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 Lake Info

Normal Lake Level is 322.00 feet above Mean Sea Level.
Current level for Cedar Creek Lake is: 321.08
Water Temperature:
na degrees - top
65 degrees - bottom



  Baxley wins Contest No. 9
Monitor Staff Reports
With his prediction in the “tie-breaker’ game, T.J. Baxley wins Pigskin Playoff No. 9 in The Monitor.
This marked Baxley’s third win of the season, as he also won Playoffs No. 5 and No. 7.
Baxley and Bobbie Rogers of Malakoff both picked winners 90 percent of the time in the contest, forcing the “tie-breaker” game to decide the winner.
Baxley predicted the New England Patriots would defeat the Indianapolis Colts by seven points, while Rogers predicted New England would defeat the Colts by eight points.
In a matchup of two unbeaten teams, the Patriots edged the Colts by four points, 24-20, Nov. 4.
Baxley 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. 11, 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 Payoff No. 9 went to Billy Dyer of Canton.
Fourth place went to Scott Yarbrough of Kemp, Eddie Garcia of Mabank and Matt Dennis of Kemp.
Other top finishers in Pigskin Payoff No. 9 were Edgar Yarbrough of Kemp, Nick Anderson of Gun Barrel City, Bob Dennis of Kemp, Angie Junell of Kemp, Evelyn Fleming of Kemp, Andy Fleming of Kemp, Nancy DuBose of Mabank, Donald Slay of Eustace, Robert Dennis of Kemp, Kathy Barley of Eustace, Jacob Junell of Kemp and Gener Baxley of Gun Barrel City.
The winner of Pigskin Playoff No. 10 will be announced in the Sunday, Nov. 18, issue of The Monitor.

McClintock wins bareback at 9th rodeo
Monitor Staff Reports
TERRELL–Cedar Creek Lake area high school students competed in various events at the eighth and ninth Lone Star High School Rodeo Association rodeos of the season. Both events were held at Wade’s Arena in Terrell successive Saturdays, Oct. 27 and Nov. 3.
At the Oct. 27 rodeo, Marcus Emmons of Eustace High School took fourth place in both calf roping and boys ribbon roping.
At the Oct. 20 rodeo, Emmons had posted two fifth-place finishes in calf roping and boys ribbon roping.
Dustin Jackson of Mabank High School took sixth place in calf roping, and place twice in team roping – 10th as the header and fifth as the heeler.
Kelsie Busby of Mabank High School received a no time in steer undecorating.
Josh McClintock of Kemp High School received a no time in bareback.
Nicole Harrison of Kemp High School took 15th place in barrels and Bethany Norman of Mabank High School competed in barrels.
Busby took eighth place in poles and Harrison placed 11th.
Trevor Hamilton of Scurry High School took 13th place in chute dogging and Jackson received a no time.
At the ninth LSHSRA rodeo Nov. 3, McClintock won the bareback competition.
Harrison took fifth place in poles, and Busby received a no time in steer undecorating.
In barrels, Harrison took 10th place and Norman took 11th place.
Emmons took sixth place in calf roping and Jackson received a no time.
Emmons also finished second in boys ribbon roping and Jackson received a no time.
Jackson took fourth place in team roping as the header and fifth place as the heeler.

White Oak ends Mabank’s playoff run, 3-1
By Kerry Yancey
Monitor Staff Writer

WHITEHOUSE–In a matchup of top-10 teams, the Whitehouse Lady Roughnecks edged the Mabank Lady Panthers 3-1 Tuesday.
The regional quarterfinals win propelled the second-ranked Lady ’Necks (39-1) into the regional semifinals Friday against Lucas Lovejoy (located in Collin County), while Athens faced Royse City in the other semifinal.

Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
Mabank Lady Panthers Bridgette Tanner (5), Ashley Corter (center) and Hali Schultz (13) go up to contest a shot by White Oak’s Mary Morgan Swanson (9) during their regional quarterfinals championship contest Tuesday at Whitehouse High School.

Semifinal winners were scheduled to meet at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Texas A&M at Commerce Field House, with the winner to advance to the state tournament.
The eighth-ranked Lady Panthers, who advanced to the regional quarterfinals for the second straight year, finished their season at 29-13, with White Oak the only Class 3A team to beat them.
“I told the girls we were evenly matched, and the team that made the fewest errors would win,” Mabank head coach Stacy Shelton said later. “White Oak just happened to be that team.”
A large and enthusiastic crowd in the Whitehouse High School gym watched both teams put on a volleyball clinic, with power hits offset by positioned defensive digs and spectacular recoveries.
White Oak won the nearly two-hour contest 25-19, 25-20, 21-25 and 25-19, but none of the games were decided early.
It looked as though the Lady ’Necks would make it a quick match early on, rolling up a 6-0 lead when the Lady Panthers hit returns out of bounds, but Mabank rallied to pull within three at 9-6.
A couple of kills by White Oak’s trio of hitters – Emily Bybel, Mary Morgan Swanson and Larissa Simmons – and misses by the Lady Panthers put the Lady ’Necks ahead up by seven, 14-7.
Both teams tried pounding the ball early, but since the defenses were ready, switched to making soft tips over the defenders.
A tip by Mabank’s Kelsi Reynolds broke the White Oak run, and Reynolds began serving up a run of her own.
A tip by Hali Schultz, a kill by Miranda Groom and a block at the net brought the Lady Panthers back into striking distance at 17-12, prompting a White Oak time out.
A kill by Mabank’s Macey Thomas and two White Oak mistakes made it a two-point game, 17-15, but the Lady Panthers missed a couple of shots to put the Lady ’Necks up 20-16.
Tips by Schultz and White Oak’s Kristin Secord made it a three-point game, 22-19, but the Lady ’Necks got the last three points on a Secord tip and two Mabank misses.
The second game was pretty much a repeat of the first, except that Mabank got the early run, opening up a 7-2 lead before the Lady ’Necks pulled within five at 9-4.
Fans booed when Mabank was whistled for palming the ball, but after a consultation among the officials, the call was reversed, giving the Lady Panthers a 10-6 lead.
A bad serve and a hit out made it a 12-5 lead, prompting White Oak to call time, and Secord broke the Mabank run with a block.
A kill by Bybel and a Mabank miss cut the Lady Panthers’ margin to four points at 14-10, prompting Shelton to call time.
Schultz’s tip made it 15-10, but the Lady ’Necks began to battle back, and tied the contest at 15-15 on a kill by Simmons.
White Oak began to edge ahead on errors by the Lady Panthers, and when Groom’s long hit was just outside the back line, Shelton called time with the Lady ’Necks up 19-16.
White Oak made it a six-point game on a block by Natalie Craven, and continued on a roll, making it to game point on a close call favoring Simmons.
Mabank fought back to get the next three points, but a missed serve gave White Oak the win.
Having been so close to taking control in the second game, the Lady Panthers buckled down to grab the third game.
Opening a 4-0 lead, the Lady Panthers saw White Oak rebound to tie the score at 4-4.
The teams continued to swap points, tying at 6, 7, 8, 11, 12, 13 and 14 before the Lady Panthers began to inch ahead.
A White Oak miss ended an outstanding sequence of volleys and gave the Lady Panthers a 17-14 lead, prompting a White Oak time out.
Mabank continued to hold its lead, opening to 20-16 on a White Oak miss, but the Lady ’Necks came back to pull within two at 20-18, prompting a Mabank time out.
Both teams swapped errors, allowing White Oak to pull within one at 21-20, but the Lady Panthers pulled away on a White Oak miss and a kill by Schultz that capped another amazing sequence of volleys and left both teams (and the audience) gasping for air.
White Oak hit into the net to put the Lady Panthers at game point, and a call against the Lady ’Necks wrapped up the Mabank win.
The fourth and final game opened with a Mabank run behind kills by Bridgette Tanner and Groom, but White Oak fought back to tie the game at 6-all.
After the teams tied at 7, 8 and 9, the Lady ’Necks inched ahead behind Simmons’ serving. Her ace gave them an 11-9 lead before Schultz broke the run with a kill.
White Oak began inching ahead, and when the Lady Panthers hit out to end another outstanding sequence of volleys, the Lady ’Necks were up 15-12.
Tanner’s kill made it a two-point game, but another ace, a shot right on the back line from White Oak’s Morgan Wilson, prompted Shelton to call time with the Lady ’Necks up 17-13.
Errors continued to dog the Lady Panthers’ efforts, as a block out and a hit out left White Oak up by four, 19-15.
Schultz’s kill broke the run, but a serving error gave White Oak a 20-15 lead.
Groom got two points on kills, sandwiched around a White Oak block, and a Mabank return fell just inside the line to pull them within four points at 22-18.
A kill by Swanson and a hit out by the Lady Panthers put White Oak at match point, and a long hit by the Lady Panthers ended the match.
“Our girls left everything on the floor,” Shelton said. “They played with a lot of heart.
“We have had a lot of accomplishments and have a lot of great memories of this season,” she added. “I am so proud of all our girls, and am truly going to miss them.”
Only two Lady Panthers – juniors Erica Umana and Lauren Hamilton – will be back next year.
Groom led the Lady Panthers with 19 kills, 13 digs, two blocks and one save, while Schultz finished with 17 kills, two blocks and nine digs.
Tanner had five kills, two blocks and nine digs, while Ashley Corter had two blocks.
Setter Kelsi Reynolds had a strong all-around game, notching 31 assists, one kill, one block, seven digs and one save.
Katie Cross had nine digs, one serving ace and one assist, while Thomas finished with three blocks, one dig and one assist.


Upcoming games

Girls basketball

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

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

Nov. 19
MHS @ Terrell
KHS vs Scurry-Rosser
EHS @ Rusk
Boys basketball

Nov. 13
KHS vs Brownsboro

Nov. 16
EHS @ Scurry-Rosser

Nov. 19
MHS vs Athens
KHS @ Crandall Classic
MLLFA games
Games: Midgets 4, Pee-Wee 6, Little League 8 p.m.

Nov. 17
Superbowl @ Kemp