Normal Lake Level is 322.00 feet
above Mean Sea Level.
Current level for Cedar Creek Lake is:
62 degrees - top
62 degrees - bottom
SBOE asked to revise athletic
Monitor Staff Reports
AUSTIN–The State Board of Education was asked Thursday to consider a
rule change enabling high school student athletes to get four years of
credit for athletics, the same as allowed for band, choir, theater and
other elective courses.
A story by Terrence Stutz posted on the Dallas Morning News website
Wednesday outlined the change requested by Brenham High School coach
Crag Agnew and backed by the Texas High School Coaches Association, the
Texas Girls Coaches Association and the Texas Athletic Directors
In the 2007 Regular Session, the Texas Legislature initiated new
graduation requirements, raising the number of credits from 24 to 26.
Of that number, students need four years of math, science, English and
social studies – known as the 4x4 core courses – along with electives
and other required classes.
Each student is required to have 1˝ credits (or years) of physical
education, but under the current rule, athletes cannot get more than two
years of credit for sports.
“With the impending changes regarding 4x4 and 26 credits to graduate,
class period slots will be at a premium,” Agnew was quoted in Stutz’s
story. “No room will be available for non-credit classes like athletics
during a student’s junior and senior years.
“Student athletes will often not have the opportunity to take athletics
as a class period,” Agnew said. “This is discriminatory against
athletics and student athletes.
“Common sense says that overall participation numbers will be reduced if
this rule is not changed,” Agnew added.
State Board chairman Dr. Don McLeroy of College Station said he
supported the rule change and expected a majority of the board also to
support the change.
“The argument for counting four years of athletics toward graduation is
pretty persuasive now that the state has moved to the new 4x4 graduation
requirements,” McLeroy said. “It will be a real stretch for many of
these kids to meet all the requirements.”
McLeroy added it had been his experience that most varsity football
players are among the best students at any high school.
A study by Coaches Outreach (a nondenominational Bible study
organization) found the average teacher/coach comes in contact with more
than 22,000 student athletes during his/her career.
Monitor Photo/Kim Breeze
Members of the Malakoff Brewers gather for a team photo Wednesday after
beating the Kemp Swarm to secure a berth in the Junior Midget (8 and
state tournament, which opens Monday, July 28, in Brownwood. A win by
Malakoff Marlins Thursday clinched the district tournament championship
for the Brewers.
MHS sets volleyball camp
Monitor Staff Reports
MABANK–Mabank High School will host a volleyball camp Monday through
Thursday, July 28-31.
Cost for the camp, directed by MHS varsity coach Stacy Shelton, is $45.
Incoming seventh- and eighth-graders will practice from 8:30 a.m. to
noon, with incoming ninth-graders practicing from 1:30 to 4 p.m.
For more information, contact Shelton at (903) 880-1600, ext. 2060.
Saturday Race Day
Don’s Port 10 a.m.