Sports and Outdoors

     

 Lake Info

Normal Lake Level is 322.00 feet above Mean Sea Level.
Current level for Cedar Creek Lake is: 320.98
Water Temperature:
50 degrees

 

 

  Willis teen catches first ShareLunker of season
Special to The Monitor
ATHENS–If you’ve been holding your breath waiting for the first Budweiser ShareLunker of the season to be caught, you can start breathing now.
Tyler Goetzman of Willis kicked off the action with a 13.06-pound largemouth bass from Lake Conroe Jan. 13. The 15-year-old was fishing a tournament when the fish took a Rat-L-Trap in six feet of water. The fish was 24 inches long and 20.25 inches in girth.
This is only the fourth time in the ShareLunker program’s 21-year history that the season’s first entry came in January. However, in 1989 and 2000, the first entry did not come until February.
Lake Conroe has now produced 12 ShareLunkers and ranks fourth in the number of entries from public waters, behind Lake Fork, Lake Alan Henry and Sam Rayburn Reservoir.
Goetzman’s fish is number 442 in the list of ShareLunker entries.
Anyone legally catching a 13-pound or bigger largemouth bass from Texas waters, public or private, between Oct. 1 and April 30 may submit the fish to the Budweiser ShareLunker program by calling program manager David Campbell at (903) 681-0550 or paging him at (888) 784-0600 and leaving a phone number including area code. Fish will be picked up by TPWD personnel within 12 hours.
Anglers entering fish into the ShareLunker program receive a free replica of their fish, a certificate and ShareLunker clothing, and are recognized at a banquet at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center in Athens following the close of the season. If a Texas angler catches the largest entry, he or she receives a lifetime fishing license.
For complete information and rules of the ShareLunker program and tips on caring for big bass, see www.tpwd.state.tx.us/spdest/visitorcenters/tffc/budsharelunker/.
The Budweiser ShareLunker program is made possible through support from Anheuser-Busch, Inc. Since 1991, Anheuser-Busch, in partnership with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation, has contributed millions of dollars in funding to support conservation causes and fishing, hunting and outdoor recreation programs in Texas.
 

Panthers bite Bulldogs, 81-47
Monitor Staff Reports
MABANK–The Mabank Panthers posted strong runs in the second and fourth quarters to blow past the visiting Eustace Bulldogs 81-47 Tuesday.
The blowout loss dropped the Bulldogs to 0-2 in District 13-3A basketball play, while the Panthers evened their district record at 1-1.
Mabank was scheduled to visit Ferris Friday, while Eustace was slated to host Crandall.

Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
Mabank Panther Tray Phillips (44) drives in for an off-balance layup past Eustace Bulldog Johnny Lee (20) as teammates Kolton Browning (14), Oliver Wedemeyer (40) and Griffin Marshall (30) get in rebounding position. This play took place early in a 24-6 second-quarter run by the Panthers, who went on to defeat the visiting Bulldogs 81-47 Tuesday.

Tuesday, Jan. 22, the Bulldogs will travel to Kaufman, while the Panthers will host Crandall.
Friday, Jan. 25, Mabank will visit Kemp, while Eustace will host Ferris. Each evening opens with 4:30 p.m. sub-varsity games.
On Mabank’s home court, the Bulldogs were able to stay with the quicker Panthers through the first quarter, which saw the Panthers post a narrow 16-14 lead.
However, the Panthers’ edge in quickness and team speed began to manifest itself in the second quarter, as Mabank began beating the Bulldog players down the floor.
At the same time, the Bulldogs’ shooting – which had been red-hot in the first quarter – cooled off considerably, and the result was a 24-6 run that put the Panthers up by 20 points, 40-20, at halftime.
Kolton Browning and Tyler Fisher keyed the run, as Browning scored eight of his 19 points and Fisher scored 10 of his game-high 24 points during the second quarter.
The scenario repeated in the second half, as the Bulldogs were able to match baskets (pretty much) with the Panthers during the third quarter, but Mabank posted a 19-8 scoring edge in the fourth quarter to forge the final 34-point margin.
In addition to Fisher’s 24 points and Browning’s 19, the Panthers got 10 points (all in the fourth quarter) from Jacob Woodard.
Oliver Wedemeyer added eight points (including a 3-point basket), Albin Gashi had seven (including a trey), Tray Phillips had four points, Cameron Tucker, Chris Tull, Caleb McKee and Scott Hall all scored two points each, and Griffin Marshall chipped in a free throw.
David Graves led the Bulldogs with 12 points on four 3-point baskets (three in the third quarter), while Jacob Horton added nine points.
Eustace also got eight points from Zach Keeling, seven from Colton Thomsen, four from Russell Templeton, three from Jamaar Junior, and two each from David Allen and Johnny Lee.
 

Pirates sink Kemp
Monitor Staff Reports
CRANDALL–The hosting Crandall Pirates held the Kemp Yellowjackets to single-digit scoring in every quarter to roll up a 54-25 win Tuesday.
The loss dropped the Yellowjackets to 1-1 in District 13-3A basketball play. Kemp was scheduled to host the Kaufman Lions Friday.
Tuesday, Jan. 22, the ’Jackets will hit the road for a key first-round contest against the Ferris Yellowjackets.
Friday, Jan. 25, Kemp will host the Mabank Panthers. Each evening opens with 4:30 p.m. sub-varsity games.
At Crandall, the Pirates opened a 15-8 lead in the first quarter, and padded that lead out to 13 points by halftime, 26-13.
Held to 13 points in the first half, the ’Jackets only scored 12 points in the second half, while the Pirates scored 28 points to forge the final 29-point margin.
The ’Jackets’ scoring was well balanced, as they got six points each from Chase Traughber, O’Neal Fitzhugh and Ethan Dunagan (all on free throws).
Wesley Kerr added three points, Terrence Sistrunk scored two points and both James Trim and Joseph Weeks chipped in free throws.
 

 

Upcoming games

Girls basketball

Jan. 22
MHS vs Crandall*
KHS @ Ferris*
EHS @ Kaufman*

Jan. 25
KHS vs MHS*
EHS vs Ferris*

Jan. 29
MHS vs Kaufman*
EHS vs KHS*

Feb. 1
EHS vs MHS*
KHS vs Crandall*

Feb. 5
MHS vs Ferris*
KHS @ Kaufman*
EHS @ Crandall*
(end regular season)
*District 13-3A contest
Boys basketball

Jan. 22
MHS vs Crandall*
KHS @ Ferris*
EHS @ Kaufman*

Jan. 25
KHS vs MHS*
EHS vs Ferris*

Jan. 29
MHS vs Kaufman*
EHS vs KHS*

Feb. 1
EHS vs MHS*
KHS vs Crandall*

Feb. 5
MHS vs Ferris*
KHS @ Kaufman*
EHS @ Crandall*
*District 13-3A contest

 

Soccer

Jan. 22
MHS g/b vs Ennis (g here)*
EHS g/b vs Athens*

Jan. 25
MHS vs Waxahachie* (TBA)
EHS g/b @ Whitehouse*

Jan. 28
EHS g/b vs Lindale*

Jan. 29
MHS g/b vs Terrell* (g here)
*District contest
Powerlifting

Jan. 26
MHS hosts Panther Invit.

Feb. 23
District 13-3A meet (Crandall)
Track

Jan. 28
Cedar Creek Relays
(Mabank)