Sports

Fri
02
Oct

Carter, Williams finish as co-winners of Football Contest No. 5

Dewayn Carter of Wills Point and Glenda Williams of Grand Saline are co-winners of Football Contest No. 5.

Each co-winner had a 78 percent win percentage that forced a tie-breaker.

The “tie-breaker” game failed to break the deadlock and Carter and Williams both predicted that the Wills Point Tigers would defeat the Canton Eagles.

Carter picked Wills Point to win by three points and Williams chose Wills Point to win by 14 points.

Canton defeated Wills Point 28-27, Sept. 25.

As a result, Carter and Williams will each receive $25 worth of coupons.

Fri
02
Oct

Indians end drought with big win


Photo by Faith Caughron The scoreboard in the background behind Grand Saline coach Michael Ridge and his players after their 52-12 rout of Hawkins.

The final week of non-district play provided plenty of drama and fireworks, with Edgewood and Fruitvale narrowly finding themselves on the wrong end of the scoreboard, Canton making up a three score halftime deficit to stun in county rival Wills Point and Van dueling with Paris North Lamar in a high octane affair.

Even with all these outcomes, no story was bigger than Grand Saline ending more than three years of frustration in emphatic fashion, hammering Hawkins 52-12 on homecoming night.

Sat
26
Sep

Myers wins Football Contest No. 4 in “tie-breaker” game

With his prediction in the “tie-breaker” game, Scott Myers of Mineola is the winner of Football Contest No. 4 in the Van Zandt News.

Myers, along with Stefani Curtis of Wills Point and Bobby Mayne of Van, all tied with winning percentages of 73 each forcing the “tie-breaker” game to be used to break the deadlock.

In the “tie-breaker” game, Myers, Curtis and Mayne all predicted that the Mineola Yellowjackets would defeat the Wills Point Tigers.

Myers chose Mineola to win by 14 points while Mayne predicted the Yellowjackets to win by 10 points and Curtis chose Mineola to win by 28 points.

Mineola outlasted Wills Point by 18 points, 35-17, on Sept. 18 in Mineola.

As a result, Myers will receive $50 worth of coupons redeemable at the participating merchants on the contest pages.

Sat
26
Sep

Lady Indians improve to 4-0 in district

The Grand Saline Lady Indian’s drive towards the 2015 volleyball playoffs continued unabated this week, with the Lady Indians improving to 4-0 in district play with wins over Mineola Sept. 18 and Winona Sept. 22.

Despite a slight hiccup in the second set against the Lady Jackets, Grand Saline started its week with a 25-13, 23-25, 25-16, 25-15 win.

The Lady Indians generated 43 kills during their match, including 25 from senior Hannah Chandler; eight from Caitlyn Amaya; four from Lexi Lovett; and three each from Madi Lovett and Mallory O’Donnell.

Four aces by Emily Barber, as well as one ace each from Alicia Kelly, Lexi Lovett, Madi Lovett, O’Donnell and Chandler, also helped the Grand Saline cause.

Sat
26
Sep

Indians end drought with big win


The Grand Saline Indians will enter district play on a definite high, having routed Hawkins 52-12 on Sept. 25. The win against the Hawks snapped a 32-game winless streak for the Indians, dating back to Sept. 7, 2012. (Photo by Faith Caughron)

The final week of non-district play provided plenty of drama and fireworks, with Edgewood and Fruitvale narrowly finding themselves on the wrong end of the scoreboard, Canton making up a three score halftime deficit to stun in county rival Wills Point and Van and Paris North Lamar providing a high octane affair.

Even with all these outcomes, no story was bigger than Grand Saline ending more than three years of frustration in emphatic fashion, hammering Hawkins 52-12 on homecoming night.

Game results included:

Canton-Wills Point

Wills Point and Canton engaged in one of the strangest and most exciting games of the 2015 season on Sept. 25. The Tigers were dominant early against the Eagles, seizing early control by taking a 19-0 lead into the half. The second half looked to be more of the same, but a series of big plays by the Eagles turned the tide quickly, resulting in a 28-27 Canton win.

Fri
25
Sep

Wins by Eagles, Bobcats, Vandals, highlight fourth week


Photo by Tracy Erwin Bulldog junior running back Tye Elie fights for yards against Malakoff Sept. 18. Edgewood was scheduled to return home Sept. 25 for a homecoming night showdown with Commerce.

Van Zandt County teams faced stiff competition during the second to last week of action before the start of the 2015 district schedule, with both Edgewood and Wills Point taking the field against two of the top teams in all of 3A. Both the Bulldogs and Tigers showed glimmers of hope against Malakoff (ranked 14th) and Mineola (ranked 1st), but couldn’t find enough consistent play to pull off upsets.

In other parts of East Texas, Canton and Fruitvale each celebrated their respective homecoming weeks in style, upending teams from Spring Hill and Memorial Christian respectively

Sat
19
Sep

Williams wins Football Contest No. 3

With a winning percentage of 83, D’Wayne Williams of Grand Saline is the winner of Football Contest No. 3 in the Van Zandt News.

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

To enter Football Contest No. 5, 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.

Sat
19
Sep

Eagles, Bobcats and Vandals pick up wins


Mikayla David and Geramey Mayne were named Homecoming Queen and King respectivelly prior to play between the Fruitvale Bobcats and Memorial Christian Warriors on Sept. 18. (Photo by Faith Caughron)

Van Zandt County teams faced stiff competition during the second to last week of action before the start of the 2015 district schedule, with both Edgewood and Wills Point taking the field against two of the top teams in all of 3A. Both the Bulldogs and Tigers showed glimmers of hope against Malakoff (ranked 14th) and Mineola (ranked 1st), but couldn’t find enough consistent play to pull off upsets.

In other parts of East Texas, Canton and Fruitvale each celebrated their respective homecoming weeks in style, upending teams from Spring Hill and Memorial Christian.

Game results included:

Canton

After a tough three weeks to start the season, the Canton Eagles finally got themselves back in the win column with a complete team effort against Spring Hill. Canton got two touchdowns each from Jordan Jackson and Hunter Moore, and another score by wide receiver Tre Fitzgerald in a 35-13 win.

Sat
19
Sep

Lady Cats win twice to open district

The Fruitvale Lady Cats couldn’t have asked for a much better start to their first week of district play, collecting a pair of four-set victories over both North Hopkins and Boles in successive matches.

Beginning district play at home on Sept. 11, the Lady Cats recorded a 26-24, 25-19, 20-25, 26-24 win.

Brinkly Earl led a balanced Fruitvale attack, registering a team-high 15 kills. Emily Driskill finished with 8 kills and 16 assists, Audrey Robinson had 12 assists, Addison Allen had 6 kills and Amy Anderson had 4 kills.

Less than a week later on Sept. 15, the Lady Cats traveled to Boles where they recorded a 25-22, 25-27, 25-22, 25-13 win.

Amy Anderson registered 9 kills and two blocks, Brinkley Earl had 11 kills, Emily Driskill had 13 assists and 6 kills and Audrey Robinson had 10 assists and 4 kills.

Fri
18
Sep

Tigers take lone victory in week three


Photo by Paul Stevens Strong blocking by Grand Saline leads to a big hole for an Indian ball carrier against Harmony Sept. 11.

Week three of the 2015 season proved especially tough for Van Zandt County teams as four out five teams in action Sept. 11 came up short on the scoreboard. While other county teams struggled with windy conditions and their respective opponents, the Wills Point Tigers put together their best effort of the young season to pick up a 37-13 road win over Wilmer-Hutchins.

Fruitvale also came up short on the scoreboard in their game against Bastrop, falling 47-0 to Bastrop on Sept. 12.  

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