Mabank edges Canton, 67-54
Monitor Staff Reports
MABANK–Mabank’s Panthers used a small edge in quickness
and a strong fourth-quarter push to get past the visiting Canton Eagles
The Panthers were scheduled to open play in the annual Wagstaff Holiday
Classic basketball tournament at Tyler Junior College against the Chapel
Hill Bulldogs at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 27.
A second-day game will pit the Panthers against the Troup Tigers, also
at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 28. Those two games will determine the
Panthers’ placement in pool competition Friday and Saturday, Dec. 29-30.
After a break, the Panthers will wrap up non-district play at home
against the Brownsboro Bears Tuesday, Jan. 9, with a 4:30 p.m. freshman
contest opening a three-game slate.
Mabank will begin District 13-3A play at home against the Kaufman Lions
Friday, Jan. 12, again opening with a 4:30 p.m. freshman game.
Against the visiting Eagles Tuesday, the Panthers opened a 16-10 lead
behind 3-point baskets from both Wayland Pharms and Kolton Browning, but
the Eagles came back to cut the Panther lead to four points by halftime,
In the third quarter, the Panthers’ up-tempo style helped fuel a 19-15
scoring edge, putting Mabank up by eight points, 44-36, as the fourth
Panther Haydon Blair scored 11 of his team-high 19 points in the fourth
quarter, including 5-of-9 free-throw attempts, to help hold off any
potential Eagle comeback.
The Panthers didn’t do all that well from the charity stripe, hitting
just 13-of-26 attempts (50 percent), but the Eagles didn’t do any
better, hitting just 7-of-14 attempts.
Pharms finished with 14 points (including a trio of 3-point baskets),
while Browning ended with 13 points and Barry Prather finished with 10
Jarred Batson had nine points, and both L.T. Toliver and David Parry
chipped in free throws.
Keavon Milton led the Eagles, scoring 12 of his 19 points in the second
half, while Leroy Johnson had 10 points.
Sam Buker finished with nine points (including one 3-point basket),
while both Travis Termin and Alex Furr (two treys) had six points each.
Grant Franklin added four points.
Mabank dominated the sub-varsity games, as the Panthers won the junior
varsity contest 60-32 and the freshman game 46-27.
Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
Mabank Panthers L.T. Toliver (12) and Barry Prather (42) come up to trap
Canton Eagle Sam Buker (4) during the first half of Mabank’s 67-54
victory over the visiting Eagles Tuesday.
Outdoor holiday getaways
By Luke Clayton
Special to The Monitor
The holiday season is a time when many of us
plan hunting and fishing trips. Work schedules are often a bit more
flexible this time of year, youngsters are out for school for a couple
weeks, and there’s still lots of activities, both hunting and fishing,
to lure us outside.
Each week, I visit with no less than 50 guides, outfitters and others
who make their living in the outdoors. Thus, I stay pretty well attuned
to what’s happening and where it’s happening.
Here’s my “picks” of outdoor outings. Your’s might vary a bit, but I bet
some of these activities will be right up your alley.
Remember, you can contact me at email@example.com if I can help
point you in the right direction to one of these activities. If you
haven’t found that special gift for the sportsman or sportswoman in your
life, a hunt or guided fishing trip might just be the perfect gift.
A guided fishing trip. Stripers are going wild at several lakes, but I
don’t know a place where fishing for these linesides is any more
dependable that at Lake Texoma, situated up on the Texas-Oklahoma
border, about 90 minutes north of Dallas.
My guide contacts here say regular limits has been the norm, with the
“top end” size of stripers in the 12-15 pound range.
Some of the guide operations offer free lodging with the guide trips.
Most guides offer live bait trips where fishing is very easy. No casting
is required – the baits are simply dropped straight down over the side
of the boat.
Most guides also offer “lure” trips for the more experienced angler.
Shad imitation soft plastics on a light jig head, fished is shallow
water during early morning, are accounting for some of the larger
stripers, but for non-stop action, it’s tough to beat live shad.
Trophy blue catfish are biting well at several lakes. My pick for
catching several fish weighing more than 20 pounds is definitely Lake
Here daily catches often exceed 200 pounds, with fish up to 30 pounds
At the present, a low water has closed all but two ramps here, one at
the State Park and one at Anchor Inn Marina.
Anglers fishing from the shore are also doing very well on a mixed
stringer of blue and channel catfish. Drift fishing with fresh cut bait
is the most productive method of catching big blues this time of year.
For non-stop action on white and yellow bass, I recommend Lake Caddo.
Each year in late fall, the Cypress River channel becomes packed with
good-eating yellow bass (there is no limit) and big white bass.
My buddy, guide Billy Carter, first introduced me to catching and eating
the yellow bass, nicknamed “barfish.”
Using small pieces of cut minnow, it’s very common to catch 200 or more
of these tasty fish in one outing. Billy and his wife Dottie also offer
lodging in one of their comfortable lake houses at very reasonable
Late season deer hunts. Deer season continues almost through the end of
February on ranches that are under a Texas Parks & Wildlife
Department-managed lands permit.
These ranches make an agreement with the state to remove a
pre-determined number of does and bucks. Hunters taking deer on these
ranches need not use a tag from their hunting license. The deer are
tagged with a special tag provided to the ranch owners.
Hog hunting is currently in full swing. Most of the acorns are gone, and
hogs are having to stay on the move looking for food.
Many ranches provide hog hunts at a very reasonable price. For the
money, it’s hard to beat a hunt for wild hogs.
Whether one’s goal is a trophy boar to mount for the den wall, or a
“good eating” smaller hog for the barbecue, a hog hunt is high on my
list this month.
Quail hunting. Wild quail numbers are down this year, but if you have
access to a good quail lease in south or west Texas, there’s still
enough birds to challenge your shooting skills.
A more viable option for many of us is a day quail hunt on a good
shooting preserve. Preserves are stocked regularly with birds, and fast
shooting is usually the name of the game.
Granted, released birds are not as challenging as wild quail. I have
enjoyed many exciting quail hunts for “pen raised” birds that, when
raised away from contact with man in large pens that allow flight
conditioning, fly almost as strong as their wild counterparts.
Most preserves offer guided hunts behind good pointing dogs. Some allow
hunters to bring their own pointers.
Waterfowl hunting. We’re right in the middle of the very best duck
hunting of the season. I have enjoyed some very good shooting at several
locations where I hunted ducks this year.
Where there is water, there are ducks. Granted, many of the upper ends
of our lakes that usually provide good late season duck hunting are now
void of water. Much of the public duck hunting land now has to be
accessed by land, rather than water.
Goose hunting is going strong on the Texas Coast. Large numbers of
juvenile snow and white-front geese make for good shooting.
A trip to the Texas Panhandle is another good option. I have a trip
planned near Lubbock in a couple of weeks and there are large numbers of
Canada geese and white-fronts wintering in the region.
Hopefully, you can get out and enjoy a hunting or fishing adventure
during the Christmas holidays. And remember, a gift certificate for a
hunting or fishing trip makes an excellent gift for that special
outdoors person you know.
Listen to Luke Clayton’s outdoors radio program at www.catfishradio.com.
Contact Luke at firstname.lastname@example.org.
EHS @ Rusk
MHS @ Wagstaff Classic
(Tyler Junior College)
KHS @ Gatesville tourn.
EHS @ Scurry-Rosser tourn.
KHS @ Kennedale
EHS @ Brownsboro
KHS vs Palestine
EHS @ Trinidad
EHS vs Westwood
MHS vs Brownsboro
KHS vs Palestine
MHS vs Kaufman*
EHS vs KHS*
*District 13-3A game
MHS @ Scurry-Rosser tourn.
KHS @ Kaufman tourn.
EHS @ Trinidad Classic
MHS vs Crandall*
KHS @ Ferris*
EHS @ Kaufman*
KHS vs MHS*
EHS vs Ferris*
MHS vs Kaufman*
EHS vs KHS*
EHS vs MHS*
KHS vs Crandall*
MHS vs Ferris*
KHS @ Kaufman*
EHS @ Crandall*
*District 13-3A game