Sports

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.

Sat
04
Nov

Vandals lose district title game to Kaufman, 43-35

After falling behind early in the contest, the Van Vandals attempted several comeback efforts but could never get over the hump and as a result, the Kaufman Lions are the District 8-4A, Division I champions after holding off previously undefeated Van, 43-35, Friday night in Kaufman.

Coach Jared Moffatt’s Vandals are now 8-1 overall and 4-1 in district play as they will try to bounce back in a 7:30 p.m. kickoff Friday when they host the 2-3 Terrell Tigers in the regular season and district season finale at Van’s Memorial Stadium.

Regardless of the outcome in the Van/Terrell matchup, the Vandals will represent District 8-4A, Division I as the runner-up team in post-season play.

Kaufman finishes its regular season schedule with a 9-1 mark to go along with a perfect 6-0 record in district play as they will enjoy its bye week prior to its first round matchup in the upcoming Class 4A state playoffs.

Mon
30
Oct

Dale Beard of Murchison wins Football Contest No. 8

With a winning percentage of 83, Dale Beard of Murchison is the winner of Football Contest No. 8 in the Van Zandt News.

 

Beard 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. 10 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
30
Oct

Lady Indians return to playoffs

The Grand Saline Lady Indians had little to play for outside of positioning entering the final week of district play, having already wrapped up a playoff spot heading into play against Alba-Golden and Quitman.

Grand Saline would go on to split the two matches, fending off the Lady Panthers in five sets before wrapping up District 12-3A play with a four-set loss to district champion Quitman Oct. 24.

The Lady Indians made their way to Alba Oct. 20, taking the first 25-23. The Lady Panthers fought back to even the match in a marathon second set, edging Grand Saline 30-28.

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Mon
30
Oct

Lady Dogs to take on Sunnyvale

The Edgewood Lady Dogs will enter the playoffs on a high-note, picking up wins over Kemp and Eustace to wrap up District 12-3A play.

Edgewood made its way to Kemp Oct. 20, breezing past the Yellowjackets in three sets: 25-23, 25-19, 25-21.

The Lady Dogs continued their roll four days later, wrapping up the regular season with a four set win over Eustace to finish district play with an 8-6 record overall.

The Edgewood Lady Dogs were scheduled to take on District 11-3A Champion Sunnyvale in the bi-district round Oct. 31 at 7 p.m. at Kaufman High School. Sunnyvale has been dominant this season, posting a 28-8 record overall including 12-0 in district play. Most impressively, the Lady Raiders have won all 36 sets played during district.

Sunnyvale and Edgewood met previously Aug. 22 with the Lady Raiders topping the Lady Dogs in five-sets: 22-25, 25-23, 20-25, 25-17, 15-10.

Mon
30
Oct

Lady Cats await matchup with Union Hill

The Fruitvale Lady Cats entered the 2017 volleyball season in a unique position among Van Zandt County teams, having already qualified for the playoffs (due to their status as a 1A school competing in a 2A district) without a single serve, block, dig or kill having even been made.

Fruitvale still put together a solid effort throughout the regular season, wrapping up district play with matches against North Hopkins and Cumby over the past week.

Fruitvale came up short during play against North Hopkins Oct. 20, falling in three straight sets: 25-21, 25-13, 25-22.

Coach Jerry Ptak stated, “We didn't have a very good night hitting. Abby Williams had four kills, Lulu Campbell had four kills and Callie Harris had two kills. North Hopkins played a very good game and you combined that with us not playing at our best, this is the result you get. This game does not change our playoff position.”

Mon
30
Oct

Vandals reach bye week with 8-0 record

 

Van Zandt County football teams continued their respective playoff pushes Oct. 20, continuing district play with the regular season finale looming for all teams Nov. 10. Van, which has already clinched a top four district finish and a spot in the playoffs, Edgewood and Wills Point all tallied key wins last week while Canton, Fruitvale and Grand Saline all fell short.

Led by Van (8-0) and Edgewood (5-2), Van Zandt County teams are a combined 19-24 overall entering play Oct. 27.

Canton

The Canton Eagles gave rival Wills Point everything it could want and more in the early going of their matchup at Ken Autry Davis Field Oct. 20, racing out to a 14-0 lead midway through the first quarter.

Despite the fast start, the Eagles struggled to slow down the Tiger ground game throughout the rest of the night, allowing 31-unanswered points in a 31-21 loss to Wills Point.

Mon
30
Oct

Canton’s Null, Van’s Reynolds qualify for state

 

Cross country runners representing all three 4A schools from Van Zandt County made their way to Grand Prairie Oct. 23 to compete in this year’s Class 4A Region II Cross Country Championships.

Canton took home the top team finish among local schools in the varsity boys division, finishing eighth overall with 282 points while Wills Point finished 20th overall with 479 points in the event. Van had no runners in the varsity boys division.

Individual varsity boys results included:

-Canton: Matthew Hook, 43rd, 17:53.57; Jonathan Bourquin, 48th, 17:58.81; Wilson Null, 52nd, 18:03.69; Kevin Nixon, 68th, 18:16.45; Garrett Stapleton, 100th, 19:02.32; Gage Bullard, 145th, 20:18.39; and Trent McCarver, 149th, 20:22.52

-Wills Point: Cade Davis, 71st, 18:22.25; Christian Williams, 76th, 18:32.98; Aidan Phillips, 113th, 19:19.65; Stetson Malpass, 115th, 19:27.95; Chase Phillips, 150th, 20:23.16; and Gerardo Gonzalez, 173rd, 21:20.44

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