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Lake Info

Normal Lake Level is 322.00 feet
above Mean Sea Level.
Current level for Cedar Creek Lake is: 319.45
Water Temperature:
52 degrees - top
43 degrees - bottom

Sports in Brief

KASA baseball signups
The Kemp Area Sports Association will be holding baseball signups from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Mondays and Fridays through Saturday, April 2, at the Kemp Dairy Queen. Registration is $65 (uniform is not included), and must be paid in full by April 2.

Flag football
Max 5-on-5 flag football league opens Saturday, March 5, in Mabank, 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.
Girls 6-10 have the morning session, while girls 11-18 have the afternoon session.
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. 25-26
Area playoffs
(time/site TBA)



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

March 1
KHS @ Palestine
EHS @ Kerens



Feb. 25
MHS g @ John Tyler*
MHS b @ Whitehouse*
KHS @ Athens*

March 3
MHS b vs Athens*
KHS bye

March 4
MHS g @ Whitehouse*
(*district contest)



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

March 1
KHS vs Frankston
EHS @ Kerens

March 3-5
MHS @ Red Oak tourn.
KHS @ Tyler tourn.
EHS @ TASO tourn.



Feb. 28
MHS g @ Lindale tourn.
(Hide-a-Way Lake CC)

March 3
MHS @ Wills Point tourn.
(Links @ Lands End)



Feb. 26
Girls Regional meet

March 12
Boys Regional meet



March 3
MHS @ Canton Relays
EHS hosts Bulldog Relays


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Sports Highlights

Spring Hill halts Mabank girls’ playoff run, 70-52
By Kerry Yancey
Monitor Staff Writer

TYLER–The long-range sharpshooting of Spring Hill Lady Panther senior guard Shannon Sanders helped fuel an 18-5 third-quarter run that knocked the Mabank Lady Panthers out of the state basketball playoffs Friday night.
Spring Hill captured the area championship with a 70-52 victory at Tyler Junior College’s Wagstaff Gym, ending Mabank’s season at 21-12.
Spring Hill improved to 27-6 and advanced to a regional quarterfinals matchup against District 14-3A winner Rains, who knocked off Mount Vernon, 56-53, in the area round.
Mabank’s problems with point-blank shooting, which bothered them so much in their bidistrict win over Quinlan Ford Feb. 14, resurfaced against Spring Hill, as the Lady Panthers got off shot after shot in close, only to see them bounce away, particularly in the first half.
Spring Hill, in contrast, turned to pounding the ball inside after getting a big second-half lead, and were able to convert point-blank shots in the tightly officiated contest.

Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
Mabank junior Ashton Norman (center) looks for a teammate as she is trapped by Spring Hill sophomore Savannah Voelzke (21) and senior Lizzie Autrey (32) during the second half of Mabank's area basketball loss to Spring Hill Friday.

Sanders, however, proved to be the key for Spring Hill, hitting 5-of-9 from beyond the arc, including a half-court shot at the third-quarter buzzer that wowed the crowd and gave the Lady Panthers a 20-point lead, 50-30, going into the fourth quarter.
Mabank also found the going fairly tough against Spring Hill’s full-court trapping defense.
Sophomore point guard Kourtney Holyfield and junior Ashton Norman were able to handle the defensive pressure most of the time, but both of them suffered an occasional turnover when they were trapped and unable to get a pass off to a teammate, or saw their pass intercepted.
The first quarter proved to be fairly close, with the teams tying at 6-all and 11-all, and both defenses playing tough.
Spring Hill started inching ahead, before a sequence that saw Spring Hill senior Kayla Self score a basket, Mabank suffer a turnover and Sanders hitting a trey, giving SH an 18-12 lead and prompting Mabank first-year head coach Ashleigh Weeaks to call time with 1:33 left.
“We played with a lot of class and a lot of heart,” Weeaks said later. “But, you have to give a lot of credit to the Longview Spring Hill program.”
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Mabank first-year head coach Ashleigh Weeaks gestures as she directs her players to another part of the floor during the second half Friday.

After a SH miss, Mabank senior Sara Springer was fouled on a drive inside and hit both free throws to cut the margin to four points at 18-14, but Self added a 3-point basket to give Spring Hill a 21-14 lead at the end of the first quarter.
The second period proved to be exactly even, as both teams scored 11 points. After Mabank missed three opportunities in the paint, Spring Hill scored to make it a nine-point game, 23-14, and a coast-to-coast run by Sanders made it an 11-point lead at 25-14.
A Sanders trey gave Spring Hill a 30-16 lead, but Holyfield’s drive and dish to Cheyenne Alldredge, followed by an Alldredge free throw, cut the margin back to 11 at 30-19.
Mabank clawed back into the game at the free throw line, hitting four straight (Alldredge and Norman), before Alldredge forced a fumble that Olivia Pannell converted at the other end to pull the Lady Panthers back within seven points, 32-25, at halftime.
Both teams swapped buckets as the fateful third quarter got underway. Mabank fans were heartened when Sanders picked up her third foul, but Norman missed both free throws, and the Lady Panthers missed three shots in the paint on their next possession before Alldredge picked up her third foul, prompting a Mabank time-out with 4:06 left.
Holyfield was fouled on a 3-point shot, and hit two of the three free throws to make it a 14-point game at 43-29, but during the last minute of the quarter, Spring Hill put together a 5-1 run, which included Sanders’ electrifying half-court buzzer-beater.
Down by 20, Mabank gamely tried to climb back into the game after Sanders was injured falling awkwardly on a drive to the basket (she did not return), but continued to have problems shooting inside.
Mabank had three shots bounce out before Pannell’s put-back made the score 56-32. Springer hit a 3-point basket and Makenna Allen converted a 1-and-1 to cut the margin to 21 points, but both teams knew the game was over at that point.
Playing in her final game as a four-year starter, Springer hit a second 3-point basket, and Holyfield’s steal and assist to Norman made it 67-50.
At that point, Spring Hill started running the clock on each possession. Allen got Mabank’s final basket to make it 69-52 with less than 30 seconds to play, and Spring Hill’s Savannah Voelzke hit a free throw to end the scoring.
Pannell and Holyfield both scored 10 points to lead Mabank, with Pannell adding five rebounds and Holyfield adding six assists and two steals.
Norman finished with nine points, three offensive rebounds and four assists, while both Springer and Allen finished with eight points each, with Springer adding three rebounds and a steal, and Allen adding seven rebounds (four offensive), one assist and one steal.
Alldredge finished with seven points, three rebounds and one steal.
Sanders led all scorers with 25 points, with Self adding 10. Kealey Womack, Voelzke and Lizzie Autrey each scored eight points, while Jessica Jackson scored five and Leslie Blevins, Shannon Manley and Courtney Tisdale all added two points each.
Juniors make up most of Mabank’s team – Springer is the only senior starter – and Weeaks was upbeat about the future after the game.
“We got a taste of what the playoffs feel like, and the girls and I are very excited about next year,” Weeaks said.
“Coming back from not winning a district game last year to having a 21-game winning season and two rounds in the playoffs is a huge accomplishment!” she added. “The girls have worked hard all season long and have grown from this experience.”

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CCCC tourney action

Monitor Photos/Kerry Yancey
AT LEFT: Mabank High School junior Lindsay Mesa keeps her eye on the ball as she chips onto the green at Cedar Creek Country Club's Hole No. 17 Monday.





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