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open in dangerous heat
By Kerry Yancey
Monitor Staff Writer
CEDAR CREEK LAKEFootball practices opened at area schools Monday under a brutal
summer heat wave, and every coach was taking care to see players were getting plenty of
AT RIGHT: Eustace High School's Taylor Brown stretches to make a catch during passing
route drills on the first day of two-a-day football practices Monday.
avoid the worst of the heat, practices at Mabank, Kemp and Eustace started early (7 a.m.
at Mabank and Eustace, 8 a.m. at Kemp) and ended around noon, when temperatures already
were near or above 100 degrees.
Overall, coaches were pleased at what they saw on what was a typical first day of
At Mabank, head coach Jimmy Cantrell said around 100 or so athletes turned out, although
some clearly werent ready for the start of two-a-days.
Theres been a lot of puking going on, he said.
Mondays focus was on defense, and Cantrell said he was pleased with the
players retention from spring drills.
We had a few busted coverages, but not many, he said. Offense has yet to
Most of the players came in in pretty good physical shape, but as expected, not everybody
Those who went through our summer camp are in better shape, and weve got some
who didnt go through camp who came back in pretty good shape, Cantrell said.
At Kemp, head coach Greg Anderson is looking at some fairly good numbers, with 53 out for
the first day of practice.
Weve got a few more who we know are coming, he said. Of course,
you can always use a few more.
Anderson was pleased at the conditioning the majority of the players showed.
We started out with ten 110s (sprints), Anderson said. That checks them
out pretty quick in this heat.
All our varsity kids finished, and most of our junior varsity finished, he
added. Thats a good litmus test for us.
Anderson said he was very pleased overall with the retention his players showed,
particularly on offense.
I thought they did a good job, and they were ready and alert, he said.
At Eustace, head coach Doug Wendel has pretty good numbers to work with.
Weve got 60 here today, and I know of six who are not here for various
reasons, Wendel said.
Wendel said it was really too early to tell if the players are in good shape or not.
Were going to bring them along slowly, he said. We cant take
any chances with this heat.
Overall, Wendel said he was excited about the upcoming season, with Eustace finally
dropping down in classification after many years of playing 3A teams with 2A enrollment.
Weve got a lot of new faces, he said. Theres going to be a
lot of teaching going on this August.
Area teams wont be allowed to don pads until Friday, Aug. 13, and all three teams
have scrimmages scheduled early in the day Saturday, Aug. 14.
Eustace will be hosting Scurry-Rosser, while Kemp will visit Brownsboro and Mabank will
All three teams will hold a second scrimmage Thursday, Aug. 19, with Mabank visiting
Athens, Kemp hosting Van and Eustace hosting Elkhart.
Area volleyball players hit the court
By Kerry Yancey
Monitor Staff Writer
CEDAR CREEK LAKEOne lake-area rookie and two veteran coaches opened two-a-day
volleyball practices Monday.
Mabank, Kemp and Eustace are all scheduled to play scrimmages Friday and Saturday, Aug.
6-7, before officially opening the season Tuesday, Aug. 10.
AT RIGHT: Kemp High School girls step and jump under the direction of new head volleyball
coach Kelly Grady (at far left, with daughter Shelbie) during the first day of two-a-day
Mabank is scheduled to host a series of freshman, junior varsity and varsity scrimmages
starting at 1:30 p.m. Friday, and all day Saturday, while Eustace also will host
scrimmages starting at 4:30 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. Saturday.
Kemp is scheduled to visit Venus at noon Friday and then will play at Eustace Saturday.
Mabank will host Wills Point and Corsicana in a dual match at 4 p.m. Tuesday, while Kemp
will host Brownsboro at 7 p.m. and Eustace will host a 4:30 p.m. dual match with Grand
Saline and another unlisted team.
At Kemp, new head coach Kelly Grady had 33 players out for morning and afternoon workouts
Coming to Kemp from Scurry-Rosser High School, Grady (a former Crandall standout) said
most of her players turned out in pretty good shape, although there were a few who clearly
werent up to the pace.
AT RIGHT: Returning Mabank High School senior Torrie Garrett (center right) goes up for a
hit during a varsity-junior varsity scrimmage on the first day of volleyball workouts
You can tell who worked this summer and the ones who havent, she said.
Although Grady is inheriting an almost brand-new team (there are only two lettermen
neither one starters returning from last year) she was pleased at how well the
players have retained the offense and defense over the summer.
Im going to be doing some different things, she said. Well
do more defensive stuff, but theyve pretty well got it.
Well get there, she added.
At Mabank, veteran head coach Stacy Shelton was upbeat as she watched a varsity/junior
varsity scrimmage Monday afternoon.
Shelton reported 19 freshmen, 14 junior varsity and 12 varsity players were present
opening day. Weve got one missing and some of them are at cheer camp,
Most of them are in pretty good shape, she said. A lot of them did our
summer course, and we played in a summer volleyball league.
Some are a little rusty, but thats to be expected, Shelton added.
Although the Lady Panthers missed the 4A playoffs last year breaking a run of five
straight post-season appearances Shelton has a strong offensive nucleus returning,
with sophomore setter Kourtney Holyfield and senior front-line players Megan Royal and
Torrie Garrett, who looks to be back to form after missing a big chunk of last year with a
I was a little worried about our libero position, but weve got three players
fighting for that spot, Shelton said. Weve also learned a few new things
from other championship teams, and were going to try and implement them in our
At Eustace, the dean of area coaches, Chuck Powers (now entering his 38th year), is
looking forward to 2A competition after the Lady Bulldogs put together back-to-back
unbeaten runs through a 3A district.
Unlike last year, Powers has some excellent numbers to work with, as 43 girls turned out
for the opening day of practice.
I was very impressed, he said. Weve got a good group of freshmen.
Those who went through our summer program are rompin and stompin,
he added. Those who didnt are having some serious catching-up to do, but
volleyball-wise, we came back ahead of my expectations.
Powers said a number of the younger girls clearly put in a lot of time working out over
The Lady Bulldogs have a solid nucleus coming back from last years regional
quarterfinalist squad, including the districts Newcomer of the Year, junior Catania
Eustace lost district MVP Jenny McConathy and Setter of the Year Kimberly Austin to
graduation, so weve got two big sets of shoes to fill, but weve got kids
who want to fill em, Powers said.
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