Sports

Sat
21
Nov

Bobcats pour it on in 93-49 win

The Fruitvale Bobcats put on a shooting clinic against Nov. 17, shooting 51 percent from the field and 44 percent from three-point range in a 93-49 win over the Eustace Bulldogs.

Fruitvale seized control against the Bulldogs over the first quarter of play, shooting lights out to take a 28-12.

The game became a runaway in the second, with Fruitvale’s defense nearly pitching a shutout over the course of a 21-2 run. At the half, the Lady Cats held a 49-14 advantage.

The Bobcats continued enforcing their will throughout the second half, outscoring Eustace 44-35 to secure the 93-49 win.

Gavino Rongel and Geramey Mayne helped to lead the way offensively for Fruitvale, registering 23 and 20 points respectively.

Other Bobcat scorers included Chaz Grimes with 14 points, Breylan Tarrant with 12 points, Gavin Sulc with 7, Gage Sulc with 6, Jonathan Sheppard with 5, Kayle Lewis with 4 and Christian Rowe with 2.

Sat
21
Nov

Grand Saline, Van clash at Eddie Rodgers Memorial Tourney


Photo by David Kapitan Van’s Lacey Cates drives in for a layup during plat at the Eddie Rodgers Memorial Tournament in Grand Saline.

Ten teams from all across the East Texas, including the Fruitvale Cats (see separate story), the Van Lady Vandals and the host Grand Saline Lady Indians converged on Grand Saline last weekend to take the court in the annual Eddie Rodgers Memorial Tournament.

Both Grand Saline and Van posted matching 3-1 records overall in pool play, with the Lady Indians defeating Fruitvale, Kilgore JV and Bishop Gorman before losing to Keene, and the Lady Vandals defeating Daingerfield, Miller Grove and Quinlan Boles before losing to Bishop Dunne to set up a meeting between the two teams on the final day of the tournament.

Grand Saline got the upper hand during the first quarter against Van, building up a slim 13-10 lead after eight minutes of play.

The margin between the two teams remained three points entering the half, with the Lady Indians maintaining a 23-20 advantage.

Sat
21
Nov

County coaches release Superlative, All-District honorees

With the 2015 UIL State Volleyball playoffs winding down and all Van Zandt County teams eliminated from the playoffs, local coaches released their list of Superlative and All-District honorees.

As expected, Canton, the lone Van Zandt County team to win a district title and Grand Saline, which finished second overall in its district following consecutive fifth place finishes in 2013 and 2014, each took home several Superlative honors.

Other county teams also did exceptionally well, with each team taking home multiple All-District recognitions for performances both on the court and in the classroom.

Canton

The Canton Eaglettes finished their season as an Area finalist, having tied with Emory Rains for the District 14-4A title and being the only county team to record a playoff victory with a bi-district round win over the Athens Lady Hornets.

Fri
20
Nov

Eagles fly high in bi-district round


Photo by Paul Stevens Grand Saline players gather around Coach Michael Ridge during the Indians’ first playoff appearance since the 2007-’08 school year.

Four Van Zandt County football teams played well enough through their district schedules to qualify for the last week’s bi-district round of the playoffs: the Canton Eagles, Edgewood Bulldogs, Grand Saline Indians and Van Vandals.

Games involving county teams featured something for everyone, with Canton and Gladewater going toe to toe in a back and forth affair, Grand Saline adding another chapter to their feel good story, and Van and Edgewood both being involved in games that featured big comebacks.

Results from the bi-district round of the playoffs included:

Canton

The Canton Eagles have been comeback kids during 2015, proving that no lead is insurmountable time and time again.

Sun
08
Nov

Myers wins Football Contest No. 10

With a winning percentage of 85, Scott Myers of Mineola is the winner of Football Contest No. 10 in the Van Zandt News.

Myers will receive $50.00 worth of coupons redeemable at the participating merchants on the contest pages.

To enter Football Contest No. 12, the final contest of the 2015 season, pick up an official entry form located in this issue and circle the team you pick to win in the game listed on each ad in the contest pages.

The person selecting the most correct games for that week will be the winner.

Winners each week will receive $50.00 worth of coupons redeemable at the participating merchants’ stores or payable on bank loans only with participating banks.

The coupons cannot be exchanged for cash or deposited as cash.

Sat
07
Nov

Eaglettes left standing following bi-district round


Photo by David Kapitan Caitlyn Amaya comes up big with one of her six kills against the Caddo Mills Lady Foxes.

The 2015 volleyball playoffs got underway Nov. 2-3 with four Van Zandt County teams, the Canton Eaglettes, the Fruitvale Lady Cats, the Grand Saline Lady Indians and the Wills Point Lady Tigers among the bi-district round qualifiers.

Despite several competitive matches, the state-ranked Eaglettes now remain as the lone team carrying the county’s standard into the Area round.

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Sat
07
Nov

District play wraps with four in playoffs


Grand Saline's Aaron Bolin (5), Connor Lowe (10) and Chris Wilson (17) celebrate after the Indians topped the rival Edgewood Bulldogs 31-28 on a rainy and muddy Friday night.

Teams from all across the state began the season with a hope for success on the gridiron and a shot at postseason play beginning next week. After 11 weeks of play, four Van Zandt County football teams, the Canton Eagles, Edgewood Bulldogs, Grand Saline Indians and Van Vandals, were successful in their respective attempts, navigating the hurdles and challenges thrown at them throughout the season to qualify for this year’s UIL State Football Playoffs.

Games results from the final week of district play included:

Canton

The Canton Eagles celebrated Senior Night at Norris Birdwell Stadium on Friday night, hosting the Bullard Panthers with a chance to claim the second seed overall in District 5-4A play. Unfortunately for Canton fans, Bullard started strong and held tough defensively to take sole possession of second place with a 34-14 win over the Eagles.

Fri
06
Nov

Playoff fates decided for county teams


Photo by David Kapitan Lineman Cash Nations (54) attempts to set the edge with a block against a Lone Oak defender while Aaron Bolin (5) makes a one-handed grab of a screen pass.

For the second consecutive week, Mother Nature played a leading role during football games involving county teams. On Oct. 23, Canton, Edgewood, Grand Saline, Van and Wills Point all fell victim to rainy conditions, delays caused by lightning or both.

With rain in the forecast once again for Oct. 30-31, four teams, Edgewood, Grand Saline, Van and Wills Point, and their respective opponents all chose to move games up a day to avoid any of the same pitfalls or delays.

Canton and their opponent Emory Rains couldn’t come to a mutual agreement on shifting to a new date, leaving their game left to be played under the Friday night lights. 

Sat
31
Oct

Volleyball playoff picture coming into focus

After months of practice and play, the Canton Eaglettes, Fruitvale Lady Cats, Grand Saline Lady Indians and Wills Point Lady Tigers will all take the first step of what each team hopes will be a long playoff journey with the start of bi-district play Nov. 2-3.

Due to some seeding issues yet to be determined, a schedule of all playoff times, locations and opponents had not been finalized as of press time.

The Canton Eaglettes were the lone county team to get an extra game on their calendar, facing off against Rains for a third time to determine which team will be crowned District 14-4A Champions, and which team will finish as the second overall seed.

Play between the Eaglettes and Lady Cats will begin at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 30 in Wills Point. Regardless of finish, both teams will be in action during the bi-district round against either the third or fourth seed from District 13-4A.

Sat
31
Oct

Myers wins Football Contest No. 9 in ‘tie-breaker”

With his prediction in the “tie-breaker” game, Scott Myers of Mineola is the winner of Football Contest No. 9 in the Van Zandt News.

Myers, along with D’Wayne Williams of Grand Saline, finished Football Contest No. 9 with winning percentages of 76 each forcing the “tie-breaker” game to be used to break the deadlock.

In the “tie-breaker” game, Myers predicted that the New York Giants would defeat the Dallas Cowboys by seven points which turned out to be the actual margin of victory in the game. Williams chose the Giants to win by three points.

As a result, Myers will receive $50.00 worth of coupons redeemable at the participating merchants on the contest pages.

To enter Football Contest No. 11, pick up an official entry form located in this issue and circle the team you pick to win in the game listed on each ad in the contest pages.

The person selecting the most correct games for that week will be the winner.

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