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ATHENS–The Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center’s (TFFC) annual Bluegill Family Fishing Tournament is from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27. Weigh-in is at 2:30 p.m. at the Anglers Pavilion.
Pre-registration is required by calling (903) 670-2222. Registration deadline is Wednesday, Sept. 24.
Participants may also register in person on the day of the event by going to the admissions booth at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center after 7 a.m.
Entry fee is $15 per team and includes admission to TFFC.
Prizes will be awarded for the heaviest stringers of sunfish, but the event is really about adults and children having fun fishing together.
More than $2,500 prize packages will be awarded including an X-Box or Play Station with game, fishing equipment and gift cards from local businesses.
Teams must consist of one adult 18 years of age or older, and one child under 18 years of age.
Each team can weigh in a maximum of four fish. Multiple teams can fish from the same boat, making it possible for both parents to partner with different children and still fish as a family. Team members do not have to be related.
Teams may choose to fish on Lake Athens adjacent to TFFC or in TFFC’s ponds and streams, some of which have been stocked with bluegills.
All species of sunfish or bream (except largemouth bass) are allowed.
For more information or to request an entry form, call Craig Brooks at (903) 670-2222.
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UNION GROVE–The Eustace Cross Country teams competed this weekend, August 30, 2014, at the Union Grove XC Invite in Union Grove.
The varsity girls competed in the 4A and under division with 22 teams and 120 individuals. They scored 37 points and were meet champions. The team was led by sophomores Skye Burns and Chanda Westbrook, who were 1st and 2nd overall and ran a 12:45 and 12:58, Shelby White finished 5th, Chloe Moore 8th, Molly McAtee and Cara Hensen 16th and 17th, Alyssa Shaddox f21st and Breanna Ragan 30th.
The varsity boys competed in the 5A/6A division and were meet champions.
They were lead by Mark Zimmerer who placed 3rd and ran a 16:30, closely behind were Preston Schwartz and Ericsen Gudjohnsen who placed 8th and 9th with 16:52 and 16:53, next was Ayden Reed, Zane Arambula, and Hunter Rose who placed 18th, 20th, and 21st, Brandon Richardson placed 27th, Andrew Page placed 39th, Hunter Norris placed 44th, and Cade Yates placed 58th.
The JV girls placed 3rd out of 20 teams and 101 individuals and were lead by Arian McDonald who got 3rd overall, Harley Kile placed 9th, Samantha Phillips 11th, Jacey Warner and Destiany Binkley placed 20th and 21st, Brooke Caldwell placed 35th, and Monica Rojas placed 43rd.
The JV boys placed 2nd out of 19 teams and 139 individuals and were lead by Gabe Purselley who got 6th overall, Temple Hendrickson placed 7th, Mike Wong 11th, Bucky Whomble 15th, Elijah Rogers 32nd, Cameron Carpenter 71st, Justin Legal 73rd, Micah Zimmerer 86th, and Collin Rogers 103rd.
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Ready to lead the Yellowjackets to playoffs and build a legacy in Kemp
By Erik Walsh
Monitor Sports Editor
KEMP–Coming back from a devastating football injury isn’t easy. It takes an athlete months of rehabilitation and training to get their muscles and joints back to their pre-injury condition. A determined athlete can do it –and Kemp’s David Dennis fits that description perfectly.
The injury happened last year, in the second game of the season against Ferris. Last September Head Coach and Athletic Director Brandon Hankins was an assistant coach in Kemp, and he was looking to help the orange and white win against his former employer. It didn’t take long for disaster to strike.
On Kemp’s first possession, Dennis took his usual place in the Yellowjackets backfield. The handoff went smoothly, but everything collapsed after that. Ferris had a particularly large defensive lineman sneak by his blocker and flatten him as he approached the line of scrimmage. There was a hit and a crack.
The lineman fell on Dennis’ shoulder, and he knew right away it was bad. He was later diagnosed with a broken collarbone. Just like that, after one game and one play, one of Kemp’s brightest star players was out.
Not to be deterred by a broken collarbone, Dennis got right to work with rehabilitation. He spend the next two months strengthening his muscles and joints to perform the rotations needed for a football player. Dennis managed to make it back on the field for week nine’s game against Winnsboro. The timing was key for the Yellowjackets, as Kemp was trailing Eustace by just one game for the final playoff spot in 2A Region II District 7.
In the next two games the Kemp offense scored 71 points against Winnsboro and Grand Saline, including a 43-18 romp over the Grand Saline Indians. The 71 points were the most Kemp had scored in consecutive games all year, and frankly, was more than they had scored in the previous four games combined.
Although Dennis scored four touchdowns in those two games, the Eustace Bulldogs won their final two games against Lone Oak and Grand Saline to take the final playoff spot.
Now a senior, Dennis is healthy and has renewed goals after the struggles of last year.
“Kemp hasn’t made the playoffs in awhile,” Dennis said. “And I want to be part of the group that gets us back in there. This is my last year here and I want to lead my team. It’s a big goal for me.”
Dennis says making the playoffs isn’t just a pipe dream for Kemp. They have the drive and work ethic needed to succeed. He gives credit to Coach Hankins for motivating the team and pushing them to accomplish more.
“Practice and training have been so much harder this year under Coach Hankins,” Dennis said. “Practice and workouts are about ten times harder than last year.”
All the work has visible results for Dennis. His maximum bench press has shot up from 185 pounds at the time of his injury last year to 240 right now.
Dennis hopes all the training he has been doing will help him set a school record this year.
“I want to set a Kemp High School record for interceptions this year,” he said.
While Dennis’ short term goals include school records and a Kemp playoff game, he has his sights set on football after high school.
Several Division 1 and 2 schools have shown interest in Dennis playing college football for them next year, including: SMU, Midwestern State University, University of Central Oklahoma, Southeastern Oklahoma State University, Southern Arkansas University and Henderson State University.