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February 20, 2011






Lake Info

Normal Lake Level is 322.00 feet
above Mean Sea Level.
Current level for Cedar Creek Lake is: 319.42
Water Temperature:
48 degrees - top
42 degrees - bottom

Sports in Brief

Flag football
Max 5-on-5 flag football league opens practice soon. 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.

Softball clinic
Lon Morris College in Jacksonville will host a softball clinic for girls 6-18 Saturday, Feb. 26. Cost is $20 per session, with a $5 discount for additional family members.
Session 1 (9 a.m. to noon) will be for girls 6-10, with Session 2 (1-4 p.m.) for girls 11-18. Each session will focus on offensive and defensive fundamentals and skill mechanics, plus pitching mechanics.
Participants should wear appropriate workout attire and softball cleats (no metal cleats). Bring your glove and helmet, bat and batting gloves, along with a water bottle.
For more information, contact LM softball coach Meredith Grant at (903) 589-4042, or U14 Dominators coach Steven Pate at (903) 393-3955.


Upcoming Events

Boys basketball

Feb. 21-22
Bidistrict playoffs
(time/site TBA)



Feb. 21
MHS @ Bullard
KHS vs Brownsboro

Feb. 22
EHS @ Kaufman

Feb. 24-26
KHS @ EHS tourney
EHS hosts tournament

March 1
KHS @ Palestine
EHS @ Kerens



Feb. 22
MHS g vs Lindale*
MHS b @ Chapel Hill*
KHS @ Whitehouse*

Feb. 25
MHS g @ John Tyler*
MHS b @ Whitehouse*
KHS @ Athens*
(*district contest)



Feb. 22
MHS vs Rice
KHS idle
EHS @ Westwood

Feb. 24-26
MHS @ Brownsboro tourn.
KHS @ Malakoff tourn.
EHS @ Malakoff tourn.



Feb. 21
EHS hosts MHS, KHS
(at CCCC)



Feb. 26
Girls Regional meet

March 12
Boys Regional meet



Feb. 24
EHS hosts Tri-Meet



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Sports Highlights

’Jackets fall in final 2 games
Monitor Staff Report
KEMP–Playing their final two games of the season at home against the top two District 13-3A teams, the Kemp Yellowjackets fell in both games, 53-38 to the Ferris Yellowjackets and 45-34 to the Crandall Pirates.
Feb. 11, Kemp was able to hang with the more athletic Ferris team for the first quarter, taking a 15-10 lead, only to see the visitors start pulling away in the second period, outscoring Kemp 19-8 to go up by six, 29-23, at halftime.
In the third quarter, Kemp again matched Ferris, but were unable to cut into the margin, but Ferris outscored Kemp 15-5 in the fourth quarter to forge the final 15-point margin.
Jeff Goldman led Kemp with 13 points, as Jake Goldman scored 10 (all in the first half).
Kemp also got six points from Blake Watkins, four points each from Riley Lazard and Ryan Emfinger and a second-quarter free throw from Brandon Stewart.
Ferris’ Joseph Pickett led all scorers with 23 points, including a trio of 3-point baskets.
In the season finale against Crandall Tuesday night, the Kemp boys used a very deliberate approach against the faster Pirates, dictating the pace of the contest and concentrating on defense.
It paid off, as Kemp opened an 8-4 lead in the first period and continued to lead by three at halftime, 17-14.
Crandall came out with a running attack in the third quarter and blew open the contest, outscoring the ’Jackets 14-2 behind seven points from Brandon Johnson to take a nine-point lead into the fourth quarter, 28-19.
Watkins had the only Kemp points in the third quarter with a bucket, as Jake Goldman missed a pair of free throws.
In the final frame, the Pirates edged the ’Jackets, 17-15, to forge the final 11-point margin, despite the efforts of Jeff Goldman (two treys) and Emfinger (seven points, including a trey).
The Pirates did it at the free throw line, hitting 8-of-9 to hold off the ’Jacket comeback.
Emfinger finished with 14 points to lead the ’Jackets, while Jeff Goldman had 10.
Watkins finished with four points, while Lazard, Jake Goldman and Jared Lane all scored two points each.
Brandon Johnson led the Pirates with 14 points, while Otis Smith and Reid Baker each scored 10 points.


Panthers claw ’Jackets, 62-59
Monitor Staff Reports
FERRIS–The Mabank Panthers made up for a slow start with a strong finish Tuesday night, as they knocked off the hosting Ferris Yellowjackets 62-59 in the regular season finale for both teams.
The game didn’t mean anything in terms of playoff seeding – Mabank clinched the District 13-3A third-place berth earlier – but the Panthers continued their late-season roll with their third straight victory to finish at 6-4 in loop action.
As 13-3A’s third-place team, Mabank will face the 14-3A second-place team in the bidistrict round of the playoffs.
Lindale and Wills Point tied for the 14-3A second-place berth, so Mabank will play the winner of Friday night’s Eagles-Tigers playoff.
At presstime Thursday, tentative plans called for Mabank to play Lindale (if the Eagles win) Tuesday, Feb. 22, at Wills Point. Conversely, if Wills Point wins Friday night, the Panthers and Tigers would play Tuesday night at Eustace.
On the road at Ferris Tuesday night, the Panthers fell behind early, as the hosting Yellowjackets jumped out to a 25-17 lead behind eight points (including two 3-point baskets) by Landon Kosacek and six points (including 4-of-4 at the free throw line) by Joseph Pickett.
The Panthers countered with eight points (including two treys) from Brandon Hatfield and four points from T.C. Greene.
In the second quarter, the Panthers picked up the pace, outscoring the Yellowjackets 20-13 to pull within a single point at halftime, 38-37.
District MVP candidate Jordan Allen keyed the run, scoring 10 of his game-high 21 points, while David Marler scored six of his eight points in the period.
Both teams played evenly in the third quarter, as Ferris edged the Panthers 11-10 to take a two-point lead into the fourth quarter, 49-47.
In the final frame, the Panthers outscored the Yellowjackets 15-10 to come from behind and grab the win.
Neither team had a strong showing at the free throw line down the stretch, as the Panthers hit just 4-of-11 attempts and the Yellowjackets hit just 4-of-9 attempts.
Greene keyed the fourth-quarter comeback, scoring four points (but hitting just 2-of-5 at the free throw line), while Allen hit his third 3-point basket before fouling out.
In addition to Allen’s 21, the Panthers got 13 from Hatfield and 10 from Greene, with Marler adding eight, Ryan Walker seven and Jacob Ortiz adding three points.
Kosacek finished with 19 points to lead the Yellowjackets, with Pickett adding 12 and Jamarri Wells 10.
Second- and fourth-quarter runs keyed a 49-36 Mabank win in the junior varsity game, as the Panther JV outscored Ferris 12-6 in the second quarter and 17-11 in the fourth to take the 13-point win.
Garrett Graham led the Panthers with 11 points, including three 3-point baskets, while Chris Newton scored all of his 10 points in the second half and Landon Marshall scored seven of his nine points after intermission.
The Panthers also got six points each from Taylor Willeford and Toby Grimes, three points from Robert Erstine and two points each from Zack Dillon and Garrett Holcomb.






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