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May 10, 2012






Lake Info

Normal Lake Level
is 322.00 feet above Mean Sea Level.
Current level for Cedar Creek Lake is: 321.81
Water Temperature:
77 degrees - top
76 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 are several opportunities to take the course, 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.

Nature Tracks and animals
Purtis Creek State Park will hold an opportunity to learn about nature and animal tracks from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, May 19. Learn about the different animals that frequent Purtis Creek State Park, and the tracks they leave behind. Cast tracks from molds, then take a short hike to look for tracks. 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, 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 overflow 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.

Basic Canoe/Kayak skills
Purtis Creek State Park will host lessons on canoe and kayak skills from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday, May 12. Learn the basic paddling skills, safe entry/exit of the boat and trip planning. Wear shoes that can get wet. Weather permitting. Meet at boat rental area. Reservations are required. You can make reservations by calling the park at (903) 425-2332.

Upcoming Events


May 11-12
• State track meet @ University of Texas at Austin’s Mike A. Myers Stadium.


May 11
• Carthage @ Mabank (playoff game 1) – 7 p.m.
May 12
• Mabank @ Carthage (playoff game 2) – 3 p.m. p.m.
• Mabank @ Carthage (playoff game 3 - if needed) – 30 minutes after conclusion of game 2











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Sports Highlights

Mildred wins playoff series in two games
By Sam Epps
Sports Editor
EUSTACE–The Mildred Eagles defeated the Eustace Bulldogs in two games to win round one of the baseball playoffs.
Game one, which was held in Mildred, saw Mildred win 6-3.
In the matchup, Eustace had a late offensive charge, scoring a run in the sixth inning, and two more in the seventh.
Mildred, however, scored twice in the bottom of the first inning and added four runs in the third.
Game two began Friday night in Eustace.
The game remained scoreless until the bottom of the fifth inning, when Eustace scored two runs for the lead.
Mildred responded in the top of the sixth inning, scoring four runs before impending storms and lightning forced the game to be delayed with Mildred on top, 4-2.
With the weather not cooperating, the game was postponed until the following day.
On Saturday, Eustace picked up where they left off and scored one run in the bottom of the sixth inning, closing Mildred’s lead to 4-3.
Mildred added a run in the top of the seventh, regaining the two-run advantage.
In the bottom of the seventh, the Bulldogs rallied for another run before a pop-fly ended the game with Mildred taking the win, and the series.
Over the course of the two games, Eustace had 16 hits, including three triples.
In game two, Trevor Lane had two hits and an RBI, and Tim Gassman added two hits. Gassman also had a hit and an RBI in game one.
Tyson Oliver, Jordan Foote, Blake Ward, Kyle Purselley, Raymond Shutak and Gavin Kirkhart all had hits for the Bulldogs.
Eustace ended the season with a 10-18 overall record.


Yellowjackets name athletes of the year
By Sam Epps
Sports Editor

KEMP–The Kemp Athletic Booster Club sponsored its annual athletic banquet Monday.
Cody Parker was named the male Athlete of the Year, while Brianna Powell and Kandace Rose were named female Athletes of the Year.
All student athletes were given certificates after being introduced.
Awards were then given to select athletes based on athletics, attitude, work ethic and improvement.
Football Awards
• Most Valuable Player (MVP) - Jared Lane
• Yellowjacket Award - Jon Jennings
•Offensive Back/Receiver of the Year - Matt Kinney
• Offensive Player of the Year - Corey Watkins
• Offensive Lineman of the Year - Cody Parker
• Defensive Player of the Year - Jared Lane
• Defensive Lineman of the Year - Jon Jennings
• Lineback of the Year - Blake Watkins
• Secondary Player of the Year - Brandon Stewart
Volleyball Award
• MVP - Nicole Autrey
• All-Around Player of the Year - Brianna Powell
• Outstanding Blocker of the Year - Kandace Rose
• Outstanding Passer of the Year - Lacie Henderson
• Outstanding Hitter of the Year - Lacey Weisinger
• Most Consistent Server - Chancie Sivley
• Yellowjacket Award - Chancie Sivley
Cross Country Awards
• Heart and Hustle Award - Katie Thomas and Luis Baeza
• Most Outstanding Runners - Mikaila Gutierrez and Jesus Perez
• Most Improved Runners - Kayla Collum and Donovan Hosch
Girls Basketball
• MVP - Brianna Powell
• Offensive Player of the Year - Brianna Powell
• Defensive Player of the Year - Kandace Rose
• Highest Free Throw Percentage - Taylor Day
• Sportsmanship - Kayla Collum
• Heart and Hustle - Bree Weisinger
Boys Basketball
• MVP - Riley Lazard
• Leadership - Blake Watkins
• Longevity/Endurance - Colton Love
• Offensive MVP - Brandon Stewart
• MVP - Kayla Collum
• Defensive Player of the Year - Bianna Pavatt
• Lady ’Jacket Award - Brianna Pavatt
• Most Improved - Jayci Yakesch
• Offensive Player of the Year - Taylor Day
• MVP - Blake Watkins
• Offensive Player of the Year - Bradley Stewart
• Defensive Players of the Year - Jared Lane and Braxton Allison
• Rookie of the Year - Trevor King
• Leadership Award - Riley Lazard and Jeff Gandara
• Boys Outstanding Lifter - Mitchell Pinion
• Girls Outstanding Lifter - Kandace Rose
• Best All-Around Lifter - CodyParker
• Golfers of the Year - Lauren Baumgartner and Josh Shipp
• Most Improved - Colton Love
• MVP - Matt Kinney
• Offensive Player of the Year - Matt Kinney
• Defensive Player of the Year - Dalton Chambers
• Mid-Fielder of the Year - Patrick Renfro
• Heart and Hustle - Jesus Perez
• Outstanding Jumpers - Nicole Cox and Jordan Litts
• Outstanding Throwers - Kandace Rose and Cody Parker
• Outstanding Distance Runner - Jesus Perez
• Outstanding Sprinters - Jessica Van Pamel, Matt Kinney and Zach Patterson
• Outstanding Hurdler - Bree Weisinger
• Heart Award - Harley Foster and Garrett Haley
• Leadership Award - Nicole Cox and Matt Kinney
Student Trainer of the Year - Caitline Garcia.




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