Sports and Outdoors


 Lake Info

Normal Lake Level is 322.00 feet above Mean Sea Level.
Current level for Cedar Creek Lake is: 322.32
Water Temperature:
na degrees - top
70 degrees - bottom





Mabank holds football camp
Monitor Photos/Kerry Yancey

ABOVE: Mabank High School coach Michael Rowland demonstrates how to hold the football properly to begin a punt during the annual Mabank Panther football camp Monday. BELOW: MHS coach David Collins watches younger campers as they try their hand at punting. The football camp runs through Thursday (today).

Golfers sought for new benefit tournament
Monitor Staff Reports
KEMP–A new golf tournament set Monday, June 18, at the Cedar Creek Country Club will benefit a proposed new Kaufman County Children’s Advocacy Center.
The Kaufman Economic Development Corporation is seeking to raise $30,000 to match with a $30,000 grant.
The need for an advocacy center has been endorsed by all county judges, the district attorney, the Public Defender’s Office, the county justices of the peace, the sheriff and most law enforcement agencies, as well as many county religious leaders.
Golfers will be allowed to choose one of two formats when they sign up – either a traditional scramble or stroke play.
Under the stroke play format, golfers from each Kaufman County city/community will play against each other – Kaufman vs. Forney vs. Mabank vs. Kemp vs. Scurry/Rosser vs. Terrell.
Each city will be allowed as many golfers as sign up, and each golfer plays his/her ball.
Lowest scores will be registered for each city on each hole, and then compared. The winning city will secure the new Kaufman County Cup, now being designed by Michelle Joseph of Crandall.
Hole sponsors and other sponsors are being sought. A $1,000 sponsorship (lunch or hat) will include registration for four golfers and signs.
A major sponsor ($500) will include registration for four golfers and two holes, while a hole-sponsor sign is $100.
Each four-player team fee is $280, with a two-player team $150. Individual golfers may register for $85.
Kaufman EDC Executive Director Lee Ayers is the committee chair. For more information, contact Ayers at (972) 932-5332. For signup forms, stop by the Kaufman Chamber of Commerce office at 2100 S. Washington St. in Kaufman, or call (972) 932-3118.

Record turnout seen at Purtis Creek State Park’s annual Kid Fish

Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
Lakeview Elementary first-grader Whitney Bradshaw holds up a fish caught during the annual Kids All-American Fishing Derby at Purtis Creek State Park Saturday. Another record number of kids, 256, signed up to participate in the annual fishing derby, which also featured games, prizes and a free hot dog lunch.

Canton third-grader Cameron Johnson tries his hand at archery during the annual Kids All-American Fishing Derby Saturday at Purtis Creek State Park.

Volunteer Larry Couch (left) adds another cooked hot dog to the holding tray as partner Jack Chance turns other hot dogs on the grill Saturday. Wal-Mart in Gun Barrel City provided the hot dogs and fixin’s for the traditional free hot dog lunch. Proceeds from the event benefited the Friends of the Purtis Creek State Park.

Purtis Creek State Park Superintendent Justin Rhodes (left), accompanied by Eric Hagan, speaks to the crowd as he hands out trophies to the various class winners.

Paddleboaters pedal furiously through the calm waters of Purtis Creek Lake as one points to activity ashore.

Robin Bridger of Eustace helps young friend Emma Carpenter, 3, pick up some spilled Cheetos as she and older sister Hailey Carpenter, 5, eat hot dogs at the conclusion of Saturday’s Kids All-American Fishing Derby.


YMCA reslates meeting
Monitor Staff Reports
ATHENS–The Henderson County YMCA is accepting team registrations for adult fall men’s and co-ed softball leagues.
A coaches’ meeting has been rescheduled for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 12, at the YMCA office in Athens.
Teams from around the county looking to join a softball league for summer play are invited to participate in the YMCA leagues.
Registration forms may be obtained from the league website, or from the YMCA office, or at the league coaches’ meeting.
For more information, contact the Y at (903) 264-YMCA (9622).

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