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Current level for Cedar Creek Lake is: 322.00
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Football workouts commence
Monitor Staff Reports
CEDAR CREEK LAKE–Football players turned out early Monday for the start of two-a-day practices.
With the entire area under an excessive heat warning – and little to no break forecast from tropical storm Eduoard, which came onshore near Galveston Tuesday morning – coaches were careful to keep players drinking lots of water and wind up workouts at or before noon.
Numbers were down slightly at Eustace, but right at expectations in Mabank and Kemp.
“We have 65 out,” Eustace head coach Doug Wendel reported. “We’re down about 25, but we graduated a big class last year, so we anticipated a little drop.”
The players who participated in the summer workout sessions reported in “fantastic” shape, Wendel added.
“I’m thrilled to death with the (players’) attitude, and the improvement they’re showing from one practice to the next,” he said. “Our offensive line practice today (Tuesday) is the best I’ve seen since I’ve been here.”
Mabank head coach Jimmy Cantrell said around 150 players turned out for opening practices, with a few more freshmen expected to show later.
“The kids came in in good shape, for the most part,” Cantrell said.
“They’ve showed good retention, remembering a lot from last spring,” he added.
At Kemp, around 75 players reported on the first day, with some others expected to report in the next few days, head coach Greg Anderson reported.
“One of our goals this year is to field three teams, with a full freshman and junior varsity schedule,” Anderson said.
“The most impressive thing so far is when we ran our 110s,” Anderson added. “Everyone completed the runs. The overall conditioning is much better than I anticipated.”
All three teams are scheduled to play early-morning scrimmages Saturday, Aug. 16, with Mabank traveling to Mineola and Eustace hosting Venus.
Kemp will scrimmage Edgewood, most likely at Edgewood, but that had not been finalized as of Monday.
Each team will have a second scrimmage Thursday, Aug. 21, with Mabank visiting Canton and Eustace visiting Elkhart.
Kemp will face Malakoff, but a site had not been determined as of Monday.
Eustace will open the season on the road Thursday, Aug. 28, when they travel to Tyler to face Grace Community.
Mabank and Kemp will open the season at home Friday, Aug. 29, as Kemp will host Brownsboro and Mabank will host Kaufman.

Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
Mabank High School offensive linemen step sideways around a square in a drill
to develop lateral agility during the first day of football practice Monday.

Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
Eustace High School backfield members practice an inside handoff during the
second day of football workouts Tuesday.

Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
Kemp High School Yellowjacket James Trim zeros in on a pass during a drill Monday.

KHS cheerleaders win top camp awards
Special to The Monitor
KEMP–The Kemp High School varsity and junior varsity cheerleaders went to the National Cheerleaders Association (NCA) summer camp at Southern Methodist University in Dallas July 17-20.
The varsity won the Top Team Award on the final day of camp.
They also were awarded the Team Award voted on by other cheer teams at the camp, the Spirit Stick and a bid to compete at the NCA National Cheerleading Championships.
The Kemp JV cheerleaders were awarded the Spirit Stick and received a bid to compete at the NCA National Championship.
Several of the cheerleaders were nominated for NCA All-American, which is an individual award also highly coveted by cheerleaders.
Varsity cheerleaders nominated were Meagan Lacy, Hailey Hall, Sharda Bettis, Hillary Ables, Sarah Lamb and Beth Chalmers.
Courtney Cubine was nominated from the JV.
Lacy and Hall were selected for the NCA All-American team.
Varsity Mascot Heather Beauchamp was nominated for Mascot All-American.

Courtesy Photo
Kemp High School varsity cheerleaders are (from left, bottom row) Beth Chalmers,
Jessica Baker, Meagan Lacy, Hillary Ables, Sharda Bettis and Hailey Hall; (top row)
Stephanie Derrick, Stephanie Welke, Heather Kinney, Sarah Lamb and Jennifer Deupree.




Upcoming games


Aug. 4
Practice opens for all teams


Aug. 4
Practice opens for all teams

Aug. 8
EHS hosts scrimmage
KHS hosts scrimmage

Aug. 9
MHS @ Wills Point (scr)
KHS vs Kerens (scr)
EHS vs Athens,Malakoff (scr)


Aug. 9
Saturday Fun Sail 11-2

Aug. 23
Saturday Race Day
Don’s Port 10 a.m.
(end of season)

*District contest


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