Sports and Outdoors


 Lake Info

Normal Lake Level is 322.00 feet above Mean Sea Level.
Current level for Cedar Creek Lake is: 321.90
Water Temperature:
na degrees - top
69 degrees - bottom





Purtis Creek sets annual Kid Fish
Monitor Staff Reports
EUSTACE–The Friends of the Purtis Creek State Park and Wal-Mart will host the annual Kids All-American Fishing Derby Saturday, June 2.
Events open at 8 a.m. and continue to noon at the park, concluding with a free hot dog lunch.
This year, free fishing poles will be provided for the first 200 registered participants.
Children 12 and under will be admitted to the park free; adults and youths 13 and up pay the regular $2 daily entry fee.
The park is located on Farm-to-Market 316, about three miles north of Eustace.
In addition to fishing, children can enter a number of contests, including a casting contest, paddle boat races, and clamber up a climbing wall.
A silent auction will include custom engraved youth model firearms, a guitar autographed by country stars David Allen Coe, Jack Ingram, Ray Wylie Hubbard and others, along with memorabilia from veteran rock star and avid outdoorsman Ted Nugent.
All proceeds benefit The Friends of Purtis Creek State Park, a non-profit organization working to benefit the park.
For more information, call (903) 425-2332.

Trying to get ahead of the competition
Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
Members of the Comets and the Bombers battle for possession during their U16 girls match May 19 at Mabank's George Watts Park.









Kemp’s coach and ‘Teacher of Year’ heads to Athens ISD
Monitor Staff Reports
ATHENS–Kemp’s loss is Athens’ gain.
Head basketball coach Tracy Carter leaves Kemp after four years to coach at Athens High School.
He was one out of 85 applicants who sought the job.
The transfer became official May 17 during Athens ISD board meeting.
Athletic director Dan Hamrick said he chose Tracy because he’s a proven winner.
“We’re very excited to get someone of Tracy’s caliber,” Hamrick told The Athens Review. “He’s a proven winner.”
During Carter’s leadership, the Yellowjackets went 79-49 and made the playoffs four times.
Before that the boys basketball program had won a total of five games the previous three seasons.
His first year, he led the team to its first playoff game in 40 years.
The following year, Kemp was unbeaten in the district and captured its first playoff win in school history.
This past season Kemp clinched a second district title and again made school history moving into Region II-AAA semifinals.
Carter also taught physical education and biology at Kemp.
He was named Kemp High School and district Teacher of the Year, April 17.
“Kemp ISD has been good to me,” Carter told The Monitor. “And I appreciate the community support that was given me during my time there.
“I really enjoyed the kids in the classroom and in athletics, I wish only the best of luck.”

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