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, 2011






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Normal Lake Level is 322.00 feet
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Current level for Cedar Creek Lake is: 319.15
Water Temperature:
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68 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 cart and barbecue lunch.
For more information, contact Jerri Cheek at (903) 887-3835, or email

Kemp Band Boosters tourney
Kemp Band Boosters are hosting their second annual golf tournament at noon Monday, April 18, at the Cedar Creek Country Club, featuring a $5,000 hole-in-one prize
For information, call Bobbie Jo Taylor at (903) 498-6800, e-mail to,  or call Mellisa Day at (903) 498-7361, e-mail

Realtors golf tournament
The Henderson County chapter of the Women’s Council of Realtors is hosting a golf tournament Monday, May 9, at the Cedar Creek Country Club.
Entry fee is $60 per person, if paid before May 5 ($65 at the door), which includes cart and 11:30 a.m. lunch, followed by 1 p.m. start.
For information, contact Shirley Salmon at (214) 695-0664 or,  or Sue Hosack at (903) 887-7055 or

Upcoming Events


April 19
MHS idle
KHS @ North Forney*
EHS @ Life-Red Oak*

April 22
MHS vs North Forney*
KHS vs Kaufman*
EHS vs Scurry-Rosser*
(end regular season)
(*district contest)


April 18-19
Regional meet
(Tanglewood CC)


April 19
MHS @ Crandall*
KHS @ North Forney*
EHS @ Blooming Grove*
(end regular season)
(*district contest)


April 22
Regional qualifyers meet
(@ Eustace)

Purtis Creek State Park

April 17
Full moon canoe tour
(8 p.m.)

April 23
(9 p.m.)



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Sports Highlights

Yellowjackets shock Panthers, 7-6
By Kerry Yancey
Monitor Staff Writer

KEMP–In yet another example of why fans should discount records any time Mabank and Kemp play, the hosting Yellowjackets upset the Panthers 7-6 Monday night for their first district win.

Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
Kemp Yellowjacket shortstop Braxton Allison (4) flips the ball to second baseman Kyle Kimberling (3) to force out Mabank Panther baserunner Ryan Walker (5). Kimberling was able to throw to first to turn a double play and end the top of the fourth inning in Kemp's come-from-behind 7-6 upset of visiting Mabank Monday.

The loss dropped the Panthers to 8-15 on the season and into a tie with Ferris at 4-4 in District 13-3A baseball play, while the ’Jackets also moved to 8-15 on the season and 1-7 in loop competition.
All district teams were scheduled to have a bye Friday night, but Mabank’s scheduled Tuesday, April 19, contest at Crandall was moved to Friday night.
Panther pitcher Stephen Caillet is a member of the MHS golf team, which is playing the regional tournament at Pottsboro Monday and Tuesday (see related story below), so the baseball game was moved to avoid that conflict.
Kemp’s athletic schedule had a non-district matchup against Cross Roads set for Friday night. The ’Jackets are scheduled to visit North Forney Tuesday.
Friday, April 22, both the Panthers and the ’Jackets will wrap up the second round of district play and the regular season with “senior night” home games, the Panthers against North Forney and the ’Jackets against Kaufman.
Assuming both Ferris and Mabank remained tied through the final games – they split home-and-home, with the visiting team winning each game – they will hold a third-game playoff to determine second place.
Crandall looks to have a lock on the district championship at 7-0 with just two games to play.
In their first-round meeting at Mabank, the Panthers run-ruled the error-prone ’Jackets, 10-0, but in Monday’s game at Kemp, it was the Panthers who suffered from a critical error.
After a scoreless first inning, the Panthers scored two runs in the top of the second and two more in the top of the third to take a 4-0 lead.
However, the ’Jackets took advantage of a Panther error (both teams had three in the game) to score three runs and pull close at 4-3 going into the fourth inning.
In the top of the fourth, the Panthers scored one run to take a 5-3 lead, but Mabank’s key error came in the bottom of the fourth.
With two men on, the Panthers had a dropped third strike. As the Kemp batter hustled to first, the pick-off throw sailed way over Panther first baseman Garrett Holcomb’s leap and rolled almost to the wall in deep right field.
All three Kemp runners scored to give the ’Jackets a 6-5 lead.
Mabank tied the score at 6-6 with a run in the fifth inning, and that’s where things stood until the bottom of the seventh, when the ’Jackets pushed across a run to win and break their seven-game losing streak.
Both teams had their bats going – the Panthers got 13 hits off Kemp senior Cody Benavidez, while the ’Jackets got to Panther junior Austin Craig for nine hits.
Benavidez had five strikeouts and issued one walk, while Craig had eight strikeouts and issued three walks. Each hit one batter and each gave up four earned runs.
Jacob Ortiz led the Panthers at the plate, going 3-for-4 with an RBI and scoring once, while Ryan Walker went 2-for-3 and scored once, Craig went 2-for-3 and scored twice, Cameron Cantrell went 2-for-4 with an RBI and scored twice.
Hunter Carrico went 2-for-3 and had the Panthers’ only extra-base hit, a double, while Zeke Gonzalez had an RBI single and Jake Raney also had a single.
Jeff Gandera led the ’Jackets at the plate, going 3-for-4 with two RBIs and scoring twice, while Benavidez went 2-for-4 with an RBI and scored once, Dalton Irby had an RBI single and scored once, and Kyle Kimberling went 2-for-4 with an RBI and scored once.
Also scoring for the ’Jackets were Riley Lazard, Corey Watkins and Bradley Steward.


MHS golf teams win District 13-3A tourney
Monitor Staff Reports
KEMP–With their performances in the second round of the District 13-3A tournament Monday, the Mabank High School boys and girls golf teams won their respective district championships.
Both teams will advance to the Region II tournament, to be held at the Tanglewood Resort in Pottsboro Monday and Tuesday, April 18-19.
The district tournament opened at the Creekview Golf Course in Crandall April 4, with the second round played Monday at the Cedar Creek Country Club.

Courtesy Photo/Cris Cary
Mabank High School girls and boys golf teams both finished first during the two-round District 13-3A tournament that concluded Monday, qualifying them for the regional tournament. Pictured are (from left, front row) Hannah Kellar, Caitlyn Jones, Lindsay Mesa, Liz Wolfe and Vanessa Harvey; (back row) Adam Cary, Chans Hall, Stephen Caillet and Brandon Hatfield. Not pictured is Jordan Jump.

On the girls’ side, the Lady Panther team of Hannah Kellar, Caitlyn Jones, Lindsay Mesa, Liz Wolfe and Vanessa Harvey took a 26-shot win, finishing with a two-round tournament score of 901.
Ferris took second place (and a regional berth) with team score of 927, while Kaufman finished third at 972.
Jones finished third overall with a tournament score of 218, while Harvey’s 222 put her in fourth place and Mesa’s 230 finished sixth overall.
On the boys’ side, the Panther team of Adam Cary, Chans Hall, Stephen Caillet, Brandon Hatfield and Jordan Jump finished at 704, a whopping 54 shots better than second-place Kaufman (758) and 87 shots better than third-place Crandall (791).
Hatfield captured first place overall, leading the Panther boys and the entire field with a tournament score of 165, while Caillet finished third overall at 171 and Hall finished sixth overall with a score of 180.
Jeff Lee coaches the MHS boys, while Adrienne Gautreaux-McDonald coaches the girls.
Team members offered thanks to M&M Exxon convenience store and Mike Cathey for donating Gatorade and breakfast during the district tournament, and also thanked Brookshire’s and Dean Fannin for donating beverages and breakfast for the upcoming regional tournament.

Kemp, Mabank players named 31-4A all-district
Monitor Staff Reports
CEDAR CREEK LAKE–In its first year of varsity soccer competition, Kemp placed two players on the District 31-4A all-district first team.
Two Mabank players were also named to the first team by district soccer coaches, who released the selections Friday.
Kemp juniors Matt Kinney and Dolton Chambers were picked to the 21-man first team, along with Mabank seniors Clint Cowan and Martin Ledezma.
John Tyler, in its first year of 4A competition, and traditional powerhouse Lindale dominated the all-district selections, each placing four players on the first team.
John Tyler junior Abner Barrera was named the district’s Most Valuable Player, and sophomore teammate Porfirio Benitez was named the Newcomer of the Year.
Athens had two players named to superlatives, with junior Arturo Alvarado named the Goalkeeper of the Year, and junior forward Jose Romero named the Offensive Player of the Year.
Whitehouse senior Jonathan Parker was the Defensive Player of the Year, while Lindale’s Riley Alvey was named the Sophomore of the Year.
Athens had three players named to the first team, Chapel Hill had two and Whitehouse had three players named.
Kemp sophomore goalkeeper Derek Whiteley was named to the 17-man second team, joining Mabank seniors Jeremy McCoy and Nathan Floyd.
Lindale had four players named to the second team, with John Tyler, Whitehouse and Athens each placing three players on the squad.







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