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Lake Info

Normal Lake Level is 322.00 feet
above Mean Sea Level.
Current level for Cedar Creek Lake is: 319.40
Water Temperature:
43 degrees - top
42 degrees - bottom

Sports in Brief

MBSA sign-ups
Mabank Baseball Softball Association (MBSA) will hold sign-ups for T-ball, baseball and softball from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. two Saturdays, Feb. 12 and 19, at the Mabank Junior High Gym.
Information and registration forms are at
Flag football sign-ups
Final registration for the Max 5-on-5 flag football league has been extended to 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 12, 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.

Memorial game set
The Texas Xtreme semi-professional football team will host a pre-season game against the North Texas Bandits at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 12, at Bruce Field in Athens.
The game is a memorial to Xtreme co-founder/coach Larry Anding, who died in November, 2010. Bandits owner Ben Bowers will present a football helmet to Pat Anding and the Anding family in a pregame ceremony. For more information contact Xtreme owner Gary Craig at (903) 288-6224.


Upcoming Events

Girls basketball

Feb. 14-15
Bidistrict playoffs (TBA)


Boys basketball

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. 11
MHS g vs Whitehouse*
MHS b bye
KHS vs Lindale*

Feb. 15
MHS g @ Athens*
MHS b @ Lindale*
KHS vs John Tyler*
(*district contest)


Feb. 10
MHS @ Kerens (scr)

Feb. 11
EHS vs Scurry-Rosser (scr)

Feb. 12
MHS vs Terrell (scr)

Feb. 14
EHS vs Malakoff

Feb. 15
KHS @ Scurry-Rosser


Feb. 11
MHS vs Athens (scr)
KHS vs Mineola (scr)
EHS vs Scurry-Rosser (scr)

Feb. 14
EHS vs Athens (scr)

Feb. 15
MHS vs Jacksonville
KHS vs Scurry-Rosser (scr)








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Sports Highlights

KHS girls’ playoff hopes dashed
Monitor Staff Reports
FORNEY–One bad quarter ended the Kemp Lady Yellowjackets’ slender playoff hopes Monday night, as the hosting North Forney Lady Falcons held off a determined Kemp comeback to escape with a 53-50 victory.
Monitor file photo
Kemp Lady Yellowjacket Brianna Powell (4) passes back outside to teammate Michelle Ritterbach (23, back to camera) as Mabank Lady Panthers Sara Springer (23, far right) and Kourtney Holyfield (12, far left) pressure both Kemp girls during Mabank's key third-quarter run in the Lady Panthers' 51-38 victory over hosting Kemp Feb. 2. Also shown are Kemp's Jacque Cooper and Mabank's Ashton Norman (background left).

Now 16-14 overall and 3-6 in District 13-3A play, the Lady ’Jackets were scheduled to wind up the second round and the regular season at home with a “senior night” game against the Kaufman Lady Lions.
Originally scheduled to be played Friday night, the Kemp/Forney matchup was delayed until Monday by bad weather.
The Lady ’Jackets had to win at North Forney and again Tuesday against Kaufman to be able to tie the Lady Falcons for the district’s third-place playoff berth behind Mabank and Crandall.
Mabank crushed the hosting Lady Pirates Saturday to forge a home-and-home split and tie both teams at 8-1.
Mabank was scheduled to host the Lady Falcons for “senior night” Tuesday (see related story, page 1B).
Both the Lady ’Jackets and Lady Falcons played evenly in the first quarter, finishing at 9-9, but late in the second period, the Lady Falcons forced some turnovers, enabling them to score three breakaway layups and take an eight-point halftime lead, 28-20.
“That turned out to be the difference in the game,” Kemp coach Kent Smith noted afterward.
Both teams again played even in the third quarter, with North Forney still up by nine, 40-31, going into the fourth quarter.
“Forney attempted to stall, but a strong man-to-man effort and a trapping defense forced several key turnovers, and we were able to climb back into the game,” Smith said.
“I thought (junior point guard) Brianna (Powell) did a great job forcing the ball inside against a tight trapping defense,” Smith said.
Powell’s penetrations led to fouls and trips to the free throw line, where she hit 8-of-13, finishing with 21 points to lead the Lady ’Jackets. She also had three steals, two rebounds and four assists.
Senior guard Michelle Ritterbach had an off night, hitting just 4-of-18 from the field to finish with 11 points, and had just one steal and one rebound, all far under her averages.
Junior post Kandace Rose almost finished with a double-double, scoring eight points and grabbing 11 rebounds. Senior Shannon Shipp finished with four points and five rebounds, while junior Taylor Day had six points and five rebounds.

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Great Backyard Bird Count set Feb. 18-21
Special to The Monitor
CEDAR CREEK LAKE–Game officials are encouraging bird and nature fans throughout the state to join tens of thousands of everyday North American bird watchers for the 2011 Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) Friday through Monday, Feb. 18-21.
A joint project of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society, this free event is an opportunity for families, students and people of all ages to discover the wonders of nature in backyards, schoolyards and local parks, and, at the same time, make an important contribution to conservation. Participants count birds and report their sightings online at
Participants are asked to count birds for at least 15 minutes on at least one day of the event and reporting their sightings online at  Additional online resources include tips to help identify birds, a photo gallery and special materials for educators.
The data collected helps state game commissions and other wildlife researchers understand the importance of particular locations to birds and bird population trends, information that is critical for effective conservation.
These efforts enable everyone to see what would otherwise be impossible: a comprehensive picture of where birds are in late winter and how their numbers and distribution compare with previous years.
In 2010, participants turned in new record of more than 97,200 checklists, creating the continent’s largest instantaneous snapshot of bird populations ever recorded.
Checklists came in from all 50 states in the U.S. and from all 10 provinces and three territories of Canada. Participants reported 602 species in 11.2 million individual bird observations.
Each year, in addition to entering their tallies, participants submit thousands of digital images for the GBBC photo contest. Many are featured in the popular online gallery. Visit  to learn more.

MHS girls tie for 1st
Lady Panthers crush Crandall to forge home-and-home split
Monitor Staff Reports
CRANDALL–In a critical road contest, the Mabank Lady Panthers dominated the Crandall Lady Pirates in the second half to forge a home-and-home split and tie both teams atop the District 13-3A basketball standings at 8-1.
Behind a career game from sophomore point guard Kourtney Holyfield, the Lady Panthers outscored the Lady Pirates 31-15 in the second half to win a game postponed to Saturday, 49-31.
Monitor file photo
Mabank Lady Panther sophomore Kourtney Holyfield (center) brings the ball upcourt during Mabank's narrow 60-55 home-court loss to Crandall Jan. 18. The Lady Panthers beat Crandall on their home court, 49-31, Saturday to forge a tie for first place with the Lady Pirates. Holyfield led all scorers with a career-high 22 points.

Now 20-10 on the season and 8-1 in district play, the Lady Panthers were scheduled to host North Forney for “senior night” in the second-round and regular season finale Tuesday night, while the Lady Pirates, also 8-1, were scheduled to visit Ferris Tuesday.
Assuming both teams remained tied after Tuesday night – and both have handled the other loop teams fairly easily – the Lady Panthers and Lady Pirates will meet for a third time at a neutral site to determine the district champion, probably Thursday night (tonight) or Friday night.
In very preliminary discussions early Tuesday, it is possible the two teams may flip a coin to determine first and second place, and then play a playoff warmup game. Nothing was to be finalized until after Tuesday night’s games.
The winner of the playoff/coin flip, as the district champion, will have a first-round bye in the playoffs. The second-place team will face the third-place team from District 14-3A in the bidistrict round, which probably will be played Monday or Tuesday, Feb. 14-15.
Mabank’s dominating win spoiled “senior night” for the Lady Pirates Saturday, although the hosting Crandall girls opened a 10-8 lead in the first quarter.
The Lady Panthers edged the Lady Pirates 10-6 in the second quarter to take a narrow 18-16 halftime lead.
Holyfield started going to the charity stripe in the second half, helping the Lady Panthers outscore Crandall 14-7 in the third quarter and 17-8 in the fourth period to forge the final 18-point margin.
Holyfield wound up with 22 points – including 10-of-12 from the free throw line – to lead all scorers, as Ashton Norman added 10 points. Both Alex Brady and Olvia Pannell scored six points each, while Sara Springer added three points and Cheyenne Alldredge scored two points.







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