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20, 2011






Lake Info

Normal Lake Level is 322.00 feet
above Mean Sea Level.
Current level for Cedar Creek Lake is: 314.84
Water Temperature:
70 degrees - top
71 degrees - bottom

Sports in Brief

Take Only Pictures, Leave Only Footprints
Learn the basics of “Leave No Trace” and how photography can help grasp your memories from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, at Purtis Creek State Park.
Bring your digital camera and learn a few techniques for taking nature pictures, afterwards, we will take a hike for a scavenger hunt of things in nature, then review what we found.
For more information, contact the park at (903) 425-2332.

Nature Hike
Purtis Creek State Park will host a nature hike from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5.
Take a hike and learn about the flora and fauna of the park. Hike is about one mile on relatively flat terrain. Wear appropriate shoes. Meet at the overflow camping parking lot.
For more information, contact the park at (903) 425-2332.

Birding Basics
Purtis Creek State Park will hold a birding basics information session from 3 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 26.
Take a hike and learn about techniques for finding and identifying birds. Wear comfortable shoes, bring binoculars, if you have them, otherwise the park has a few to loan out. Meet at the overflow camping parking lot.
For more information, contact the park at (903) 425-2332.

Upcoming Events


Oct. 21
• Grandview @ Eustace – 7:30 p.m.
• Mabank @ Kemp – 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 28
• Eustace @ Maypearl – 7:30 p.m.
• Kemp @ North Forney – 7:30 p.m.
• Mabank @ Crandall – 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 4
• Dallas Life Oak Cliff @ Eustace – 7:30 p.m.
• Kaufman @ Kemp – 7:30 p.m.
• North Forney @ Mabank – 7:30 p.m.


Oct. 21
• Leon @ Eustace – 4:30 p.m.
• Mabank @ Kemp – 5 p.m.
Oct. 25
• Buffalo @ Eustace – 5 p.m.
• Ferris @ Kemp – 5 p.m.
• Kaufman @ Mabank – 5 p.m.

Cross Country

Oct. 24
• Eustace @ District Meet - Malakoff High School
• Kemp, Mabank @ District Meet - Kaufman
Nov. 5
• Regional Meet @ Vandergriff Park, Arlington
















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Sports Highlights

Eustace wins again, remains perfect
By Sam Epps
Sports Editor

PALMER–The Eustace Bulldogs improved their record to 7-0 on the season after bulling their way past Palmer, 26-7, Friday.
Eustace scored the first points of the game on an eight-yard run by running back Jacob McCarter. Kyle Purselley’s PAT was good, putting Eustace on top, 7-0, after one quarter.
Eustace added 12 points in the second quarter. The first points came on a three-yard shot by running back Blake Ward. The PAT missed its mark.
Ward scored again on a one-yard run. The two-point conversion failed, but Eustace took a 19-0 lead into halftime.

Courtesy Photo/Robin McCarter
Eustace Bulldog running back Tyler Folsom (33) takes advantage of a lane created by offensive lineman Raymond Shutak (75) as the Bulldogs ran past Palmer, 26-7, to remain undefeated for the season.

The Palmer offense sputtered to life in the third quarter, leading to a touchdown on a 52-yard pass from quarterback Judge Wolf to receiver Aric Garcia.
The PAT was good, giving Palmer seven points. However, that was the only score Palmer put on the board.
The Eustace running attack continued in the fourth quarter as the Bulldogs added another touchdown, this one on a 32-yard run by Ward. Purselley’s PAT was good, and that was all it took to seal the victory.
The Bulldogs racked up 320 rushing yards and 55 passing yards. Eustace completed three-of-five passes.
The Eustace defense held like a brick wall against Palmer’s offense, allowing Palmer just 113 yards of total offense – 52 of those yards came on the scoring pass in the third quarter.
“Our defense played amazingly,” Eustace head coach Brian Herman said.
Penalties marred the game for Eustace, but the powerful Bulldogs overcame the setbacks. Eustace had 12 penalties for 80 yards.
“We had too many penalties, we could have scored more but shot ourselves in the foot,” Herman said.
He noted the penalties were the result of communication errors up front, and noted he will work with his team on cutting out the mental mistakes.
“It’s getting to the point in the season where games mean so much – playoff spots, seed spots, rankings – and we need to remain consistent,” he said.
Herman reported no injuries to his team. He also noted John Bradburn will be returning to the field soon. Bradburn has missed games after showing symptoms of a concussion he got in the Ferris game.
The Bulldogs now turn their attention to the visiting District 6-2A DI favorite Grandview Zebras Friday night.
“They (Grandview) have a lot of weapons and are fast on both sides of the ball,” Herman said. “They are scoring about 41 points per game and giving up about 18 points on average.”
“Whoever wins this game will likely be district champions,” Herman noted. “I believe the pressure is on them, we aren’t ‘supposed’ to win,” which is the way Herman likes his odds.


Area readies for fall classic
Monitor Staff Reports
CEDAR CREEK LAKE–Lake Area residents are gearing up to cheer on the Texas Rangers in the 2011 World Series.
The Rangers will face off against the St. Louis Cardinals in this year’s Fall Classic. It is the second year in a row the Rangers will play for baseballs biggest prize.
No other American League team has made consecutive World Series appearances since the New York Yankees went to four straight from 1998-2001.
The Rangers fell to the Giants in last year’s World Series.
The Rangers and Cardinals have played only three games against each other in history – one series in 2004.
On June 12, 2004, Hank Blalock hit a grand slam off Game 1 starter Chris Carpenter. That is the only win Texas has ever had over St. Louis.
The only other teams to have met as seldom are the New York and the Chicago White Sox.
Texans everywhere are rounding up tickets to see the games at The Ballpark in Arlington.
If you can’t get your hands on one there are many local venues hosting World Series showings, including Cedar Isle Restaurant and Beach Club in Seven Points and Garlow’s in Gun Barrel City.
The Cedar Creek Lake Chamber of Commerce will also be holding a World Series Watch Party during “A Night In Rock ‘n Roll Alley” Saturday, Oct. 22, in the bar area of Lakeplex Lanes in Seven Points.
You must purchase a ticket to attend the event. Tickets are available at the chamber office, Southside Bank-GBC, Prosperity Bank-Seven Points, First State Bank-GBC and First State Bank-Mabank.
For more information, call(903) 887-3152, or e-mail info@cedarcreek
The first two games of the World Series will be held in St. Louis. The Series began yesterday, and game two is set for tonight.
Games three, four and five (if needed) will be in Arlington Saturday through Monday, Oct. 22-24.
Games six and seven (if needed) will be back in St. Louis Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 26-27.
Every game is scheduled to start at 7:05 p.m. local time.


Mabank Panther basketball team picked in 3A pre-season rankings
Special to The Monitor
MABANK–The Texas Association of Basketball Coaches (TABC) and Tex Preps Basketball Magazine has ranked Coach Mark Allen’s Mabank Panthers number 25 out of all 3A schools in Texas in the Pre-season rankings for 2011-12.
Allen is expecting his Panthers to live up to the ranking and go even further.
The Panthers have several returning players from last season, which includes his son Jordan Allen , who was selected Pre-Season All-State.
Another standout is David Marler, who was All-District last season. Brandon Hatfield will also contribute heavily to the Panthers’ success.
The other returning starter is Ryan Walker, and Chans Hall is a returning letterman.
Allen has some players who are making a showing in the Fall League such as Landon Marshall, Reese Frosch, Garrett Graham, Taylor Willeford, and Parker Johanessen. Below are the rankings from TABC/Tex Preps Basketball Magazine.
Fall league games are held Monday nights at 5 p.m. at the Mabank Junior High School P.E. gym.
Mabank is 4-0 so far. Next week will be last chance to see them.




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