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Lake Info

Normal Lake Level is 322.00 feet
above Mean Sea Level.
Current level for Cedar Creek Lake is: 319.65
Water Temperature:
55 degrees - top
53 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 3-5
MHS @ Grand Saline tourn.
KHS @ Malakoff tourn.
EHS @ Grand Saline tourn.

March 8
MHS vs Edgewood

March 10-12
MHS @ Athens tourn.
KHS hosts tournament
EHS @ Athens tourn.


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

March 8
MHS g @ Crandall
(Creekview GC)



March 12
Boys Regional meet



March 4
MHS g @ Whitehouse*

March 5
(11 a.m.)

March 8
MHS g vs Athens*

March 11
MHS b vs Lindale*
KHS vs John Tyler*

March 12
MHS g @ Chapel Hill*
(*district contest)



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

March 8
MHS @ Canton

March 10-12
MHS @ Red Oak tourn.



March 10
MHS @ Kaufman
KHS, EHS @ Malakoff


Purtis Creek State Park

March 5
Nature tracks & animals
(7 p.m.)



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Sports Highlights

Texas journalists see local athletes
Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
Journalists around the state saw this photo (at left) of Mabank Lady Panther junior Cheyenne Alldredge (42) using an elbow to gain separation from Crandall Lady Pirate defender Lauren Shirley during their Jan. 18 district basketball game in Mabank. The Texas Press Association, which routinely requests members to submit photos for its print and online publications, included this photo in the February issue of the Texas Press Messenger.


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Bulldogs win own tournament
Error-prone Yellowjackets go 1-4 at Eustace baseball tournament
Monitor Staff Reports
EUSTACE–After an early-round thumping by Grand Saline, the hosting Eustace Bulldogs returned the favor Saturday, shutting out the Indians 4-0 in the championship game to win their annual baseball tournament.

Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
Having forced out Kaufman Lion baserunner Trevor Curbo (2), Kemp Yellowjacket shortstop Jeff Gandera winds up to throw to first base for a possible double play. The Lion baserunner beat Gandera's throw to first during the second inning of Kemp's 7-6 loss to Kaufman in the second game of the Eustace Bulldog Invitational baseball tournament Feb. 24.

Kemp’s Yellowjackets went 1-4 in the tournament, winning their final game 9-4 against Venus.
Eustace’s scheduled game against Kerens Tuesday was cancelled, while Kemp was scheduled to visit Palestine Tuesday.
The Bulldogs were scheduled to visit Grand Saline this weekend to play in the Indian Invitational tournament, while the Yellowjackets were scheduled to play in the Malakoff baseball tournament.
Tuesday, March 8, the ’Jackets are scheduled to host the Bulldogs for a 6 p.m. contest. Next weekend, March 10-12, the Bulldogs are scheduled to play in the Athens tournament, while the ’Jackets are scheduled to host their own tournament.
The first round of tournament play was reshuffled after a quick-moving line of thunderstorms forced a slight delay, but the Bulldogs were thumped by Grand Saline 14-0, while the error-prone ’Jackets saw an early 5-1 lead over the Scurry-Rosser Wildcats slip away, thanks to five miscues, in an 8-5 loss.
Travis Miller got the win for the Indians, allowing just two Bulldog hits, while starter Jordan Foote took the loss for Eustace. Foote was relieved in the second inning by Brad Sawicki, who, in turn, was relieved by Raymond Shutak.
In their second game of the day, the ’Jackets battled from behind to tie the Kaufman Lions 6-6, only to see the Lions score a go-ahead run in the bottom of the fourth as the tournament time limit expired.
Friday, the ’Jackets opened with a rematch against the Lions, and played “one of our best defensive games, with just two errors,” first-year head coach Jeff Combs reported.
However, the Kemp bats were not awake yet, as the ’Jackets had just three hits in five innings in the 8-0 loss, Combs said.
Eustace opened Friday’s play with a 5-1 win over Venus, as Trevor Lane threw a six-inning complete game for his first varsity win, striking out five and issuing no walks.
LSU signee Braden Strickland led the Eustace offense with a home run and single (two RBIs), with Addison Scott, Tyson Oliver (two RBIs), Alex Pharmakis (two singles) and Sawicki all had hits.
Eustace then nipped Scurry-Rosser 6-5 behind Sawicki’s last-inning first varsity win, coming on in relief of Blake Ward. Nine different Bulldogs hit singles (Jacob Petillo two) during the contest.
Saturday, the ’Jackets played their final game of the tournament, notching a 9-4 win over Venus.
“Finally, everything came together,” Combs said, behind the steady pitching of sophomore Trevor King, who had four strikeouts, three walks and hit three batters, but only allowed one hit in the victory.
Junior first baseman Riley Lazard led the Kemp attack, batting .400 in the tournament with four hits and three RBIs.
“The key for us this year will be reducing errors, which I feel we did a much better job of as the tournament went on,” Combs said. “We are scoring plenty of runs – now we just need the defense to catch up.”
In the championship game, Strickland threw 5½ innings and notched 14 strikeouts in the victory over the Indians, with Petillo coming on to record a save, getting the last four outs.
The Bulldogs scored two runs in the second and two more in the fifth inning to build their 4-0 lead.
Eustace had the bats working – the Bulldogs had seven hits, with five doubles from Scott, Pharmakis and Strickland, and singles from Oliver, Chad Barina and Petillo.
Scurry-Rosser took third place in the tournament, knocking off Alba-Golden 6-4, coming from behind with three runs in the top of the seventh.

Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
Grand Saline Indian Austin Bolin (5) hustles safely into second base as Eustace Bulldog senior second baseman Addison Scott (center) sets to catch the pick-off throw and shortstop Tyson Oliver (right) moves over to back up Scott during the first inning of Grand Saline's 14-0 thumping of the hosting Bulldogs in the opening contest of the Eustace baseball tournament Feb. 24. Eustace returned the favor two days later, defeating Grand Saline 4-0 in the tournament championship game Saturday.



Fly Fish Texas set March 12
ATHENS—Tie a fly. Cast a fly. Catch a fish.
That’s all there is to fly-fishing, and Fly Fish Texas is the place to learn it. The annual event takes place Saturday, March 12, at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center in Athens.
Show hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. All Fly Fish Texas activities are free with regular paid admission to the center.
“Fly Fish Texas is a great show and the only event of its kind,” said Walter McLendon of Lufkin, who has organized the show since its beginning. “Other shows cater to people who are already fly-fishers, but we try to introduce people to fly-fishing.”
Fly Fish Texas emphasizes hands-on learning and immediate application of newly acquired skills.
Visitors can collect aquatic insects from the center’s streams, tie a fly to imitate one of those insects under the supervision of a skilled tier, learn to cast it from a certified fly-casting instructor, then use it to catch a rainbow trout from one of TFFC’s stocked ponds or streams.
Vendors will be displaying and selling fly-fishing gear, and seminars will brief visitors on where and how to fly-fish in Texas fresh and salt waters for a variety of species. The program will include presentations on fly-fishing locations such as the Devils River, the Texas Hill Country, tailwaters below dams and urban waters.
Speakers will also detail where fish are and how to fish for them in both salt and fresh water. In addition, instruction will be available on rigging a kayak for fly-fishing, leader making and Spey rod casting.
For a complete schedule of activities and seminars plus a video of the event, visit  and click on the Fly Fish Texas link.
The Dallas Fly Fishers will teach classes for beginning fly-fishers; pre-registration is required and is available by calling Craig Brooks at (903) 670-2222.
Instruction will lead to basic fly-fisher certification by TPWD and will focus on learning about fly-fishing equipment, performing the basic four-part cast, sampling aquatic insects to see what fish eat, discussing freshwater ecology, how to tie useful fishing knots, learning about safety and ethics issues associated with fly-fishing and fly-tying.
Food service will be available, including Cajun crawfish boils, Texas barbecue and fair-type food.
Event sponsors include the Sabine River Authority, Holiday Inn Express Hotel and Suites-Athens, Dallas Fly Fishers, Temple Fork Outfitters, Red Hat Rentals, Best Western Royal Mountain Inn-Athens, Friends of TFFC and Cripple Creek BBQ.





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