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 Lake Info

Normal Lake Level is 322.00 feet above Mean Sea Level.
Current level for Cedar Creek Lake is: 321.56
Water Temperature:
na degrees - top
82 degrees - bottom





Athens defeats Eustace to win crown
Monitor Staff Reports
EUSTACE–The Athens Lady Hornets captured the Eustace Invitational tournament crown Saturday, defeating the hosting Lady Bulldogs in the championship match.
Scurry-Rosser’s Lady Wildcats took third place and Cross Roads’ Lady Bobcats took the consolation trophy in the championship bracket.
Kemp’s Lady Yellowjackets won the consolation trophy in the challenge bracket.
Eustace was scheduled to visit Athens for a rematch Tuesday before hosting Malakoff Friday, Aug. 31, opening with a 4:30 p.m. freshman match.
The Lady Bulldogs were also scheduled to open play in the Tyler Invitational tournament Friday and Saturday, Sept. 1, before returning home to host Como-Pickton Tuesday, Sept. 4, opening with a 5 p.m. freshman match.
Kemp was scheduled to visit Canton Tuesday before opening play in the Wills Point Invitational tournament Thursday (today).
The Lady ’Jackets are scheduled to host Wills Point Tuesday, Sept. 4, opening with a 5 p.m. freshman match.
After going 3-0 in pool play with wins over Malakoff, Jacksonville and Corsicana Mildred, the hosting Lady Bulldogs opened bracket play Saturday against Scurry-Rosser.
Eustace took a 25-20, 25-22 win over the Lady Bobcats, racking up 10 blocks (four by Bekah Walter and three by Camille Rogers) and 15 kills (six by Cassie Freeman and four by Caty DiBari).
The Lady Bulldogs followed with a 25-19, 25-9 win over Palestine, despite missing a couple of players who were running cross country.
Eustace had 10 kills in the quick match, as Chelsea Truitt led them with 18 points and Nicole McNeel had nine assists.
In the championship game, the Lady Bulldogs were overwhelmed by the Lady Hornets, 25-21 and 25-18.
Athens didn’t play a third game in the tournament as they improved to 11-2 on the season, while the Lady Bulldogs fell to 8-3.
DiBari and McNeel both scored nine points each for the Lady Bulldogs, who got six points from Ashley Houston and five points each from Truitt, Jenny McConathy and Freeman.
In the challenge bracket, Grand Saline won the championship trophy, with Brownsboro second and Winona third.
Kemp lost to Grand Saline in the opening round, 25-20 and 25-22, but bounced back to knock off Alba-Golden, 25-22 and 25-17.
In a narrow consolation trophy win, the Lady ’Jackets defeated Rice, 26-24 and 25-23.
For the tournament, the Lady ’Jackets had outstanding serving by Paige Moore, Keleigh Collinsworth and Breanna Griffin, along with blocking from Shelby Wright and Kylie Goswick.
Offensively, the Lady ’Jackets were led by Sabrina Trammell and Kimmie Gorka, along with defensive play from Amanda Lawrence.

Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
Kemp Lady Yellowjacket Paige Moore dives for a dig against Rice during pool play at the Eustace Invitational volleyball tournament Friday. Kemp won the consolation trophy in the challenge bracket of the tournament.




Kemp hosts Lions in opener
Monitor Staff Reports
KEMP–Fewer mistakes led to a stronger effort by the Kemp Yellowjackets in their second controlled scrimmage last week.
New head coach Greg Anderson is looking for continued improvement when the Yellowjackets host the Fort Worth Castleberry Lions in their season and home opener Friday, Aug. 31.
The ’Jackets put up a strong effort against the visiting Edgewood Bulldogs’ spread offense in the second controlled scrimmage last week.
“(Edgewood) is pretty much a mirror image of what we’ll see this week,” Anderson said. “It took a few minutes to adjust to what they were doing, but for the most part, defensively we did some really good things. Of course, there’s still a lot to work on.”
Offensively, the ’Jackets put up some healthy numbers both running and passing against the Edgewood defense.
Both Josh Carr and Matt Carr ran the ball well, and T.J. Lindsey also showed some strong running, Anderson said.
Matt Brown snagged a long touchdown pass for the second week in a row, Anderson added.
“During the quarter (of simulated game conditions), we started dominating the line of scrimmage, and that’s a good sign,” he said.
The ’Jackets posted a 96-yard scoring drive – very impressive for a second scrimmage – and the defense held up when the ’Jackets were forced to punt with about a minute left on the clock.
“I thought the defense did a good job of stepping up,” Anderson said.
Anderson and his staff saw the Castleberry Lions in a scrimmage last Friday.
“They look a lot like Edgewood. They have size up front and good speed at the skill positions,” he said.
The Lions’ spread offense is centered around running back Chris Thompson, who rushed for more than 1,200 yards and 14 touchdowns last year and also is a threat catching the ball out of the backfield.
“(Thompson) has outstanding speed,” Anderson said. “They played him at running back and at quarterback some. We’re going to have to work to contain him.”
While the Lions line up in the shotgun and spread formation every play, they run about as much as they pass, he said.
The Lions play the same defense as the ’Jackets (4-2-5). “They are physical and run to the ball well,” Anderson said.
“They’ll definitely be a good test for us the first week out,” he added.

Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
Kemp Yellowjacket fullback Josh Carr (11) bulls forward against the Edgewood defense during a controlled scrimmage in Kemp Aug. 23.


Trojans to play at 6-man Super Saturday
Monitor Staff Reports
HICO–In a rematch of last year’s quarterfinals teams, Trinidad will face Throckmorton in the annual Six-Man Football kick-off Saturday, Sept. 1, at Hico’s Tiger Stadium in Central Texas.
Six-Man Super Saturday will feature five games matching top six-man teams from across the state, including Trinidad coach Kevin Ray’s Trojans.
The opening game at 11 a.m. features a matchup between the Division I District 16 Lometa Hornets against the Division II District 3 Grandfalls-Royalty Cowboys.
At 1:30 p.m., a Division I matchup will pit District 1 representative Garden City Bearkats against the District 16 Calvert Trojans, a pre-season No. 3 pick.
At 4 p.m., Division I District 9 representative Strawn Greyhounds will face the Valley Mills Eagles, who play 11-man football in District 13-1A.
Trinidad’s Trojans, a pre-season Division I No. 4 pick out of District 11, take the field at 6:30 p.m. against the District 7 Throckmorton Greyhounds, who handed the Trojans one of their two losses last year in the quarterfinals.
The 8 p.m. finale features a Division II matchup of the District 15 Iredell Dragons against the District 16 Jonesboro Eagles.
Gates open at 10 a.m. Tickets are $5 per game or $10 for an all-day pass. Games will be played rain or shine.
Special guests will include former Dallas Cowboys Walt Garrison and Burton Lawless, along with the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders.


Upcoming games

Cross Country
Sept. 1
EHS @ Plano Invitational
(Woodruff Park, Plano)
Aug. 30-Sept. 1
MHS @ Tyler tourney
KHS @ Wills Point tourney
EHS @ Tyler tourney

Aug. 31
EHS vs Malakoff

Sept. 4
MHS @ John Tyler
KHS vs Wills Point
EHS vs Como-Pickton

Sept. 6-8
KHS @ Brownsboro tourn.

Sept. 7
KHS @ Quinlan
EHS @ Wills Point

Sept. 11
MHS vs P.Westwood
KHS @ Cross Roads
Aug. 31
MHS vs Rusk
KHS vs FW Castleberry
EHS vs Malakoff

Sept. 7
MHS @ Athens
KHS @ Quinlan
EHS vs Grand Saline

Sept. 14
MHS vs Whitehouse
KHS vs Malakoff
EHS @ Edgewood