Park hosts Kid Fish
By Linda K. Holt
Monitor Staff Writer
EUSTACE–Sun, water and worms. It’s National
Fishing Day, and the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department sponsored
fishing events for kids of all ages around the state, including
at Purtis Creek State Park.
turnout was down considerably from last year, despite cooler
weather, as 218 kids registered, according to park
superintendent Mendy Davis.
Central Elementary student Kyleigh
Smith, 7, caught a 3.5-pound bass at Purtis Creek State Park the
day before National Fishing Day. She and her dad camped
Kids visited seven stations after registration to acquire
equipment and information about fishing in area lakes. As of 11
a.m., 30 kids registered their catches.
The lake was down about three feet, and that, coupled with warm
weather, made shoreline fishing challenging.
Shanna Hughes of Friends of Purtis Creek captured color photos
of the kids with their registered catches to give to them free
Park Ranger Ron Fortner took names, while his son, Shane,
weighed the catches for the kids.
Tootsie the clown made balloon critters and fishing rods for all
who patiently waited in the sun for them.
wide variety and sizes of fish were caught including catfish,
black bass (largemouth), bream and crappie – and a turtle, as
Monitor Photo/Pearl Cantrell
Eustace resident Dylan Wisdom, 12, shows dad Dennis his prize
catch, while sister Kristen looks on at the joke during Kid Fish
at the Purtis Creek State Park Saturday.
Official winners were:
Age 0-6 – first, Naomi Rozanea, 5, with 3.42 pounds, second,
Wyatt Sandridge with 2.14 pounds and third, Rachel Townsend, 6,
with 1.30 pounds.
Age 7-12 – first, Kayden Stewart, 8, with 2.42 pounds, second,
Whitnei Seay, 7, 1.40 pounds, third, Serina Baer, 11, 1.39
Age 13-16 – first, Ashley Blaylock, 13, 2.37 pounds (no other
entrants in this age group).
Steve Campbell, Communications Division of Texas Parks &
Wildlife Department, manned the practice fishing area. Campbell
also is an aquatic education specialist and tackle loaner
Strickland set for All-Star
Monitor Staff Reports
EUSTACE–Recent Eustace High School graduate Braden Strickland is
one of four pitchers named for the All-Star High School baseball
contest Saturday, June 18, at Dell Diamond in Round Rock.
LSU signee, Strickland led the Eustace Bulldogs into the area
round of the state playoffs this past baseball season, notching
his 400th career strikeout in the process.
During District 13-2A play, the Bulldogs handed loop champion
Palmer its only district loss behind Strickland, who had 17
strikeouts and two walks in the 5-1 victory.
Palmer (now 22-12) was scheduled to face Nacogdoches Central
Heights (34-6) at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Class 2A semifinal at
Dell Diamond. The winner will face either Cameron Yoe or
Bushland for the state championship at noon Thursday (today).
Strickland is the only 2A pitcher named to the 1A-3A All-Star
game; the others are Gavin Williamson of Carthage, Corey Taylor
of Kennedale (a 3A state semifinalist) and Kyler Scheriger of
Graham, all 3A schools.
The only other All-Star player from the area is Mildred Eagle
Zach Thomas, who was one of two third basemen named.