Sports and Outdoors


 Lake Info

Normal Lake Level is 322.00 feet above Mean Sea Level.
Current level for Cedar Creek Lake is: 321.70
Water Temperature:
na degrees - top
52 degrees - bottom



  Van girls roll over Eustace
Monitor Staff Reports
EUSTACE–Van’s Lady Vandals rolled over the hosting Eustace Lady Bulldogs Tuesday, winning 67-16.
Following a Christmas break, the Lady Bulldogs will host the Palestine Westwood Lady Panthers Thursday, Dec. 27, with a 2 p.m. freshman contest opening a three-game slate.
Friday, Dec. 28, the Lady Bulldogs will travel to Cross Roads for a third meeting against the Lady Bobcats, again opening at 2 p.m. with a junior varsity contest.

Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
Van Lady Vandal Cheyenne Massey (13, left) grabs a rebound away from Eustace Lady Bulldog Brisha Ward (33) during Van’s 67-16 non-district win over the hosting Lady Bulldogs Tuesday.

Eustace’s girls open District 13-3A play at home Friday, Jan. 4, against the Kaufman Lady Lions, with a 4:30 p.m. freshman contest opening a three-game slate.
Against Van Tuesday, the Lady Bulldogs were hampered by two things – one of their poorer shooting nights and the Lady Vandals’ significant edge in quickness and team speed.
The Lady Vandals took every opportunity to run the court against the Lady Bulldogs, and opened a 27-9 lead in the first quarter, despite a 3-point goal from Cassie Freeman (her only points).
In the second quarter, the Lady Vandals shut out the Lady Bulldogs 17-0 behind six points from Shannon Hullum and four points each from Chasity Smith and Seleah Wilkinson.
Neither team shot particularly well in the third quarter, but the Lady Vandals outscored Eustace 18-4 in the fourth quarter, hitting 10-of-14 from the free throw line.
Lady Bulldog Alie Cass scored all of her four points in the fourth quarter, and Jenny McConathy also had four points, all in the first quarter.
In addition to Freeman’s trey, Jessica McConathy, Amber Perkins and Jaqlynn Bless all scored two points each.
All 10 Lady Vandals scored, led by 11 points from Hullum and 10 points from Wilkinson.

Reynolds signs with Panola College
Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
Mabank High School senior Kelsi Reynolds (seated) signs a national letter of intent to play volleyball for the Panola College Fillies Tuesday as her parents, Kathy and Eddie Reynolds, along with Lady Panthers coach Stacy Shelton (standing left) look on. A two-time Setter of the Year in District 13-3A, Reynolds was the District 14-4A Newcomer of the Year her sophomore season. Reynolds was also named to the academic all-district team three straight years. She was a first team All-Henderson County selection this season after helping the Lady Panthers to a second straight 10-0 district run and a regional quarterfinals appearance. Panola, located in Carthage, advanced to the Region 14 tournament semifinals this season, finishing 20-9. Reynolds plans to major in chemistry and biology, with the eventual aim of becoming a medical doctor specializing in pediatrics.


Restocking the tackle box for ’08
By Boyd Duckett
Special to The Monitor

If you’re like me, I’m sure more than a few people have already asked what you want for Christmas. Some people have said that it’s hard to buy me presents, but it’s really not.
As far as Christmases, birthdays – any day – goes for me, you can never go wrong with fishing gear.
Whether you’re making your wish list or trying to decide how to spend a gift card to your favorite sporting goods store, the holidays present an exciting opportunity for you to load up your tackle box for the upcoming year – arming yourself with the tools you need to make 2008 the year you catch the big ones.
Before you cash in your gift cards on tacky shirts and talking fish, here’s some of the things you’re sure to need in your boat this year.
A long, cold winter in the closet or the garage can be extremely damaging to fishing line.
The normal wear and tear of scraping the line on rocks and stumps, the constant straining of the line as you wrench those big bucketmouths into the boat and sunlight all work together to weaken the structural integrity of the toughest, best-made fishing lines.
Most pros respool their reels after every day of competition. Sure, it can be time consuming – especially when you’re tired – but you don’t want to miss the cut or a paycheck because a fish broke your line.
This year, Trilene 100 percent Fluorocarbon debuted, and it is the hottest line on tour. All the pros – including myself – use it for nearly every application that requires getting a bait down the in the water. It’s stronger, more sensitive and resistant to abrasions, and has almost no stretch. It’s a must for going after big, finicky fish.
If you were really good this year, maybe you’ve got enough money on the gift card to get a new rod or reel.
Abu Garcia released the REVO Premier this year, the smoothest, fastest and toughest REVO ever built.
The REVO Premier is a heavy-duty, low-profile reel that’s perfect for flipping jigs or retrieving crank baits, and has all the features you need to land even the biggest fish.
Berkley’s new TEC Tools came out this year, too, and they are the toughest and most comfortable-to-use tools I’ve ever had in the boat. From the new Pistol Trigger Grips for fish that bite to digital scales and superline shears (a must when using FireLine), you’ll be using TEC Tools for years because they’ll last that long.
Finally, if you’ve got any money left over, this is a great time of year to pick up some really good deals on baits.
Who knows where you’ll be able to fish this year or what the fish will be biting when you get there? I like to keep some various sizes and colors on board.
Lately, I’ve been stocking up on pails of Gulp! Alive!. These new baits, packaged in Gulp! juice have more flavor and a better shape and action, and are deadly for bass.
A trip to the sporting goods store is a great way to spend one of the cold winter days that stand in the way of you hitting the water.
Take your kids or grandkids with you and pick them up something, too – that way you’re sure to have someone to share the experience with this year. Don’t let those gift cards go to waste. Turn them into something that will help you catch the fish of a lifetime in 2008.
Boyd Duckett, from Demopolis, Ala., is the 2007 Bassmaster Classic champion and currently fishes the BASS Elite Series.


Upcoming games

Girls basketball

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. 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