Sports and Outdoors


Kemp last CCL team remaining
Monitor Staff Reports

CEDAR CREEK LAKE–Don’t look now, but the Kemp Yellowjackets are the last remaining Cedar Creek Lake team in the playoffs, and they haven’t played a game yet.
On the girls side, Mabank got knocked off in bidistrict by Canton 51-30 Feb. 13, but the Eaglettes lost to Spring Hill in the area round, 38-34.
Crandall, who finished second in District 13-3A, ran into Liberty-Eylau in the first round, and fell 63-33.
District champion Kaufman had a first-round bye, but fell to Mount Vernon, 58-41, in the area round.
On the boys side, Kemp’s Yellowjackets gained a first-round bye as the District 13-3A champ with a 9-1 record.
The ’Jackets will face the winner of Wednesday night’s Gilmer-Mount Vernon bidistrict match (held in Hughes Springs), and probably will play either Friday or Saturday, Feb. 23-24, at a site and time to be determined.
Both Kaufman and Crandall tied for second behind Kemp at 6-4, and each will face District 14-3A teams in a first-round double-header Thursday (tonight) at Wills Point High School.
A coin flip gave Crandall the second-place berth, and the Pirates will face Bullard at 8 p.m., while Kaufman will face Van in the 6 p.m. opener.
Chapel Hill’s Bulldogs won the District 14-3A boys race, and gained a first-round bye.
The Athens Lady Hornets, who were unbeaten in District 14-3A play, gained a first-round bye, and edged Pleasant Grove, 62-57, in the area round.
The Lady Hornets were scheduled to face Liberty-Eylau Wednesday in Longview.

Kemp Yellowjackets battle Westwood Panthers

Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
Kemp Yellowjacket Bret Kennedy
dives back to first base to avoid being
picked off during a baseball scrimmage
Saturday against the visiting Palestine
Westwood Panthers. Kennedy reached
first via an RBI single.

Canton hosts LSHSRA
Monitor Staff Reports
CANTON–The Lone Star High School Rodeo Association hosted its Feb. 10 rodeo in Canton. Area high school students competed in rodeo events.
In barrels, Nicole Harrison of Kemp High School placed 15th and Cassie Sparkman of Mabank High School competed.
Kody Durham and Bobby Montgomery, both of Malakoff High School, received no times in team roping, both with Montgomery as the header and with Durham as the header.
Brandon Grissom of Kemp High School placed 11th in chute dogging and Trevor Hamilton, also of Kemp High School, received a no time.
In poles, Sparkman placed third, Harrison placed 10th and Kelsie Busby of Mabank High School placed 13th.
Durham took third place in boys ribbon roping, while Montgomery received a no time.

KCKL big bass tourney slated March 24-25
Monitor Staff Reports
LOG CABIN–Radio station KCKL 95.9 FM is sponsoring its 24th annual Big Bass Tournament Saturday and Sunday, March 24-25, at the Log Cabin City Park.
The Cedar Creek Lake bass tournament features more than $25,000 in prizes, including a Grand Prize of more than $5,000 in cash and prizes.
Additionally, the tournament also will offer more than 125 cash prizes for big bass weighed in each hour, and to winners in the overall final standings.
Sanctioned by the Texas Conservation Society, the tournament will again meet the guidelines of conservation by returning all fish back into the lake under the “Live Release Program.”
This event has also supported regional fisheries enhancement efforts with cash contributions. Past recipients have included Texas Black Bass Unlimited and the Athens Fish Hatchery Project.
Entry fee is $60 per day if paid by Saturday, March 17.
Youth Entry Fees (under 16 years old) are discounted to $10 per day, even though youth contestants are eligible for all tournament prizes. Contestants may also enter at the Lake.
For more information and entry forms, call KCKL at (903) 489-1238, or visit the tournament website at

Eustace hosts youth league basketball games

Monitor Photos/Kerry Yancey
Eustace Middle School hosted East Texas Basketball Association action all day Saturday, matching the
hosting Eustace teams against teams from the Scurry Youth Basketball League. ABOVE: Eustace (with
white T-shirts) and Scurry K-2 boys swarm after a loose ball. BELOW: Eustace Rockets (light uniforms)
and Scurry Wildcats chase down a loose ball during their K-2 contest. Eustace will host teams from the
Palmer Youth Basketball League Saturday, Feb. 24. Trinidad is the fourth city in the league. Casey Herring
is the Eustace Commissioner for both basketball and football.

Upcoming Games


Feb. 19
EHS @ Athens

Feb. 20
MHS vs Quinlan Ford
KHS @ Nevada Community

Feb. 22-24
KHS @ Mexia tournament
Eustace tournament

Feb. 19
MHS vs Quinlan

Feb. 22-24
MHS @ Malakoff tourn.
KHS @ Kerens tournament
EHS @ Kerens tournament

Feb. 26
MHS vs Westwood



Feb. 20
MHS girls @ Forney*
MHS boys vs Forney*

Feb. 23
MHS girls vs Ennis*
MHS boys @ Ennis*

Feb. 26
Eustace Invitational (girls)
(Cedar Creek Country Club)


Feb. 24
District 13-3A meet


Feb. 22-23
Eustace Bulldog Relays
(JV Thursday, varsity Friday)