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February 27, 2011






Lake Info

Normal Lake Level is 322.00 feet
above Mean Sea Level.
Current level for Cedar Creek Lake is: 319.45
Water Temperature:
54 degrees - top
44 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.

MYFA signups
Malakoff Youth Football Association are holding signups for cheer and football teams on the MYFA website,
Fees are $135 for football and $275 for cheerleaders. Fund-raisers will be available to help raise the balance. No checks will be accepted.
Last day for cheer signups is June 18, and all money will be due at that time. For more information, contact Jerry Spiva at (903) 477-0603 or Kassy Honchell at (903) 203-4077.


Upcoming Events


March 1
KHS @ Palestine
EHS @ Kerens

March 3-5
MHS @ Grand Saline tourn.
KHS @ Malakoff tourn.
EHS @ Grand Saline tourn.

March 8
MHS vs Edgewood


March 3
MHS b vs Athens*
KHS bye

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



March 1
KHS vs Frankston
EHS @ Kerens

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



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

March 7
MHS b @ Crandall
KHS @ Crandall
(Creekview GC)

March 8
MHS g @ Crandall
(Creekview GC)



March 12
Boys Regional meet



March 3
MHS @ Canton Relays
EHS hosts Bulldog Relays


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Sports Highlights

Tigers slash Panthers, 59-49
By Kerry Yancey
Monitor Staff Writer

EUSTACE–A 21-3 run in the third quarter enabled the Wills Point Tigers to knock the Mabank Panthers out of the state basketball playoffs with a 59-49 bidistrict championship win Tuesday.
The Tigers advanced to face the Liberty-Eylau Leopards in the area round at Longview’s Lobo Coliseum Friday night, while the youthful Panthers (who have just one senior on the team) ended their season at 13-16.
“We’ve surprised a lot of people this year by getting into the playoffs, with our young kids,” Mabank coach Mark Allen said after the Panthers clinched a playoff berth. “I’m really pleased with our team. We’ve had great leadership from our captains, and we’re playing pretty good right now.”

Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
Mabank Panthers Chans Hall (12) and Ryan Walker try to trap Wills Point sophomore guard Darryn York on an inbound play during the fourth quarter of Wills Point's 59-49 bidistrict championship win over the Panthers Tuesday at the E.L. Kirk Gym in Eustace.

The Tigers’ run broke open a very close game and erased a small Mabank lead the Panthers built over the first two minutes of the third quarter.
Mabank opened a 12-11 lead in the first quarter behind four points from sophomore David Marler and four points from junior guard Ryan Walker, while the Tigers countered with five points (including a 3-point basket) from senior post Devante Dunn and four points from sophomore guard Darryn York.
In the second quarter, the Panthers started feeding the ball to junior guard Jordan Allen, who scored 10 of his game-high 28 points – all of Mabank’s points in the period – to take a slim 22-20 halftime lead.
York countered with five points (including a trey), and the Tigers got baskets from senior Trent Jurica and Dunn. However, the Tigers struggled at the free throw line, as Jurica went 0-for-5.
As the third quarter opened, Allen notched an assist by finding sophomore Brandon Hatfield for a layup, and Walker hit 1-of-2 at the line to give the Panthers what would be their largest lead, five points, at 27-22.
After both teams swapped baskets, the Tigers’ run started when Jurica drained a 3-point basket, followed by a Mabank fumble, which prompted a Panther time out with 6:01 left.
A Tiger block was followed by Allen picking up his third foul on a layup by Tiger senior Evann Padilla, who hit the free throw for a three-point play and a 30-29 Tiger lead at the 5:02 mark.
Wills Point’s defense came up with another blocked shot and Allen picked up his fourth personal with 4:48 left in the quarter, which forced him to the bench.
Another trey (by Padilla) gave the Tigers a 33-29 lead, and Marler hit a pair of free throws to cut Wills Point’s lead to six points at 35-29.
However, Marler picked up his fourth foul moments later, and had to join Allen on the bench.
Walker hit a free throw to cut the margin to five points at 35-30, but the Tigers put together an 8-0 run over the last three minutes, with York hitting Wills Point’s third trey of the quarter and adding two more baskets.
Down by 13 going into the fourth quarter, coach Mark Allen knew the Panthers had to cut the Tiger lead without using any clock, so Mabank went to a one-man offense, as Jordan Allen drove inside every possession, with the intent of scoring or making it to the free throw line.
Allen did his part, scoring 18 of Mabank’s 19 points in the fourth quarter and hitting 10-of-11 from the charity stripe, but the Tigers were able to hold off the Panthers behind Jurica, York, Dunn and Clay Deen.
Dunn had five points, York had four and Jurica had two, but Dean hit 4-of-6 from the line (his only points) to provide the Tigers with a critical cushion down the stretch.
In addition to Allen’s 28, the Panthers got eight points from Marler, six from Walker and four from Hatfield. The Panthers’ only senior, 6-7 T.C. Greene, drew a lot of defensive attention and finished with three points in his final game.
York led the Tigers with 20 points, while Dunn finished with 16 and Jurica had 12, with Padilla scoring six points.



Seven KHS powerlifters qualify for regional meets
Monitor Staff Reports
CRANDALL–Seven Kemp High School powerlifters qualified for regional competition Feb. 19 at the District 13-3A powerlifting meet at Crandall.
Two Lady Yellowjackets, Jessica Van Pammel and Kandace Rose, qualified for the regional meet in Forney this weekend.
As a team, the Lady ’Jackets finished second overall with 28 points.
At the district meet, Rose finished as the district champion in her weight class with a total lift of 790 pounds, earning the team seven points. Rose also brought home the girls’ Outstanding Lifter award.
Van Pammel was the district champion in her weight class with a total lift of 440 pounds
Scout Rogers finished as the district champion in her weight class with a total of 460 pounds.
Kelsey Lamb finished second in her weight class with a total of 460 pounds, while both Amber Brewer and Kadi Day finished third in their respective weight classes.
Brewer had a toal lift of 430 pounds, while Day lifted 455 pounds.
On the boys side, Kemp again finished second overall as a team with 38 points.
Five KHS lifters – James Forrest, Cody Parker, Justin Lawler, Johnny Kilgore and A.J. Durham – qualified for the boys regional meet, set for Saturday, March 5, in Rusk.
Durham finished as the district champion in his weight class with a total of 970 pounds, and won the Outstanding Lifter award for the148-pound and under division.
Kilgore also was the district champion in his weight class with a total of 1,270 pounds, and also won the Outstanding Lifter award for the 165-pound and higher division.
Lawler, Forrest and Parker all finished as the district champion in their respective weight classes.
Lawler finished with a total of 1,215 pounds, while Forrest finished with 1,375 pounds and Parker finished with 1,515 pounds, each earning seven points for the team.
Jon Jennings finished third in his weight class with a total of 1,165 pounds, earning three points.

Bulldogs blast Lions, 11-1
Monitor Staff Reports
KAUFMAN–The Eustace Bulldogs used a seven-run third inning to run-rule the hosting Kaufman Lions, 11-1, in the baseball season opener for both teams Tuesday.
The Bulldogs were scheduled to host their annual tournament this weekend, with Grand Saline, Venus, Kaufman, Scurry-Rosser, Alba-Golden and Kemp taking part.
Pool play was scheduled Thursday (weather permitting); in case of rain, pool play was to be pushed back to Friday and Saturday.
Following the tournament, the Bulldogs are scheduled to visit Kerens Tuesday, March 1, with a 5 p.m. junior varsity contest opening a two-game slate.
Next weekend, March 3-5, the Bulldogs will travel to Grand Saline for the annual Indian Invitational tournament before returning home to host Kemp in the first of a home-and-home series Tuesday, March 8. Eustace will visit Kemp Monday, March 14.
At Kaufman, the Bulldogs had seven hits in the contest, with shortstop Tyson Oliver going 2-for-3 with a double and five RBIs to lead the attack.
Brad Sawicki went 1-for-2 with two RBIs at the DH spot, and third baseman Alex Pharmakis went 2-for-4 with two RBIs.
Also getting hits were Jordan Foote and Blake Ward.
Nathan Taft got the win for the Bulldogs, throwing a complete game, allowing five hits, two walks and notching three strikeouts.
Following the Bulldogs’ seven-run third inning, the Lions scored their only run in the bottom of the fourth, but Eustace came back to score four more runs in the top of the fifth to clinch the contest.





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