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May 12
, 2011






Lake Info

Normal Lake Level is 322.00 feet
above Mean Sea Level.
Current level for Cedar Creek Lake is: 318.79
Water Temperature:
75 degrees - top
72 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

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.

Optimist Tourney
The Optimist Club of Seven Points is hosting a benefit golf tournament Friday, May 20, at King’s Creek Country Club.
Entry is $70 per golfer; for more information, contact Jason Ivy at (903) 887-9800.

MHS soccer camp
The inaugural Lady Panther Soccer Camp will be held Tuesday and Wednesday, May 31-June 1. Camp fee is $50 if paid before Friday, May 27, and $60 after that date. Checks should be made payable to coach Jeffrey Downs.
Campers will be divided by age groups – incoming sixth- and seventh-graders will camp from 8 to 10 a.m. and incoming eighth- and ninth-graders will camp from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Beginning and intermediate players will get instruction in basic skills, attacking, defending and team play. Emphasis will be placed on teamwork and ball control, as well as game competition. For more information, contact (903) 431-7205.

Upcoming Events

Sports Banquets

May 21
Eustace @ EHS cafeteria


May 13
EHS vs Clifton
area playoff
(7 p.m. @ Midlothian HS)


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

Purtis Creek State Park

May 14
Canoe/kayak class
(3 p.m.)
Full moon hike
(8 p.m.)

May 15
Full moon canoe tour
(8 p.m.)

May 21
(9 p.m.)










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Sports Highlights

’Dogs nip Teague
Eustace scores in bottom of the 9th to capture bidistrict crown
By Kerry Yancey
Monitor Staff Writer

MILDRED–Eustace junior designated hitter Tyson Oliver’s walk-off shot down the right field line scored senior Addison Scott from second base and ended a dramatic 2-1 bidistrict championship victory over the Teague Lions May 5.
Now 20-10 on the season, Eustace’s nine-inning win advanced them to the area round of the playoffs, where they will play the Clifton Cubs at 7 p.m. Friday, May 13, at Midlothian High School.
The contest probably shouldn’t have gone to extra innings, as the Bulldogs had several chances to score – they stranded 12 runners on base, had one runner (Oliver) thrown out at the plate and had another runner (Taylor Caldwell) apparently score on a sacrifice fly, only to have the run taken off the board after Teague coaches said Caldwell had not properly tagged up before dashing home.
“I want to say how proud I am of our kids, for battling all night long against a really good baseball team,” Eustace head coach Chris Powers said afterward. “We missed out on some opportunities, but the kids kept playing the game hard and kept giving us more opportunities.”

Monitor Photos/Kerry Yancey
Eustace Bulldog Blake Ward slides safely into second base when the cutoff throw to Teague Lion shortstop Arturo Martinez was too high. Minutes later, Ward scored Eustace’s first run to tie the score at 1-1 in the fourth inning.

Bulldog junior Nathan Taft got the win, but only pitched two-thirds of an inning.
Senior ace Braden Strickland posted a stellar outing, only to receive a “no decision,” leaving in the top of the ninth with one out and the score still tied at 1-1 after throwing 113 pitches.
“In high school, you really never hear of a kid going 8 1/3 innings, not give up an earned run, strike out 20 and get a ‘no decision,’” Powers said. “It has really been fun watching (Strickland) over his career, but especially over the last month.”
With a week’s rest, Strickland is expected to start for the Bulldogs in Friday’s area contest against Clifton.

Monitor Photos/Kerry Yancey
Eustace Bulldog Tyson Oliver (on ground) and Teague Lion catcher Timothy Campbell look at the umpire for the call, which was “out!” One batter later, a force-out at second ended the fourth inning during Eustace's dramatic 2-1 bidistrict championship victory over Teague May 5. Oliver later notched the game-winning run in the bottom of the ninth.

Strickland struck out the Lions’ side twice in the game – the second and fifth innings – and allowed just six baserunners (two in the ninth) before giving way to Taft.
Teague’s first hit, a shot to deep left center by senior Jake McClain, rolled all the way to the wall, and McClain hotfooted around the bases for an inside-the-park home run as an outfield error (Eustace’s only miscue) negated any chance of throwing him out at the plate.
That gave the Lions (22-5) a 1-0 lead in the top of the fourth, but the Bulldogs came right back to score their only run in the bottom of the frame.
Bulldog junior Blake Ward reached first base on a throwing error (Teague’s only miscue) by Lion pitcher Jared Phillips, and promptly stole second.
Following a fly out by Chad Barina and a strikeout by Brad Sawicki, the Lions intentionally walked Strickland to put runners at first and second with two out.
Bulldog third baseman Alex Pharmakis notched a bloop double down the third-base line that scored Ward and put Oliver (running for Strickland) at third.
The Lions again intentionally walked Bulldog shortstop Jacob Petillo to load the bases with two outs. Scott then tapped a grounder to short, and Lion shortstop Auturo Martinez threw home to catcher Timothy Campbell, who tagged Oliver in a close play at the plate to end the inning.
Neither team threatened in the fifth inning, but in the sixth, Caldwell walked and Strickland singled, moving Caldwell to third.
That prompted the Lion coaches to pull Phillips (he went to first base) and put McClain on the mound.
McClain then got Pharmakis to fly out to deep right, and Caldwell scored – but Teague coaches argued he had not properly tagged up, and Caldwell was ruled out.
Again, neither team threatened in the seventh inning, as Strickland notched two strikeouts before getting the third batter (third baseman Corey Cowart) to pop up to first, and McClain notched three straight strikeouts after hitting the first batter, Scott.
Strickland struck out the Lions in order in the top of the eighth, and McClain got two quick outs before walking Strickland on six pitches.
Pharmakis tapped a roller down the third-base line, and was called safe on a close play at first (the Teague coaches argued the call), but Petillo tapped a roller to second base and was out at first to end the inning – even though Petillo strained his hamstring trying to beat out the throw.
As the ninth inning opened, Strickland gave up a single to shallow center by leadoff Lion Gama Martinez, and then walked McClain on seven pitches, prompting a Eustace huddle at the mound.
Strickland struck out the next batter (Arturo Martinez), but hit the bench at that point, with Taft taking the mound.
Taft promptly issued his only walk (William Madden) to load the bases, but got Cowart to strike out (after Cowart fouled off about eight or nine pitches), and then got Michael Campbell to tap to short, forcing out Madden at second.
As the bottom of the ninth opened, McClain hit Scott with his first pitch, and Scott promptly took second base on a passed ball.
Oliver then hit down the right-field line to score Scott and set off a lengthy Bulldog celebration.
Directions to Midlothian High School: From Eustace, one can take SH 334 through Gun Barrel City and Seven Points to FM 85, turn left on FM 1182 and then turn right on U.S. 287. Follow U.S. 287 to intersect with I-45 north and continue to follow 287 north when it splits off from I-45 at exit 247. In Midlothian, take the FM 663/14th Street exit and turn left (west) on FM 663. The high school will be on your left. Alternately, take U.S. 175 northwest to intersect with I-20. Follow I-20 west to U.S. 67, and turn south (left) on U.S. 67 towards Cleburne (exit 464B). Follow U.S. 67 to Midlothian and take the 9th Street exit (Business 67). Stay straight as it turns into 8th Street and turn left on W. Avenue G/Main Street. Take the first right onto FM 663/9th Street. The school will be on your right. The US 175 route is about 10 miles farther, but it’s freeway almost all the way. To avoid most of Dallas traffic, follow the FM 85/US 287 route.

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Beery, Scroggins, Wood, Handy win Rotary tourney
Monitor Staff Reports
KEMP–The team of David Beery, Jack Scroggins, Boyse Wood and John Haney won the annual Rotary Club golf tournament Friday at the Kings Creek Country Club.
The foursome finished the four-man scramble at 24 under par.
One stroke back was the team of Chris Sommer, Kyle Carpenter, Forrest Attaway and Jeff VanHorn, who finished at 23 under par.
Taking the men’s closest to the pin prize was Sommer, while Julie ann Gilmore took the women’s prize.
Van Horn had the longest men’s drive, while Gail Robinson had the women’s longest drive.
The tournament drew 26 teams, two fewer than last year.




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