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March 1, 2012






Lake Info

Normal Lake Level
is 322.00 feet above Mean Sea Level.
Current level for Cedar Creek Lake is: 319.11
Water Temperature:
57 degrees - top
54 degrees - bottom

Sports in Brief

Kiwanis Krawfish Golf Tournament
The inaugural Kiwanis Krawfish Golf Tournament will be held Monday, April 30.
The tournament will be a four-man scramble involving 15 to 20 teams.
The cost to enter is $55 per person, and will include cart fees, balls and lunch.

Carp tournament at Purtis Creek
Purtis Creek State Park will host a carp tournament Saturday, March 24. Prizes will be awarded for the largest number of carp caught, not by weight.
Pole and line will be the only method of taking carp. Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Inland Fisheries, Game Wardens and State Park Staff will be involved during different aspects of the tournament with the hosting entity being the Friends of Purtis Creek.
The Friends of Purtis Creek will receive 15 percent of fees collected, and 85 percent will be used to pay out prizes.
For more information, contact Purtis Creek State Park at (903) 425-2332.

Upcoming Events


March 2
• Whitehouse @ Mabank (girls) – 6 p.m.
• Kemp @ Mabank (boys) – 7:30 p.m.
March 9
• Whitehouse @ Mabank (girls) – 6 p.m.
• Lindale @ Kemp – 6 p.m.


March 1-3
• Kemp @ Malakoff Tournament – TBA
• Mabank @ Grand Saline Tournament – TBA
• Eustace @ Grand Saline Tournament – TBA
March 5
• Eustace @ Mabank – 7:30 p.m.
March 6
• Mexia @ Kemp – 5:30 p.m.
March 8-10
• Kemp and Eustace @ Kemp baseball tournament
• Mabank @ Athens baseball tournament


March 1-3
• Mabank @ Wills Point Tournament – Time TBA
March 2
• Cross Roads @ Eustace – 6 p.m.


March 1
• Mabank @ Sunnyvale – Time TBA
• Kemp, Eustace @ Eustace Bulldog Relays



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Sports Highlights

Cantrell stepping down as Mabank AD
Will stay with Mabank in a different capacity
By Sam Epps
Sports Editor
MABANK–After eight years heading up the Mabank Panther athletic department, Jimmy Cantrell has announced he is stepping down as athletic director.
However, you can still expect to see him on campus as well as the football sidelines.
“Cantrell will stay on the Mabank Panther staff as a coach,” Mabank superintendent Dr. Russell Marshall said. “He just wants to spend more time with family and other interests.”
Marshall also clarified that Cantrell made the decision voluntarily, and the decision had nothing to do with his performance of the job.
“He’s done a very good job for eight years,” Marshall said. “He’s good for the program and good for the kids.”
The task of finding a new athletics director is currently underway, according to Marshall. “We will start the process of finding a new athletics director immediately.”
Cantrell will remain in the athletics director position until a new AD is found.
“Dr. Marshall and the school board have been very supportive,” Cantrell said.
While he doesn’t know what he’ll be coaching, Cantrell knows he will put his heart into it, and give it his all. “I’m going to coach hard,” he said. “I just decided it was time to settle down and spend more time with my family.”
Marshall knows the job of finding an equally popular and strong coach won’t be easy.
“He (Cantrell) came to me and asked what his options are. I told him there is always room on the staff for a great, quality man like him,” Marshall exclaimed.


Mabank gets split in Canton
Monitor Staff Reports
CANTON–The Mabank Panthers played a double-header in Canton Saturday, and split the games with the Eagles.
Mabank won the first game, 7-5. Sophomore Corey Dyer started on the mound and pitched for three innings.
Senior Jake Raney then entered the game and pitched four innings. Ezequiel Gonzales pitched the final two innings.
Raney had two hits in the game and Stephen Caillet had a two-RBI double to break the game open.
The Panthers had nine hits in the game and committed three errors. Canton had four hits and four errors.
In the second game, Canton scored four runs off Mabank’s starting pitcher Austin Craig in the first inning.
Senior Jacob Ortiz entered the game in relief of Craig and hold the Eagles for three innings. The Panther bats, however, never quite got warmed up.
Canton won the game, 9-2.
On Monday, the Panthers traveled to Fairfield, and got a 7-1 win.
The win gives Mabank a 2-2 season record.
Caillet threw a complete game two-hitter against Fairfield. He recorded 17 strikeouts with only two walks.
The offense was led by Garrett Holcomb and Jared Odom, who had two hits each.
Craig put the game away with a two-run homer in the seventh inning. It was his first home run of the season.
The Panthers will compete in the Grand Saline baseball tournament today through Saturday.
























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