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April 24
, 2011






Lake Info

Normal Lake Level is 322.00 feet
above Mean Sea Level.
Current level for Cedar Creek Lake is: 318.92
Water Temperature:
72 degrees - top
70 degrees - bottom

Sports in Brief

Courtney Howard golf tournament
The sixth annual Courtney Howard Memorial golf tournament is set Saturday, May 14, at the Kings Creek Country Club.
Entry for the four-man scramble is $75 per person, with entry deadline at 5 p.m. Thursday, April 28. Entry fee includes 11 a.m. lunch, followed by a noon shotgun start.
Prizes will be awarded for first, second and third place, along with longest drive and closest to pin.
Proceeds benefit the Courtney Howard Foundation, funding scholarships and other local charities. Entry forms are available at Groom & Sons’ Hardware in Mabank; call (903) 887-1689, or check the website

TVCC golf tourney
The annual Trinity Valley Community College Foundation golf tournament will be held Monday, May 2, at the Cedar Creek Country Club.
Entry fee for the four-man-scramble tournament is $240 per team or $60 per player, which includes an 11:30 a.m. lunch. There are two flights, with an 8 a.m. start and a 1 p.m. start.
Entry deadline is Friday, April 22. For more information, call (903) 670-2620, or 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 28-29
District playoffs

May 2-3
Bidistrict playoffs


May 2-3
3A Regional meet
(@ Commerce)
2A Regional meet
(@ Stephenville)

May 13-14
State Track Meet
(@ UT Austin)

Purtis Creek State Park

April 30
Junior Angler program
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Sports Highlights

MHS girls named All-District 31-4A
Monitor Staff Reports
MABANK–Mabank Lady Panther junior Ashton Norman was named co-MVP by the District 31-4A soccer coaches recently.
Norman, who led the Lady Panthers in scoring (hitting almost half their goals on the season), scored the first goal given up in the playoffs by regional semifinalist Whitehouse during Mabank’s sectional playoff game against the LadyCats April 1.

Monitor file photo
Mabank Lady Panther junior Ashton Norman (20) fires a shot in the sectional playoff against district foe Whitehouse April 1. Norman, who led the Lady Panthers soccer team in scoring, was named the District 31-4A co-MVP by loop coaches recently.

Whitehouse junior Chestley Strother, who led the LadyCats to the district championship, was selected as the other co-MVP.
Athens senior Samantha Harris was named the Offensive Player of the Year, while Whitehouse sophomore Amber Bennett was picked as the Defensive Player of the Year.
Coaches named two girls as Sophomores of the Year, Whitehouse’s Amy Enlow and Chapel Hill’s Escarlet Velasquez.
John Tyler junior Andrea Araiza was named the Newcomer of the Year, while Athens senior Daisy Martinez was picked as the Goalkeeper of the Year.
Mabank had three players named to the 18-man first team – seniors Natalie Torres and Lindsay Pait, along with junior Brittany Findley.
Whitehouse and Lindale each had four players named to the first team, with Athens having three players and both John Tyler and Chapel Hill having two players named.
Mabank senior Jennifer Pyle, junior Maegan Olivarez and freshman goalie Shelby Fry were all named to the 18-man second team.
Again, Whitehouse and Lindale each had four players selected to the second team, Athens had three players and both John Tyler and Chapel Hill had two players picked.
John Tyler had three players named honorable mention, while Lindale had two, and both Chapel Hill and Whitehouse had one player named.


’Dogs stampede Mustangs, 16-0
Monitor Staff Reports
EUSTACE–Pounding out 11 hits and taking advantage of some sloppy fielding, the Eustace Bulldogs blasted the Life Red Oak Mustangs 16-0 Wednesday evening.
Originally scheduled to be played in Waxahachie Tuesday night, a thunderstorm forced the game to be postponed and moved to Eustace, so even though the Bulldogs were hosting Wednesday’s contest, they were, officially, the visitors.
Late arrivers were shocked to see the “visitors” ahead 5-0 after the first inning, before realizing the actual situation.

Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
Eustace Bulldog Tyson Oliver (right) slides into home plate just ahead of the cutoff throw to Life-Red Oak Mustang catcher E.J. Madrigal to give the Bulldogs a 13-0 lead over the Mustangs in the fifth and final inning of Eustace's 16-0 win Wednesday.

With the victory, the Bulldogs improved to 6-3 in District 13-2A baseball competition and 17-9 on the season, while the Mustangs fell to 0-9 in district play and 2-17 with their 13th straight loss.
The Bulldogs were scheduled to host Scurry-Rosser’s Wildcats (12-13, 3-6) Friday night in the second-round and regular-season finale.
Having clinched the district’s third-place playoff berth, the Bulldogs will play either Teague or Mildred in the first round of the playoffs.
Those two teams will have a third-game playoff to settle second and third place Friday, March 29, and the Bulldogs will play the loser of that game, EHS coach Chris Powers said.
It didn’t take long for the Bulldogs to build a commanding lead. Up 5-0 after the first inning, the Bulldogs scored one run in the second and four in the third to make it 10-0.
In the fifth and final inning, the Bulldogs exploded for six runs, thanks to some inaccurate Mustang pitching and sloppy outfield play.
Alex Pharmakis led the Bulldogs at the plate, going 2-for-3 with a two-RBI ground-rule double in the fifth, and scoring twice.
Addison Scott had just one hit, but it was a good one – a three-RBI triple – and Jacob Petillo also went 2-for-3 with three RBIs and scored twice.
Nathan Taft went the distance for the victory, allowing just two hits and issuing two walks while striking out 11 of the 18 batters he faced, and adding a two-RBI single.
Tim Gassman also had a two-RBI single, as did Jordan Foote, while Owen Babcock contributed an RBI on a fielder’s choice.
Also getting hits were Tyson Oliver, Taylor Caldwell and Forrest Lane (a double).



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