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 Lake Info

Normal Lake Level is 322.00 feet above Mean Sea Level.
Current level for Cedar Creek Lake is: 321.19
Water Temperature:
na degrees - top
66 degrees - bottom




Bullard knocks Eustace out of volleyball playoffs
By Kerry Yancey
Monitor Staff Writer

TYLER–Behind a standout game from junior outside hitter Calli Miller, the Bullard Lady Panthers defeated the Eustace Lady Bulldogs 3-1 in a bidistrict championship game Tuesday.
About 100 Eustace fans made the trek to Robert E. Lee High School to cheer the Lady Bulldogs’ efforts. Eustace finished the season at 20-14, having qualified for the playoffs as the District 13-3A third-place team.
With the 25-16, 21-25, 25-12 and 25-19 win, Bullard improved to 26-9 on the season and advanced to face 15th-ranked White Oak in the area round.

Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
Bullard Lady Panther junior Calli Miller (6) spikes past Eustace Lady Bulldog sophomore Jenny McConathy during Bullard’s 3-1 bidistrict championship win over the Lady Bulldogs at Tyler’s Robert E. Lee High School Tuesday.

The Lady Panthers got off to a fast start against the youthful Lady Bulldogs, opening up an 18-7 lead before Eustace rallied to pull back within 10 points at 21-11.
Miller, a 6-0 junior, was able to find holes in the Eustace defense all night, racking up 29 kills, making two blocks and also serving up four aces.
As the Lady Bulldogs adjusted to stop Miller at the net, the Lady Panthers began moving her around to various positions, enabling her to get some uncontested shots.
Jenny McConathy’s kill kept the Lady Bulldogs within striking distance, and they began a rally, pulling within eight at 22-15.
However, they were too deep in a hole, and the Lady Panthers took the first game (appropriately enough on a Miller kill), 25-16.
The Lady Bulldogs put forth one of their better efforts to notch a 25-21 win in the second game.
Both teams remained deadlocked until the Lady Panthers began to make mistakes, allowing the Lady Bulldogs to creep ahead.
Eustace senior Rebekah Walter’s block of Miller’s shot gave the Lady Bulldogs a 14-10 lead, and they stretched that lead to six points, 18-12, on a kill by three-year starter Cassie Freeman.
Bullard began their own rally, pulling within two at 18-16 before veteran Lady Bulldog coach Chuck Powers called a time-out to settle the girls down.
A call against Eustace cut the Lady Bulldog margin to one point at 18-17, but Eustace began to forge ahead, taking a 20-17 lead on a tip by Chelsea Truitt.
A couple of mistakes by the Lady Bulldogs allowed Bullard to tie the game at 20, but Eustace began to inch ahead again, taking a 23-20 lead on a Walter tip.
Miller hit out (the Lady Panthers were never able to convince officials a hit out had been tipped, although they tried every time), and Nicole McNeel served up an ace to win the game.
As strong as the Lady Bulldogs were in the second game, the Lady Panthers came back with a stronger effort in the third game, eventually opening a 16-8 lead on call against Eustace.
The Lady Bulldogs were unable to get any closer than nine the rest of the way, and Bullard’s Elisia Coleman hit between two Lady Bulldogs for the winning point.
In the fourth game, the Lady Panthers opened a 5-1 lead before the Lady Bulldogs rallied behind a kill from Jenny McConathy and an ace from Jessica McConathy, pulling within one at 5-4 when Freeman’s shot bounced off the net.
That was as close as the Lady Bulldogs could get, however, as the Panthers pulled away behind Miller and a number of unforced Eustace errors.
Powers called time when a hit out left Bullard up 13-6, but the Lady Bulldogs didn’t get any closer than three, following a Walter tip to make it 18-15.
Miller provided four of the Lady Panthers’ last five points, including an ace and a very long shot that hit just inside the back line to give Bullard a 24-19 lead.
Bullard’s Valarie Roberts nailed the final kill to complete the match, and the Lady Bulldogs’ season was over.

Fleming wins Contest No. 8
Monitor Staff Reports
With her prediction in the “tie-breaker” game, Evelyn Fleming of Kemp is the winner of Pigskin Playoff No. 8 in The Monitor.
Fleming and Kathy Barley of Eustace each finished with a winning percentage of 74, forcing the “tie-breaker” game to break the deadlock.
Fleming predicted Kerens would defeat Malakoff, while Barley predicted Malakoff would win. Kerens defeated Malakoff by 21 points, 34-13.
As a result, Fleming 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. 10, 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 contest No. 8 went to Bob Friedel of Kemp, Scott Yarbrough of Kemp, Reggie Brewer of Mabank, Angie Junell of Kemp, Donald Slay of Eustace and Rachael Anderson of Gun Barrel City
Fourth place went to Matt Dennis of Kemp, Robert Dennis of Kemp, Gener Baxley of Gun Barrel City and Bob Dennis of Kemp.
Other top finishers in Contest No. 8 included Eddie Garcia of Mabank, David Hennig of Gun Barrel City, Nancy DuBose of Mabank, Jacob Junell of Kemp, Dollie Hennig of Gun Barrel City, Andy Fleming of Kemp, Bobbie Rogers of Malakoff, Edgar Yarbrough of Kemp, Billy Dyer of Canton, T.J. Baxley of Gun Barrel City and Judy C. Hunter of Mabank.
The winner of Pigskin Playoff Contest No. 9 will be announced in the Sunday, Nov. 11, issue of The Monitor.

Record that lunker!
Follow these ShareLunker guidelines
Special to The Monitor
ATHENS–Should you find yourself with the biggest bass you’ve ever seen on the end of your line, do you know who to call?
David Campbell, manager of Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s Budweiser ShareLunker program, hopes you will call him, and not a friend with a fillet knife.
Each year from Oct. 1 until April 30, TPWD accepts largemouth bass weighing 13 pounds or more into the ShareLunker program, to be used in a selective breeding program aimed at producing bigger bass in Texas.
Almost every year someone catches a huge bass and has no idea how to tell how big it is. Some of the fish go back into the water, but some go under the knife.
Recently that’s what happened to a fish from a private lake in Fannin County, which died despite the angler’s efforts to keep it alive. The angler guesstimated the fish’s weight at 21 pounds – which would have been a new state record – before filleting it.
Campbell looked at the remains and estimated it probably weighed 15 pounds.
“The most important thing to remember is that you can catch a ShareLunker almost any time, anywhere,” Campbell says. “Be prepared. Have your livewell ready before you start fishing.
“The less you handle the fish, and the quicker you get it into a properly aerated livewell at the same temperature as the lake, the less stress you place on the fish,” Campbell said.
A live cage approximately three feet by three feet by three feet can be used to hold fish if no livewell is available. Most bait shops will also hold fish for anglers in their minnow tank.
Campbell offers three other tips for making sure big fish survive.
“One, visit the ShareLunker pages on the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center website, and familiarize yourself with the procedures for handling and caring for a big fish until it can be picked up,” he said.
“Secondly, carry the ShareLunker hotline numbers with your fishing license, so you will have it when that big fish bites,” Campbell added.
To have a ShareLunker picked up, call Campbell at (903) 681-0550, or page him toll-free at (888) 784-0600 and leave a message, including the area code. Calls are taken 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Every year a number of anglers call Campbell because they’ve caught the biggest bass they’ve ever seen, and, like the Fannin County angler, they’re sure it weighs more than 13 pounds. Without certified scales to weigh the fish, most anglers guess the fish to be much bigger than it is.
That sometimes results in Campbell driving for hours to pick up a fish, only to find out it isn’t heavy enough. While handheld scales that can be certified are available, most anglers rely on a public scale to weigh big bass. That leads to Campbell’s third tip for preparing for ShareLunker season.
“Go to our Web site and print out the list of certified scale locations and put it in your tackle box,” Campbell advises. “If there is not a certified scale listed in your area, you may be able to get your fish weighed at a sporting goods store, marina, grocery store, United Parcel Service shipping point or feed store – any place that must have scales legal for trade.”
The Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center in Athens has certified scales, and is open to the public from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sundays.
Most TPWD Inland Fisheries district offices also have a certified scale; you can find the one nearest you at the TPWD website
Campbell points out there is no need to kill a big fish in order to have a trophy to hang on your wall.
“In addition to Budweiser ShareLunker clothing, every angler who enters a fish into the program receives a fiberglass replica of their fish made by Lake Fork Taxidermy,” Campbell says. “We want you to have your fish and not eat it, too.”
The Budweiser ShareLunker program is made possible through support from Anheuser-Busch, Inc. Since 1991, Anheuser-Busch, in partnership with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation, has contributed millions of dollars in funding to support conservation causes and fishing, hunting and outdoor recreation programs in Texas.


Upcoming games

Girls basketball

Nov. 6
MHS vs Grace Community
KHS vs Westwood

Nov. 9
MHS vs Forney
EHS vs Grand Saline

Nov. 10
KHS @ Corsicana
Boys basketball

Nov. 6
EHS @ Brownsboro (scm)

Nov. 10
EHS @ Hillsboro (scm)

Nov. 13
KHS vs Brownsboro

Nov. 16
EHS @ Scurry-Rosser

Nov. 19
MHS vs Athens
KHS @ Crandall Classic

Nov. 9
EHS vs Ferris*
(end regular season)

*District 13-3A contest


Nov. 3
MHS vs Atlanta
6 p.m. @ UT Tyler
MLLFA games
Games: Midgets 4, Pee-Wee 6, Little League 8 p.m.

Nov. 10
Playoffs @ Kemp

Nov. 17
Superbowl @ Kemp