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April 14
, 2011






Lake Info

Normal Lake Level is 322.00 feet
above Mean Sea Level.
Current level for Cedar Creek Lake is: 319.15
Water Temperature:
70 degrees - top
67 degrees - bottom

Sports in Brief

Christian Cheer golf
The Christian Cheer Company is hosting its inaugural golf tournament Saturday, April 23, at Kings Creek Country Club.
Entry is $200 per team or $55 per individual, with $200 cash prize going to the winning team. Entry covers cart and barbecue lunch.
For more information, contact Jerri Cheek at (903) 887-3835, or email

AL golf tournament
Sons of the American Legion will host a golf tournament benefiting the Mabank Special Olympics Thursday (today) at the Indian Oaks Golf Course.
Entry fee is $45 per player, which includes cart. Sign-in opens at 8 a.m., followed by a 9 a.m. start. For information, contact Benny Thomas at (903) 340-5466, or call the Post at (903) 887-3532.

Kemp Band Boosters tourney
Kemp Band Boosters are hosting their second annual golf tournament at noon Monday, April 18, at the Cedar Creek Country Club, featuring a $5,000 hole-in-one prize
For information, call Bobbie Jo Taylor at (903) 498-6800, e-mail to,  or call Mellisa Day at (903) 498-7361, e-mail

Masons golf tournament
Masonic Lodge No. 726 of Kaufman is sponsoring its annual fundraiser golf tournament Saturday, April 16, with registration opening at 7:30 a.m. at the Indian Oaks Golf Club.
Entry fee for the four-man-scramble event is $180 per four-man team, with $900 in cash going to winning teams. For more information, call Tommy Akins at (972) 452-3181.

Realtors golf tournament
The Henderson County chapter of the Women’s Council of Realtors is hosting a golf tournament Monday, May 9, at the Cedar Creek Country Club.
Entry fee is $60 per person, if paid before May 5 ($65 at the door), which includes cart and 11:30 a.m. lunch, followed by 1 p.m. start.
For information, contact Shirley Salmon at (214) 695-0664 or,  or Sue Hosack at (903) 887-7055 or

Upcoming Events


April 15
MHS, KHS idle
EHS vs Palmer*
(*district contest)


April 18-19
Regional meet
(Tanglewood CC)


April 15
MHS, KHS idle
EHS vs Mildred*

April 19
MHS @ Crandall*
KHS @ North Forney*
EHS @ Blooming Grove*
(end regular season)
(*district contest)


April 22
Regional qualifyers meet
(@ Eustace)

Purtis Creek State Park

April 16
Canoe/kayak classes
(3 p.m.)



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Sports Highlights

Strickland dominates Malakoff
Monitor Staff Reports
That’s all the Malakoff Tigers could say Friday, after Eustace senior Braden Strickland shut them out in a 12-0 whitewashing.
The LSU signee was one walk away from a perfect game, striking out 14 of the 16 Malakoff batters he faced, and throwing only 59 pitches in the process.
Strickland also went 2-for-2 at the plate with four RBIs. Now, that’s domination.
With their third straight win, the Bulldogs improved to 15-7 on the season and 4-2 in District 13-2A baseball play, keeping pace with unbeaten Palmer (15-9, 6-0) and Sunnyvalle (16-6, 5-1) for the district’s third-place playoff berth.

Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
Eustace Bulldog senior Braden Strickland brings the heat during the Bulldogs' 12-0 shutout of the visiting Malakoff Tigers Friday. Strickland was one walk away from a perfect game, striking out 14 of the 16 Tigers he faced.

Malakoff fell to 4-14 on the season and 2-4 in district play.
Eustace was scheduled to visit Sunnyvale in a key second-round matchup Monday evening. Friday, April 15, the Bulldogs will host Palmer in another key contest.
Saturday, April 16, the Bulldogs are scheduled to visit Athens for a noon non-district tilt before hitting the road to Waxahachie Tuesday, April 19, to face the Life Red Oak Mustangs.
The Bulldogs will wind up the second round and the regular season at home with a “senior night” contest against the Scurry-Rosser Wildcats.
On a warm and windy evening, the Bulldogs were as hot against Malakoff starter Cash Armstrong as the Tigers were cold against Strickland.
The Bulldogs wound up with nine hits off Armstrong and reliever Jacob Teague.
In addition to Strickland’s two hits, the Bulldogs got an RBI double from Addison Scott, a two-RBI single from Tyson Oliver, a sacrifice fly from Jacob Petillo, and a two-RBI single from Raymond Shutak (2-for-3), along with an RBI double.
After scoring two runs in the bottom of the first inning, the Bulldogs added a third run in the second inning before exploding for nine runs in the third inning, which pretty much ended the game.

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Seeking crazy, yummy crappie
By Keith Sutton
Special to The Monitor

CEDAR CREEK LAKE–Homer Circle of Ocala, Fla., has been writing about fishing longer than most of us have been alive.
This legendary angler is perhaps best-known for his bass-fishing expertise. But like millions of U.S. anglers, “Uncle Homer” loves crappie fishing as well.
“The crappie is a crazy-acting, hot- or cold-biting, always roaming, yummy-eating fish,” he says. “It’s so popular with some addicts, they would drive 100 miles to catch crappie when other species can be had near home.”
There are two species; the black crappie and the white crappie. Both travel in big schools, searching for their favorite food, live minnows.
“Think structure when crappie fishing, because that’s where minnows school up to hide from hungry crappie,” Circle said. “This means weed-beds, reeds, lily pads, brushpiles, standing timber, fallen trees, back bays, old oxbows and off deep points.
“They are plentiful in shallower areas in spring and fall, but go to deep habitats during the dog days of summer,” he added. “Just keep moving and fishing until you cross paths with a roving school.”
Circle’s most popular crappie-fishing rig in snag-free waters consists of 4-pound-test line with a long-shank and a light-wire hook, size 4 or 6.
“The light wire keeps minnows livelier longer because it makes a smaller wound,” he explained.
In brushy or woody covers, Circle says 15-pound line is better, because it will straighten out and pull free a snagged light-wire hook. This saves a lot of tackle and re-rigging time.
“The favorite live bait is, of course, a lively minnow hooked through the dorsal fin for vertical fishing, or through the lips for trolling,” Circle said. “The most popular artificial lure is a leadhead jig with a grub, or curlytail, body. At times, an overhead spinner can work like magic.
“Remember the one special quirk of the crappie,” he added. “It wants a lure, artificial or live, doing nothing at all. Just hanging there, immobile.
“This takes patience and many hours of fishing to learn, but do it and watch your catching total rise,” he said. “Try using a thin, sensitive bobber to detect delicate pickups.”
Keith Sutton is author of “The Crappie Book” and contributes to several magazines like CrappieNOW.

DH does her job
Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
Eustace Lady Bulldog designated hitter Shelby Marcom taps a bunt that died about three feet in front of the plate. She was out at first, but advanced two Eustace runners, who later scored in the second inning of the Lady Bulldogs' 13-3 win over visiting Teague Friday. The run-rule win improved the Lady Bulldogs to 3-4 in District 13-2A softball play.







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