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June 30
, 2011






Lake Info

Normal Lake Level is 322.00 feet
above Mean Sea Level.
Current level for Cedar Creek Lake is: 318.25
Water Temperature:
85 degrees - top
83 degrees - bottom

Sports in Brief

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.

TVCC shooting camp
Young basketball players are invited to participate in the annual Trinity Valley Community College shooting camp from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, July 11-14.
Cost is $70 for each participant and $60 for each additional family member, which includes a camp T-shirt and an off-season shooting program.
TVCC head men’s coach Patrick Smith and assistant coach Guy Furr will provide offensive position work and drills, along with games and competitions. For more information, contact Smith at (903) 675-6218.

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

July 8
7 p.m. Young Guns vs
8 p.m. Past Prime vs
FBC Mabank
Bye-Team Yellow

July 15
7 p.m. FBC Mabank vs
Team Yellow
8 p.m. Young Guns vs
Bye-Past Prime

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

Jackson heads to Nationals
Monitor Staff Reports
MABANK–Recent Mabank High School graduate and two-time high school All-Around Cowboy winner Dustin Jackson added another notch to his saddle by qualifying for the 63rd annual National High School Finals Rodeo in Gillette, Wyo., next month.

Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
Recent Mabank High School graduate Dustin Jackson hangs on to record a 73 score during saddle bronc competition at Friday's performance of the 56th annual Mabank Western Week Rodeo. At the Texas High School Rodeo Association finals in Abilene recently, Jackson qualified for the 63rd annual National High School Finals Rodeo in Wyoming July 17-23.

At the Texas High School Rodeo Association finals in Abilene, Jackson qualified in the saddle bronc competition – one of just four Texas contestants from each event to qualify for the Nationals, scheduled for Sunday through Saturday, July 17-23.
Texas has the largest contingent attending the Nationals, the world’s largest rodeo, which draws more than 1,500 contestants from 41 states, five Canadian Provinces and Australia.
Jackson and others will be competing for more than $200,000 in prizes, plus more than $350,000 in college scholarships and the chance to be named the National High School Rodeo Champion.
To win the championship, contestants must finish in the top 20 after two elimination rounds to advance to the Saturday night finals.
In addition to the rodeo action, National Finals Rodeo contestants will have the opportunity to represent their team in a volleyball tournament, enjoy nightly contestant dances, participate in a talent contest, compete in an NRA-sanctioned rifle shooting competition, test their skills in a Knowledge Bowl competition and visit the historical attractions of the Cowboy State.
To follow Jackson at the National Finals Rodeo, check the NHSFR website at

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Rodeo features tight competition
Monitor Staff Reports
MABANK–A couple of singular efforts and some close competition marked the 56th annual Mabank Western Week Rodeo last weekend.
The singular efforts came in both the bareback bronc riding and bull riding, where a single payout went to the only cowboy who could meet the buzzer atop the animals supply by Corsicana’s Hat Brand Rodeo Company.

Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
Joey Bell Jr. of Malakoff grabs the steer during Saturday’s performance at the Mabank Western Week Rodeo en route to notching a 4.8 second time, giving him second place overall in the steer wrestling competition.

Josh Hudson was saddled with an uncooperative mount on his first attempt during Friday night’s bareback bronc competition, but officials offered him a re-ride later in the evening.
Hudson scored 78 on the re-ride and turned out to be the only performer in the money at the end of the competition.
Similarly, Cody Holloway was the only bull rider to stay aboard during Friday night’s performance, and there was no bull riding Saturday, making him the winner with a 74 score.
Performances were a lot closer in the timed events, as the final rider turned out to be the winner in a couple of events.
Less than a quarter of a second covered first through fourth places in barrel racing, as Hannah Forsythe won with a time of 16.256 seconds.
Just 0.138 second behind was Lee Ann Graham, and Terrell’s Megan Gay took third place with a time of 16.488 seconds.
Fourth place went to Jordan Wright, who finished at 16.5 seconds flat.
It was almost that close in breakaway roping, as Karen Little took the win with an outstanding time of 2.25 seconds.
Second place went to J.J. Hampton at 2.28 seconds, with Jayme Marcrum third at 2.5 seconds and Brenna Byler fourth at 2.53 seconds.
Competitors had to be quick in the steer wrestling event, as well, with Trey Green taking the win by clocking just 3.9 seconds.
Second place went to Malakoff’s Joey Bell Jr., who clocked 4.8 seconds, followed by Termain Debose at 5.2 seconds and Brother Guilder fourth at 5.5 seconds.
It wasn’t any easier in the calf roping event, as Kolt Henderson took the win by clocking 8.53 seconds, edging Cory Soloman by 0.13 second.
Kyler Bramhall took third at 9.28 seconds, followed by Cody Quaney (9.44) and Kyle Anderson (9.63).
A single point separated first from second in the saddle bronc event, as Joel Ragsdale won with a 77 against Bobby King’s 76.
Almost half a second separated first from second in the team roping event, as the duo of Tee Woolman and Wade Clayton clocked 5.13 seconds to win, with the duo of Brad Hamilton and Mickey Grimes second at 5.6 seconds.
Third and fourth place was a dead heat, as the team of Justin Lovell and J.W. Cotton and the duo of Paul Herbert and Joe Rion both clocked 5.75 seconds.
Fifth place went to the duo of Tyler and Tyler (Wade and Barton), who clocked 5.84 seconds.

Learning the fundamentals early
Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
Third- and fourth-grade boys dribble down the center line, trying to stay low, under the watchful eye of former Mabank High School standout and assistant coach Tyler Fisher (at left) as the 16th annual MHS basketball camp opens Monday. About 65 to 70 boys and girls turned out for the camp, which continues through Thursday (today) at the MHS gym.




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