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 Lake Info

Normal Lake Level is 322.00 feet above Mean Sea Level.
Current level for Cedar Creek Lake is: 322.04 Water Temperature:
63  degrees - top
degrees - bottom



  Jug line catches 62.9-pound catfish
Monitor Staff Reports
CEDAR CREEK LAKE–A pair of lake residents checking their jug line Sunday morning pulled in what may be a new lake record blue catfish.
Luke Shafer and David Burrows were checking the line they and two other men (Roddy German and Harold Reynolds) jointly use, which runs out into Cedar Creek Lake near Enchanted Isle.
The fish was hooked on cut bait in about 25 feet of water, and the two men discovered the catch around 11:45 a.m. Sunday.
Shafer, 62, said he and Burrows, 66, had to wrestle with the fish for what seemed to be 30 minutes before finally getting it into the boat.
“I told him to let the line go a couple of times,” Shafer said.

Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
David Burrows (left) and Luke Shafer hold a 62.9-pound blue catfish they caught on a jug line on Cedar Creek Lake, just off Enchanted Isle, Nov. 22. A search revealed the blue may represent a new lake record, breaking the old mark of 53 pounds.

Burrows said the hook was too near his arm to safely let go of the fish, so they continued the fight.
They transported the blue cat to the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center in Athens, where the TFFC’s certified scale measured the fish at 62.9 pounds.
“I believe the old record – from what I’ve been able to find out – was around 53 pounds,” Shafer said.
The fish will become fillets, joining about 20 other catfish the two men harvested that morning, most in the four- to five-pound range, Shafer said.
Shafer said the biggest fish he had previously caught on a jug line was around 29½ pounds.
“That finished me on jugs,” Shafer noted. “I wanted to catch one over 50. I’ll go with a rod and reel now.”

Bulldogs split home games
Monitor Staff Reports
EUSTACE–The Eustace Bulldogs split their first two home basketball games of the season Monday and Tuesday, as they defeated the Trinidad Trojans Monday night and fell to the Malakoff Tigers Tuesday.
Following the Thanksgiving break, the Bulldogs will host the Scurry-Rosser Wildcats Tuesday, Dec. 1, with 5 p.m. sub-varsity contests opening a three-game slate.
Next weekend, Dec. 3-5, the Bulldogs will travel to Scurry-Rosser to play in the Wildcats’ annual tournament and then will return home to host the Frost Polar Bears Tuesday, Dec. 8.

Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
Malakoff Tiger Vanoid Dawson (2) tries to force Eustace Bulldog Trevan Johnson to fumble during the first half of Malakoff's 56-38 non-district basketball win over the hosting Bulldogs Tuesday.

In their home opener at the new E.L. Kirk Gym Monday, the Bulldogs used a big third-quarter run to come from behind and defeat the Trinidad Trojans, 49-42.
After an even first period, the Trojans forged an eight-point halftime lead by outscoring the Bulldogs 18-9 in the second quarter.
The Bulldogs came out on fire in the second half, putting together a 19-4 run in the third quarter to take a seven-point lead.
Both teams scored 10 points in the fourth quarter.
Guy Hargrove led a very balanced Bulldog attack with 12 points, as Blake Hammonds had eight points, John Bradburn seven and Dillon Yates six.
The Bulldogs also got four points each from Trevan Johnson, Braden Strickland and Addison Scott, along with two points each from Jacob McCarter and Tyson Oliver.
Zayd Mahansah and Tyler Sapp both scored 11 points for the Trojans, with Darius Boggas adding 10 points.
The next night, a combination of Malakoff’s quickness and icy shooting doomed the Bulldogs, who fell 56-38.
The Bulldogs started strong, running up a 17-6 lead in the first quarter, but the Tigers quickly found the range, outscoring the Bulldogs 19-10 in the second quarter to pull within two at halftime, 27-25.
A 15-5 third-quarter run gave the Tigers control of the contest, and they outscored the Bulldogs 16-6 in the fourth quarter to forge the final 18-point margin.
Johnson and Hammonds both scored 11 points to lead the Bulldogs, with Hargrove adding nine points.
John Bradburn added five points and Scott two points for the Bulldogs.
Cornelius Richardson’s game-high 18 points led the Tiger attack, as Vanoid Dawson added 16 points.
The Tigers also got seven points from Ryan Manginell, five from Truman Dowell, four points each from Marquis Dowell and Cory Phelps and two points from Josh Crockett.

Canton comeback dooms Mabank
Monitor Staff Reports
MABANK–After running up a big first-half lead, the Mabank Lady Panthers saw that lead vanish, as the visiting Canton Eaglettes used a third-quarter run to power past Mabank 44-38 Monday night.
Now 2-2 on the season, the Lady Panthers were scheduled to visit Kerens for a non-district basketball contest Tuesday night before taking a holiday break.
Tuesday, Dec. 1, the Lady Panthers will host the Kaufman Lady Lions, with a 4:30 p.m. sub-varsity contest opening a three-game slate.
Next weekend, Dec. 3-5, Mabank will travel to Longview to play in the Spring Hill invitational tournament, and the Lady Panthers will stay on the road Tuesday, Dec. 8, when they visit Van.

Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
Mabank Lady Panther Ashley Hammack (left) tries to avoid teammate Jeanice Mojica as Mojica rips down a rebound during Mabank’s 44-38 loss to the visiting Canton Eaglettes Monday.

The Eaglettes had difficulty handling the Lady Panthers’ press early on, as Mabank opened a 16-6 lead early in the second quarter, and still led by nine points at halftime, 24-15.
However, the Eaglettes put together a 16-3 run during the third quarter to erase the Mabank lead and take a four-point advantage into the fourth quarter.
In the final frame, the Eaglettes outscored the Lady Panthers 13-10 to forge the final six-point margin.
Sara Springer led the lady Panthers with 11 points, as Ashton Norman added eight and Chelsea Alldredge scored six points.
The Lady Panthers also got four points from Jeanice Mojica, three from Ashley Hammack, two points each from Kourtney Holyfield and Olivia Pannel and a free throw from Cheyenne Alldredge.
Lexi Callan led the Eaglettes with 20 points, as Meagan Wilson added 12.


Upcoming games

Girls basketball

Dec. 1
MHS vs Kaufman
KHS vs Ferris
EHS @ Fruitvale

Dec. 3-5
MHS @ Spring Hill tourn.
KHS @ Scurry-Rosser tourn.
EHS hosts tournament

Dec. 8
MHS @ Van
KHS vs Malakoff
EHS idle

Dec. 11
MHS vs Rowlett

Dec. 10-12
KHS @ Venus tourn.
EHS @ Fruitvale tourn.

Dec. 15
MHS @ Lancaster*
KHS vs Italy
EHS vs Cross Roads

Dec. 18
MHS vs West Mesquite*

Dec. 19
KHS @ Lindale

Dec. 21
KHS vs Miller Grove

Dec. 28-30
MHS @ Kaufman tourn.
KHS @ Gatesville tourn.
EHS @ Brownsboro tourn.
(*District contest)

Boys basketball

Dec. 1
MHS vs Van
KHS @ Athens
EHS vs Scurry-Rosser

Dec. 3-5
MHS-Cedar Creek Shoot-out
KHS @ Quinlan Ford tourn.
EHS @ Scurry-Rosser tourn.

Dec. 8
MHS vs Sabine
KHS vs Scurry-Rosser
EHS vs Frost

Dec. 10-12
KHS @ ET Shoot-Out
EHS @ Frankston tourn.

Dec. 11
MHS @ Richardson Pierce

Dec. 15
MHS @ Wills Point
KHS @ Palestine
EHS vs Grand Saline

Dec. 17-19
MHS @ Sabine tourn.
KHS @ Athens tourn.
EHS @ Grand Saline tourn.

Dec. 18
KHS vs Fairfield

Dec. 21
KHS vs Miller Grove

Dec. 28-29
MHS @ Wagstaff Classic
KHS @ Kaufman tourn.

Dec. 29
EHS @ Fruitvale


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