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 Lake Info

Normal Lake Level is 322.00 feet above Mean Sea Level.
Current level for Cedar Creek Lake is: 322-43
Water Temperature:
na degrees - top
69 degrees - bottom





Avengers bop Xtreme out of TUFL playoffs
Monitor Staff Reports
FORT WORTH–The Texas Xtreme semi-professional football team was defeated by the host Fort Worth Avengers, 22-20, in the Texas United Football League’s Northern Conference semifinal game Saturday night.
Xtreme owners and coaches Gary Craig and Larry Anding were proud of their team’s accomplishment, as they played three consecutive games, including two playoff games, without seven or more starters, including their kicker and quarterback.
This season marks the sixth consecutive year Craig and Anding have taken their team to the playoffs, and the Xtreme are the only TUFL team to make the playoffs each year since the inception of the League five seasons ago.
The Xtreme completed the 2007 season with a 10-3 record.
The Xtreme took an 8-0 lead after running back Brandon Thompson, subbing at quarterback, hit Eric Wren for a 42-yard scoring pass.
Wren completed a two-point conversion pass attempt to Marvin Hopkins.
With just over two minutes remaining in the first half, the Avengers recorded a safety and the Xtreme lead was cut to 8-2.
After the safety, the Avengers took advantage of the Xtreme free kick and scored on a short drive, which included an 18-yard pass.
The two-point conversion failed, and the game remained tied 8-8.
The Avengers kicked off to the Xtreme and soon intercepted an Xtreme pass at the Texas 41.
On the first play after the interception, the Avengers completed a 41-yard touchdown pass and the PAT was good, giving the Avengers a shocking 15-8 halftime lead.
Early in the second half, the Avengers scored on another pass interception, and the PAT gave Fort Worth a 22-8 lead.
The Xtreme cut the Avenger lead to 22-14 on a 12-yard run by Brandon Thompson (the two-point conversion failed).
Dontay Richardson picked off an Avenger pass and returned it for a 42-yard score to bring the Xtreme within two points at 22-20, but the Xtreme two-point conversion attempt failed.
Defensively, Coach Craig was pleased with the overall performance, with the exception of one Avenger scoring drive that was aided by two first downs on Xtreme penalties, including a 40-yard pass interference penalty.
The Xtreme defense was flagged seven times for a total of 90 yards in walk-offs.
The Avengers picked up 12 first downs – with four compliments of Xtreme penalties – and gained 127 rushing yards on 38 carries, while completing 5-of-12 passes for 75 yards (with two interceptions) for a total of 202 yards.
Defensive standouts included Jason Anding, with one forced fumble, and Kailan Vinson with one interception.
Other defensive contributors were Kerry Yarbrough, Allen Stallings, Allen Beasley, Chris Jacinto, Lonterio Osborn and Montez Wade.
Coach Anding was also pleased with the offense, with the exception of the passing game, as the Xtreme hit just 9-of-22 pass completions with two interceptions, and just nine first downs.
The Xtreme offense outgained the Avenger offense, racking up 125 rushing yards on 21 carries and 122 passing yards, totaling 247 yards.
Offensive standouts included six-year veterans Brandon Thompson and Jerry Martin, along with Marvin Lyons, James Melton and Billy Bigger.
Thompson led all rushers with 72 yards on nine carries and Wren chipped in 35 yards on six carries.
Xtreme quarterback B.J. Kennimer made a brief appearance, playing in his first game since suffering a broken ankle in the season opener Feb. 24.
Xtreme wide receiver Larry Scott assumed the punting duties for the third consecutive game, averaging 41 yards on five punts.

Park slates annual kid fishing derby
Monitor Staff Reports
EUSTACE–The Friends of the Purtis Creek State Park and Wal-Mart will host the annual Kids All-American Fishing Derby Saturday, June 2.
Events will open at 8 a.m. and continue to noon at the park, concluding with a free hot dog lunch.
This year, free fishing poles will be provided for the first 200 registered participants.
Children 12 and under will be admitted to the park free; adults and youths 13 and up pay the regular $2 daily entry fee.
The park is located on Farm-to-Market 316, about three miles north of Eustace.
In addition to fishing, children can enter a number of contests, including a casting contest and paddle boat races, and clamber up a climbing wall.
A silent auction will include custom engraved youth model firearms and a guitar autographed by veteran rock star and avid outdoorsman Ted Nugent.
All proceeds will benefit The Friends of Purtis Creek State Park. For more information, contact the Purtis Creek State Park at (903) 425-2332.

Adult softball teams sought
Monitor Staff Reports
ATHENS–The Henderson County YMCA is accepting team registrations for adult fall men’s and co-ed softball leagues.
Teams from around the county looking to join in a fall softball league are invited to participate in the YMCA recreational men’s and co-ed leagues.
Any team desiring to play will need to have a representative at the coaches meeting, set for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 5, in the Athens YMCA office.
Athens league registration forms may be obtained from the league website,, or from the YMCA office, either in person or at the league coaches meeting.
Additional information may be obtained by calling the YMCA at (903) 264-YMCA (9622).

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