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.

Jun

02

Posted by : admin | On : June 2, 2016

By Sariah Kendall
The News Staff Writer
ATHENS– The Athens Kiwanis Club officially opened the Splash Pad at the Athens Kiwanis Park, May 27.
Visiting the Splash Pad is completely free and will be a place for little ones to cool off this summer while families gather.
It will open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. now through Labor Day. To ensure the safety of visitors the following rules have been implemented.
• All children under the age of 7-years-old must have adult supervision
• Youth must wear proper swim diapers
• Patrons engaging in horse play or foul language will be asked to leave
• No bikes, scooters, skateboards or roller blades
• No food or drinks allowed on Splash Pad
• No glass containers
• Not pets allowed on Splash Pad
• No littering
• Climbing on Splash Pad fixtures is prohibited
• Splash Pad may be closed at times for maintenance
• Splash pad is unsupervised

Jun

01

Posted by : admin | On : June 1, 2016

BOTIE

By Sariah Kendall
The News Staff Writer
ATHENS– Sheriff Ray Nutt celebrated his last day on the job with friends and fellow officers at the Henderson County Justice Center May 31 and Chief Deputy Botie Hillhouse swore in as the new Sheriff of Henderson County June 1.
Nutt has served in law enforcement more than six decades and has held this position since January of 2009. Nutt has retired to spend more time with his wife, children and grandchildren.
County Judge Richard Sanders said he will miss Nutt on the job, as will Henderson County. “It’ll be difficult for Henderson County to replace Sheriff Nutt,” Sanders said.
During the ceremony officers who served under Nutt spoke highly of him and Nutt said he expects them to maintain the same standards under Sheriff Hillhouse.
“I want to thank the people for what they’ve done, showing me their support,” Nutt said.
Botie Hillhouse was elected in March. “It’s an honor to be the sheriff-elect for Henderson County,” Hillhouse said, “I’ve been his (Nutt’s) right hand man the whole time. But I’m ready to move forward and I appreciate the court’s support.”

May

26

Posted by : admin | On : May 26, 2016

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By Russell Slaton
The News Correspondent
MALAKOFF – Malakoff Rotarians met two critical care helicopter technicians from East Texas Medical Center’s (ETMC) Air Medical Services during Tuesday, May 24’s weekly luncheon meeting at the Flagg House.
Michael Lawyer is a chief flight nurse based out of Tyler, while air flight medic Brad Pace is based out of Athens. “They do a great service for the community,” said Mike Burns, Malakoff ISD Director of Curriculum and Classroom Technology, who served as May 24’s program chair.
Lawyer has been in Henderson County for about 23 years. First an emergency medical technician (EMT) then progressing to a paramedic, Lawyer in 2009 earned his nursing degree from Trinity Valley Community College (TVCC). Pace went to Tyler Junior College (TJC), is a former firefighter in Jacksonville and also has his peace officer’s license.
ETMC Air 1 has flown from Tyler since 1985, while the Athens base started in 2004, while the Mt. Pleasant base became operational in 2005. There’s a helipad next to the Malakoff Volunteer Fire Department building often utilized by ETMC helicopters.
ETMC Air 1 provides critical care comparable to an intensive care unit, including heart and stroke treatment, all available 24 hours per day, seven days per week. Air 1 has bases in Athens, Tyler and Mt. Pleasant that serve a swath of East Texas, ranging from the Red River to Trinity County, north of Houston. ETMC Air 1 flew Hurricane Katrina medical patients from Louisiana to Beaumont in 2005.
ETMC’s Air 1 program has a perfect safety record over the past 30-plus years, with a stable of three helicopters equipped with twin engines as backup in case on engine goes down. Each helicopter includes a nurse, medic and pilot. The ETMC helicopters also provide search-and-rescue services, at no cost to the community, including searches for missing children, stranded boaters and wayward elderly. In addition, hospital transfers are part of the program’s mission.
Many pilots have military backgrounds because of the rigorous flight-hour requirements to be eligible for ETMC Air 1. ETMC partners with Metro Aviation of Shreveport for maintenance and air-traffic services. “They are amazing mechanics and pilots,” Lawyer said.

May

26

Posted by : admin | On : May 26, 2016

News Staff Reports
ATHENS–The Henderson County Precinct 3 Commissioner’s race is won by Charles “Chuck” McHam in the Republican Runoff Election Tuesday. He will face Democrat candidate Aleciah Sims in November’s General Election. The winner will be sworn into office Jan. 1, 2017. Current office Ronny Lawrence has indicated he will retire at the end of his term, having served on the Commissioners’ Court for more than a decade.
McHam gained 822 votes to Kevin Head’s 635 to secure his ballot spot.
The longtime Brownsboro ISD ag teacher said he is very excited with the win and plans to help make the county a place that people will want to relocate to under his watch. “I want to make the people of Henderson County proud,” he said.
As expected much fewer voters participated in the runoff election than those who cast votes in the March Party Primary. In that race McHam garnered 1,520 votes. Head reaped 913 votes in the Primary.
“There’s one more race to go,” McHam said. “We’ll get geared up and be ready when it comes.”
Statewide races included a runoff for Railroad Commissioner and two seats on the Court of Criminal Appeals. Henderson County voters agreed with totals statewide and selected Wayne Christian over Gary Gates by a margin of 167 votes for Railroad Commissioner. Christian will face Democrat Grady Yarbrough in November, which agrees with county totals for Yarbrough among Democrat voters.
County election results shows Place 2 Justice candidate Ray Wheless with higher totals than his opponent; however, statewide totals favored Mary Lou Keel for the post with 51 percent of the vote. Place 5 Justice candidate Scott Walker won statewide with nearly 58 percent of the vote, which lines up nicely with County totals of 75 percent. Neither Justice has an opponent for the general election.
The runoff also decided the winner of the State Board of Education District 9 seat. Only two Republicans have been in contention for the seat with Keven M. Ellis winning 59.2 percent of the vote and Mary Lou Bruner picking up the remaining 40 percent. County voters also named Ellis as their choice at the ballot box.

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.