Sports and Outdoors


Kemp Runs Past Crandall
Monitor Staff Reports
KEMP-A big third-quarter run powered the hosting Kemp Yellowjackets past the visiting Crandall Pirates, 62-51, Friday.
Now 15-11 on the year and 4-1 in District 12-3A competition, the 'Jackets were scheduled to visit Wills Point Tuesday in a key district contest.
Friday, Feb. 10, the 'Jackets visit Eustace for a 7:30 p.m. district contest, and next Tuesday, Feb. 14, Kemp will host the Kaufman Lions at 7:30 p.m. in the final regular-season game for both clubs.
Kaufman handed the 'Jackets their only district loss Jan. 27.
Kemp won the first-round game at Crandall, but the Pirates served notice early Friday they were out for revenge, taking a 10-9 lead in the first quarter.
The 'Jackets came back to take a two-point lead going into halftime, 22-20, but outscored the Pirates 23-8 in the third quarter.
Up by 17 going into the fourth quarter, the 'Jackets held off a determined comeback effort from the Pirates, who outscored the 'Jackets 23-17 in the fourth quarter to forge the final 11-point margin.
Junior post Jacarri Culberson led the 'Jackets with 23 points, 13 rebounds (eight offensive) and two blocks, while senior guard Steve McKinney added 11 points, seven rebounds and two steals.
Junior guard Joseph Simmons and Justin Gibson both scored nine points, while senior post Bryan Svoboda added eight points and eight rebounds (six offensive).


MHS Girls Take Third at Van Meet
Monitor Staff Reports
VAN-The Mabank Lady Panther powerlifting team finished third overall out of 10 teams at the Van Invitational powerlifting meet last Saturday.
Krista Jennings took first place in her division with a total lift of 640 pounds - 255 in the squat, 120 in the bench press and 265 in the dead lift.
Enelly Alvarez took second place in her division with a total of 440 pounds - 170 squat, 70 bench and 200 dead lift.
Brittnee Degaro took third place in her division with a total of 580 pounds - 240 squat, 100 bench and 240 dead lift.
Tabitha DePoyster took third place and set a personal best mark with 755 pounds - 330 squat (personal best), 155 bench and 270 dead lift (personal best).
Kaytlyn Fugitt took forth place with a total lift of 655 pounds - 285 squat (personal best), 115 bench and 225 dead lift.
Kaylie Munoz took fourth place with a total lift of 655 pounds - 285 squat (personal best), 105 bench (personal best) and 265 dead lift.
Bethany Moss, Rusti Hendley and Melody Landers did not place, but competed well.
The Lady Panthers' next meet will be the District 14-4A meet in Mabank Friday and Saturday, Feb. 17-18. Junior varsity lifters will compete Friday, with varsity lifters competing Saturday.


Mabank 'D'enies Athens
Monitor Staff Reports
MABANK-Mabank's Panthers used a strong defensive effort to defeat the visiting Athens Hornets 58-40 on "Senior Parents Night" Friday.
Following a visit to Corsicana Tuesday, the Panthers, now 11-12 and 2-4 in District 14-4A play, will stay on the road, as they visit Red Oak Friday, Feb. 10, with a 5 p.m. freshman contest opening a three-game slate.
Next Tuesday, Feb. 14, the Panthers will wind up the season at home against Lancaster, again opening with a 5 p.m. freshman game.
Against Athens Friday, the Panthers got a strong performance from senior guard Chris Johnson, who hit three 3-point baskets en route to a game-high 25 points.
The Panthers opened a 12-4 lead in the first quarter, but saw the Hornets mount a strong comeback in the second quarter behind 6-4 post Odrick Ray, who scored 11 of his team-high 17 points in the period.
Mabank's defense - and Hornet foul trouble - took over in the second half.
The Panthers held the Hornets to a single field goal in the fourth quarter, as three Hornets - Scott Spears, Cooper Schmidt and Jacob Wimberly - all fouled out.
In addition to Johnson's 25 points, the Panthers got nine from Tyler Hamilton, six from both Haydon Blair and Mark Groom and five points from Jason Burks.
Prior to the game, the parents of seniors Heath Browning (Rhonda Browning), Brian Hughes (Mark and Kathy Hughes), Burks (Robert Burks and Della Chapman), Johnson (Tyson and Kandi Johnson), Chris Perdue (Andy and Patty Perdue, Michael Perdue), Cody Key (Kim Woody) and Hamilton (Rodney and Dell Hamilton) were introduced to the crowd.
Athens took the junior varsity game, 63-49.


Upcoming Games
Varsity Boys

Feb. 10
*Mabank @ Red Oak
*Kemp vs Eustace

Feb. 14
*Mabank vs Lancaster
*Kemp vs Kaufman
*Eustace @ Crandall
(end regular season)
*denotes district games

Varsity Soccer
Feb. 10
MHS boys @ Palestine
MHS girls vs Palestine

Feb. 14
MHS boys vs Whitehouse
MHS girls @ Whitehouse

Feb. 10
MHS vs Kemp, Ferris (scr)

Feb. 11
Mabank @ Terrell (scr)

Feb. 13
Mabank @ Mildred

Feb. 14
Kemp vs Athens

Feb. 10
Mabank @ Crandall

Feb. 11
Kemp @ Royse City

Feb. 13
Kemp vs Mabank

Feb. 17-18
District 14-4A meet

Feb. 18
Eustace Invitational meet

Feb. 25
District 12-3A meet
@ Kemp