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February 2, 2012






Lake Info

Normal Lake Level
is 322.00 feet above Mean Sea Level.
Current level for Cedar Creek Lake is: 317.65
Water Temperature:
55 degrees - top
52 degrees - bottom

Sports in Brief

Tri-County soccer signups
The Tri-County Soccer Association will be holding 2012 Spring Signups from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 2, and Saturday, Feb. 4, at the McDonald’s in Gun Barrel City. Players must be at least four years old prior to Jan. 1, in order to participate.
The fee is $60 for new players, and $40 for children returning from the Fall 2011 season. For more details and information, call Candi Conner at (903) 887-3138.

Tri-County Area Youth NFL Flag Football
Teams are now forming for youth flag football league. The cost to participate is $85, and includes NFL jersey, flags, city fees and insurance.
Registration will be from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4, at the Mabank Junior High School gym.
For more information, or if you have any questions, please call Ron Anderson at (469) 688-0175.

Carp tournament at Purtis Creek
Purtis Creek State Park will host a carp tournament Saturday, March 24. Prizes will be awarded for the largest number of carp caught, not by weight.
Pole and line will be the only method of taking carp. Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Inland Fisheries, Game Wardens and State Park Staff will be involved during different aspects of the tournament with the hosting entity being the Friends of Purtis Creek. The Friends of Purtis Creek will receive 15 percent of fees collected, and 85 percent will be used to pay out prizes.
For more information, contact Purtis Creek State Park at (903) 425-2332.

Upcoming Events

Basketball (boys)

Feb. 3
• Crandall @ Mabank – 5 p.m.
• North Forney @ Kemp – 5 p.m.

Basketball (girls)

Feb. 3
• Crandall @ Mabank – 5 p.m.
• North Forney @ Kemp – 5 p.m.


Feb. 3
• Athens @ Mabank (boys) – 6 p.m.
• Mabank @ Royse City – 6 p.m.
Feb. 7
• Mabank @ Kemp (boys) – 6 p.m.
• Corsicana @ Mabank (girls) – 6 p.m.


Feb. 11
• Kemp @ Mabank
• Eustace @ Mabank
• Mabank hosting meet








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Dallas Boat Show to be held Feb. 3-5, 9-12
CCL Area Chamber of Commerce will feature booth
By Sam Epps
Sports Editor

DALLAS–The Cedar Creek Lake Area Chamber of Commerce will again represent the Cedar Creek Lake area at the annual Dallas International Boat Show in Dallas.
The show will run Friday through Sunday, Feb 3-5, and Thursday through Sunday, Feb. 9-12, at the Dallas Market Center.
The Dallas Market Center is located north of Downtown Dallas at 2100 Stemmons Freeway.
The boat show will be open to the public from 3 to 8 p.m. Thursday and Fridays, from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. Saturdays, and from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Sundays.
The chamber will have a 10’ by 10’ booth space, and will showcase the many boating and fishing opportunities, as well as the many marinas, fishing businesses, activities, restaurants and improvements the area has to offer.
The Chamber has had a presence at the Dallas Boat Show for 15 years.
The cost of admission to the boat show $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 6 through 12 and children age 5 and under get in free.
The boat show features new items from top boating and water sports companies, as well as fishing tips and information, bait and lure innovations, instruction on skiing, wind surfing, games and activities for children including bubble runners.
Bubble runners are best described as “human hamster balls,” and are a unique activity most children won’t have anywhere else.
In a bubble runner, a child gets into an inflatable ball. Once inside, the ball is filled with air and off the child goes to run, flip and bounce around. Sometimes, it is done in an inflatable “rink,” to maintain the children to one specific area.
Other times, they are done in a large inflatable pool of water, as the bubble runners float and keep the child inside dry.
Fishermen will also have the opportunity to hone their skills, learn new techniques, see new baits and check out the the newest lines of depth finders and fish locators.
Boaters will see the new lines of boats and accessories. They can hear sailing tips, and see how the pros do things.
Currently, there are almost 100 vendors participating in the boat show, coming in from around Texas and the United States.


Realignment means changes ahead
By Sam Epps
Sports Editor

CEDAR CREEK LAKE-New district alignments were set to be released today, and it doesn't appear there will be any big surprises in store.
Eustace appears firmly planted in Class 2A and Mabank still appears to be a solid 3A school.
Kemp is on the verge, however, teetering between dropping to 2A or remaining a smaller 3A school.
In Eustace, athletics director Brian Herman explained the only thing he isn't pretty certain of is who his Bulldogs will be facing in the district.
In Kemp, athletics director Greg Anderson has had to make contingency plans with his scheduling, since Kemp is in that “gray area” between two classes.
In Mabank, athletics director Jimmy Cantrell’s Panthers appear to be a solid 3A school again.
Realignment is based on reported enrollments of students in grades 9-12 based on the figures submitted by schools in Oct., 2011.
Realignment is a big deal to smaller and rural school districts, where numbers can rise and fall like the tides.
By alignment day, most football coaches have made prearranged agreements for nondistrict games for the next two years. But those plans can go out the window quickly if an agreed-on opponent winds up in the same district.
Some reports speculate the classification cutoffs to be somewhere near 2,085-plus for 5A, 1,000-2,084 for 4A, 434-999 for 3A, 296-434 for 2A Division-I, 200-295 for 2A D-II, 152-199 for 1A D-I, and 100-151 for 1A D-II.
But as we have seen in years past, the UIL can always throw schools a curve and surprise everybody.


Getting open
Monitor Photo/Sam Epps
Eustace Lady Bulldog Casey Bramblitt (10) makes a run past visiting Teague Lady Lion defenders Friday. Results from the game were not available at presstime.



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