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March 24, 2011






Lake Info

Normal Lake Level is 322.00 feet
above Mean Sea Level.
Current level for Cedar Creek Lake is: 319.30
Water Temperature:
65 degrees - top
61 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.

MLLFA signups
Mabank Little League Football Association football and cheer/drill signups are scheduled from 6-7 p.m. at the DAEP (Old Central) gym the first week of April.
April 4-Midget
(1st & 2nd grade)
April 5-PeeWee
(3rd & 4th grade)
April 7-Little League
(5th & 6th grade)
There is a $50 non-refundable deposit due at sign-up. For more information, contact Todd Brown at (903) 603-0529, or Taylor Rainey at (903) 880-7873, or check the website


Upcoming Events


March 25
EHS vs Sunnyvale*

March 26
MHS @ Brownsboro (noon)

March 29
MHS vs Crandall*
KHS vs North Forney*
EHS @ Palmer*

April 1
MHS @ North Forney*
KHS @ Kaufman*
(*district contest)


March 28
MHS @ EHS tourney
KHS @ EHS tourney
EHS hosts tournament
(Pinnacle Club)


March 25
EHS @ Buffalo*

March 29
MHS vs Crandall*
KHS vs North Forney*
EHS vs Mildred*

April 1
MHS @ North Forney*
KHS @ Kaufman*
EHS vs Blooming Grove*
(*district contest)


March 25
MHS @ Palestine
KHS, EHS @ Malakoff

March 31
Al Williamson Relays

Purtis Creek State Park

April 9
Nature Hike
(5 p.m.)



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Sports Highlights

’Jackets sting ’Jackets, 5-3
Monitor Staff Reports
KEMP–The hosting Kemp Yellowjackets spotted the Ferris Yellowjackets a 4-0 lead, and couldn’t quite make up the deficit in a 5-3 district-opening loss Friday.
Now 7-9 on the season and 0-1 in District 13-3A baseball play, Kemp’s Yellowjackets were scheduled to host the Crandall Pirates Tuesday night.
Friday, March 25, Kemp will visit nearby Mabank for what figures to be a key first-round contest. Mabank dropped its district opener to Kaufman, 3-2, Friday (see related story below).
Next Tuesday, March 29, the ’Jackets host North Forney and Friday, April 1, they will visit Kaufman, all scheduled for 6:30 p.m.
With both teams on spring break, Friday’s contest opened at 1 p.m., and Ferris quickly took a 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning, thanks to some shaky Kemp defensive work (they committed five errors in the game).
Ferris (7-7, 1-0) added another single run in the top of the second inning to push its lead to 4-0.
A couple of defensive plays started a turnaround for Kemp – the first coming when catcher Bradley Steward tagged out Anthony Arechiga, who was trying to steal home, to end the top of the second inning.

Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
Kemp Yellowjacket catcher Bradley Steward (right) tags out Ferris Yellowjacket baserunner Anthony Arechiga (17) to thwart an attempted steal of home plate during Ferris' 5-3 win over hosting Kemp in the District 13-3A baseball opener for both clubs Friday. Steward's tag ended the top of the second inning.

The second was a double play by shortstop Cody Benavidez, which ended the top of the third inning and gave the hosting ’Jackets some much-needed momentum.
Kemp promptly scored two runs in the bottom of the third to pull close at 4-2, and they added a third run in the bottom of the sixth to make it a 4-3 contest.
Ferris managed to push across an insurance run in the top of the seventh and held Kemp scoreless in the bottom half to secure the victory.
Ferris had just four hits in the contest, and committed two errors, while the Kemp bats – essentially silent in the first two innings – came alive in the third, as Kemp finished with seven hits.

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Kaufman nips MHS
Lion run in top of the 9th wins loop opener, 3-2
Monitor Staff Reports
MABANK–The Kaufman Lions scored a run in the top of the ninth inning to nip the hosting Mabank Panthers, 3-2, in the District 13-3A baseball opener for both clubs Friday.
Now 4-9 on the season and 0-1 in district play, the Panthers were scheduled to visit the Ferris Yellowjackets Tuesday evening. Friday, Ferris edged the hosting Kemp Yellowjackets, 5-3, in their district opener (see related story above).
At 6:30 p.m. Friday, March 25, the Panthers will host Kemp in what should be a critical first-round matchup. Next Tuesday, March 29, the Panthers will host Crandall, and Friday, April 1, they will visit North Forney for 6:30 p.m. contests.
With both teams on spring break, Friday’s contest opened at 3 p.m., which was fortunate, in that they spent two extra innings in what turned out to be a pitcher’s duel.
Mabank took a 1-0 lead in the third inning when senior Cameron Cantrell brought home Ryan Walker on a sacrifice fly, one of just two RBIs for the team.
It looked like that would be all Panther starter Stephen Caillet needed, as he pitched a full seven innings, allowing just one hit, striking out 11 and issuing two walks, plus one hit batter.
That probably would have been the case, as the Panthers notched six hits in the game – but they also committed six errors.

Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
Mabank Panther Garrett Holcomb (left) leaps desperately for second base as Kaufman Lion shortstop Ryan Pierce comes to ground after making a leaping grab of a cutoff throw. Pierce was able to lunge and make the tag to end the third inning of Kaufman's 3-2 nine-inning win over hosting Mabank in the District 13-3A baseball opener for both clubs Friday.

The Lions (6-6, 1-0) didn’t get on the board until the top of the seventh inning, when they scored to tie the contest at 1-1, but that wasn’t an earned run.
Shortstop Austin Craig took the mound for the Panthers in the eighth and ninth inning, allowing just two hits and one earned run, which came in the top of the eighth.
Mabank scored in the bottom of the eighth to keep the contest tied at 2-2, but the game-winning run in the ninth, again, was an unearned run.
Walker, Craig, Jake Raney, Hunter Carrico and Caillet (two, one of them the team’s other RBI) got hits for the Panthers, with Walker and Carrico scoring.












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