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May 19
, 2011






Lake Info

Normal Lake Level is 322.00 feet
above Mean Sea Level.
Current level for Cedar Creek Lake is: 318.81
Water Temperature:
72 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.

MHS baseball camp
The annual Mabank baseball camp is set for Tuesday through Thursday, May 31-June 2. Fee is $50, if paid before the last day of school, and $60 on opening day. Siblings attending get a $5 discount.
Camp is open to incoming first- through ninth-graders. Instruction will help develop throwing and hitting skills, along with fielding mechanics. Position-specific instruction will be included, as well as baserunning and bunting skills, along with competitions and games.
Campers must provide their own gloves, bat, cleats and hat, and should bring a water bottle, sunscreen and tennis shoes (in case of bad weather). There will be a concession stand available (drinks and candy only), and a punch card can be purchased when arriving the first day.
MHS baseball coach Jeff Johnson will be leading the camp. For more information, contact Johnson at (214) 554-0547, or e-mail at

Upcoming Events

Sports Banquets

May 21
Eustace @ EHS cafeteria

Purtis Creek State Park

May 21
(9 p.m.)

May 28
Junior Angler classes
(9 a.m.)































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Sports Highlights

Cubs scratch Bulldogs in 8th, 4-1
By Kerry Yancey
Monitor Staff Writer

MIDLOTHIAN–For the second straight week, the Eustace Bulldogs’ playoff game went into extra innings, but Friday’s eighth inning wasn’t kind to the Bulldogs, as Clifton’s Cubs scored three runs to win the area baseball championship, 4-1.
For the second straight week, Bulldog senior Braden Strickland put up a sterling effort, only to get a “no decision,” as he was pulled after throwing 113 pitches over seven innings, notching 15 strikeouts and allowing just one hit through five innings, finishing with three hits.
In the seventh, Strickland’s last full inning as a high school pitcher, the LSU signee struck out the side with 14 pitches, getting the first and third Cubs swinging and the second one looking for his 400th career K.
Eustace’s Bulldogs finished their season at 20-11 with a bidistrict championship trophy, while Clifton’s Cubs improved to 24-6 after an unbeaten district run and moved on to the regional quarterfinals.

Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
Clifton Cub leadoff baserunner Derrick Neeley (at right) slides safely into second base just ahead of the cutoff throw to Eustace Bulldog senior second baseman Addison Scott during the third inning of Clifton's 4-1 area championship win over Eustace Friday. Neeley wound up stranded, as Eustace pitcher Braden Strickland struck out the next three Cubs.

Clifton drew blood early in Friday’s contest at Midlothian High School, as the second batter, Rick Webb, was hit by a pitch, and promptly took second and third on passed balls.
The third batter, Mary Hardin-Baylor signee Brad Maddux, lined a shot down the right-field line that wound up as a triple, easily scoring Webb.
After a strikeout, Maddux tried to dash home on a passed ball, only to be tagged by Strickland at the plate for the third out.
Clifton’s first-inning score was the only run until the fifth inning, as Cub pitcher Dylan Brownsworth also had his mojo working, striking out the side in the second, sixth and seventh innings.
In the fifth, however, the Bulldogs managed to push a run across to tie the contest at 1-1 after stranding five earlier runners.
Sophomore Trevor Lane (batting ninth) got the Eustace fans on their feet with a leadoff double to left center that rolled to the wall.
The Cubs intentionally walked Strickland, and senior Alex Pharmakis loaded the bases with a perfectly executed bunt down the third-base line.
Bulldog senior Jacob Petillo popped up to first for the initial out, but the next batter, senior Addison Scott, got an RBI when his tap to the pitcher scored Lane.
Eustace left another two runners stranded (seven in all) when the next batter struck out looking.
In the sixth inning, Strickland got out of a two-on, no-out jam by getting Cub first baseman Shaun Harvey to tap into a routine grounder back to Strickland, followed by a strikeout of Austin Brewer.
The next batter, Kyler Kleibrink, tapped a grounder to second for a force out, leaving two runners stranded.
Junior Nathan Taft took the mound for the Bulldogs in the eighth inning and struck out the first batter, Brownsworth.
However, the next batter, Webb, followed with a stand-up double to left field.
Maddux followed with a hit to center, but the Bulldogs were unable to catch Webb at home, or Maddux at second.
Harvey then followed with what appeared to be a routine grounder to short, but the throw to Bulldog first baseman Owen Babcock was wide left and went into the Clifton dugout.
That was Eustace’s second error of the game, and Maddux scored Clifton’s second run of the inning as Harvey lumbered into second.
Brewer moved Harvey to third with a tap back to Taft, and Harvey took advantage of the opportunity, diving face-first onto home plate for the third Cub run on a passed ball.
The next batter hit a routine fly out to second, but the damage was done, and the question was whether the Bulldogs would be able to manufacture enough runs to tie the contest again.
The answer was no, even though senior Jacob Petillo led off with a deep shot to left center.
Petillo, who suffered a hamstring injury back during football season, tweaked his hamstring again in the bidistrict win over Teague, and the play showed just how much it affected him – when healthy, Petillo has the speed to make a shot that deep a stand-up double at least, and possibly a triple.
As it turned out, Petillo was unable to advance beyond first base, and the next batter, Scott, tapped to second, enabling the Cubs to turn a double play, the only one of the contest.
Down to their last at-bat, the Bulldogs saw their season end when Brownsworth got his 11th strikeout of the contest.
“I was extremely proud of how the kids battled all night long against a very good baseball team,” Eustace coach Chris Powers said afterward. “I thought we did enough good things to win, but so did Clifton.”
Powers said the nine seniors on the team helped make this season a memorable one for him.
“Eight (of the seniors) have been in the program for the last four years,” he said. “Since this group of seniors came into high school, they have been very competitive in baseball.
“They’ve been a joy to coach and see their progression through the years,” Powers added. “These are not only good baseball players, but great young men.”



Norman named All-ET
Monitor Staff Reports
TYLER–Mabank High School junior Ashton Norman was named first team All-East Texas by the Tyler Morning Telegraph.
The Tyler newspaper announced the All-East Texas girls’ soccer teams in their Saturday issue, and the boys’ soccer teams in the Sunday issue.
Named as a midfielder, Norman led the Lady Panthers to the sectional playoff – three rounds deep – this past season, scoring almost half of the team’s goals in the process.
She was one of three midfielders selected to the first team, joining Pine Tree sophomore Amanda Cabrera and Grace Community sophomore Caroline Rock.

Monitor file photo
Mabank High School junior Lady Panther Ashton Norman directs her teammates as she comes upfield during the sectional championship match against Whitehouse April 1. Norman was named first-team All-East Texas by the Tyler Morning Telegraph in its Saturday issue.

The Tyler newspaper selected one goalkeeper, three forwards and four defensemen, along with a Player of the Year (Whitehouse junior Chestley Strother, who the Lady Panthers faced in the sectional playoff match) and a Newcomer of the Year (Grace Community freshman Lexi Trimble).
Three more Lady Panthers were given honorable mention on the All-East Texas squads – seniors Lindsey Pait and Natalie Torres, and junior Brittany Findley.
Mabank Panther seniors Clint Cowan and Martin Ledezma were both selected for honorable mention All-East Texas in the Tyler paper’s Sunday issue.


Boater education course set
Monitor Staff Reports
TOOL–The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 5-14 will host the first of eight public boater education courses at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, May 28, at the USCG office, 1907 Island Circle, near Don’s Port Marina.
Fee for the class, which satisfies Texas boater education requirements, is $35 (family and group discounts available). Additional classes may be scheduled for large groups at a specific area.
For registration and more information, contact John Steele at (903) 432-3937, or cell (817) 229-3030, or e-mail  Bring your boat to class for a free vessel safety check.
Additional courses are scheduled June 25, July 23, Aug. 27, Sept. 24 and Oct. 22.




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