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.

May

19

Posted by : admin | On : May 19, 2016

By Ryan Moulds
The News Sports Writer
MALAKOFF–The Malakoff Lady Tigers are getting closer and closer to their goal of winning a State Championship.
The Lady Tigers knocked off the White Oak Lady Roughnecks 2-1, May 12 in Mineola in the third round of the playoffs. White Oak knocked Malakoff out of the playoffs last season and revenge was on the minds of the Lady Tigers.
For the first three innings neither team could get anything going. Malakoff scored both of their runs in the bottom of the fourth inning.
First, Hazel Puempel led off the inning with a single to get on base. Puempel later stole second base and moved to third on a sacrifice fly by Abbi Terzis. Cheyenne Ramsey came up to bat next and hit another sacrifice fly to brinf Puempel home for the 1-0 lead. Chaney Tart and Cheyenne Robertson had back-to-back singles and Tart came in to score on the throw for the 2-0 lead.
Neither team scored in the fifth inning but White Oak responded in the top of the sixth inning when Kara Carter hit an RBI-double to knock in Kelsey McFall and cut the Malakoff lead to 2-1.
Malakoff didn’t score in the bottom of the sixth but they didn’t allow a run in the top of the seventh and came away with a 2-1 victory behind solid pitching and great play on defense.
The Lady Tigers did just enough on offense to get the win and finished with five hits from Denis, Puempel, Tart, Robertson and Jewel Jones.
Candace Denis started on the mound for Malakoff and picked up the victory. She pitched for the entire game and struck out seven White Oak batters. she walked one, gave up five hits and one earned run.
The victory makes Malakoff 26-5-1 this season (12-0 in district). they will advance to the fourth round of the playoffs to take on Woodville in Pollok in a best of three series.

May

12

Posted by : admin | On : May 12, 2016

By Ryan Moulds
The News Sports Writer
TYLER–The Athens Hornets knocked off the Van Vandals in the first round of the playoffs 6-1 May 6 in Tyler.
Brandon Boyd started on the mound for Athens and pitched a complete game. He allowed seven hits while striking out nine and walking three.
Nobody scored in the first two innings but Athens finally got things going in the third after an RBI-single by Landon Bynum scored Jeremy Bateman. Athens took a 1-0 lead.
Athens then went on to score five runs in the fourth inning to go up 6-0 and put the game away. Alex Fernandez singled to start things off, then Boyd hit a sacrifice fly to move him to second base.
Luis Valdez and Casey Pitchford walked to load the bases then Fernandez scored on a a passed ball to make the score 2-0.
Peyton Brewer then hit into an RBI-fielder’s choice as Valdez came in to score on the play to make the score 3-0. Bateman came up to bat next and singled to knock in Zach Carlson to make it 4-0.
Cameron Woodard hit a single to load the bases and Landon Bynum grounded out to score Brewer to make the score 5-0. On the throw to home, Bateman came in to score for the 6-0 lead.
Van scored in the bottom of the sixth inning when Brett Doring knocked in Casey morrow to cut the lead to five. It would be the only run given up by Athens.
Athens was led at the plate by Woodard, who went 2-for-3. Bateman was 1-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored. Bynum was 1-for-3 with three RBI, Fernandez was 1-for-2 and Pitchford was 1-for-2 with one RBI.
After the game, Athens coach Dallas Robertson said that he was proud of how hard his team worked. He was happy to see them open the game up in the fourth inning and score runs to pull away.
Athens improves to 20-6 overall with the win. they will move on to the second round of the playoffs where they will face the winner of the Gilmer-Paris series in the area round next week.
Van ends the season with a fourth place district finish and a 11-15 record.

May

12

Posted by : admin | On : May 12, 2016

malakoff signing

Courtesy Photo
Malakoff High School senior Kiana Reed (front, center) signed a Letter of Intent to play basketball at Temple College in Central Texas May 10. Also pictured is (back, from left) Reed’s mother, Roshawn Weathersby, fellow Malakoff High School athlete Jalie Dawson and Malakoff High School girls basketball coach Meghan Hyde.

May

05

Posted by : admin | On : May 5, 2016

Malakoff area track champs

Courtesy Photo
The Malakoff Tigers track team wins the area championship, April 21 in West Rusk. Memebers of the team include (in no particular order) Tyler Russell, Q.T. Barker, Dylan Grim, Jake Woolverton, Xavier McCullar, Tyler Crawford and Payton Lowrey.

By Ryan Moulds
The News Sports Writer
WEST RUSK–The Malakoff tigers and Estace Bulldogs track teams competed at the District 17-18 3A area track and field meet April 21 at West Rusk High School.
In the varsity boys division, Malakoff finished as the area champion, while Eustace finished as the runner up.
In the varsity girls standings, Eustace finished in second place with Malakoff finishing in seventh place in the team standings.
The top four finishers advanced to the regional meet April 29-30 at Baylor University in Waco.
In the varsity boys division, Malakoff’s Q.T. Barker advanced to regionals with a second place finish in the 100-meters. Barker finished with a time of 11.23 seconds.
• 200-meters, Eustace Bulldog Tate Pace advanced with a third place finish in a time of 23.22.
• 400-meters, Eustace Bulldog Stone Wadsworth was fifth with a time of 52.16. Malakoff Tiger Xavier McCullar was sixth in a time of 52.96.
• 800-meters, Eustace Bulldog Zane Arambula was second with a time of 2:03.99. Eustace Bulldog Andrew Page was fifth with a time of 2:08.42. Eustace Bulldog Michael Wong was eighth with a time of 2:16.15.
• 1,600-meter run, Eustace Bulldog Ericsen Gudjohnsen was the area champion with a time of 4:44.71. Arambula was second in 4:45 and Daniel Purselley was sixth in a time of 5:01.
• 3,200-meter run, Eustace swept the top three positions as Gudjohnsen won with a time of 10:10.96. Brandon Richardson was second with a time of 10:28.38 and Daniel Purselley was third with a time of 10:28.91.
• 110-meter hurdles, Eustace Bulldog Colton Summerall was the area champion with a time of 15.62 seconds. Malakoff Tiger Jacob Woolverton advanced to area with a third place finish in a time of 15.79.
Eustace Bulldog Jude Bonner was fifth in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 17.22. AJ Dixon-Thomas was seventh with a time of 17.92.
• 300-meter hurdles, Malakoff’s Tyler Russell was second with a time of 43.50, while Summerall advanced with a fourth place finish in 43.94. Bonner finished fifth in a time of 44.19.
• 400-meter relay, the Malakoff team of Tyler Crawford, Dylan Grim, Woolverton and Barker finished first with a time of 42.85.
The Eustace team of Alejandro Sanchez, Clifton Johnson, Cory Strawn and Tate Pace finished in sixth.
• 800-meter relay, the Malakoff team of Grim, Russell, Woolverton and Barker finished first with a time of 1:30.54. The Eustace team of Strawn, Sanchez, Keenan Hargest and Pace was sixth.
• mile relay, the Bulldogs team of Johnson, Strawn, Wadsworth and Pace finished first in a time of 3:29.25. Malakoff’s Crawford, McCullar, Coker and Russell finished fourth in a time of 3:35.84.
• field events, Tyler Russell was the area champion in the high jump with a height of six feet, six inches. Woolverton was third with a height of six feet.
• pole vault, Eustace Bulldog Cody Duncan was fourth with a height of 11 feet, six inches. Malakoff’s Sha’Zarrior Bailey was sixth and Eustace Bulldog Charles Womble was eighth.
• long jump, Russell was the area champion with a leap of 21 feet, ¼ inches. Woolverton finished sixth with a leap of 19 feet, 2 ¾ inches.
• shot put, Danyal Littleton advanced to regionals with a third place finish and a throw of 42 feet, six ½ inches. Malakoff’s Payton Lowrey was fifth and Larry Coker was eighth.
• discus, Coker advanced with a throw of 135 feet, eight inches.
In the varsity girls division, Eustace swept the first two positions in the 1,600-meter run as Skye Burns was first with a time of 5:45.63. Molly McAtee was second with a time of 5:46.36.
• 3,200-meters, Eustace had the area champion in Chanda Westbrook with a time of 11:44.06. Burns finished fourth with a time of 12:38.47.
• 100-meter hurdles, Malakoff Lady Tiger Charlsey Stearman was fifth with a time of 17.57. Eustace Lady Bulldog Marshalla Padgett was seventh in a time of 17.65.
• 400-meters, Eustace Lady Bulldog Samantha Richardson was fourth with a time of 1:05.95.
• 300-meter hurdles, Padgett was second with a time of 49.64. Malakoff’s Mackenzie Crist was third in 49.76 and Stearman was seventh in 52.34. Eustace Lady Bulldog Reece Thorne was eighth.
• 400-meter relay, the Malakoff team of Keiundryia Walker, Candace Denis, Monica Oviedo and Dawson was fourth in a time of 51.13. Eustace finished in eighth place with a time of 53.24.
• 800-meter relay, the Malakoff team of Walker, Dawson, Denis and Oviedo was sixth. Eustace finished in seventh place.
• long jump, Denis advanced to regionals with a third place finish with a leap of 15 feet, 11 ½ inches.
She advanced in the triple jump with a distance of 33 feet, one ½ inches to finish in fourth place.Crist finished in eighth place in the triple jump.
• pole vault, Eustace Lady Bulldog Whitney Boerner won the area title with a height of 10 feet, six inches.
• shot put, senior Kiana Reed finished fifth with a throw of 35 feet, seven inches. Eustace Lady Bulldog Gabi Corder was seventh.
• high jump, Crist was sixth with a height of four feet, six inches. Eustace Lady Bulldog Erica Hoops was seventh with a height of four feet, six inches.
• discus, Eustace had two qualifiers with a second place finish by Miranda Fontenot at 96 feet, six inches and Corder in fourth at 91 feet, nine inches.

May

05

Posted by : admin | On : May 5, 2016

By Ryan Moulds
The News Sports Writer
ATHENS–The Athens Hornets finished their District Championship winning season in dominating fashion by beating the Kaufman Lions 8-0 on Senior Night, May 2.
This was the final home game for Jeremy Bateman, Landon Bynum, Paden Quade, Alex Fernandez, Brandon Boyd, Jacob Knight and Josh Sims.
In the first inning, Cameron Woodard, Bynum and Quade loaded the bases. Fernandez was walked and Woodard scored for a 1-0 Hornet lead.
Athens loaded the bases in the second inning again and Bynum walked to bring in Peyton Brewer for a 2-0 lead. Later in the inning, Quade knocked in Bateman with a single to put Athens up 3-0.
Neither team had any success scoring in the third inning. In the fourth inning, Athens had two outs but they were still able to score two more runs to go up 5-0.
First, Boyd hit a single to knock in Bynum after an error by the Kaufman shortstop. An error on the thrown allowed Quade to score too.
In the bottom of the fifth inning, Woodard singled to drive in Brewer and make the score 6-0. Later in the inning, Bynum knocked in Bateman to make it 7-0.
Woodard scored the final run of the game for Athens to make the final score 8-0. The brilliant pitching by Athens kept Kaufman in check the entire game and the Lions could not do very much on offense.
Athens was led at the plate by Bateman, who went 2-for-3. Bynum was 2-for-2 with two RBI and Woodard and Quade had one hit each.
Athens coach Dallas Robertson said that he was happy to get a victory for the seniors and that it was a big momentum builder heading to the playoffs.
Robertson called the seniors a “special group” and said that he was proud of all they accomplished in their time at Athens. He was also pleased with how they represented the school and community.
With the victory, Athens finishes up the season 19-6 with an 11-1 mark in district. They were District Champions this season. They open the playoffs with a one-game series against Van.
Kaufman finishes the season with a 12-13 record with a 7-5 mark in district. They will enter the playoffs as a two seed, having finished second in district. Their playoff game has not been set.

Apr

28

Posted by : admin | On : April 28, 2016

1st brady williams age 6 and under

Courtesy Photo/Mendy Davis
Brady Williams (right), who won first place in the six and under division poses with his catch after recieving his award during the Kid Fishing event at Purtis Creek State Park, April 23.

By Ryan Moulds
The News Sports Writer
PURTIS CREEK–More than 60 fish were caught and just under 400 kids were angler education certified and received their very own rod and reel provided by the Friends of Purtis Creek at the annual “Kid Fish” event, held April 23 at Purtis Creek State Park in Eustace.
Three different age groups competed in the event and the top three from each age group recieved medals.
In the six and under category, the first place winner was Brady Williams. Cate Coker won second place and Colt Pope won third.
In the seven through 12 division, the first place winner was Wyatt Standridge. Jasmine Grover won second place and Gracie Standridge was third.
In the 13 through 16 division Mark Walters took home first place. Seth Johnson won second and Hunter Mercer was third.
Robert Mercer Jr. set a lake record for the Junior Angler Channel Catfish. His catch was 15.25” long and .096 pounds.
“Our event was a huge success,” Purtis Creek State Park Superintendent Mendy Davis said. “I would like to thank board members Carei and Bobby Bobbitt for volunteering and supporting the event. I would also like to thank our other sponsors and partners for helping to make this possible.”
Sponsors for the event included Friends of Purtis Creek, Cabela’s, Kiddie Kampus of Eustace, Brookshire’s, Nestle Waters, Trinity Valley Electric Coop, Dr. Pepper, Texas Forrest Service, Communication Division Hunter Education, Communication Division Angler Education, TPWD Game Wardens, TPWD State Park Police Officers, Regional Natural and Cultural Resource Specialists and Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center Director and Volunteers.