Normal Lake Level is 322.00 feet
above Mean Sea Level.
Current level for Cedar Creek Lake is:
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63 degrees - bottom
Kemp blanks error-prone
Kemp Yellowjacket Cody Kuehn (5) reaches first base safely when Mabank
first baseman Kolton Browning (right) gets pulled off by a wide throw,
one of eight errors the hosting Panthers committed in Kemp’s 7-0 victory
Monitor Staff Reports
MABANK–The combination of Nick Sallings’ no-hitter
and eight errors proved fatal for the hosting Mabank Panthers Friday, as
the Kemp Yellowjackets took a key first-round win, 7-0.
Kemp’s District 13-3A baseball victory was a strong comeback after a
very disappointing loss at Ferris, and means the Panthers will need to
post a very strong second round to secure a playoff berth.
The Panthers were scheduled to open second-round play Tuesday at
Kaufman, while the ’Jackets hosted the Eustace Bulldogs Tuesday in their
Friday, April 13, the ’Jackets are scheduled to visit Crandall for a key
6:30 p.m. contest, while Mabank will host Eustace at that same time.
Both teams are idle Tuesday, April 17, and resume district play Friday,
April 20, with Mabank visiting Ferris for a 6:30 p.m. game, and Kemp
hosting Kaufman in a 4:30 p.m. contest.
At Mabank Friday, the ’Jackets did most of their damage in the second
and third innings, scoring six of their seven runs off Panther starter
Sallings went the distance in recording his no-hitter, striking out 14
Panthers and issuing only two walks.
Taylor took the loss, allowing six runs (three earned) on three hits,
issuing two walks and recording no strikeouts in three innings of work.
Kolton Browning, coming on in relief, allowed just one run (not earned)
and racked up eight strikeouts while issuing two walks.
The ’Jackets threatened immediately in the top of the first, thanks to
two Panther errors, but left two runners stranded on a ground out by
Sallings allowed his first baserunner early, as he hit Panther leadoff
batter Chanz Sullivan, but then struck out Mikey Shelton, Browning and
Mark Groom swinging to strand Sullivan.
Throwing errors really hurt the Panthers in the second inning as Josh
Carr (who singled) and Cody Kuehn both scored as a result of two errors.
Sallings allowed another baserunner in the second when he hit Ryan
Smith, but he was forced out at second when Chris Trejo hit into a
Kemp began getting to Taylor for hits in the third inning, but three
Panther errors resulted in four ’Jacket runs.
Sallings stroked an RBI double, scoring Matt Carr (who had walked), and
then took third and home on Panther errors.
Fugitt reached base on a dropped third strike, advanced to second on a
passed ball and took third on an error, before Kuehn brought him in on a
Mikie Scruggs, who had reached on an error, was brought home on Tim
Fuller’s single, but the ’Jackets left the bases loaded on a ground out
and fly out.
Neither team generated any offense in the fourth and fifth innings, as
both Sallings and Browning proved untouchable.
The ’Jackets scored their last run in the top of the sixth, when
Browning issued back-to-back walks to catcher Bret Kennedy and Leif
Kennedy stole third base and advanced home on an error. Both Skierski
and Fugitt (who reached base on that same error) were stranded when
Scruggs lined out.
The Panthers finally put a threat together in the bottom of the sixth
when Sullivan walked, advanced to second and took third on a wild pitch,
and Browning also walked, advancing to second on the wild pitch.
Both Sullivan and Browning were stranded when Sallings struck out Groom.
Both teams went 1-2-3 in the seventh inning to end the contest.
After-church check pays off
Monitor Photo/Pearl Cantrell
Eustace High School freshman Ross Winkler hefts a 40-pound catfish he
caught on a trotline Sunday.
By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer
PAYNE SPRINGS–While other
children were hunting Easter eggs or eating an Easter lunch, a Eustace
High School freshman was checking his trot line, hoping to have snagged
Snagged something he did – something so big, it nearly pulled him out of
“My heart was pumping so fast and so hard, I thought it would leap out
of my chest,” 15-year-old Ross Winkler told The Monitor.
He and his family had just come home from Sunday church services.
“I thought that maybe I’ll have some good luck now that I’ve been to
church,” the Cherokee Shores resident admitted. “I hadn’t been in a
Lucky or blessed, Winkler managed to pull into his small boat a 40-pound
The fish put up quite a fight.
Winkler said he’d caught fish he thought were that big before, but they
had always managed to get away.
“This one didn’t get away,” he said.
Apparently, the whopper bit down on one of the bare silver hooks on the
It may have reflected the sunlight just as a minnow would have, step-dad
Dan Lewis speculated.
Lewis said his stepson had been fishing since he was five years old.
“He eats and breathes fishing,” Lewis said, adding he also enjoys
hunting and dirt biking.
Was the catch a message from God, you think?
“I think he wants me to know I could be a good fisherman,” Winkler said.
“Or it could mean he’d like you to go to church more often?” Lewis
The last big fish Winkler landed was a carp weighing 26 pounds, he
Beth Winkler, Ross’s mom, planned a mighty fish fry featuring the
monster catfish Monday night.
“There’s going to be some good eating tonight,” Lewis said.
eases by Eustace
Mabank’s Jordan Mounts (13) slides in safely to second base as the
cutoff throw gets away from Eustace Lady Bulldog Shelby Knight during
Mabank’s 9-3 District 13-3A softball win over the visiting Eustace girls
Monitor Staff Reports
MABANK–An outstanding pitching performance by
freshman Brandie Lander helped the Mabank Lady Panthers ease past the
visiting Eustace Lady Bulldogs 9-3 Friday.
The win improved Mabank to 4-3 in District 13-3A softball play behind
Ferris and Crandall, and back into the playoff race with three games to
play, while the Lady Bulldogs continued to struggle in loop action.
Both Eustace and Mabank were scheduled for key district matchups
Tuesday, as the Lady Bulldogs hosted Ferris and Mabank traveled to
Friday, April 13, Eustace will host Kaufman in a 5 p.m. contest, while
Mabank will host Kemp in a game scheduled for 7 p.m., but may start
Both teams are idle Tuesday, April 17. Both Eustace and Mabank will wind
up the regular season Friday, April 20, as Mabank hosts Ferris and
Eustace travels to Kemp.
Lander entered the contest in the first inning with the bases loaded,
and managed to get the Lady Panthers out of the jam without giving up a
She went on to notch 15 strikeouts against the Lady Bulldogs.
Erin Mason led the Lady Panthers at the plate with three hits, while
Krista Jennings and Lauren Norwood each had two hits.
Katie Cross and Karlyn Bellows each had long doubles for the Lady
Courtney Howard Foundation basketball tournament a huge success
First place team members include (not in order)
Chad King, Leonard Whiteley, B.J. Young, Steve McKinney, Jacarri
Culberson, Sherry Penix, Katie Cross and Ashley Darvy. Not pictured is
Second place team members include (not in
order) Jeff Gaddis, Chance Johnson, Matt Winkelvoss, Tommy Wallis,
Kenneth Givens, Chris Johnson, Jeff Norman, Tyson Johnson, Monica
Gaddis, Kathy Norman, Susan Winkelvoss and Amy Pack.
Third place team members include (not in order) Brett
Russell, Jarred Batson, Meghan Hyde, Steven James, Kristen Russell,
Julee Waller, Heather Embry, Blaire Hyde, Heath Browing and Mac Wintin.
By Marci Groom
Special to The Monitor
MABANK–The inaugural Courtney Howard Foundation
Basketball Tournament March 22-24 drew 12 teams to the Mabank High
We had a great turnout for our first year. We hope we can continue to
put on this tournament, and with the turnout and support we received
this year, we’re already looking forward to next year.
We had some great, competitive games in the double-elimination
tournament, and other than sore muscles and bruised egos, I believe
everyone had a great time.
From 16- to 60-year-olds, a team full of coaches, a game with three
overtimes, and a down-to-the-last-shot championship game, you couldn’t
ask for more entertainment.
I hope that when everyone looks back and thinks about the tournament
they will smile and remember how much fun it was.
Remember the reason we had the tournament.
I think only one thing would have made the tournament better would have
been if Courtney would have been there herself, but I know she was
looking down on us and laughing every time there was an air ball or we
argued with the referee or dove on the ground for a loose ball, because
even though it was for fun, we were competitive and Courtney wouldn’t
have had it any other way.
I would like to thank everyone for coming out and supporting the
Courtney Howard Foundation and providing local seniors with scholarships
and keeping Court’s memory in our hearts always.
Come join us Wednesday, April 16, at the Cedar Creek Country Club for
the second annual CHF Golf Tournament.
We would like to make a special thanks to the businesses in the area
that donated to the tournament and helped to make it possible –
Brookshire’s in Seven Points, Sonic in Gun Barrel City and Seven Points
and Wings Over Seven Points.
Also, Mabank and Gun Barrel City Dairy Queens, First State Bank of
Mabank, Family Dollar Store in Gun Barrel City, Wal-Mart, Sac-A-Burger,
Burger King and Whataburger in Gun Barrel City.
The T-shirts were sponsored in part by 2 Hot Chics in Canton.
We thank Mabank ISD and Drs. Russel Marshall and Tommy Wallis for
allowing the use of the MHS facility, and the MISD staff for all their
Thanks also to the referees and the concession stand operators – Sherry
Terry, Paula Heddin, Molly Groom and Donna Lovell.
MHS @ Ferris*
KHS vs Kaufman*
MHS vs Crandall*
KHS vs Ferris*
EHS @ Kaufman*
*District 13-3A game
MHS vs KHS*
EHS @ Kaufman*
MHS @ Ferris*
KHS vs EHS*
(end regular season)
*District 13-3A game
District 13-3A meet @ EHS