Sports and Outdoors


 Lake Info

Normal Lake Level is 322.00 feet above Mean Sea Level.
Current level for Cedar Creek Lake is: 321.87
Water Temperature:
na degrees - top
84 degrees - bottom





Lady Panthers
beat Ennis, WP

Monitor Staff Reports
MABANK–In the first varsity contests played in the brand-new Mabank High School gym, the hosting Lady Panthers defeated the Ennis Lady Lions and the Wills Point Lady Tigers in a dual match Tuesday.
Now 2-0 on the season, the Lady Panthers were scheduled to play in the Garland Invitational tournament Friday and Saturday.
Mabank will travel to DeSoto Monday, Aug. 20, for a dual match with the DeSoto Lady Eagles of District 8-5A and the Red Oak Lady Hawks of District 15-4A, opening with 4:30 p.m. freshman matches.
Tuesday, Aug. 21, the Lady Panthers will host the Mexia Lady Blackcats and Quitman Lady Bulldogs for a dual match, opening at 4 p.m.
Next Friday and Saturday, Aug. 24-25, the Lady Panthers will travel to Allen to play in the Texas Open Tournament before returning home to host Greenville Tuesday, Aug. 28.
Tuesday, the Lady Panthers had little trouble blowing away the Lady Lions of District 15-4A, winning by scores of 25-10, 25-12 and 25-14.
However, Mabank’s 3-1 win in the second match against the District 10-3A Lady Tigers was more difficult.
Mabank won 25-14, 25-20, 25-27 and 25-10.
“We are not playing up to our potential right now,” veteran Mabank coach Stacy Shelton said.
“We did not play with our stinting middle blocker, due to a family emergency, and had to shift our lineup around,” Shelton added. “Hopefully, with a little hard work and time, we will be where we need to be at the start of district.”

Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
Wills Point’s Jayla McEnturff (6) tries to tip the ball past a block by Mabank’s Haley Brackenridge (11) during their season-opening match in the brand-new Mabank High School gym Tuesday.






Cedar Creek Lake cars at Fort Worth show
Courtesy Photos

ABOVE: A powder blue/white 1959 Ford Skyliner owned and restored by Ron Trench of Malakoff won the People’s Choice Award, Best In Show, Best Pre-1980s Ford and first place in the ’49 to ’59 Ford category at the 18th annual Yellow Rose Classic at the Will Rogers Memorial Center in Fort Worth Aug. 11-12. Trench did all the restoring himself, except for the paint job. BELOW: Virginia Wright of Mabank stands next to her red 1965 Ford Thunderbird, which won first place in the ’58 to ’66 T-Bird class at the Yellow Rose Classic. The Thunderbird was restored by Owen Wright and sons Dennis and Mike, with paint by Huddleston Paint & Body. Engine work was done by John McIntyre and Barton’s Transmission handled the drivetrain restoration. The North Texas Mustang Club sponsored the all-Ford car show.


Small world on display at TFFC
Special to The Monitor
ATHENS–Nikon’s Small World winning image emerges from blackness to reveal the delicate, blue pebbly texture of the cell nuclei of a mouse colon as seen through the microscope.
The winning image is the work of Dr. Paul Appleton, a researcher from the Division of Cell and Developmental Biology at the University of Dundee in the United Kingdom.
Founded in 1974 to recognize excellence in photography through the microscope, Nikon’s Small World competition is the leading forum for celebrating the beauty and complexity of objects seen through the light microscope.
This year’s winning photographs will be on display at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center in Athens from Friday, Aug. 24, through Sunday, Oct. 28.
“Nikon’s Small World gives us a glimpse into a world that few people ever see,” Nikon Instruments executive vice president Lee Shuett said.
“With today’s digital imaging capability, we can not only see the smallest objects, we can also study how different objects interact and change over time,” Shuett added. “Never before in human history have we had this powerful imaging capability to see and analyze so much information about human biology.”
“Digital microscopy generates tremendous amounts of quantitative information which is used to measure changes in normal cells,” Appleton said. “This imaging capability makes an enormous difference in the amount and quality of the information we are able to collect and analyze.”
Appleton’s research represents two new fields of science called Genomics and Bioinformatics. Genomics is the study of the flow of information in a cell, while Bioinformatics is the application of computing to make sense of the huge amount of data coming from Genomics.
The top three images include Dr. Paul Appleton’s image of a mouse colon, Raul Galzalez’s image of an aquatic bacteria photographed next to a diatom – a common phytoplankton that generates its energy through photosynthesis – and Jens Rüchel’s photomicrograph of an aquatic worm which lives in shallow coastal regions.
Each year, Nikon makes the winning images accessible to the public through the Nikon Small World calendar, a national museum tour, and an electronic gallery featured at Images submitted by Nikon Small World winners’ were selected from more than 1,700 photomicrographs sent to Nikon by scientists and artists from around the globe and judged by a panel of experts.
The Nikon Small World Photomicrography Competition is open to anyone with an interest in photomicrography. Participants may submit their images in traditional 35mm format, or upload digital images directly at MicroscopyU on the Nikon Web site (
The first and second of 20 prizewinners will receive a selection of Nikon products and equipment worth $3,000 and $2,000 respectively. For additional information, contact Nikon Small World, Nikon Instruments Inc., 1300 Walt Whitman Road, Melville, NY 11747, or phone (631) 547-8569.
The Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center is located four miles east of Athens at 5550 FM 2495. The Center is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and from 1-4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $5.50 for adults, $4.50 for seniors and $3.50 for children ages 4 through 12. There is no additional admission fee for the Nikon Small World exhibit.
For more information and directions, see the TFFC website at or call (903) 676-2277.


Upcoming games

Aug. 21
MHS vs Mexia/Quitman
KHS vs Brownsboro
EHS vs Athens/Ennis

Aug. 23-25
MHS @ Allen tourney
KHS @ Eustace tourney
EHS hosts tournament
Aug. 23
MHS @ Canton (scrm)
KHS vs Edgewood (scrm)
EHS vs Elkhart (scrm)

Aug. 31
MHS vs Rusk
KHS vs FW Castleberry
EHS vs Malakoff
Cross Country
Aug. 25
EHS @ Greenhill Relays
(Norbuck Park, Dallas)