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Area teams open practice Monday
By Kerry Yancey
Monitor Staff Writer

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.
EHSvbCamp.jpg (281057 bytes)At Eustace, the Bulldogs will take a break from 9 to 10 a.m. and will continue through noon.

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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 year’s football schedule looks very familiar, as they’ll be back in a District 13-3A that’s 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 district’s 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 it’s been that long since the Bulldogs played Palmer, and they’ve 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.
KHSvbCamp.jpg (360040 bytes)Both Mabank and Eustace volleyball coaches are glad to be playing schools with somewhat similar enrollments, although for both veteran coaches (Eustace’s Chuck Powers, starting his 38th year, and Mabank’s Stacy Shelton, starting her 11th year), it’s 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, there’s 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 she’s providing assistance during the early going.
Grady is inheriting a team gutted by graduation – there were only two players who weren’t 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 from 2-4.
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. 13.


Thunderstorms, lightning underrated threats to safety
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 lightning.
“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 business.”
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 point.
“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 PRAIRIE–The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) will be conducting a free Hunter Education new instructor training workshop Saturday, Aug. 14, in Grand Prairie.
The workshop will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the North Texas Education Center, 5411 Robinson Road.
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-don’t-shoot” scenarios.
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:
Every Texas hunter born on or after Sept. 2, 1971, must successfully complete a Hunter Education course.
The Hunter Education program’s 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


Upcoming Events


Aug. 14
Fun Sail 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Aug. 28
Race Day
skippers meeting 9 a.m. race 10 a.m.

Sept. 11
AMU race 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Oct. 9
Fun Sail

Oct. 23
Race Day

Nov. 6
Fun Sail or Make-up race


Aug. 2
Practices open

Aug. 14
MHS vs Jacksonville (scr)
KHS @ Brownsboro (scr)
EHS vs Scurry-Rosser (scr)

Aug. 19
MHS @ Athens (scr)
KHS vs Van (scr)
EHS vs Elkhart (scr)

Aug. 27
MHS @ Wills Point


Aug. 2
Practices open

Aug. 6
MHS hosts scrimmage
KHS @ Venus (scr)
EHS hosts scrimmage

Aug. 7
MHS @ Wills Point (scr)
KHS @ EHS (scr)
EHS hosts scrimmage

Aug. 10
MHS vs WP, Corsicana
KHS vs Brownsboro
EHS @ Grand Saline

Aug. 13
KHS @ Cross Roads

Aug. 13-14
MHS @ Garland tourn.
EHS @ Van tourn.

Aug. 17
MHS vs NF, WMesquite
KHS vs Edgewood
EHS @ Athens

Aug. 19-21
MHS @ EHS tourn.
KHS @ EHS tourn.
EHS hosts tournament

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