Jul

07

Posted by : admin | On : July 7, 2016

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By Ryan Moulds
Monitor Sports Writer
CEDAR CREEK LAKE AREA–The newest issue of Dave Campbell’s Texas Football magazine hit stores June 26 and gave fans a first look at over 1,400 Texas high school football teams.
The magazine had different takes on teams around the area. Three local teams in Kemp, Athens and Malakoff were picked to make the playoffs.
The Mabank Panthers are competing in district 8-4A this season and are picked to finish last. The seven team district is picked to finish in the order of Terrell, Kaufman, Van, Athens, Crandall, Brownsboro and Mabank.
The Panthers still have improvements to make before they can become a playoff team but a 7-2 JV team could mean that things are about to turn around.
Second year coach Mikey Thompson will have strong lines on both sides of the ball. Noel Rojo and Brandon Pierce headline a big offensive line that will protect whoever plays quarterback.
Running the ball against Mabank will be a tough task with defensive lineman Jacob Felts and Kevin Turner returning from last season.
Mabank has a solid foundation to build up from but the skill players are young and inexperienced. If Mabank wants to have success and take steps toward becoming a playoff team, those young players must grow up quickly.
Mabank went 2-7 last season with wins over two playoff teams in Kemp and Canton. The Panthers went winless in district and missed the playoffs.
The Athens Hornets are also in district 8-4A and are picked to finish in fourth place and to secure the final playoff spot in the district. Athens will be led by Head Coach Paul Essary.
The biggest hump that the Hornets will need to overcome is replacing running back Logan Fuller who had over 6,000 career rushing yards and signed to play at Tyler Junior College. Maalik Hall will split time at running back with Jaqualyon Bowman and they will hope to make up for Fuller’s absence.
Xavius Fulton will make the switch from receiver to quarterback. He will be tasked to replace Brandon Boyd. Athens is hoping to run the pistol on offense this season.
Defensively, linebacker Noah Bush might be the best player for the Hornets. He had 120 tackles last year as a junior and has already been getting attention from division one colleges. Between Bush, Hall, Zach Carson and Taylor Carson, Athens might have the best linebacker core in the district.
The Hornets will have the talent they need to compete on defense. In order to make it into the playoffs in a district with two state ranked teams, they must find what it takes to keep up on offense.
Last season, Athens went 8-4 and lost in the second round of the playoffs to Kennedale. The Hornets finished second in the district behind Kaufman.
The Malakoff Tigers enter the season with more hype than any other team in the area. They are picked to win district 9-3A and are ranked number four in the state. The eight team district is picked to finish in the order of Malakoff, Teague, Groesbeck, West, Palestine Westwood, Elkhart, Whitney and Eustace.
Everything starts with the quarterback for Malakoff. Judd Miller had 3,199 total yards and 46 touchdowns a season ago as a sophomore. He returns as a junior with more experience and with two big targets to throw to in QT Barker and Tyler Russell.
Jamie Driskell’s defense will be led by Dan’Yal Littleton, a fierce defensive end who can get after the quarterback. Other standouts on defense are Larry Coker, Zee Bailey, Caleb Adams and Breashawn Williams.
Malakoff has an explosive offensive that has a chance to be even better than they were last year. They have a defense to match up with anyone and should be in the running to make a deep playoff run. The Tigers have a legitimate shot to hold up a championship trophy at AT&T Stadium at the end of the year.
Malakoff went 10-2 last season and was knocked out of the playoffs by three time defending State Champion Cameron Yoe by one point. The Tigers finished second in district behind Teague, who beat Malakoff 28-7 in their rain soaked match-up. Malakoff returns 13 starters and the varsity roster will be bolstered by a JV squad that went 8-2 last season.
The Eustace Bulldogs and coach Heath Ragle find themselves in a tough spot. They are picked to finish last in district 9-3A and have a lot of people to prove wrong. The Bulldogs only return nine starters and have a JV team that went 2-7 last year.
On offense the Bulldogs will have to replace running back Keenan Hargest who did almost everything for the team last year, including playing quarterback.
James East and Cam Rodgers will split carries and take the load off new quarterback Alejandro Sanchez. Under Ragle, the Bulldogs have never been known as a passing team but they are hoping Sanchez’s speed gives them an edge.
Offensive lineman Mikey Marshall missed 2015 with an injury but returns for his senior season to anchor the line.
Defensively, the biggest player for Eustace will be linebacker JJ Hughes, who had 87 tackles last year. The defensive line will be stacked with Michael Schultz and Dylan Hunacker both returning. Stone Wadsworth will roam the secondary and is the most experienced defensive back on the team.
Eustace went 3-7 and 0-5 in district last season and missed out on the playoffs for the second year in a row. The Bulldogs only have one district win in the past two seasons.
After nearly a decade of hard times, things are finally looking up for the Kemp Yellowjackets. They will compete in district 6-3A and are picked to finish fourth in the district, grabbing the last playoff spot. The eight team district is picked to finish in the order of Sunnyvale, Grandview, Dallas Madison, Kemp, Scurry-Rosser, Maypearl, Life Oak Cliff and Palmer.
Third year coach Brandon Hankins has turned the football program around for Kemp. The winless season of 2014 is a distant memory as the Yellowjackets enter this season looking to prove that they belong back in the playoffs.
Kemp returns 17 starters and everything starts with sophomore quarterback Dreyson Watters. Watters was the District Newcomer of the Year last season when he ran for 2,500 yards and threw for 1,950 more as a freshman. He had 28 total touchdowns.
Watters won’t be short on targets to throw to either. Receivers Elijah Gardiner, Josiah Brewington and Alec Cooper all return for their senior seasons. Running back Alan Quezada ran for 750 yards and six touchdowns in a back-up role last year. Kemp will lean on him as the starter this year. Tyler Garrett, Kasey Cockrell and Joseph Lopez all return on the offensive line.
The biggest question mark on defense is linebacker. All three of Kemp’s linebackers graduated leaving a huge void. Sophomore Boomer Irvin will step in from a JV team that went 8-2 last year to help make up for the loss.
Passing against the Yellowjackets will be a risk with a secondary led by safety Kane Johnson. Corner back Jaise Bowie started as a freshman and will look to improve in his second season.
Kemp finished with a 4-7 record last season. They made the playoffs for the first time since 2008 and lost to Kirbyville in the first round of the playoffs.
The Cross Roads Bobcats will be playing in district 10-2A this season. They are picked to finish last. The six team district is picked to finish in the order of Big Sandy, Kerens, Gladewater Union Grove, Cayuga, Hawkins and Cross Roads.
The Bobcats are under new leadership this season. Former Skidmore-Tynan assistant coach Michael Gain takes over for a team that has not made the playoffs since 2003.
Despite history not being on their side, it may finally be time for optimism. Cross Roads won three games last season and only has one team on their schedule that finished last year with a winning record. Gain has been working hard with the team and thinks that they have what it takes to have success.
Taylor McKenzie will take over as quarterback for the Bobcats and Tyler Johnson is a proven work horse at the running back position. Johnson was injured halfway through the season last year and will hope to stay healthy to lead Cross Roads to more victories.
If everyone can stay healthy and the players buy in what coach Gain is selling them, Cross Roads could sneak into the playoffs in a weak district.
The Bobcats went 3-7 last season and looked strong early on but they went 0-5 in district play to end the year.
The Trinidad Trojans are picked to finish last in district 15-1A. The four team district is picked to finish in the order of Milford, Mount Calm, Oakwood and Trinidad. The top two teams make the playoffs.
Trinidad is looking for a new coach after Scott Hayes announced that he was leaving to take a coaching job at Rice High School June 29.
Whoever the new coach is will have one of the most exciting players in the district at their disposal in Jerry Bannister. Colby Snider is a proven quarterback and will make the coaching transition easier.
Other players to watch include Johnny Ayala,Eli Arnold, Talon Sims and Ronald Marcus. The toughest task will be to replace Javonte Hornbuckle and his 18 total touchdowns. No one player will be able to pick up the slack by himself but collectively it’s possible.
The district is very top heavy and Trinidad is a very experienced team. The Trojans have the chance to compete and play spoiler. Trinidad finished with a 3-7 record last year and was 0-3 in district.
The Athens Christian Prep Storm will be playing in TAPPS Division II District Four. They are picked to finish second. The five team district is picked to finish in the order of Longview Trinity, Athens Christian Prep, Greenville Christian, Longview Christian and Henderson Full Armor.
Coach Shawn San Miguel admitted that the team has a series of question marks this season. Younger players will have to step up if they want a winning record and a return to the playoffs.
Quarterback Zay Ridgle returns this season after putting up record numbers last year. Other returning players include Micah Santelli, Eli Ridgle, Gavin Hardin, Kaenan Nix and Cody Hershey.
Athens Christian Prep finished with a 6-5 record last season. They went 1-3 in district but it was enough to make the playoffs. They lost in the first round to end their season.

Jun

09

Posted by : admin | On : June 9, 2016

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By Ryan Moulds
The News Sports Writer
EAST TEXAS–The Athens Hornets led the way with six selections on The News East Texas Baseball Dream Team. Malakoff had six selections to the East Texas Softball Dream Team.
Landon Bynum was the MVP of the baseball team. Bynum was a break-out star for Athens this season as a senior. He had a .447 batting average with three home runs, nine doubles, a triple and 37 runs batted in. He also had 14 stolen bases and 34 runs scored.
Athens advanced deep in the playoffs to the regional quarterfinals and won their fourth district title in a row.
In softball action, Hazel Puempel, of Malakoff, was awarded Most Valuable Player. She had a very strong senior season with a .658 batting average with a .703 on base percentage with one home run, 29 doubles and 33 runs batted in. She also showed off her speed with 14 stolen bases. On the mound, she was 11-1 with a 2.14 earned run average. She had 90 strikeouts in 61 innings.
Malakoff finished the year as undefeated district champs and went five rounds deep in the playoffs, falling to eventual State Champion West in the Regional Finals.
2016 The News
East Texas Baseball and Softball
Dream Teams
baseball
Superlatives
MVP: Landon
Bynum – Athens
Offensive Player of the Year: Hayden
Shaddox – Eustace
Defensive Player of the Year: Paden Quade – Athens
First Team
Pitcher: Brandon Boyd – Athens
Catcher: Zack
Compton – Eustace
First Base: Matthew Dedie – Kemp
Second Base: Peyton Brewer – Athens
Third Base: Ethan Snow – Malakoff
Shortstop: Pearson Johnson – Mabank
Outfield: Tyler
Crawford – Malakoff
Outfield: Jeremy Bateman – Athens
Outfield: Cory Strawn – Eustace
Designated Hitter: Noah Herring – Kemp
Honorable Mention
Malakoff: Hunter Snow, Tyler Russell, Dylan Grim, Trevor Martin, Dustin Miller and Mason Coker
Mabank: Ty
Winkelvoss, Trey Neighbors, Corey Flores, Clay Conway, Dalton Penix, Kade Norman
Eustace: TJ Howard, Gannon Kirkhart, Cody Strawn, Rusty Rodgers
Athens: Alex
Fernandez, Luis
Valdez, Casey Pitchford, Emanuel Hernandez, Cameron Woodard
Kemp: Dylan
Dennis, Colton Breeze, Beau Dancer, Kyle Keathley, Cameron Clamon
Cross Roads:
Cameron Rodgers, Kyle Miers
Trinidad: Jayden Walden, Jerry
Bannister, Kaeleb Eastman, Nate Williams, Dakota Stewart
softball
Superlatives
MVP: Hazel Puempel – Malakoff
Offensive Player of the Year: Sam Smith – Athens
Defensive Player of the Year: Chaney Tart – Malakoff
First Team
Pitcher: Candace Denis – Malakoff
Catcher: Haylie
Wilcox – Cross Roads
First Base: Cheyene Robertson – Malakoff
Second Base: Emily Mullens – Kemp
Third Base: Abra Roberts – Eustace
Shortstop: Tyler Greene – Athens
Outfield: Zoie Bailey – Eustace
Outfield: Chyann
Jarrett – Malakoff
Outfield: Kelli
Gartman – Athens
Designated Hitter: Kendall Riley – Mabank
Honorable Mention
Malakoff: Jewel Jones, Abby Terzis, Cheyenne Ramsey,
Tyler Wittram,
Hannah Terzis
Mabank: Leigh
Cunningham, Tera Grimes
Eustace: Olivia
Herring, Gabi Corder, Hailey Purselley, Jaci Gray
Athens: Alicia
Grogan, Cortney Grimes, Mikayla
Collins
Kemp: Haylee Scott, Anna Christie, Harleigh Bardin
Cross Roads:
Marilyn Alvarado, Sara Spivey, Sydnee
Harris, Calley Cole, Hope Johnson, Maci
Mattingly, Grayson
Cunningham

Jun

09

Posted by : admin | On : June 9, 2016

By Ryan Moulds
The News Sports Writer
ATHENS–Trinity Valley Community College (TVCC) will host a softball camp June 13-15 at Drumgoole Field at Cain Park.
The camp is open to students from kindergarden through 12th grade. The camp for grades 7-12 is set from 9-11 a.m. and the camp for K-6 is scheduled from 1-3 p.m.
The camp will be conducted by TVCC softball coaches Trish Robinson and Elsa Apo and Lady Cardinal softball players.
For more information, contact Robinson at patricia.robinson@tvcc.edu.

Jun

08

Posted by : admin | On : June 8, 2016

By Ryan Moulds
Monitor Sports Writer
GUN BARREL CITY–Gun Barrel City is getting ready to welcome the Texas Turf Titans and Sod Slingers from across the nation. The Lone Star Mower Racing Association (LSMRA) will host the STA-BIL National Lawn Mower Racing Series June 11-12.
Racers will come from all over the country from the U.S. Lawn Mower Racing Association (USLMRA). They are the nation’s biggest and oldest sanctioning body for mower racing. They will celebrate their 25th Anniversary in 2017.
“This event should be a lot of fun,” Gun Barrel City resident and LSMRA President Mike Howell said. “We are ready to tear up the turf. The Gun Barrel City track is one of the best venues in the country and we can’t wait to show it off to racers across the country.”
The race is expected the draw up to 400 spectators to the event. Racers are coming from Kansas, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland,
Missouri, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Pennsylvania. The race will also feature a charity cookout and a Toys for Tots drive.
The basic concept of lawn mower racing is to remove the blades from a lawn mower and build the mower according to the USLMRA’s rules and regulations. The racers speed and try to stay in front of all of the other racers.
Races begin with Hot Laps, allowing each class of racers to make five laps to get a feel for the track before the race begins.
The races begin with the Heat, which is the qualifying race for placement in the Feature Race. After the Heat, a short intermission follows to allow time to determine the line-up of the Feature Race. The Feature Race is 20 laps per class.
After the race, racers gather in the center of the track with their mowers. Spectators are then allowed in the pits for a meet and greet where racers answer questions, sign autographs and are available for photos.
The LSMRA performs at venues in Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana and Oklahoma. They are quality, family entertainment for fairs, barbecue cook-offs, festivals, exhibitions and private events. There is also no prize pool for the racers.
The IMOW Class (Int’l Mowers of Weeds) is highly regulated and based on driver ability. Engine horsepower is 17 (31 ci) maximum and max 3,650 RPMs.
A/P Class begins the four prepared or modified classes with valve in block, 4 stroke engines, 10.5 hp and under.
C/P Class is all single-cylinder overhead valve and two-cylinder valve in block, 4 stroke engines, 20 hp and under.
S/P Class are valve in block, 4 stroke engines, over 8.5 hp. F/X Class if factory experimental for expierenced racers only.
B/P Class is all overhead valve, V-twin, 4 stroke engines, 20 hp and under, valve in block, 4 stroke engines, 10.5 hp and under, also not for rookies.
The races will take place 9-11 a.m. June 11-12. The lawn mower race track is located at 298 Municipal Drive, Gun Barrel City.

Jun

08

Posted by : admin | On : June 8, 2016

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By Ryan Moulds
Monitor Sports Writer
EAST TEXAS–The Athens Hornets led the way with six selections on The Monitor East Texas Baseball Dream Team. Malakoff had six selections to the East Texas Softball Dream Team.
Landom Bynum was the MVP of the baseball team. Bynum was a break out star for Athens this season as a senior. He had a .447 batting average with three home runs, nine doubles, a triple and 37 runs batted in. He also had 14 stolen bases and 34 runs scored.
Athens advanced deep in the playoffs to the regional quarterfinals and won their fourth district title in a row.
In softball action, Hazel Puempel, of Malakoff, was awarded Most Valuable Player. She had a very strong senior season with a .658 batting average with a .703 on base percentage with one home run, 29 doubles and 33 runs batted in. She also showed off her speed with 14 stolen bases. On the mound, she was 11-1 with a 2.14 earned run average. She had 90 strikeouts in 61 innings.
Malakoff finished the year as undefeated distrcit champs and went five rounds deep in the playoffs, falling to eventual State Champion West in the Regional Finals.
2016 The Monitor
East Texas Baseball and Softball
Dream Team
baseball
Superlatives
MVP: Landon
Bynum – Athens
Offensive Player of the Year: Hayden
Shaddox – Eustace
Defensive Player of the Year: Paden Quade – Athens
First Team
Pitcher: Brandon Boyd – Athens
Catcher: Zack
Compton – Eustace
First Base: Matthew Dedie – Kemp
Second Base: Peyton Brewer – Athens
Third Base: Ethan Snow – Malakoff
Shortstop: Pearson Johnson – Mabank
Outfield: Tyler
Crawford – Malakoff
Outfield: Jeremy Bateman – Athens
Outfield: Cory Strawn – Eustace
Designated Hitter: Noah Herring – Kemp
Honorable Mention
Malakoff: Hunter Snow, Tyler Russell, Dylan Grim, Trevor Martin, Dustin Miller and Mason Coker
Mabank: Ty
Winkelvoss, Trey Neighbors, Corey Flores, Clay Conway, Dalton Penix, Kade Norman
Eustace: TJ Howard, Gannon Kirkhart, Cody Strawn, Rusty Rodgers
Athens: Alex
Fernandez, Luis Valdez, Casey Pitchford, Emanuel Hernandez, Cameron Woodard
Kemp: Dylan Dennis, Colton Breeze, Beau Dancer, Kyle Keathley, Cameron Clamon
Cross Roads:
Cameron Rodgers, Kyle Miers
Trinidad: Jayden Walden, Jerry Bannister, Kaeleb Eastman, Nate Williams, Dakota Stewart
softball
Superlatives
MVP: Hazel Puempel – Malakoff
Offensive Player of the Year: Sam Smith – Athens
Defensive Player of the Year: Chaney Tart – Malakoff
First Team
Pitcher: Candace Denis – Malakoff
Catcher: Haylie
Wilcox – Cross Roads
First Base: Cheyene Robertson – Malakoff
Second Base: Emily Mullens – Kemp
Third Base: Abra Roberts – Eustace
Shortstop: Tyler Greene – Athens
Outfield: Zoie Bailey – Eustace
Outfield: Chyann
Jarrett – Malakoff
Outfield: Kelli
Gartman – Athens
Designated Hitter: Kendall Riley – Mabank
Honorable Mention
Malakoff: Jewel Jones, Abby Terzis, Cheyenne Ramsey,
Tyler Wittram,
Hannah Terzis
Mabank: Leigh
Cunningham, Tera Grimes
Eustace: Olivia Herring, Gabi Corder, Hailey Purselley, Jaci Gray
Athens: Alicia
Grogan, Cortney Grimes, Mikayla
Collins
Kemp: Haylee Scott, Anna Christie, Harleigh Bardin
Cross Roads:
Marilyn Alvarado, Sara Spivey, Sydnee
Harris, Calley Cole, Hope Johnson, Maci
Mattingly, Grayson
Cunningham

Jun

03

Posted by : admin | On : June 3, 2016

By Ryan Moulds
Monitor Sports Writer
MABANK–Mabank High School will be hosting two basketball camps this season for male and female students from first through ninth grade.
The goal of these camps is to develop each person’s basketball skills, individual fundamentals and team play, while incorporating sportsmanship and solid team values.
The camps will include daily lectures, team competition and drills, fundamental stations, individual contests and certificates and awards.
Each camper will recieve a free camp shirt and basketball. A concession stand will also be available with drinks and snacks.
The cost of the camps is $60 if you register before June 6. If you register after June 6 the price goes up to $70. A sibling discount will be offered and each additional camper from the same family is $10 off.
The girls camp takes place 1-4:30 p.m. June 13-16. For more information contact Christie Shoulders at (479) 567-9131 or clshoulders@mabankisd.net.
The boys camp will be held 1-4:30 p.m. June 20-23. For more information contact Tracy Carter at (817) 980-4121 or tlcarter@mabankisd.net.

Jun

03

Posted by : admin | On : June 3, 2016

Kemp soccer 9

By Ryan Moulds
Monitor Sports Writer
KEMP–Kemp Yellowjackets senior soccer player Adrian Argueta signed to play college soccer with Southwestern Adventist University (SAU) in Keene.
“I really enjoyed the school,” Argueta said. “My final two choices were Southwestern Adventist and Southwestern Christian and I am confident that I made the right choice.”
Argueta had offers from schools all over the country. Schools in West Virginia, Massachusetts and Minnesota all offered him scholarships to play soccer. Ultimately, his desire to stay close to family and friends led him to SAU.
Before playing at Kemp, Argueta had experience playing soccer at the club level. He played for the Texas Heat and helped them become one of the best teams in the Tri County area. He was also offered a chance to play with Storm FC in Waxahachie as a freshman but was unable to accept due to travel problems.
Kemp restarted its soccer program this season with Chris Chase as head coach. The team got off to a rough start as expected but got better as the season went on and finished the season with four victories.
Argueta was one of the only players on the team who had prior soccer experience. He did his best to be a leader and example for the rest of the team on and off the field.
“I would take time from my practice to work with them,” Argueta said. “I would try to show them more proficient ways to do drills and I would give them pointer and hints to get better.”
Argueta had high praise for coach Chase and he believes that he has the young program headed in the right direction. “He knows what he is doing,” Argueta said. “If the guys pay attention to what he has to say I think they will have success. He has a lot of knowledge about the game and he really helped improve my game.”
On the field Argueta was an unselfish player who led the team in assists for the season. He was also third on the team in goals scored. In the games that Kemp won, he stepped up and made big plays to lead them to victories.
“I want to thank all the parents and coach Chase,” Argueta said. “We had some tough times this season but we stuck together. I also want to thank coach Hankins for bringing the program back and fully supporting us.”
Argueta, who also was a kicker on the Kemp football team, credits coach Hankins for getting the team stronger in the weight room. He also encourages his teammates to buy into the style of play that coach Chase teaches.
“Most of all I want to thank all the parents and fans,” Argueta said. “We would play in games that were three hours away and get destroyed but we also had support when we looked up in the stands. That meant a lot to me and the entire team to have the community support us like that.” Argueta will major in physical education while he is attending SAU.

Jun

02

Posted by : admin | On : June 2, 2016

By Ryan Moulds
The News Sports Writer
CEDAR CREEK LAKE–The Eustace Bulldogs and Malakoff Tigers had a combined 16 players named to the 18-3A All-District Baseball Team; seven from Eustace and nine from Malakoff.
The Eustace Bulldogs included Offensive Most Valuable Player Haydon Shaddox and First Team selections Cody Strawn at pitcher, Zack Compton at catcher and utility player Cory Strawn.
Second Team selections went to Chris Carlson at pitcher, T.J. Howard as an outfielder and Rusty Rogers as a utility player.
Malakoff had First Team selections from Hunter Snow as an infielder and Tyler Russell in the outfield.
Mason Coker was named as a Second Team pitcher, Ethan Snow was named Second Team infielder and Tyler Crawford was named as a Second Team outfielder.
Honorable mention selections went to Dustin Miller, Trevor Martin, Dylan Grim and Tristan Tobey from Malakoff.

Jun

02

Posted by : admin | On : June 2, 2016

malakoff vs west

By Ryan Moulds
The News Sports Writer
PROSPER–The Malakoff Lady Tigers softball team saw their season come to an end at the hands of the West Lady Trojans. Malakoff lost the Regional Final series in three games.
They lost the first game May 27, 3-2. They responded the next day by winning game two 3-2 before losing 6-5 in the final game.
In the first game, Malkoff started the game off strong, scoring the first run of the game in the top of the first inning. Candace Denis led off the inning with a single. After back-to-back stolen bases, Denis came around to score on a throwing error by the catcher to take a 1-0 lead. West pitcher Danielle Nors responded well, striking out the next seven Malakoff batters.
West tied the game at 1 in the bottom of the third inning as Lilly Cook scored with Mia Pokluda reaching on an error by the third baseman.
The Lady Trojans scored their second run of the inning in the third on a bunt single by Maddison Kettler, scoring Pokluda for the 2-1 lead.
Hannah Terzis hit a home run in the top of the fifth inning to tie the game at two. West responded in the bottom of the fifth inning. Julie Wernet hit an RBI-double to score Pokluda for what would end up being the game-winning run.
The Lady Tigers had one hit each from Denis, Chyann Jarrett, Cheyenne Robertson and Hannah Terzis.
In game two, Malakoff found themselves down 2-0 early on before they rallied for the victory.
West scored their first run in the second inning on an error. Jordan Dudik scored to make it a 1-0 game. West scored another run in the fourth inning RBI-single by Sierra Reese, scoring Dudik for the 2-0 lead.
Malakoff cut the deficit to 2-1 on a RBI-sacrifice fly by Robertson scoring Hazel Puempel. The game-tying run came in the fifth, as Jarrett hit a single scoring Denis.
Malakoff scored the game-winning run in walk-off fashion in the bottom of the seventh inning. Cheyenne Ramsey hit a double, scoring Puempel for the game-winning run.
Malakoff lost the final game 6-5. The Lady Tigers quickly found themselves down 4-0 before they started to rally back.
Malakoff cut the lead in half in the fourth inning when Abby Terzis hit a two-run homerun to score Puempel.
In the fifth inning, Malakoff tied the game at four with back-to-back home runs by Hannah Terzis and Denis.
In the top of the sixth, the Lady Tigers took their first lead of the game as Denis hit an RBI-single, scoring courtesy runner Tyler Wittram for the 5-4 lead.
West scored the game winning run in the bottom of the sixth inning as Kettler hit a two-run double, scoring Christian Holtz and Emeri Eubanks to win the game 6-5.
“This is a painful way to go out,” Malakoff coach Matt Wittram said. “To be that close and be down 4-0 and then come back and take the lead, it will take a while to get over this one. I’ll really miss our seniors too.”
The loss ends Malakoff’s season with a 28-7-1 record. The Lady Tigers were a perfect 12-0 in district play and advanced further than any other team has in the history of Malakoff softball.
West improves to 34-7 and moves on to the state finals in Austin.

May

19

Posted by : admin | On : May 19, 2016

malakoff state track meet
The News Photo/Russell slaton
Tyler Russell of Malakoff, who was the 3A boys state champion in the high jump held May 12, recording a jump of 6 feet, 10 inches, also finished sixth in the 3A boys long jump May 13 with a final jump of 21 feet, 9.25 inches.

By Ryan Moulds
The News Sports Writer
AUSTIN–Malakoff junior Tyler Russell took home first place in the high jump at the UIL State Track Meet in Austin, May 13-14.
Russell had a jump of six feet, 10 inches. He edged out Grandview’s Trenton Wallace, who had a height of six feet, nine inches. The state record is seven feet, four inches.
Russell also finished sixth in the long jump at 21 feet, 9¼ inches. Cisco’s Taylor Massey won the event with a jump of 23 feet, 1¾ inches.
Russell wasn’t the only local athlete to compete in the meet, Cross Roads Ladycat Rebecca Kramer finished third in Class 2A shotput with a throw of 38 feet, 10 ½ inches. Panhandle’s Brooklyn Tompkins won the event at 42 feet, 4 inches.
In the Class A triple jump, Trinidad’s Erica Airheart finished eighth at 33 feet, 1 ¼ inches. Tilden McMullen’s Makinna Serrata won the event with a jump of 35 feet, 10-1/2 inches.
Athens senior Travon Fuller finished in eighth place in the Class 4A 400-meter run with a time of 50.41. Lufkin Hudson’s Payton Davis won with a time of 48.11.
Eustace Bulldog Colton Summerall finished seventh in the Class 3A 110-meter hurdles with a time of 15.11 seconds. Massey won the race with a time of 14.39. Also for eustace, Ericsen Gudjohnson finished in fifth place in the Class 3A, 1,600-meter run with a time of 4:27.47. The winner of the event was Whitesboro’s Jeffrey Butts with a time of 4:15.82.
Mabank’s Cameron Boren finished in ninth place in the Class 4A 1,600-meter run with a time of 4:55.64. Robinson’s Johen Deleon won with a time of 4:22.89.
Kemp’s Elijah Gardiner finished in sixth place in the Class 3A triple jump with a leap of 44 feet, nine inches. Cisco’s Taylor Massey won the event with a distance of 46 feet, eight inches.