Sports and Outdoors


Rowlett edges by Mabank
Monitor Staff Reports
ROWLETT–Mabank’s Lady Panthers opened with a sluggish performance but came back to push hosting Rowlett to four games during a non-district volleyball match Tuesday.
Now 4-2 on the season, the Lady Panthers were scheduled to host Ennis Friday night, and then visit Greenville Tuesday, Aug. 29, with a 5 p.m. freshman contest opening a three-match slate.
Next Friday and Saturday, Sept. 1-2, the Mabank girls are scheduled to play in the Tyler Invitational tournament, and they will return to Tyler Tuesday, Sept. 5, for a dual match against 5A John Tyler and 3A Carthage.
Against the District 10-5A Lady Eagles, the Mabank girls had to shrug off a slow start, falling 25-10 in the first game before rebounding to a 25-23 loss in the second game.
The Lady Panthers won the third game 25-22, but fell in the fourth, 25-23.
“We were a little sluggish in the first game and didn’t receive the ball well,” Mabank head coach Stacy Shelton reported.
“In the last three games, we settled into a good offensive and defensive groove,” she added. “Pheng Leav had a great defensive game, and Shadia Rueb played really well at the net, both offensively and defensively.”
Leav notched 17 digs and one save for the Lady Panthers, while Rueb had nine kills, six blocks and four digs.
Miranda Groom posted a strong all-around match, notching 13 kills and 16 digs, along with three blocks and two saves, while Hali Schultz had six kills, two blocks and eight digs.
Setter Kelsi Reynolds, out recently with illness, came back to notch 32 assists, one save and five digs, while Kelly Hitzfeld had three kills, five blocks and two digs.
Bridgett Tanner had three kills, one block and one save, while Macy Thomas added two digs and a save, and Lindsie Amyx had five digs.
“We are playing well as a team right now, and I hope we just continue to improve with every match we play,” Shelton said. “We got beat by a really sound team tonight, but we played well, and that’s all I can ask of my team.”

Eustace girls bop Athens, Westwood
Monitor Staff Reports
EUSTACE–The hosting Eustace Lady Bulldogs held serve on their home court Tuesday, as they knocked off visiting Athens and Palestine Westwood in a dual match.
Now 5-1 on the season, the Lady Bulldogs were scheduled to host their own tournament Friday and Saturday, before going on the road for a match against Athens Tuesday, Aug. 29, with a 5 p.m. freshman contest opening a three-match slate.
Next Friday and Saturday, Sept. 1-2, the Eustace girls will play in the Tyler Invitational tournament, before visiting Palestine Westwood Tuesday, Sept. 5, again opening with a 5 p.m. freshman match.
At home Tuesday, the Lady Bulldogs made short work of the visiting Westwood Lady Panthers, crushing them 25-10, 25-11.
Most of the Eustace team scored, led by Kayla Stacks and Traci Garrett, who each had 10 scoring points. Garrett added five kills in the match.
Alyson Harlan had four kills and scored six points, while Cassie Freeman had one kill, one stuff block and scored eight points.
Setter Jessica Parker had a strong match with 10 assists and three points scored, while Chelsea Truitt scored eight points and Caty DiBari added four points.
At the net, Rebekah Walter had two stuff blocks and Camille Rogers added a third.
Later, the Lady Bulldogs used good intensity and an all-around team effort to knock off the Athens Lady Hornets 25-19, 25-27 and 25-19.
Garrett and Harlan led the Lady Bulldogs at the net, as both recorded 13 kills – Garrett scored 13 points and had an assist, while Harlan scored 10 points and had one block.
Freeman added five kills and scored 12 points, while Truitt added six points and had 11 digs.
Parker notched 30 assists and scored 14 points in the match, while Stacks added 15 points. Walter led the defensive effort with six blocks and one kill.
In the evening’s visitor matchup, Athens knocked off Westwood in two games, 25-17 and 29-27.

Mineola beats mourning Kemp
Monitor Staff Reports
MINEOLA–A sorrowing Kemp Lady Yellowjackets squad was defeated 3-1 by the hosting Mineola Lady Yellowjackets Tuesday.
Now 2-3 on the season, the Kemp girls were scheduled to open pool play Friday in the Eustace Invitational tournament.
Along with the hosting Lady Bulldogs, teams from Cross Roads, Scurry-Rosser, Winona, Frankston, Grand Saline, Cayuga, Brownsboro, Trinidad, Rice, Malakoff, Athens, Palmer, Palestine and Jacksonville were scheduled to play in the tournament.
Next Tuesday, Aug. 29, the Lady Yellowjackets are scheduled to visit Farmersville, opening with a 4:30 p.m. freshman match, and next Friday and Saturday, Sept. 1-2, the Kemp girls will play in the Brownsboro Invitational tournament.
At Mineola, the Kemp girls “showed a lot of heart and drive deep down to take Mineola to four games,” Lady ’Jackets coach Patsy Davis reported.
That morning, the entire team attended the funeral of Kemp senior Brandi Ross, who was killed in an early-morning wreck Aug. 19, Davis noted.
Mineola won the first two games 25-12 and 25-16, but Kemp won the third game 25-17, forcing a fourth game, won by Mineola 25-20.
Alex Valentine had a strong game at the net, notching eight kills, one block, one dig and two aces, while scoring five points.
Ashley Zellmer added five kills, two digs and scored 12 points, while Jamie Hunter led the scoring with 13 points and two assists.
Both Julie Gorka and Taylor Sharp had 10 scoring points each, with both notching two kills each. Sharp had an assist and two digs, while Gorka added one block.
Sabrina Trammell had nine scoring points, including an ace and four digs, while Paige More had an ace and four digs.
Keleigh Collinsworth had an ace, a kill and six digs while scoring four points, and Meagan Lacy scored two points with a block and one assist. Breanna Griffin added one dig.
Mineola swept the sub-varsity games against Kemp, taking the junior varsity match 25-12 and 25-8, while the hosting freshmen won 25-14 and 25-8.


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.