Sports and Outdoors


Safety checklist can save lives, time
Monitor Staff Reports
CEDAR CREEK LAKE–A simple checklist of required and recommended items can be a lifesaver when danger strikes on the water.
Boaters should compile and complete a checklist similar to the one below:
Required items
Registration numbers displayed
Registration/documentation on board
Personal flotation devices (PFDs) for everyone on board
Visual distress signals on hand
Fire extinguisher on hand
Backfire flame control
Sound-producing devices (horn or bell)
Navigation lights
Pollution placard (for craft 26 feet and over)
MARPOL placard (for craft 26 feet and over)
Marine Sanitation Device (for installed heads)
Navigation rules book on hand (for craft 39.4 feet and over)
State/local required items
Overall vessel condition clean and ready
Recommended items
Marine radio
Dewatering device and backup
Anchor and line for area
First aid kit
Distress signals

Destroyers take runner-up spot at Waxahachie tourney
Special to The Monitor
WAXAHACHIE–The U12 Destroyers recently took second overall at the Waxahachie Invitational soccer tournament.
Through two days and three games, the Destroyers, coached by Bruce Tower, had not been scored on, as they defeated Rowlett 3-0, Duncanville 8-0 and Grand Prairie 1-0.
In the semi-finals, the Destroyers destroyed Ennis, 8-0, putting them into the finals against undefeated and unscored-on Brownwood.
Brownwood took third in the state championships last year, knocking the Destroyers out in the quarterfinals.
In an aggressive, intense and hard-fought contest, Brownwood came out on top, downing the Destroyers 3-2.
One Destroyer goal was called back on an offsides ruling.
“It was one of our greatest games,” Tower said later. “It was back and forth play, with great saves on both sides of the ball.
“I’m extremely proud of the boys’ efforts,” Tower added. “It was our best tournament to date.”
At the end-of-tournament awards ceremony, tournament director Michael Sanders said “This was, by far, the best game of the entire tournament.”
The U12 Destroyers will be competing in the Dallas Morning News Invitational tournament in the near future. A state-qualifying tournament, the DMN competition is by invitation only, extended to the top two teams in a division.

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