Sports

Fri
30
Oct

County schools compete at Regional Meet


Photo courtesy of Martins Mill ISD Facebook page Sammy Sierra of Martins Mill will be one of several Van Zandt County faces that will compete against the best of Texas at the State Cross Country Meet. Sierra qualified by placing 14th overall in the 2A boys race at the Regional Meet.

Individual students and teams representing all seven county schools traveled to Grand Prairie Oct. 26 to compete against the best runners in East Texas at the Regional Cross Country Meet.

Several local athletes had standout meets, qualifying for the State Cross Country Meet to be held in Round Rock Nov. 7.

Results for county athletes competing in the 2A Classification include:

-Boys: Sammy Sierra, Martins Mill, 14th place; Gavino Rongel, Fruitvale, 16th place; Gavin Sulc, Fruitvale, 70th place; Chaz Grimes, Fruitvale, 95th place; Johnathan Sheppard, Fruitvale, 111th place; Matt Martin, Fruitvale, 130th place.

-Girls: Taylor Sparks, Martins Mill, 63rd place; Hailey Celsur, Martins Mill, 80th place; Mollie Daniel, Martins Mill, 82nd place; Grace Camacho, Martins Mill, 146th place; Landrey Rogers, Martins Mill, 149th place.

Fri
30
Oct

Local teams battle opponents, wet weather


Photo by Tracy Erwin Bulldog blockers help to clear a path for a ball carrier during a wet night across East Texas Oct. 23. Weather also impacted games originally scheduled for Oct. 30, with Edgewood, Grand Saline, and Van-Wills Point all opting for an Oct. 29 start date.

The biggest football week of the year came with an added opponent for opposing teams looking to either strengthen their grip on a playoff spot or to get back in the chase – stormy weather.

Conditions caused several schools to juggle their schedules, and periodic lightning strikes set in effect mandatory 30 minute delays for schools looking to get games completed before even more rain swept through the area into the weekend.

Despite the slippery conditions, Canton, Grand Saline and Van all picked up key victories while Edgewood, Fruitvale (in a game played Oct. 22) and Wills Point all suffered defeats.

Games results included:

Edgewood

The Edgewood Bulldogs hit the road to Lone Oak on Friday night for the first of back to back road games. The Buffalo defense played a starring role in the contest, shutting down Edgewood’s offense to give the team a 22-0 win.

Fri
30
Oct

Vandals, Bulldogs clinch playoff spots


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 Indians.

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.

Games results included:

Edgewood

An up and down Edgewood season got back on track Oct. 29, with the Bulldogs making the long trip to take on Paris Chisum.

Mon
26
Oct

Lady Indians locked into second position

Grand Saline’s hopes of a district volleyball team were officially put to rest last week with a loss to top seed Alba Golden Oct. 16. Despite the hiccup, the Lady Indians bounced back with a win over Winona Oct. 20 and a guaranteed appearance in the playoffs for the first time in several years.

The Lady Indians couldn’t quite get on track against the Lady Panthers, falling in three sets by a score of 25-12, 25-20, 25-16.

Playing in her second to last home game, senior Hannah Chandler led all Grand Saline players with 14 kills. Cassidy Smith registered two kills and Lexi Lovett added one.

Lovett led all Grand Saline players with five digs and five assists.

As a whole, the Lady Indians finished with the same number of successful serves received (27) as serving received errors (27).

Sun
25
Oct

Tigers eying perfection following sixth win


Courtesy Photo The Wills Point Tigers K-2 midget football team is currently undefeated on the season, running their record to a perfect 6-0 with a 20-6 win over Mabank Oct. 17. One of the season’s highlights has been two touchdowns scored by team member CJ Blevins, who was diagnosed with cerebral palsy when he was 1 year old.

The Wills Point Tiger K-2 midget football team came away with another win Oct. 17 against the Mabank Panthers, dominating yet another game with a final score of 20-6. The win gives the Tigers a perfect 6-0 record heading into their next game against Eustace.

Fans of the team noted that the players are not only talented on the field, but that they also have a very special young man who is committed to the team.

The young man, 8-year old CJ Blevins, is at every practice and sees them through each game watching every play and cheering for every touchdown.

The second grader was diagnosed with cerebral palsy along with a Chiari malformation when he was a year old and has always dreamed of playing football. 

Sat
24
Oct

Lady Cats earn split versus Cumby, Como

The Fruitvale Lady Cat volleyball team was in action twice over the past week, looking to strengthen their playoff positioning with matches against Cumby and Como-Pickton.

Against Cumby, the Lady Cats started strong only to fade down the stretch, losing 20-25, 24-26, 25-16, 25-15, 15-4. Coach Jerry Ptak noted, "We had it all going our way the first two sets, and then we lost it and couldn't find a rhythm again." Emily Driskill had 6 kills and Brinkly Earl had 4 kills in the match.

Sat
24
Oct

Local teams battle stormy skies

The biggest football week of the year came with an added opponent for opposing teams looking to either strengthen their grip on a playoff spot or to get back in the chase – stormy weather.

Conditions caused several schools to juggle their schedules, and periodic lightning strikes set in effect mandatory 30 minute delays for schools looking to get games completed before even more rain swept through the area into the weekend.

Despite the slippery conditions, Canton, Grand Saline and Van all picked up key victories while Edgewood, Fruitvale (in a game played Oct. 22) and Wills Point all suffered defeats.

Games results included:

Canton

Fri
23
Oct

Bulldogs, Indians pick up wins


Photo by Larry Turner Brandon Smith (32) gets behind Kaufman’s Dre Prox (24) for a late Tiger touchdown that tied the score at 28-28 with 54 second left on the clock. Kaufman would come back to win the game in regulation, scoring on a long rush just 13 seconds later to pull out the 35-28 win.

District 6-3A teams Edgewood and Grand Saline carried the standard for Van Zandt County teams this week, picking up key wins to improve their odds of qualifying for the 2015 playoffs.

Canton, despite a game effort against the top ranked Gilmer Buckeyes, Van and Wills Point were all kept out of the win column during the second week of district play.

Games results included:

Edgewood

The Edgewood Bulldogs evened their district record at 1-1 on Oct. 16, edging out Cooper 33-32 to break a four game losing streak.

Edgewood scored points in every quarter of the contest, overcoming an early 16-0 deficit on two touchdown passes from Trey Erwin to Devin Davison, another from Erwin to Trey King, a Tye Elie touchdown run and a field goal in the fourth quarter.

The Bulldogs will look to keep their positive momentum going starting this week with back to back road games against Lone Oak Oct. 23 and Paris Chisum Oct. 30.

Sat
17
Oct

Sluggish Lady Indians top rival Edgewood


Photo by David Kapitan Edgewood’s Katye Spivey makes a lunging save on a Grand Saline kill attempt.

The Grand Saline Lady Indians have been more than impressive during their breakout 2015 season, climbing their way from district also-ran to state ranked district championship contender. Despite some sluggish play against chief rival Edgewood on Tuesday night, the Lady Indians scrapped their way to a 25-18, 26-24, 25-19 win.

Grand Saline, currently ranked 29th in the latest Texas Girls Coaches Association 3A State Volleyball Poll, primarily struggled in the return game, totaling 25 receiving errors in the match.

After a strong start, Grand Saline weathered better Lady Dog play to take the first set 25-18.

Edgewood looked poised to even the match at one set apiece by taking a 24-21 lead in the second, only to see Grand Saline reel off five straight points for a 26-24 set win and a 2-0 lead.

The Lady Indians weathered some more inconsistent play in the third set, fighting off several frantic Edgewood rallies to close out the three set sweep.

Sat
17
Oct

Carter wins Football Contest No. 7

With a winning percentage of 80, Dewayn Carter of Wills Point is the winner of Football Contest No. 7 in the Van Zandt News.

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

To enter Football Contest No. 9, 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.

Entries must be in the Van Zandt News office before 4:30 p.m. Thursday preceding the games.

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