Normal Lake Level is 322.00 feet
above Mean Sea Level.
Current level for Cedar Creek Lake is:
Mabank wins bidistrict title
Panthers to face 10th-ranked Pittsburg in area round
Monitor Staff Reports
WILLS POINT–Mabank’s Panthers used a strong
fourth-quarter push to defeat the Brownsboro Bears 56-48 in a bidistrict
playoff contest at Wills Point Tuesday.
The win propelled the Panthers (21-10) into an area championship contest
against 10th-ranked Pittsburg at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Robert E. Lee High
School in Tyler.
Brownsboro, which returned to the playoffs after 10 years’ absence,
finished the season at 15-18 and the District 14-3A third-place playoff
guard Albin Gashi scored 12 of his game-high 22 points in the fourth
quarter, helping the Panthers turn a two-point game into an eight-point
The game remained close during the first three quarters, as the Panthers
opened a 15-11 lead behind five points from Kolton Browning and four by
Monitor Photo/Randal Brewer
Mabank Panther senior guard Albin Gashi (white uniform) forces
Brownsboro guard Andrew Adair to travel during Mabank’s 56-48 bidistrict
championship win over the Bears Tuesday in Wills Point.
Both teams matched baskets in the second quarter, and
the Panthers still held a slim lead, 28-23, at halftime.
In the third quarter, Brownsboro forged a 9-2 run to close within two
points of the Panthers at 38-36, but Gashi took over down the stretch,
scoring 12 of Mabank’s final 16 points.
Along with Gashi’s 22 points, Browning finished with 16 points. They
were the only Panthers scoring in double figures.
Tyler Fisher scored six points, both Caleb McKee and Haydon Blair added
four points each, and both Oliver Wedemeyer and Tray Phillips added two
Tristain Warren led the Bears with 14 points and 15 rebounds, while
Andrew Adair added 11 points.
Mabank’s win came in the first game of a double-header at Wills Point.
In the nightcap, District 14-3A runner-up Van defeated the 13-3A
third-place Ferris Yellowjackets 63-58.
The Vandals got 28 points (including five 3-point baskets) from senior
guard Aric Stroop and 10 points and eight rebounds from Jermie Calhoun.
Bass-raising seminar set
Special to The Monitor
ATHENS–“What good does it do to grow big fish if you can’t catch them?”
asks a Texas AgriLife Extension Service fisheries expert.
The answer is “no good at all,” if you’re a landowner managing a pond or
lake for bigmouth bass, Dr. Billy Higginbotham, AgriLife Extension
wildlife and fisheries expert, said.
Higginbotham is one of the organizers of the upcoming two-day event “The
Largemouth Bass: Better Fishing Through Private Water Management,” set
March 28-29 at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center in Athens.
The event will feature some of the best known bass experts from the
“To my knowledge, there is no other event on managing for the largemouth
bass that is as comprehensive as this one in any of the Southern
states,” Higginbotham said.
The program has been designed primarily for landowners who manage their
own water impoundments for bass fishing, Higginbotham said.
Program topics will include basic bass pond management info – water
quality, controlling aquatic weeds, bass diseases and parasites,
fertilization and feeding, and fish-stocking strategies.
But there also will be sessions on cutting-edge bass management, such as
current efforts by Barry Smith to breed the largest “catch-able” bass
possible, Higginbotham said.
Smith, who is one of the founders of the American Sport Fish Hatchery in
Alabama, has been crossing northern and Florida strains of bass, then
selecting for size and catch-ability.
It is generally accepted, Higginbotham said, that though Florida bass
can grow larger than northern bass strains, the Florida lines are much
harder to catch.
For example, the Texas record largemouth bass weighed 13 pounds in 1980,
when northern bass genetics were dominant.
The current world record bass weighed more than 22 pounds, and the
current state record, now that Texas bass are heavily influenced by
Florida genetics, is more than 18 pounds, Higginbotham said.
“This should be a must-see for anyone wanting to raise really big bass
in their ponds that they can actually catch,” he said.
Other parts of the program will be about the science behind modern bass
research, he said.
Participants will be treated to a presentation on how to determine the
age of a bass by examining its ear bones. Another tour will give a
behind-the-scenes view of the center’s bass spawning facility.
Registration for the event is $60 per person before Saturday, March 15,
and $90 per person between March 15-28.
For more information, or to register, check the website
or call (979) 845-2604.
Alternately, participants may mail a check to Texas AgriLife Extension
Conference Services, 2139 TAMU, College Station, TX 77843-2139. Make the
check payable to “Account 07-254100-60001.”
Additional info can be obtained by contacting Higginbotham at (903)
834-6191, or e-mail
firstname.lastname@example.org, or Michael Masser at (979) 845-7370,
or e-mail email@example.com.
The event is sponsored by AgriLife Extension, Texas Parks and Wildlife
Department and the Henderson County Wildlife Committee.
Jackson takes 2nd, Busby 3rd
Monitor Staff Reports
TERRELL–The Lone Star High School Rodeo Association hosted its 19th
rodeo of the season Feb. 16 at Wade’s Arena in Terrell. Cedar Creek Lake
area high school students competed in various events.
Dustin Jackson of Mabank High School took second place in boys ribbon
roping and Marcus Emmons of Eustace High School received a no time.
Jackson and Emmons also each received no time in calf roping.
Jackson also received no times in team roping as both the header and the
Kelsie Busby of Mabank High School took third place in poles and Nicole
Harrison of Kemp High School finished seventh.
Busby received a no time in steer undecorating, while Harrison finished
15th in barrels.
Josh McClintock of Kemp High School took fourth place in bareback.
At the Feb. 9 LSHSRA rodeo, Jackson took 10th place in chute dogging.
MHS vs P.Westwood
KHS @ Greenville
EHS vs Kerens
Feb. 28-March 1
MHS @ Fairfield tourn.
KHS @ Chapel Hill tourn.
EHS @ Mildred tourn.
MHS @ John Tyler
KHS @ Cayuga
EHS vs Kilgore
MHS @ Canton
KHS @ Palestine
Feb. 28-March 1
EHS @ Spring Hill tourn.
EHS vs Scurry-Rosser
MHS g/b vs Waxahachie*
EHS g/b vs Whitehouse*
MHS g/b vs Terrell* (g home)
EHS g/b @ Lindale*
Cedar Creek Relays (MHS)