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February 13, 2011






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Normal Lake Level is 322.00 feet
above Mean Sea Level.
Current level for Cedar Creek Lake is: 319.40
Water Temperature:
41 degrees - top
41 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.


Upcoming Events

Girls basketball

Feb. 14-15
Bidistrict playoffs (TBA)


Boys basketball

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



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



Feb. 14
EHS vs Malakoff

Feb. 15
KHS @ Scurry-Rosser



Feb. 14
EHS vs Athens (scr)

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








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Sports Highlights

Kemp stings Lions
Monitor Staff Reports
KEMP–The hosting Kemp Yellowjackets broke open a tight game in the fourth quarter to notch their first district win against the visiting Kaufman Lions, 49-40, Tuesday night.
After playing four of their five first-round games on the road, the ’Jackets are scheduled to have their final three District 13-3A basketball games at home – Tuesday’s win against Kaufman, Friday night’s matchup against the Ferris Yellowjackets and the season finale Tuesday, Feb. 15, against the Crandall Pirates.
In front of a large and loud crowd in the Kemp High School gym, the ’Jackets opened a 13-7 lead in the first quarter behind two buckets from Riley Lazard, a trey by Jake Goldman and four points from Jeff Goldman.
The Lions came back to outscore Kemp 15-9 in the second quarter and tie the contest at 22-22 by halftime, thanks to eight points (including a trey) from Jacob Jacquez.
Both teams played pretty much even in the third quarter, as the ’Jackets held a slim one-point lead, 30-29, going into the fourth quarter.
In the final frame, the ’Jackets outscored Kaufman 19-11 to forge the final nine-point margin, even though Jared Lane and Blake Watkins both fouled out.
Jake Goldman hit six of his 10 points in the fourth quarter, while Jeff Goldman hit 3-of-4 from the free throw line to finish with a game-high 13 points, including two 3-point buckets in the third quarter.
Lazard finished with nine points, while Ryan Emfinger, Lane and Watkins all finished with four points each, Brandon Stewart had three points and Cody Dunagan had a pair of fourth-quarter free throws.
Reid Baker led the Lions with 10 points, while Jacquez finished with nine, Calvin Duncan had six and both Phillip Sanders and Je’Mikal Jobe finished with five points each.


Panthers fly past Falcons
Monitor Staff Reports
MABANK–This one didn’t get away.
After seeing so many close games end in defeat, the Mabank Panthers grabbed a 57-53 victory in a tight contest against the visiting North Forney Falcons Tuesday night.
The dramatic win avenged a first-round loss at Forney and evened the Panthers at 4-4 in District 13-3A basketball play, tightening the playoff race considerably.
Mabank was scheduled to host the Kaufman Lions for “senior night” Friday, before visiting Ferris in the second-round and regular season finale Tuesday, Feb. 15.
Wins in both games would keep the Panthers in the running for a playoff berth, since the Lions were upset by Kemp Tuesday night (see related story above).
Tuesday night’s contest was as tight as expected, as the Falcons opened a 13-10 first-quarter lead over the Panthers, despite the effort of the only Mabank senior, T.C. Greene, who scored eight of his game-high 18 points in the period.
Mabank came back to outscore the Falcons 20-15 in the second quarter and take a 30-28 halftime lead behind Jordan Allen, who scored 14 of his 17 points (including two 3-point baskets) in the period.
The Falcons erased the slim Panther lead and tied the contest at 40-40 going into the fourth quarter behind five points (including a trey) from Kameron Jefferson and three points from Corey Amos.
In the final frame, the Panthers lost point guard Ryan Walker to fouls, but wing Brandon Hatfield picked up the slack, scoring 10 of his 14 points in the quarter, while Green added four points and Allen three.
The Falcons got four points (including a trey) from Junior Woods and four from Jefferson, but Jefferson hit just 2-of-5 from the free throw line and couldn’t convert on at least one 1-and-1 opportunity.
Overall, the Panthers had an unusually poor night at the free throw line, hitting just 11-of-28 (39 percent). The Falcons shot 60 percent (20-of-33), but hit just 5-of-10 in the fourth quarter.
In addition to Greene’s 18, Allen’s 17 and Hatfield’s 14, the Panthers got six points from Walker and two points from David Marler.
Jefferson was the only Falcon in double figures with 16, with both Tyrell Choice and Hunter Hartley scoring eight points each and both Woods and Brendon Lyons scoring seven points each.
Mabank also swept the sub-varsity games, winning the junior varsity contest 65-49 and the freshman game 53-46.
In the JV contest, the Panthers opened an 18-12 lead in the first quarter and maintained a 10- to 12-point lead through the rest of the contest behind 16 points from Chris Newton, 14 from Garrett Graham and 11 from Landon Marshall.
The freshman contest wasn’t close until the final minutes, as the Panthers opened a 14-4 lead in the first quarter and led 27-8 at halftime, before the Falcons started a furious comeback, outscoring the Panthers 23-12 in the fourth quarter to pull within seven by the end of the contest.
Adam Penix led the Panther frosh with 11 points and Mark Foster added 10.

Mabank girls fall to 2nd; playoffs set
Monitor Staff Reports
MABANK–North Forney’s Lady Falcons – plus a horrible shooting night – spoiled “senior night” for the Mabank Lady Panthers Tuesday, as the visiting Lady Falcons ran up a convincing 50-37 win over Mabank.
With the victory, the Lady Falcons secured the District 13-3A third-place berth and dropped the Lady Panthers to second place with an 8-2 mark.
The Lady Falcons took control of the contest from the start, outscoring the Lady Panthers in three of the four quarters, as Mabank saw shot after shot clang off the iron or miss completely.
North Forney opened a 10-7 lead in the first quarter and led by eight at halftime, 25-17.
In the third quarter, the Lady Panthers cut the margin to six points, but in the final frame, the Lady Falcons outscored Mabank 10-6 to forge the final 13-point margin.
Olivia Pannell was the only Lady Panther in double figures with 10 points, with Ashton Norman adding seven, both Kourtney Holyfield and Makenna Allen scoring six points each and Sara Springer adding four points.








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