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December 1
, 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:
55 degrees - top
57 degrees - bottom

Sports in Brief

Adult softball tournament
A Guns ‘N Hoses tournament softball tournament. Dec. 10, at the Gun Barrel City Park. The tournament will help raise food for the local food pantry, and half of entry fees will help support the Family Resource Center. For more information, call David Morrow at 903-288-1786.

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)

Dec. 1-3
• Eustace @ Mabank’s Cedar Creek Lake Shoot-Out basketball tournament
• Kemp @ Sunnyvale Tournament
Dec. 6
• Rice @ Eustace – 5 p.m.
• Scurry-Rosser @ Kemp – 5:30 p.m.
• Whitehouse @ Mabank – 4:30 p.m.

Basketball (girls)

Dec. 1-3
• Eustace @ Teague Tournament
• Kemp @ Scurry-Rosser tournament
• Mabank @ Crandall Tournament
Dec. 6
• Malakoff @ Kemp – 5 p.m.
• Mabank @ Bullard – 4:30 p.m.



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Sports Highlights

Bulldogs get District 6-2A honors
By Sam Epps
Sports Editor

EUSTACE–After a season of winning with a ground-and-pound offense that ran over most opponents, the Eustace Bulldogs received high District 6-2A DI honors as linebacker Blake Ward was named Defensive Player of the Year, Raymond Shutak was named Lineman of the Year, six players named to the district’s All-District first team and seven Bulldogs named to the second team.
Freshman defensive lineman Zach Hughes, junior tight end Ramon Ramirez, junior running back Tyler Folsom, senior offensive lineman Caleb Wonhas, senior running back/defensive back Jacob McCarter and senior linebacker Justyn Warner were all named to the first team.
Sophomore defensive back Steven Stine, junior offensive lineman Kyle Purselley, senior offensive lineman Ethan Tennyson, senior quarterback Jordan Foote, senior defensive lineman Preston Amason, senior tight end Josh Dunn and senior defensive back Tyson Oliver all received second team honors.
The trio of Folsom, Ward and McCarter all rushed for more than 1,000 each this season.
The Bulldogs finished the season in second place, losing only to the Grandview Zebras. They fell in the Area round of the playoffs to the Melissa Cardinals, 19-10.
All in all, it was the best season for the Bulldogs since 1997, when they went 11-1.

Rainbow trout coming to Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center Dec. 2
Special to The Monitor
ATHENS–The season’s first stocking of rainbow trout into the ponds and streams at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center (TFFC) will take place Friday, Dec. 2.
The trout may be fished for without a fishing license at TFFC, and all equipment and bait are furnished.
Anglers may provide their own tackle, but only single hooks with barbs mashed down are allowed.
While the trout will take canned corn, worms or a variety of flies, the bait that looks the most like the food they are accustomed to eating is Berkeley PowerBait Hatchery Formula Trout Nuggets.
Catch-and-release fishing is included with paid admission to TFFC, but anglers at TFFC may harvest up to five rainbow trout for an additional $5 fee. The fee must be paid at admission and before fishing.
The trout season will run until April 2012. Approximately 5,000 rainbow trout will be stocked at TFFC during that time. For locations and dates of trout stockings statewide, visit
TFFC is located at 5550 Farm-to-Market 2495, four miles east of Athens.
Admission is $5.50 for adults, $4.50 for seniors, and $3.50 for children ages 4 through 12.
For more information and directions, call (903) 676-2277, or visit

Mabank Youth Basketball Association to hold registration and evaluation
Special to The Monitor
MABANK–The Mabank Youth Basketball Association will hold registrations and evaluation Saturday, Dec. 3, at the Mabank Alternative Campus gymnasium, located at 309 East Market Street in Mabank.
Each player must be evaluated to play. The evaluation is used to form teams equally and every child will play.
Children will need to wear appropriate clothing and shoes for basketball drills.
To be evaluated, payment must be received that day. The cost is $40 for each player and $30 for each additional family member.
Players must be in attendance for their scheduled time.
Registration forms can be filled out on evaluation day or found on
The times for registrations/evaluations are as follows:
• 9 a.m. – first and second grade girls,
• 10 a.m. – first and second grade boys,
• 11 a.m. – third and fourth grade girls,
• noon – third and fourth grade boys,
• 1 p.m. – fifth and sixth grade girls,
• 2 p.m. – fifth and sixth grade boys.
Make-up evaluations will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8, at the Alternative campus.















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