Sports and Outdoors


 Lake Info

Normal Lake Level is 322.00 feet above Mean Sea Level.
Current level for Cedar Creek Lake is: 320.78
Water Temperature:
na degrees - top
56 degrees - bottom



  Panthers declaw Wildcats
Monitor Staff Reports
MABANK–Mabank’s Panthers opened a 15-point lead and held off a furious Scurry-Rosser comeback to take a 78-72 win over the visiting Wildcats Friday.
The Panthers were scheduled to visit Wills Point Tuesday, before opening play in the Sabine Invitational basketball tournament Thursday (today).
Tuesday, Dec. 18, the Panthers will travel to Canton for a three-game matchup with the hosting Eagles, opening with a 4:30 p.m. freshman contest.
Following a Christmas break, the Panthers will play in the annual Wagstaff Holiday Classic tournament at Tyler Junior College Dec. 27-29.
Against Scurry-Rosser Friday, the Panthers opened a narrow 12-10 first-quarter lead, and pushed their margin out to seven points by halftime, 34-27.
In the third quarter, the Panthers posted a 25-17 run behind a trio of 3-point baskets by Jacob Woodard, taking a 15-point lead into the fourth quarter, 59-44.
The Wildcats came back behind Xavier Pruitt, who scored 10 of his 18 points (including a 3-point basket) during a 28-19 run, pulling the Wildcats within six points.
Griffin Marshall (who hit 5-of-6 from the free throw line) led the Panthers with 17 points, as Kolton Browning added 16 points and Woodard finished with 11 points.
The Panthers also got nine points each from Haydon Blair and Albin Gashi, eight points from Tyler Fisher, four from Caleb McKee and two points each from Tray Phillips and Bobby Gaddis.
Wildcat Brent Austin took game-high honors by matching his jersey number with 22 points, while Pruitt had 18 and Chad Wurmlinger had 15 points.
The Wildcats also got nine points from Alan Shavers and four points each from Caleb Woolston and Mike Jones.
In the junior varsity contest, the visiting Wildcats edged the Panthers, 56-52.

Fishing in December
By Boyd Duckett
Special to The Monitor

Shorter days, cool temperatures and buck fever go a long ways toward calming many an avid angler’s desire to put the boat in the water and go fishing for trophy bass. But for everyone who already has the tarp over the boat and the rods and reels in the closet, autumn – especially mid-November to mid-December – offers some terrific opportunities to catch bass. In fact, it may be one of the best times of the year.
The more the mercury dips, the tighter the schools of baitfish will be. And when baitfish schools get tight, bass feed like crazy, gorging themselves for winter. For this reason, the last bite of the year can also produce some of the year’s biggest fish. Also, cold-weather bass fishing can be a numbers game – where you find one, there’s bound to be more.
On warm sunny days, anglers can often find fish relatively shallow, even in December. Fish will often gather on the first structure element – the edge of a weed line or a rock pile – offshore and they can be taken on all manner of motion lures such as crankbaits. Vibrating, rattling baits like a crankbait are productive when water temperatures are falling.
Boat docks can also be a great place to target bass this time of year. Look for wood docks, on which algae grows below the water line. This algae is a food source for many species of prey fish.
Bass, being ambush feeders, can easily lay in the shadows of the dock pilings and feed on minnows, shad and other prey as they attempt to feed off the algae.
For fishing docks (fishing rip rap the same way can often yield similar results), I like to flip a jig tipped with a Berkley PowerBait Chigger Craw. I have a personal attachment to this bait since it is the one I used to win the Bassmaster Classic. The big claws of the Chigger Craw produce an attention-grabbing flapping motion as it falls and is retrieved.
If flipping a Chigger Craw on a jig doesn’t work, I like to skip a wacky rigged PowerBait Fat Dover Crawler. Wacky rigging simply means hooking the bait through the middle. The bait will have an incredible motion as it falls and remains in the strike zone as you fish it.
Later, the fish are likely to be on the outside edges and turns. As the water temperature drops even more, the fish generally head toward deeper water and a drop-shot rig will work great. Around this time fishing becomes more vertical than horizontal, as anglers fish the bottom.
With steadily dropping temperatures and steady winds the norm this time of year, look for channel drop-offs where high banks give you some refuge from the wind, then work the bottom structure. Or, opt for a Berkley Gulp! Jerk Shad. The powerful scent and action of the bait can be just the thing to entice a bass that has been foraging on shad.
There’s plenty of time left in the year for watching football and deer hunting, so don’t miss your chance to cash in on the last big bite of the year.
Boyd Duckett, from Demopolis, Ala., is the 2007 Bassmaster Classic champion and currently fishes the BASS Elite Series.

EHS coaches, students run in White Rock event
Monitor Staff Reports
DALLAS–A dedicated group of Eustace High School students, coaches and parents competed in the 38th running of the Dallas White Rock Marathon relay and half-marathon Dec. 10.
The marathon relay team of Nancy Murff, Ariel Gilbert, Rachel Sandell, Amanda Herrera and Amalie Arambula completed the 26.2-mile course in four hours, four minutes and 55 seconds, finishing third in their division.
Competing in the 13.1 half-marathon run were EHS cross country coach Josh Sypert (1:32:55), Zach Arambula (1:35:43), Zach Bennett (1:44:57), Matthew Marder (1:45:04), parent Johnny Lee Sr. (1:46:19), Johnny Lee Jr. (1:54:32), Laura DiBari (2:08:35), cross country coach Gene Myers (2:08:46) and Caty DiBari (2:15:42).
Funds raised by the annual event benefit the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children.


Upcoming games

Girls basketball

Dec. 14
MHS @ Quitman

Dec. 17
EHS vs Cross Roads

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

Dec. 20
KHS vs Edgewood

Dec. 27
EHS vs P.Westwood

Dec. 27-29
MHS @ Scurry-Rosser tnm.
KHS @ Scurry-Rosser tnm.

Dec. 28
EHS @ Cross Roads

Jan. 4
MHS @ Crandall*
KHS vs Ferris*
EHS vs Kaufman*
*District 13-3A contest
Boys basketball

Dec. 13-15
MHS @ Sabine tournament

Dec. 14
KHS @ Kerens
EHS vs Edgewood

Dec. 17
EHS @ Grand Saline

Dec. 18
MHS @ Canton

Dec. 20
KHS @ Wills Point

Dec. 21
EHS vs Brownsboro

Dec. 27-29
MHS @ Wagstaff Classic
(Tyler Junior College)
KHS @ Gatesville tourn.
EHS @ Scurry-Rosser tourn.

Jan. 4
KHS @ Palestine
EHS @ Trinidad

Jan. 11
MHS @ Kaufman*
*District 13-3A contest