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 Lake Info

Normal Lake Level is 322.00 feet above Mean Sea Level.
Current level for Cedar Creek Lake is: 321.15
Water Temperature:
59  degrees - top
degrees - bottom



  Eustace girls keep Kemp winless in district

Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
Eustace Lady Bulldog first baseman Catania Grant (22) secures the ball before Kemp Lady Yellowjacket baserunner Brianna McCarty can reach first safely after an infield grounder during the Lady Bulldogs' District 14-3A softball win over the hosting Lady 'Jackets Tuesday.







Boat owners’ spring safety checklist
Special to The Monitor
ALEXANDRIA, Va.–Whether you have a power or sailboat, inboard or outboard, this Spring Commissioning Safety Checklist from BoatU.S. is an easy way to get ready for the season.
Before you launch:
• Inspect and lubricate seacocks. Hoses and hose clamps should be inspected and replaced as necessary.
• Replace deteriorated anodes.
• Inspect prop(s) for dings, pitting and distortion. Make sure cotter pins are secure. Grip the prop and try moving the shaft – if it’s loose, the cutlass bearing may need to be replaced.
• Check to make sure the rudderstock hasn’t been bent.
• Inspect the hull for blisters, distortions and stress cracks.
• Make sure your engine intake sea strainer is free of corrosion, clean and properly secured.
• Check the engine shaft and rudder stuffing boxes for looseness. After the boat is launched, be sure to check all through-hulls for leaks.
• Use a hose to check for deck leaks at ports and hatches. Renew caulk or gaskets as necessary.
• If equipped, ensure that the stern drain plug is installed.
Outdrives and outboards:
• Inspect rubber outdrive bellows for cracked, dried and/or deteriorated spots (look especially in the folds), and replace if suspect.
• Check power steering and power trim oil levels.
• Replace anodes that are more than half worn away.
• Inspect outer jacket of control cables. Cracks or swelling indicate corrosion, and mean the cable must be replaced.
Engines and fuel systems:
• Inspect fuel lines, including fill and vent hoses, for softness, brittleness or cracking. Check all joints for leaks and make sure all lines are well supported with non-combustible clips or straps with smooth edges.
• Inspect fuel tanks, fuel pumps and filters for leaks. Clamps should be snug and free of rust. Clean or replace fuel filters. Owners of gasoline-powered boats with fiberglass fuel tanks should consult a marine professional to inspect for any ethanol-related issues.
• Inspect cooling hoses for stiffness, rot, leaks and/or cracking. Make sure they fit snugly and are double-clamped.
• Every few years, remove and inspect exhaust manifold for corrosion.
• Clean and tighten electrical connections, especially both ends of battery cables. Wire-brush battery terminals and fill cells with distilled water (if applicable).
• Inspect bilge blower hose for leaks.
Sailboat rigging:
• Inspect swage fittings for cracks and heavy rust (some discoloration is acceptable). Inspect wire halyards and running backstays for “fishhooks” and rust.
• Remove tape on turnbuckles and lubricate threads, preferably with Teflon. Replace old tape with fresh tape.
• Re-caulk through-deck chainplates as necessary (generally, once a decade). If you suspect the core around the chainplate is damp, remove the chainplate to inspect and make repairs.
• Inspect tire treads and sidewalls for cracks or lack of tread, and replace as necessary. Check air pressure. Don’t forget the spare!
• Inspect wheel bearings and repack as necessary.
• Test tail and back-up lights and winch to make sure they’re working properly. Inspect hitch chains.
• Inspect trailer frame for rust. Sand and paint to prevent further deterioration.
• Inspect brakes and brake fluid reservoir.
• Check expiration dates on flares and fire extinguishers.
• Check stove and remote tanks for loose fittings and leaking hoses.
• Inspect bilge pump and float switch to make sure they’re working properly.
• Inspect dock and anchor lines for chafing.
• Update or replace old charts and waterway guides.
• Check shore power cable connections for burns, which indicates the cable and/or the shore power inlet must be replaced.
• Make sure your boating license and/or registration is up to date. Don’t forget your trailer tags.
• Review your boat insurance policy and update coverage if needed. Be sure you have fuel spill insurance coverage.
• Make sure you have properly sized and wearable life jackets in good condition for each passenger, including and especially kids.
• Test smoke, carbon monoxide, fume and bilge alarms.
• Be sure to get a free vessel safety check from the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary or U.S. Power Squadrons. Find out how at
A free Spring safety pre-launch checklist is available on-line at


’Dogs nip ’Jackets in slugfest, 11-10
Monitor Staff Reports
KEMP–In a see-saw slugfest, the Eustace Bulldogs ended their losing streak and extended Kemp’s by nipping the hosting Yellowjackets 11-10 Tuesday.
Still winless in District 14-3A baseball play, the ’Jackets are scheduled to face both teams atop the district standings in their last two games.

Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
Eustace Bulldog shortstop Chris Compton (left) puts on the brakes, but Kemp Yellowjacket baserunner Garen Dennis (21) is already sliding in safe to second to notch a stolen base during Eustace’s 11-10 slugfest win over hosting Kemp Tuesday.

Kemp will host surging Mineola for “senior night” in their final home game Tuesday, April 21, before winding up the regular season on the road against Canton Friday, April 24.
Mineola continued its winning streak behind the MVP play of Colton Bickerstaff Tuesday, as they defeated Canton 7-1 to even both teams at 6-2 in district play.
Now 3-5 in district play, the Bulldogs are scheduled to visit Wills Point April 21, and will wind up the regular season at home against the Van Vandals April 24.
Van (5-3) grabbed a shot at the district’s third-place playoff spot Tuesday with an 8-2 win over hosting Wills Point, who fell to 4-4.
The small crowd that turned out for Tuesday’s contest at Kemp saw a dandy dust-up between two very evenly matched teams.
Eustace used timely hitting and took advantage of some Kemp errors to forge a 4-1 lead, but the ’Jackets came back to post an eight-run third inning behind a three-run homer by senior Josh Carr.
“That’s one of the farthest balls I’ve seen hit at the high school level,” Kemp coach Cody Ross noted later.
Down 9-4, the Bulldogs posted their own comeback, scoring four runs in the top of the fourth inning to pull within a run at 9-8.
Kemp pushed across another run in the bottom of the fourth to take a 10-8 lead, but the Bulldogs continued to chip away, scoring three runs in the fifth inning to take an 11-10 lead.
Kemp starter Aaron Heassly took the loss, but only four of the 11 runs scored in his four innings of work were earned, as the ’Jackets continued to hurt themselves with mistakes.
Carr took the mound in the sixth and pitched two scoreless innings, notching four strikeouts, but the Bulldog defense was able to keep the ’Jackets from scoring, even though Kemp got the leadoff man on base in both the sixth and seventh innings.


Upcoming games


April 23
Regional qualifiers meet


April 21
MHS vs Forney*
KHS vs Mineola*
EHS @ Wills Point*
April 24
MHS @ Lancaster*
KHS @ Canton*
(end regular season)
EHS vs Van*
(end regular season)
May 1
MHS vs West Mesquite*
(end regular season)
*district contest


April 21
MHS @ Lancaster*
KHS vs Mineola*
(end regular season)
EHS @ Wills Point*
(end regular season)
April 24
MHS @ West Mesquite*
(end regular season)
*district contest

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