Sports

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23
Oct

Lady Tigers outlast Canton, Van in five-set marathons

The Wills Point Lady Tigers continued to rise to the challenges of District 13-4A play over the past week, fending off rivals Canton and Van in five sets to extend their winning streak to four matches overall.

Wills Point pushed its winning streak to three matches in a row Oct. 13, topping Canton 16-25, 25-12, 25-15, 16-25, 15-12 in a seesaw affair.

Claire Hiler finished play against Canton with a team-leading 24 kills, followed by Melanie Sullivan with eight, Olivia McMath with six, Hope Turner with five, Jeslyn Martinez and Maddie Booth with two each and Kalyn Dryman with one.

Dryman topped all Lady Tiger players with five aces, McMath added three, and Sullivan and Turner added one each.

Wills Point totaled 90 digs as a team during the match, including 30 from Martinez, 14 each from Dryman and Turner and 11 from Booth.

Additionally, McMath and Turner each tied for the team lead with 23 assists.

Mon
23
Oct

Nell Carter wins Football Contest No. 7 in “tie-breaker”

With her prediction in the “tie-breaker” game, Nell Carter of Wills Point is the winner of Football Contest No. 7 in the Van Zandt News.

 

Carter, along with Bobby Mayne of Van, the winner of Football Contest No. 6, finished Football Contest No. 7 with winning percentages of 70 each forcing the “tie-breaker” game to be used to break the deadlock.

 

In the “tie-breaker” game, Carter predicted that the Oklahoma Sooners would defeat the Texas Longhorns by 10 points while Mayne chose Texas to win by three points. Oklahoma defeated Texas by five points, 29-24, on October 14.

 

As a result, Carter 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. 9 can be found in the middle of the sports section in this issue of the News.

 

Mon
23
Oct

Lady Cats secure second seed

The Fruitvale Lady Cats will find themselves in a familiar spot once the regular season ends in less than a week, qualifying as a second seed in Class 1A with a rout of Yantis Oct. 13.

Fruitvale made it look easy against the Owls, sweeping their way to a 25-15, 25-4, 25-11 victory. Ashlyn Caffey had a great night serving getting 15 in a row in the second set. Callie Harris had 11 kills, Lulu Campbell had seven kills, and Lauren Brown and Abby Williams each had one kill.

Coach Jerry Ptak stated, “I’m very proud of this team. We are in the same position we were in last year and we feel good about getting to the Regional Tournament again.”

The Lady Cats were scheduled to travel to North Hopkins Oct. 20 before wrapping up district play with a Senior Night contest against Cumby Oct. 24.

Mon
23
Oct

Lady Indians defeat Scurry-Rosser, Edgewood

The Grand Saline Lady Indians continued their push for a top two finish in district play last week, posting four set victories over both Scurry-Rosser and Edgewood to move into a second place tie in District 12-3A play with Eustace.

The Lady Indians opened play last week on the road, traveling to Scurry for a meeting with the Scurry-Rosser Wildcats Oct. 13.

A slow start gave way to a strong finish for the Lady Indians as the team stormed back from an early deficit to record a four-set win over the Wildcats.

Scurry-Rosser dominated the first set against the Lady Indians, cruising to a 25-17 lead over Grand Saline. The second set would be the closest of the night with Grand Saline evening the match by edging past Scurry-Rosser 27-25.

The Lady Indians closed play with a flourish, easily outpointing the Wildcats in the third (25-18) and fourth (25-15) sets to wrap up the four-set win.

Mon
23
Oct

Five return to field following bye week

Van Zandt County football action returned full throttle last week after Canton, Edgewood, Fruitvale, Grand Saline and Wills Point all stayed home Oct. 6 for their respective bye weeks. Canton, Wills Point and Van, the only county school yet to have its bye, were all victorious in district play Oct. 13 while Edgewood, Fruitvale and Grand Saline came up short.

Canton

The Canton Eagles opened District 6-4A play at Norris Birdwell Stadium in Canton Oct. 13, easily handing the visiting Ferris Yellowjackets 45-22 to improve their overall season record to 3-3.

Big plays were the order of the night for the Eagles with Simon Miller scoring on a 30-yard run, Dylan Cox scoring on two runs of more than 50 yards, Tanner Moore scoring on a 42-yard touchdown reception and McGwire Martin scoring on a 95-yard kickoff return to open the second half. 

Mon
16
Oct

Bobby Mayne wins Football Contest No. 6

With a winning percentage of 81, Bobby Mayne of Van is the winner of Football Contest No. 6 in the Van Zandt News.

 

Mayne 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. 8 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

To read the full article, subscribe to the Van Zandt News or pick up a copy from one of our vendors. 

Mon
16
Oct

Lady Tigers roar back into playoff contention

The Wills Point Lady Tigers entered last week in desperate need of wins to keep their playoff chances alive, entering play against Brownsboro at the bottom of the District 13-4A standings after an 0-4 start to district play.

Down but not out, Wills Point responded by playing its best match of the district slate against Brownsboro Oct. 6, dominating all three sets en route to a 25-18, 25-20, 25-12 win over the Bearettes.

The Lady Tigers finished the match with 34 total kills as a team, nearly double the total of Brownsboro's combined output (18).

Claire Hiler led all players with 14 kills overall, followed by Olivia McMath with seven, Melanie Sullivan with four, Maddie Booth and Kalyn Dryman with three each, Hope Turner with two and Dawn Smith with one.

Hope Turner finished as Wills Point's top server with four aces overall, followed by Melanie Sullivan and Kalyn Dryman with two each, and Claire Hiler and Maddie Booth with one apiece.

Mon
16
Oct

Lady Indians bounce back with three-set win

The Grand Saline Lady Indians continued their push to end their one year playoff drought, bouncing back from a three-set loss to Eustace Oct. 3 with a three-set win over Mineola Oct. 10.

Eustace, the current second-seed in District 12-3A play, got off to a strong start against Grand Saline by taking the first set 25-16. The Lady Indians picked up their play in the second, keeping play more competitive but still falling 25-22 to the Lady Dogs.

Eustace finished the sweep of Grand Saline in the third set, fighting off a stiff challenge by the Lady Indians to secure the 25-16, 25-22, 25-23 win.

Grand Saline coaches recognized sophomore libero Sarah Elliott as the team's Player of the Game for her efforts against Eustace which included 20 digs and two aces.

The Lady Indians bounced back Oct. 10, returning to the win column with an easy three-set sweep of the Mineola Lady Jackets.

Mon
16
Oct

Lady Dogs fall just short in district contests

The Edgewood Lady Dogs dropped to 5-5 overall in District 12-3A play last week, falling just short in five-set losses to both district-leading Quitman and Scurry-Rosser.

Edgewood played host to Quitman Oct. 3, tangling with the second time with the state-ranked Bulldogs. Despite a game effort the match played out similarly to the teams' first meeting back on Sept. 12 with Quitman taking a hard-fought 23-25, 26-24, 23-25, 25-9, 15-11 victory over Edgewood.

Kenzie Smith helped to guide the Lady Dog offense during the contest, pacing her team with 17 kills. Nicole Neal added 14 kills, Tabitha Parker 12, and Ali Simmons and Katy Pool added one each.

Smith and Parker each tallied an ace in the match, with Smith adding a team-leading seven blocks and 27 digs on defense.

Libby Martin led all Lady Dog players with 21 assists, and Tabitha Parker added 19.

Mon
16
Oct

Edgewood, Grand Saline compete at District 12-3A Meet

Cross country teams from Edgewood, Grand Saline, Eustace, Kemp, Mineola and Quitman made their way to Mineola Oct. 9, competing at the District 12-3A Meet for a chance to advance to Regionals.

Both schools competed well at the event with Grand Saline finishing second overall in the varsity boys division and Edgewood finishing fourth overall in the varsity boys division and second overall in the varsity girls division.

Each school took home a first place individual finish as Grand Saline's Eric Grant ran away from the varsity boys field for a 27 second victory and Edgewood's Claire James claiming victory with a 17 second victory over the next closest finisher.

Individual varsity boys results included:

-Edgewood: Noble Smith, sixth, 18:29.36; Brodie Prather, 18th, 20:35.39; Tanner Patterson, 21st, 21:18.96; Emanuel Fernandez, 23rd, 21:52.97; and Nash Heddin, 27th, 22:36.71

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