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November 3
, 2011






Lake Info

Normal Lake Level is 322.00 feet
above Mean Sea Level.
Current level for Cedar Creek Lake is: 314.47
Water Temperature:
66 degrees - top
65 degrees - bottom

Sports in Brief

Rally for the Cure rescheduled
The Rally for the Cure Golf tournament has been rescheduled for 9 a.m. today at the Cedar Creek Country Club.

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. The 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


Nov. 4
• Dallas Life Oak Cliff @ Eustace – 7:30 p.m.
• Kaufman @ Kemp – 7:30 p.m.
• North Forney @ Mabank – 7:30 p.m.

Cross Country

Nov. 5
• Regional Meet @ Vandergriff Park, Arlington

Basketball (girls)

Nov. 3
• Dallas Christian/Martins Mill @ Kemp (scrimmage) – Time TBA
Nov. 5
• Kemp @ Grand Saline (scrimmage) – Time TBA
• Mabank @ Wills Point (scrimmage) – Time TBA




































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Sports Highlights

Mabank falls to Crandall, out of playoff hunt
By Sam Epps
Sports Editor

CRANDALL–The Mabank Panthers lost by a touchdown to the hosting Crandall Pirates Friday, ending Mabank’s playoff hopes.
Crandall jumped out to a 14-7 first quarter lead, and kept the advantage despite big plays by the Panthers.
“Our special teams came up huge and kept us in the game,” Mabank head coach Jimmy Cantrell said.
Panther Ryan Walker returned a kickoff 84 yards to score, and also had a big catch in the last drive of the game. Walker led the team in receiving with 100 yards on five catches.
In the second quarter, both defenses tightened up as each team managed just one touchdown.
Crandall went into halftime leading 21-14.
In the third quarter, the Crandall offense added 14 points, allowing Mabank none, but Mabank was not finished yet.
The Panther offense rattled off 14 points in the final quarter, and the Mabank defense held the Pirates scoreless.
The Panthers, with just a minute-and-a-half remaining, made their move.
They put together key blocking, big plays and moved the ball 97 yards in an attempt to tie the game.
“We just ran out of time,” Cantrell explained, as the Panthers were stopped just inches away from the end zone as time ran out.
“We fought the whole time,” Cantrell said. “Our kids never gave up.”
With the loss, the Panthers are left with a 1-3 District 13-3A record, and are 4-5 overall.
“This team could easily be 7-2 right now,” Cantrell said, noting his Panthers have lost three games this season with less than a minute remaining in the game.
“It’s a tribute to our guys that they keep fighting like they do,” he added. “This game showed the character of this team.”
Running back Korey Givens led the Mabank ground game with 47 yards on 10 carries. Quarterback Austin Craig gained 18 yards on eight carries.
Craig also completed 11 of 22 pass attempts for 182 yards. He threw two interceptions and two touchdowns.
Mabank will host the district-leading North Forney Falcons Friday in the final game of the season.

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Eustace beats Maypearl, 56-14
By Sam Epps
Sports Editor

MAYPEARL–The visiting Eustace Bulldogs continued their run to the playoffs by beating the Maypearl Panthers, 56-14, Friday.
The Bulldogs racked up almost 500 yards of total offense, 467 of those yards on rushing plays.
“They (Maypearl) are really hurting this year,” Eustace head coach Brian Herman said, noting the small number of players on the Panthers’ varsity team.
In fact, things got so bad for Maypearl, they cancelled the junior varsity game Thursday and suited up JV players for the varsity game.
Eustace had 17 JV players suited up, and used 12 of them throughout the game.
“It was fun to watch the younger players get into the game and get excited,” Herman said. “It was also great to watch the upper classmen get excited for the JV guys.”
Maypearl finished second in District 6-2A DI last year, this year however, they haven’t won a game.
Maypearl scored twice in the game. The first touchdown for the Panthers came in the second quarter on a 74 yard run.
Their other score came in the fourth quarter on a 5-yard reception.
Eustace scored 21 points in the first quarter, the first on a 20-yard Tyler Folsom run.
They scored again on a 21-yard reception by Jacob McCarter from quarterback Jordan Foote.
Kyle Purselley split the upright for the extra point both times.
Eustace scored once more on a run by Folsom, this one a 19-yard shot. Kicker Gavin Kirkhart’s PAT was good.
Eustace scored 14 more points in the second quarter, one on a 32-yard run by McCarter, and one on a 1-yard push by Blake Ward. Kirkhart’s kicks were good both times.
The Bulldogs scored once in the third quarter on a 5-yard run by Folsom. Again, Kirkhart’s PAT was good.
In the fourth quarter, Foote scored on a quarterback keeper from 10 yards out, and Jesus Barcenas added a touchdown after scurrying 10 yards. Kirkhart nailed both PAT attempts.
McCarter led the Bulldog rushing assault with 162 yards on 13 carries, Ward added 149 yards on 11 carries and Folsom rushed 5 times for 100 yards.
Foote completed both of his pass attempts, gaining 28 yards in the air, including a touchdown.
The Bulldogs will host the Dallas Life Oak Cliff Lions Friday in the final game of the regular season.




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