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April 22, 2012






Lake Info

Normal Lake Level
is 322.00 feet above Mean Sea Level.
Current level for Cedar Creek Lake is: 321.93
Water Temperature:
72 degrees - top
70 degrees - bottom

Sports in Brief

Boater Education Course
The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 5-14 will hold public boater education courses at the flotilla headquarters located at 1908 Island Circle in Tool (near the entrance to Don’s Port Marina).
There will be several opportunities to take the course. The course will be offered at 8:30 a.m. April 28, May 26, June 23, July 28, Aug. 25, Sept. 22 and Oct. 27.
For registration and further information, contact John Steele at (903) 432-3937, by cell phone at (817) 229-3030 or by e-mail at
The course satisfies the State of Texas Boater Education requirements.
Complimentary vessel safety checks will also be available.

Guided Canoe/Kayak Tour
Purtis Creek State Park will hold a guided canoe/kayak tour from 9 a.m. to noon Sunday, April 22.
Take a leisurely trip on Purtis Creek State Park Lake, view areas of the park only accessible by boat.
Learn about the waterfowl and other animals that frequent the Park.
Wear shoes that can get wet, wear clothing appropriate for the weather, bring plenty of drinking water and snacks. Weather permitting.
Space is limited, and the cost is $6 per person. Children ages 12 and under are free. Meet at boat rental area. Reservations Required (903) 425-2332.

Basic Birding
Purtis Creek State Park will hold a basic birding class from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, April 28.
Take a hike and learn about techniques for finding and identifying birds.
Wear comfortable shoes, bring binoculars if you have them otherwise we have a few to loan out. Meet at overflow camping area parking lot.
For more information, contact the park at (903) 425-2332.

Purtis Creek will have a stargazing opportunity from 9 to 10 p.m. Saturday, April 28.
Make a star wheel and learn how to use it, learn about the solar system and view the night sky through a telescope.
Weather permitting, meet at the over flow camping parking lot.
For more information, contact the park at (903) 425-2332.

Park Ranger information
Learn what it takes to become a Park Ranger from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, May 5, at Purtis Creek State Park.
You can also learn about the Junior Ranger program at Purtis Creek State Park. Meet at the Amphitheater.
For more information, contact the park at (903) 425-2332.

Upcoming Events


April 27-28
• Mabank/Kemp @ Regional Meet – Memorial Stadium, Texas A&M University-Commerce



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Sports Highlights

Panthers win share of District 13-3A title
By Sam Epps
Sports Editor

MABANK–Despite losing to the visiting Crandall Pirates, 7-2, Tuesday, the Mabank Panthers have clinched a least a share of the District 13-3A baseball championship.
Mabank holds an 8-1 district record, and with a win Friday over North Forney that would seal an outright district championship for the Panthers.

Monitor Photo/Sam Epps
Mabank Panther pitcher Austin Craig (8) and a Crandall Pirate baserunner collide at home plate. The runner was safe, and the Pirates defeated Mabank, 7-2.

The Panthers have not seen a district title in baseball since 1989.
Against Crandall, the game was a pitcher’s duel until the top of the third inning when Crandall belted out three runs. The Pirates added four runs in the fourth inning.
Mabank scored once in the bottom of the fourth inning, and once more in the bottom of the seventh inning.
Mabank pitcher Austin Craig got the loss for Mabank, despite striking out six Crandall batters.
The Panthers got seven hits in the ballgame, with Jake Raney leading the way with two hits, including a double and an RBI.
At bat, Craig was 1-for-2 with a double. Ryan Walker, Jacob Ortiz, Zeke Gonzales and Garret Holcomb all had singles for Mabank. Ortiz also had an RBI.


Kemp faces chance for playoffs
By Sam Epps
Sports Editor

KEMP–The Kemp Yellowjackets have found themselves looking at a playoff bid.
The Yellowjackets were tied for third place in District 13-3A as of presstime Thursday.
They needed a win over the Kaufman Lions Friday in Kaufman. They were also hoping for a Ferris Yellowjacket loss. Without it, Kemp is out of the hunt.
Tuesday, Kemp got a much-needed, 6-5, win over the visiting North Forney Falcons.

























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