Sports and Outdoors


Mabank crushes Ennis
Monitor Staff Reports
MABANK–Mabank’s Lady Panthers made short work of the visiting Ennis Lady Lions Friday evening, crushing them in a three-game non-district volleyball match.
Now 5-2 on the season, the Lady Panthers were scheduled to visit Greenville Tuesday. Friday and Saturday, Sept. 1-2, the Mabank girls will travel to Tyler for the Tyler Invitational tournament.
Next Tuesday, Sept. 5, Mabank will return to Tyler for a dual match against John Tyler and Carthage, and then visit Royse City for the Lady Bulldog Invitational tournament Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Sept. 7-9.
At home against Ennis, the Lady Panthers had no problems against a former district opponent, taking the match 3-0 by scores of 25-8, 25-19 and 25-10, and racking up 30 kills.
“The girls played very consistently,” Mabank head coach Stacy Shelton reported. “It was a great hitting and blocking match. We moved well on defense.”
Shadia Rueb led the Lady Panthers’ net game, notching eight kills and six blocks (and also had two digs, an ace and a save) while Kelly Hitsfeld added five kills, three blocks and one dig.
Miranda Groom had six kills, one block and five digs, while Hali Schultz had eight kills, three digs, four serving aces and one save.
Haley Brackenridge and Bridgett Tanner each had two blocks, while Macy Thomas added a block and one dig.
Defensively, Lindsie Amyx added four digs, Kelsie Busby had one dig and Pheng Leav had eight digs.
Setter Kelsi Reynolds notched 24 assists, while Erica Umana added two assists.
“We are playing well as a team, and can only grow and become better from that,” Shelton said.

Kemp girls capture bracket at Eustace
Monitor Staff Reports
KEMP–A busy weekend saw the Kemp Lady Yellowjackets grab first place in the Challengers bracket of the Eustace Invitational tournament and host the Frankston Lady Indians, who won the Eustace tournament (see related story, page 1B).
Tuesday, the Kemp girls were scheduled to visit Farmersville, and the Lady ’Jackets will open pool play at the Brownsboro Invitational tournament at 9 a.m. Friday, Sept. 1.
Next Tuesday, Sept. 5, the Lady ’Jackets will visit Wills Point, with a 5 p.m. freshman contest opening a three-match slate. Next Friday, Sept. 8, the Kemp girls will host Canton, again opening with a 5 p.m. freshman match.
Friday, the Kemp girls opened pool play in the Eustace tournament with close losses to Scurry-Rosser and Winona, but bounced back to defeat Cross Roads, who had defeated them at their last home match Aug. 18.
That evening, the Lady ’Jackets hosted the Frankston Maidens, and lost a very tight match, 26-24, 25-22, 16-25 and 25-22.
In that match, the Lady ’Jackets got four kills, two digs and five serving aces from Julie Gorka, along with seven kills, two digs and three serving aces from Brittany Updike.
Meagan Lacy notched seven kills, one block and three digs, while Paige Moore had three aces and four digs, and Keleigh Collinsworth had two serving aces.
At the net, Alex Valentine had five kills and two blocks, while Ashley Zellmer had seven kills, four aces and two assists, and Jamie Hunter added three aces and four assists.
Back at Eustace Saturday, the Lady ’Jackets put together three straight victories, knocking off Jacksonville and Rice before beating Cayuga in the championship game.
Cayuga had knocked off the Lady ’Jackets at the Bullard tournament the previous weekend.
“The Lady ’Jackets had tremendous serving and team chemistry throughout the tournament,” head coach Patsy Davis reported. “They improved in every game, gained more confidence and realized we can do this together.”
Against Jacksonville, the Kemp girls won 25-10, 25-13, getting eight serving aces and a kill from Updike. Gorka added five aces and four kills.
The Lady ’Jackets also got two kills, two aces and three assists from Hunter, two kills, an ace and an assist from Zellmer, seven kills from Valentine, and a kill from Lacy.
Rice handed the Lady ’Jackets a tougher match, but Kemp won 25-22 and 25-17.
Gorka led the Lady ’Jackets with seven serving aces and six kills, while Updike added four aces, one kill and one dig.
Valentine had seven kills, Lacy had two kills, Zellmer had three kills and two assists, Hunter had four assists and Moore had two digs.
In the championship match, the Kemp girls handed Cayuga two 25-19 defeats.
Valentine had the best serving game, notching 11 aces, while Zellmer had four aces, three kills and two assists.
Gorka had three aces, six kills and one block, while Updike had three aces, one kill and two digs.
Hunter had three aces and four assists, while Collinsworth had one kill and two digs, and Sabrina Trammell added one dig.


Upcoming Games

Cross Country
Sept. 1
KHS @ Burleson

Sept. 2
MHS @ UT-Tyler
EHS @ Gladewater

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

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

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

Sept. 5
MHS @ John Tyler
EHS @ P.Westwood
KHS @ Wills Point

Sept. 8
MHS @ Royse City tourn.
EHS vs John Tyler
KHS vs Canton

Sept. 12
MHS vs Lindale
EHS @ Fairfield
KHS @ Cross Roads