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February 9, 2012






Lake Info

Normal Lake Level
is 322.00 feet above Mean Sea Level.
Current level for Cedar Creek Lake is: 317.76
Water Temperature:
55 degrees - top
56 degrees - bottom

Sports in Brief

Carp tournament at Purtis Creek
Purtis Creek State Park will host a carp tournament Saturday, March 24. Prizes will be awarded for the largest number of carp caught, not by weight.
Pole and line will be the only method of taking carp. Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Inland Fisheries, Game Wardens and State Park Staff will be involved during different aspects of the tournament with the hosting entity being the Friends of Purtis Creek.
The Friends of Purtis Creek will receive 15 percent of fees collected, and 85 percent will be used to pay out prizes.
For more information, contact Purtis Creek State Park at (903) 425-2332.

Kiwanis Krawfish Golf Tournament

The inaugural Kiwanis Krawfish Golf Tournament will be held Monday, April 30.
The tournament will be a four-man scramble involving 15 to 20 teams.
The cost to enter is $55 per person, and will include cart fees, balls and lunch.

Upcoming Events

Basketball (boys)

Feb. 10
• Buffalo @ Eustace – 5 p.m.
• Mabank @ Kaufman – 5 p.m.
• Kemp @ Ferris – 5 p.m.


Feb. 10
• Mabank (girls) @ Mt. Pleasant – 5 p.m.
• Kemp @ Lindale – 6 p.m.
Feb. 14
• John Tyler @ Kemp – 6 p.m.
• Lindale @ Mabank – 6 p.m.
• Mabank @ Whitehouse – 6 p.m.


Feb. 11
• Kemp @ Mabank
• Eustace @ Mabank
• Mabank hosting meet


Feb. 10
• Mabank @ Athens – 5 p.m.
• Eustace @ Scurry-Rosser – 5 p.m.
• Mineola @ Kemp – 5 p.m.


Feb. 13

• Mabank @ Kerens – 6 p.m.
• Eustace @ Malakoff – 5 p.m.
Feb. 14
• Brownsboro @ Kemp – 5:30 p.m.




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Sports Highlights

Pre-district football schedules set
By Sam Epps
Sports Editor
CEDAR CREEK LAKE–With Kemp dropping down to 2A, Eustace coach Brian Herman had some shuffling to do to get his pre-district schedule finalized.
Instead of facing the Yellowjackets in the non-district schedule, the Bulldogs will face them for the first District 7-2A game.
The Bulldogs will open their next football season when they host the Canton Eagles for zero week.
They will travel to Rice and face the Bulldogs in week one, then host the Rusk Eagles in week two.
They will close out the pre-district schedule in Fort Worth when they face the Fort Worth Castleberry Lions.
Kemp, on the other hand, opens their pre-district schedule by facing the Palmer Bulldogs for zero week.
They will then face the Ferris Yellowjackets in week one, and the Tyler Grace Community Cougars in week two.
In the final pre-district game, the annual Mabank/Kemp rivalry kicks into action.
The Mabank Panthers open their schedule in zero week by facing the Malakoff Tigers.
They follow in week one by taking on the Wills Point Tigers, then the Quinlan-Ford Panthers.
After facing the Kemp Yellowjackets, the Mabank Panthers will take on the Kaufman Lions.
After being one of the smaller Class 3A schools, the Kemp Yellowjackets now find themselves as a larger 2A school.
“It’ll help tremendously,” Kemp athletics director and head football coach Greg Anderson said. “The new district won’t be a cake walk, but it will be good competing against similar-sized schools.”
In Mabank, the Panthers remained in 3A, but moved east into a district with Brownsboro, Canton, Athens, Van and Mineola.
“I feel it will be a very competitive, tight district,” head football coach and athletics director Jimmy Cantrell said. “Top to bottom, this district (15-3A) is more evenly matched.”
In Eustace, the Bulldogs remained 2A, but moved into a district without the powerhouse Grandview Zebras.
However, they have a challenging schedule ahead of them as they face playoff-caliber teams such as Quitman, Winnsboro and Lone Oak.
“There’s not a weak team in the district,” Eustace head football coach and athletics director Brian Herman said. “This is a solid group of teams, it will not be a pushover schedule.”


Lady Panthers get 39-36 win over Crandall
By Sam Epps
Sports Editor

MABANK–The Mabank Lady Panthers pulled out a victory Friday, beating the visiting Crandall Lady Pirates, 39-36.
By halftime, Cradall had a 20-18 lead, and extended it to 22-19 less than a minute into the third period.
The Lady Panther defense held strong, and the Mabank offense chipped slowly away at Crandall’s lead until the game was tied, 24-24, with 3:55 remaining in the third.
With just 1.49 seconds remaining in the third period, the Lady Panthers pulled ahead of Crandall, 31-29.
The Lady Pirates battled back in the fourth period, eventually taking a 36-33 lead with 3:21 left in the game.

Monitor Photo/Sam Epps
Mabank Lady Panther Makenna Allen (with ball) goes up for a shot against the visiting Crandall Lady Pirates Friday. Mabank won the game in exciting fashion, 39-36.

The Lady Panthers, however, took charge again and closed the gap until regaining the lead, 38-36, with 44.5 seconds left in the game.
With 2.4 seconds left, a free throw put Mabank on top, 39-36, and secured the win for the Lady Panthers’ final regular-season game.
Kourtney Holyfield scored 14 points for Mabank, and Makenna Allen scored nine.
Ashton Norman scored five points, Olivia Pannell scored four and Cheyenne Alldredge kicked in three points.
Allen also led the Lady Panthers with six rebounds and two assists, while Alldredge and Holyfield pulled in five.
“I thought we played very hard,” Mabank Lady Panther head coach Ashleigh Weeaks said. “We executed when we needed to, and we made many defensive stops in the fourth quarter.”
Mabank played North Forney Tuesday for the district 13-3A championship.



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