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November 17
, 2011






Lake Info

Normal Lake Level is 322.00 feet
above Mean Sea Level.
Current level for Cedar Creek Lake is: 314.25
Water Temperature:
69 degrees - top
63 degrees - bottom

Sports in Brief

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.

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, Dec. 3, 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.

Geocaching at Purtis Creek
Purtis Creek State Park will hold a "basics of geocaching" program from 3 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17.
Geocaching is a type of treasure hunt using a GPS unit to help you find hidden "caches" placed by people all over the world.
Geocaches are everywhere - from just down the street to the most remote wilderness areas.
The program at Purtis Creek will teach the basics of using a GPS for geocaching and how to get started. Meet at the Amphitheater. For more information, contact the park at (903) 425-2332.

Friends of Purtis Creek planning fishing tournament
The Friends of Purtis Creek, with the help of the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department, will be hosting a carp fishing tournament soon at Purtis Creek State Park.
Come to the next Friends of Purtis Creek meeting at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, and hear TPWD biologist Richard Ott discuss the Grass Carp population in Purtis Creek Lake, and efforts to introduce native vegetation into the lake.
He will also be discussing the upcoming fishing tournament.
The meeting will be held at the Purtis Creek State Park maintenance barn.
You can contact the park at (903) 425-2332.

Upcoming Events

Basketball (boys)

Nov. 15
• Neches @ Eustace – 5 p.m.
• T.K. Gorman @ Mabank – 6 p.m.
Nov. 18
• Eustace @ Cross Roads – 5 p.m.
Nov. 21-22
• TASO Classic tournament @ Mabank
Nov. 29
• Eustace @ Fruitvale – 5:45 p.m.
• Van @ Mabank – 4:30 p.m.

Basketball (girls)

Nov. 15
• Grand Saline @ Eustace – 5 p.m.
• Kemp @ Canton – 5 p.m.
• Commerce @ Mabank – 4:30 p.m.
Nov. 18
• Nevada Community @ Kemp – 5 p.m.
• Spring Hill @ Mabank – 6 p.m.
Nov. 21
• Kemp @ Eustace – 5 p.m.
Nov. 21-22
• TASO Classic tournament @ Mabank



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Sports Highlights

’Dogs beat Callisburg, 28-0; ready for round two
By Sam Epps
Sports Editor

GREENVILLE–The Eustace Bulldogs overcame a rough start last Friday and gained a 28-0 win over the Callisburg Wildcats in Greenville. The win gives the ’Dogs the bidistrict championship, and the right to face the District 7-2A DI champion Melissa Cardinals at Dallas’ John Kincaide stadium tomorrow.

Monitor Photo/Sam Epps
Eustace Bulldog running back Jacob McCarter (8) gets taken down by a Callisburg Wildcat defender, but not before making a couple extra yards in the air during Eustace’s 28-0 win Friday.

The stadium is located at 9191 South Polk Street, just south of Interstate 20.
In Greenville last week, penalties and turnovers in the first half kept the game close.
The Bulldogs had three turnovers, two of which were inside the 15 yardline. Meanwhile, penalties prevented Eustace from gaining any sustained momentum.
Eustace scored just once, in the first quarter, on a 25-yard run by running back Tyler Folsom. Kyle Purselley’s PAT kick was good. Eustace took that 7-0 lead into halftime.
“I feel we should have had at least a 21-0 lead at halftime,” Eustace head coach Brian Herman said. “But, we came out sharper, with better execution and less penalties in the second half.”
Indeed, in the second half, Eustace added another seven points in the third quarter after Folsom shot his way in from four yards out to score.
In the fourth quarter, the Bulldogs added 14 points to the board. The Bulldogs’ first touchdown was again made by Folsom as he scurried 13 yards into the endzone.
Eustace’s final touchdown of the game came on a 40-yard run by Jesus Barcenas.
All of Purselley’s PAT were good in the second half, giving Eustace the 28-0 lead.
In the Area round of the playoffs, Melissa will give the Bulldogs a stronger opponent and a more well-balanced gameplan.
“They (Melissa) are probably one of the top three teams we’ve seen,” Herman commented. “They do everything very well.”
Melissa will bring a strong running game, and a quarterback who Herman describes as “very accurate with a quick release.”


Eustace takes fourth at state
Monitor Staff Reports
ROUND ROCK–The Eustace Bulldog boys cross country team competed at the state cross country meet in Round Rock Nov. 12.
The five kilometer race consisted of twelve teams – the top three qualifying teams from four regions.
The Bulldogs had a 20 mph headwind with gusts up to 40 mph. Needless to say, the elements proved to add to the challenge.
Eustace finished in fourth place, just two points away from a third-place finish, in the close race. To date, it is the best finish in the team’s history.
The team was led by junior Evan Arambula who finished in ninth place overall with a time of 16:56.
The ninth place finish also earned him Cross Country All-State Honors. He was also awarded a medal for placing in the top 10.
Next was freshman Mark Zimmerer, who was the second place freshman in the division. He placed 21st overall clocking a time of 17:33.
Jason Ballenger placed 54th with a time of 18:23 and Gavin Kirkhart placed 55th with a time of 18:27.
Michael Yates came in at 57th with a time of 18:29, Preston Schwartz, also among the top freshman, placed 72nd with a time of 19:05, and Trey Russell came in 87th with a time of 19:44.


Felty hits hole-in-one
Special to The Monitor
KEMP–Bob Felty hit a hole-in-one on hole number eight at the Cedar Creek Country Club Nov. 11.
Felty used a 6-iron and a Titleist ball to nail the 128-yard shot.
The amazing shot was witnessed by Tom Gartrell, Rick Mills and John Redd.











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