Sports and Outdoors


 Lake Info

Normal Lake Level is 322.00 feet above Mean Sea Level.
Current level for Cedar Creek Lake is: 320.59
Water Temperature:
52  degrees - top
degrees - bottom



  Tips for the right boat insurance
Special to The Monitor
ALEXANDRIA, Va.–Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatU.S.) has these tips to save money on boat insurance:
Reality check. Today’s competitive boat buying market has likely reduced the value of your boat – which could allow you to reduce your premium.
Hold the small stuff. If you don’t submit small claims and can handle a bigger deductible, ask your insurance company for a discount.
Check for duplication. If you have a homeowners or renters insurance policy, it may include “sports equipment coverage,” which is sometimes added to a boat insurance policy.
Go back to school. Many insurance companies give a discount for taking an approved safe boating class, offered on Cedar Creek Lake by the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 5-14.
Join a boating group. Join the U.S. Power Squadrons or the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary and earn an extra discount on your insurance while learning and participating in making the country’s waterways safer.
Go liability only. If your boat is paid for and you feel comfortable with absorbing the cost of damage to (or the loss of) your boat, consider a “liability only” policy. That will still protect you and your other assets from lawsuits if you damage someone else’s property or injure a third party.
However, all liability policies are not alike – things like medical coverage for family and friends, salvage and wreck removal, fuel spill and uninsured boater coverage should be included.
Long lay-up? If your boat is in storage for an extended period, consider a “port risk” policy that provides no navigation coverage, but does cover your boat in cases of theft, fire or liability, should someone get hurt.
Have the right type of policy. Most boaters have either an “Agreed Value” policy or an “Actual Cash Value” policy.
The Agreed Value policy typically costs more, but provides more reimbursement in the event of a partial loss. By paying the replacement cost of most items, and it will pay the value stated on the policy if the boat is a total loss.
The Actual Cash Value policy costs less, but also depreciates all losses – and will pay you less for almost every claim. Both kinds of policies have benefits, but only you can decide which best meet your needs.
Understand what you’re getting. Boat insurance policies can vary widely.
For example, an insurance policy with $800,000 for fuel spill coverage may sound like a lot, while other policies may exclude this coverage completely.
In plain English, if your boat starts a marina fire that destroys other vessels, will there be enough money to cover the resulting spill as well as the loss of neighboring vessels?
Some other coverages to ask about:
• Salvage and wreck removal coverage. If your boat sinks, your insurer will write you a check for the value of the lost boat (hull value). But who pays to remove the sunken boat?
Depending on your insurance company, it could be your own wallet or a separate “bucket” of salvage money in your policy.
• Consequential damage. If your boat sinks because of a failed part, is the resulting water damage covered? Or, does the policy exclude “any loss caused directly or indirectly, or resulting from” the failed part?
If it does exclude it, you’ll end up paying more for repairs out of pocket.
• Contractual liability. Commonly needed by boaters who rent storage space or a marina slip, contractual liability satisfies a rental/slip contract’s “hold harmless” provision. However, you may not need this coverage if you store your boat at home.
For more information, or to get a free on-line insurance quote, go to .

Eustace teams claim wins at ETBA end-of-season tourney
Monitor Staff Reports
EUSTACE–Eustace teams did well in the end-of-season East Texas Basketball Association tournaments held in Eustace and Trinidad.
The fifth- and sixth-grade boys won their tournament bracket.
Players were Nathan Denson, Dalton Burleson, Shane Braddy, C.J. Daniels, James Crow, Daniel Hester, Chad Tindel and Preston Schwartz, with coaches Dottie Hester, Mrs. Schwartz and Mrs. Tindel.
The third- and fourth-grade boys took second place in their bracket.
Players were James East, Zack Compton, Kelly Ashton, Mikey Marshall, Jude Bonner, Caedon Farmer, Matthew Melton and Michael Roch, with coaches Bobby Ashton and Jesse Compton.
The K-2 boys also took second place in their bracket.
Players were Wyatt Farmer, Adan Cardenas, Jarrett Marcom, Kash Whittenberg, Jeffrey Peterson, Kobe Borchardt and Noah Herring, with coaches Casey Herring and Wally Pfoh.
The K-2 girls also took second place in their bracket.
Players were Madison Holbert, Lexie Manning, Kolbee Moss, Makayla Pfoh, Sharra Russell and Brooklin Wilson, with coach Miguel Ortiz.
The third- and fourth-grade girls finished fourth in their bracket.
Players were Courtney East, Taylor Herring, Kristen Kile, Brooke Reynolds, Meagan Sawyer and Madison Snider, with coaches Manda Herring and Jennie Pfoh.

Unbeaten Van runs by Eustace
Monitor Staff Reports
EUSTACE–Unbeaten Van improved to 17-0 Tuesday by crushing the hosting Eustace Lady Bulldogs 16-0 in the District 14-3A softball opener for both teams.
Eustace was scheduled to visit Mineola for a district game Friday night.
Tuesday, March 24, the Lady Bulldogs are scheduled to host the Canton Lady Eagles for a 6 p.m. contest, weather permitting. Canton opened district play Tuesday with a 15-0 shutout of visiting Kemp (see related story, page 2B).
Friday, March 27, the Lady Bulldogs will visit Kemp for a 6 p.m. district contest.
As the Eustace boys pounded the Brownsboro Bears next door (see related story below), the Lady Bulldogs hung close for the first couple of innings, despite not being able to reach Lady Vandal pitcher Shelby Harris, who improved to 9-0 on the season.

Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
Eustace Lady Bulldogs pitcher Kaitlyn Bebe winds up for a throw late in the Lady Bulldogs' 16-0 loss to the unbeaten Van Lady Vandals Tuesday in the District 14-3A softball opener for both teams.

However, starting in the third inning, the Lady Bulldog defense started to break down behind pitcher Kaitlyn Bebe (who took the loss), and Van scored twice to take a 4-0 lead.
The wheels came off the Eustace defense in the fourth and fifth innings, as the Lady Bulldogs committed four errors.
Van scored five runs in the fourth inning and seven in the fifth off Bebe and relievers Amber Perkins and Nicole McNeel.
Shelby Harris did her part at the plate with a triple, while Chastity Smith added a double for the Lady Vandals.
The Lady Bulldogs showed some life in the top of the fifth inning against Lady Vandal reliever Taylor Harris, getting their only hit and putting runners in scoring position before Harris closed out the contest.

Upcoming games


March 23
MHS boys @ Ennis
MHS girls @ Canton
KHS @ EHS tourney


March 26
Crandall Coca-Cola Relays


March 24
MHS vs Mesquite Poteet*
KHS @ Wills Point*
EHS vs Canton*

March 27
MHS @ Forney*

March 31
MHS vs Lancaster*
KHS @ Mineola*
EHS vs Wills Point*

April 3
MHS @ West Mesquite*
KHS @ Canton*
EHS @ Van*
*district contest


March 24
MHS @ Forney*
KHS @ Wills Point*
EHS vs Canton*

March 27
MHS vs Lancaster*

March 31
MHS @ West Mesquite*
KHS @ Mineola*
EHS vs Wills Point*

April 1
MHS bye*
*district contest

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