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teams open practice Monday
By Kerry Yancey
Monitor Staff Writer
CEDAR CREEK LAKEHere we go!
Football and volleyball practices open early Monday morning across the lake area under
what promises to be a searing, baking sun pushing temperatures into the low 100s.
The volleyball girls will be inside but not all the time, as local coaches usually
head to the track for conditioning work.
Turning to football, both Mabank and Eustace will be opening practices at 7 a.m., while
Kemp will open an hour later.
Mabank will take a break from 10 to 11 a.m. and will go until 12:30 p.m., while Kemp will
take a break at 9:30 and return at 10:30.
At Eustace, the Bulldogs will take a break
from 9 to 10 a.m. and will continue through noon.
Eustace High School junior Kayla Ward tips the ball over the net as senior
teammate Harmony Allen looks on during a Lady Bulldog volleyball team camp Wednesday.
Former EHS multi-sport standout Alyson Harlan directed the camp workouts.
For Mabank and Kemp, this years football schedule looks very familiar, as
theyll be back in a District 13-3A thats almost an exact copy of the 13-3A
they were in two years ago, before the Panthers were bumped up to 4A.
A brand-new school, North Forney, will be coming in to replace Eustace, but everybody else
is back Kaufman, Crandall and Ferris.
Now back down in 3A, Mabank (966 students) will be the districts largest school, but
others have very similar enrollment numbers Kaufman has 950, North Forney 904,
while Crandall has 739 students and Ferris has 640.
Kemp is by far the smallest 13-3A member, with 500 students.
For a number of years, until the arrival of fourth-year head coach/athletic director Doug
Wendel, Eustace struggled against 3A teams with what were essentially 2A numbers
they were only two students over the cutoff mark in the 2008 realignment, but still went
to the playoffs in 08 and 09.
Now, Eustace finds itself in a very unfamiliar situation, having the largest enrollment
(419 students) in their district, Division I 6-2A.
The new district also has some very unfamiliar opponents Grandview (the pre-season
favorite), Maypearl, Sunnyvale (another brand-new school just outside Mesquite), Dallas
Life Oak Cliff and Palmer.
Eustace and DLOC have played the last couple of years, but its been that long since
the Bulldogs played Palmer, and theyve never played the others in recent memory.
Mabank, Kemp and Eustace were all hit hard by graduation, and all will have to replace
skill position players.
Both Mabank and Eustace volleyball coaches
are glad to be playing schools with somewhat similar enrollments, although for both
veteran coaches (Eustaces Chuck Powers, starting his 38th year, and Mabanks
Stacy Shelton, starting her 11th year), its just time to reload.
Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
Kemp High School senior Amber Brewer hustles over to return a serve during practice for
high school players at the annual KHS volleyball camp Tuesday. During the camp, which
continued through Wednesday, high school girls practiced at night, while younger girls
practiced in morning or afternoon sessions.
Eustace is dropping down to 2A after back-to-back unbeaten district marches in 3A,
while at Mabank, the Lady Panthers missed the 4A playoffs last year, breaking a string of
five straight post-season appearances.
At Kemp, theres a new coach, former Crandall standout Kelly Grady, who comes to the
Lady Yellowjackets from Scurry-Rosser. Former Kemp coach Peggy Swierc is moving over to
coach the cross country teams, but shes providing assistance during the early going.
Grady is inheriting a team gutted by graduation there were only two players who
werent seniors but a number of underclassmen got a lot of playing time in on
both freshman and junior varsity teams.
Grady will be opening her practices at 8 a.m. Monday, with a break at noon, followed by an
afternoon session from 1 to 4 p.m.
At Eustace, Powers will be opening his practices very early (7 a.m.) and will go until
noon, with a break around 8:30.
Shelton will be holding practices from 9 a.m. to noon, followed by an afternoon session
The volleyball teams will be opening scrimmages Friday, Aug. 6, with Mabank and Eustace
hosting workouts, and Kemp traveling to Venus for a noon start.
Scrimmages will continue Saturday, Aug. 7, as Kemp will visit Eustace and Mabank will
visit Wills Point.
All three teams hold their season openers Tuesday, Aug. 10, with Mabank hosting both Wills
Point and Corsicana (4 p.m. start), Kemp hosting Brownsboro (7 p.m. start) and Eustace
heading to Grand Saline for a dual match (4:30 p.m. start).
That next weekend, Aug. 12-14, Eustace will host the TVVOA Officials Tournament, which
will include Mabank, while Kemp will visit Cross Roads for a 7 p.m. contest Friday, Aug.
Thunderstorms, lightning underrated threats
Special to The Monitor
TAMPA, Fla.As insurers and homeowners keep a close watch on the Atlantic Basin for
hurricane activity this summer, the Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS)
cautions people across the nation not to underestimate the destructive and deadly force of
thunderstorms and lightning, which occur far more often and directly affect more of the
U.S. than hurricanes.
According to the National Weather Service, every thunderstorm produces lightning. On
average, 300 people are injured and 80 people are killed each year in the U.S. by
Thunderstorms are a dangerous weather event, and their destructive capabilities
should not be taken lightly, IBHS president and CEO Julie Rochman said.
Property losses related to lightning strikes exceed $1 billion annually, according
to insurance industry data, Rochman added. These losses can range from damage
to expensive electronic equipment, or fires that destroy an entire house or
For lightning protection, a whole-house/building surge protector is the best starting
point for reducing the risk of damage.
It is important to make sure that it is either a secondary surge arrestor tested to IEEE
C62.11, or a transient voltage suppressor that has been tested to UL 1449, 2nd Edition.
A number of power companies have programs to provide and install the whole-building surge
protection. If this is not available in your area, consult a licensed electrician.
However, for best results, the protection should extend beyond the whole-building surge
protection. IBHS strongly recommends the following:
Install additional protection for important or expensive electronic equipment.
This should include localized surge protection for power cords to the equipment and any
telephone and cable/satellite TV lines connecting to the equipment. These devices are
available at most home improvement and electronics stores.
Have a licensed electrician or competent home/building inspector review the power,
telephone, electrical and cable/satellite TV connections to your building.
Have them check to make sure that you have adequate grounding of the power line connection
and your power distribution panel. All of the utilities should enter the structure within
10 feet of the electrical service entrance ground wire and be bonded to that grounding
Thunderstorms do not receive as much notoriety as hurricanes or the other perils of
Mother Nature, but they are a force to be reckoned with, Rochman said.
Preparing your home or business will you give you peace of mind knowing that you
will be better protected when thunderstorms strike.
Hunter ed new teacher training slated
Monitor Staff Reports
GRAND PRAIRIEThe Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) will be conducting a
free Hunter Education new instructor training workshop Saturday, Aug. 14, in Grand
The workshop will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the North Texas Education Center, 5411
TPWD instructors will be training new applicants and currently certified instructors in
skills trail, live firing exercises and Home Study procedures.
Students will benefit by going through actual hunting simulations and by making their own
decisions regarding responsible actions using shoot-dont-shoot
Before you attend this workshop, you must go to the following website and prepare yourself
by going over the Introduction and the first 4 chapters of the instructor training manual.
You will sign an acknowledgment and release that you have done this pre-workshop
assignment as part of your training.
The site is: tpwd.state.tx.us/learning/hunter_education/instruct.phtml.
Every Texas hunter born on or after Sept. 2, 1971, must successfully complete a Hunter
The Hunter Education programs goals are to reduce hunting-related accidents and
violations, promote safe, responsible and knowledgeable hunting and enhance hunting
traditions and values.
Hunter Education provides instruction in Texas hunting regulations, wildlife management
and identification, conservation, ethics, firearm and hunting safety and responsibility,
and outdoor skills.
To register, please contact Robert Ramirez, TPWD Hunter Education Specialist, at (972)
263-1219, or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fun Sail 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
skippers meeting 9 a.m. race 10 a.m.
AMU race 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Fun Sail or Make-up race
MHS vs Jacksonville (scr)
KHS @ Brownsboro (scr)
EHS vs Scurry-Rosser (scr)
MHS @ Athens (scr)
KHS vs Van (scr)
EHS vs Elkhart (scr)
MHS @ Wills Point
KHS vs EHS
MHS hosts scrimmage
KHS @ Venus (scr)
EHS hosts scrimmage
MHS @ Wills Point (scr)
KHS @ EHS (scr)
EHS hosts scrimmage
MHS vs WP, Corsicana
KHS vs Brownsboro
EHS @ Grand Saline
KHS @ Cross Roads
MHS @ Garland tourn.
EHS @ Van tourn.
MHS vs NF, WMesquite
KHS vs Edgewood
EHS @ Athens
MHS @ EHS tourn.
KHS @ EHS tourn.
EHS hosts tournament