Lady Cats to open district play

The Fruitvale Lady Cats wrapped up non-district play last week, sweeping past Cumberland Sept. 15 before falling just short against 4A Pittsburg Sept. 19.

Fruitvale made it look easy against Cumberland cruising to a three-set win. Callie Harris and Mattie Davis both had seven kills each. Lulu Campbell finished with a team-high 12 assists and Abby Williams added nine assists.

The Lady Cats hosted Pittsburg Sept. 19, falling 28-26, 22-25, 25-23, 25-15 to the Lady Pirates. Abby Williams finished play with five kills and seven assists, Callie Harris totaled nine kills, Lulu Campbell finished with 11 assists and two kills and Mattie Davis added seven kills.

Coach Jerry Ptak stated, “The girls played hard and just missed out on a couple of plays that could have gone either way. It was a good match to get ready for district play this Friday (Sept. 22).


Vandals stay red-hot with win

Van Zandt County football teams continued with non-district play last week, posting a combined 3-3 record overall during the season’s third week. Canton, Edgewood and Van all picked up wins with the Vandals improving to a county-best 3-0 overall with a 41-17 win over Lindale.

Fruitvale, Grand Saline and Wills Point all enter the fourth week of the season still looking for their first week of the season.

Through three weeks of the season, Van currently sits at 3-0, Canton and Edgewood are 2-1, and Fruitvale, Grand Saline and Wills Point are all 0-3. 


The Canton Eagles tallied their second consecutive win in as many weeks Sept. 15, jumping out to a big lead and never looking back in a 35-20 home win over the visiting Mabank Panthers. The 15-point win by the Eagles was the largest in the series since a 46-17 win by Canton during the 2014 season.


Five country teams compete at Canton Invitational

Twenty cross country teams from across the East Texas area, including Canton, Edgewood, Fruitvale, Van and Wills Point, traveled to Canton Sept. 16, competing in this year's Canton Invitational Cross Country Meet.

Varsity Boys Results

Canton was the top team finisher among county schools, placing third overall behind Kaufman and Mabank. Wills Point finished fifth, Edgewood ninth, Van 11th, and Fruitvale did not qualify for the team competition with only one runner in the field.

Individual results included:

-Canton: Jonathan Bourquin, 14th, 18:20.66; Garrett Stapleton, 19th, 18:40.11; Wilson Null, 24th, 18:55.96; Kevin Nixon, 29th, 19:19.46; and Gage Bullard, 40th, 19:55.45

-Edgewood: Nobel Smith, 4th, 17:34.91; Brodie Prather, 34th, 19:38.78; Tanner Patterson, 54th, 20:56.72; Nash Heddin, 57th, 21:19.37; and Emanuel Fernandez, 58th, 21:20.42

-Fruitvale: Jereamiah Davis, 77th, 25:58.51


Vandals celebrate Homecoming by outlasting Palestine, 49-28

In a contest that saw both teams struggle with penalties, the Van Vandals showed more firepower and determination in the end as they broke a 28-28 deadlock with three unanswered second half touchdown drives to post a hard fought 49-28 Homecoming victory over the Palestine Wildcats Friday night to remain undefeated.

Coach Jared Moffatt’s Vandals concluded their non-district schedule at 4-0 as they now prepare to open District 8-4A, Division I competition against the Crandall Pirates Friday in a 7:30 p.m. kickoff in Crandall.

During pre-game ceremonies at Van’s Memorial Stadium prior to kick off between Van and Palestine, Taylor Tallant was named as the 2017 Van High School Homecoming Queen and Jake Kellam was selected as the 2017 VHS Homecoming King.

The matchup featuring the Vandals and the Wildcats saw both teams combine for 41 first downs and 791 yards of total offense.


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.


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