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June 26
, 2011






Lake Info

Normal Lake Level is 322.00 feet
above Mean Sea Level.
Current level for Cedar Creek Lake is: 318.32
Water Temperature:
85 degrees - top
84 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.
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
Kemp Area Sports Association football sign-ups will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Saturdays at the Kemp Dairy Queen through July 2.
Football registration is $175 per child, with a $50 non-refundable deposit required at registration. Parents/guardians must also supply a copy (not the original) of the child’s birth certificate.
The last day for registration is July 2. There will be no late sign-ups.

MLLFA camp
Mabank Little League Football Association camp will be held from 6-7:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, June 27-30, at the Mabank High School football practice fields.
Players should dress in cleats, shorts and T-shirt, and be sure to bring plenty of water/Gatorade. Players will be running drills while coaches evaluate skills. For more information, check the website


Upcoming Events

FBC-GBC Basketball

July 1
7 p.m. Past Prime vs
8 p.m. Yellow vs
FBC Mabank
9 p.m. Past Prime vs Young Guns

Purtis Creek State Park

June 30
Campfire skills
(8 p.m.)

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

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

July 3
July 4 bike parade
(10:30 a.m.)

















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Sports Highlights

Herman steps in as new Eustace AD
By Kerry Yancey
Monitor Staff Writer

EUSTACE–Eustace High School athletes engaged in summer workouts had their first meeting with new head coach and athletic director Brian Herman Thursday morning.
Herman also met briefly with his coaching staff as he spent a whirlwind day learning his way around the innards of the cavernous E.L. Kirk gym.
A Minnesota native, Herman, 35, grew up just outside Houston, graduating from Kingwood High School in 1994.
An offensive tackle in high school, Herman attended Sam Houston State University on a football scholarship until a severe shoulder injury (requiring reconstructive surgery) ended his playing days.
Herman and his wife, Nicole (a 1994 Humble High School graduate), both graduated from the University of Texas at Austin, he with a degree in kinesiology and a minor in life/earth sciences.
Eustace is the first head coaching job for Herman, who was the offensive coordinator for the Liberty Hill High School Panthers of District 25-3A last year.
While at Liberty Hill, Herman was a part of a state championship team (2007), and the Panthers are projected to compete for their third district championship in four years this fall.
During a noon-hour interview Thursday, Herman said he was interested in moving from a large and growing school district to a smaller district where students are encouraged to play every sport.
“I went to a large high school – there were almost 800 kids in my class – and I’ve seen too many kids make that decision (to specialize in one sport) too early,” he said. “I’m here because I want the kids to do as much as possible.
“As a football coach, I want my players to get bigger, faster and stronger,” he added. “As an athletic director, I want our athletes to participate and compete – I want my football players playing basketball, basketball players playing baseball and everybody running track. That will make everybody better.”
Herman said he had been “amazed” at the level of support he has already received from school administrators, noting he specifically was looking for a smaller community to raise his family.
“What I’m seeing and hearing about the kids here is what drew me to Liberty Hill, back when it was small,” he added. “I wanted the opportunity to be a head coach and athletic director and have a focus on school and family, without all the extra stuff (at a large district).”
He and his wife, Nicole, have three children – Faith, who will be entering fifth grade; Isabella, who will be entering third grade and 4-year-old Brody.
Under now-departed coach Doug Wendel, who has returned to Oklahoma (see related story), the Bulldogs became very successful in a run-oriented triple-option offense, and the players Herman spoke with Thursday “seemed pleased” that approach won’t change.
Herman said he’ll be using a Slot-T offense, which is very similar to what the Bulldogs have been using.
“We are going to run the ball,” he said. “There are some plays with an option look, but we’ll be using a power offense with a lot of misdirection – traps and sweeps.
“It’ll be a hard-nosed, smash-mouth, old-school type of football,” he added. “I’m not about fluff or flash – I’m about results.”


Texas Football projects lake-area team success
By Kerry Yancey
Monitor Staff Writer

CEDAR CREEK LAKE–Three of the five lake-area football teams are projected to be playoff contenders this fall in the 51st annual issue of Dave Campbell’s Texas Football magazine.
For Mabank and Kemp, this fall marks the second year in District 13-3A, while Eustace enters its second year as a 2A school in District 6-2A Division I.
Nearby Malakoff is in District 11-2A Division I (but Eustace and Malakoff are in the same district for basketball, softball and baseball – go figure), while Trinidad’s six-man Trojans enter their second year in District 12 Division II.
An enrollment “snapshot” will be taken in October for the biennial UIL realignment to be announced next February.
Unless there’s some major change – such as the UIL creating a 6A classification for schools with enormous enrollments – everybody probably will stay about where they are, although the respective districts’ makeup likely will change.
Texas Football doesn’t see a lot of success for Mabank and Kemp in 13-3A, as last year’s playoff teams, Crandall and Ferris, are projected to be joined by Kaufman.
The Lions battled a rash of injuries last year, but return five offensive and six defensive starters, including big, fast tailback Je’Mikal Jobe (6-2, 190, 4.5), who missed three games of the 2010 campaign.
Crandall and Ferris, who both finished district at 4-1 last year, also have small groups of returnees – the Pirates are projected to have four offensive and five defensive starters back, while the Yellowjackets are projected to have three offensive and five defensive starters.
Mabank’s Panthers had a lot of first-year players going both ways last year, but defense should be a strength, with six starters projected to return, joining three offensive starters.
Kemp’s strength has been its defense for a couple of years now, but the Yellowjackets were hit hard by graduation, losing both starting running backs (who also started on defense) and leading linebacker Johnny Kilgore.
The Panthers’ or ’Jackets’ success this year will depend on the new players coming up from the junior varsity and freshman squads, and Mabank likely will have the edge there – but whether it will be enough to break into the playoff trio remains to be seen.
Eustace also suffered through an incredible rash of injuries last year, forcing many young players into starting roles on the varsity. However, that means the Bulldogs welcome back five offensive starters, including their entire backfield.
The key for the Bulldogs will be the development of the offensive line, particularly at center, following the departure of three-year starter Owen Babcock.
Six defensive starters also return, headed by three-year starter Blake Ward at linebacker.
Texas Football projects the Bulldogs to again finish third, behind last year’s champion Grandview and runner-up Maypearl.
The Bulldogs will be working under a new head coach Brian Herman, following the departure of Doug Wendel, who returned to Oklahoma (see related stories, page 1B).
At Malakoff, Tiger fans are hoping the turnaround that brought the team from 0-10 to two straight playoff berths can continue in a newly renovated stadium behind third-year coach Jamie Driskill.
Many of the players who sparked the back-to-back playoff runs are gone, however, as the Tigers welcome back only three offensive starters – but one is all-district quarterback Jacob Teague, who accounted for more than 2,500 yards of total offense and 30 touchdowns last year.
The Tigers also have six defensive returnees, so the defense will be expected to carry the team until the offense starts to click.
A perennial playoff team, the Trinidad Trojans are again expected to be one of two playoff teams (along with Milford’s Bulldogs) in their four-team six-man district, and return three starters on both sides of the ball from last year’s 8-4 squad, which reached the regional semifinals.
Junior RB/DB Zach Spencer returns after being an all-region selection as a sophomore, when he was the Trojans’ top rusher and tackler.





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