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June 9
, 2011






Lake Info

Normal Lake Level is 322.00 feet
above Mean Sea Level.
Current level for Cedar Creek Lake is: 318.60
Water Temperature:
86 degrees - top
84 degrees - bottom

Sports in Brief

KASA sign-ups
KASA football and cheer/drill sign-ups will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Saturdays at the Kemp Dairy Queen.
Cheer/drill fee is $325/child, and a $50 non-refundable deposit is required at registration. Balances must be paid in full before uniform fittings June 18. Last day to register is June 4.
Football fee is $175/child, with $50 non-refundable deposit at registration, along with a copy of the child’s birth certificate (not the original). Last day to register is June 18. No late sign-ups.

TVCC hosts basketball camps
Trinity Valley Community College will host its annual basketball camp for girls and boys in grades 2-12 Monday through Friday, June 13-17, on the TVCC Athens campus.
Campers will work from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily – each camper will be provided lunch, a camp T-shirt and a summer workout program.
The camp will focus on offensive fundamentals, including shooting form and technique, dribbling drills and one-on-one offensive moves, along with games and competitions.
Cost is $150 for day campers and $250 for resident campers.
A basketball team camp will be held for boys and girls high school teams Friday and Saturday, June 17-18. Cost is $200 per team, and each team is guaranteed five games.
For more information, contact Patrick Smith at (903) 675-6218.

MYFA signups
Malakoff Youth Football Association are holding signups for cheer and football teams on the MYFA website,
Fees are $135 for football and $275 for cheerleaders. Last day for cheer signups is June 18, and all money will be due at that time. For more information, contact Jerry Spiva at (903) 477-0603 or Kassy Honchell at (903) 203-4077.


Upcoming Events

FBC-GBC Basketball
June 11
7:30 FBC Young Guns vs FBC Yellow
8:30 FBC Past Prime vs CLC
Bye – FBC Mabank

Purtis Creek State Park

June 11
Campfire skills
(8 p.m.)

June 18
Canoe/kayak classes
(4 p.m.)

June 19
Canoe tour
(10:30 a.m.)

June 25
(9 p.m.)

June 30
Campfire skills
(8 p.m.)

July 2
Arts and Nature
(3 p.m.)

July 2
Nature tracks and animals
(6 p.m.)



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Sports Highlights

Park hosts Kid Fish
By Linda K. Holt
Monitor Staff Writer
EUSTACE–Sun, water and worms. It’s National Fishing Day, and the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department sponsored fishing events for kids of all ages around the state, including at Purtis Creek State Park.
Saturday’s turnout was down considerably from last year, despite cooler weather, as 218 kids registered, according to park superintendent Mendy Davis.

Courtesy Photo
Central Elementary student Kyleigh Smith, 7, caught a 3.5-pound bass at Purtis Creek State Park the day before National Fishing Day. She and her dad camped overnight.

Kids visited seven stations after registration to acquire equipment and information about fishing in area lakes. As of 11 a.m., 30 kids registered their catches.
The lake was down about three feet, and that, coupled with warm weather, made shoreline fishing challenging.
Shanna Hughes of Friends of Purtis Creek captured color photos of the kids with their registered catches to give to them free of charge.
Park Ranger Ron Fortner took names, while his son, Shane, weighed the catches for the kids.
Tootsie the clown made balloon critters and fishing rods for all who patiently waited in the sun for them.
A wide variety and sizes of fish were caught including catfish, black bass (largemouth), bream and crappie – and a turtle, as well.

Monitor Photo/Pearl Cantrell
Eustace resident Dylan Wisdom, 12, shows dad Dennis his prize catch, while sister Kristen looks on at the joke during Kid Fish at the Purtis Creek State Park Saturday.

Official winners were:
Age 0-6 – first, Naomi Rozanea, 5, with 3.42 pounds, second, Wyatt Sandridge with 2.14 pounds and third, Rachel Townsend, 6, with 1.30 pounds.
Age 7-12 – first, Kayden Stewart, 8, with 2.42 pounds, second, Whitnei Seay, 7, 1.40 pounds, third, Serina Baer, 11, 1.39 pounds.
Age 13-16 – first, Ashley Blaylock, 13, 2.37 pounds (no other entrants in this age group).
Steve Campbell, Communications Division of Texas Parks & Wildlife Department, manned the practice fishing area. Campbell also is an aquatic education specialist and tackle loaner program coordinator.

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Strickland set for All-Star game
Monitor Staff Reports
EUSTACE–Recent Eustace High School graduate Braden Strickland is one of four pitchers named for the All-Star High School baseball contest Saturday, June 18, at Dell Diamond in Round Rock.
An LSU signee, Strickland led the Eustace Bulldogs into the area round of the state playoffs this past baseball season, notching his 400th career strikeout in the process.
During District 13-2A play, the Bulldogs handed loop champion Palmer its only district loss behind Strickland, who had 17 strikeouts and two walks in the 5-1 victory.
Palmer (now 22-12) was scheduled to face Nacogdoches Central Heights (34-6) at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Class 2A semifinal at Dell Diamond. The winner will face either Cameron Yoe or Bushland for the state championship at noon Thursday (today).
Strickland is the only 2A pitcher named to the 1A-3A All-Star game; the others are Gavin Williamson of Carthage, Corey Taylor of Kennedale (a 3A state semifinalist) and Kyler Scheriger of Graham, all 3A schools.
The only other All-Star player from the area is Mildred Eagle Zach Thomas, who was one of two third basemen named.
















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