Normal Lake Level is 322.00 feet
above Mean Sea Level.
Current level for Cedar Creek Lake is:
na degrees - top
58 degrees - bottom
Know the signs of
By Jim Salzmann
Special to The Monitor
CEDAR CREEK LAKE–It is time to think of cooler temperatures and to dress
properly in anticipation of boating problems that can be
Cold weather can produce health risks such as hypothermia.
Hypothermia is the drop of the body’s core or internal temperature to
below 96 degrees F (35.5degrees C). Below that temperature, normal
biological functions are impaired, and it is a serious life-threatening
Cold weather poses a variety of health risks. When the temperature falls
below 70 degrees, hypothermia can start to be a real problem, and it is
an insidious killer.
Hypothermia can actually happen in 70-degree F. weather. Exposure to
windy and wet conditions increases the chances of getting hypothermia.
In colder conditions, the onset of hypothermia can be very sudden and
profound. It can be brought on by an accidental immersion in cold water,
or an unexpected shower with a cold driving rain and gusty winds, if you
do not have the proper clothing.
For this point of discussion, the core is your torso and head, where
your vital organs are located.
Although a 2˝ degree F. drop from a normal 98.6 degrees seems slight, it
can have a crippling effect on the body, and could lead to death or
Impending hypothermia is brought on when the body temperature is from
96.0 degrees F to 97 degrees F. Most people are aware that they are cold
and will take steps to warm themselves up.
Shivering will start to begin, but it can be controlled with voluntary
activity. Muscles will tense up and hands and feet can begin to feel
The victim will start to feel fatigued and slightly weak. The skin can
become pale and may feel numb.
Mild hypothermia symptoms include uncontrolled, intense shivering. The
muscles can be quite stiff, and movement of the joints can become
uncomfortable. The victim is typically alert, but will suffer from a
loss of coordination.
Most hypothermia victims are very difficult to deal with, as denial of
the condition is quite common. That is why it is such a killer.
If you or someone in your party is experiencing these symptoms, you or
they need help.
Moderate hypothermia takes over as blood vessels constrict in an effort
to prevent loss through circulation.
Movement becomes very uncomfortable. Shivering stops. The victim can
appear drunk, with slowed slurred speech, poor coordination and a lack
Confusion, apathy and an inability to make proper decisions sets in.
Breathing may become shallow. Drowsiness or an urge to sleep will start
to set in.
Victims in this state have been known to plead to be left alone and
allowed to sleep. You need to ignore these pleas and get the victim
professional medical attention immediately.
Extreme hypothermia is when the core temperature sinks below 93 degrees
The victim is completely exhausted, has no strength. They want nothing
more than to go to sleep, and may become unconscious.
The victim will appear completely drunk, with no coordination, and may
not be able to walk. The body may become rigid, and speech very slurred.
The skin will appear blue or even gray in color and will be cold, and
the pupils will become dilated.
A victim in this state of hypothermia can be almost combative, and will
typically deny there is any problem. As unconsciousness sets in, there
can be very little breathing, or shallow breathing, and the victim can
The key to survival for a victim in this condition is getting them to a
medical facility where they can be properly warmed. They should not be
warmed in the field. Improper warming of a person with severe
hypothermia can cause serious medical problems during the process that
can result in complications.
When looking for the warning signs of hypothermia, you need to be alert
for complaining of being profoundly cold, confusion, sleepiness, slurred
speech, unusual behavior including denial and apathy, shallow breathing
or a lack of coordination.
The most important thing is don’t allow yourself to become a victim.
Always be prepared for any contingency. Wear the proper gear and
clothing, such as dry suits or wet suits, as needed.
Dress in layers, stay out of the wind and keep dry. Wear a hat and keep
the extremities warm.
If you get the early signs of hypothermia, do not ignore them. Proper
action early can keep you out of the emergency room, and enjoying the
Remember – the colder and wetter the conditions are, the more rapid the
onset of hypothermia can be.
Immersion in very cold water can cause loss of consciousness in a matter
of minutes. The younger and older a person is, the more susceptible they
are to hypothermia. Alcohol consumption increases the risk of
hypothermia, among other things.
One final note: think about winterizing your boat before freezing
temperatures set in.
You can learn more about safe boating by attending a safe boating class
or by volunteering in the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary. Call
(903) 432-4490 for more information.
Lady Bulldogs fall
to TKG, 59-25
Monitor Staff Reports
EUSTACE–Eustace’s Lady Bulldogs basketball team fell in two non-district
contests Monday and Tuesday.
0-3, the Lady Bulldogs next are scheduled to host the Fruitvale Lady
Bobcats, opening with sub-varsity games at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 2.
Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
Eustace Lady Bulldogs Nicole McNeel (right) and Vanessa Lopez
wrestle with Malakoff Lady Tiger Mallory LaRue for control of a rebound
during Malakoff's 38-26 non-district basketball win over the visiting
Lady Bulldogs Tuesday.
Next weekend, Dec. 4-6, the Lady Bulldogs will host their Roundball
Round-up invitational basketball tournament.
Eustace will go on the road after the tournament, as they visit LaPoynor
Tuesday, Dec. 9.
At home Monday, the Lady Bulldogs fell to the T.K. Gorman Lady Crusaders
“Although it was not a win for our junior varsity or varsity, I felt
like we improved from last week’s (season-opening) game against Grand
Saline,” new Lady Bulldog coach DaLinda Cassell reported.
“The girls are still trying to understand our offense and our defense,”
she added. “We had some breakdowns at some times during the game, but
when we executed on both ends of the floor, we looked really good.”
Jessica McConathy led the Lady Bulldogs with 11 points, with sister
Jessica McConathy adding eight points.
Harmony Allen added three points, Allie Cass had two points and Ashley
Watkins chipped in a free throw, while Aurora Beasley had a strong
defensive game at the post position.
Tuesday, the Lady Bulldogs traveled to Malakoff, and fell to the Lady
Tigers 38-26. Scoring details from the game were not available by
make All-District volleyball team
Monitor Staff Reports
MABANK–Mabank High School juniors Alison Castle and Hayley Spurgeon were
named to the second team of the District 15-4A All-District volleyball
squad by loop coaches recently.
Red Oak’s Lady Hawks and Mesquite Poteet’s Lady Pirates dominated the
superlatives on the All-District team.
The Lady Hawks had the district’s MVP (senior Andrea McQuaid), Hitter of
the Year (junior Jenny Lawson), Defensive Player of the Year (senior
Dana Hilzedager) and Coaching Staff of the Year.
Mesquite Poteet had the Libero of the Year (junior Bethany Yanetti),
Setter of the Year (senior Katy Chapman), Blocker of the Year (senior
Blair Claypool) and Newcomer of the Year (sophomore Shambreka Jones).
Forney senior Ashley Parker was named the Server of the Year.
Red Oak also placed four players on the first team – Kaci Bird, Jackie
Porter, Jackie Hunter and Kelsey Dahl.
Poteet had two players, Melissa Lusk and Kaitlyn Gibson, on the first
team, joined by Forney’s Caitlyn Everrett and Remington Roberts, and
Terrell’s Molly Phounsavith and Ciara Holmes.
In addition to Castle and Spurgeon, the second team featured Lancaster’s
Leah Norman and Destinee Walker, Red Oak’s Breanna Saun, Poteet’s Abby
Arrieta, Forney’s Stephanie Nance and Kaylan Thompson, and Terrell’s
Breanna Jackson and Kameryon White.
Mabank players given honorable mention were seniors Melody Cook, Erica
Umana and Lauren Hamilton, juniors Lauren Norwood, Allyson Butler and
Shaylee Williams, and sophomore Torrie Garrett.
MHS @ Kaufman
KHS @ Ferris
EHS vs Fruitvale
MHS @ Scurry-Rosser tourn.
KHS @ Scurry-Rosser tourn.
EHS hosts tournament
MHS @ Ferris
KHS @ Malakoff
EHS @ LaPoynor
MHS @ Commerce
KHS @ Edgewood tourn.
EHS @ Mineola tourn.
MHS vs Lancaster*
KHS vs Italy
EHS @ Cross Roads
MHS @ Van
KHS vs Athens
EHS vs Fruitvale
MHS-Cedar Creek Shoot-Out
KHS @ Quinlan-Ford tourn.
EHS @ Scurry-Rosser tourn.
MHS vs Rains
KHS @ Scurry-Rosser
EHS @ LaPoynor
KHS @ ET Shoot-Out
EHS @ ET Shoot-Out
MHS vs Wills Point
EHS vs Grand Saline
MHS @ Sabine tourn.
EHS @ Grand Saline tourn.
KHS @ Fairfield