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Normal Lake Level is 322.00 feet above Mean Sea Level.
Current level for Cedar Creek Lake is: 322.10
Water Temperature:
56 degrees - top
degrees - bottom






  Tigers collect trophies at meet
Monitor Staff Reports
PAYNE SPRINGS–Members of the Five Tigers Martial Arts studio collected seven first-place trophies at the 26th annual Big D Karate Championships held in Addison March 15.

Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
Students at the Five Tigers Martial Arts studio in Payne Springs hold trophies they collected at the 26th annual Big D Karate Championships March 15. Pictured are (from left, front row) Clay Hinkle and Carter Weakley; (second row) Sara Derden, Addison Tregre, Ericha Tregre and Heather Long; (back row) Cory Whatley, Summer Hinkle, Cheyenne Price, Dominique Tregre and Lucas Houston. Not pictured is Joey Schmidt.

Instructor Ellis Bean had a dozen students, ranging in age from 6 to 13, entered in the competition.
Summer Hinkle, 13, collected two first-place trophies, in Forms and Sparring.
Dominique Tregre, 12, collected three trophies, placing first in Weapons, second in Sparring and third in Forms.
The youngest student, Carter Weakley, 6, took first place in Forms and third place in Weapons.
Lucas Houston, 11, took first place in Forms, while Sara Derden, 10, also took first place in Forms.
Addison Tregre, 9, took first place in Forms and third in Sparring.
Ericha Tregre, 9, took second place in Forms and second in Sparring, while Cheyenne Price took second place in Forms.
Corey Whatley, 13, took third place in Sparring.
Also participating in the competition were Heather Long, 7, Clay Hinkle, 9, and Joey Schmidt, 9.


Father and son see deer hunting success
Courtesy Photos/James Powell

Tool residents James “Bubba” Powell and son Colten Powell each took trophy deer recently on their ranch in West Texas. ABOVE: “Bubba” Powell collected this eight-point buck with a Winchester .325 magnum. BELOW: Colten Powell collected this six-point buck with a Ruger .308.


Kaufman nips Kemp in thriller
Monitor Staff Reports
KEMP–Despite a strong pitching performance by Nick Sallings, the Kemp Yellowjackets fell to the visiting Kaufman Lions 3-1 in a key District 13-3A baseball contest Tuesday.
Now 2-1 in district play and 13-4 overall, the ’Jackets were scheduled to visit Ferris Friday.
Tuesday, April 1, Kemp will visit the Mabank Panthers, and Friday, April 4, the ’Jackets will hit the road again for a contest against the Eustace Bulldogs.
Next Monday, April 7, Kemp will host Crandall’s Pirates for Senior Night. Each contest is set for 6:30 p.m., weather permitting.
“Kaufman came ready to play. Their intensity level was higher than ours to start the game,” new Kemp coach Cody Ross noted afterward. “We waited a little too long to match that.”

Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
Kaufman Lion first baseman Chris Wood (left) uses his foot to block Kemp Yellowjacket Kevin Betz from reaching the base. Wood picked off Betz to end the third inning during Kaufman’s 3-1 win over hosting Kemp Tuesday.

In a defensive struggle, the Lions posted an early 3-0 lead, and held off comeback attempts by the ’Jackets, who stranded two batters in the bottom of the seventh.
Although Sallings gave up only five hits to the Lions, the first two were back-to-back triples to open the contest, giving the Lions a 2-0 lead.
Two scoreless innings followed, as Sallings and Lion Zach Mayo both posted one-two-three efforts.
A Kemp error (one of two) allowed Lion Chase Bennight to reach base in the top of the third inning, where he was doubled home to give the Lions a 3-0 lead.
In the bottom of the third, Mayo gave up back-to-back singles to Cody Kuehn and Kevin Betz, but Kuehn was forced out at second and Betz was picked off when Lion first baseman Chris Wood used his foot to block Betz’s hand from reaching the base.
A double play ended a Kaufman threat in the top of the fourth inning, but the Lions returned the favor with their own double play in the bottom of the inning to blunt a Kemp threat.
Kemp finally got a run in the bottom of the fifth when Zach Allison tripled and was brought in by an RBI single from Jeremy Bush.
However, Bush was forced out at second, and Dudley Chambers (who had reached base on a fielder’s choice) was stranded.
Neither team threatened in the sixth inning, and Sallings blunted a Kaufman threat in the top of the seventh with back-to-back strikeouts.
In the bottom of the seventh, the ’Jackets had the tying runs on base – Sallings and Bush had both reached base on errors – but they were stranded on a ground out.
“We still have a great chance to accomplish our goals,” Ross said. “Friday night (against Ferris) is the biggest game of the year, and I’m interested to see how we respond.”



Upcoming games


April 1
EHS vs Ferris*

April 4
MHS vs Kaufman*


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

April 4
KHS vs Crandall*

April 7
KHS vs Kaufman*

April 8
KHS vs Crandall*
EHS @ Ferris*

March 31
District 13-3A meet
1st round at CCCC

April 7
District 13-3A meet
2nd round at Creekview GC

April 7-8
District 13-3A meet
(Eustace High School)

April 18
Regional qualifiers meet
(Eustace High School)

*District contest


April 12
Fun Sail 11-2

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