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March 17, 2011






Lake Info

Normal Lake Level is 322.00 feet
above Mean Sea Level.
Current level for Cedar Creek Lake is: 319.48
Water Temperature:
58 degrees - top
56 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. 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.

Rough Riders fundraiser
The U12 Rough Riders baseball team is holding a fundraiser at the GBC Buck Car Wash during March. When you purchase a $12 wash and enter the fundraising code 1457, the team gets $3 to help with uniform costs. For more information, call (903) 498-71-41 or (972) 658-9477.


Upcoming Events


March 18
MHS vs Kaufman*
KHS vs Ferris*
EHS idle

March 22
MHS @ Ferris*
KHS vs Crandall*
EHS @ Malakoff*

March 25
EHS vs Sunnyvale*

March 26
MHS @ Brownsboro (noon)

March 29
MHS vs Crandall*
KHS vs North Forney*
EHS @ Palmer*
(*district contest)


March 21
KHS @ Ferris

March 22
MHS b @ Lindale

March 23
MHS g @ Lindale


March 18
MHS g vs John Tyler*
MHS b vs Chapel Hill*
KHS vs Whitehouse*
(end regular season)
(*district contest)


March 18
MHS vs Kaufman*
KHS vs Ferris*
EHS @ Leon*

March 22
MHS @ Ferris*
KHS vs Crandall*
EHS vs Teague*

March 25
EHS @ Buffalo*

March 29
MHS vs Crandall*
KHS vs North Forney*
EHS vs Mildred*
(*district contest)


March 18
KHS @ Van Relays
EHS @ Van Relays

March 25
MHS @ Palestine
KHS, EHS @ Malakoff

Purtis Creek State Park

March 19
canoe/kayak class
(3 p.m.)

















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Sports Highlights

Ritterbach All-State
Monitor Staff Reports
KEMP–Kemp Lady Yellowjacket senior Michelle Ritterbach gained another major honor this week, as the Texas Girls Coaches Association named her to the Class 3A All-State team.
Ritterbach was one of 40 Class 3A players from across the state picked for the TGCA squad.
A four-year starter at shooting guard, Ritterbach led the team in scoring, and was among the team leaders in rebounding, assists and steals. She was an all-region selection at guard last year.

Monitor file photo
Kemp Lady Yellowjacket senior Michelle Ritterbach (23) defends against Quinlan Ford's Lady Panthers Jan. 3.

The Lady ’Jackets advanced to the playoffs in both her sophomore and junior years, but was unable to make a third playoff run this past season.
A multi-sport standout – she is a regional qualifier in both cross country and track – Ritterbach was the only player from the Cedar Creek Lake area selected. Brownsboro senior Hillary Shafer was the Tri-County area’s only other All-State selection.

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Athens rebounds to win tournament
Eustace Bulldogs finish as runner-up; Mabank eliminated
Monitor Staff Reports
ATHENS–After suffering a first-round loss to the Mabank Panthers, the Athens Hornets put themselves back into the championship game and beat the Eustace Bulldogs twice Saturday to claim the first-place trophy.
The Hornets rebounded from the opening loss to knock Mabank out of the tournament, following Panther splits with Brownsboro and Kaufman.
Mabank was scheduled to host Palestine Tuesday in their final non-district contest before opening District 13-3A baseball play at home against the Kaufman Lions at 6:30 p.m. Friday, March 18.
The Panthers will visit Ferris for their second district contest at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 22, before returning home to host Kemp Friday, March 25.
Eustace visited Kemp Monday and were scheduled to host Palestine Tuesday before taking an open date Friday.
The Bulldogs will open District 13-2A baseball play on the road March 22 with a 7 p.m. contest at Malakoff before returning home to host Sunnyvale March 25.
Mabank games
The Panthers opened the Athens tournament with one of their strongest performances, nipping a late Hornet comeback to win 9-8.
Austin Craig led the Panthers at the plate, going 2-for-3 with a three-RBI home run in the bottom of the seventh to bring the Panthers from behind.
Craig also allowed four earned runs, but notched six strikeouts and issued three walks.
Athens opened a 3-0 lead in the first inning, and boosted that lead to 6-2 in the top of the fifth before the Panthers came back with one run in the bottom of the fifth, two in the sixth and four in the seventh to win the game.
In their second game, however, the Panthers were pounded by the Kaufman Lions, 12-2, committing four errors in the contest.
The Lions came from behind, scoring four runs in the third inning to take a 5-2 lead, and then blew open the game with six runs in the fifth inning.
Cameron Kile took the loss for the Panthers, allowing eight earned runs on six hits, and giving up five walks while notching three strikeouts.
Mabank bounced back to knock off Brownsboro, 4-0, behind Craig’s two-hit complete-game performance.
Craig notched eight strikeouts and allowed just one walk.
The Panthers scored three runs in the bottom of the fourth inning and added an insurance run in the sixth.
Jake Gonzales and Hunter Carrico both went 2-for-3 at the plate to lead Mabank’s eight-hit attack.
That win put the Panthers in a rematch with the Hornets, who crushed the Panthers, 16-4.
Athens pounded starter Garrett Holcomb and reliever Jake Raney for seven earned runs each, as Holcomb gave up eight hits and Raney four.
The Hornets never trailed, opening an 8-0 lead in the first inning and capping the game with a five-run fifth inning.
Eustace games
The Bulldogs opened the tournament with a 4-1 win over the Wills Point Tigers.
LSU signee Braden Strickland led the Bulldogs at the plate, going 3-for-4, while Owen Babcock, Jacob Petillo and Raymond Shutak (two) drove in the Bulldog runs.
Wills Point scored its lone run in the top of the third, but the Bulldogs came back to score three runs in the bottom of the third and added an insurance run in the fourth.
Eustace then edged Kaufman, 9-7, barely holding off a late Lion comeback.
Eustace took an 8-0 lead with three runs in both the first and third inning and two in the second, but the Lions had single runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth inning before exploding for four runs in the seventh.
Strickland went 2-for-3 with two RBIs, while Tyson Oliver was 2-for-4 with two RBIs, Addison Scott also drove in two RBIs and Alex Pharmakis went 2-for-4 with an RBI.
Bulldog starter Nathan Taft allowed six hits and three runs (two earned), but the Lions shelled reliever Forrest Lane for three earned runs in just one-third of an inning before Petillo came in to wind up the game.
That win put the Bulldogs against the Hornets, who had to win twice against unbeaten Eustace to claim the championship.
The Hornets did just that, nipping the Bulldogs 9-7 in the first game and winning the championship game 7-4.
In the first game, both teams battled for the lead, with Eustace taking a 2-1 lead in the first inning. Both teams scored twice in the second inning, but Athens exploded for four runs in the top of the third to take a 7-4 lead.
Both teams again scored two runs each in the fourth inning to make it 9-6, and Eustace was able to push one run across in the bottom of the seventh to come close.
Scott, Oliver, Strickland, Petillo (two) and Lane (two) all had RBI hits for the Bulldogs.
Of Athens’ nine runs, only five were earned, with starter Blake Ward giving up seven runs and reliever Brad Sawicki giving up two. Ward gave five free passes by hitting three batters and issuing two walks.
In the championship game, the Hornets built a 7-1 lead over the first four innings before the Bulldogs managed to score three runs in the bottom of the fourth, but neither team scored after that.
Lane took the loss for the Bulldogs, giving up five runs (just three earned), while Shutak gave up one unearned run. Neither pitcher recorded a strikeout, but they combined to issue just three walks and hit three batters.

Getting his head in the game
Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
Mabank Panther Francisco Gallegos (15) heads the ball toward the Lindale goal early in the second half of their District 31-4A soccer match at Panther Stadium Friday. The Panthers fought the top-ranked Eagles to a 0-0 draw in the first half.















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