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  GBC softball league opens
By Kerry Yancey
Monitor Staff Writer

GUN BARREL CITY–Long-time police chief Mabelle Lane-Ross tossed out the first pitch Tuesday evening, kicking off Gun Barrel City’s first adult co-ed softball league.
The league’s six teams – the Rebels, the Replacements, the Longhorns, Xtreme-Tanksley, the Impossibles and the Dictators – will be playing a round-robin format, with games set for 7, 8:05 and 9:10 every Tuesday night at the city park.

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ABOVE: Veteran city employee and long-time police chief Mabelle Lane-Ross tosses out the first pitch Tuesday, as Gun Barrel City co-ed softball league play gets underway at the city park.

In the opening games, the Replacements beat the Rebels 18-8, with Xtreme-Tanksley edging the Longhorns 10-9 and the Dictators knocking off the Impossibles 7-2.
League coordinator David Morrow said Tuesday night league play will continue through Sept. 8.
“We’re also looking to put together a fall league,” Morrow said. “We’ve been trying to get people interested in forming a senior league, but we’re not having much luck on that.”
Umpires are needed to help play continue, and Morrow said anyone wanting to become a certified umpire are asked to contact him at (903) 603-3957.

Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
The cutoff throw gets away from Replacements second baseman Lindie Frideley (left) as Rebels baserunner Pete Evans comes in during the Replacements’ 18-8 win over the Rebels in the opening game of the Gun Barrel City co-ed adult softball league Tuesday. Evans and Frideley collided, but were unbruised.

“Gun Barrel has never had a lot of activity at the park, so we’re trying to beef it up,” he noted.
The adult softball league is the most recent development at the park, which gained a jogging trail last summer.
More improvements are planned through grant funding; the city is expected to hear the results of its grant application in August.

Groups urge boat owners to comment on E15 waiver
Special to The Monitor
ALEXANDRIA, Va.–The idea of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) allowing the introduction of a fuel that has never been independently tested for use with marine engines has Boat Owners Association of the United States (BoatUS) and the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) urging every boater in America to speak out on the issue before the federal comment period closes Monday, July 20.
In March, Growth Energy, a pro-ethanol lobbying organization, and 54 ethanol producers petitioned the EPA to allow an increase in the amount of ethanol in gasoline from 10 percent (E10) to 15 percent (E15).
After an initial comment period that drew nearly 30,000 comments from concerned boaters, the marine industry, marina operators and many other boating groups, the agency extended the comment deadline to July 20.
BoatUS and the NMMA are concerned because boat engines are not designed, calibrated or certified for use with gasoline containing more than 10 percent ethanol.
Recreational boat warranty documents and manufacturers owner’s manuals currently advise boaters not to use gasoline containing more than 10 percent ethanol, and therefore, the use of E15 in marine engines could void engine warranties while damaging motors and fuel systems.
“This is not about growing renewable energy,” BoatUS vice president of government affairs Margaret Podlich said. “This is really about a group of investors attempting to profit at the expense of 13 million recreational boat owners.
“We had significant problems with the nationwide roll-out of E10 a few years ago, and without further independent testing of E15 with marine engines we are very likely to see similar issues,” Podlich said.
Podlich is referring to the widely known problems with ethanol’s ability to attract water into gasoline, or “phase separate,” which has led to boat engine failures and major repair or replacement costs for boaters. It also degrades fiberglass boat gas tank walls.
If the ethanol lobby’s petition is approved, it would also affect other gasoline-powered products.
“There are an estimated 500 million gasoline-powered engines in the U.S., from boats and autos to chainsaws, lawn mowers and ATVs, so this issue not only severely impacts the recreational boating industry, but many others as well,” NMMA legislative director Mathew Dunn said.
“We have a very simple position on this matter. Science – not politics – should ultimately determine EPA’s decision on whether to allow the sale of any increased ethanol blend that’s more than 10 percent,” Dunn said.
“At present, it is clear there is insufficient scientific and technical data to justify granting the increase, and EPA should therefore deny it outright,” he added.
Boaters can go to  or  before the federally mandated comment period ends July 20 to learn more.
BoatUS and the NMMA urge boat owners to send the EPA an e-mail asking them to deny the petition for a waiver for the use of E15 fuel until more testing is done on marine engines and fuel systems.


Miller, Winn win tourney
Monitor Staff Reports
KEMP–The duo of Rick Miller and David Winn capped the championship flight during a July 4 fund-raiser tournament at the Cedar Creek Country Club.
Miller and Winn combined for a 62 in the two-man scramble best ball format, tied with two other teams – Glen Ewing and Mike Roach and Casey Brown and Terry Brown.
A scorecard playoff broke the tie, and determined finishes for each team.
Dan Merrill and Bob Weckherlin were a shot back at 63, while Rodney Wray and Lee Ayers carded a 64.
Jason Hardy and Matt Norman finished at 65, while John Loar and Larry Delong carded a 66.
There were three teams tied at 68 to round out the championship flight – Jeffrey Van Horn and Marty Jackson, Terry Butler and Mike Nelson, and John Andrews and Dave Rohde.
The duo of Bob Pearson and Brad Moody won a scorecard playoff to top the first flight leaderboard with a 61, tied with Skip Godwin and David Cary. Jim Jones and Kurt Schumacher finished two shots back at 63.
Three teams tied at 64 – Dan Bradfield and Steve Carter, Billy Tyler and Tyler Underriner, and Phil Hoover and Greg Sjerven.
Ken Green and Wes Verner finished with a 66, followed by Dodey Hughes and Mason Hughes at 68.
Rod Hunt and Bob Keller finished at 69, while Randy Squibb and Charles Hetmer rounded out the first flight with a 70.
Raymie Shackelford and Brandon Smith led off the second flight with a 58, two shots better than the second-place duo of Jim and Jason Driscoll, who carded a round of 60.
Joe and Tyler Kelly combined for a 63 to finish third in the second flight.
Three teams tied at 64 – Bob and Scott Relyea, Billy and Becky Lenamond and Buddy and Katie Hibbs.
Jeff Larue and Dennis Wilbur tied with Brent and Adrienne McDonald at 67, while Jim Taylor and Tom Green combined for a 68.
Larry Bilbrey and Tom Parker shot 70, while two teams shot 72 to round out the second flight – Bill Collins and Stu Fowler and Don Richardson and Ron Rodgers.
Ken Cates and Chad Luig fired a 63 to lead the third flight, one shot better than Brian Frank and Billy Holland.
Three teams tied at 65 – Helen Fowler and Donna Schumacher, Ray and Shirley Brown and Marla Hughston and Debbie Ewing.
Charlie Theis and Jim Keller fired a 66, with Mark Hughston and Marvin Wycoff one shot back at 67 and the duo of Johnny Countryman and Carl Stapp four shots back at 70.
Lance Herell and Chris Thompson fired a 71, while Ron Moore and David Jernigan finished at 75 to round out the third flight.

Upcoming games

GBC co-ed softball
July 14
7 p.m.
Replacements vs Impossibles
8:05 p.m.
Longhorns vs Rebels
9:10 p.m.
Dictators vs Xtreme-Tanksley
July 21
7 p.m.
Xtreme-Tanksley vs Replacements
8:05 p.m.
Impossibles vs Rebels
9:10 p.m.
Dictators vs Longhorns


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