Sports and Outdoors


 Lady Bulldogs stop Malakoff
Monitor Staff Reports
EUSTACE–Eustace’s Lady Bulldogs captured their season opener Tuesday by halting the visiting Malakoff Lady Tigers in three games – 25-9, 25-18 and 25-16.
Eustace freshmen and junior varsity players were scheduled to host their own tournament this weekend, while the varsity was scheduled to play in the Van Invitational tournament.
Tuesday, Aug. 22, the Lady Bulldogs will host Athens and Palestine Westwood in a dual match, opening at 5 p.m. with sub-varsity games.
Next Friday and Saturday, Aug. 25-26, the Lady Bulldogs will host their own tournament, and then travel to Athens Tuesday, Aug. 29, with a 5 p.m. freshman game kicking off a three-match slate.
Against Malakoff Tuesday, the Lady Bulldogs got a strong setting game from Jessica Parker, who notched 28 assists and scored 14 points.
Alyson Harlan led the Lady Bulldogs at the net, with 12 points scored, 12 kills and five digs, while Kayla Stacks added 13 points scored and 10 digs.
Vanessa Maltos added 12 points scored and two digs, while Traci Garrett had four points scored, 13 kills and six digs.
Cassie Freeman posted a good all-around match with five points scored, three kills, four digs and one stuff block, while Rebekah Walter added three stuff blocks and one kill.
Chelsea Truitt had 12 points scored and five digs, while Cayce Hampton added three points and two digs, and Ashley Houston had three digs.
Earlier, the Eustace freshmen took a two-game victory over Malakoff, winning 25-22 and 25-14, while the Lady Bulldog junior varsity won in three games, 25-18, 21-25 and 25-21.
“We had good opening efforts by all teams,” veteran Eustace coach Chuck Powers reported.

Kemp girls win opener
Monitor Staff Reports
KEMP–Looking nothing like the inexperienced youngsters of last season, the Kemp Lady Yellowjackets stopped the visiting Ennis Lady Lions in three games to win their volleyball season opener Tuesday.
The Lady Yellowjackets were scheduled to host Cross Roads Friday and play in the Bullard Invitational tournament Saturday.
Tuesday, Aug. 22, the Kemp girls are scheduled to visit Mineola, with a 5 p.m. freshman contest opening a three-match slate.
Next Friday, Aug. 25, the Lady Yellowjackets will host Frankston, with a single varsity contest starting at 5 p.m. At the same time, the Lady Yellowjackets are also scheduled to play in the Eustace Invitational tournament Friday and Saturday, Aug. 25-26.
Against Ennis Tuesday, the Lady ’Jackets showed maturity and poise, coming from behind in both the second and third games to win the match 25-23, 26-24 and 25-23.
Kemp never trailed in the opening game, using good serving and getting strong blocking at the net, led by Julie Gorka and Alex Valentine.
In the second game, the Lady Lions took a quick lead, but the Lady ’Jackets came back behind the serving of Ashley Zellmer, Jamie Hunter and Keleigh Collinsworth.
Kemp fell behind 22-14 in the third game, but fought back to win.
“Paige Moore, Brittany Updike and Collinsworth played great defense in the backcourt and made some great passes,” veteran Kemp coach Patsy Davis said. “Taylor Sharp and Sabrina Trammell both contributed outside hitting, scoring several kills.
“The youngsters of the team, Megan Lacy and Breanna Griffin, contributed in all areas – setting, hitting, serving and passing,” Davis added. “Our two setters (Hunter and Zellmer) played a tremendous match. All members of the squad contributed to this sweet taste of victory.”
Earlier, the Kemp junior varsity lost to the visiting Ennis JV in a hard-fought match.

Mabank crushes Wills Point
Monitor Staff Reports
MABANK–Mabank’s Lady Panthers cruised to a three-game victory over the visiting Wills Point Lady Tigers in their season opener Tuesday.
This weekend, the Lady Panthers were scheduled to play in the Garland Invitational tournament, and will stay on the road Tuesday, Aug. 22, when they visit Rowlett, with a 5 p.m. freshman contest opening a three-match slate.
Next Friday, Aug. 25, the Lady Panthers will host Ennis, again opening with a 5 p.m. freshman match. Next Tuesday, Aug. 29, the Lady Panthers visit Greenville.
Against Wills Point Tuesday, the Lady Panthers put together three dominating performances, winning each game by identical 25-19 scores.
Kelsi Reynolds had a strong setting performance, recording 11 assists and one serving ace, while Hali Schultz also scored an ace and had one kill.
Pheng Leav led the defensive charge with three digs and two saves, while Lindsie Amyx added five digs.
At the net, Miranda Groom had five kills and two blocks, while Shadia Rueb had three kills and four blocks, Bridgette Tanner had one kill and one block, Haley Brackenridge added a kill and Kelly Hitzfeld had one block.
“Not bad for the first match of the season,” Mabank head coach Stacy Shelton said.
“I’m trying different combinations of line-ups to try to figure out which is the best for this group of kids,” she added. “We need to get more blocks, and use our middles more in the offense.”
The Lady Panthers are trying to get back into the playoffs, after going 29-8 last year, including an 8-2 record in a very tough 4A district.

Upcoming Games


Aug. 18-19
MHS @ Garland Tourn.
EHS @ Van tournament
KHS @ Bullard tournament

Aug. 22
MHS @ Rowlett
EHS vs Athens (dual)
KHS @ Mineola

Aug. 25
MHS vs Ennis
EHS Tournament
KHS vs Frankston

Aug. 29
MHS @ Greenville
EHS @ Athens
KHS @ Farmersville


Aug. 19
EHS vs Westwood (scr)
MHS @ Mineola (scr)
KHS @ Grand Saline (scr)