Normal Lake Level is 322.00 feet
above Mean Sea Level.
Current level for Cedar Creek Lake is:
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
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
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
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,
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
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
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
Boyd Duckett, from Demopolis, Ala., is the 2007 Bassmaster Classic
champion and currently fishes the BASS Elite Series.
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
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.
MHS @ Quitman
EHS vs Cross Roads
MHS vs Spring Hill
KHS @ Quinlan
EHS vs Van
KHS vs Edgewood
EHS vs P.Westwood
MHS @ Scurry-Rosser tnm.
KHS @ Scurry-Rosser tnm.
EHS @ Cross Roads
MHS @ Crandall*
KHS vs Ferris*
EHS vs Kaufman*
*District 13-3A contest
MHS @ Sabine tournament
KHS @ Kerens
EHS vs Edgewood
EHS @ Grand Saline
MHS @ Canton
KHS @ Wills Point
EHS vs Brownsboro
MHS @ Wagstaff Classic
(Tyler Junior College)
KHS @ Gatesville tourn.
EHS @ Scurry-Rosser tourn.
KHS @ Palestine
EHS @ Trinidad
MHS @ Kaufman*
KHS vs EHS*
*District 13-3A contest