Sports and Outdoors


FBC-GBC Halos take church league championship trophy
Monitor Staff Reports
GUN BARREL CITY–The First Baptist Church of Gun Barrel City Halos team won this year’s Christian Softball League season-ending tournament Saturday.
It was more of a marathon than a softball tournament, as teams battled through torrid temperatures and stifling humidity throughout a very long day at the Gun Barrel City Park.
The championship game was the fourth game of the day for the tournament finalists, and players were clearly wilted at the end.
The Halos defeated the eighth-seeded Christian Life Center Flame Kickers 8-5 in the championship game. Halos players credited teamwork for their winning effort.
Youth was on the Flame Kickers’ side, though. Most of the CLC players were between 18 and 22 years old, except for 47-year-old pastor Barry Boatright, while the Halos ranged in age from 15 to 54, with the average age 29.
The fourth-seeded First Baptist Church of Mabank Puddle Monkeys edged past sixth seed Prairieville Illustrated 11-10 to take third place in the tournament.
Raul Flores’ hit brought in the winning run for the Puddle Monkeys.
“I’ve been waiting for that one all game,” Flores (who played third base) said.
To reach the championship game, the second-seeded Halos had a first-round bye, defeated 15th-seeded St. Jude Catholic Church Saints in the second round, and then knocked off 10th-seeded Legendary Baptist in the third round.
The Halos defeated Prairieville Illustrated 13-10 in the semifinals, while the Flame Kickers defeated the Puddle Monkeys 4-2 to reach the championship game.
The Prairieville Armadillos entered the tournament as the top seed, having posted the best regular-season record, 17-1.
The CLC Flame Kickers entered the tournament as the No. 8 seed, having posted the eighth-best season mark at 8-7. The Halos posted a 15-1 mark in the regular season.
Following an opening-round bye, the Flame Kickers defeated ninth-seeded Hillcrest Blue in the second round, and then knocked off the top-seeded Prairieville Armadillos in the third round.
The Armadillos defeated 17th-seeded First Baptist Church Mabank Sea Donkeys in the second round, following an opening-round bye.

Anderson wins Purtis Creek bass tournament
Special to The Monitor
EUSTACE–Steve North, owner of the Purtis Creek Bait Shop, sponsored a bass tournament Saturday at Purtis Creek State Park.
There were 13 boats entering the race for the biggest bass.
North said there would be another tournament next April and a following tournament next July.
Saturday’s first place winner was James Anderson of Seagoville, who landed an 8.83-pounder.
Anderson took home a $900 cash prize.
Second place and $500 went to Michael Johnson of Louisiana, who landed a 4.26-pound bass.
Third place and $200 cash went to Dewayne Anderson of Phalba, who caught a 3.97-pound bass.

Smith defensive MVP in All-Star football contest
Special to The Monitor
TRINIDAD–Malcom Smith, who graduated from Trinidad High School in May, played in the Texas High School All-Star Football Game at Lubbock Saturday.
Smith had the option of playing in either the football or basketball All-Star games, and chose to be a member of the East football squad.
The East won Saturday’s contest 50-41, and Smith was named the most valuable defensive player.
Smith’s coach, Kevin Ray, accompanied him to the game.
Smith hopes to play for Tyler Junior College this fall. He is the son of Mary Kate Smith of Trinidad.

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