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 Lake Info

Normal Lake Level is 322.00 feet above Mean Sea Level.
Current level for Cedar Creek Lake is: 322.56
Water Temperature:
56 degrees - top
degrees - bottom






  ’Jackets knock off Eustace in District 13-3A opener, 9-2
Monitor Staff Reports
KEMP–In a hastily rescheduled contest, the hosting Kemp Yellowjackets defeated the Eustace Bulldogs 9-2 Tuesday in the District 13-3A baseball opener for both teams.
Originally scheduled for a 6:30 p.m. start, the game was moved up to 1 p.m. to avoid the thunderstorms that washed through the Cedar Creek Lake area later Tuesday afternoon.

Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
Kemp Yellowjacket pitcher Mikie Scruggs lets fly during the ’Jackets inaugural contest at the new Kemp High School baseball diamond March 14.

Both teams were scheduled to play loop contests Thursday, with Kemp visiting Crandall and Eustace visiting Mabank.
Tuesday, March 25, the Bulldogs will host the Crandall Pirates, while the ’Jackets will host Kaufman.
Friday, March 29, Kemp will visit Ferris, while Eustace will visit Kaufman, with a 6:30 p.m. start each evening, weather permitting.
With both teams out for spring break, few details about Tuesday’s game were available. Kemp’s Nick Sallings got the win, while Lucas Cope took the loss for the Bulldogs.
Cope nailed a home run in the game, and Bulldog Chris Compton added a double.

Challenges, competition draw players to golf
By Kerry Yancey
Monitor Staff Writer

Some people play golf to challenge themselves. Others seek the lure of competition. And other players just like to be outside having fun.
Most of today’s players – including everyone contacted for this article – were introduced to golf by their fathers.
After World War II, particularly in the late 1950s and through the 1960s, the golf course became the venue of choice for businessmen to meet with clients – far ahead of the old standards, smoke-filled rooms and expense-account lunches.
That business connection encouraged the perception that golf was a game for only rich white men.
Even now, in the Tiger Woods era, there aren’t many players of color, and women remain a minority on the links.
Almost 60 years after Texas-bred Mildred “Babe” Didrikson Zaharias became the first American to win the British Women’s Open, it was still news when 16-year-old Michelle Wie lined up against male golfers in a professional tournament.
The first woman known to play golf (or gowf, or goff, as it was known) was Mary, Queen of Scots, who was seen playing golf in 1567, shortly after the death of her husband, Lord Darnley.
Cedar Creek Lake is home to a touring professional woman golfer, Mabank High School graduate Adrienne Gartreaux McDonald, who is on the Futures Tour.
“I was introduced to it when I was about 6, but I didn’t seriously start playing until I was 17,” Gartreaux-McDonald said.
As a high schooler, she played almost every sport – basketball, soccer, track and tennis – but started excelling in golf, and turned professional at 17.
“I found golf definitely more challenging than any of the others, by far,” she said. “I miss the physical aspects, but because golf is so challenging, I’m drawn to the challenge.”
Gartreaux-McDonald, who became the assistant pro at the Cedar Creek Country Club Feb. 16, is the first to admit she’s in it for the competition.
“I’d rather win than have fun,” she said. “But, winning is always fun.”
It was no accident that Mary, Queen of Scots, was the first woman golfer, as the game we know today was developed in Scotland.
Golf is believed to have been based on “chole,” a hockey-type game played in Flanders, which was first mentioned in 1354.
It may not be a coincidence that the first references to guns also date from the mid-1300s. There is a belief that golf, like gunpowder, originally came from China.
While the first guns were huge artillery pieces used against city walls, by the middle 1400s, gun technology had improved to the point that “hand-gonns” turned any trained commoner into more than a match for a wealthy knight in plate armor.
For more than a century, the Scots battled to win their freedom from the English, and in 1421, a group of Scottish soldiers were reportedly introduced to “chole” by some French soldiers they were aiding during the Siege of Bauge.
In 1457, the Scots Parliament of James II banned gowf (and football), because men were playing golf instead of practicing their archery skills. That ban was upheld 13 years later under James III and reaffirmed 34 years later under James IV.
The war between England and Scotland was finally settled by the Treaty of Glasgow in 1502, and the ban against gowf was lifted. James IV made the first recorded purchase of golf equipment (a set of clubs) from a bow-maker in Perth.
Golf as a game of the wealthy was established early on, as the first reported “commoner” to play the game was Sir Robert Maule in 1527.
The first recorded evidence of golf at St. Andrews, in Fife, was in 1552, and the Archbishop of St. Andrews issued an edict the next year allowing the local residents to play at St. Andrews.
Yes, that’s the course that hosts the British Open and is home to the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews, which issued the first codified “Rules of Golf” in 1754.
In 1764, the first four holes at St. Andrews were combined into two holes, and a round of golf changed from 22 holes (11 out and in) to 18 holes, nine out and nine in. That made St. Andrews the first 18-hole golf course, and the standard for all future courses.
The first known reference to golf in what is now the United States was a ban on golf in the streets of Albany, New York, in 1659, or 117 years before the American colonies declared independence from England.
Playing with a feathery ball, James Durham shot a round of 94 at St. Andrews, a score that stood as a record for 86 years.
In 1848, the gutta-percha ball was introduced. It flew farther than the feathery ball, and was much less expensive to make, which led to an expansion of the game.
The concept of par being a standard score for a hole was invented by Hugh Rotherham in 1890. He called his invention a “ground score,” but Dr. Thomas Brown (secretary of the Yarmouth Club) named the standard a “Bogey Man,” after a popular song of the day.
With the advent of the rubber-cored ball, players can reach the green in far fewer strokes, so “bogey” now represents one stroke over the par for that hole.
In 1934, the Professional Golfers Association (PGA) Tour was inaugurated, and the annual Masters tournament was played for the first time. The Ladies Professional Golfers Association (LPGA) was established in 1950.
Competition, as noted earlier, is the point for many (if not most) golfers.
Early on, wins were for matches – stroke play was not mentioned until 1759, referring to a match at St. Andrews.
“(In high school) I was a baseball player, and hurt my knee. I started playing golf,” recalled Mike Horton, the golf pro at the Cedar Creek Country Club.
“Being as competitive as I am, that’s all it took,” Horton added. “It’s always the competition – whether you’re competing with yourself or somebody else. In golf, you can always do better, no matter how well you do.”
Jason Van Dyke, the assistant pro at the Pinnacle Club, said he is always looking to be better.
“You always come back to that one perfect shot,” Van Dyke said. “I’m always looking for that perfect game.”
While he is competitive, Van Dyke said he’s more interested in having fun at this stage of his career.
“In (professional) competition, the mental aspect of the game comes into play more,” he said. “Ninety percent of the golfers out there don’t have the mental concentration to play competitive golf. You focus more on the physical aspects when you’re having fun.”
Glen Ewing, a veteran non-professional golfer, said there are different aspects of the game that interest him.
“It’s a combination of being outdoors, and the infinite number of challenges in the game,” he said. “I also like the honor system of it, and the fact that the whole family can play.”
While competition has its place, Ewing said, “That’s not all of it for me. As a young man, I found I could enjoy playing by myself as much as playing in a tournament.”
Ewing said he enjoys watching his wife, Debbie, coach the Mabank High School girls team, and gets a kick out of helping the girls learn how to play.
“I like the fact that you literally never stop learning the game,” he added.

Xtreme drop second straight
Monitor Staff Reports
BROWNSBORO–The Athens-based Texas Xtreme semi-pro football team lost to the East Texas Wolves for the first time in team history Saturday night at Brownsboro High School stadium.
The Xtreme lost 19-6 to drop their season record to 1-3. The Xtreme entered the game with an 8-0 all-time record against the Wolves.
It was the second loss in a row for the Xtreme. Some 16 players were unavailable for the game, due to injuries and various other reasons, including five previously starting offensive linemen, three key receivers and starting fullback Philip Albright.
Turnovers again proved to be the killer for the Xtreme, as they coughed up five. Including the 11 turnovers suffered in last week’s 52-0 loss to the Weatherford Bullets, the Xtreme offense has committed 28 turnovers in the first four games.
The Wolves scored their first touchdown on a 45-yard strike against Creadell Burns, subbing in for the injured Chris Nealy, and the PAT was good for a 7-0 lead.
The Wolves scored their second touchdown on a 40-yard strike, but a missed PAT kick left them up 13-0 at halftime
A turnover gave the Wolves possession at the Xtreme 35, and they once again victimized Burns for a 35-yard touchdown pass, but missed on a two-point conversion try.
Defensive starter Lance Powell and key sub Lance May were unavailable, as well as starter Billy Small, who arrived in the third quarter, only to play for a short time before leaving the game with an injury.
National All-American linebacker Lonterio Osborn was also lost in the second quarter due to an injury.
Quarterback Ahmed Brown was taken to the hospital in the third quarter after suffering a hand injury.
Offensive coordinator Brandon Thompson took over the quarterback duties and completed 5-of-7 passes with one interception for 62 total yards, including a 23-yard touchdown pass to Marvin Hopkins on an option pass earlier in the game.
The Xtreme offense totaled 184 rushing yards, 100 passing yards and 11 first downs, and 5 turnovers, as Thompson gained 69 rushing yards on 13 carries and Andrew Burks added 55 yards on eight carries.
Hopkins gained 54 yards on five receptions and Larry Scott added 37 yards on three catches.
Other offensive standouts included Jerry Martin, Eric Williams and Adrian Gonzales.
The Wolves completed 7-of-12 passes for 127 yards, with one interception and three touchdown passes, and also added 45 rushing yards on 15 attempts, garnering five first downs.
Xtreme defensive standouts included Kerry Yarbrough (with one forced fumble), Allen Beasley (one fumble recovery), Jason Anding (two fumble recoveries), Montez Wade (one interception), Amos Berryman and Jerry Martin, who played the entire game at center as well as the first half at defensive tackle.
Despite costly turnovers and injuries, Xtreme owners Gary Craig and Larry Anding were pleased that their team outgained the Wolves by a total of 112 yards.
The entire league will be idle during the Easter weekend. The break will give the Xtreme time for their players to mend and add new players before traveling to Shreveport, La., to take on the Port City Jaguars Saturday, March 29.


Upcoming games


March 25
MHS @ Ferris*
KHS @ Kaufman*
EHS vs Crandall*

March 28
MHS vs Crandall*
KHS @ Ferris*
EHS @ Kaufman*

April 1
EHS vs Ferris*

April 4
MHS vs Kaufman*


March 25
EHS vs Kaufman*

March 28
MHS @ Ferris*

April 1
MHS vs Kaufman*
KHS @ Ferris*
EHS @ Crandall*

April 4
KHS vs Crandall*

March 29
Race Day 10 a.m.

April 12
Fun Sail 11-2

April 26
Race Day 10 a.m.

May 10
Fun Sail 11-2

May 24
annual CCL Regatta

*District contest


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