Sports

Fri
25
Aug

Lady Cats win four of six

The Fruitvale Lady Cats continued non-district play last week, competing at the Eustace Tournament Aug. 17, 19 followed by a home date against East Texas Christian Academy Aug. 22. Fruitvale would play six times overall during the week, finishing with a 4-2 mark.

Fruitvale began pool play at the Eustace Tournament Aug. 17, winning three straight matches against Athens, East Texas Christian Academy and Kemp.

Coach Jerry Ptak stated, “The girls played outstanding against Athens. They lost the first set against Kemp but fought back to take the next two and nd played two close sets against ETCA but took them both.”

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Tue
22
Aug

WOODS, WATERS AND WILDLIFE

New hunting and fishing licenses go on sale Aug.15

 

What's so great about that?

 

Well, if new licenses are soon on sale, hunting seasons can't be far behind. And hunting seasons signal a change in the weather -- in this case, a change for the better. Raise your hand if you're as sick of this oven-like, breath-sucking heat as I am.

Sometime around mid-September each year, the first cool spell arrives. Occasionally, it comes a little earlier. Let's hope this year is one of those occasions.

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Tue
22
Aug

County football teams begin scrimmages

Canton, Edgewood, Fruitvale, Grand Saline, Van and Wills Point all took a major step forward towards the start of the 2017 this week, participating in their first preseason scrimmages against other schools Aug. 18-19.

Canton

The Canton Eagles were scheduled to be home twice, hosting Mt. Vernon Aug. 18 and Kaufman Aug. 24 in a pair of scrimmages to prep for the season opener Sept. 1.

Mt. Vernon should provide a solid test for the Eagles, coming off a season in which they finished 5-5 overall with a loss to White Oak in the bi-district round of the playoffs.

The Tigers will bring plenty of experience with them to Canton, returning eight starters on both sides of the ball.

Edgewood

The Edgewood Bulldogs will look to pick up where they left off during the 2016 season with scrimmages set to include a home matchup with Hughes Springs Aug. 18 and a scrimmage on the road in Mt. Vernon Aug. 24.

Tue
22
Aug

The Locker Room Show” returns to KMOO Monday night

The 2017 high school football season will feature the return of “The Locker Room Show” every Monday night from 6:30-8:30 p.m. beginning Aug. 28 on Mineola radio station KMOO (99.9 FM).

“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.

David Barber, sports correspondent for Van Zandt Newspapers, will be among the guests on the program each week.

The program will air live on location usually from an area restaurant in the KMOO listening area.

The first show for the 2017 season will originate from Moore’s Store in downtown Ben Wheeler Monday night leading up to KMOO’s live play-by-play broadcast of the regular season opener featuring the Van Vandals and the Mineola Yellowjackets set for Friday, Sept. 1 at Van’s Memorial Stadium.

Tue
22
Aug

“Hump Day Huddle” to air every Wednesday

Van Zandt Newspapers L. L. C. and Canton radio station KWJB (95.1 FM and 1510 AM) in Canton have announced a joint effort to cover high school football in Van Zandt County for the 2017 season.

As part of that agreement, a new weekly radio show will air every Wednesday during the season called “Hump Day Huddle,” hosted by David Barber, sports correspondent for Van Zandt Newspapers, and T. A. Hale and Shawn Stewart from the KWJB “Buzz Brothers.”

“Hump Day Huddle” will air every Wednesday at 10 a.m., 12 noon and 5 p.m. during the high school football season exclusively on KWJB.

The one-hour show each week will feature varsity football information on the Canton Eagles, the Van Vandals, the Wills Point Tigers, the Grand Saline Indians, the Edgewood Bulldogs and the Fruitvale Bobcats.

Barber, Hale and Stewart will review the previous Friday night football action in the county and look ahead to the upcoming Friday night matchups.

Tue
22
Aug

Lady Dogs win three of five matches

The Edgewood Lady Dogs got a jumpstart on the 2017 last week, hosting the Van Lady Vandals Aug. 8 before competing four times over two days at the Fairfield Tournament.

Edgewood opened its season in thrilling fashion against the Lady Vandals, securing a 25-11, 20-25, 19-25, 25-15, 15-12 win.

After an off date, the Lady Dogs traveled to Fairfield Aug. 10 for their first tournament appearance off the year. Edgewood suffered back-to-back losses to open tournament play, falling to both Life Waxahachie and Rockdale.

Poor play in both the first and third sets proved costly for Edgewood in a 25-13, 23-25, 25-10 loss to the Lady Mustangs.

The Rockdale Lady Tigers handed the Lady Dogs a second loss in as many matches later the same day, outdueling Edgewood 28-26, 25-19 in a two match sweep.

Led by 14 kills from Kenzie Smith and nine assists from both Tabitha Parker and Libby Martin, Edgwood made short work of Wortham in a 25-17, 25-17 win Aug. 12.

Fri
11
Aug

County football begin two-a-days

Van Zandt County football teams got back to the grind this week, opening up two-a-day workouts Aug. 7 in preparation for the upcoming season. County teams will face a tough task to beat their accomplishments from 2016 when three teams, Edgewood, Van and Wills Point each won at least a share of their respective district titles.

The Vandals put together the most dominant performance of any county team, reaching the Class 4A, Region I championship game during their Cinderella season.

Canton

The Canton Eagles, 7-4 overall in 2016 with a bi-district round playoff appearance, won each of their first four non-district games last season against Brownsboro, Grace Community, Mabank and Waxahachie Life.

Mon
07
Aug

Volleyball season begins with two-a-day workouts

Van Zandt County volleyball teams returned to the court this week, beginning preparations for the 2017 seasons with two-a-day workouts opening Aug. 1. Local teams will not have long to prepare for the season ahead, with most scheduled to scrimmage in various locales Aug. 4-5 and non-district play beginning Aug. 8.

Canton

Coach Liz Ramsey and the Canton Eaglette volleyball program enjoyed the highest of highs and the lowest of lows over the past two seasons, going from a team that won a district championship in 2015 to one that missed the playoffs entirely in 2016. Those growing pains were to be expected, however, due largely to the exodus of eight senior players from the district championship winning team and the number of Canton players receiving their first serious playing time at the varsity level.  

Thu
27
Jul

VZC football season nearing as two-a-days begin Aug. 7

As I enter my 36th consecutive football season covering the Van Vandals, it is hard to believe that varsity football players all over Van Zandt County will begin their preparations in nearly two weeks for the new campaign as two-a-day practices begin Monday, Aug. 7 with the regular season kicking off Friday, Sept. 1.

Despite recent temperatures and heat indexes reaching over 100 degrees, football season is just around the corner.

The Vandals will have 23 returning lettermen including five offensive and five defensive starters returning from a squad that advanced to the Class 4A, Division I quarterfinals last season.

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Wed
26
Jul

Epic ties for sixth place

The Epic softball team participated in the IFA-VTD 2017 Junior National Championships July 7-9. Out of 52 teams they finished tied for 6th place in the Diamond Division (which is the TOP bracket). Epic team members include (front row, l-r) Payton Bray, Jaycee Bullard, Laci Edwards, Peyton Young, Taryn Clayton, Coach Steve Stapleton (back row, l-r) Coach Kris Chitty, Chelsea Chitty, Coach Jeff Hughes, Allie Hughes, Lana Stapleton, Hadison Fults, Josie Krawietz and Coach Bart Clayton.

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