Martin's Mill students made it to the World Series

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Martin's Mill students, Karson Godwin and Ryan Gideon, made it to the World Series with their team Solid 9. The boys and their team played at the Gulf Coast Ultimate World Series in Gulf Breeze, Fla.

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Edgewood I.S.D. volleyball camp

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Edgewood I.S.D. recently held volleyball camp on Aug. 3 through Aug. 6. There were 61 students in attendance.  

Camp counselors were Paige Parker, Brittany Smith, Kenley Nixon, Cheyenne Stone, Ashley Veach, Heath Parker and Stacy Parker

Stacy Parker, Edgewood Middle School Coach said “We want to thank all the campers for coming this year.  They were so fun and enjoyable to coach.”


Lady Cats earn split at dual

Defending District 18-2A Champion Fruitvale opened their 2015 season in Mineola on Aug. 11, taking on both Gladewater and Mineola as part of a dual.

The Lady Cats played exceptionally well against Gladewater, picking up a 25-16, 25-9, 25-19 three-set win.

Things were close for the Lady Cats in game two, with a narrow 25-19, 25-22, 27-25 loss to host Mineola.

Coach Jerry Ptak was pleased with his team’s overall performance during the two matches, noting, “Brinkly Earl and Emily Driskill both had a good night of hitting. Middle blockers Makayla David and Amy Anderson had several blocks and Bryli Stanley had a good night serving. I’m very proud of the girls. They played hard against some bigger schools.”

The Lady Cat JV was also impressive in both of its matches, sweeping Mineola 25-19, 25-11 and rallying back to beat Gladewater 20-25, 25-18, 25-7.


County teams back at work with two-a-days

Photo by David Kapitan Eagle receivers and skill position players worked on fundamentals, including catching the ball using their hands before tucking it away to avoid fumbles.

The hazy, lazy days of summer have come and gone for Van Zandt County athletes participating in fall sports including football and volleyball, with the official start of two-a-day workouts starting Aug. 3.

All six county schools that participate in both sports, Canton, Edgewood, Fruitvale, Grand Saline, Van and Wills Point, returned to their respective gyms and practice fields this week in anticipation for the rapidly approaching start of school.

Volleyball teams were scheduled to get their first taste of competitive action against opponents with scrimmages and play days against other East Texas teams over the weekend before starting their seasons in earnest during the upcoming week.

Matches for the upcoming week will include:

-The Canton Eaglettes will be at home versus Quinlan on Aug. 11 with matches beginning at 5 p.m. The Eaglettes will then hit the road to take on Kaufman on Aug. 14 with matches starting at 4:30 p.m.


Cross Country

Photo by Faith Caughron

Football and volleyball teams weren’t the only student-athletes to begin their training on Aug. 3 as Van Zandt County cross country team members also got in on the act as well for their upcoming season. Edgewood runners, under the direction of Superintendent and Coach Andy Baker, took to the track to build up their endurance for the season ahead.

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Canton girl playing in Pony Tail World Series

Claire Cannon

Claire Cannon of Canton traveled to North Carolina this week to compete in the Pony Tail X Play Dixie League World Series.

Claire, the daughter of Donald and Chelsie Cannon, plays for the Bullard All Stars.

Claire tagged the winning out against Hopkins County in the Texas State Title game July 19.

The All Star team, now representing Texas, traveled to Carthage, N.C., Aug. 7, to begin their fight for the World Series title. They were scheduled to play Tennessee at 10 a.m. Aug. 8.


Football ticket sales to begin Monday

Canton High School will be selling football tickets beginning in Aug.

2014 season ticket holders may purchase the same seats only beginning Monday, Aug. 3, through Thursday, Aug. 6.

In a press release outlining ticket sales, the CHS athletic department noted, “You must purchase your tickets by Aug. 6, to be guaranteed your same seats. Seats not claimed by Aug. 6 will be forfeited and made available for others to purchase.

“On Friday, Aug. 7 ONLY, those who have re-purchased their season tickets by Thursday, Aug. 6, may bring in their tickets and exchange them for the same number of unclaimed seats in a different location. You may not purchase additional seats at this time. 2015 season tickets may be purchased at Canton High School located at 1110 W. Hwy 243 from 8 a.m. through 12 p.m. Season tickets are $24 per seat (four home games). All sales are final. 


Local racer's dream comes true

Wright earns spot at motocross national championship held at Loretta Lynn's Ranch

Hurricane Mills, Tenn. – Canton’s Mason Wright, son of Jason and Tammy Durgin Wright, just made his dream come true.

The 6-year-old dirt bike racer has qualified for the largest amateur motocross race in the world, the 34th Annual Rocky Mountain ATV/MC AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship presented by AMSOIL at Loretta Lynn’s Ranch.

Mason took on more than 20,000 hopefuls from across America to earn one of just 1,483 qualifying positions.

“The Amateur Nationals at Loretta Lynn’s is the event every motocross racer in the country wants to compete in,” said Event Director Tim Cotter. “A win at the Amateur Nationals gives a rider instant national notoriety and can serve as a springboard to a lucrative professional motocross career.”



Edgewood grad Keele signs free agent contract

Trevor Keele of Edgewood has signed free agent professional baseball contract to play for the newly formed Ozarks Pro Baseball League, located in Missouri. All tryouts for the six team league have been completed, all team rosters have been filled, and players are reporting on July 1.

Trevor, the son of Bill and Donna Keele, is a 2009 Edgewood High School graduate and played under Coach Jason Seale.

During his time at Edgewood High School, Keele was named First Team All-District, First Team All-Region, to the Texas Sports Writers All-State Team, and earned a spot on the Academic All-State Team.

Following High School he played three years at the University of Dallas and

graduated with a Business Degree in May 2015. 


Local youth wins gold in Taekwondo World event

Judah Hilliard

Judah Hilliard competed in the U.S. Open Taekwondo Hanmadang June 19 and 20 at The World Arena in Colorado Springs, Colo., winning two gold medals for Forms and Board Breaking.

Judah was the only student from Kims Martial Arts School in Canton that attended the event.  

Master David Jones and Faith Blanchard have been coaching Judah for five years.

Their dedication and discipline have helped Judah achieve gold, silver and bronze medals in sparring, forms and board breaking at The Dallas International Taekwondo Championships, 2012 Texas State  Championships both held at the Gaylord Texan, Fort Worth International Taekwondo Championships and U.S.T.C. Texas Open Hanmadang held in McKinney earning a total of 17 medals over the past four years of competition, Judah’s mom, Dorie Hilliard said.


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