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Normal Lake Level is 322.00 feet above Mean Sea Level.
Current level for Cedar Creek Lake is: 320.94
Water Temperature:
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56 degrees - bottom



  Eustace notches first victory, 55-48
Monitor Staff Reports
EUSTACE–The Eustace Bulldogs notched their first victory of the season Tuesday when they defeated the visiting Malakoff Tigers 55-48.
The Bulldogs were scheduled to play in the Edgewood Invitational tournament this weekend.
Tuesday, Dec. 4, the Eustace boys and girls will welcome the visiting LaPoynor Flyers and Lady Flyers, with a 4 p.m. junior varsity contest opening a four-game slate.

Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
Eustace Bulldog Russell Templeton passes to an open teammate during Eustace’s 55-48 win over the visiting Malakoff Tigers Tuesday.

Next weekend, Dec. 6-8, the Eustace boys and girls will travel to Brownsboro to play in the annual Great East Texas Shoot-Out before returning home Tuesday, Dec. 11, to host the Scurry-Rosser Wildcats.
Tuesday, the visiting Tigers opened an 18-15 lead in the first quarter and pushed their lead to five points by halftime, 30-25.
In the third quarter, the Bulldogs began a comeback, cutting the Tiger lead to two going into the final stanza.
Eustace outscored Malakoff 16-9 in the fourth quarter to take the seven-point win.
Russell Templeton led the Bulldogs with 16 points, while David Graves added 12 and Frankie Lopez scored nine points.
Also, the Bulldogs got seven points from David Key, four points from Jacob Horton, three from Zach Keeling, two points from Jamaar Junior and a free throw from Colton Thomsen.
Bernard Hall led the Tigers with 13 points, as Damien Givens added 10 points and Vanoid Dawson had 10 points.
The Tigers also got eight points from Dylon Neal, four from Cory Dawson and two points from Darius Neal.

Fleming, Hennig tie in final Payoff
Monitor Staff Reports
With winning percentage of 79 each, Andy Fleming of Kemp and David Hennig of Gun Barrel City are the co-winners of Pigskin Playoff No. 12, the final Pigskin Payoff of the season, in The Monitor.
The “tie-breaker” game failed to break the deadlock, as both Fleming and Hennig predicted the Texas Longhorns would defeat the Texas A&M Aggies Nov. 23.
Texas A&M won the game by eight points, 38-30.
As a result, Fleming and Hennig each will receive $25 worth of merchandise 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.
Second place in Contest No. 12 went to Scott Yarbrough and Matt Dennis, both of Kemp.
Third place went to Evelyn Fleming of Kemp, Nick Anderson of Gun Barrel City, Reggie Brewer of Mabank and Billy Dyer of Canton.
Fourth place went to T.J. Baxley of Gun Barrel City, Edgar Yarbrough of Kemp and Robert Dennis of Kemp.
Other top finishers in the final Pigskin Payoff contest included Donald Slay of Eustace, Gener Baxley of Gun Barrel City, and Jacob Junell, Angie Junell and Bob Dennis, all of Kemp.
The Monitor would like to express its appreciation to all the participants and advertisers for making this year’s Pigskin Payoff contest so successful.

GS nips Kemp in overtime
Monitor Staff Reports
KEMP–A contest between the hosting Kemp Lady Yellowjackets and the Grand Saline Lady Indians went to overtime before the Lady Indians squeaked out a 57-56 victory Tuesday.
The Lady ’Jackets were scheduled to play in the Edgewood Lady Bulldog Invitational basketball tournament this weekend before beginning an extended road trip.

Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
Kemp Lady Yellowjackets Amanda Lawrence (10) and Meagan Lacy (3) battle Grand Saline Lady Indian Diana Wilt (center) for a rebound during the first half of Grand Saline’s 57-56 overtime win over the hosting Lady ’Jackets Tuesday.

Tuesday, Dec. 4, the Lady ’Jackets travel to Quitman for a non-district contest, opening with a 4:30 p.m. freshman game, and next weekend, Dec. 6-8, Kemp’s girls will play in the Fairfield Lady Eagles Invitational tournament.
Tuesday, Dec. 11, and Tuesday, Dec. 18, the Kemp girls will remain on the road, traveling to Palestine Westwood and Quinlan, before returning home to host Edgewood Thursday, Dec. 20.
In Tuesday’s nail-biter, neither team could generate a big run.
Kemp opened a 16-15 lead in the first quarter, padded that one-point lead out to four points by halftime, 34-30, and both teams scored eight points each in the third quarter.
The Lady Indians closed the gap in the fourth quarter, outscoring Kemp 11-7 to tie the contest at 49 at the end of regulation time.
In the overtime period, Grand Saline edged Kemp 8-7 to secure the victory.
Senior guard Sarah Smith led the Lady ’Jackets with 16 points (including two 3-point baskets) and dished out five assists, while Amanda Lawrence scored 14 points, including one trey.
Brandy Simmons, Michelle Ritterbach and Chelsey Mulvany all scored six points each, while Brittany Simmons added three points.
Shelbie Wright and Meagan Lacy (who had four steals) both scored two points each, while Shannon Shipp chipped in a free throw.
Diana Wilt led the Lady Indians with 20 points, as Whitney Rogers added 15 and Lena Flowers scored 11 points.


Upcoming games

Girls basketball

Dec. 4
MHS @ Royse City
KHS @ Quitman
EHS vs LaPoynor

Dec. 7
MHS @ Cross Roads
KHS @ Fairfield tourn.
EHS @ ET Shoot-Out

Dec. 11
MHS vs Wills Point
KHS @ Westwood

Dec. 14
MHS @ Quitman

Dec. 17
EHS vs Cross Roads

Dec. 18
MHS vs Spring Hill
KHS @ Quinlan
EHS vs Van
Boys basketball

Dec. 4
MHS @ Rains
KHS vs Scurry-Rosser
EHS vs LaPoynor

Dec. 7
MHS vs Scurry-Rosser
KHS @ Fairfield tourn.
EHS @ ET Shoot-Out