Apr

19

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : April 19, 2015

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By Erik Walsh
Monitor Sports Editor
CRANDALL–Many Mabank Panther track and field athletes advanced to the area round after successfully qualifying at the 4A District 13 track meet April 15-16 in Crandall.
Athletes competed in field events April 15, with seven Mabank students moving on to area meet in Emory-Rains April 22, including a district champion high jumper. The athletes that moved on were: Tommy Norman, discus; Daulton Burleson and district champion Josh Templeton, high jump; Tanner Henderson, pole vault; Marrissa Maraggia, shot put; Carson Marsh, triple jump and long jump and Erin Reeder, pole vault.
The Kaufman Lions boys and girls teams won the first day of competition with 74 and 72 points, respectively. In the boys field events, Crandall was second with 52 points, Mabank third with 38 points, Athens fourth with 31 points and Ferris last with 22. In girls field events, Ferris was second with 57 points, Crandall was third with 42, Mabank fourth with 25 and Athens last with 21.
Mabank track athletes took the field April 16 and had a largely successful day, advancing to the area meet in 11 categories. For the boys, junior Cameron Boren qualified in the 3200 meter and 1600 meter; Jordan Thomas, Joey Schmidt, Hagen DuPree and Colt Conway qualified in the 400m relay; Conway qualified personally in the 100 meter and Colton Riley, DuPree, Conway and Thomas advanced in the 800 meter relay.
Girl track athletes that moved on to the area round were: Faith Burleson in the 100 and 300 meter hurdles (fourth place, 17.37 and third place, 51.38); Shyanne Vinson in the 100 meter dash (fourth place, 13.35); Burleson, Heider Foster, Vinson and Marsh advanced in the 200 meter relay (1:5.7); Marsh in the 200 meter dash (27.70) and Kailey Currington, Q’haria Martin, Mahayla Bayless and Erin Reeder in the mile relay (4:44).

Apr

19

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : April 19, 2015

GBC Candidate forum

By David Webb
Monitor Correspondent
GUN BARREL CITY–Candidates running for the Gun Barrel City Council split along public safety and political lines while discussing smoking bans during a candidate forum Tuesday.
Linda Rankin, who is one of three candidates running for the Place 5 seat, and incumbent Councilwoman Carol Calkins, who is running unopposed for the Place 3 seat she now holds, said they favored an ordinance targeting businesses and other public venues to protect people from the hazardous effects of second-hand smoke. Calkins noted she lost a relative to cancer who contracted the disease from exposure to second-hand smoke.
Rankin limited her support of a smoking ban to restaurants and public venues but would permit nightclubs to continue allowing smoking if the owners so choose, saying environments where children gather need to be protective. Adults should be able to make their own choices, she said.
All of the other candidates said they opposed any type of ban on smoking because they objected to local government interfering in business operations.
Nightclub owner Rob Rea, who is running unopposed for the Place 1 seat, noted he smokes along with many of his customers. Prohibiting smoking could ruin his business, he said. Rea referred to proponents of smoking bans as “cigarette Nazis.”
“I have a philosophical problem with government telling me and other business owners how to make their money,” Rea said.
Incumbent Councilman Marty Goss and candidate Steven Schiff, who are running against Rankin for the Place 5 position, agreed with Rea that local governments should not impose smoking regulations on businesses.
Schiff said he is a former smoker, but he quit because the awareness of second-hand smoking hazards forced him to start smoking outside. He now avoids restaurants where smoking is allowed, and he limits his time in places such as Rea’s nightclub because of the smoke, Schiff said.
Goss said he considered it inappropriate for the city to “dictate rules” to businesses. He suggested the issue be put to a vote by citizens if a smoking ban is to be considered in Gun Barrel City.
Mayor Jim Braswell recently solicited opinions on a social media site about a smoking ban ordinance in Gun Barrel City. After the forum, the mayor said he was surprised to hear the question asked at the forum, but he noted several residents had asked him about the possibility of supporting a ban.
Other topics discussed by the candidates included the possibility of an ad valorem tax in the future, other sources of revenue, financial accountability by the city and what civic projects should take priority in coming years.
In the only contested race, Place 5 candidates Rankin and Schiff said the City Council needs to take a new direction while eight-year council incumbent Goss dismissed his critics as being “off-base” and ignorant of the facts.
The candidate forum was sponsored by the Athens Daily Review, The Monitor, Henderson County Now and CedarCreekLake.com. The media chose three of the questions, including the one about the smoking ordinance. The 50-member audience submitted several other questions at the 90-minute forum moderated by Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace Kevin Pollock.
Each candidate gave a two-minute opening and a one-minute closing statement in addition to answering the questions. The candidates chose the order in which they answered the questions in a random drawing.

Apr

16

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : April 16, 2015

Swain + Marsh comfort

By Erik Walsh
Monitor Sports Editor
TYLER–Down 3-2 in a shootout, Meagan Holyfield lined up with a chance to tie the game and save the Mabank Lady Panthers’ soccer season and a chance at the state tournament.
Mabank didn’t want to be in this position. The Lady Panthers played an excellent first half of soccer during the regional semifinal match at Rose Stadium in Tyler and never trailed in regulation time against the Princeton Lady Panthers. Goalkeeper Bailey Swain and the Mabank defense had played splendidly all playoff long, not allowing a single goal prior to the start of the game.
Mabank got on the scoreboard first when Heidi Foster found the back of the net to put the girls in green up 1-0 at the 27:04 mark of the first half. Princeton quickly tied things up three minutes later when Melissa Bewley scored off a corner kick to tie the game 1-1.
After a halftime break Mabank took the lead again when Kayla Houston made an excellent pass on a corner kick to sophomore Morgan Lynn, who found the back of the net for a 2-1 Mabank lead.
After the Mabank goal, Princeton’s Bewley turned on the offense pressure and eventually snuck past two defenders to beat Swain for her second goal of the game with just 12 minutes remaining. Neither team scored in the rest of regulation time or the two 10-minute overtime periods, forcing the shootout.
Once the shootout began, Bewley scored her third goal of the game to put Princeton up 1-0. Mabank junior Kaylee Creagh tied things up 1-1 on the next kick. Then, BriAna Lacey gave Princeton a 2-1 lead on the second rotation of kicks. Mabank followed up with Catherine Turner missing the net to keep the score 2-1 Princeton. Swain kept Mabank in the game with a diving save on the next kick to preserve the 2-1 score. Kayla Houston tied things up for Mabank, slugging her kick past the opposing goalkeeper. The shootout remained tied until the final rotation of kicks. Princeton’s Jaymee Dotson scored with a shot to the top of the post for the 3-2 lead.
Holyfield came up to the penalty kick area as Mabank’s last hope. Everything the girl’s soccer team had worked so hard for came down to one shot. If they won today, they would advance to the regional finals, just one win away from the state tournament. Even more was on the line for Holyfield. She is a senior this year and faced what could be her last game and shot of her high school career. She also carried the dreams of fellow seniors Lauren Flowers, Swain and her twin sister, Madison.
The story didn’t end like a storybook. Holyfield’s shot sailed over the top of the net and Princeton players exploded on the field in celebration. Meanwhile, Holyfield collapsed on the turf as the reality of the situation sunk in. Likewise, Swain sunk to her knees knowing it was all over.
Lady Panthers Head Coach Mari Miller was proud of the way Mabank played and developed over the year.
“The girls fought very hard,” Miller said. “They scored some great goals and played excellent defense. I am proud of each and every one of them. They improved much from the beginning of the year to now. We lost four amazing seniors this year who will be hard to replace.”
The Lady Panthers ended their season with a 14-10-1 record and its second consecutive regional tournament appearance. Last year they lost 5-1 to the Wylie Lady Pirates.