MISD golf and soccer
teams named district champs
By Robyn Wheeler
Monitor Staff Writer
MABANK–Stealing the spotlight of the Mabank ISD board
meeting April 24 was not the items requiring the boards
discussion and decision but rather the Mabank students
Honored for their accomplishments were the girls soccer
team, the boys and girls golf team and their coaches.
Coach Jeff Downs led the girls soccer team to the 2011-12
The team beat Henderson 7 to 1, Texarkana 4 to 1 and
Hallsville 4 to 3. They lost to Hallsville 4 to 2. Downs was
named District Coach of the Year while the 13 teammates were
named District Champs of 2011-12.
“This is the farthest that any team, soccer or otherwise has
gotten in several years. So I have high expectations for
them next year,” Downs said.
Other awards bestowed to the girls were Ashley Norman as
Co-MVP of the year, Savannah Henderson as Offensive MVP of
the year and Bailey Swain as Goalkeeper of the Year.
Also receiving the 2011-12 District Champs of the year were
the boys and girls golf team led by Coach Jeff Lee.
The girls team won their tournament by 27 strokes and the
boys beat Kaufman by 15 strokes. Golf and baseball member
Stephen Caillet, had his best score of the season of a 78.
Caillet, a junior, also pitched his first perfect game last
week. Caillet pitched 17 out of 18 strike outs and one catch
“This game could have been played with just a pitcher and
the catcher, with no one else,” Mabank School Superintendent
Dr. Russell Marshall said.
In other news, board members:
• unanimously voted to file an application for the 2012-13
through TEA which will continue the schools Title 1 status.
• approved moving the May board meeting to Tuesday May 22.
• heard graduation is at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 24 at the
Garland Special Events Center.
Gardeners host workshops in Kaufman
Special to the Monitor
KAUFMAN–The Kaufman County Master Gardeners hosted a series
of mini-workshops and a tool and plant sale at the Garden
Learning Center (GLC), located at 3003 S. Washington St. in
Kaufman on April 14th. Thirty-three people attended the
Greenhouse Construction and Management presentation by
Master Gardener and Greenhouse Specialist Lynn Ackerman. She
illustrated the principles of planning and construction
using the not-yet-complete greenhouse located at the GLC.
Master Gardener and Rainwater Harvesting Specialist Brad
Ackerman showed 15 people “How to Make a Rain Barrel,” using
55-gallon, food-safe barrels that can be purchased locally.
Participants received a handout with a list of parts and
detailed instructions for construction. He said that these
instructions are available on the home page of the KCMGA
Eighteen people learned several types of plant propagation
with Master Gardener and propagation specialist Nancy
Bowman. After hearing her explain and demonstrate the
processes, participants were able to practice the techniques
at workbenches in the greenhouse. Participants took home at
least four plants they had propagated, with the oversight of
Bowman and Frances Holmes, another Master Gardener and
At the tool sale, participants in the plant propagation
workshop, and others, were able to purchase tools especially
selected by the plant propagation specialists. Many plants,
propagated from the Garden Learning Center as well as from
the personal gardens of Master Gardeners, found new homes
during the plant sale.
A second plant sale, along with a silent auction, will be
held in conjunction with the spring seminar program,
“EarthKind™: It’s Not Just Roses,” scheduled May 12 at the
Grace Fellowship Baptist Church in Oak Grove. You won’t want
to miss this event, which will feature practices and plants
suited to drought conditions. More information will be
available on the KCMGA website later this month. For more
information or to request accommodations for individuals
with disabilities, please call Sharon Burden at (972)
The gardens are in peak condition now, with new plants
blooming daily. The succulent garden is particularly
spectacular this year; buds and blooms abound on all the
cacti, and the Bird of Paradise is in full bloom. In other
gardens, the iris and roses are putting on their own show,
along with lantana and daylilies. The Garden Learning Center
is open to the public, so come by and enjoy a stroll through
The Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake
have many animals at the
Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake
in Seven Points
in dire need of a good home.
Please call or stop by the Humane Society today
and rescue one of these forgotten animals.
The Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake
is located on
10220 County Road 2403 in Seven Points.
For more information, please call
(903) 432-3422 after 11 a.m.
We are closed on Wednesday.
information visit our website at