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Kemp, Eustace youths show sports teamwork
By Misty Bevill Moore
Special to The Monitor

KEMP–The Magic recently brought home the first-place trophy for the third- and fourth-grade teams, following the conclusion of the week-long Kemp Area Sports Association end-of-season tournament.
The Magic went undefeated until the area championship game, when the Eustace Bulldogs beat them by one point with a last-second shot.
Because it was a double-elimination tournament, the teams faced off again, just 10 minutes later.
The second game was just as exciting as the first and ended in a tie. This put the game into a two-minute overtime.
The overtime was filled with nervous anticipation, as the score stayed within one point, back and forth. Just before the buzzer sounded, the Magic scored a shot, putting them in the lead by one and giving them the win.
Both teams and their coaches showed what real team competition was about. The boys gave 110 percent, even when they were behind on the scoreboard. They exemplified what good sportsmanship should look like.
If a player was injured, all of the boys on the court came to check on the injured player, regardless of what color their jerseys were. They smiled, they had fun, they encouraged their teammates (and the opposing team), and they put on a good show.
The boys on these two teams did not play this way by accident. Both teams had amazing coaches who apparently not only taught their boys basketball skills, but how to be respected, well-mannered young men.
Kemp’s Magic was coached by Rusty Clamon and Eustace’s Bulldogs was coached by Casey Herring. It was obvious to everyone at the game that these coaches cared not only about the game, but also about each kid on their team.
Of course, these boys had to have had some good parenting as well. In fact, Coach Herring made the comment to Coach Clamon that the Magic had “first-class” parents.
All of the parents in the stands were cheering for both teams, regardless of who they originally came to watch. When a player was injured, people ran to get ice, water, or whatever was needed, whether it was a player for their team or not.
This was very nice to witness, when lately all you see or hear about is parents ruining their child’s game by causing a scene or getting thrown out.
Everyone attending the game left with more than just the enjoyment of watching a good basketball game. We all left with a sense of awe, pride, and hope.
We were in awe by the way that the boys played and their discipline on the court. We were proud that these young men represented our cities, our schools and us.
These boys also showed us there is hope in the future of sports. When so many “professional” athletes are not living role-model lives, it’s nice to see the up-and-coming athletes are living and playing by the examples of their coaches and parents, not the “professionals” they see on TV.


Wills Point girls down Kemp girls in District 14-3A softball
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Kemp Lady Yellowjacket pitcher Kayla Collum (left) applies the tag just a split-second too late to keep Wills Point Lady Tiger Mariah Pemberton from scoring on a passed ball during the second inning of their District 14-3A softball contest in Kemp Tuesday. Pemberton’s run gave the Lady Tigers a 4-0 lead, and Wills Point went on to defeat the Lady ’Jackets 16-0, scoring eight runs in the second inning and seven more in the third.


Top 5 reasons boats need a tow
Special to The Monitor
ALEXANDRIA, Va.–BoatU.S. Towing Services, which operates a nationwide on-the-water recreational boat-towing program, reports more than 65,000 requests for non-emergency assistance were received by its TowBoatU.S. and Vessel Assist towing fleet in 2009 – an 8 percent increase over the previous year.
“The economy has led many boaters to skimp on routine maintenance, which always means more on-the-water breakdowns,” BoatU.S. Vice President of Towing Services Jerry Cardarelli said.
Formerly ranked fourth out of the top five reasons why boaters needed a tow, battery problems jumped to the No. 2 spot last year with more than 10,000 individual requests.
The top five reasons why boaters called for on-the-water assistance in 2009 were:
(1) general engine failures,
(2) battery problems,
(3) groundings,
(4) out of fuel or fuel-related problems and
(5) propulsion system failures.
“Boaters told us that they forgot to monitor their battery’s charge level, delayed replacing a poorly-performing battery or substituted a less expensive starting battery when a deep-cycle was needed,” Cardarelli explained.
“Some boaters simply drained their batteries by running sound systems, refrigerators and fans,” he added.
Advice? Watch your battery this summer.
“For the 2010 season, we suggest boaters should be vigilant about battery charge levels and basic maintenance, such as cleaning or replacing corroded wiring,” Cardarelli said.
“Spending a little now could save you from an expensive tow, not to mention the aggravation,” he added.
Boaters face towing costs that nationally average about $600 per incident.


Upcoming games


April 1
EHS @ Cross Roads

April 2-3
KHS @ Texas Relays

April 8
KHS-Al Williamson Relays


March 29
MHS @ Pinnacle Club


March 30
MHS vs West Mesquite*
KHS vs Mineola*
EHS @ Wills Point*

(*District contest)


March 30
MHS @ Lancaster*
KHS vs Mineola*
EHS @ Wills Point*

(*District contest)

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