Sports

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

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.

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