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Current Issue
June 19
, 2011






Lake Info

Normal Lake Level is 322.00 feet
above Mean Sea Level.
Current level for Cedar Creek Lake is: 318.30
Water Temperature:
82 degrees - top
82 degrees - bottom

Sports in Brief

MHS basketball camp
The 16th annual Mabank Basketball Camp for boys in grades 2-9 will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Thursday, June 27-30, at the MHS gym.
Fee for the camp is $60, and includes a T-shirt. Applications can be picked up at the MHS athletic office, or contact head coach Mark Allen at (903) 530-0611, or Jimmy English at (972) 839-2194.
Campers will work on fundamental skills during station drills, along with group and team competitions, under coaches with state championships, as well as All-American and All-State recognition.

Red Hot ‘18’
The annual Cedar Creek Lake Area Chamber of Commerce golf tournament, the Red Hot “18” will be held Monday, July 25, at Kings Creek Golf Club, with a 7:45 a.m. check in and an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start.
Entry for the tournament is $60 per player in advance, $65 the day of the tournament, which includes a light breakfast, golf, cart and lunch.
Tri-County Ford will sponsor a hole-in-one contest. Mulligans and buy-a-spot/buy-a-drive will be available.
Sponsorships are sought for holes, beverage cart (3 available), practice green, driving range, Champions (2 available) and Masters (1 only).
For information, contact Tiffany Lilly at (903) 887-6001, Robbye Grissom at (214) 926-1395 or Debra Davis at (903) 887-2870, or contact the chamber office at (903) 887-3152, or e-mail

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.
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.


Upcoming Events

FBC-GBC Basketball

June 25
7 p.m. Team Yellow vs
Young Guns
8 p.m. CLC vs
FBC Mabank
Bye – Past Prime

Purtis Creek State Park

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

Strickland 1st team all-state
Monitor Staff Reports
EUSTACE–After picking up an All-Star game selection and a district MVP nod, recent Eustace High School graduate Braden Strickland obtained another top honor Tuesday, being named first-team All-State.
The Texas High School Baseball Coaches Association released its All-State teams for all classifications Tuesday, with the 2A team listing nine pitchers (three on each of the first, second and third teams), along with six players (two on each team) at the other positions.
Strickland led off the first-team pitcher selections, joined by two other seniors, Cameron Yoe’s John Broussard and New Waverly’s Tommy Bohannon.
The LSU signee hit .500 this past season, with 10 home runs and 44 RBI, went 7-1 with 132 strikeouts – with back-to-back no-hitters – in district play, and notched his 400th career K against the Clifton Cubs in the area championship game.
Strickland came within one walk of notching a perfect game April 8 during a second-round 12-0 shutout of the visiting Malakoff Tigers, striking out 14 of the 16 Tiger batters he faced.
Strickland also excelled in the classroom, gaining academic all-district and academic all-state honors.
Palmer senior pitcher Zach Hobbs was named to the second team.
Other area players named to Class 2A all-state spots include Sunnyvale junior catcher Zach Metzger (first team), Edgewood’s senior shortstop Clay Holtom (second team) and senior third baseman Brandon Bell (second team), and Mildred senior third baseman Zach Thomas (first team).
Also, Canton senior Colton Brewer was named to the 3A second team, and Crandall senior first baseman Ricky Lopez and senior shortstop Cameron Gann were both named to the 3A third team.


On-the-job batter training

Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
Umpire Ray Duncan gives Growlers batter Brody
Whiddon-McClure some last-minute batting instruction
during the Growlers’ 8-9 year old (machine pitch) baseball
contest May 23.


































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