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July 17
, 2011






Lake Info

Normal Lake Level is 322.00 feet
above Mean Sea Level.
Current level for Cedar Creek Lake is: 317.74
Water Temperature:
90 degrees - top
86 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

Purtis Creek State Park will host a night of stargazing and activities from 9 to 10 p.m. Saturday, July 23. For more information, contact Purtis Creek State Park at (903) 425-2332.

Learn campfire skills
Purtis Creek State Park will have a campfire skills program from 8 to 9 p.m. Saturday, July 30. There will be workshops and seminars geared to help you learn outdoor skills. There will also be campfire gatherings and hayrides. For more information, contact Purtis Creek State Park at (903) 425-2332.

Upcoming Events

FBC-GBC Basketball

July 22
End-of-season tourney
7 p.m. Seed 4 vs Seed 5
8 p.m. Seed 3 vs Seed 2
9 p.m. 4/5 winner vs
Seed No. 1



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Sports Highlights

TTAB baseball tournament tightens up
By Sam Epps
Monitor Staff Writer

MABANK-The 2011 Texas Teenage Baseball Association (TTAB) District 11 freshman playoffs concluded Friday.
The tourney, for 11-12 year old baseball players, consists of 10 teams; including the Mabank Knights, Malakoff Nationals, Malakoff Rangers, Eustace Bandits, Athens Xpress, Athens Red Sox, Palmer Longhorns, Kerens Bobcats, Blooming Grove Lions and Rice Bulldogs.
The games began Monday, and continued throughout the week.

Monitor Photo/Sam Epps
Eustace first baseman Gannon Kirkhart (right) tries to get
a Palmer Longhorn baserunner out at first. The throw came
in a little late, and the runner was safe.

In Monday’s games, the Palmer Longhorns defeated the Athens Red Sox, 9-4.
The Mabank Knights defeated the Rice Bulldogs in an offensive showdown, 13-9.
The Malakoff Nationals blew past the Blooming Grove Lions, 16-3. The Kerens Bobcats fell to the Athens Xpress, 13-2.
In Tuesday’s games, the Kerens Bobcats beat the Red Sox, 6-5. Kerens faced the Knights Wednesday evening.
The Knights fell to the Malakoff Rangers, 3-2, Tuesday.
The Palmer Longhorns beat Eustace 14-4 during the 5:30 p.m. game. Eustace then lost to the Rice Bulldogs, 17-9, in the 8 p.m. game.
Rice also advanced past the Blooming Grove Lions Tuesday.
On Wednesday, the Palmer Longhorns defeated the Nationals, 19-4, advancing the ’Horns and putting the Nationals in the lower bracket to face the Kerens Bobcats.
The Bobcats defeated the Mabank Knights, 10-8, earlier, but fell to the Nationals in the next game.
Also Wednesday, both the Athens Xpress and the Rice Bulldogs made it past the Malakoff Rangers.
Games continued through Friday, with the championship game held at 8 p.m.


Run, Punt, Pass & Kick event a success
Special to The Monitor
KEMP–The Kemp Area Sports Association (KASA) held its inaugural Run, Punt, Pass & Kick competition July 9.
The event was initiated by KASA football commissioner Rusty Clamon to help spark interest in KASA, especially considering the low sign-up numbers in recent years.
The competition was also instrumental in raising money for its youth program.
The event took place as planned, and enjoyed a good turnout with a total of 87 kids participating.
“It is clear that this event will be an annual classic,” Clamon said.
“However, to give credit where it is owed, the tremendous success of this initial event is due solely to our community banding together with the desire that our youth football program not only survives, but continues to thrive in the manner for which we have long been accustomed,” he added.
The event raised much-needed money for the KASA program, and enough interest was sparked to bring an additional fifteen new participants for the youth football teams.
Many sponsors made the inaugural competition successful, and Clamon expressed gratitude to R&R Screen Graphics Trophies Inc., the First National Bank of Kemp, Kemp Family Pharmacy and ColorTyme Rent to Own of Mabank, which donated a 42-inch Samsung flat screen plasma television that was given away.
Other donations to the event were made by New Horizons Daycare and Private School, Kemp Hotties, Kemp Polka Dot Couture, Kemp Dairy Queen, Kemp Sonic, Kemp General Dollar Store, Kemp Edge Hair Salon, Kemp CCTV, Kemp Mickey's, Kemp Close to My Heart, Kemp Sack-A-Burger, Kemp Family Pharmacy, Indian Oaks Golf Course, Kemp Western Café and Xtreme Graphics of Gun Barrel.
You can contact Clamon for inquiries, or to make a donation to help the KASA Youth Football Association, by e-mailing him at clamon64@



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