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Normal Lake Level is 322.00 feet above Mean Sea Level.
Current level for Cedar Creek Lake is: 321.83 Water Temperature:
76  degrees - top
degrees - bottom


KHS names sports award winners
By Kerry Yancey
Monitor Staff Writer
KEMP–Two multi-sport senior standouts were named as the male and female “Athlete of the Year” at the annual Kemp High School spring sports banquet Monday.
Zach Allison and Amanda Lawrence were selected by coaches for their strong performances in a number of sports, as well as their strong academic performances, audience members heard.
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Kemp High School seniors and award winners gather for a picture following the conclusion of the annual KHS spring sports banquet at the high school auditorium Monday.

Allison played five different sports this year, starting with football (where he was a unanimous first-team all-district pick at linebacker) and basketball (second team all-district) in the fall, along with three spring sports – baseball (a unanimous first-team all-district selection), golf and track.
Lawrence was Kemp’s only first-team all-district pick in volleyball, and was a second-team all-district pick in basketball. She also qualified for the regional track meet (for the third straight year) as part of the district-winning 400-meter relay team.
Lawrence and senior Kimmie Gorka were both named academic all-state in track, girls coordinator and head track coach Peggy Swierc reported.
Sports highlights this spring included a second straight playoff appearance by the girls basketball team, who lost only one game at home all year (to unbeaten district champion Canton), and a return to the playoffs by the boys basketball team.
The girls fell to Rains in bidistrict play, while the boys defeated Quinlan Ford in bidistrict but fell to regional finalist Liberty-Eylau in the area round.
Another major highlight was the performance of the track team, who set 11 new school records this season, qualified for the Texas Relays for the second straight year and ran at the first indoor meet in school history, Swierc told the audience.
For the second straight year, Sharda Bettis was the regional champion in the 100-meter hurdles, advancing to the state meet, where she finished second, bringing home a silver medal.
This spring also saw the establishment of the first soccer team in school history. The boys finished at 5-3-2 and are looking forward to playing a district schedule this coming school year.
Athletic Booster Club president Robert Emfinger presented Booster scholarships to four seniors – Bettis, Gorka, Kayleigh Morton and Cris Murray.
Those four were selected by an out-of-town group of judges who didn’t know any of the 13 students who applied for scholarships, Emfinger pointed out.
Awards were handed out by coaches in each sport, and are listed below.
Girls basketball – Highest free throw percentage Brianna Powell, Sportsmanship Award Shelbie Wright, Heart and Hustle Award Brandy Simmons, Offensive Player of Year (POY) Michelle Ritterbach, Defensive POY Brittany Simmons, MVP Ritterbach and Brittany Simmons.
Boys basketball – Leadership Award Allison, Longevity/Endurance Award Jake Goldman and Ryan Emfinger, MVP Wesley Kerr.
Soccer – Offensive POY Cory Sitzmann, Defensive POY Patrick Renfro, Mid-field POY Adrian Cruz, Heart and Hustle Award Gamaliel Salazar, MVP Dereck Whiteley.
Powerlifting – Girls Outstanding Lifter Macey Olivarez, Boys Outstanding Lifter Ray Hodges, Best All-Around Lifter Murray.
Golf – Most Improved A.J. Durham and Candace House, Golfer of the Year Ashley Easterly and Masin Hughes.
Softball – Most Improved Nicole Autrey, Lady ’Jacket Award Chancie Sivley, Offensive POY Lacey Pettigrew, Defensive POY Amanda White, Utility POY (new award) Brittany Henderson.
Baseball – Rookie of the Year Bradley Steward and Blake Watkins, Leadership Award Murray, Offensive POY Aaron Haessly, Defensive POY Brice King, MVP Allison.
Track – Outstanding Jumper Bettis and Kerr, Outstanding Thrower Shannon Shipp and Terrence Sistrunk, Outstanding Distance Runner Taylor Cuhadar, Outstanding Sprinter Gorka and Matt Kinney (also Most Improved), Outstanding Hurdler Bettis and Jeremy Quick, Heart Award Ritterbach, Allison and Justin Lawler, Leadership Award Lawrence, Kerr and Quick, MVP Bettis.


Safe Boating Week May 22-28
By W. Darell Murphy
Special to The Monitor

CEDAR CREEK LAKE–May 22-28 has been designated as National Safe Boating Week, and is an opportunity for all of us to renew our commitment to boating safety.
Over the years, Cedar Creek Lake has had it share of accidents resulting in property damage, injuries and even deaths, most of which could have been prevented.
According to U.S. Coast Guard statistics, operator inattention, careless or reckless operation, no proper lookout, operator inexperience and passenger or skier behavior rank as the top five contributing factors to recreational boating accidents.
Alcohol consumption continues to be of major concern in fatal boating accidents, and is listed as the leading contributing factor in 17 percent of the deaths.
During 2008, the Coast Guard recorded 709 deaths, 3,331 injuries and approximately $54 million dollars in damage to property stemming from 4,789 recreational boating accidents.
For more than 70 years, the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary has provided boater education to the American boating public. Courses are taught by experienced and knowledgeable instructors committed to the highest standards of the U.S. Coast Guard.
For more information about Coast Guard Auxiliary boater education courses at Cedar Creek Lake, call local Flotilla 5-14 at (903) 432-4490.
In addition to boater education courses the Auxiliary also offers free Vessel Safety Checks. These free inspections are to assure that your boat meets Texas Parks and Wildlife regulations and is equipped for safe operation.
Information about Vessel Safety Checks can also be obtained by calling Flotilla 5-14 at (903) 432-4490.
Here are some of the common safety issues observed by the members of Flotilla 5-14 on Cedar Creek Lake, while providing our safety patrols. Most responsible boaters are aware of these issues, but it never hurts to refresh our memory.
Personal Water Craft (PWCs) may not be operated if the person is under 16, unless the operator is accompanied by a person at least 18 years of age, or is at least 13 and has successfully completed an approved boating safety course.
PWCs may only be operated at slow (headway) speed to maintain directional control when within 50 feet (100 feet on Cedar Creek Lake) of any other vessel, person, stationary platform or other object, or shore, including bridges.
PWCs may only be operated during the period between sunrise and sunset. Remember that is not legal to be on the water on a PWC before sunrise and after sunset, even though there is still light.
Life jackets, also known as Personal Flotation Devices (PFDs) are required for everyone on board a vessel.
The PFD should be the proper size and fit for each person onboard. An additional throwable device, such as a floating cushion, is required on a vessel. Persons on PWCs are required to wear PFDs at all times.
The Coast Guard Auxiliary recommends that a life jacket be worn at all times when on the water. Think of it as your boat’s seat belt.
They do save lives – 90 percent of all boating accident victims who drowned were not wearing a PFD.
Flotilla 5-14 will have a display in the parking lot at Walmart in Gun Barrel City from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 22.
Members of the Coast Guard Auxiliary will be present to discuss our mission on the lake and general questions about the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary.
We will be happy to provide answers to your questions about safe boating, to provide information about boating safety classes offered locally and to provide information about free Vessel Safety Checks available at our lake. Be sure to stop by!




Upcoming games


May 29
Round the Lake Regatta

June 12
Skipper’s practice sail/clinic

Semi-Pro Football

May 22
1st round playoffs

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