Sports

Sat
17
Oct

Indians, Bulldogs pick up key wins

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:

Canton

The final score may not show it, but the Canton Eagles gave Gilmer everything it could possibly want and more in a 45-19 loss on Friday night.

The Eagle defense played well, particularly in the first half. After falling behind 14-0 on a fumble return for a touchdown and a 21-yard completion from Zac Spears to Demarco Boyd, Canton buckled down to keep things close with a Hunter Moore to Tre Fitzgerald 20-yard touchdown completion, and an electrifying 65-yard run by Jordan Jackson.

Fri
16
Oct

District underway for county teams


Photo by Larry Turner Chuck Smith has nothing but green grass in front of him, following the blocking created by his line for a game sealing 30-yard touchdown run. The Tigers were scheduled to take on the 1-0 Kaufman Lions Oct. 16.

With five weeks of non-district play and a bye week out of the way, Canton, Edgewood, Grand Saline, Van and Wills Point got down to the business of district play Oct. 9.

Three of those teams, the Canton Eagles, Grand Saline Indians, and Wills Point Tigers each picked up convincing wins to take a good first step towards the playoffs, while Edgewood and Van, in what may well be a game of the year candidate, fell just short on Friday nights.

Games results included:

Canton

No team in Van Zandt County has been on a better roll than the Canton Eagles. After an 0-3 start, Canton has found another gear to pick up wins over Spring Hill and Wills Point in their final two non-district games, and a 42-14 rout of Nevada-Community in the District 5-4A opener on Oct. 9.

Mon
12
Oct

Lady Cats earn split versus Yantis, North Hopkins

The Fruitvale Lady Cats moved to 6-1 overall in district play last week, sweeping Yantis in dominating fashion Oct. 2 and falling just short in a game against North Hopkins Oct. 6.

Fruitvale was razor sharp against Yantis, 25-3, 25-10, 25-8. Brinkley Earl had 14 kills, Audrey Robinson 4 kills and 8 assists, Emily Driskill 4 kills and 15 assists, Makayla David 3 kills, and Addison Allen and Amy Anderson with 2 kills each.

The Lady Cats ended on the short end of the scoreboard just days later in North Hopkins, 25-18, 25-17, 26-24.

Brinkley Earl led all Fruitvale players with 12 kills. Emily Driskill had 6 kills and 15 assists and Audrey Robinson with 11 assists.

Fruitvale was scheduled for back-to-back road games in Cumby Oct. 13 and Miller Grove Oct. 23. The Lady Cats wrap up district play at home against Yantis for Senior Night Oct. 27.

Sun
11
Oct

Lady Indians maintain winning ways

After a brief detour into non-district play to take on Canton Sept. 29, the Grand Saline Lady Indians returned to District 14-3A matches against Quitman Oct. 2 and Harmony Oct. 6.

Grand Saline got one of its biggest challenges in district play against the Lady Dogs, falling behind two sets before rallying back for a  19-25, 27-29, 25-17, 25-22, 15-7 win over Quitman to improve to 6-1 overall in district play.

Senior Hannah Chandler helped to lead the Lady Indian attacking game in the contest, totaling 38 total kill and an ace.

Caitlyn Amaya and Kelsey Smith delivered three kills each, and Madi Lovett added two kills.

Other key stat leaders for Grand Saline included Alicia Kelly with 35 assists, Lexi Lovett with three aces and five blocks, and Emily Barber, with 14 digs and two aces.

Sat
10
Oct

Vermett wins Football Contest No. 6 with prediction in “tie-breaker” game

With her prediction in the “tie-breaker” game, Kaye Vermett of Wills Point is the winner of Football Contest No. 6 in the Van Zandt News.

Vermett, along with Dewayn Carter of Wills Point, Judy Grimes of Canton, Ross Hall of Lindale and Bobby Mayne of Van, all finished with winning percentages of 78 each forcing the “tie-breaker” game to be used to attempt to break the deadlock.

In the “tie-breaker” game, Vermett chose the New Orleans Saints to defeat the Dallas Cowboys by seven points, Hall chose New Orleans to win by four points, Carter picked the Saints to win by 10 points and Grimes chose the Saints to win by 16 points. Mayne picked the Cowboys to win by eight points.

The Saints defeated the Cowboys by six points in overtime, 26-20, on October 4.

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

Sat
10
Oct

County teams begin district campaigns


Canton running back Jordan Jackson (shown during a Sept. 25 win over Wills Point) helped spark the Eagle offense in a 42-14 win over Nevada-Community Oct. 9. Jackson scored twice in the game, including a 71-yard run on the second Canton play from scrimmage.
With five weeks of non-district play and a bye week out of the way, Canton, Edgewood, Grand Saline, Van and Wills Point got down to the business of district play on Oct. 9.
Three of those teams, the Canton Eagles, Grand Saline Indians, and Wills Point Tigers each picked up convincing wins to take a good first step towards the playoffs, while Edgewood and Van, in what may well be a game of the year candidate, fell just short on Friday nights.
Games results included:
Canton 
No team in Van Zandt County has been on a better roll than the Canton Eagles last week. After an 0-3 start, Canton has found another gear to pick up wins over Spring Hill and Wills Point in their final two non-district games, and a 42-14 rout of Nevada-Community in the District 5-4A opener on Oct. 9.
Fri
09
Oct

District begins for county teams

The majority of Van Zandt County football teams got a night off last week, enjoying their respective byes on Oct. 2. As nice as those breaks might have been for local teams, the season began anew Oct. 9 with the start of district play.

Many of those games could have big repercussions moving forward, with a key showdown between Athens and Van, the presumptive first and second place teams in District 8-4A, likely being the marquee matchup of week one. 

Fri
09
Oct

Tiger netters rout Athens in district opener


Courtesy Photo The Wills Point Tiger tennis team couldn’t have asked for a much better start to district play Oct. 1, routing the visiting Athens Hornets by a perfect 19-0 margin.

The Wills Point Tiger tennis team delivered an emphatic statement to open district play Oct. 1, steamrolling the Athens Hornets in all matches played to record a 19-0 victory.

Results from Wills Point’s dominant performance included:

-Patrick Petzold def. Jon Bywaters, 6-0, 6-1

-Kolton Adams def. Keaton Brown, 6-1, 6-2

-Nash Pendleton def. Shane Ellis, 6-0, 6-1

-Chase Daniell def. Hayden Gore, 6-2, 6-1

-Kameron McEnturff def. Luke Eldore, 6-0, 6-0

-Heldon Hoierman def. Casey Pitchford, 6-0, 6-0

-Jack Johns def. Jeff Adair, 8-1

-Adams/McEnturff def. Bywaters/Brown, 6-0, 6-1

-Petzold/Pendleton def. Gore/Eldore, 6-0, 6-2

-Daniell/Hoierman def. Pitchford/Adair, 6-0, 6-0

-Cassidy Wilcoxson def. Megan Gross, 6-1, 7-5

-Claire Hiler def. Maria Camargo, 6-2, 6-0

-Kaitlin Perez def. Nilcia Castro, 6-0, 6-0

-Hope Turner def. Kelley Rodriguez, 6-1, 6-1

Mon
05
Oct

Tiger anglers take first at Lake Ray Hubbard


Courtesy Photo The Wills Point High School fishing team opened their season at the Ray Hubbard Open Sept. 26, winning first place as a team.

The Wills Point Tiger fishing team picked up where they left off last season Sept. 26, taking home a first place finish and championship trophy for their performance at the Ray Hubbard Open.

Wills Point had four teams competing against a field of 120 other competing teams. Each of the four Tiger teams caught fish and were weighed in at the event.

The team of Cameron McAnally and Matthew Sprague posted the best finish for any of the Wills Point teams, coming in second place with fish weighing in at a combined 11.01 lbs.

Brandon Sprague and Jaron Wise joined the pair with their own top-5 fish, coming in 4th place overall with fish weighing in at 9.82 lbs.

Sun
04
Oct

Eaglettes top Lady Indians in four sets


Photo by David Kapitan Canton’s attacking game, led by Lauren Gomez (14), was a big difference for the Eaglettes during their 25-10, 25-21, 22-25, 25-22 over the Lady Indians.

The Canton Eaglettes and Grand Saline Lady Indians took a break from the district grind this week, taking to the court in Canton Sept. 29 for a late season matchup.

Led by big hitting in the attacking game, Canton easily took the first set before withstanding several challenges by the Lady Indians to pull out a 25-10, 25-21, 22-25, 25-22.

The Eaglette tandem of Lauren Gomez and Payton Williams were on point in the early going, delivering several emphatic kills to spark Canton to a 25-10 first set win.

Grand Saline, currently 29th in the latest 3A Texas Girls Coaches Weekly Poll, got a better handle on the Canton attacking game in the second set but still couldn’t get over the hump to give the Eaglettes a two sets to none lead.

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