Normal Lake Level is 322.00 feet
above Mean Sea Level.
Current level for Cedar Creek Lake is:
Fly Fish Texas set at TFFC
By Larry D. Hodge
Special to The Monitor
ATHENS–Fly Fish Texas grew out of a chance encounter
between a fly-fisher teaching his grandkids to cast and a Texas Parks
and Wildlife employee who thought it looked like fun.
Allen Crise was teaching his grandchildren to cast at the Texas
Freshwater Fisheries Center casting pond when former TPWD employee
Jinger Knight happened by. One thing led to another, and soon Walter
McLendon and other members of the Pineywoods Fly Fishers committed to
organizing the first Fly Fish Texas, held in 2000.
The event has since introduced thousands of people to fly-fishing, many
of whom shared two common misconceptions – one, that Texas is not a
fly-fishing state, and two, they could not learn to fly-fish.
Neither misconception could be further from the truth, say the seasoned
fly-anglers who volunteer each year to teach everything from knot-tying
to two-handing casting.
“I had a television impression of Texas when I lived in Michigan – hot
and dry,” Allen Crise of Glen Rose, who chairs the casting classes at
Fly Fish Texas with Steven Hollensed, noted.
“Then I moved to Glen Rose and took a canoe out on the Paluxy River, and
that was a turning point for me,” Crise said. “Texas has almost 200,000
miles of rivers and streams and more lakes to fish than most states.
“Within a morning’s drive I can fish for trout, bass, bluegills, chain
pickerel and striped bass, and just a little more driving can put me in
saltwater fishing for redfish, spotted seatrout or any number of
deepwater fish,” Crise added.
“Casting a fly is not hard to learn – that’s a big misconception,”
Hollensed said. “The difference in fly-casting and conventional fishing
is that in fly-fishing you are casting the weight of the line as opposed
to the weight of the lure or bait. You have to learn to throw the line
backwards, and that goes against what people have learned in the past.”
About 1,000 people attend Fly Fish Texas each year, and it takes only a
few hours for them to advance from rank amateur to, well, not-so-rank
Colby (“Pops”) Sorrells is a fly-casting and fly-tying instructor, and
he’s seen the magic at work.
“The best thing about Fly Fish Texas is that it is made for the person
who is just starting out,” he says. “Once you walk in the gate, you will
be immersed in the fly-fishing community. Fly Fish Texas gives the
person who’s been thinking about fly-fishing but never done it the
opportunity to learn all about it.”
Fly Fish Texas focuses on helping people master the set of skills
required for fly-fishing.
“Many Scout groups use the event as part of their merit badge quest,”
Sorrells pointed out. “Instructors hold classes throughout the day on
everything from fly-casting to fly-tying to knot tying. This is a
hands-on event, and visitors are expected to participate.
“True beginners can join one of the casting classes where rods and reels
are provided. Classes are offered on particular casting problems, how to
set up tackle, fly selection and more,” Sorrells added. “Seminars give
information on subjects ranging from how to fish specific bodies of
water to tips and techniques for fishing for different species. Skilled
fly-tiers make flies all day long. Anyone wanting to learn how can give
it a try themselves or simply watch.”
Fly Fish Texas will be held at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center in
Athens Saturday, March 8.
For an event program, vendor information and directions to TFFC, go to
www.tpwd.state.tx.us/spdest/visitorcenters/tffc/ and click on
the “Fly Fish Texas” link. To explore fly-fishing opportunities in
Texas, visit the TPWD Angler Education pages at
Kaufman nips Mabank, 66-63
Lions capture District 13-3A championship with
By Kerry Yancey
Monitor Staff Writer
DALLAS–Kaufman’s Lions opened a seven-point lead early in the fourth
quarter and held off a late Mabank Panther comeback to win the District
13-3A boys basketball championship 66-63 Friday.
narrow win capped a four-game mini-tournament at the Ellis Davis Field
House to determine the district playoff seeding, after Mabank, Kaufman,
Ferris and Crandall all finished tied for first at the end of
As the district champion, the Lions get a bye in the first round of the
Mabank, the district runner-up, was scheduled to face Brownsboro, the
District 14-3A third-place team, in the first game of a double-header
Tuesday at Wills Point.
Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
Mabank junior Kolton Browning (14) drives in for two of his game-high 27
points during a 66-63 district championship loss to Kaufman’s Lions
Friday in Dallas.
Ferris, the District 13-3A third-place
team, was slated to face 14-3A runner-up Van in the second game of
Kaufman and Tuesday night’s winners advance to the area round of the
playoffs this weekend.
Feb. 14, the 13-3A teams opened the mini-tournament at the Davis Field
House, with Mabank facing Ferris and Kaufman facing Crandall for the
second time in three days.
Mabank posted the largest winning margin of the tournament with a 64-45
win over the Yellowjackets.
After Ferris posted an early 18-14 lead, the Panthers came roaring back,
outscoring the ’Jackets 16-9 in the second quarter to take a three-point
In the second half, the Panthers outscored Ferris 34-18 behind Kolton
Browning (12 points), Albin Gashi (eight points) and Caleb McKee (six
points) to forge the final 19-point margin.
Browning finished with a game-high 25 points, while Gashi finished with
15, and Haydon Blair, McKee and Tyler Fisher all scored six points each.
Tanner Bodine and Jeremy Masterson led Ferris with 11 points each, and
Paul Alexander added 10 points.
In the second game of the opening round, Kaufman defeated Crandall
52-49, using a 19-11 push in the fourth quarter to take a
Friday, the first-round losers, Ferris and Crandall, played to determine
third place in the district.
Ferris’s James Dye hit a pair of free throws to give the Yellowjackets a
49-45 lead with less than 15 seconds to play, and the ’Jackets got some
help when Crandall missed two of four three throws.
Alexander could have iced the game with 7.4 seconds to play, but missed
both free throws, leaving the Yellowjackets clinging to a 49-47 lead.
Ferris managed to harass Crandall into throwing up an awkward,
off-balance shot at the buzzer, and won by two points.
In the nightcap, the Lions and Panthers battled to a 34-34 standoff in
the first half, as neither team pulled ahead by more than six points at
That six-point margin came early, when Panther Oliver Wedemeyer hit a
3-point basket to put Mabank up 18-12, but Lion R.J. Turner answered
with a trey at the other end to make it a three-point game again.
Mabank held a slim 20-17 lead at the end of the first quarter, but Lion
sophomore Mitchell Malone put together a three-point play to give
Kaufman a 22-20 lead with 6:33 left in the first half.
Mabank sophomore Tray Phillips tied the contest at 22, and after
swapping turnovers, Browning tied the contest at 28 and again at 30.
Gashi hit a short jumper at the halftime buzzer to tie the contest at
Early in the second half, the officials (who had allowed essentially
unlimited contact in the first half) called offensive fouls on both the
Panthers (Browning, Gashi and Blair) and the Lions (David Miles), and
each team adjusted its defensive play.
Ayron Miles hit one of two free throws to give Kaufman a six-point lead
at 40-34 with 5:15 left in the third, but the Panthers came right back
behind Fisher, Phillips and Gashi.
Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
Mabank senior Albin Gashi (24) drives around Kaufman junior Ayron Miles
(5) during Mabank’s 66-63 loss to Kaufman Friday in a district
championship playoff in Dallas.
A put-back by Browning tied the score
again at 47, but the Lions took a 51-49 lead on a basket by Deon Wells.
As the fourth quarter opened, Ayron Miles hit a trey to give the Lions a
five-point lead, 54-49, but another put-back by Browning closed the gap
to three points.
With just over four minutes to go, Kaufman junior Chris Wood hit the
game-turning basket, an NBA 3-pointer that gave the Lions a seven-point
lead, 60-53, and all-important momentum.
When Wells picked up two quick fouls (his third and fourth) and was
forced to take a seat with 3:24 to play, it looked like the Panthers
were ready to make a run behind Browning.
The junior lefty hit a pair of free throws, then made a steal and drove
coast-to-coast to make it a three-point game at 60-57.
Down the stretch, however, the Panthers couldn’t buy a basket, and
Turner’s fast-break layup gave the Lions a seven-point lead once again,
From that point, the final two minutes became a free-throw shooting
contest, as the Panthers had to foul to keep the Lions from running the
clock down, and the Lions strongly contested every Panther shot.
With 58.6 seconds left, Lion junior Kendall Wrenn committed his fourth
foul, and Browning hit both free throws to make it a four-point game at
Kaufman missed two opportunities, but managed to keep the ball until
Browning put on another coast-to-coast show to make it a two-point
contest at 65-63 with 30 seconds left.
Wrenn grabbed a steal on a Panther inbounds pass, and tried to call
time, but was standing on the sideline, allowing Mabank to keep the ball
with 9.1 seconds left.
During the play, Browning was knocked to the floor, suffering a bloody
nose, and was forced to leave the game.
Mabank coach Mark Allen used his last time out so Browning would have
time to recover and reenter the contest, but the officials ruled he
could not return until the next stoppage in play.
Mabank’s last-possession shot missed as Browning looked on from the
sideline, and the Lions celebrated their three-point victory.
Browning led all scorers with 27 points (including 9-of-11 from the
charity stripe), but no other Panther scored in double figures.
Gashi finished with nine points, while Phillips had eight, both Blair
and Fisher finished with six points each, Wedemeyer had five points and
McKee added two points.
Wrenn led a very balanced Kaufman attack with 13 points, as David Miles
finished with 12 and Wood had nine.
Both Turner and Wells finished with eight points each, Ayron Miles had
six points, Malone finished with five, Nick Taylor scored three and Chad
Walker chipped in two points.
A-G stops Kemp
Monitor Staff Reports
ALBA-GOLDEN–In their best game to date, the Kemp Lady
Yellowjackets softball team battled Alba-Golden’s hosting Lady Panthers
Monday before falling, 6-3.
This weekend (today-Saturday), the Lady ’Jackets are scheduled to play
in the Kerens Lady Bobcat Invitational tournament.
Tuesday, Feb. 26, the Lady ’Jackets will visit Cayuga for a 4:30 p.m.
contest, the first of four straight games originally scheduled to be
played at home, but moved because the new Kemp baseball and softball
fields are not ready.
Friday, Feb. 29, the Kemp girls will visit Palestine for a 4:30 p.m.
game, and the next Friday, March 7, Kemp will visit the Sabine Lady
Cardinals for a 5 p.m. contest.
Against Alba-Golden, Kemp’s Kylie Goswick went 2-for-4 at the plate,
while Bre Griffin hit a double.
Jasmine Prince pitched for the Lady ’Jackets, giving up only six hits,
but not getting much defensive help, as numerous Kemp errors led to Lady
The Lady ’Jackets also had two starters benched by injury, new coach
Kurt Schumacher reported.
MHS @ EHS tournament
KHS @ Wills Point tourn.
MHS @ Ennis tourn.
KHS @ Kerens tourn.
EHS @ Kerens tourn.
MHS @ John Tyler
KHS @ Cayuga
EHS vs Kilgore
MHS g/b vs Ennis* (b home)
EHS g/b @ Athens*
MHS g/b vs Waxahachie*
EHS g/b vs Whitehouse*
District 13-3A meet
Bulldog Relays (EHS)
Cedar Creek Relays (MHS)