KMOO Locker Room Show broadcasting live from Grand Saline

The Locker Room Show on Mineola radio station KMOO (99.9 FM) will be broadcasting live Monday, Sept. 18 from Salt Lickers in Grand Saline from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

“The Locker Room Show” features high school football correspondents from around the KMOO listening area reviewing the previous Friday night matchups and looking ahead to the following Friday night gridiron contests.

The program airs live on location usually from an area restaurant in the KMOO listening area every Monday night during the high school football season.

The show will be leading up to KMOO’s live play-by-play broadcast of the Grand Saline/Edgewood varsity football game Friday, Sept. 22.

All football fans are invited to come out and be a part of “The Locker Room Show” on KMOO Monday night at Salt Lickers.


Hump Day Huddle broadcasting live from Dukes

Hump Day Huddle, the weekly radio program devoted to high school football in Van Zandt County, will be broadcasting live every Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. from Dukes Burgers & Sports Co. in Canton.


Dukes Burgers and Sports Co. is located at 30176 SH 64 (intersection of Interstate 20 and SH 64).


The program can be heard on Canton radio station KWJB (95.1 FM and 1510 AM) as part of the joint effort recently announced by Van Zandt Newspapers L. L. C. and KWJB to cover high school football in Van Zandt County for the 2017 season.


Hump Day Huddle is hosted by David Barber, sports correspondent for Van Zandt Newspapers, and T. A. Hale and Shawn Stewart from the KWJB “Buzz Brothers.”


The Tuesday night live broadcast of Hump Day Huddle will also be replayed on KWJB every Wednesday at 12 noon and 5 p.m.



Stefani Curtis wins again in football contest

With a winning percentage of 77, Stefani Curtis of Wills Point is the winner of Football Contest No. 2 in the Van Zandt News.

Curtis, who also won Football Contest No. 1, wins $50 in merchandise coupons redeemable at the participating merchants on the contest pages.

Contest winners are asked to call 903-567-4000 to make arrangements to pick up their coupons.

The contest pages for Contest No. 4 can be found in the middle of the sports section in this issue of the News.

The rules of the contest are as follows:

In each advertiser’s space on the page is the name of the two teams (high school, college or pro) who will oppose each other in the coming week

You should circle the name of the team you believe will win in each ad.

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


Grand Saline begins District 12-3A play

The Grand Saline Lady Indians took to the court twice last week, taking on Kemp and Eustace in District 12-3A action.

Kemp, which finished with the worst record of any team competing in District 12-3A last season, defended their home court with a three-set sweep of the Lady Indians Sept. 8.

Grand Saline kept things close in the first set, narrowly being edged out by the Lady Jackets 27-25. Kemp continued to ride the positive momentum built up during the first set into both the second and third, completing the sweep by topping the Lady Indians 25-15, 25-21.

Grand Saline recovered quickly from the loss to the Lady Jackets, bouncing back with a five-set win over the Eustace Lady Dogs Sept. 12.

The Lady Indians took care of business in each of the first two sets, topping Eustace 25-22, 25-16 for a commanding lead.


Vandals remain undefeated after dominating Lindale, 41-17

After rallying from 27 points down to win at Princeton, the Van Vandals sent a strong and clear message that no second half comeback heroics would be necessary in Lindale Friday night as the Vandals dominated the Lindale Eagles, 41-17, to remain unbeaten at 3-0 this season.

Coach Jared Moffatt’s Vandals will close out their non-district schedule when they host the Palestine Wildcats for Homecoming at Van’s Memorial Stadium Friday in a 7:30 p.m. kickoff.

Against Lindale, the Vandals rolled up 24 first downs and 505 yards of total offense including 310 yards passing and 195 yards rushing while Van’s defense held Lindale’s offense to one field goal into the fourth quarter before allowing two meaningless touchdowns in the fourth quarter.

The Vandal defense registered two quarterback sacks, forced one turnover and stopped two Lindale possessions on fourth down in Van territory.


Lady Dogs earn split versus Alba-Golden, Quitman

If the first two matches of District 12-3A play for the Edgewood Lady Dogs are any indication, the race for a top four finish and a spot in this year's UIL State Volleyball Playoffs will likely go down to the wire.

Edgewood began district play with a pair of thrillers last week, taking on perennial playoff qualifiers Alba-Golden and Quitman in consecutive matches. Edgewood finished the first week of district play going 1-1 overall, recording a five-set win over the Lady Panthers followed by a five-set loss to Quitman.

The Lady Dogs traveled to Alba Sept. 8, picking up a 25-15, 22-25, 25-22, 17-25, 16-14 win over the Lady Panthers.

Edgewood players totaled 44 assists on the night, including 22 by Libby Martin, 17 by Tabitha Parker, three by Keeley Randle and two by Nicole Neal.

Three Edgewood players finished with double-digits in kills, including sophomore Kenzie Smith with 16, senior Nicole Neal with 15 and Tabitha Parker with 13.


Eagles, Vandals earn week two wins

Van Zandt County football teams struggled once again during the second week of the 2017 season, matching their overall performance from week one by going a combined 2-4 overall. Van, the most successful program in the county last season, bounced back from an 27-0 deficit against Palestine Sept. 8 to score a 48-34 win over the Panthers. Canton also found its way to the win column, getting multi-touchdown efforts from both McGwire Martin and Simon Miller to score a 42-31 win over Grace Community.

Through two weeks of the season, Van currently sits at 2-0, Canton and Edgewood are 1-1, and Fruitvale, Grand Saline and Wills Point are all 0-2. 


The Canton Eagles made their way to Tyler last week, taking on the Grace Community Cougars for the fourth consecutive season. Canton, winners in two of the last three meetings with the Cougars, got the better of Grace once again securing a 42-31 win on the road Sept. 8.


Lady Tigers sink Crandall in four sets

The Wills Point Lady Tigers hit the court twice over the past week, finishing 1-1 overall with a road loss to Grand Saline and a home win over Crandall Sept. 5.

The trip to take on Grand Saline served as Wills Point's second match against an in county opponent this season, following a two-set loss to Edgewood the previous week at the Back to School Dig-Fest in Edgewood Aug. 26.

Grand Saline kept the Lady Tigers winless against Van Zandt County opponents this season, scoring five-set victory over Wills Point.

One of the best defensive teams in the area, Grand Saline took the first set against Wills Point 25-18. The Lady Tigers appeared to get back on track in the second, evening the match by outpointing Grand Saline 25-22.

The Lady Indians took the third set 25-18 before Wills Point knotted the match once again by winning the fourth set 25-21 to set up a fifth and deciding set between the two teams.


Lady Dogs wrap up non-district play

The Edgewood Lady Dogs wrapped up non-district play on the road last week, taking on Caddo Mills Sept. 1, Palestine Sept. 5, and competing at the Brownsboro Tournament Aug. 31 and Sept. 2. Edgewood finished the week going 6-2 overall, including 5-1 during their stay at the Brownsboro Tournament.

The Lady Dogs opened pool play at the Brownsboro Tournament in impressive fashion, sweeping Brook Hill Guard (25-9, 25-17), Athens Lady Hornets (25-13, 25-13) and Brownsboro Bearettes (25-22, 25-19) Aug. 31.

Edgewood hit the pause button on tournament play Sept. 1, traveling to Caddo Mills to take on the Foxes. Caddo Mills would get the better of Edgewood in the match, outlasting the Lady Dogs 25-23, 19-25, 25-23, 19-25, 15-12 thriller.

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Lady Cats edge Hawkins

The Fruitvale Lady Cats picked up a key win in non-district play this week, topping Hawkins in four sets Sept. 5. Play between the Fruitvale and Hawkins was competitive throughout the match with neither team winning a set by more than five points.

Fruitvale narrowly edged Hawkins in the first set, outpointing the Lady Hawks 25-23. Hawkins evened the match in the second, turning the tables on Fruitvale by taking the second set 27-25.

Led by a balanced offensive attack down the stretch, Fruitvale managed to fend off the Lady Hawks by taking the third set 25-22 and the fourth 25-20 to wrap up the four-set win. 

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