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Lake Info

Normal Lake Level is 322.00 feet
above Mean Sea Level.
Current level for Cedar Creek Lake is: 319.53
Water Temperature:
48 degrees - top
45 degrees - bottom

Sports in Brief

Flag football sign-ups
Final registration for the Max 5-on-5 flag football league will be held 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 5, at the Mabank Junior High gym.
Cost to sign up is $125 (a payment plan is available), which includes insurance, a reversible team jersey and flags. All games will be played on Saturdays in Mabank starting March 5, continuing through April 30. Games will be non-contact, with all players participating. Practice is limited to one hour per week.
Age groups will be grades K-2, 3-4 and 5-6. For more information, contact Ron Anderson at (469) 688-2704, or Todd Brown at (903) 603-0529.

ri-County soccer sign-ups slated
Sign-ups for Tri-County Soccer Association spring games are scheduled from 6-8 p.m. Thursday (tonight) and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 5, 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

Feb. 4
MHS @ Crandall*
KHS @ North Forney*
EHS bye

Feb. 8
MHS vs North Forney*
KHS vs Kaufman*
EHS @ Blooming Grove*
(end regular season)
(*district contest)


Boys basketball

Feb. 4
MHS @ Crandall*
KHS @ North Forney*
EHS bye

Feb. 8
MHS vs North Forney*
KHS vs Kaufman*
EHS @ Blooming Grove*

Feb. 11
MHS vs Kaufman*
KHS vs Ferris*
EHS @ Buffalo*

Feb. 15
MHS @ Ferris*
KHS vs Crandall*
EHS vs Leon*
(end regular season)
(*district contest)



Feb. 4
MHS g vs Kennedale
MHS b @ Athens*
KHS bye

Feb. 8
MHS g @ Corsicana
MHS b vs KHS*
(*district contest)

Feb. 4
EHS vs Kerens (scr)

Feb. 5
MHS @ Canton (scr)

Feb. 7
EHS @ Malakoff (scr)

Feb. 10
MHS @ Kerens (scr)

Feb. 11
EHS vs Scurry-Rosser (scr)



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Sports Highlights

Icy shooting dooms Panthers
Monitor Staff Reports
MABANK–Icy shooting by the hosting Mabank Panthers helped the Ferris Yellowjackets stay near the top of the district standings Friday night, as the Yellowjackets squeaked out a 55-53 win over the Panthers.

Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
Mabank Panther Colton Thomas (white uniform) moves to block a drive by Ferris Yellowjacket guard Joseph Pickett during the first half of Ferris' narrow 55-53 win over the hosting Panthers Friday.

Now 9-14 on the season, the Panthers finished the first round of District 13-3A basketball play at 2-3, while the Yellowjackets improved to 18-9 and 4-1 in district play.
Late Tuesday, The Monitor was informed the scheduled Kemp-Mabank boys contest in Kemp would be postponed until 5 p.m. Wednesday.
Friday, Feb. 4, the Panthers are scheduled to visit Crandall before returning home Tuesday, Feb. 8, for a key district contest against North Forney. Each evening opens with 5 p.m. sub-varsity games.
Mabank fans were dismayed to see the Panthers miss shot after shot from point-blank range in the early going – not a good sign, especially against an opponent as athletically talented as the Yellowjackets.
That athleticism really started to show in the late stages of the first quarter, when the Yellowjackets pulled out to an 18-12 lead.
Both teams clamped down on defense in the second quarter, with the Panthers outscoring Ferris 8-5 to cut the Yellowjackets’ lead to just three points at halftime, 23-20.
In the third quarter, Ferris’ edge in athletic talent again started to show, as the Yellowjackets started finding the range from the arc.
Yellowjacket guard Trent Boykins scored eight of his 13 points (two threes) in the quarter to help Ferris edge out to a four-point lead, 37-33, going into the fourth quarter.
In the final frame, the Panthers outscored the Yellowjackets 20-18, but could not complete the comeback.
Hampered by fouls most of the game, Panther junior Jordan Allen scored nine of his game-high 17 points in the fourth quarter (hitting 5-of-7 at the free throw line) before fouling out, while senior T.C. Greene scored six of his 13 points before fouling out.
Ferris’ Joseph Pickett scored five of his team-high 16 points in the fourth quarter before he fouled out.
In addition to Allen’s 17 and Green’s 13, the Panthers got nine points (all in the second and third quarters off the bench) from Colton Thomas, four from Ryan Walker, three (one trey) from Tyler Peebles, two points each from Chans Hall, Chase Graham and David Marler and a third-quarter free throw from Brandon Hatfield.
Along with Pickett’s 16, Ferris got 13 from Boykins, seven points from Landon Kosacek, six points from Connor Coulkins, five from both Kyle Rogers and Jamarri Wells, and free throws from Devonte Pryor, Roger Gamble and Robert Grady.
Earlier, the Panther junior varsity held off a furious fourth-quarter comeback attempt to defeat the Ferris JV 67-64.
The Panthers built a four-point halftime lead, 30-24, behind balanced scoring from seven different players, but blew open the tight game with a 24-15 explosion in the third quarter
Taylor Willeford scored eight of his team-high 16 points (two treys) in the period, while Garrett Graham scored eight of his 14 points during the run.
In the final frame, the Yellowjackets outscored the Panthers 23-13 to close within three points at the end of regulation.
The Panthers also got 13 points from Landon Marshall, eight from Chris Newton and six from Garrett Holcomb.

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Crandall sweeps Kemp girls
Monitor Staff Reports
CRANDALL–The hosting Crandall Lady Pirates outscored the Kemp Lady Yellowjackets 25-9 in the middle two quarters to forge a home-and-home sweep Friday night, winning 54-33.
Now 16-12 on the season and 3-4 in District 13-3A basketball play, the Lady ’Jackets are tied with North Forney for the district’s third-place playoff berth behind the unbeaten Lady Pirates and the Mabank Lady Panthers, who improved to 6-1 in district play by beating Ferris Friday night (see related photo above).
Late Tuesday, The Monitor was informed the Tuesday night Kemp-Mabank girls and boys contests were postponed until 5 p.m. Wednesday.
Friday, the Lady ’Jackets are scheduled to visit North Forney before returning home for “senior night” Tuesday, Feb. 8, hosting Kaufman in the second-round and regular-season finale.
If the Lady ’Jackets can win all three games, they can clinch the district’s third-place playoff berth outright, but they must win two of the three (including the North Forney game) to force a tie-breaking playoff game with the Lady Falcons.
Despite playing without senior Michelle Ritterbach (flu), the Lady ’Jackets started strong Friday night, opening a 9-2 lead, but saw their offense dwindle away to nothing against the Lady Pirates’ relentless defensive pressure.
“Our shooting was non-existent in the second and third quarters, only scoring five and four points, which led to the margin of victory for Crandall,” Kemp coach Kent Smith noted later.
“Brianna Powell did a good job, considering she was playing through the flu, although it did affect her shooting, as she only hit 3-of-12 from the field (two threes),” Smith said. “Overall, the shooting was absent – we only shot 8-of-26, about half of what we normally take.”
Falling behind, 14-11, in the first quarter, the Lady ’Jackets trailed by 19 points, 39-20, going into the fourth quarter, and lost by 21.
Powell led the Lady ’Jackets with 11 points, three rebounds, two steals and two assists, with Jacque Cooper adding nine points, but nobody else had more than three points.
Senior post Shannon Shipp had a strong defensive game inside, notching seven rebounds and making four blocks.
“It was a disappointing game, considering we played so well in the first quarter,” Smith said. “We had every chance to beat them, but didn’t follow through.”






















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