Sports and Outdoors


Mabank slaps Mineola
Monitor Staff Reports
MINEOLA–Despite a “sluggish” opening, the Mabank Panthers did pretty well in their initial controlled scrimmage at Mineola Saturday.
The Panthers were originally scheduled to host a controlled scrimmage against Rains Thursday (tonight), but that scrimmage will be held in Lancaster, with the varsity starting around 6 p.m. There’s no junior varsity scrimmage, and the freshmen open the evening’s activities at 5 p.m.
At Mineola, the Panthers scored every time they had the ball on offense, and did not allow a score on defense – in fact, the Panther defense posted a safety.
“We didn’t play that well, technique-wise, but anytime you can play with bad reads and still get to the ball, you’re doing okay,” Panther head coach Jimmy Cantrell said.
During the scrimmage, the hosting District 15-3A Yellowjackets didn’t come close to scoring on the first-team Panther defense. The first-team Panthers scored on both their offensive possessions, and also scored with the second team offense.
During the “live” quarter, the Panthers forced a safety.
The Yellowjackets nabbed the only Panther turnover on an interception inside the Mineola 5, and that’s where the Panther defense was able to hold the ’Jackets and record the safety, Cantrell said.
“Our running game is pretty explosive, as I thought it would be,” Cantrell said. “Our receivers caught most everything we threw.”
Last year’s Panther offense was a quick-strike weapon. “This year, we’re going to have to sustain some drives,” Cantrell added.
While the outing was, in many respects, a typical first scrimmage, “we’ve answered some of the questions we needed to answer,” he said. “As a team, we played well.”


Eustace takes Van consolation trophy
Monitor Staff Reports
VAN–Eustace’s Lady Bulldogs won the consolation trophy at the annual Van Invitational volleyball tournament last weekend.
Now 3-1 on the season, the Lady Bulldogs were scheduled to host Athens and Palestine Westwood in a dual match Tuesday, and then will host their own invitational tournament this weekend.
Next Tuesday, Aug. 29, the Lady Bulldogs will visit Athens, with a 5 p.m. freshman contest opening a three-game slate. Friday and Saturday, Sept. 1-2, the Eustace girls will play in the Tyler Invitational tournament.
At Van, the Lady Bulldogs opened with a loss against Spring Hill, 25-18, 15-25 and 20-25.
Alyson Harlan, who was named to the All-Tournament team, had a strong overall game, with 15 kills, 13 digs and three assists, and also scored 11 points, with an ace.
Sophomore Cassie Freeman also posted a strong all-around game, registering 16 digs, three stuff blocks, four kills, one assist and 13 points scored.
Setter Jessica Parker racked up 23 assists, and also scored 11 points, with one ace, while Camille Rogers notched three blocks, two assists and one dig.
In the second round, the Lady Bulldogs knocked off Mineola 25-9, 21-25 and 25-13.
Again, Parker set up her teammates, racking up 29 assists, 17 points scored, along with two kills and two digs, while Harlan scored 18 points, including five serving aces, while notching 11 kills, 13 digs and two blocks.
Freeman had three kills, 12 digs and two blocks, while Traci Garrett added 14 points scored, including an ace, along with seven kills.
In the consolation finals, the Lady Bulldogs defeated Tatum 25-17, 25-19.
Garrett notched three kills and seven digs, while Harlan had nine kills, eight digs and two aces.
Kayla Stacks had five digs and four scored points, while Parker had 16 assists and 12 scored points.
Cati Dibari, Cayce Hampton and Vanessa Maltos all had points scored, while Rogers added a kill and Rebekah Walter had five stuff blocks.


Upcoming Games

Cross Country

Aug. 26
EHS @ Greenhill/Dallas

Sept. 1
KHS @ Burleson

Sept. 2
MHS @ UT-Tyler
EHS @ Gladewater


Aug. 24
MHS @ Lancaster
KHS @ Edgewood

Aug. 25
EHS @ Elkhart

Sept. 1
MHS @ Rusk
KHS @ FW Castleberry
EHS @ Malakoff

Sept. 8
MHS vs Athens
KHS vs Quinlan Ford
EHS @ Grand Saline


Aug. 25
MHS vs Ennis
EHS Tournament
KHS vs Frankston

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

Sept. 1-2
MHS @ Tyler Tournament
EHS @ Tyler Tournament
KHS @ Brownsboro Tourn.