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April 29, 2012






Lake Info

Normal Lake Level
is 322.00 feet above Mean Sea Level.
Current level for Cedar Creek Lake is: 321.87
Water Temperature:
72 degrees - top
70 degrees - bottom

Sports in Brief

Cedar Creek United Methodist Church golf tournament
The seventh annual Cedar Creek United Methodist Church golf tournament will be held at 9:30 a.m. Monday, April 30, at the Pinnacle Golf Club. Registration is $50 per player, and is open to the first 120 golfers. Lunch in included with the entry fee.
The tournament is a four-man scramble format, and prizes will be awarded to the top three teams. For more information, call Chuck or Kay Peterson at (903) 432-4702, or Karen Spencer at (903) 778-2830

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. 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.

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.

Purtis Creek will have a stargazing opportunity from 9 to 10 p.m. Saturday, May 12.
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.

Basic Birding
Purtis Creek State Park will hold a basic birding class from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday, May 26.
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.


Upcoming Events


May 1

• Sunnyvale @ Mabank – 6 p.m. (playoff warm-up game)
May 4
• Cayuga @ Mabank – 6 p.m. (playoff warm-up game)


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Sports Highlights

Local man finishes Boston Marathon
Monitor Staff Reports
BOSTON–Brent McDonald, owner of A+ Plumbing in Gun Barrel City, competed in, and finished, the 116th annual Boston Marathon April 16.
Wesley Korir from Kenya won the marathon with a time of 2:12:40. Sharon Cherop, also from Kenya, was the top women’s finisher with a time of 2:31:50. She placed 28th overall.
There were approximately 26,000 runners originally signed up to run in this year’s event, although more than 4,000 dropped out after receiving advisory e-mails regarding the dangerous weather for runners and the health conditions it could cause.
Several runners were carried off in stretchers after succumbing to the record heat. More than 100 runners were hospitalized.

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Local resident Brent McDonald (left) cools off with his wife Adrienne Gautreaux-McDonald (right) after he completed the annual Boston Marathon April 16.

“Brent ran a good race because he ran, and he finished,” McDonald’s wife Adrienne Gautreaux-McDonald said.
“He wanted to break three hours, but he played it safe and ran a time of 3:54.”
Last year’s marathon winner, Geoffrey Mutai, dropped out at mile 18 due to stomach cramps.
An estimated 500,000 spectators lined the streets of the 26.2-mile course from Hopkington, Mass. to Boston.
“I tried to catch Brent at mile 17, but I didn't see him,” his wife said. “I may have been distracted by the one-legged runner, the runner who was juggling, a man in his 70s running in a pink tutu, the Asian man in a Minnie Mouse outfit, Captain America, or the men running with no shoes.”
She later caught him at mile 25, and said he still looked strong at that point.
“He said he didn’t feel very strong, but by the looks of it, the majority felt bad. It was a neat experience, and I’m so proud of him,” she said. “I let him run his marathons, and he lets me play golf.”
Adrienne, who coaches golf at Eustace High School, is a professional golfer.
She will compete at the US Open qualifying round at the Woodlands Country Club in the Woodlands.
“Maybe this will be the year for both of us,” she commented.
“Running the Boston marathon is like a golfer’s accomplishment of playing in the US Open. I was an alternate last year, and almost won a trip.”
The US Women’s Open will be played July 2-8 at the Blackwolf Run Golf Course in Kohler, Wis. the year.


Tourney champs

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The Mabank Panthers are the 2012 Machine Pitch Spring Fling Tournament Champions. The tournament was held April 20-21. Pictured are team members (front row) Kaden Morgan, Brayden Carrier, Scottie Neeper, Joseph Gain, Carson Bowden and Jude Wilson; (middle row) Peyton Phillips, Jonathan Gonzales, Tyler Poe, Jacob Wilson, Reece Crowsey and Antonio Morales; (back row) coaches Jeremiah Phillips, Ruben Gonzales, Joe Wilson and Corey Hollaway.














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