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Normal Lake Level is 322.00 feet above Mean Sea Level.
Current level for Cedar Creek Lake is: 321.16
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  Mabank crushes Atlanta
By Kerry Yancey
Monitor Staff Writer

TYLER–Mabank’s Lady Panthers took advantage of Atlanta mistakes to notch a 3-0 area championship victory over the Lady Rabbits Saturday.
With the dominating win, 10th-ranked Mabank improved to 29-12 on the season and advanced to a regional quarterfinals matchup against the second-ranked White Oak Lady Roughnecks.
Mabank and White Oak were scheduled to play Tuesday night in Whitehouse.
“They (White Oak) are a well-rounded team with a lot of ability,” Mabank head coach Stacy Shelton said. “We are the team who can take them down, though. Our offense is strong, and I believe it is better than White Oak’s. The team with the fewest mistakes will win that match.”
The Lady Panthers got a good look at White Oak Saturday, as the Lady ’Necks (the District 15-3A champions) improved to 38-1 by dismantling the Bullard Lady Panthers 3-1 in the first game of a double-header at the University of Texas at Tyler’s Patriot Center.
Bullard, fresh off a bidistrict win over Eustace Oct. 30, won the first game, 25-21, but the Lady ’Necks swept the next three, 25-23, 25-17 and 25-19.
Mabank’s match with Atlanta (22-14) in the second half of the double-header proved to be not much of a challenge, thanks to numerous Atlanta errors, as the Lady Panthers rolled to a 25-10, 25-20 and 25-14 win.
In the opening game, following an early 2-2 tie, the Lady Panthers went on a 19-3 run, helped along by at least a dozen Atlanta errors and kills from Miranda Groom (two) and Hali Schultz.
With the Lady Panthers up 22-5, the Lady Rabbits tried to rebound behind hitter Miranda Byrd.
A couple of tips by Schultz offset a couple of Atlanta blocks, but Lady Panther setter Kelsi Reynolds nailed a kill for the winning point.
The second game was much more competitive, as the teams swapped points and were tied at 7-7.
Mabank began inching ahead behind two serves from Schultz (Atlanta had difficulty handling Lady Panther serves all night), an ace by Macey Thomas, a kill by Ashley Corter and a kill from Groom.
Up by five at 15-10, the Lady Panthers began to lose focus, and within moments, the Lady Rabbits had tied the game again at 15-15.
Following ties at 16-all and 17-all, the Lady Panthers again started pulling ahead behind a tip and a serve from Schultz, an Atlanta fumble, and two kills from Groom, prompting Atlanta to call time with Mabank up 21-17.
It didn’t help, as the Lady Panthers forged a 23-17 lead on another Groom kill, before a couple of Mabank errors allowed Atlanta to pull within four points at 23-19.
After swapping points, Groom closed out the second game with a kill, one of 17 she had in the match.
The service-receive problems the Lady Rabbits saw in the second game came back to haunt them big-time in the third game, as Schultz served up a 12-0 run, including two aces.
Byrd’s tip broke the run at 14-3, but the Lady Panthers continued to forge steadily ahead behind strong work at the net by Bridgette Tanner, building a 21-5 lead.
It appeared the Lady Panthers again lost their focus, committing several unforced errors that allowed the Lady Rabbits to pull within 10 points at 23-13.
A kill by Thomas and a shot down the sideline by Groom secured the match.
In addition to her 17 kills, Groom added four digs, one save and one block, while Schultz finished with eight kills, seven digs and the two service aces.
Tanner finished with three kills, two blocks and nine digs, while Thomas finished with five blocks, one kill and one ace.
Reynolds notched 25 assists, along with six digs, two kills and two blocks, while Corter finished with two kills, one dig and one assist.
Katie Cross also had nine digs on defense.

Eustace CC teams state-bound
Monitor Staff Reports
ARLINGTON–Eustace High School girls cross country team won the regional cross country meet for the fourth straight year Saturday, while the Bulldog boys took second place.
Both EHS teams will advance to the state cross country meet at Round Rock Saturday, Nov. 10.
After winning the District 13-3A meet for the sixth straight year, placing four runners in the top 10, the EHS girls carried on their regional domination, taking first place overall with 97 points. There were 23 teams and 170 runners in the race.
Mabank’s Chelsea Dillon finished fourth in the girls race, clocking 11:58.25, six seconds ahead of her district-winning time.
Wills Point took second place with 109 points, followed by Kaufman in third with 118 points. Mabank finished eighth with 215 points and Canton finished 10th with 321 points.
Tanita Durnell led the Lady Bulldogs, placing 13th with a time of 12:46, with Laura DiBari right behind in 14th with a time of 12:47.
They were followed by Tori Bynum in 21st with a time of 13:03, Caty DiBari (24th in 13:07), Rebekah Walter (33rd in 13:20), Ashley Houston (65th in 14:00) and Jaqlynn Bless (71st in 14:04).
Wills Point won the boys team title with 50 points, while Eustace’s boys team finished second with 98 points.
There were 158 runners representing 22 teams in the race.
Mabank again placed eighth overall with 269 points, while Canton finished ninth at 278 points.
Zach Bennett led Eustace runners, finishing 11th overall in a time of 16:39, followed by Johnny Lee in 16th place (16:58) and Zach Arambula in 18th place, clocking 17:02.
They were followed by Cameron Coffey (28th in 17:26), Aaron Alverez (38th in 17:40), Colton Thompson (41st in 17:48) and Eddie Gonzales (57th in 17:58).

Playoff berth on the line when Eustace hosts Ferris
Monitor Staff Reports
EUSTACE–It’s the season finale Friday, and there will be a playoff berth on the line when the Eustace Bulldogs host the Ferris Yellowjackets.
That shows just how far the Eustace program has come in the first season under new head coach Doug Wendel, because it’s been a while since anyone was able to speak “Bulldogs” and “playoff” in the same sentence.
Wendel had the grace to look a little embarrassed when hearing that, but admitted, “This is a good place to be in Week 10.”
“Anybody in this situation has to feel good about where they’ve been, and hopefully, where they’re going,” he said Monday.
On paper, Ferris would seem to have the edge in Friday’s showdown, but the Bulldogs have been tough at home.
The Yellowjackets come into Friday’s contest on a roll, having beaten Mabank 52-47 two weeks ago and Kemp 48-21 last week, while Eustace suffered a 56-7 loss to league-leading Kaufman last week.
The Bulldogs also lost senior offensive lineman and team leader Nick Shutak to a serious knee injury in the Kaufman game, and that won’t help.
Despite Shutak’s loss, senior receiver Lucas Cope had a breakout game against Kaufman, with nine receptions for 152 yards and one touchdown.
“Lucas had a great week in practice, and it obviously paid off,” Wendel said. “I hope it will continue to pay off this week. He probably will draw double coverage, and that will allow us to run our offense.”
Wendel wasn’t upset about the loss to Kaufman, saying the Lions are a good football team that has continued to get better every week.
“They’re by far the cream of the crop in this district,” he said.
The Bulldogs hurt themselves with turnovers (two interceptions, two fumbles) and penalties (10 for 70 yards in losses), and Wendel said, “We can’t beat ourselves (against Ferris).”
Ferris also has been improving every week.
The ’Jackets have a couple of runners with game-breaking speed in fullback Haydon Bertrand and quarterback Tristan Green, and both put up multiple-touchdown games against Mabank and Kemp.
“We’ve got to stop those two kids,” he said.
The ’Jackets use a number of different formations, and an unbalanced line at times, to force defenses out of position.
“We have to eliminate turnovers and penalties,” Wendel said. “If we can do that, I think people are going to get their money’s worth.
“I can see this (game) going down to the wire, like the Crandall game,” he added. “We’re excited. We’ve got a lot to play for.”


Upcoming games

Girls basketball

Nov. 9
MHS vs Forney
EHS vs Grand Saline

Nov. 10
KHS @ Corsicana

Nov. 13
MHS vs Lindale
KHS @ Corsicana
EHS @ Brownsboro

Nov. 15-17
MHS @ UT-Tyler tourn.
KHS @ Eustace tourn.
EHS hosts tournament
Boys basketball

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

MLLFA games
Games: Midgets 4, Pee-Wee 6, Little League 8 p.m.

Nov. 10
Playoffs @ Kemp

Nov. 17
Superbowl @ Kemp