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August 18
, 2011






Lake Info

Normal Lake Level is 322.00 feet
above Mean Sea Level.
Current level for Cedar Creek Lake is: 316.64
Water Temperature:
91 degrees - top
86 degrees - bottom

Sports in Brief

Stargazing at Purtis Creek State Park
A stargazing outing will be held at Purtis Creek State Park from 9 to 10 p.m., Saturday, Aug 20.
Make a star wheel and learn how to use it, learn about the solar system and view the night sky through a telescope. Weather permitting, meet at the over flow camping parking lot.
For more information, contact the park at (903) 425-2332.

Night hike at Purtis Creek State Park
An evening of night hiking will be held at Purtis Creek State Park from 9 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27.
Take a hike into the night and learn about the nocturnal animals that frequent the park. Discover how the darkness affects your senses. The hike is about one mile and on relatively flat terrain. Meet at the overflow camping parking lot.
For more information, contact the park at (903) 425-2332.

Upcoming Events


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

Aug. 26
• Eustace @ Kemp – 7:30 p.m.
• Mabank @ Wills Point – 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 2
• Edgewood @ Kemp – 7:30 p.m.
• Mabank @ Quinlan Ford – 7:30 p.m.
• Eustace @ Tyler Grace – 7:30 p.m.


Aug. 18-20
• Eustace Tournament – with Mabank, Kemp, Eustace, others

Aug. 19
• Kemp @ Edgewood – 5/6/7 p.m.

Aug. 23
• Eustace @ Kemp – 4:30/5:30/6:30 p.m.
• Mabank @ Rockwall heath – 5 p.m.






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Sports Highlights

Improve your volleyball game
Special to The Monitor
CEDAR CREEK LAKE–With school starting soon, and sports well underway in the area, many people are looking to be healthier, more active and involved in sports.
Students are getting into sports at school, parents and older people are becoming more health-conscious and outdoor activities are still a regular pastime.
If volleyball is your game, there are some simple steps you can take to improve your game.
Volleyball is very fast-paced, and requires plenty of physical and mental fitness.
Agility, quickness, endurance, jumping ability and timing are all needed to be successful.
And like most sports, the more you practice, the better you become.
Develop the ability to cover a large area of ground in a very short time.
Speed and agility are crucial in a volleyball player. Also, the ability to start moving quickly and stop quickly are important as well.
You must have the ability to jump high to block and keep balls off the ground. This takes quick reflexes and alert eyes.
Training that involves bounding and jumping exercises develops power and vertical leaping skills.
Speed and agility training, such as sprints or footwork ladders, will increase your ability to move quickly around the volleyball court.
Stay focused on one aspect of your game during practice sessions.
Instead of spending a little time on everything, spend more time on one thing.
For example, begin a spiking practice by spiking the ball from your hand to get used to the contact and technique. Progress the session by throwing the ball in the air to yourself and spiking over a volleyball net.
Finish the session by spiking balls set to you by a teammate, and increase the difficulty by adding an opposing blocker.
Learn the technical aspects of the game. Learn when to be aggressive and send the ball over the net, and when it is better to set up a better-placed teammate.
Defensive volleyball skills are also maximized when you are aware of the opposition’s possible strategy.
Recognize when a team is running out of touches and position yourself for a block at the volleyball net if an opposition player is ready to set up a teammate.
It helps to work with a good coach, one who has a thorough knowledge of the game, and has taught people before.
If a coach isn’t available, watch professional volleyball, take notes and learn from them.
Learn drills and repeat them. Repetition is key to train your body how to react in different situations.
And don’t forget to stretch prior to working out, or playing. It will help prevent injury, and help you perform at your best.

Eustace’s junior varsity volleyball tournament draws schools from all over








Monitor Photos/Sam Epps
ABOVE: Eustace Lady Bulldog Karli Gallops (right) returns a serve, as Breanna Fuller (5) is ready to back her up at the Eustace junior varsity volleyball tournament last week. BELOW: Breanna Davis narrowly misses a return. Results of the tournament were not available at presstime.











Texas parks seek public input on recreation plan
Special to the Monitor
AUSTIN – What do citizens think of the park systems in Texas? What kinds of outdoor recreational opportunities do they want?
The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is seeking input from local stakeholders about the future of park systems in the state.
“We want to know more about Texans’ recreational habits, what’s working and areas where we could improve,” TPWD Recreation Grants Program Manager Dana Lagarde said.
“Citizen input is vital in our development of the Texas Outdoor Recreation Plan (TORP) for 2012-2017,” Lagarde added.
Lagarde said survey results will help TPWD identify outdoor recreation needs and guide funding opportunities through the federal Land & Water Conservation Fund and other grant programs.
Examples of activities to consider for local parks include nature trails, splash pads and ball fields. State parks such as Government Canyon and Garner have been able to add acreage thanks to public needs assessments like the TORP.



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