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May 5
, 2011






Lake Info

Normal Lake Level is 322.00 feet
above Mean Sea Level.
Current level for Cedar Creek Lake is: 318.93
Water Temperature:
62 degrees - top
69 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. 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

Realtors 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

Rotary tournament
The Rotary Club of Cedar Creek Lake will host its eighth annual benefit golf tournament Friday, May 6, at the Kings Creek Country Club.
Entry for the tournament is $60 per player (if paid by Wednesday, May 4; $65 at the door). Sign-in opens at 10:30 a.m., followed by a noon shotgun start.
Cash prizes totaling $800 will be awarded for first place, second place and lucky team. Tri-County Ford is providing a 2011 Focus as a hole-in-one prize.
For more information, contact Gretchen at (903) 288-9963.

FBC Malakoff golf tournament
First Baptist Church of Malakoff is sponsoring a “Drive to Missions” golf tournament Monday, May 23, at the Pinnacle Club.
Entry for the four-man-scramble event is $200 per team, which includes cart and 11:30 a.m. lunch, followed by a 12:30 p.m. start.
To register your team, contact the FBC at (903) 489-0228, or email  All proceeds go toward the church Missions Team.

Upcoming Events

Sports Banquets
May 7
Mabank @ MIS cafeteria
May 9
Kemp @ KHS auditorium
May 21
Eustace @ EHS cafeteria


May 5
EHS vs Teague
bidistrict playoff
(7 p.m. @ Mildred)


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

Purtis Creek State Park

May 7
Nature Hike
(5 p.m.)

May 8
Canoe tour
(10:30 a.m.)





















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Sports Highlights

’Dogs, ’Cats split double-header
Monitor Staff Reports
EUSTACE–The hosting Eustace Bulldogs and the Rains Wildcats split a playoff warm-up double-header Saturday, as the Bulldogs opened with a 10-0 shutout, while the Wildcats stopped the Bulldogs 12-2 in the nightcap.
Now 19-10 on the season, the Bulldogs were scheduled to face the District 14-2A runner-up Teague Lions in a bidistrict playoff contest at 7 p.m. Thursday (tonight) at Mildred High School, just south of Corsicana.
Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
Eustace Bulldog baserunner Blake Ward (front) dives for second as the cutoff throw comes in to Rains Wildcat second baseman Dillon Gossett during the second inning of Eustace's 10-0 shutout of Rains Saturday. Ward was safe when Gossett lost control of the ball, and later scored. Rains came back to defeat the hosting Bulldogs 12-2 in the second game of a playoff warm-up double-header.

Teague comes into the contest at 22-3, including a 10-1 district record, while the Bulldogs finished third with a 7-3 mark. Teague lost a first-place playoff with Mildred (19-7, 8-2) April 29 to fall into the second-place playoff berth.
Saturday’s double-header was played under threatening skies, but a few light rain showers didn’t interrupt the twin contests.
Now 14-11-1 on the season, Rains came into Saturday’s double-header as the District 14-3A third-place team, posting a 5-5 district mark behind unbeaten Canton (10-0) and loop runner-up Wills Point (6-4).
In the opener, the Wildcats couldn’t do anything against Bulldog ace Braden Strickland, as the senior allowed just one hit and one walk while notching six strikeouts.
The Bulldogs, however, took advantage of some shaky pitching by the Wildcats to score twice in the fourth and five runs in the fifth inning to run-rule the ’Cats.
Eustace opened a 1-0 lead in the first inning and added two runs in the second, managing to just get past the Wildcat defenders, who (twice) looked like they were in position, but failed to hang on to the ball while making the tag.
With a 3-0 lead, Strickland settled in, with decent defense behind him turning some routine ground-outs in the third, fourth and fifth innings.
In the bottom of the fourth, Wildcat starter Colton Coffman started having control problems, issuing back-to-back bases-loaded walks to give the Bulldogs a 5-0 lead.
Coffman moved to first, and first baseman Beau Shelby came on to get the final out of the fourth.
In the fifth inning, however, Shelby started having his own control problems, and the Bulldogs again quickly filled the bases.
Shelby hit two batters – seniors Addison Scott and Owen Babcock – on successive pitches to push across two more runs, giving the Bulldogs a 9-0 lead with one out.
The Wildcats’ third pitcher, Matt Edwards, gave up the winning run when Blake Ward hit a sacrifice fly to left to make it 10-0.
Eustace finished with six hits, as Scott went 1-for-2 with three RBIs, Strickland was 2-for-2 with one RBI, Chad Barina was 1-for-2 with an RBI and scored twice, Trevor Lane was 1-for-2 with two RBIs, Ward was 1-for-3 with an RBI and Babcock didn’t have any hits, but had two RBIs.
In the nightcap, the Bulldogs’ pitching and defense both took a turn for the worse.
Both Rains and Eustace scored single runs in the first inning, and the score stayed tied until the top of the third, when the Wildcats scored to take a 2-1 lead.
Rains added another run in the fourth to make it 3-1, but then scored four in the fifth, one in the sixth and four more in the seventh to ice the win.
Starter Nathan Taft took the loss, giving up five earned runs and eight of the Wildcats’ 14 hits, with Ward allowing five runs (three earned) on five hits and Sawicki allowing two runs (neither earned) on one hit.
The Bulldogs, in turn, managed six hits, but just one RBI, coming on a double (one of two extra-base hits) by senior Jacob Petillo. Lane also had a double, with Scott, Tyson Oliver, Alex Pharmakis and Strickland each adding singles.
Wildcat pitchers racked up 10 strikeouts and issued just one walk in the nightcap, and the Bulldogs didn’t help themselves with three errors.
Directions to Mildred: From Eustace, take FM 316 south to Malakoff. Turn right (west) on State Highway 31, and follow it to Corsicana. Turn left (south) on Interstate 45/U.S. 287 and follow it south until U.S. 287 splits off; take the 287/Business 287 exit (exit 229) to Palestine. Go about 5.1 miles to Mildred High School.


‘Green Eggs & Ham ... burgers’ set at TFFC
Monitor Staff Reports
ATHENS–Do you like green eggs and ham ... burgers?
Would you like them with a fish? On a tram? On a dish? You will like them here, we wish! Would you? Could you? On a plate? Don’t be late! Come and see them! Watch us cook! Give a look! Make haste to taste! You will like green eggs with ham ... burgers!
So, here’s the deal...
In recent years, the Big Green Egg has revolutionized outdoor cooking. But when asked what the words green eggs bring to mind, most folks will answer “Dr. Seuss,” or the name of one of his popular books, “Green Eggs and Ham.”
Stay with me just a little longer. This is going somewhere.
The iconic Egg is modeled on a traditional Asian ceramic cooking concept that has become one of the fastest-growing segments of the U.S. barbecue industry.
Originally constructed with clay, the Egg is now manufactured with space-age ceramics that make the cooker virtually indestructible in normal use. Manufactured by a company headquartered near Atlanta, Ga., The Big Green Egg is available in more than 20 countries worldwide.
For years, Athens has been recognized as the “Home of the Original Hamburger.” (Yes, there are other places that claim that distinction – more about that later.)
Put the two together and you get Green Eggs and Ham ... burgers, a friendly gastric get-together known to most as an Eggfest, which will take place Saturday, May 21, at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center (TFFC) in Athens. (Cooks will gather for orientation and a social at TFFC the evening of May 20.)
Participants will come from across the country to showcase their personal recipes, meet with fellow Eggheads, and share some great food with the crowd.
Visitors can watch cooking demonstrations throughout the day and experience the Big Green Egg firsthand with the opportunity to do their own cooking on the Eggs. (You can also go fishing, see a diver hand-feed fish, and walk our Wetlands Trail to atone for all the free goodies you scarfed up.) A variety of vendors will also be on hand with kitchen and grill-related products.
Individuals interested in owning a Big Green Egg cooker may purchase demo eggs at substantially discounted prices following the event.
A listing of cooks, registration forms, vendor registration forms, special event rates for lodging in Athens and other details about the event can be found at
Answers to all your questions about cooking on a Big Green Egg can be found at
Now, about those hamburgers.
Local lore has it that the hamburger as we know it (or pretty close to it) was invented by an Athens resident, Fletcher (“Old Dave”) Davis, at his Athens café in the 1880s, and introduced to the world at the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair.
(You can read more about the fair and even listen to music of the era, much of it composed by Texas’s own Scott Joplin, at
A reporter for the New York Tribune wrote from the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair of a new sandwich called a hamburger, “the innovation of a food vendor on the pike” (by “pike” he meant the World’s Fair midway).
While the food vendor was never named, enough evidence existed that the person was none other than Fletcher Davis of Athens that the 80th Texas Legislature adopted a resolution naming Athens as “the Original Home of the Hamburger.”
To those of us raised in the shadow of the Golden Arches with billions and billions sold, it seems incredible that Fletcher Davis never pursued a career flipping burgers after the 1904 fair ended.
“When Uncle Fletch and Aunt Ciddy returned from staying the duration at the World’s Fair there were several cafes making the new sandwich,” nephew Kindree Miller told historian Frank X. Tolbert. “So Uncle Fletch went back to firing pots in our pottery. He would cook hamburgers at picnics but he never reopened his little hamburger joint on the north side of the courthouse square. My uncle was proud of making the first hamburger sandwich, but he never thought of commercializing on it.”
I will spare you the details here, but you can read all about it at
Naturally, other towns in other states claim one of their residents originated what is certainly one of, if not the, iconic American food.
There’s Charlie Nagreen of Seymour, Wisc.; Frank and Charles Menches from Akron, Ohio; Oscar Weber Bilby of Tulsa, Okla.; Louis Lassen of New Haven, Conn.; Bert W. Gary of Clarinda, Iowa.
All have their supporters – you can read about all of them at
Or you can just Google “history of the hamburger.” You’ll get 11.1 million hits. Knock yourself out.
It would be a lot more fun to come to Athens May 21 and spend the day at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center sampling Big Green Egg cooking and not worrying about who invented the hamburger, but just being thankful someone did.
Green Eggs and Ham ... burgers is sponsored by Morrison Supply, Paragon Distributing, Brookshire Brothers Grocery and TFFC.
For information on visiting the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center, go to,  or call (903) 676-2277.




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