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Normal Lake Level is 322.00 feet above Mean Sea Level.
Current level for Cedar Creek Lake is: 321.84 Water Temperature:
73  degrees - top
62
degrees - bottom

 

 

 

Bettis takes 2nd at state
By Kerry Yancey
Monitor Staff Writer

KEMP–Kemp High School senior Sharda Bettis finished second in the Class 3A 100 meter hurdles Saturday at the state track meet, marking her fourth straight appearance at a state meet. BettisMedal.jpg (167782 bytes)
Bettis clocked 15.14 seconds to finish 0.25 second behind Longview Spring Hill’s Shelby Young, who won in 14.89 seconds.
Young and Bettis led a strong field, with just 1.17 seconds separating first place from sixth place.
In February, Bettis signed with Prairie View A&M University with the intent to train for a future Olympics bid under former three-time Olympic sprinter Angela Williams.
Bettis was disappointed with her time Saturday, having clocked a personal-best 14.2 earlier this spring.
“I think this year was way different (than last year),” Bettis said Tuesday. “I had so much pressure on me, because I won last year. I think I kinda let that pressure get to me a little bit.”
Finishing second doesn’t detract from the fact Bettis has won state twice in her four years of high school (in Mississippi as a freshman and in Texas last year as a junior) with two top-10 finishes as a sophomore (fourth in the 100 hurdles and eighth in the 300 hurdles).
“I don’t think that’s sunk in yet,” she said. “I feel disappointed in myself, and I think I let people down.”
Bettis said her start cost her the race.
“I didn’t come out of my blocks as strong as I usually do,” she said. “I think that’s where I fell behind.”
She explained that she always tries to be the first one reaching the first hurdle – after that, she can usually maintain her lead.
Last year’s gold medal win capped a particularly difficult year, with her father and her boyfriend dying about a month apart, and this year has also been difficult emotionally for the young (she turned 18 in March) senior.
Looking ahead to graduation, Sharda (pronounced Shar-DAY) said her situation is emotionally difficult, because she’ll have to leave the friends she’s made in Kemp and her coach (girls’ coordinator Peggy Swierc) behind.
“At the same time, I know that I have the opportunity to meet with a new coach and start a new journey,” she said.
Bettis has no plans for graduation, but notes she won’t be out partying.
“I will be super excited to walk across the stage and get my diploma, after all the stuff I’ve been through,” she said.

Rabon bowls perfect game
Monitor Staff Reports
SEVEN POINTS–After 43 years of bowling, left-hander David Rabon finally bowled a perfect game of 300.
Twelve strikes, one right after another, came easily for the tall, calm, lanky bowler May 13 during league competition at Lakeplex Lanes in Seven Points. BowlingRabon.jpg (124747 bytes)
It was the first 300 game of the season for the Thursday Night Gutterdusters league, with only one remaining night of competition left (tonight).
Rabon is on the Bust ’Em Up team with Aleshia Lansdale, Robin Putnam and Ricky Phillips. He currently has a 165 average and his team is fifth place. Prior to bowling the 300 game, Rabon had bowled a 151 and a 202.
Rabon started bowling when he was 10 and comes from an Oklahoma City bowling family. His mother and sister are both avid bowlers.
Although Rabon owns five bowling balls, his most recent purchase was the ball that rolled the 300 game.
He bought the winning ball about nine months ago from Lakeplex Lanes Pro Shop when he was going to join league bowling in the area. Yogi Mixon, another fine area bowler, drilled the holes in the ball for him.
Rabon has lived in Eustace for 20 years, and works for Story Electric in Mabank. Besides bowling, Rabon enjoys motorcycle riding.

 

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