Sports and Outdoors


Ready or not
Football, volleyball practices begin Monday
By Kerry Yancey
Monitor Staff Writer

CEDAR CREEK LAKE–Ready or not, football and volleyball seasons get underway early, early Monday morning at schools around the lake area.
Band students at Mabank, Kemp and Eustace are already working on their halftime performances. Band students started learning marching formations and polishing their musical presentations Tuesday.
In order to avoid the near-record temperatures that have been baking the area for the past month, football coaches are scheduling early-morning and early-evening practices.
Eustace football players have the earliest wake-up call, but not by much.
Bulldog practices open at 6 a.m. Monday and will go through 8:30 a.m., and they’ll return for a second practice session at 6 p.m., running through 8:30 p.m.
Both Mabank and Kemp football players report to practice at 6:30 a.m. Monday.
At Mabank, football practice will last from 7 a.m. to noon, with an hour-long break at 9 a.m. Skill position players will have a second practice from 8-9 p.m. under the lights at Panther Stadium.
At Kemp, football practices will be held at 6:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
Players at all three schools won’t be able to don pads until Friday, Aug. 11, and all three squads have scheduled media days Saturday, Aug. 12.
Eustace will hold a Purple/White scrimmage at 8 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 12, prior to their media day.
Volleyball players also will start early Monday, and Kemp players have the earliest wake-up call, with practice opening at 7 a.m., according to coach Patsy Davis.
Kemp players will return for a 7:15 p.m. practice Monday.
At Mabank, practices open at 8 a.m., with varsity players returning for a second two-hour practice at 4:30 p.m., coach Stacy Shelton reported.
At Eustace, Monday’s practice will open at 9 a.m. and go until noon, but veteran Eustace volleyball coach Chuck Powers said practice times will vary after Monday.
The first volleyball scrimmages are scheduled for Friday, Aug. 11, when Eustace will host Kemp, and Mabank visits Rains.
Actual games begin Tuesday, Aug. 15, when Mabank hosts Palestine and Wills Point in a dual match, while Eustace hosts Malakoff and Kemp hosts Ennis.
Eustace will host Palestine Westwood in the first football scrimmage Friday, Aug. 18, while both Mabank and Kemp will go on the road Saturday, Aug. 19, for their first football scrimmages.

Hall honored for 299 game
Monitor Staff Reports
SEVEN POINTS–Mabank High School senior Nicholas D. Hall Jr. was honored Tuesday with a Silver Ring commemorating his performance at the USBC Youth Bowlers state competition in Conroe recently.
Hall, 17, bowled a three-game scratch series of 743, including a 299 (one pin short of a perfect 300) in his second game.
In addition to the Silver Ring for the 299 game, Hall received numerous awards for his 700-plus series. For the state competition, Hall took first in Singles Event and second place in All Events.
Hall has been bowling for the past four years, and is being coached by Johnny Marshall of Trinidad. Hall reports he has learned a lot from Marshall and other bowlers at Lakeplex Lanes in Seven Points.
Hall is the son of Sandi Baty and Richard Smith of Gun Barrel City, and the grandson of Larry and René Gardner of Tool.
He has two brothers, Scott and Bradley, who also bowl in USBC Youth League competition.

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