (scr)
EHS vs Van
KHS @ N.Forney
MHS g hosts scrimmages
MHS g hosts scrimmages