Vandals sign letters of intent

Lady Vandal standout Alli Lloyd signed her letter of intent to play volleyball collegiately at Cisco College in Cisco, Texas during a ceremony held at Van High School Jan. 25. Lloyd, the daughter of Craig and Mona Lloyd, won Server of the Year honors as a freshman, Defensive MVP honors as a junior and was named First Team All-District as a Senior.





Martins Mill downs Lady Flyers, 60-39

Tuesday night's matchup between the Martins Mill Lady Mustangs and LaPoynor Lady Flyers had all the makings of a heavyweight battle, featuring perennial state title contenders ranked second and fifth overall in the state among 2A programs.

Led by their always raucous home crowd and stellar defensive play throughout the night, Martins Mill turned the contest into an early knockout by building up a 12-point halftime lead en route to a 60-39 runaway victory.

The first quarter between Martins Mill and LaPoynor would be the most competitive of the night as the Lady Flyers hung tough to trail by just 12-10 after eight minutes of play. The Lady Mustangs had four players score at least two points in the opening frame, including Abbie Orrick with four points, Briley Moon and Taylor Sparks with three each and Calli Camacho with two.


Late score lifts Holliday past Edgewood

The Edgewood Bulldogs gave the 8th ranked Holliday Eagles everything they could possibly want and more Nov. 24, dueling down to their Area round matchup. In the end, a late score and timely defensive stop would prove to be the difference as Holliday turned back Edgewood’s upset bid to score a 23-20 win over the Bulldogs.  

Edgewood took possession of the football to open the game, taking advantage of a miscue by the Holliday return team to take possession of the ball at the Eagle 35-yard line. The Bulldogs picked up a combined 20 yards on their first two plays from scrimmage, getting runs of eight and 12 yards from Carter Bates.


Vandals suffer second straight season-ending loss to Kennedale, 42-28

A furious second half rally by the Van Vandals came up short at the end and as a result, for the second year in a row, the Kennedale Wildcats eliminated Van from the Class 4A, Division I state playoffs, 42-28, Friday afternoon at the Ford Center at The Star in Frisco.

Coach Jared Moffatt’s Vandals end their 2017 campaign with an overall season mark of 10-2 finishing as the runner-up in District 8-4A, Division I and as Class 4A, Division I bi-district champions.

Kennedale, 11-1, which rallied in the second half in the state quarterfinals last season to defeat the Vandals, 34-28, moves on to the Class 4A, Division I regional semifinal round.

The Vandals trailed early in the third quarter, 24-7, before scoring two touchdowns in a 14-second span to cut their deficit to 24-21 but they were unable to get over the hump against the Wildcats.


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.


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.


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.  


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.


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


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.


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.



Subscribe to RSS - Sports