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April 3, 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:
61 degrees - top
62 degrees - bottom

Sports in Brief

Christian Cheer golf
The Christian Cheer Company is hosting its inaugural golf tournament Saturday, April 23, at Kings Creek Country Club.
Entry is $200 per team or $55 per individual, with $200 cash prize going to the winning team. Entry covers 18 holes of golf, cart and a barbecue lunch.
For more information, contact Jerri Cheek at (903) 887-3835, or email

HSCCL tourney
The Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake is sponsoring a fundraising golf tournament Saturday, April 9, at the Indian Oaks Golf Course near Kemp.
Entry for the four-man-scramble tournament is $65 per player, which includes lunch. Pre-tournament registration deadline is Saturday, April 2. Sign-in opens at 1 p.m., followed by a 2 p.m. shotgun start.
For more information, contact Connie Russell at (903) 880-7308, or Joni Walker at (214) 543-2250. E-mail to or fax entry forms to (903) 432-4831.

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


April 5
MHS @ Kaufman*
KHS @ Ferris*
EHS @ Scurry-Rosser*

April 8
MHS vs Ferris*
KHS @ Crandall*
EHS vs Malakoff*
(*district contest)


April 4
MHS-KHS @ 13-3A meet
(1st round boys @ Creekview
girls @ CCCC)


April 5
MHS @ Kaufman*
KHS @ Ferris*
EHS vs Leon*

April 8
MHS vs Ferris*
KHS @ Crandall*
EHS vs Teague*
(*district contest)


April 11-13
13-2A district meet
(@ Eustace)

April 13-14
13-3A district meet
(@ Crandall)

Purtis Creek State Park

April 9
Nature Hike
(5 p.m.)



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Sports Highlights

MHS girls advance to 3rd round
Monitor Staff Reports
MABANK–In addition to winning the school’s first playoff game, the Mabank Lady Panthers soccer team also won their second, and are now three rounds deep in the state playoffs.
The Lady Panthers’ historic third playoff match was to be against the District 31-4A champion Whitehouse Lady Wildcats at 6 p.m. Friday in Palestine.
Whitehouse handed the Lady Panthers their worst district loss, 5-1, March 4, as Mabank finished 6-4 in district play.
Now 10-12-2 on the season, the Lady Panthers defeated the hosting Kilgore Lady Bulldogs 2-1 March 25 for their first playoff win, and knocked off the Mt. Pleasant Lady Tigers 2-0 Tuesday night to advance to Friday’s sectional round.
At Kilgore, the hosting Lady Bulldogs took a 1-0 lead in the first half, but the Lady Panthers came from behind in the second half, with junior Ashton Norman scoring twice.
Against Mt. Pleasant in Tyler Tuesday, Norman gave the Lady Panthers a 1-0 lead midway through the first half, with Natalie Torres adding an insurance goal on a penalty kick in the second half.
Norman has been the go-to player for the Lady Panthers this season, scoring about half of their goals (11 of 21) to total 22 of the team’s 43 points.
Torres and Jennifer Pyle have four goals each, with Samantha Gomez adding two goals and Maegan Olivarez and Samantha Saucedo each contributing a goal.


MHS student turning pro (wrestling)
By Kerry Yancey
Monitor Staff Writer

MABANK–The names are legendary – Fritz Von Erich, Andre the Giant, Jesse “The Body” Ventura, Hulk Hogan and Barrett Brown.
Barrett Brown is a Mabank High School junior who will make his major pro wrestling debut at the first Germanfest Wringen-meisterschaft Tournament (GWT), held in conjunction with the 36th annual Germanfest in Muenster April 29-May 1.
As an independent tournament, the event will draw wrestlers, referees, promoters, trainers and hard-core fans not affiliated with one of the major pro-wrestling federations, such as the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), tournament director Johnny Mantell told The Monitor.
For Kemp native Barrett, the son of Staci and Jim Brown, the opportunity to step into the ring in a major tournament is literally the dream of a lifetime.
“I’ve been interested in (pro wrestling) since I was a kid,” he said. “My acceptance into the GWT means I have a shot to show everyone what I can do, why I am here, and why I love this business ... This is my chance to make a name for myself, and to prove that this exception was not wasted.”
Because he is still underage – he’ll turn 17 May 2 – Barrett’s opportunities to fulfill his dream were extremely limited, but he got a chance to show his stuff at Mantell’s Corral training center.
“I went to the wrestling center, and he (Mantell) gave me one shot, and I made it,” Barrett recalled. “It was a dream come true. I started traveling around and getting bookings wherever I could.”
“He’s an impressive young man, who is looking to learn all he can from this weekend around such a wide range of participants and judges,” Mantell said.
He started serious training Oct. 26, 2009, and started wrestling Feb. 17, 2010.
Barrett hasn’t gotten into the regular high school sports scene, but he works out every weekday.
“I lift weights with my trainer, work on the treadmill and do other cardio stuff whenever I can,” he said.
He’s on a high-protein diet to help build muscle.
“I’m now around 155, but I would like to be around 180 or maybe 200 (pounds),” he said.
While he’s training hard, he’s not into bodybuilding – trying to look like Ah-noldt – but he did briefly consider it.
“When I got into this, I found I didn’t have time for that (bodybuilding),” he said.
It’s widely acknowledged that pro wrestling is first and foremost entertainment – show business – but Barrett says his biggest surprise was “all the politics in it.”
“There is a business side of this, too,” he said. “I never thought of that.
“It’s interesting to see from the inside how different promotions work,” Barrett added.
Although he’s trying to develop his own style, Barrett watches matches on television and online to study other pro wrestlers’ moves and promotions, and his own matches are recorded so he can study and correct his technique.
“I was a fan when I was little, and when I got into it, I converted that into my passion and drive to do what I love,” Barrett said. “I’m planning on going as far as I can with it.”

Palmer slaps Eustace, 13-1
Monitor Staff Reports
PALMER–The hosting Palmer Bulldogs handed the Eustace Bulldogs their second straight loss Tuesday evening, 13-1.
Now 12-7 on the season and 1-2 in District 13-2A play, Eustace was scheduled to host Red Oak Life (2-9, 0-3) Friday night.
Tuesday, April 5, Eustace will host the Malakoff Tigers in the second-round opener, and Friday, April 8, Eustace will hit the road to face the other district leader, Sunnyvale. Both Sunnyvale and Palmer were 3-0 going into Friday’s district games.
At Palmer Tuesday, the hosting Bulldogs opened a 3-0 lead in the first two innings before blowing open the contest with an eight-run third inning, helped along by three Eustace errors.
Up 11-0, Palmer made it 13-0 with two runs in the fourth. The lone Eustace run came in the top of the fifth inning.
Alex Pharmakis led Eustace at the plate, going 2-for-3 with an RBI double, bringing home Braden Strickland, who also had a hit.
The only other Eustace hits were by Blake Ward and Raymond Shutak, as Eustace went 5-for-21 against Palmer’s Zach Hobbs, who notched the complete-game win.
Hobbs had eight strikeouts and allowed one walk, throwing just 68 pitches against 21 Eustace batters, and also went 3-for-3 at the plate with a home run and four RBIs.
Strickland took the loss for Eustace, allowing two runs (both earned) on one hit in 1 2/3 innings. He had two strikeouts and gave up one walk.
Pharmakis, Chad Barina and Ward also pitched for Eustace, with Ward giving up seven runs (just two earned) in 2/3 of an inning.












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