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Lake Info

Normal Lake Level is 322.00 feet
above Mean Sea Level.
Current level for Cedar Creek Lake is: 319.42
Water Temperature:
46 degrees - top
42 degrees - bottom

Sports in Brief

MBSA sign-ups
Mabank Baseball Softball Association (MBSA) will hold sign-ups for T-ball, baseball and softball from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. two Saturday, Feb. 19, at the Mabank Junior High Gym.
Information and registration forms are at

Flag football
Max 5-on-5 flag football league opens practice soon. All games will be played on Saturdays in Mabank starting March 5, continuing through April 30. Games will be non-contact, with all players participating. Practice is limited to one hour per week.
Age groups will be grades K-2, 3-4 and 5-6. For more information, contact Ron Anderson at (469) 688-2704, or Todd Brown at (903) 603-0529.


Upcoming Events

Girls basketball

Feb. 18
MHS vs Spring Hill
Area playoffs
(6 p.m. Tyler Junior College)


Boys basketball

Feb. 21-22
Bidistrict playoffs
(time/site TBA)



Feb. 18
MHS @ Sunnyvale
KHS @ Scurry-Rosser (scr)
EHS @ Grand Saline

Feb. 21
MHS @ Bullard
KHS vs Brownsboro

Feb. 22
EHS @ Kaufman

Feb. 24-26
KHS @ EHS tourney
EHS hosts tournament

March 1
KHS @ Palestine
EHS @ Kerens



Feb. 18
MHS g vs Chapel Hill*
MHS b vs John Tyler*
KHS vs Chapel Hill*

Feb. 22
MHS g vs Lindale*
MHS b @ Chapel Hill*
KHS @ Whitehouse*

Feb. 25
MHS g @ John Tyler*
MHS b @ Whitehouse*
KHS @ Athens*
(*district contest)



Feb. 17-19
MHS @ Ennis tourn.
EHS @ Athens tourn.

Feb. 18
KHS vs Malakoff

Feb. 22
MHS vs Rice
KHS idle
EHS @ Westwood

Feb. 24-26
MHS @ Brownsboro tourn.
KHS @ Malakoff tourn.
EHS @ Malakoff tourn.



Feb. 21
EHS hosts MHS, KHS
(at CCCC)



Feb. 19
District 13-3A meet

Feb. 26
Girls Regional meet

March 12
Boys Regional meet



Feb. 24
EHS hosts Tri-Meet



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Sports Highlights

MHS girls knock out Quinlan
By Kerry Yancey
Monitor Staff Writer

WILLS POINT–In a game where neither team shot well against tight defensive pressure, the Mabank Lady Panthers got more opportunities, grabbing a 46-27 bidistrict championship victory over the Quinlan Ford Lady Panthers Monday night.
Now 21-11 on the season, Mabank advances to the area round of the state basketball playoffs, facing another set of Lady Panthers from Spring Hill at 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 18, at Wagstaff Gym on the Tyler Junior College campus.
Quinlan Ford, the District 14-3A third-place team, ends its season at 23-10.
Monday’s contest was the second game of a double-header at Wills Point High School. The 14-3A runner-up Lindale Lady Eagles knocked the 13-3A third-place North Forney Lady Falcons out of the playoffs with a 39-35 victory.

Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
Mabank junior Olivia Pannell (center, with ball) muscles her way between Quinlan Ford defenders Jenna Butte (24) and Amanda Paul during the first half of Mabank's 46-27 bidistrict championship win Monday in Wills Point.

From the start Monday night, it was clear the Mabank girls had an edge in team speed and inside size, although both defenses forced turnovers early before Mabank opened an 8-4 lead on a shot by 6-2 junior Olivia Pannell.
A drive and three-point play by senior Sara Springer gave Mabank a 10-4 lead and prompted a Quitman time-out, and a put-back by junior sub Alex Brady at the buzzer put Mabank up by 10 at the end of the first quarter, 14-4.
Quinlan junior Haley Estes drove inside to cut the Mabank margin to nine points at 16-7, but that was as close as the Ford girls got.
Mabank sophomore point guard Kourtney Holyfield drove for a layup to make it 18-7, and Makenna Allen hit two free throws to make it 20-7, prompting the large MHS cheering section to chant “She’s a freshman.”
Up by 12 at halftime, 22-10, the Mabank girls steadily pulled away in the third quarter behind an 8-2 run that made it 30-10 before Quinlan’s Katie Klieber broke the ice over the Quinlan bucket.
Quinlan put together a mini-rally when Jessica Keeton hit a long two (her only points) and Jenna Butte followed with another bucket (her only points, too) to cut the Mabank lead to 15, but Pannell’s inside presence helped Mabank continue to lead by 15 going into the fourth quarter.
Mabank continued to pressure Quinlan on defense and feed Pannell and Allen inside on offense in the fourth quarter. Pannell converted a 1-and-1 opportunity to make it a 20-point game at 43-23 with 3:20 left to play, and Springer hit two free throws with 3:09 left to give Mabank its biggest lead at 45-23.
From that point, Mabank looked to run the clock on every offensive possession as the Mabank fans chanted, “This game’s over!”
Pannell led all scorers with 13 points, with Allen adding 10 and Holyfield eight.
Mabank also got six points and numerous defensive pressures from Ashton Norman, while Springer finished with five points and both Brady and Cheyenne Alldredge finished with two points each.
Klieber finished with eight points to lead the Ford girls, with Amanda Paul adding five.
Quinlan also got three points each from Natalie Enriquez and Estes, two points each from Keeton, Butte and Lauren Nail, and free throws from Taylor Elrod and Goines.

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EHS wins, but misses playoffs
Monitor Staff Reports
BUFFALO–The Eustace Bulldogs finished off their road schedule Friday night with a 56-50 win over the hosting Buffalo Bison.
The win gives the Bulldogs a 6-5 record in District 14-2A basketball competition, as they were scheduled to host Leon for “senior night” Tuesday.
Mildred’s win over Leon Friday night officially eliminated the Bulldogs from the postseason picture.
Going into the final game, Malakoff leads the district at 9-2, with Teague a half-game back at 9-3 and Mildred one full game back at 8-3.
“It’s sad, because we beat Mildred and Malakoff, and lost to Teague in overtime, so I know we are just as good as they are,” Bulldog head coach Chad Martinez said later.
At Buffalo Friday, the Bulldogs got off to a slow start, falling behind 14-9 in the first quarter, but put together a 21-7 run in the second quarter to take a nine-point halftime lead, 30-21.
The Bison were able to cut three points off the Bulldogs’ lead in the third quarter, but both teams scored 13 points each in the fourth quarter to leave the final margin at six.
Senior Addison Scott led all scorers with 24 points, as Chad Barina added nine, Dalton Lewis eight, Braden Strickland seven, Billy Key five and John Bradburn three.

MHS boys clinch playoffs
Monitor Staff Reports
MABANK–The Mabank Panthers locked up the district’s third-place playoff berth with a dominating 66-39 “senior night” win over the visiting Kaufman Lions Friday night.
With their second straight District 13-3A victory, the Panthers improved to 5-4 in loop play, and were scheduled to visit one of the front-runners, the Ferris Yellowjackets, in the regular season finale Tuesday.

Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
Mabank Panther guard Ryan Walker (10) corrals a loose ball (tipped back toward him by Panther Brandon Hatfield, at right) and heads upcourt, pursued by Kaufman Lions Gabriel Lira (left) and Je'Mikal Jobe (20) during the first half of Mabank's playoff-clinching 66-39 win over the visiting Lions Friday.

Ferris and Crandall (who played hosting Kemp Tuesday night) were battling for the district’s top spot, with Ferris having two losses and Crandall one loss heading into that game. Mabank coach Mark Allen said it won’t make any difference in the playoff structure if the Panthers win or lose Tuesday.
As the district’s third-place team, the Panthers will face either Wills Point or Lindale in bidistrict, which was tentatively set for Tuesday, Feb. 22, at a site to be determined after Tuesday night’s season finales.
In front of a fairly large crowd Friday night, the Panthers dominated the second half, outscoring the Lions 39-15 after the intermission.
The first half was a nip-and-tuck affair, as the Panthers opened a 13-8 lead in the first quarter behind David Marler, who scored eight of his game-high 19 points in the period.
Marler got free fairly often as the Lions came out in a box-and-one defense, with one defender literally attached to district MVP candidate Jordan Allen, following him – and holding him, Mabank fans screamed – as he weaved through the other players.
The Lions clawed back in the second quarter, outscoring the Panthers 16-14 behind seven points (including a trey) from guard Gabriel Lira and four points from Je’Mikal Jobe, cutting the Mabank lead to just three at halftime, 27-24.
Mabank broke open the contest in the third quarter, outscoring the Lions 20-7 behind Marler (six points), T.C. Greene (six points) and Jordan Allen (five, including a trey).
Up by 16 going into the fourth quarter, the Panthers kept the pressure on, outscoring the Lions 19-8 in the final frame behind Greene (six points) and Allen (six, including his third trey) to forge the final 27-point margin.
In addition to Marler’s 19, the Panthers got 18 from Allen, 14 from Greene and eight (including two treys) from Brandon Hatfield.
The Panthers also got three points (all in the fourth quarter) from Ryan Walker, two from Colton Thomas and free throws from Hunter Carrico and Chase Graham.
Lira led the Lions with 15 points, while Jobe added 12.
Mabank also swept the sub-varsity games, as the junior varsity won 63-34 and the freshmen won 69-33.






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