Sports and Outdoors


 Lake Info

Normal Lake Level is 322.00 feet above Mean Sea Level.
Current level for Cedar Creek Lake is: 321.03
Water Temperature:
na degrees - top
53 degrees - bottom



  Rhodes leaving Purtis Creek
Monitor Staff Reports
EUSTACE–Purtis Creek State Park Superintendent Justin Rhodes is being transferred, effective Jan. 1.
Rhodes, who has been at the 1,500-acre park three miles north of Eustace for about five years, will become the superintendent at Martin Dies Jr. State Park near Jasper.
Rhodes said the change was a career advancement for him.
“You’re excited about (the move), but at the same time, you miss where you’ve been,” Rhodes said Tuesday.
Justin and Angela Rhodes have two girls, Lark (a second-grader at Eustace Primary School) and Brinn, 2.
“Angela and I have put down some deep roots here, and everyone out here is like family,” he added. “That’s the hard part (about leaving).”
Known as the Dam B State Park until 1965, Martin Dies Jr. State Park is a 705-acre facility located in Jasper and Tyler counties on the 11,000-acre B.A. Steinhagen Reservoir.
Situated on the edge of the Big Thicket National Wildlife Preserve, the park is about 30 miles from the Alabama-Coushatta Indian Reservation, and is also close to National Forest Service areas and two major lakes, Sam Rayburn and Toledo Bend.
A U.S. Corps of Engineers project on the Neches River, B.A. Steinhagen Reservoir was first impounded in 1951. The lake is shallow (maximum 35 feet deep), and primarily known to anglers for catfish (flatheads up to 50 pounds are common), crappie and both bluegill and redear sunfish.
Rhodes said Andy Betts would be in charge of day-to-day operations at Purtis Creek State Park, adding he expected his position to be filled soon, most likely within the first three months of the new year.

Eustace splits with Edgewood, GS
Monitor Staff Reports
EUSTACE–In a matchup of Bulldogs, the visiting Edgewood Bulldogs used strong defensive pressure to provide easy offensive baskets as they crushed the hosting Eustace Bulldogs 79-26.
Eustace bounced back to wallop the hosting Grand Saline Indians 64-47 Monday.
The Bulldogs are scheduled to host Brownsboro Friday, Dec. 21, opening with a 4:30 p.m. freshman contest.
Following a Christmas break, Eustace will play at the Scurry-Rosser Invitational basketball tournament Dec. 27-29.
Friday, Jan. 4, the Bulldogs will play at Trinidad, opening with a 4:30 p.m. junior varsity game, and Tuesday, Jan. 8, they travel to Cross Roads, opening with a 5 p.m. freshman contest.

Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
Edgewood Bulldogs Justin King (2) and Colten Humphries (23) trap Eustace Bulldog Johnny Lee (20) at mid-court during Edgewood’s 79-26 win over hosting Eustace Friday.

Friday, Jan. 11, the Bulldogs will open District 13-3A play on the road against the Kemp Yellowjackets, again opening with a 4:30 p.m. freshman game.
At home Friday, Eustace’s Bulldogs soon found themselves behind, as the Edgewood Bulldogs used a significant edge in quickness and team speed to establish a strong trapping defense, both in the full court and at half-court.
Eustace had difficulty avoiding the traps. When they did, the result was a layup opportunity, but those were few and far between, as Edgewood forced a number of turnovers en route to a 21-4 first-quarter lead.
That pattern continued through the rest of the game, as Edgewood held Eustace to single-digit scoring in each quarter, with the biggest margin being a 26-7 second-quarter run, which gave Edgewood a 36-point halftime lead, 47-11.
David Graves and Johnny Lee led the Eustace boys with five points each, as David Allen and Russell Templeton each had four points.
Colton Thomsen, Zach Keeling, Jacob Horton and David Key all scored two points each.
Darius Rogers led Edgewood with 19 points, as Chase Sage had 12, Weston Jameson 11 and Justin King 10 points.
In Grand Saline Monday, the Bulldogs used a 20-7 third-quarter run to blow open a fairly close contest.
Eustace opened a six-point lead in the first quarter, and expanded their margin to eight points, 29-21, at halftime.
The third-quarter run allowed the Bulldogs to carry a 21-point lead into the fourth quarter.
Graves again led the Bulldogs with 16 points, while Keeling finished with 13 and both Horton and Templeton had 10 points each.
Lee added six points, while Thomsen had five, and both Key and Frankie Lopez had two points each.

Panthers split 4 at Sabine tourney
Monitor Staff Reports
LIBERTY CITY–Following a one-point loss to hosting Wills Point, the Mabank Panthers won three of four games at the Sabine Invitational basketball tournament last weekend.
The Panthers were scheduled to visit Canton Tuesday.
Following a Christmas break, the Panthers will play in the annual Wagstaff Holiday Classic tournament at Tyler Junior College Dec. 27-29.
After the Tyler tournament, Mabank’s boys don’t have a scheduled game until Tuesday, Jan. 8, when they visit Brownsboro.
Friday, Jan. 11, the Panthers will open District 13-3A play on the road against the Kaufman Lions before returning home to host the Eustace Bulldogs Tuesday, Jan. 15.
At Wills Point Dec. 11, the Panthers saw a narrow lead slip away in the fourth quarter, losing to the hosting Tigers 61-60.
The Panthers fell behind early, 19-13, despite a pair of 3-point baskets from Albin Gashi, but stormed back in the second quarter behind Gashi’s third and fourth trey to cut Wills Point’s lead to a point, 33-32, at halftime.
In the third quarter, the Panthers forged a four-point lead, 47-43, but Wills Point outscored Mabank 18-13 in the final stanza, despite the efforts of Tyler Fisher, who scored all his six points in the period, to claim the win.
Gashi took game-high honors with 19 points, while Kolton Browning added 11.
At the Sabine tournament, the Panthers started putting up a lot of points, higher than their usual output, but failed to place.
The Panthers opened with an 85-43 thrashing of the Troup Tigers Dec. 13, following that with an 85-69 win over Winona.
Friday, the Panthers fell to the White Oak Roughnecks 68-55, but bounced back Saturday to record their biggest margin of victory in quite some time, walloping Ore City 106-31.
In the opener against Troup, the Panthers took control of the contest with a 23-6 second-quarter run.
Browning led the Panthers with 18 points, as Gashi had 13, Oliver Wedemeyer had 12, and both Blair and Trey Phillips scored 10 points each.
Against Winona, the Panthers took control early, leading 26-13 after the first quarter and by 18 points at halftime, 45-27.
Mabank put up one of their better third quarters, outscoring Winona 30-20 to take a 28-point lead into the fourth quarter.
Browning took game-high honors with 30 points, his best output of the season, while Gashi had 15, Fisher 11 and Marshall 10 points.
Friday, White Oak’s Roughnecks broke open a tight contest with a 24-10 run during the fourth quarter.
The Panthers opened a seven-point lead in the first quarter, and retained a one-point lead at halftime and going into the fourth quarter.
Browning had 17 points and Gashi 16, while Fisher added 10.
In their 75-point win over Ore City, the Panthers had one of their best quarters ever in the opening stanza, running up a 41-9 lead.
The 75-point margin of victory, 106 total points and the 41-point quarter are all school records, or are very close to records, veteran coach Mark Allen reported.
Browning had 26 points and Gashi 22 in the rout.


Upcoming games

Girls basketball

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*

Jan. 8
EHS @ Ferris*

Jan. 11
MHS @ Kaufman*

Jan. 15
KHS @ Crandall*
*District 13-3A contest
Boys basketball

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*

Jan. 15
KHS @ Crandall*
*District 13-3A contest