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August 11
, 2011






Lake Info

Normal Lake Level is 322.00 feet
above Mean Sea Level.
Current level for Cedar Creek Lake is: 316.81
Water Temperature:
91 degrees - top
86 degrees - bottom

Sports in Brief

Canoe/Kayak Skills
Purtis Creek State Park will hold basic canoe and kayak skills lessons from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13.
Learn basic paddling skills, including safe entry and exit of the boat.
Reservations are required. The deadline is the day before the lessons.
For information, or to make reservations, call Purtis Creek State Park at (903) 425-2332.

Upcoming Events

Aug. 13
• Kemp @ Browns-boro (scrimmage) – 9:30 a.m.
• Mabank @ Jacksonville (scrimmage) – Time TBA
• Eustace @ Scurry-Rosser (scrimmage) – 9 a.m.

Aug. 18
• Eustace @ Elkhart (scrimmage) – 6 p.m.
• Athens @ Mabank (scrimmage) – Time TBA
• Kemp @ Van (scrimmage) – 6:30 p.m.

Aug. 12
• Kemp @ Scurry-Rosser – 5/6 p.m.
• Athens and Wills Point @ Mabank (scrimmage) – 4:30 p.m.
• Eustace @ Van tournament

Aug. 12-13
• Mabank @ Garland tournament

Aug. 16
• Kemp @ Rice – 5/6/7 p.m.
• Naaman Forest and Springhill @ Mabank – 4:30 p.m.
• Eustace @ Athens – 4:30 p.m.

Key UIL High School Football Dates
4A and 5A Schools Without Spring Training, 3A, 2A, 1A-11-man, 1A-Six-man
• Aug. 12 – First scrimmage
• Aug. 17 – Second scrimmage
• Aug. 22 – Third scrimmage (Schools opting for a third scrimmage shall not play on zero date)







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Sports Highlights

With no water in Kemp, Yellowjackets practice in Mabank
By Sam Epps
Sports Editor

CEDAR CREEK LAKE–With the city of Kemp without water for two days, and after Kemp skipped football practice Monday, the Kemp Yellowjackets were ready to get back to work preparing for the upcoming season.
Enter the longtime rival Mabank Panthers.
Despite the rivalry, and occasional antics between the schools, Kemp’s neighbors to the east stepped up and did a big favor for the ’Jackets.
Mabank welcomed Kemp to practice at Panther Stadium.
So, Tuesday, the Kemp Yellowjackets hopped on a bus and traveled to Mabank to practice, and presumably, take a much-needed shower.

Monitor Photo/Sam Epps
A Panther ball carrier pushes hard and keeps hold of the football at football practice Tuesday morning. The Mabank Panthers are practicing in preparation for the upcoming season.

Kemp has a scrimmage in Brownsboro Saturday, so the ability to get in the work was a welcome word for head coach Greg Anderson. The Yellowjackets will travel to Van Thursday, Aug. 18, for a scrimmage against the Vandals.
Kemp’s water was scheduled to be restored by Wednesday, and things should begin to get back to normal for both teams.
The Mabank Panthers are set to travel to Jacksonville Saturday for a scrimmage. Mabank will host the Athens Hornets Thursday, Aug. 18, for a scrimmage.
In Eustace, as in Mabank, water woes weren’t an issue, but the heat has been an issue.
However, with all schools practicing early in the morning, and finishing well before 1 p.m., the hottest part of the day has had no ill effect on teams.
The Bulldogs are set to travel to Scurry for a scrimmage, and will travel to Elkhart Thursday, Aug. 18, for another scrimmage.

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Preventing heat illnesses is vital
By Sam Epps
Sports Editor

CEDAR CREEK LAKE–Area football teams have been observing plenty of safety with the heat in practices.
Plenty of water and hydration breaks have been made, schedules have been altered to avoid the hottest time of day and coaches and trainers have been keeping a close eye on the actions of the players.
Considering the fast action and hard hits of football, coupled with the pads and other gear, heat can be a major problem for football players.
A statistic cited by the University Scholastic League (UIL), between 1995 and 2000, there were 17 heat-related deaths in high school football.
A study released by the UIL describes what to look for with heat-related illnesses, and ways to prevent them.
During hot-weather conditions, student athletes are at risk for the following:
• Heat cramps, which are painful cramps involving abdominal muscles and extremities caused by intense, prolonged exercise in the heat and depletion of salt and water due to sweating.
• Heat syncope, which is known to cause weakness, fatigue and fainting due to loss of salt and water in sweat and exercise in the heat.
• Heat exhaustion (brought on by water depletion) is known for excessive weight loss, reduced sweating, elevated skin and core body temperature, excessive thirst, weakness, headache and sometimes unconsciousness.
• Heat Exhaustion (brought on by salt depletion) is evidenced by exhaustion, nausea, vomiting, muscle cramps, and dizziness due to profuse sweating and inadequate replacement of body salts.
• Heatstroke, which is the most serious medical emergency related to heat. It is associated with nausea, seizures, disorientation, and possible unconsciousness or coma. It may occur suddenly without being preceded by any other clinical signs. The individual is usually unconscious with a high body temperature and a hot dry skin.
Heat stroke is a medical emergency, and delaying treatment could be fatal.
Immediately cool body while waiting for transfer to a hospital. Remove clothing and place ice bags on the neck, in the armpit area, and on the groin area.
Many people suggest wetting the skin on all exposed areas and vigorously fanning the body to help cool the victim. If you must be out in the heat, there are many measures you can take to prevent heat illnesses, including:
• Staying in good physical condition.
• Acclimation to the heat. Acclimatization is the process of becoming adjusted to heat. It is essential to provide for gradual acclimatization to hot weather.
A graduated physical conditioning program should be used, and 80 percent acclimatization can be expected to occur after the first seven to ten days. Final stages of acclimatization to heat are marked by increased sweating and reduced salt concentration in the sweat.
• Replacement of water. This is, perhaps, the most important thing to remember when working, playing or practicing outdoors.
It is recommended that a minimum of ten minutes be scheduled for a water break every half hour of heavy exercise in the heat.
• Replacement of salt. Modest salting of foods after practice or games will accomplish the purpose. Salt tablets are not recommended.
• Know both the temperature and humidity. The greater the humidity, the more difficult it is for the body to cool itself.



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