Lady ’Dogs picked
Monitor Staff Reports
EUSTACE–Following the most successful season in the history of
the Eustace High School softball program, three Eustace Lady
Bulldogs were named to the all-district first team by 13-2A
Junior Josie Collie was named the district’s Utility Player of
the Year, after a season playing a number of different roles for
the Lady Bulldogs.
Collie was a first-team outfield selection as a sophomore.
District coaches picked two EHS sophomores, Chelsea Oldham and
Kacie Richards, to the first team – Oldham as an infielder and
Richards as an outfielder.
Lady Bulldog senior Harmony Allen was named to the second team
in the outfield, while another sophomore, Bethany Strickland,
was picked as an infielder.
First baseman Shelby Stegent and second baseman Megan Renteria
were both given honorable mention by district coaches.
TFFC, Purtis Creek State Park
hosts free kid fishing day June 4
Monitor Staff Reports
ATHENS–The Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center (TFFC) in Athens
will kick off National Fishing and Boating Week by making a
family fishing trip affordable, with free admission for kids 12
and under, plus free fishing for the whole family and free hot
dogs and drinks from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 4.
A tournament for the largest catfish caught from the TFFC
casting pond will run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The tournament is
open to children age 12 and under, but the winner must be
present at 2 p.m. to collect the prize.
In addition to fishing, visitors can walk the wetlands trail,
see a diver hand-feed fish, learn about the history of fishing
in the freshwater fishing museum, shop for a Father’s Day gift
in the Flat Creek Bait ’n Goods Gift Shop and watch the 3:30
p.m. alligator feeding.
National Fishing day at TFFC is sponsored by Athens Walmart
SuperCenter, Ernie Yarborough and Friends of the Texas
Freshwater Fisheries Center. Yarborough and Walmart employees
will be serving free hot dogs and soft drinks.
Purtis Creek State Park, located on Farm-to-Market 316, three
miles north of Eustace, also will mark National Fishing Day with
its traditional Kid Fish event, opening around 8:30 a.m.
Saturday at the fishing pier next to the picnic area.
National Fishing and Boating Week comes at the start of the
summer vacation season and is designed to encourage families to
spend time together on and around water. No fishing license is
required anywhere in the state on the first Saturday in June,
which is designated Free Sportfishing Day.
The Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center is an aquatic nature
center and hatchery complex operated by Texas Parks and Wildlife
Department. It is located four miles east of Athens on
Farm-to-Market 2495. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through
Saturday and 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday. Usual admission is $5.50 for
adults, $4.50 for seniors and $3.50 for children 4-12.
For general information, go to www.tpwd.state.tx.us/tffc/ or
call (903) 676-2277.
Just a bit outside
Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
Longhorns baserunner Braden Frazier (left) reaches first base
when the cutoff throw to Growlers first baseman Mitchell Boyd
wide left during their Mabank Baseball Softball Association 8-9
old (machine pitch) baseball contest at Mabank's George Watts