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 Lake Info

Normal Lake Level is 322.00 feet above Mean Sea Level.
Current level for Cedar Creek Lake is: 321.05
Water Temperature:
na degrees - top
64 degrees - bottom



  Mabank girls nip Lindale
Monitor Staff Reports
MABANK–Mabank’s Lady Panthers outscored the visiting Lindale Lady Eagles 20-10 in the fourth quarter Tuesday to take a come-from-behind win, 39-34.
The Lady Panthers were scheduled to play in the University of Texas at Tyler/Grace basketball tournament this weekend.

Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
Mabank Lady Panther Lauren Graham (20) forces a steal from Lindale Lady Eagle Whitney Binder (14) during the first quarter of Mabank’s come-from-behind win over the visiting Lady Eagles Tuesday.

Monday, Nov. 19, the Lady Panthers will travel to Terrell for a non-district contest against the Lady Tigers, with a 5 p.m. freshman contest opening a three-game slate.
Tuesday, Nov. 20, Mabank will host the Van Lady Vandals, opening with a 4:30 p.m. sub-varsity contest.
The next weekend, Nov. 29-Dec. 1, the Lady Panthers will play in the Wills Point Invitational tournament.
Defense dominated the first quarter in Tuesday night’s game. The Lady Panthers forced a number of steals, but were unable to convert them to baskets, even though they limited the Lady Eagles to just one bucket.
Both teams started finding the range in the second quarter, as Lindale outscored Mabank 14-11 to take a one-point halftime lead, 16-15.
Lindale opened a five-point lead in the third quarter behind Whitney Binder, who scored six of her game-high 19 points (including a trey) during the period.
However, the Lady Panthers’ defensive pressure began to pay off in the fourth quarter, as Kelsi Reynolds (two treys), Jeanice Mojica and Ashley Corter all scored six points each to fuel Mabank’s 20-10 run.
Mojica led the Lady Panthers with nine points, as Corter finished with eight and both Reynolds and Chelsey Dillon finished with six points each.
Miranda Groom added four points, and both Lauren Graham and Chelsea Alldredge chipped in free throws.

Anderson wins Contest No. 10
Monitor Staff Reports
With a winning percentage of 90, Rachael Anderson of Gun Barrel City is the winner of Pigskin Playoff No. 10 in The Monitor.
Anderson 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. 12, 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.
Second place in Contest No. 10 went to Andy Fleming of Kemp.
Third place went to Reggie Brewer of Mabank, Kathy Barley of Eustace and Eddie Garcia of Mabank.
Placing fourth were Angie Junell of Kemp, Gener Baxley of Gun Barrel City, Jacob Junell of Kemp, T.J. Baxley of Gun Barrel City, Robert Dennis of Kemp, Bobbie Rogers of Malakoff and Bob Dennis of Kemp.
Other top finishers in Pigskin Payoff No. 10 included Scott Yarbrough of Kemp, Matt Dennis of Kemp, Evelyn Fleming of Kemp, Donald Slay of Eustace and Edgar Yarbrough of Kemp.
The winner of Pigskin Playoff Contest No. 11 will be announced in the Sunday, Nov. 25, issue of The Monitor.

New boys coaches debut at Eustace, Kemp
Monitor Staff Reports
CEDAR CREEK LAKE–In addition to new varsity girls coaches, both Eustace and Kemp have new varsity boys basketball coaches starting their tenures this month.
At Eustace, Chad Martinez takes over the boys program, and at Kemp, Terrence McCloud steps in to continue the Yellowjacket basketball tradition.
Martinez comes to Eustace from Dallas Jefferson, where he was an assistant coach, but the Bulldogs represent his fourth head coaching position.
Martinez graduated from Allen High School in 1997, and obtained a BA degree in interdisciplinary studies from the University of Texas at Dallas in 2002.
He has coached at Savoy, Scurry-Rosser and at Bells.
At Eustace, Martinez teaches Algebra I, TAKS math and math models.
“I got five new players in from football – they’ve been with me two days,” he said.
Martinez was upbeat at the prospects for this season’s Bulldog basketball team.
“We’ve got the potential to be really good, if we can develop teamwork with hard work,” he said.
“We’ve got size and we’ve got depth, so I think we can be a player in the (District 13-3A) race this year,” he added.
Expectations are high at Kemp, where ’Jacket teams have advanced to the playoffs the last four years, including a first-ever regional tournament appearance last year.
Two key components of those teams, guard Joseph Simmons and post Jacarri Culberson, have been lost to graduation, and former coach Tracy Carter is now at Athens High School.
“Kids always go through a certain amount of adjustment to a different philosophy or a different approach,” McCloud said.
He refers to that adjustment period as a “courtship,” adding the ’Jackets and he are going through that now.
“Once they understand the things that I’m wanting them to do, we’ll mesh pretty well,” McCloud said.
“This is the fourth school where I’ve been the new guy coming in,” he added. “While each school is different, you have that process, and unfortunately, sometimes you have to play through it.”
A 1984 Madisonville High School graduate, McCloud obtained a BS in kinesiology and English from Sam Houston State University in 1997.
He has bounced around the Dallas area, with stints at Arlington Lamar, Lake Highlands and Dallas Skyline, before becoming the head basketball coach back at his alma mater, Madisonville.
At Kemp High School, McCloud teaches English III and IV, with an emphasis on grammar and vocabulary.
McCloud said he already has seen “big-time support from the community.”
“Talking with the boosters, the former coach and the kids, they all say the fans will be there, and there’s a lot of tradition,” he said.
With a fairly young team, McCloud said he is working on fundamentals.
“We’re still working on good position defense,” he said. “We need to get our man-to-man defense down pat, and then we’ll go on to something else.”

Upcoming games

Girls basketball

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

Nov. 20
MHS vs Van
KHS @ Wills Point
EHS vs Malakoff

Nov. 27
KHS vs Grand Saline
EHS @ Malakoff

Nov. 29-Dec. 1
MHS @ Wills Point tourn.
KHS @ Edgewood tourn.
EHS Roundball Roundup
Boys basketball

Nov. 19
MHS vs Athens
KHS @ Crandall Classic

Nov. 20
MHS vs Canton
KHS @ Crandall Classic
EHS @ Bullard

Nov. 27
MHS vs Van
KHS vs Fairfield
EHS vs Malakoff