Sports

Sat
14
Oct

Vandals survive scare from Brownsboro, 49-35

At times, it appeared that Friday the 13th was casting a spell over the Van Vandals that they were finding difficult to overcome but in the end, the Vandals found a way to keep their season and district record spotless as they escaped Brownsboro Friday night with an important 49-35 win over the pesky Brownsboro Bears.

Coach Jared Moffatt’s Vandals, now 7-0 overall and 3-0 in District 8-4A, Division I, will return to Van’s Memorial Stadium for a 7:30 p.m. kickoff Friday against the Mabank Panthers (1-5, 0-2). Mabank enjoyed an open date last Friday night. Brownsboro is now 4-2 overall and 1-1 in district play.

The Vandals are now tied with the Kaufman Lions for the top spot in the district standings at 3-0 as the two teams will meet each other Nov. 3 in Kaufman.

Mon
09
Oct

Scott Myers wins again in football contest

With a winning percentage of 81, Scott Myers of Mineola is the winner of Football Contest No. 5 in the Van Zandt News.

Myers, who also won Football Contest No. 4, 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. 7 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
09
Oct

Van, Rains keep Lady Tigers searching

The Wills Point Lady Tigers find themselves in an unenviable position with the first round of District 13-4A play nearly complete, falling in matches to both Van and Emory Rains over the past week to drop to 0-4 overall with six games left to play.

Wills Point hit the road Sept. 29, traveling to Van to take on the longtime rival Lady Vandals in a pivotal district showdown. The Lady Tigers could not maintain the momentum of a fast start in the match, moving to 0-3 with a four-set loss to Van.

Wills Point kept the Lady Vandals on their heels in the first set, outhitting and outdefending their Van counterparts to claim the first set 25-21.

The tide began to turn in the second as Van’s frontline duo of Macy Rucker and Skylar Savage began to assert themselves, allowing the Lady Vandals to take the second set 25-16.

Mon
09
Oct

Lady Indians stay in second-place tie

 

The Grand Saline Lady Indians continued to keep themselves firmly in the mix to finish as one of District 12-3A’s four playoff qualifiers at the close of the regular season, going 1-1 over the past week to move their district record to 6-2 overall.

Grand Saline began its week on the road, traveling to take on the Quitman Bulldogs. Quitman, which entered the match with a 24-7 record overall including 6-0 in district play, continued to tighten their grip on a playoff position by topping the Lady Indians in three sets.

The Bulldogs set the tone early against Grand Saline, taking the first set 25-17 over the second-play Lady Indians. Quitman continued to play well throughout the rest of the night, capping the sweep by taking the second set 25-16 and the third 25-17.

The Grand Saline coaching staff selected Caitlyn Hamby as the Lady Indians' Player of the Game against Quitman after Hamby finished with seven kills, three blocks and a dig.

Mon
09
Oct

Lady Dogs continue playoff push

The Edgewood Lady Dogs took to the court twice last week in District 12-3A play, falling in four sets to Eustace Sept. 29 before rallying back for a four-set win over Alba-Golden Oct. 3. 

In a battle of the Bulldogs last Friday night, Eustace took control early by winning both the first (25-20) and second sets (25-17) over their Edgewood counterparts.

Edgewood fought back in the third set, playing their best volleyball of the night to outscore Eustace 25-21.

Eustace roared back in the fourth set, responding to Edgewood's challenge by closing the match with a 25-15 run for the four-set win.

Edgewood finished with 36 kills against Eustace, led by Nicole Neal with 13, and Kenzie Smith and Tabitha Parker with eight each.

Parker paced the Lady Dogs with team-highs in both blocks (7) and digs (21), while Kate Farnsworth, Kenzie Smith, Katy Pool and Nicole Neal all registered aces in the loss.

Mon
09
Oct

Lady Cats defeat Boles, North Hopkins

The Fruitvale Lady Cats continued preparations for the 2017 postseason last week, building up positive momentum with wins over both Quinlan Boles and North Hopkins to push their overall winning streak to three consecutive matches.

Fruitvale made short work of Boles Sept. 29, celebrating Homecoming night with a 25-14, 25-20, 25-21 win.

Callie Harris finished with 10 kills, Abby Williams added five assists, three kills and five aces, Lauren Brown posted three kills, Mattie Davis finished with two kills and two aces, and Lulu Campbell added 6 assists in the win.

Coach Jerry Ptak noted, “The girls played great. We don't always have good focus on Homecoming night but the girls did a great job Friday night.”

Fruitvale posted a four-set win over North Hopkins Oct. 3, winning 25-16, 17-25, 25-14, 25-14.

Mon
09
Oct

Teams reach midway point of regular season

Van Zandt County football teams finished play a combined 3-3 overall Sept. 29, including wins by all three county representatives that finished the 2016 as either outright or co-district champions, the Van Vandals, Edgewood Bulldogs and Wills Point Tigers.

Through five weeks of the season, Van currently sits at 5-0, Edgewood is 4-1, Canton is 2-3, Wills Point is 1-4, and Fruitvale and Grand Saline are both 0-5. 

Canton

The Canton Eagles officially hit the halfway point of the regular season Sept. 29, wrapping up the non-district portion of their schedule with a 35-13 Homecoming night loss to the visiting Paris North Lamar Panthers.

The Eagle defense stood tall throughout most of the first half, bottling up a potent Paris North Lamar offense until late in the first quarter. Canton held an early 7-0 lead in the contest on a McGwire Martin touchdown run and looked to add another score just before halftime on a drive deep into Panther territory.

Sat
07
Oct

Vandals outlast Athens in offensive shootout, 56-38

The scoreboard at Van’s Memorial Stadium was kept plenty busy Friday night as the Van Vandals rallied with 42 unanswered points to outlast the visiting Athens Hornets, 56-38, in a battle of early District 8-4A, Division I co-leaders.

Coach Jared Moffatt’s Vandals are now 6-0 overall and 2-0 in district play as they will visit Brownsboro at 7:30 p.m. Friday to take on the surprising Brownsboro Bears, currently 4-1 overall and 1-0 in district action after blowing past the 0-2 Mabank Panthers, 47-16, Friday night in Mabank. Athens falls to 2-4 overall and 1-1 in district play.

The Kaufman Lions are the only other remaining unbeaten team in district play as they moved to 2-0 in league play with a 29-14 win over the 0-2 Crandall Pirates in Kaufman Friday night. The Terrell Tigers, 0-1 in the district, enjoyed an open date Friday night.

Mon
02
Oct

Lady Indians tighten grip on playoff position

The Grand Saline Lady Indians continued their playoff push last week, scoring victories over chief rival Edgewood and Alba-Golden to improve to 5-1 overall in District 12-3A play.

Grand Saline played host to Edgewood Sept. 22, battling back from a slow start to score a four-set victory over the Lady Dogs.

Edgewood stormed out of the gates against Grand Saline, easily taking the first set 25-13 to put the Lady Dogs in an early deficit.

Sets two and three would be the most competitive of the night with Grand Saline evening the match by taking the second set 28-26 before pushing their way into the lead by taking the third set 28-26.

The Lady Indians continued to carry the momentum of winning consecutive sets into the fourth, closing out the Lady Dogs 25-16.

Following the match, Grand Saline coaches recognized senior setter Lexi Lovett as the team's Player of the Match after she finished with 24 assists, 17 digs, four aces, four kills and a block.

Mon
02
Oct

Lady Dogs bounce back with win over Kemp

The Edgewood Lady Dogs returned home to face Kemp Sept. 26, looking to bounce back from only their second district loss of the season suffered last the previous week against Grand Saline.

Edgewood bounced back in impressive fashion against Kemp, scoring an easy 25-18, 25-12, 25-10 win over the Lady Jackets.

Nicole Neal finished with team-high 10 kills, followed by Kenzie Smith with nine, Ali Simmons and Katy Pool with four each, and Keeley Randle and Tabitha Parker with two each.

Neal also led Edgewood's efforts at the service line, finishing with seven of the Lady Dogs' 11 aces in the match. Tabitha Parker finished with two aces, and Libby Martin and Katy Pool finished with one each.

Kate Farnsworth finished with a match-high 12 digs, Tabitah Parker added 11, Kenzie Smith added nine and Nicole Neal totaled eight.

Sophomores Libby Martin and Tabitha Parker combined to record 23 of Edgewood's 25 assists in the match.

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