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 Lake Info

Normal Lake Level is 322.00 feet above Mean Sea Level.
Current level for Cedar Creek Lake is: 321.55
Water Temperature:
na degrees - top
80 degrees - bottom



  Mabank edges Eustace
By Kerry Yancey
Monitor Staff Writer

EUSTACE–A large and loud crowd got its money’s worth Tuesday, as the hosting Eustace Lady Bulldogs gave the visiting Mabank Lady Panthers all they wanted before falling, 3-1, in a key District 13-3A volleyball match.
Now 21-12 on the season, the Lady Panthers improved to 4-0 in district play, while the Lady Bulldogs dropped to 16-10 and 2-2 in district play.
Friday night, both Mabank and Eustace wrapped up first-round play on the road, as Mabank traveled to Kemp and Eustace traveled to Ferris.
Tuesday, Oct. 9, Mabank will host Crandall in the second-round opener, while Eustace will host Kaufman.

Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
Eustace High School junior Cassie Freeman (5) tries to block a shot by Mabank High School senior Miranda Groom (8) during Mabank’s 3-1 district volleyball win over the hosting Lady Bulldogs Tuesday.

Next Friday, Oct. 12, Eustace will travel to Kemp, while Mabank will visit Kaufman. Each evening’s slate opens with 4:30 p.m. sub-varsity matches.
Prior to Tuesday’s match, Mabank head coach Stacy Shelton admitted she was nervous about facing the Lady Bulldogs, noting veteran coach Chuck Powers’ team always played the Lady Panthers tough, especially at home in front of a raucous crowd.
Shelton’s misgivings proved correct, as the Lady Bulldogs shocked the Lady Panthers with a 25-22 win in the opening game, jumping out to a big lead and holding off a late Mabank comeback.
The Lady Panthers took control of the match after that, however, winning three straight, 25-11, 25-19 and 25-15.
“Not a strong enough effort against a really good team,” Powers said later.
“They took us by surprise in the first game,” Shelton said afterward. “It didn’t help us any by all our missed serves (five) and miscommunication between players.
“We did step it up after the first game,” she added. “Kelsie Busby (seven digs) came in and played really well for us in games two through four, and Hali Schultz played an all-around great game, as well.”
Shelton also pointed to strong defensive efforts by Miranda Groom, Bridgette Tanner and Macey Thomas.
Eustace veteran Cassie Freeman led the Lady Bulldogs with 12 kills, one block and two digs, while Rebekah Walter had three kills and three blocks at the net.
Chelsea Truitt had one kill and one dig, while Jenny McConathy had two kills and Camille Rogers had two kills and three blocks.
Caty DiBari (14) and Nicole McNeel (10) combined for 24 assists, with each adding a kill, and Jessica McConathy contributed two digs.
Groom and Schultz led the Lady Panthers’ hitting game, as Groom had 20 kills, two blocks, nine digs and two saves, while Schultz had 17 kills, one block, nine digs, one save and three serving aces.
Setter Kelsi Reynolds notched 48 assists, along with one kill, two blocks and three digs, while Katie Cross had five digs and one ace.
Tanner finished with 11 kills, two blocks, 10 digs, one ace and two assists, while Thomas had four kills, two blocks, one dig and one ace.
Ashley Corter had two kills, two blocks and one dig, while Erica Umana added two digs.
Mabank also came back to win the junior varsity contest after losing the first game, 28-26, taking the next two games 25-10 and 25-11.

St. James golf tourney a success
Special to The Monitor
KEMP–The St James on the Lake “Adopt-A-Family” golf tournament was held Monday.
A special thanks to Gary Gallatin and Mike Roach for organizing the event.
Also, a special thanks to all who contributed in any way. We give kudos especially to Danny’s BBQ, M&M, Wal-Mart, and Coca-Cola. Everyone had a wonderful time.
“The golf tournament has come and gone and while I’m not sure exactly how much we made as yet, I do know that everyone seemed to have a good time again this year. The weather was perfect; the food was good; and the fellowship made it all worth while. I know that we will again be able to help a number of needy families this year,” Father Morriss said.
Prize winner of the trip to Las Vegas was Betty Stuart.
First Winner of the Womens were Shirley Brown, Betty Stuart, Faye Champagne and Rita Files.
First Mixed Team were Lewis Armstrong, Jay Guillory, Shirley Guillory and Lee Graupmam.
First Mens were Jessie Blair, Phillip Gore, Joe D Cooper and Johnny Raey.
Low Gross were Buzzy Hale, Paul Rider, Mike Montgomery and Mick Montgomery.
Closest to the Pin were Johnny VanHorn and Wanda Gregory.
Longest Drive were Jim Stuart and Wanda Gregory.

Barley wins Contest No. 4
Monitor Staff Reports
With her prediction in the “tie-breaker” game, Kathy Barley of Eustace is the winner of Pigskin Playoff No. 4 in The Monitor.
There were a total of five contestants who finished with a winning percentage of 62 percent, including Barley, Evelyn Fleming of Kemp, Jerry Baxley of Mesquite, Donald Slay of Eustace and Bob Dennis of Kemp, so the “tie-breaker” game was used to break the deadlock.
Barley was the only one to pick the Mabank Panthers to defeat the Wills Point Tigers, while the other four contestants chose Wills Point to win the game. Mabank outlasted Wills Point 39-32 in a shoot-out at Panther Stadium Sept. 28.
As a result, Barley will receive $50 worth of coupons from The Monitor to be exchanged for merchandise from participating merchants listed on the contest page.
The coupons may be picked up at The Monitor office, located at 1316 S. Third Street (Groom & Sons’ Plaza) in Mabank.
To enter Pigskin Playoff No. 3, pick up the official entry form in this issue, and circle the team you pick to win from the games listed in each advertisement.
Don’t forget to circle your choice in the “tie-breaker” game and to write down the point difference in that game.
Be sure to put your name, address and telephone number on the entry.
Turn entries in at The Monitor office prior to 4:30 p.m. each Thursday.
Contestants must be 18 or older to participate.
Third place in Pigskin Payoff No. 4 went to Robert Dennis of Kemp.
Fourth place went to Gener Baxley of Gun Barrel City, Eddie Garcia of Mabank, Randall Callison of Mabank, Jacob Junell of Kemp and Matt Dennis of Kemp.
Other top finishers in Contest No. 4 included T.J. Baxley of Gun Barrel City, Dollie Hennig of Gun Barrel City, Brandi Van Buren of Gun Barrel City, Scott Yarbrough of Kemp, Andy Fleming of Kemp, Bob Friedel of Kemp, Billy Dyer of Canton, David Hennig of Gun Barrel City and Angie Junell of Kemp.
The winner of Pigskin Playoff Contest No. 5 will be announced in the Sunday, Oct. 14, issue of The Monitor.


Upcoming games

Cross Country
Oct. 13
MHS @ Van Invitational

Oct. 22
District 13-3A meet
(Cedar Creek CC)
Oct 12
MHS @ Kaufman*

Oct. 19
KHS @ Crandall*

Oct. 26
MHS @ Ferris*
KHS vs Kaufman*
EHS vs Crandall*

*District 13-3A contest

Oct. 9
MHS vs Crandall*
EHS vs Kaufman*
KHS vs Ferris*

Oct. 12
MHS @ Kaufman*

Oct. 16
MHS @ Ferris*
KHS vs Kaufman*
EHS @ Crandall*

Oct. 19
KHS vs Crandall*

Oct. 23
EHS vs Ferris*
(end regular season)

*District 13-3A contest

MLLFA games
Games: Midgets 4, Pee-Wee 6, Little League 8 p.m.
Oct. 13
Mabank @ Forney

Oct. 20
Mabank vs Malakoff

Oct. 27
Mabank vs Eustace

Nov. 3
Wild Card @ Forney

Nov. 10
Playoffs @ Kemp

Nov. 17
Superbowl @ Kemp