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March 25, 2012






Lake Info

Normal Lake Level
is 322.00 feet above Mean Sea Level.
Current level for Cedar Creek Lake is: 322.60
Water Temperature:
64 degrees - top
63 degrees - bottom

Sports in Brief

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 opportunities to take the course.
The course will 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 27
• Mabank @ Crandall – 6:30 p.m.
• Palmer @ Eustace – 4:30 p.m.
• Kemp @ North Forney – 6:30 p.m.
March 30
• North Forney @ Mabank – 6:30 p.m.
• Eustace @ Life-Red Oak in Waxahachie 6 p.m.
• Kaufman @ Kemp – 6:30 p.m.


March 27
• Mabank @ Crandall – 5/6:30 p.m.
• Kemp @ North Forney – 6 p.m.
March 30
• Kaufman @ Kemp – 6 p.m.
• North Forney @ Mabank – 5/6:30 p.m.
• Eustace @ Blooming Grove – 4:30 p.m.


March 29
• Mabank @ Browns-boro – 3:30 p.m.
• Eustace @ Jeff Austin Relays (Frankston)
• Kemp @ Kemp meet


March 27
• Mabank girls @ Garden Valley (Lindale)
March 28
• Mabank boys @ Garden Valley (Lindale)
March 29
• Kemp @ King’s Creek (Kaufman tourn.)
• Eustace @ King’s Creek (Kaufman tourn.)


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Sports Highlights

Mabank’s Jordan Allen makes 2012 All-Region Class 3A basketball team
Monitor Staff Reports
MABANK–Mabank senior basketball player Jordan Allen has been selected to the 2011-12 All-Region Class 3A basketball team.
Allen has led the Mabank Panthers the last two years in scoring, and helped put them in the playoffs his junior year.
The Panthers were leading in district play when Jordan tore his ACL this season.
At the time, Mabank was in first place for the District Championship in District 13-AAA.
“This was a devastating blow for the Panthers and especially for Jordan,” Mabank Panther head basketball coach Mark Allen said.
“Jordan has shown great leadership while playing through adversity as he tried to complete a playoff-run for the Panthers by wearing a brace with very limited mobility.”
He was still able to be one of the leaders in Mabank basketball stats.
Since then, Allen has had ACL surgery and is going through the rehab process now.
Being Mabank coach Mark Allen’s son, and the grandson of legendary coach Carl Allen of Sabine, he has always had to battle through skepticism and prove himself more than once, but this has made him stronger.
His goal of playing college basketball is still possible since he is also visiting some colleges to work on taking his game to the next level.
Allen was also selected to play in the East Texas All-Star basketball game.
Since he is coming off surgery, he had to decline the offer. “This was a good honor for him and our program,” Mark Allen said.


Lakes Falcon, Fork produce ShareLunkers
Special to The Monitor
ATHENS–Perennial big-bass lakes Falcon and Fork each produced a Toyota ShareLunker over the weekend.
Falcon started the ball rolling March 16, with a 14.39-pounder, the biggest fish entered into the program so far this season.
Gary Wingate of Amarillo caught the fish in 12 feet of water using a plastic worm. The fish was 26.5 inches long and 20.75 inches in girth. It was weighed at Robert’s Fish ‘n Tackle in Zapata.
Wingate’s catch boosted him into the front-runner spot for Angler of the Year. The person who catches the season’s largest entry will be named Angler of the Year and will receive a prize package from G. Loomis valued at $818.
Lake Fork chimed in March 18, with a 13.1-pounder caught in a JC Outdoors individual tournament.
Michael Justus of Garland was fishing alone when the big bass took his finesse worm on a dropshot rig in six to seven feet of water.
This weekend’s fish are the eighth and ninth entries of the season.
“It was a battle,” Justus said. “I got the net after her five times before I finally netted her. Then I realized how big she was. It was awesome. It’s something I’ll cherish forever, that’s for sure.”
Anyone legally catching a 13-pound or bigger largemouth bass from Texas waters, public or private, between Oct. 1, and April 30, may submit the fish to the Toyota ShareLunker program by calling the ShareLunker hotline at (903) 681-0550 or paging (888) 784-0600 and leaving a phone number including area code.
ShareLunker entries are used in a selective breeding program at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center (TFFC) in Athens.
Some of the offspring from these fish are stocked back into the water body from which they were caught. Other ShareLunker offspring are stocked in public waters around the state in an attempt to increase the overall size and growth rate of largemouth bass in Texas.
For complete information and rules of the ShareLunker program, see
The Toyota ShareLunker Program is made possible by a grant to the Texas Parks & Wildlife Foundation from Gulf States Toyota.
Toyota is a long-time supporter of the Foundation and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, providing major funding for a wide variety of education, fish, parks and wildlife projects.





















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