Sports

Sat
18
Nov

Vandals rally from 21 points down to defeat Princeton, 35-28

For whatever reason, playing the Princeton Panthers seems to bring out the best and the worst in the Van Vandals.

After rallying from a 27-point deficit in their Sept. 2 regular season meeting at Princeton to capture a come-from-behind 48-34 victory, the Vandals found themselves in a 21-0 second quarter hole against Princeton Friday night before somehow, someway managing to escape Rockwall with an unbelievable 35-28 triumph to take home the Class 4A, Division I bi-district round trophy.

Overall, it was the fourth straight win for Van over Princeton in the last two seasons as the Vandals have eliminated the Panthers from the state playoffs in the bi-district round in both seasons.

Van, the District 8-4A Division I runner-up, will move on the area round of the Class 4A, Division I playoffs as they will take on the team that sent them home packing in last year’s state quarterfinals.

Sat
11
Nov

Vandals blank Terrell in regular season finale, 34-0

What a difference a week makes for the Van Vandals especially on the defensive side of the ball as they broke open a tight game in the fourth quarter to shutout the visiting Terrell Tigers, 34-0, Friday night in the regular season and district season finale at Van’s Memorial Stadium.

For the second year in a row, the Vandals finished regular season play at 9-1 overall. They will enter post-season play as the District 8-4A, Division I runner-up with a 5-1 district mark.

Terrell saw their 2017 campaign come to a close as the Tigers finished the season 3-7 overall and 2-4 in district play.

The Vandals will take on a familiar foe in the bi-district round of the Class 4A, Division I state playoffs when they meet the Princeton Panthers at 7:30 p.m. Friday in Rockwall.

Princeton is coming off a 35-0 victory over Anna as the Panthers will enter the state playoffs as the third-place team in District 7-4A, Division I.

Wed
08
Nov

Lady Cats advance to Regional Tournament

Van Zandt County teams continued to grind their way through the volleyball playoffs last week with Grand Saline bowing out in the Area round, Wills Point falling short in the Regional Quarterfinal round and Fruitvale continuing their march to this year’s Regional Tournament in Fort Worth with wins in both the Area and Regional Quarterfinal rounds.  

Fruitvale

The Fruitvale Lady Cats officially opened their playoff run Nov. 2, following a bi-district round bye with an Area round contest against Union Hill.

Fruitvale delivered a strong performance in their 2017 playoff debut, cruising to a 25-19, 25-10, 25-13 win over the Lady Bulldogs.

Lulu Campbell finished the match with nine kills, six assists and two aces, Callie Harris finished with six kills and two aces, Abby Williams finished with 11 assists, four kills and two aces.

Wed
08
Nov

Tiger tennis team finishes third at State

The Wills Point Tiger tennis team continued to add milestones to its resume last week, capping the fall team tennis portion of the season by finishing third overall at the 4A UIL State Tennis Tournament in College Station Nov. 1-2.

Wills Point fought down to the wire, falling 10-4 to eventual runner-up Feredericksburg. The Tiger tennis program finishes the fall season with a sterling 16-3 record overall.

Individual scores included:

-Chase Daniell def. Broque Constantine, 6-4, 7-5

-Kash Adams def. Levi Wilkins, 7-5, 6-2

-Maddie Booth lost to Claire Maxe,y 6-0, 6-1

-Claire Hiler def. Caitlyn Halford, 3-6, 6-2, 10-8

-Chase Daniell/Aidan Phillips lost to Broque Constantine/Levi Wilkins, 3-6, 4-6

-Kash Adams/Jack Johns def. Noah Deleon/Jason Peete, 6-1, 6-4

-Josh Schreffler/Austin Etheridge lost to Blake Boubel/Thomas Wainwright, 6-3, 0-6, 8-10

Wed
08
Nov

Five compete at State Cross Country Meet

Van Zandt County's best distance runners traveled to Round Rock Nov. 4, taking on the best in the state at this year's UIL State Cross Country Championships.

Five local runners, including Eric Grant, Richie Grant, Madeline Null, Macie Reynolds, and Noble Smith were among the competitors at this year's final event.

In the 4A Varsity Girls Division, Canton sophomore Madeline Null finished 60th overall in a time of 12:50.51 and Van junior Macie Reynolds finished 98th overall in a time of 13:22.52.

Emily Garcia of Alvarado was the first place finisher in the event in a time of 11:28.68, followed by Caitlin Buendia of River Oaks Castleberry in second at 11:33.47 and Lizbeth Rivera of Progreso in third at 11:41.23.

Wed
08
Nov

Ronnie Herron of Canton wins Football Contest No. 10

With a winning percentage of 74, Ronnie Herron of Canton is the winner of Football Contest No. 9 in the Van Zandt News.

 

Herron wins $50 in merchandise coupons redeemable at the participating merchants on the contest pages.

 

Contest winners are asked to call 903-567-4000 to make arrangements to pick up their coupons.

 

The contest pages for Contest No. 12, the final contest of the season, can be found in the middle of the sports section in this issue of the News.

 

The rules of the contest are as follows:

 

In each advertiser’s space on the page is the name of the two teams (high school, college or pro) who will oppose each other in the coming week

 

You should circle the name of the team you believe will win in each ad.

 

The person selecting the most correct games for that week will be the winner.

 

Wed
08
Nov

Vandals suffer first misstep of the year

The Van Vandals entered play against Kaufman Nov. 3 on an impressive roll, having defeated each of their first eight opponents during the 2017 season by at least 14 points. A ninth consecutive win to open the season was not to be however, with Kaufman prevailing 43-35 in a clash of 4A titans.

Elsewhere around Van Zandt County, Canton, Edgewood, Grand Saline and Wills Point all tallied key district wins while and improving Fruitvale team fell just short against a playoff bound Fannindel team.  

Canton

The Canton Eagles entered play against Rains coming off arguably their most impressive performance of the season, having dominated every facet of play in a 56-0 win over an overmatched Dallas Roosevelt team Oct. 27.

Mon
06
Nov

Grand Saline, Wills Point advance in playoffs

Van Zandt County was well represented during the bi-district round of the 2017 UIL volleyball playoffs with Canton, Edgewood, Fruitvale, Grand Saline and Wills Point all in the field. Results were mixed with Grand Saline and Wills Point each posting wins and Canton and Edgewood falling short in tightly contested matches.

Canton

The Canton Eaglettes entered the 2017 playoffs on a high note, winning matches over Rains, Brownsboro and Mabank to finish second overall in District 13-4A.

Thanks to their late season flourish against some of the district's best, the Eaglettes were paired with Paris North Lamar in the bi-district round Oct. 31.

Canton easily took the first set against the Panthers 25-11 before North Lamar evened the match in the second set 25-18. The Eaglettes edged back out in front of North Lamar in the third, outpointing the Panthers 25-19.

Mon
06
Nov

Ross Hall of Lindale wins Football Contest No. 9

With a winning percentage of 83, Ross Hall of Lindale is the winner of Football Contest No. 9 in the Van Zandt News.

 

Hall wins $50 in merchandise coupons redeemable at the participating merchants on the contest pages.

 

Contest winners are asked to call 903-567-4000 to make arrangements to pick up their coupons.

 

The contest pages for Contest No. 11 can be found in the middle of the sports section in this issue of the News.

 

The rules of the contest are as follows:

 

In each advertiser’s space on the page is the name of the two teams (high school, college or pro) who will oppose each other in the coming week

 

You should circle the name of the team you believe will win in each ad.

 

The person selecting the most correct games for that week will be the winner.

 

Mon
06
Nov

Bobcats secure first win of season

Van Zandt County teams combined to put together their best overall of the season Oct. 27, going a combined 4-1 overall courtesy of wins by Canton, Edgewood, Fruitvale and Wills Point. Van, which currently has the best record of any county team at 8-0 overall, enjoyed its bye week in anticipation of their biggest game of the season Nov. 3 against Kaufman.

Through nine weeks of play, county teams are a combined 23-25 overall heading into the homestretch of the regular season.  

Canton

The Canton Eagles played host to the Dallas Roosevelt Mustangs Oct. 27, clashing with a team they dismantled 43-2 back in 2016. Any hope that Roosevelt had of avenging that loss were dashed in spectacular fashion courtesy of an all-around dominant effort by the Eagles on Friday night as Canton controlled every facet of play in a 56-0 win over the Mustangs.

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