Sports

Fri
17
Feb

Martins Mill, Fruitvale reach Area round

Van Zandt County was well represented in this year’s UIL Girls State Basketball playoffs, qualifying four teams overall: the Canton Eaglettes, Fruitvale Lady Cats, Grand Saline Lady Indians and Martins Mill Lady Mustangs. 

Two county teams remain as Fruitvale, via a first round bye earned by finishing as a 1A district champion, and Martins Mill, via a 71-34 win over Blue Ridge, advanced.

Canton

The Canton Eaglettes, runners-up in District 13-4A this season, took to the court Feb. 13 in Spring Hill to take on the Atlanta Lady Rabbits in the bi-district round of the playoffs. The Eaglettes reached the Regional Quarterfinals in 2016, but another lengthy playoff run was not to be with Atlanta scoring 56-52 decision.

Wed
15
Feb

Firefighter honored


Courtesy photo Chief Gregg Beverly, Firefighter Eric Tabraham, and Asst. Chiefs Scott Walker and Heath Morris of the SVZ Volunteer Fire Department.

South Van Zandt Volunteer Fire Department celebrated their first annual awards banquet Jan. 24. Firefighter of the year for 2016 was awarded to Eric Tabraham. Tabraham was presented this award for his dedicated service to the department and community and has been with the department since 2013.

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Mon
13
Feb

Lady Mustangs complete district sweep

Many preseason prognosticators had the Martins Mill Lady Mustangs and Quinlan Boles Lady Hornets pegged as the first and second best teams in the District 14-2A respectively entering the 2016-'17 season.

Martins Mill was more than happy to show how wide the gap between first and presumptive second can really be, following up their 50-point win over the Lady Hornets back on Jan. 17 with a 79-28 demolition to end district Feb. 3.

Martins Mill got all the points it would need in an explosive first quarter, racing out to a 29-12 lead over Boles.

Things only got worse for the Lady Hornets in the second, as Martins Mill continued to score at will while also tightening up defensively. Entering the break, the Lady Mustangs held a 43-13 lead.   

Martins Mill continued to cruise throughout much of the second half, adding nine-points to their advantage in the third and another 12 in the fourth to close out the 51-point victory over the visiting Lady Hornets.

Sun
12
Feb

Mustangs swat Hornets, fall to Gators


Photo by Faith Caughron Michael Hawes draws heavy contact on his way for a basket against the Gateway Charter Academy Gator defense Feb. 7.

The Martins Mill Mustangs experienced an up and down week on the hardwood, handily topping the Quinlan Boles Hornets on homecoming night before falling just short in an overtime thriller against Dallas Gateway days later.

Martins Mill would set the tone early against the Hornets Feb. 3, building up a double-digit lead in the first quarter en route to an 80-63 win.

Michael Hawes and Bryson Waynick finished with a combined 20 points in the first quarter, guiding the Mustangs to a 22-10 lead.

Boles would respond with its best quarter of the night in the second, edging the Mustangs 24-19 to pull to within 43-34 entering the half.

Powered by 10 points from Hawes and eight more from Noah Ingram, the Mustangs re-established a 12-point lead by outscoring the Hornets 23-18 in the third quarter.

Sat
11
Feb

Bulldogs defend home court, tame Wildcats

The Edgewood Bulldogs were home for the second to last time during the 2016-'17 season earlier this week, hosting the Scurry-Rosser Wildcats during their second meeting this season.

Edgewood got the better of Scurry from the opening tip, building up an early advantage before gradually pulling away for the 62-46 win.

Three-pointers by Quinton Locke and Nobel Smith in the first quarter helped Edgewood to build an 10-3 lead after one quarter of play.

Three more made field goals from long distance, one each by Locke, Smith and Dalton Dover helped keep the Wildcats at bay, allowing Edgewood to take a 22-17 lead into halftime.

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Sat
11
Feb

Lady Cats to tangle with Avinger for top seed

The Fruitvale Lady Cats will have to put in a little overtime to see whether they will be the number one or number two seed coming out of District 24-1A, splitting games against Bloomburg and Union Hill over the past seven days to set up a tiebreaker against Avinger Feb. 10.

Fruitvale began its week dropping a 42-40 heartbreaker to the Bloomburg Wildcats on the road Feb. 3 despite big games from both Abby Williams and Amy Anderson.

Williams finished with a team-high 12 points in the contest, while Anderson contributed 10 points and 16 rebounds.

Emily Driskill finished with nine points, Addison Allen scored four, Emily Williams had three and Mattie Davis scored two.

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Fri
10
Feb

Bobcats outplay Bloomburg, Union Hill

The Fruitvale Bobcats continued to generate positive momentum with district play winding down, winning an overtime contest against Bloomburg Feb. 3 and a revenge game against Gilmer Union Hill Feb. 7. The Bobcats entered the week in need of a win over Bloomburg, and another in any of their final three games to secure a berth in the 2017 UIL Basketball Playoffs.

Fruitvale got the job done in impressive fashion, outdueling the Wildcats 49-46 in overtime to accomplish the first step of their two-step plan.

Jonathan Sheppard shouldered the load offensively, scoring a team-high 19 points in the contest. Preston Thompson added 10, Landon Williams seven, Gavin Sulc six, Taylor Brown five, and Davin Brightman two.

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Wed
08
Feb

Chris Wilson signs letter of intent to Hardin Simmons


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Grand Saline wide receiver Chris Wilson was one of two Indians players to sign a letter of intent to compete in college football Feb. 1. Wilson, a Hardin Simmons signee, helped the Indians win nine games during the 2015 and 2016 seasons combined. That win total matches the Grand Saline win total from 2009-2014.

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Tue
07
Feb

Easley signs with Northwestern Oklahoma State University


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Multi-sport standout Trent Easley signed his letter of intent to continue his football career Northwestern Oklahoma State University in Alva, Oklahoma. Easley holds the Grand Saline season records for most pass attempts, pass completions, passing yards and passing touchdowns.

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Mon
06
Feb

Lady Mustangs nearing district finish line

The Martins Mill Lady Mustangs gave the scoreboard operator and statisticians a workout on Tuesday night, nearly crossing the century mark in points during a 94-15 rout of North Hopkins.

The Lady Mustangs, ranked fourth in the state according to the latest Texas Girls Coaches Association 2A Poll, lit up the scoreboard in the first quarter to take a 29-6 lead.

A similar storyline played out as the game transitioned into the second quarter with the Lady Mustangs again scoring at will and thwarting North Hopkins at every turn to build a 55-10 lead entering the half.

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