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March 6, 2011






Lake Info

Normal Lake Level is 322.00 feet
above Mean Sea Level.
Current level for Cedar Creek Lake is: 319.65
Water Temperature:
56 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.

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 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 8
MHS g vs Athens*

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

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


March 8
MHS @ Canton

March 10-12
MHS @ Red Oak tourn.


March 10
MHS @ Kaufman
KHS, EHS @ Malakoff

Purtis Creek State Park

March 12
Junior angler program
(9 a.m.)



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Sports Highlights

Ritterbach picked for All-Star game
Monitor Staff Reports
KEMP–Lady Yellowjacket senior Michelle Ritterbach has been selected to participate in the annual Texas Round-Up All-Star basketball game Saturday, March 19, at Maypearl High School.
Ritterbach, a four-year starter who led the Lady ’Jackets in scoring and was among the team leaders in rebounding, is one of 24 girls and 24 boys from Class 1A to 3A schools across the state invited to participate in the annual tournament.

Monitor file photo
Kemp Lady Yellowjacket senior Michelle Ritterbach, shown bringing the ball upcourt against eventual District 13-3A champion Crandall Jan. 11, has been invited to participate in the annual Texas Round-Up All-Star basketball game in Maypearl Saturday, March 19.

Since 2000, the tournament has hosted 374 senior players from 243 different schools who have not previously signed a national letter of intent.
“Michelle will perform ... in hopes of taking her basketball career beyond Kemp to the collegiate level,” Kemp head coach Kent Smith noted Thursday.
“With a large number of college representatives anticipated to be attending, we hope she will receive an offer there,” Smith added.
A multi-sport standout athlete, Ritterbach secured a regional appearance in cross country earlier this year, along with a first-team all-district basketball nod, and is expected to contend for a regional berth in track as the year winds down.
“Michelle has represented Kemp High School with excellence in my three years here, vastly improving her game each year to become one of the area’s leading players,” Smith said. “This honor is befitting an athlete of her ability, and I am proud to have had the opportunity to coach her.”



Eagles shut out Panthers
Monitor Staff Reports
CANTON–The hosting Canton Eagles used a four-run second inning to take control and cruised to an 8-0 win over the visiting Mabank Panthers Feb. 26.
Canton remained unbeaten at 4-0, while the Panthers fell to 1-2, and were scheduled to play in the Grand Saline tournament this weekend.
Tuesday, March 8, the Panthers are scheduled to host the Edgewood Bulldogs for a 6:30 p.m. contest. Next weekend, March 10-12, the Panthers travel to Athens for the Hornet Invitational tournament.
At Canton, Cameron Kyle took the loss for the Panthers, giving up eight hits and five runs, with two walks and two strikeouts.
Stephen Caillet came on in relief in the fifth inning, giving up three runs on one hit, with two walks and one strikeout.
The Eagles opened a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first before exploding for four runs in the second and three more in the fifth.
Mabank managed just two hits against Canton starter Allen Plunk – by Cameron Cantrell and John Valez – and no hits against reliever Gage Denton, who came on to pitch the last two innings.

’Jackets sting Wildcats, 10-0
Monitor Staff Reports
PALESTINE–The Kemp Yellowjackets pounded out eight hits and took advantage of four Palestine errors to notch their second straight victory, a 10-0 shutout of the hosting Wildcats Tuesday night.
The Yellowjackets were scheduled to play in the Malakoff baseball tournament this weekend before visiting the Eustace Bulldogs for a 6 p.m. contest Tuesday, March 8.
Next weekend, March 10-12, the ’Jackets are scheduled to host their own tournament before hosting the Bulldogs in a rematch Monday, March 14.
Kemp’s Jeff Gandera scattered three hits – only one for extra bases – in recording the complete-game shutout, notching five strikeouts and issuing no walks. He also went 2-for-4 at the plate with an RBI triple and scored three times.
The ’Jackets took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning, and then blew open the contest with a four-run third to go up 6-0.
Kemp added two runs in both the fourth and fifth innings to take the run-rule win. Aggressive base-running was a key element for the ’Jackets, who had nine stolen bases, three by Jared Lane, and two each from Cody Benavidez and Blake Watkins.
Benavidez also went 2-for-4 at the plate and scored twice, while Lane added a double and both Watkins and Riley Lazard (two) added hits.





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