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January 23, 2011






Lake Info

Normal Lake Level is 322.00 feet
above Mean Sea Level.
Current level for Cedar Creek Lake is: 319.28
Water Temperature:
45 degrees - top
46 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.
A sign-up was scheduled from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. two Saturdays, Jan. 22 and 29, at the Mabank Junior High Gym lobby.
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 soccersign-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.


Upcoming Events

Girls basketball

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

Jan. 28
MHS vs Ferris*
KHS @ Crandall*
EHS @ Teague*

Feb. 1
EHS vs Mildred*
(*district contest)


Boys basketball

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

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



Jan. 25
MHS b @ Corsicana
KHS vs Kaufman
EHS @ Ferris

Jan. 28
MHS b idle
KHS @ Corsicana

Jan. 27-29
MHS g @ Kennedale tourn.
EHS hosts girls tournament

Jan. 31
EHS @ Palestine
(end season)










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Sports Highlights

Kemp hosts 1st soccer match
Monitor Staff Reports
KEMP–Tuesday’s match represented a major milestone in the two-year-old Kemp High School soccer program, as the Yellowjackets hosted their first home contest.
Last year, the Yellowjackets played every match on the road, as they went through what essentially was a junior varsity schedule.
This year’s ’Jackets are playing a full 4A schedule, facing off against Athens, Mabank, Lindale, John Tyler, Chapel Hill and Whitehouse in district play.
District play will open for the first time at Kemp Tuesday, Feb. 1, when the ’Jackets host the Athens Hornets.
The ’Jackets were scheduled to play in the Kennedale tournament this weekend, and then travel to Dallas Life for a 5:30 p.m. match Tuesday, Jan. 25.

Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
AT RIGHT: Kemp Yellowjacket Eric Garza (right) goes up to kick the ball away from the Kemp goal during the first half of the Yellowjackets’ first home soccer match Tuesday. Kemp lost to Princeton’s Panthers, 4-2.

Next Friday, Jan. 28, the ’Jackets will visit Corsicana for a 6 p.m. match, their final non-district contest.
Despite a couple of days of rain over the weekend, the turf at Yellowjacket Stadium was in excellent shape for Tuesday’s home opener against the Princeton Panthers.
A handful of shivering fans were on hand for the contest, which took place at the same time as the Kemp girls and boys district basketball games against visiting North Forney.
Princeton defeated the Yellowjackets 4-2, with Patrick Renfro scoring both Kemp goals on long direct kicks.
“Both (kicks) were from around 30 yards out, which takes a perfect kick at that distance,” Kemp coach Jason Thomas said later.
“We are still building a foundation, and experimenting with positions,” Thomas added. “Our defense did great, but we had a hard time maintaining possession at midfield.”
Princeton opened a 2-0 lead, but Renfro got his first goal with about 10 minutes left to close the gap to 2-1 at halftime.


Crandall nips MHS
Monitor Staff Reports
MABANK–In a critical district contest, the visiting Crandall Lady Pirates hit their free throws down the stretch to squeak past the Mabank Lady Panthers 60-55 Tuesday.
With the win, Crandall remained unbeaten in District 13-3A basketball play at 4-0, while the Lady Panthers fell to 3-1 in loop action.
Now 15-10 overall, the Lady Panthers were scheduled to wind up the first round of district play with a crucial road game at North Forney Friday night.
Tuesday, Jan. 25, the Lady Panthers will open the second round of district play on the road against the Kaufman Lady Lions, before returning home Friday, Jan. 28, to host the Ferris Lady Yellowjackets.

Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
AT RIGHT: Mabank Lady Panther junior Cheyenne Alldredge (42) uses an elbow to gain separation from Crandall Lady Pirate defender Lauren Shirley during the second half of Crandall’s narrow 60-55 win over the hosting Lady Panthers Tuesday.

A large and raucous crowd on hand to witness Tuesday’s matchup between the district front-runners got their money’s worth, as both teams pounded away at each other in a physical, bruising contest.
Crandall’s deep bench proved to be the key to the victory, as the Lady Panthers had three starters foul out in the late stages of the contest.
Mabank opened a 16-14 lead in the first quarter, but the Lady Pirates outscored the Lady Panthers 15-12 in the second period and 17-12 in the third to take a six-point lead, 46-40, going into the fourth quarter.
The Lady Panthers started chipping away at the lead, and took a 53-52 lead when senior guard Sara Springer nailed a 3-point basket.
With about 40 seconds to play, the Lady Panthers were within a point at 56-55, but the Lady Pirates nailed 4-of-5 from the free throw line to hold off the Mabank comeback attempt.
Freshman Makenna Allen led the Lady Panthers with 14 points, as Cheyenne Alldredge added 12 and Ashton Norman 10.
Kourtney Holyfield finished with nine points, while Springer finished with six and Olivia Pannell added four points.






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