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March 15, 2012






Lake Info

Normal Lake Level
is 322.00 feet above Mean Sea Level.
Current level for Cedar Creek Lake is: 320.45
Water Temperature:
59 degrees - top
57 degrees - bottom

Sports in Brief

MLLFA Signups
The MLLFA will hold little league signups from 6 to 7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, March 19-20, and from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday, March 22, at the Mabank Alternative School gymnasium.

Boater Education Course
The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 05-14 will hold public boater education courses at the flotilla headquarters located at 1908 Island Circle in Tool (near the entrance to Don’s Port Marina).
There will be eight dates offered throughout the year, with the first being at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, March 24. The cost of the course is $35.
The course will also be offered April 28, May 26, June 23, July 28, August 25, Sept. 22 and Oct. 27.
For registration and further information, contact John Steele at (903) 432-3937, by cell phone at (817) 229-3030 or by e-mail at
The course satisfies the State of Texas Boater Education requirements.
Complimentary vessel safety checks will also be available.

CCL Rotary Golf Tournament
The ninth annual Cedar Creek Lake Spring 2012 Golf Tournament will be held Friday, April 20, at Kings Creek Country Club.
The cost is $60 a person in advance and $65 at the door. The format is a four-man scramble with tee time at noon.
Cash prizes totaling $800 for first, second and lucky team will be awarded. Multiple other prizes will be awarded, including men’s and women’s longest drive and closest to the pin. The hole-in-one prize will be provided by Tri-County Ford.
To sign up a team or become a sponsor of this year’s golf tournament, call Mike Moore at (903) 603-9340 or Lew Talbot (903) 432-2220.

Upcoming Events


March 20
• Lindale @ Mabank (girls) – 6 p.m.
• Lindale @ Mabank (boys) – 7:30 p.m.
• Chapel Hill @ Kemp – 6 p.m.


March 16
• Mabank @ Kaufman – 6:30 p.m.
• Kemp @ Ferris – 6:30 p.m.


March 16
• Mabank @ Kaufman – 5/6:30 p.m.
• Teague @ Eustace – 4:30 p.m.
• Kemp @ Ferris – 6 p.m.


March 22
• Mabank @ Crandall meet – 2:30 p.m.
• Eustace @ Crandall meet


March 19
• Kemp @ Ferris tournament – Old Brickyard
• Eustace @ Ferris tournament – Old Brickyard
• Mabank @ Lindale – Hide-A-Way Lake


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Sports Highlights

Eighth grade Panthers stay perfect in district
Monitor Staff Reports
MABANK–The Mabank eighth grade “A” basketball team has stayed perfect, 16-0, in district play over the last two years. Overall, the team has compiled a 24-3 record. They are back-to-back district champs.
Not only does the team win, they win in big fashion. They have averaged a 17-point margin of victory, proving they are the dominant team.
Their only three losses came in the Forney basketball tournament this year.
“In their three losses, they played some of the best competition in Dallas,” head coach Brent Williams said.
“In the loss to North Richland Hills, they lost by two points. They lost by four points to St. Anthony and in the loss to Forney, they lost by just one point on a last-second basket,” Williams added.
Along with the perfect district record, the Panthers have also carried home two tournament trophies.
Not to be outdone, the Mabank Panther eighth grade “B” team have also won back-to-back district championships.
They were 11-2 this season, and have a 20-6 record over the past two seasons, including two tournament trophies.
“This team progressively improved throughout the season,” Williams said.
In the last four games of this season, their margin of victory was 24 points per game.
The only district blemish was a one-point loss to Kaufman.
“In every game, 15 players contributed to the team’s success,” Williams said.
“The coaches and parents are expecting great things from this excellent team in the future,” he added.


Trophy Bass Management symposium March 24 at Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center
Special to The Monitor
ATHENS–Private bass pond managers will get a behind-the scenes look at how Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) inland fisheries biologists monitor fish populations and care for trophy bass at a statewide symposium set for March 23 and 24, at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center (TFFC) in Athens.
“There are more than a million private impoundments in the state, many of which could be used for increased recreation through bass fishing with better management,” Dr. Billy Higginbotham, Texas AgriLife Extension wildlife and fisheries specialist, said.
“As many landowners have learned, you just don’t stock a pond or lake with largemouth bass and automatically get trophy-size fish.”
Growing big fish takes top management, which can be learned at “Bass Tech: The Technology to Manage for Success.” Participants may register online at (enter the keyword “bass”) or by calling (979) 845-2604. There is a fee for attendance.
In addition to session presentations, attendees will be able to observe a TPWD fisheries management crew electrofish on Lake Athens and demonstrate how to obtain and record data necessary for managing a bass population.
Also included will be a behind-the-scenes tour of the Toyota ShareLunker holding facility at TFFC. The “Lunker Bunker” is where bass weighing 13 pounds or more are cared for and spawned as part of a selective breeding program. The tour will take place from 3 - 5 p.m. March 23.
Session presentations March 24 will include Basic Pond Ecology, Water Quality, Pond Fertilization, Do-It-Yourself Fish Population Assessment and Corrective Stockings, Better Bass Fishing Through Genetics, Trophy Bass Management, Identifying and Controlling Nuisance Wildlife, Aquatic Weed Identification and Control, and Aging Largemouth Bass Using Otoliths.
Instructors include wildlife and fisheries experts with AgriLife Extension, TPWD and American Sport Fish Hatchery, a southeastern U.S. stocking and pond maintenance service.
A similar symposium was held in 2008. “The main difference this year is that we’ve trimmed some topics based on participant evaluations,” Higginbotham said. “The one-day program means participants won’t have to go to the expense and trouble of spending the night if they don’t want to.”
Registration will be from 7-8 a.m. Saturday, March 24. The symposium will conclude at 5 p.m. A catered lunch and break refreshments are included in the registration fee.
In addition, each registrant will receive a CD of the proceedings, speaker notes and a copy of Higginbotham’s “Wildlife and Fish Management Calendar.”
Texas Department of Agriculture private pesticide applicator license holders can earn one continuing education unit in integrated pest management.
TFFC is four miles east of Athens and 75 miles southeast of Dallas. More information on the center can be found at
For more information on the symposium, or to register by regular mail and check, contact Higginbotham at (903) 834-6191 or,  or Dr. Michael Masser, AgriLife Extension fisheries specialist, at ( 979) 845-7370 or
















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