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January 16, 2011






Lake Info

Normal Lake Level is 322.00 feet
above Mean Sea Level.
Current level for Cedar Creek Lake is: 318.93
Water Temperature:
43 degrees - top
47 degrees - bottom

Sports in Brief

Flag football sign-ups
The Max 5-on-5 league is open to students in grades K-6th, and includes Canton, Eustace, Kemp, Malakoff and Mabank. Cost to sign up is $125, which includes a reversible team jersey and flags. All games will be played on Saturdays in Mabank during March and April. Games will be non-contact, with all players participating. All coaches and referees will be certified and have background checks, in partnership with the NFL Flag Football organization.
Mabank sign-ups will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 15, at the Mabank Dairy Queen.
Another open sign-up was scheduled from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 22, at a site to be determined.
Registration deadline is 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 5. For more information, contact Ron Anderson at (469) 688-2704, or Todd Brown at (903) 603-0529.

Tri-County soccer sign-ups slated
Sign-ups for Tri-County Soccer Association spring games are scheduled from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. two Saturdays, Jan. 29 and Feb. 5, and 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 3, at the GBC McDonald’s restaurant.
Players must be 4 years old on or before Jan. 1. Fee is $60 for new players (includes uniform and insurance) and $40 for returning fall players not transferring teams. A copy of a birth certificate (not the original) must be provided for any new players.
Practices will begin in mid-February and games will be played March 12-May 7. Coaches and officials are needed and must pass an online background check at
For more information, call Candi Conner at (903) 887-3138.

Eustace MDA fund-raisers
A spaghetti dinner and a pancake supper are planned to raise funds for Roland Bailey’s team in preparation for the Feb. 5 Muscular Dystrophy Association Muscle Walk in Tyler.
Chuck Powers and EHS girl athletes will hold a spaghetti dinner at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 18, in the high school cafeteria. A minimum $5 donation is requested.
The Eustace Student Council will hold a supper from 5 to 7:45 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 20, in the Middle School cafeteria, featuring pancakes, sausage and drinks. Your donation benefits Roland’s MDA Muscle Walk team.
National Honor Society students are offering chances on an iPod; contact any NHS member.


Upcoming Events

Girls basketball

Jan. 18
MHS vs Crandall*
KHS vs N.Forney*
EHS vs Buffalo*

Jan. 21
MHS vs Crandall*
KHS @ Kaufman*
EHS @ Leon*

Jan. 25
MHS @ Kaufman*
KHS @ Ferris*
EHS vs Malakoff*

Jan. 28
MHS vs Ferris*
KHS @ Crandall*
EHS @ Teague*
(*district contest)


Boys basketball

Jan. 18
MHS vs Crandall*
KHS vs North Forney*
EHS vs Buffalo*

Jan. 21
MHS @ North Forney*
KHS @ Kaufman*
EHS @ Leon*
(*district contest)



Jan. 22
MHS hosts meet



Jan. 18
KHS vs Princeton



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Sports Highlights

Lady Pirates sink Lady ’Jackets
Monitor Staff Reports
KEMP–In a key District 13-3A first-round battle, the Crandall Lady Pirates handed the Kemp Lady Yellowjackets a rare home-court defeat Tuesday night, breaking open a tight, bruising contest late to win 63-44. KHSgirlsVsCrandall.jpg (191117 bytes)

Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
Kemp Lady Yellowjacket senior Michelle Ritterbach (23) heads upcourt after grabbing one of her five rebounds during the first half of the Lady ’Jackets’ 63-44 loss to the visiting Crandall Lady Pirates Tuesday. Also shown are Kemp Lady ’Jackets Shannon Shipp and Taylor Day (background) and Crandall’s Emily Kirk (10), Brianna Whisenhunt (21) and Lauren Shirley (32).

Now 14-9 on the season and 1-1 in district basketball play, the Lady ’Jackets were scheduled to visit the Mabank Lady Panthers Friday night. Mabank improved to 2-0 in district play Tuesday with a 60-30 win over hosting Ferris (see related story).
Next Tuesday, Jan. 18, the Kemp girls will host the North Forney Lady Falcons, before traveling to Kaufman Friday, Jan. 21. Each evening opens with 5 p.m. sub-varsity games.
With a deep bench, the Lady Pirates used bruising, very physical play throughout the contest, which clearly gave the Lady ’Jackets problems, particularly in the fourth quarter, when they were outscored 17-3.
Until the final frame, the score stayed close, as the tough defensive play by both teams resulted in poor shooting and turnovers.
Kemp opened a 10-2 lead in the first quarter, despite missing several open shots, but the Lady Pirates adjusted and started forcing Kemp into backcourt turnovers, which were translated into layups.
Crandall took the lead early in the second quarter, but the Lady ’Jackets fought back to take a narrow lead before the Lady Pirates scored on a layup at the buzzer to take a 30-29 halftime edge.
During the third quarter, both teams continued to be evenly matched, although the Lady Pirates managed a 16-12 scoring advantage to take a five-point lead, 46-41, going into the fourth quarter.
“The fourth quarter was a disaster for us, as we made critical turnovers and made some unwise shot selections, while allowing Crandall to score off penetrations,” Kemp coach Kent Smith noted later.
“If we can eliminate the mental mistakes, we can make the second game against them much more interesting,” Smith said.
“We were also done in by a lack of shooting,” he added. “We took at least a dozen fewer shots than usual – Michelle Ritterbach only took 10 shots, with Brianna Powell only taking eight – far fewer than usual or needed.
“We also committed an unthinkable 26 turnovers, practically handing Crandall the game,” Smith said.
Ritterbach finished with just 12 points (including one trey), five rebounds, one block and three assists, while Powell had 11 points (two treys) and five assists.
Taylor Day finished with eight points and four rebounds, Kandace Rose finished with seven points, one block and seven rebounds, and Shannon Shipp had five points, two blocks and four rebounds.



Panthers claw Canton, 69-27
Monitor Staff Report
MABANK–A big edge in quickness, particularly on the defensive end, translated into an easy 69-27 victory for the Mabank Panthers Tuesday night over the visiting Canton Eagles.
Now 7-11 on the season, the Panthers were scheduled to open District 13-3A basketball play at home against the Kemp Yellowjackets Friday night. MHSboysVsCanton.jpg (505694 bytes)

Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
Mabank Panther junior Chans Hall (right) shoves Canton Eagle Brad Wiggins (32) out of the way as he tries to rebound a missed free throw during the third quarter of Mabank's dominating 69-27 win over the visiting Eagles Tuesday. Hall was tagged with a foul on the play.

Tuesday, Jan. 18, the Panthers will host the Crandall Pirates, and Friday, Jan. 21, Mabank’s boys will travel to North Forney for a matchup against the Falcons. Each evening opens with 5 p.m. sub-varsity contests.
There wasn’t much drama in the Panthers’ final non-district game Tuesday, as a handful of spectators watched Mabank blow out to an 18-2 lead in the first quarter and a 34-6 halftime advantage.
Canton really didn’t get that many offensive tries, as the much quicker Panthers clogged the passing lanes and grabbed steals and loose balls on many Eagle possessions.
On defense, the Eagles couldn’t match Mabank’s speed down the court, or their rebounding efforts.
Canton outscored the Panthers in only one period, the fourth quarter, 11-7, but by that time, Mabank was already up by 36 and emptying the bench.
Ten of the 11 Panthers suited up for the game scored, with just two – Jordan Allen (17) and Brandon Hatfield (11) in double figures.
T.C. Greene finished with nine points, with Chase Graham adding eight, Hunter Carrico seven, Ryan Walker five and Chans Hall four, Tyler Peebles and Jacob Ortiz three points each, and David Marler two points.
Brad Wiggins led the Eagles with 15 points, as Tre Shiefer had six and David Aaron, Eric Walters and Garrett Rose all scored two points each.
Earlier, the teams split two sub-varsity contests, with Canton winning the freshman game 44-35 and Mabank winning the junior varsity tilt, 51-36.
In the freshman contest, the Eagles took charge early, running up a 27-12 halftime lead and maintaining that edge until late in the contest.
Cameron Castellano led the Panthers with a game-high 14 points.
In the JV game, the Panthers took charge from the start, opening an 18-5 lead in the first quarter behind a trio of 3-point baskets from Taylor Willeford, who led them with 17 points.
Mabank led by 10 at halftime, 22-12, and opened a 20-point lead, 41-21, going into the fourth quarter.
In addition to Willeford’s 17, the Panthers also got eight points from both Chris Newton and Zack Dillon.

Mabank girls now 2-0
Monitor Staff Reports
FERRIS–A big third quarter helped propel the visiting Mabank Lady Panthers past the Ferris Lady Yellowjackets, 60-30, Tuesday night.
Now 14-9 on the season and 2-0 in District 13-3A basketball play, the Lady Panthers were scheduled to host the Kemp Lady Yellowjackets Friday night.
Tuesday, Jan. 18, the Lady Panthers are scheduled to host the Crandall Lady Pirates, and Friday, Jan. 21, the Lady Panthers will visit the North Forney Lady Falcons. Both evenings open with 5 p.m. sub-varsity games.
At Ferris Tuesday, the Lady Panthers forged a 10-5 lead in the first quarter and outscored Ferris 11-8 in the second to take an eight-point halftime lead, 21-13.
In the third quarter, however, the Lady Panthers came out smoking, outscoring the Lady Yellowjackets 26-11 to take a commanding 23-point lead into the fourth quarter, 47-24.
In the final frame, Mabank outscored Ferris 13-6 to forge the final 30-point margin.
Freshman Makenna Allen led the Lady Panthers with 16 points, with senior Sara Springer adding 13 and junior Olivia Pannell scoring 11.
Cheyenne Alldredge added eight points, with Molly Groom scoring six, Ashton Norman five and Natalie Torres adding a free throw.
No Ferris girl scored in double figures, as Summer McGuire led them with nine points.






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