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March 11, 2012






Lake Info

Normal Lake Level
is 322.00 feet above Mean Sea Level.
Current level for Cedar Creek Lake is: 319.17
Water Temperature:
60 degrees - top
58 degrees - bottom

Sports in Brief

MLLFA Signups
The MLLFA will hold little league signups from 6 to 7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, March 19-20, and from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday, March 22, at the Mabank Alternative School gymnasium.

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.
Registration will begin at 5 a.m. March 24, and the tournament will be held from 7 a.m. until 3 p.m. The cost to register is $10 per adult, and children under 17 years old cost $5.
Rod and reel 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.

CCL Rotary Golf Tournament
The ninth annual Cedar Creek Lake Spring 2012 Golf Tournament will be held Friday, April 20, at Kings Creek Golf Course. This is the ninth annual tournament the club has hosted.
The cost is $60 a person in advance and $65 at the door. The format is a four-man scramble with tee time at noon.
Cash prizes totaling $800 for first, second and lucky team will be awarded. Multiple other prizes will be awarded, including men’s and women’s longest drive and closest to the pin. The hole-in-one prize will be provided by Tri-County Ford.
To sign up a team or become a sponsor of this year’s golf tournament, call Mike Moore at (903)603-9340 or Lew Talbot (903)432-2220.

Upcoming Events


March 12
• Mabank (boys) @ Lindale – 6:30 p.m.
March 13
• Kemp @ John Tyler – 6 p.m.
Chapel Hill @ Mabank (girls) – 6 p .m.


March 12
• Eustace @ Kemp – 4 p.m.
March 13
• Kemp @ Malakoff – 11 a.m.
• Palestine @ Eustace – 4:30 p.m.
• Venus @ Mabank – 5 p.m.


March 13
• Eustace @ Leon Jewett @ 2 p.m.
• Mabank @ North Forney – 5/6:30 p.m.
• Kemp @ Kaufman – 6 p.m.


March 15

• Kemp, Eustace @ Eustace Tri meet
March 22
• Mabank @ Crandall meet – 2:30 p.m. start


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Sports Highlights

Holyfield is a powerful player for the Lady Panthers
By Sam Epps
Sports Editor

MABANK–Back in November, Mabank Lady Panther volleyball player Kourtney Holyfield was named setter of the year for District 13-3A.
Not only did she receive the honor, it was her second consecutive time being named setter of the year.
On top of her volleyball recognition, she also played basketball for the Lady Panthers and was named Co-District 13-3A MVP, as well as being included on the Academic All-District team.
“Being Co-MVP with an injury just shows how hard she works and the dedication to this team and program,” Mabank head basketball coach Ashleigh Weeaks said.
She has done this all while playing in pain.
On Monday, she had surgery for a femoral hernia that has been bothering her since August.
“Her surgery was successful, now comes the six-week healing process,” Kourtney’s mother Karen said. “For her it will be difficult because this is the first year since seventh grade that she is not doing track
“She is really not used to just laying around, and this slowing down is driving her crazy,” Karen added.
Kourtney has achieved much recognition, despite playing with some level of pain. And ... she’s a junior.
“When she is all healed, I suspect that she will come back stronger than ever. She is never used to “sitting out” so I know it will drive her to come back 110 percent,” Weeaks commented.
“Her importance on the floor next year will be even more than vital than this past season.
“She is the heart and soul of this team, and after losing five seniors, she will have to step up even more next season, but she already knows that.
“Her character, not only as a player, but as a person will help guide and lead next year’s team.
“I could not ask for a more dedicated point guard. She knows that failure is not an option, that’s why I am confident in her recovery.”
In volleyball, she made just as much an impact to coach Stacy Shelton’s team.
Kourtney averaged 5.3 assists per game, 2.4 digs and was a 99.5 percent server.
In addition to being server of the year in 2010 as well as 2011, she was named to the All-Henderson County volleyball team in both years.
“She is known as one of the best setters in the East Texas Area,” Shelton said.
She’ll be back next year without the pain. How dangerous will she be for opponents then?


Golf teams are going strong
Kemp boys, Mabank girls win in Crandall
By Sam Epps
Sports Editor

CANTON–The Eustace and Mabank golf teams competed at the Van Zandt Country Club March 5.
Eustace Bulldog Cody Penwarden was low with 101. Senior Dylan Worrell was second on the team with 112, freshman Jonah Johnson shot 114, freshman Preston Schwartz shot 119 and senior Chris Almand shot 119.
“This wasn't our best tournament, but we are making some improvements,” Eustace head golf coach Adrienne Gautreaux-McDonald said.
“Last week at the Pinnacle Golf Club was our best tournament so far,” she added.
At the Pinnacle Club, Penwarden shot 90, Clay McKinney shot 90, Worrell shot 94, Schwartz shot 121 and freshman Jonah Johnson shot 124.
The Bulldogs will compete at the Old Brick Yard in Ferris on March 19.
The Mabank Panthers also struggled in Canton, ending with a team score of 346.
“It was not one of our better days,” Mabank head boys golf coach Jeff Lee said.
Mabank did have one very nice bright spot as Chans Hall shot 79 to lead the Panthers.
Brandon Hatfield shot an 86, Adam Cary shot 89, Brock Rademacher shot 92 and Mac Kelso shot 93.
The Lady Panthers won the Crandall tournament at Creekview Tuesday with a team score of 406.
Lindsey Mesa was the third-place finisher with a 94.
Raeleigh Smallwood shot 101, Vanessa Harvey shot 105 Hannah Kellar shot 106.
The Mabank boys and girls will compete at the Martins Mill tournament at Twin Lakes March 12.
The Kemp Yellowjacket boys golf team also competed in Crandall, and took first place in with a team score of 354, five strokes ahead of Crandall.
It was the team’s second first-place trophy this season.
At Creekview Josh Shipp shot 83, Jesse Hall shot 85, Hayden Bruce shot 90, Colton Love shot 96 and Ben Dillon shot 115.
Kemp currently has just one female golfer – freshman Lauren Baumgartner, who finished the day with a 115.
Kemp will join Eustace in competing at the Old Brick Yard in Ferris March 19.











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