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December 8
, 2011






Lake Info

Normal Lake Level
is 322.00 feet above Mean Sea Level.
Current level for Cedar Creek Lake is: 314.51
Water Temperature:
45 degrees - top
52 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.

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.

Stargazing at Purtis Creek
Purtis Creek State Park will host an evening of stargazing from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17.
Make a star wheel and learn how to use it, learn about the solar system and view the night sky through a telescope. Weather permitting, meet at the over flow camping parking lot.
For more information, contact the park at (903) 425-2332.

Upcoming Events

Basketball (boys)

Dec. 8-10
• Eustace @ Frank-ston tournament – Time TBA
• Kemp @ East Texas Shoot-Out (Brownsboro) – Time TBA
• Mabank @ East Texas Shoot-Out (Brownsboro) – Time TBA
Dec. 13
• Grand Saline @ Eustace – 5 p.m.
• Kemp @ Wortham – 6 p.m.
• Mabank @ Mt. Vernon – 4:30 p.m.





















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All Saints win Cedar Creek Lake Shootout
By Sam Epps
Sports Editor

MABANK–The 13th annual Cedar Creek Lake Shootout basketball tournament finished with Fort Worth All Saints sitting on top of the pile after defeating the Forney Jackrabbits, 57-46.
Dallas’ Bryan Adams Cougars took third place after beating the Mabank Panthers 70-67.

Monitor Photo/Sam Epps
Mabank Panther Jordan Allen (24) slips past a Eustace Bulldog defender in round one of the Cedar Creek Lake Shootout last weekend. Mabank defeated Eustace 70-30. Allen was named to the all-tournament team.

All Saints began their trek to the title by beating the Corsicana Tigers 63-47.
Fort Worth held Corsicana to just four points in the first period, while the All Saints offense rattled off 16 points.
In the second period, All Saints put 16 more points on the board, while Corsicana managed to score just seven.
Fort Worth, with a 32-11 lead coming into the third period, scored 15 points in the period, effectively putting Corsicana away.
The Tigers scored four points in the period.
All Saints added 16 in the fourth, while Corsicana’s offense showed some life by scoring 12 points.
All Saints entered the championship game and dispatched the Forney Jackrabbits, 57-46, to take the title.
To get to the championship, Forney defeated the Malakoff Tigers, 47-41, in the first round.
In the matchup, Malakoff took an 18-12 lead after one period of play and a 26-20 lead at halftime.
Forney, however, rallied in the third period, scoring 14 points and holding Malakoff to eight points.
The Forney defense clamped down even more in the fourth period, holding the Tigers to six points, while the Jackrabbit offense scored 13 points to take the win.
Forney advanced to face the Mabank Panthers in round two, and gained a 60-49 win.
Mabank, much like Malakoff, started strong while the Forney offense was slow to rev up.
Mabank took a 13-9 lead after the first period, and held a 23-22 lead going into halftime.
Forney, again, had a much strong second half, taking a 39-36 lead after the third period.
In the fourth period, Forney’s offense added 21 points, while Mabank’s offense scored 13.
Mabank advanced to the second round by defeating the Eustace Bulldogs, 70-30.
The Panther offense scored 20 points in the first period, and 19 points in the second. Meanwhile, Eustace’s offense couldn’t find an answer to the Panther defense, scoring only four points in the first, and 11 in the second.
Mabank’s defense held the advantage over the Bulldog offense in the second half of the game, holding Eustace to seven points in the third period, and eight in the fourth.
Mabank’s offense continued to rack up points, scoring 12 in the third and 19 in the final stanza of the game.
After Mabank’s loss to Forney, they faced Bryan Adams for third place.
Although the Panther offense scored well, the Cougars proved to be just a step ahead, winning the game, 70-67.
Bryan Adams started the tournament last Thursday, getting a 58-44 win over the Kaufman Lions.
The Cougars jumped out to a 19-11 lead after the first period, and extended the lead to 34-17 by halftime.
After three periods of play, Bryan Adams had a 41-32 lead. The Cougars added 17 points to their score in the fourth period, while Kaufman scored 12.
The Malakoff Tigers finished fourth in the tournament. After losing to Forney in the first round, the Tigers defeated Eustace, 70-43, in round two.
In the contest, Eustace took a 14-12 lead after one period of play.
The Tigers turned up their defensive heat in the second period, allowing Eustace just four points, while scoring 17 for themselves.
Coming into the third period with a 29-18 lead, Malakoff continued to add to their lead by scoring 23 points in the third, while allowing Eustace just eight.
In the fourth period, Malakoff scored 19 points and the Bulldog offense banged out 17.
The Malakoff Tigers advanced to face Corsicana for the fourth place spot, and defeated Corsicana, 54-41.
Kaufman faced the Eustace Bulldogs for fifth place, and gained a 62-47 victory.
After the game, the All-Tournament team was announced.
Mabank’s Jordan Allen was selected, as was Malakoff’s Garrett Airheart.
Also named to the all-tournament team was Kaufman’s Tanner Marler, Corsicana’s Paul Ballard, Bryan Adams’ David Gillespie and Forney’s Sage Baker.
Fort Worth All Saints had two players named to the team – Jalen Landers and Ryan Schilling.


Cayuga girls tie for third in state
By Sam Epps
Sports Editor

CAYUGA–The Texas Girls Coaches Association has released the final state volleyball standings for 2011.
The District 14-1A Cayuga Lady Wildcats volleyball team tied for third with the District Region 4 District 26-1A Burton Lady Panthers in the state Class 1A standings, and the Cross Roads Lady Bobcats finished 17th in the state.
Taking top honors was the Region I District 4-1A Water Valley Lady Wildcats.
Cayuga lost to Water Valley in the state semifinal round of the playoffs. Burton fell to Iola.
In the Region II finals Cayuga defeated Lindsay, and beat Evant in the semifinals.

Carlisle hits double eagle
Monitor Staff Reports
KEMP–Shane Carlisle hit a double eagle on hole No. 13 at the Cedar Creek Country Club Nov. 30.
Carlisle used a driver and a 5-iron to achieve the double eagle on the 483-yard hole.
The achievement was witnessed by Bobby Stark, Charles Hetmer and Darren Day.



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