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March 20, 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:
60 degrees - top
57 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 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 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 25
MHS @ Palestine
KHS, EHS @ Malakoff

Purtis Creek State Park

March 20
Full moon canoe tour
(8 p.m.)















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Sports Highlights

Bulldogs bomb Kemp, whack Wildcats
Yellowjackets bounce back from Monday’s loss to beat Malakoff Tuesday
Monitor Staff Reports

CEDAR CREEK LAKE–Eustace’s Bulldogs crushed the hosting Kemp Yellowjackets 15-1 Monday, then knocked off the Palestine Wildcats Tuesday, 9-6.
Kemp bounced back from the loss to Eustace by doubling up the Malakoff Tigers, 10-5, Tuesday.
Following an open date Friday, the Bulldogs were scheduled to open District 13-2A baseball play on the road against Malakoff at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 22, before hosting Sunnyvale Friday, March 25.

Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
Eustace Bulldog shortstop Addison Scott (1) tags out Kemp Yellowjacket baserunner Jeff Gandera (11) after Gandera got caught in a rundown between second and third during the fourth inning of Eustace's 15-1 win over the hosting Yellowjackets Monday.

Kemp was scheduled to open District 13-3A play at home Friday against the Ferris Yellowjackets, before hosting Crandall at 6:30 p.m. March 22. The ’Jackets are scheduled to visit Mabank for a key district match March 25.
Before a handful of well-bundled fans on a cloudless, but blustery afternoon Monday, the visiting Bulldogs took advantage of a porous Yellowjacket defense to blow out Kemp.
After pushing across one run in the top of the first inning, when Tyson Oliver dashed across on a passed ball, the Bulldogs exploded for seven runs in the top of the third to take an 8-0 lead, led off by a home-run shot over the right-field fence by LSU signee Braden Strickland.
In his second appearance of the inning, Braden drove in two runs when he hit into a fielder’s choice.
Kemp scored what would be their only run in the bottom of the third, when Kyle Kimberling’s sacrifice fly brought home Blake Watkins, but the Bulldogs added four runs in the fourth and three more in the fifth to run-rule the ’Jackets.
Complete stats were not available for the contest, but the Bulldogs pounded out 15 hits and took advantage of several Kemp errors.
Tuesday, the ’Jackets put together a late-game rally to get past the visiting Tigers.
Malakoff opened a 3-0 lead with three runs in the top of the fourth, but the ’Jackets countered with four runs in the bottom of the inning, and then added three more runs in both the fifth and the sixth inning to seal the contest.
Eustace hosted the Wildcats – who also played Mabank Tuesday (see related story, page 1B) – and had to hold off a late-game rally.
The Bulldogs blasted out to an 8-1 lead in the bottom of the first inning, helped by another Strickland homer, but two scoreless innings would pass before the Wildcats scored their second run in the top of the fourth.
Eustace added their ninth run in the bottom of the fifth inning, but the Wildcats would creep closer, scoring two runs in the sixth and two more in the seventh.


Kemp girls fall in district opener
Monitor Staff Reports
KEMP–The Kemp Lady Yellowjackets fell to the visiting Kaufman Lady Lions, 12-3, Tuesday in the District 13-3A softball opener for both teams.
The Lady ’Jackets were scheduled to host Ferris Friday, before hosting the Crandall Lady Pirates for a 6 p.m. contest Tuesday, March 22.
Kemp is scheduled to play in the Martins Mill softball tournament Thursday and Saturday, March 24-26, sandwiched around a district road game against the Mabank Lady Panthers Friday, March 25.
At home against Kaufman, the Lady ’Jackets fell behind 4-0, as the Lady Lions scored twice in both the first and second innings.
Kemp got close, at 4-3, by scoring three runs in the bottom of the third.
Kaufman added a fifth run off two hits in the fourth inning, but it was the sixth inning that sealed the game, as the Lady Lions scored six runs on three hits and three Kemp errors (they had six for the game).
The Lady Lions added their 12th run in the top of the seventh off two hits. Kaufman had 11 hits in the game and committed no errors.
Taylor Day had an RBI triple and two singles to lead Kemp’s seven-hit attack, with Nicole Autrey adding an RBI on two singles. Both Brianna Powell and Maegan McVay each had base hits, and Brianna Pavatt added an RBI.

’Cats edge Mabank
Monitor Staff Reports
MABANK–The hosting Mabank Panthers made a stirring late comeback against the Palestine Wildcats, but fell just short in a 14-11 slugfest Tuesday.
The Panthers were scheduled to open District 13-3A baseball play Friday at home against the Kaufman Lions.
Tuesday, March 22, the Panthers will visit Ferris for a 6:30 p.m. contest against the Yellowjackets, and Friday, March 25, the Panthers will host the Kemp Yellowjackets for a key district game.
At Mabank Tuesday, the Wildcats opened a 4-0 lead in the first two innings, but the Panthers scored a run in the bottom of the third to close the gap to 4-1.
Palestine made it 7-1 with three runs in the top of the fourth inning, but the Panthers scored four runs in the bottom of the fourth to pull within two at 7-5.
The Wildcats apparently secured the contest when they exploded for six runs (taking advantage of Panther errors) in the top of the fifth inning to take a 13-5 lead.
Mabank, however, came back with four runs in the bottom of the sixth to make it 13-9.
Palestine scored their last run in the top of the seventh, but the Panthers were only able to score twice in the bottom of the seventh to fall three runs short.
Mabank had 11 hits but committed five errors, while Palestine had 12 hits and committed three errors.
Austin Craig and Stephen Caillet both had two RBIs to lead the Panther attack, with Hunter Carrico and Garrett Holcomb also collecting RBIs.
Ryan Walker, Craig, Zeke Gonzales and Cameron Kirk all pitched against the Wildcats, with Kirk giving up seven runs (all earned) and Craig giving up six (four earned).















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