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May 15
, 2011






Lake Info

Normal Lake Level is 322.00 feet
above Mean Sea Level.
Current level for Cedar Creek Lake is: 318.94
Water Temperature:
73 degrees - top
72 degrees - bottom

Sports in Brief

 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

Purtis Creek State Park

May 21
(9 p.m.)










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Sports Highlights

Ritterbach, Kilgore named top Yellowjacket athletes
Monitor Staff Reports
KEMP–Seniors Michelle Ritterbach and Johnny Kilgore were named the Kemp High School Athletes of the Year at the annual Spring Sports Banquet Monday evening.
“She (Ritterbach) pushes every day in everything she does – always,” girls coordinator Peggy Swierc told students, parents and coaches gathered in the high school auditorium.
A multi-sport standout – a two-year regional qualifier in both cross country and track, and an all-region selection in basketball – Ritterbach qualified for the Texas Relays in Austin all four years of high school, and also was academic all-district in every sport all four years, Swierc related.
Kilgore, a consensus first-team all-district pick at linebacker, also was a regional powerlifter and a relay runner in track.

Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
Seniors Johnny Kilgore and Michelle Ritterbach were named the Kemp High School Male and Female Athletes of the Year at the KHS Spring Sports Banquet Monday.

Athletic director and head coach Greg Anderson said this year’s male selection was extremely difficult, as there were six different young men considered, but Kilgore was the clear winner in voting by the coaching staff.
Former KHS track standout Kate Donovan, a 2007 graduate who went on to a stellar running career at Texas A&M University at Commerce, spoke briefly to the students, urging them to always do their best in anything they attempt.
Among Cedar Creek Lake area school districts, Kemp is unique in hosting both fall and spring sports banquets. Members of the Calvary Baptist Church youth group catered the meal.
Award winners are listed below by sport.
Girls basketball – Best Free Throw Shooter Michelle Ritterbach, Sportsmanship Award Maegan McVay, Heart and Hustle Award Taylor Day, Offensive Player of the Year Brianna Powell, Defensive Player of the Year Kandace Rose and Shannon Shipp, MVP Ritterbach and Powell.
Boys basketball – Leadership Award Ryan Emfinger, Longevity/Endurance Cody Dunagan, Offensive Player of the Year (new award) Jeff Goldman, MVP Jake Goldman.
Powerlifting – Girls Outstanding Lifter Jessica Van Pamel, Boys Outstanding Lifter Johnny Kilgore and Cody Parker, Best All Around Lifter Kandace Rose and A.J. Durham.
Soccer – Offensive Player of the Year Justin Hathcock, Defensive Player of the Year Zach Patterson, Midfielder of the Year Matt Kinney, Heart and Hustle Award Eric Garza, MVP Dalton Chambers.
Golf – Most improved Cody Dunagan, Golfer of the Year A.J. Durham.
Softball – Offensive Player of the Year Taylor Day, Defensive Player of the Year Brianna Powell, Utility Player of the Year Kayla Collum, Lady ’Jacket Award Shelby Brainerd, Most Improved Maegan McVay, MVP (new award) Brianna Pavatt.
Baseball – Offensive Player of the Year Dalton Irby, Defensive Player of the Year Cody Benavidez, Rookie of the Year Corey Watkins, Leadership Award Blake Watkins and Jared Lane, MVP Jeff Gandera.
Track – Outstanding Jumper Jeff Goldman and Zach Patterson, Outstanding Thrower Shannon Shipp, Kandace Rose and Cody Parker, Outstanding Distance Runner Amber Brewer and Justin Hathcock, Outstanding Sprinter Nicole Cox and Zach Patterson, Outstanding Hurdler Bree Weisinger, Heart Award Harley Foster and Matt Kinney, Leadership Award Justin Lawler and Michelle Ritterbach.
Student Trainer of the Year – Caitlyn Garcia (new award).


Jackson grabs 2nd straight rodeo title
Monitor Staff Report
MABANK–Mabank High School graduating senior Dustin Jackson is headed to the Texas High School Rodeo Association (THSRA) finals in Abilene again after winning the All-Around Cowboy title in the regional competition for the second straight year.
Jackson, who will be graduating with Distinguished Honors (in the top 10 percent of his class), qualified to go to state in every event he competes in – Bareback, Saddle Bronc, Steer Wrestling, Calf Roping, Team Roping (Heading) and Cutting.
It is very rare for a competitor to qualify in this many events, and has been done only two or three times, because very few cowboys work both ends of the arena, competing in both Rough Stock and Timed Events.
In April, Jackson competed at the Region IV THSRA Finals in Athens, where he won All Around Cowboy for the second year in a row, making him a four-time All Around Cowboy Champion.
Only the top 10 from each of the 10 different regions are able to advance to state finals, which will be held June 12-18.
Jackson recently received a National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association scholarship to rodeo with Northeast Texas Community College in Mt. Pleasant, where he’ll be pursuing a degree in Agriculture Economics.
Jackson also rides with the North Texas High School Rodeo Association in Saginaw, where he represents Mabank High School.
The NTHSRA finals will be held next weekend, May 20-22, at the Will Rogers Coliseum in Fort Worth.
He has already clinched the All Around Cowboy Championship, as well as first place in Bareback and Saddle Bronc. He also is currently in first place in Team Roping and Ribbon Roping, third in Calf Roping and third in Steer Wrestling.




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