Sports and Outdoors


 Lake Info

Normal Lake Level is 322.00 feet above Mean Sea Level.
Current level for Cedar Creek Lake is: 320.33
Water Temperature:
na degrees - top
56 degrees - bottom


Spring soccer play at Mabank’s George Watts Park

Monitor Photos/Pearl Cantrell
ABOVE: Arsenal team member Blaine Rowe (at right) keeps his eye
on the ball as he dribbles downfield to set up a shot on the Bull Dogs
goal Saturday during a boys U10 Tri-County Soccer Association contest
at Mabank’s George Watts Park.
BELOW: The Little Angels work the ball downfield against the Lady
Panthers in U8 girls play Saturday.  The Tri-County Soccer Association’s
spring league play opened March 10.

Mangan steps down
Monitor Staff Reports
KEMP–Walt Mangan (pictured at right) has resigned after two years as the Kemp High School head coach and athletic director.
Mangan came to Kemp in May, 2005, from Brenham, where he was an assistant under former Kemp head coach Glen West.
In his first season, Mangan got a lot out of the Yellowjackets, who finished 5-5 and were still in contention for a playoff spot in the season finale.
Wills Point nabbed the district’s second-place berth by defeating Kemp 43-20 in the last game, but the ’Jackets still had posted their best season in years, and hopes ran high for the 2006 season.
However, the ’Jackets went 1-9 last fall, winning only a 33-27 squeaker at Eustace in the district opener, greatly disappointing fans who thought the team had more physical talent than the 2005 squad.
To be fair, the ’Jackets had horrible luck with injuries, particularly in the offensive line.
Eustace also went 1-9 last fall, their third straight losing season, and “reassigned” three-year head coach Brad Scoggin over the Christmas break. Scoggin later resigned.
Mangan said Monday he tendered his resignation around March 1.
“It was one of those situations where we want to do what’s best for the program, for myself and my family,” he said. “This was best for all involved.”
Mangan (whose contract goes through June 30) said he timed his resignation to give the Kemp Independent School District time to secure a quality candidate well before the end of the school year.
Mangan has not secured a new position, but is in the process of applying and interviewing with an eye toward a long-term berth.
“I anticipated staying a here for a long time,” he said. “The next one will be a place where I can be there for a while.”

Eustace boys 2nd, girls 6th at Van
Monitor Staff Reports
VAN–Eustace High School’s boys varsity track team took second place behind hosting Van at the annual Al Rholes Relays last weekend.
Van’s boys finished with 183 points, leading a trio of schools who scored 90 points or more.
Eustace was second overall with 97 points, followed by Harmony (93 points) and Canton (90 points).
Rains finished fourth with 60 points, followed by Cooper (37), Mineola (35), Lone Oak (29), Grand Saline (10) and Martins Mill (4).
Eustace’s girls took sixth overall, scoring 57 points, following Chapel Hill (106 points), Red Oak (97), West Mesquite (86), Harmony (73) and Rains (64).
Meet results are listed below, with Eustace participants listed in bold type. In the girls division, only events where Eustace girls placed are listed.
Shot put – 1. Milton, Canton (50-5¼), 2. Bolen, Harmony (43-0½), 3. Crenshaw, Mineola (42-1¼), 4. Maple, Eustace (41-2¼), 5. Ybarra, Mineola (38-9½), 6. Johnson, Lone Oak (38-5).
Discus – 1. Way, Harmony (136-0), 2. Bolen, Harmony (125-7), 3. Crenshaw, Mineola (124-4), 4. Maple, Eustace (119-7), 5. Pennington, Van (115-4), 6. Heskew, Canton (113-0).
Triple jump – 1. Hobbs, Rains (41-8), 2. Malone, Lone Oak (39-1½), 3. Mackey, Van (38-7¾), 4. Johnson, Canton (38-7½), 5. Overley, Lone Oak (38-7¼), 6. McGraw, Cooper (38-6½).
Long jump – 1. Hobbs, Rains (21-0), 2. Goode, Van (19-5), 3. Pennington, Van (19-3½), 4. Watson, Eustace (19-3), 5. Hayes, Van (19-3), 6. Sinches, Mineola (19-1).
High jump – 1. Keeling, Eustace (6-0), 2. Parsons, Harmony (5-10), 3. Hobbs, Rains (5-10), 4. Neill, Van (5-8), 5. Jones, Mineola (5-6), 6. Parsons, Van (5-4).
Pole vault – 1. Fisher, Grand Saline (11-6), 2. Black, Rains (11-0), 3. Christian, Rains (10-0).
3200 run – 1. Arroyo, Van (10:37), 2. Aven, Rains (11:08), 3. Fike, Canton (11:17), 4. Hollensead, Cooper (11:22), 5. Bradley, Lone Oak (11:27), 6. Lacier, Van (11:46).
400 relay – 1. Van (43.37), 2. Canton (43.52), 3. Cooper (45.45), 4. Eustace (46.06), 5. Rains (46.07), 6. Harmony (46.16).
110 hurdles – 1. Coffey, Eustace (15.87), 2. Hart, Lone Oak (16.08), 3. Montgomery, Harmony (16.80), 4. Christensen, Harmony (16.84), 5. Hill, Harmony (17.29), 6. Allen, Harleton (17.93).
100 dash – 1. Buker, Canton (10.71), 2. Hayes, Van (11.15), 3. Calhoun, Van (11.25), 4. Hobbs, Rains (11.61), 5. Setterstrom, Lone Oak (11.85), 6. Larry, Cooper (11.86).
800 run – 1. Nixon, Eustace (2:00.12), 2. Rodriguez, Mineola (2:05.70), 3. Amler, Van (2:07.06), 4. Martin, Harmony (2:08.0), 5. Lawrence, Harmony (2:11.09), 6. Vost, Canton (2:12.40).
800 relay – 1. Van (1:34.30), 2. Canton (1:34.89), 3. Eustace (1:36.52), 4. Cooper (1:38.26), 5. Harmony (1:39.09).
300 hurdles – 1. Christensen, Harmony (41.77), 2. Eads, Eustace (42.32), 3. Goode, Van (44.08), 4. Etheridge, Martins Mill (44.71), 5. Hart, Lone Oak (45.26), 6. Johnson, Eustace (45.54).
200 dash – 1. Pennington, Van (22.86), 2. Coffey, Eustace (22.98), 3. Johnson, Canton (23.83), 4. Crapazano, Canton (24.0), 5. Parsons, Van (24.54), 6. Witherspoon, Cooper (24.74).
400 dash – 1. Ambler, Van (52.29), 2. Thompson, Cooper (52.88), 3. Wineland, Van (53.57), 4. Christian, Rains (53.59), 5. Bengston, Canton (54.63), 6. Franklin, Canton (54.9).
1600 run – 1. Nixon, Eustace (4:35.66 – new school record; old record 4:40.7), 2. Arroyo, Van (4:48.43), 3. Rodriguez, Mineola (4:56.83), 4. Laicer, Van (5:00.09), 5. Martin, Harmony (5:01.00), 6. Fike, Canton (5:01.41).
1600 relay – 1. Eustace (3:36.30), 2. Canton (3:37.0), 3. Van (3:37.50), 4. Cooper (3:42.30), 5. Lone Oak (3:45.50), 6. Mineola (3:45.90).
Pole vault – 1. Melewski, Van (8-6), 2. Cotton, Van (8-6), 3. Truitt, Eustace (7-6), 4. Tucker, Rains (7-6), 5. Schuester, Red Oak (7-6), 6. Moon, Rains (7-0).
3200 run – 1. Jensen, Elkhart (12:26), 2. DiBari, Eustace (13:09), 3. Durnell, Eustace (13:54), 4. King, Van (14:22), 5. Spencer, Harmony (14:42), 6. Oats, Cooper (14:43).
800 run – 1. Scott, Brownsboro (2:29.59), 2. DiBari, Eustace (2:28.47), 3. Smith, Canton (2:33.0), 4. Tucker, Rains (2:34.63), 5. Bynum, Eustace (2:35.04), 6. Matin, West Mesquite (2:35.42).
100 hurdles – 1. Mills, Chapel Hill (16.27), 2. Trimble, Harmony (16.94), 3. Miller, Chapel Hill (17.09), 4. Bledsoe, Chapel Hill (17.57), 5. Truitt, Eustace (17.64), 6. Wilson, Malakoff (17.70).
1600 run – 1. Jensen, Elkhart (5:36.82), 2. DiBari, Eustace (5:45.17), 3. Wilson, Harmony (no time listed), 4. Durnell, Eustace (5:55.70), 5. Lane, Grand Saline (6:01.49), 6. Bynum, Eustace (6:01.94).

Mineola stings Kemp, 5-1
Monitor Staff Reports
MINEOLA–In a battle of Yellowjackets, hosting Mineola used a four-run fifth inning to get past visiting Kemp 5-1 Saturday.
The loss wrapped up non-district play for the Kemp ’Jackets, who are scheduled to open District 13-3A baseball play on the road against the Eustace Bulldogs at 6:30 p.m. Friday, March 23, weather permitting.
Kemp will return home Tuesday, March 27, to host Crandall in a 4:30 p.m. contest, and Friday, March 30, the ’Jackets will visit Kaufman for a 6:30 p.m. contest.
At Mineola, both teams battled to a scoreless tie through four innings of a pitcher’s duel between Kemp’s Nick Sallings and Mineola’s Ray Martin.
Martin went the distance, allowing just two hits, no earned runs, and striking out 10 Kemp batters, while Sallings posted four innings of one-hit ball, notching eight strikeouts, before the disastrous fifth inning.
Sallings allowed his first hit in the bottom of the fourth when Martin singled and advanced to second on the first of three Kemp errors.
Martin stole third base, but was stranded when Sallings sandwiched two strikeouts around a fly out.
In the fifth, Mineola’s Brandon Martine led off with a double, and advanced to third on a bunt by Cody Tucker.
Jason Jones singled in both Martine and Tucker, and Josh Leakins singled in Jones.
Leakins advanced to third on a passed ball and stole home to give Mineola 4-0 lead before Sallings could shut down the hosting Yellowjackets with another two strikeouts sandwiched around a fly out.
Kemp was able to score in the top of the sixth when Tim Fuller reached base on an error, advanced to second on another Mineola error, and was singled home by Matt Carr.
Kemp left two runners on base (Carr and Bret Kennedy, who singled).
Mikie Scruggs came on in relief of Sallings in the sixth inning and hit the first Mineola batter (listed as Chase M.), but got the next two Yellowjackets to ground out.
Cody Tucker doubled to move Chase M. to third, and he scored on a passed ball. Scruggs got Jones to fly out to end the inning.
Down to their last chance, Kemp got nowhere in the top of the seventh as Martin sandwiched two strikeouts around a ground out.

Xtreme crushes Razorbacks
Monitor Staff Reports
BROWNSBORO–The Texas Xtreme semi-professional football team ran up a 30-0 halftime lead and cruised to a convincing 43-12 win over the Wichita Falls Razorbacks Saturday night at Brownsboro High School Stadium
Every Xtreme player saw playing time as the team forged a 4-0 record in Texas United Football League play.
The Xtreme will host the Port City Jaguars at Brownsboro at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 24, and then go on the road to face the North Texas Blast Saturday, March 31, before taking an Easter break.
Xtreme players will resume TUFL play on the road Saturday, April 14, when they visit the East Texas Wolves. The Xtreme crushed the Wolves 28-12 in their first meeting March 3.
Saturday, the Razorbacks gained 45 rushing yards on 26 attempts, completed 10-of-34 passes for 94 yards, suffering three interceptions, and managed seven first downs, with two compliments of Xtreme penalties.
The Xtreme defense was led by two-way performer Reggie Wilson, while Isaac Johnson had two of the Xtreme’s three interceptions.
Billy Small notched the other interception, along with one sack and five solo tackles.
Other Xtreme defensive standouts included Kailan Vinson, Allen Beasley, Terry Bonner, Jason Anding, Kerry Yarbrough, Lontario Osborne and Troy Harper.
The Xtreme offense gained 180 rushing yards on 24 carries, completed 11-of-25 passes for 220 yards with two interceptions, and forged 16 first downs.
Quarterback Johnny Morgan connected on touchdown passes to Reggie Wilson, Marvin Hopkins and Mike Spencer.
Brandon Thompson added a rushing touchdown, gaining 50 yards on five carries, and 84 yards on four pass receptions.
Eric Wren scored one rushing touchdown, running for 71 yards on nine carries.
Linebacker Lontario Osborne subbed at fullback and logged one rushing touchdown and 35 yards on just two carries.
Eric Williams added three receptions for 31 yards as the Xtreme opened a 43-0 lead before clearing the bench.
Other offensive standouts included Billy Bigger, Willy Bristow, Jerry Martin, James Melton, Marvin Lyons and Vic Moore.
Despite 18 players being unavailable (including several starters), Xtreme owners Gary Craig and Larry Anding were pleased with their team’s performance.

Upcoming Games


March 23
EHS vs Kemp*
MHS vs Kaufman*

March 27
EHS vs Mabank*
KHS vs Crandall*


March 23
MHS vs Crandall*
KHS vs Kaufman*
EHS @ Ferris*



March 23-24
KHS boys @ Sherrill Park



March 23
MHS boys @ Crandall
EHS boys @ Crandall
EHS girls @ Crandall

March 31
Cedar Creek Relays @ MHS