Tigers take district lead with win over Rains, 51-8

Attempting to capture the District 4-6A, Division II championship for the second year in a row moved one step closer to becoming a reality Friday night as the Wills Point Tigers dominated the Rains Wildcats, 51-8, in Emory.

Coach Greg Cranfill’s Tigers captured their fourth consecutive victory to even their season mark at 4-4 but more importantly, they are now 3-0 in district play all alone in first place after previous co-leader, Dallas Lincoln, suffered a surprising 22-20 home defeat Friday night at the hands of the Ferris Yellowjackets.

Wills Point can capture the District 6-4A, Division II title outright if they defeat Dallas Lincoln at home in a 7:30 p.m. kickoff Friday and win at Ferris Nov. 10 in the regular season and district finale. Rains is now 1-7 overall and 0-3 in district action.


Tennis team punches ticket to State

The Wills Point Tiger tennis team continued its march to the 4A State Tennis Tournament last week, knocking off the rival Kaufman Lions in the Regional Final to book their ticket to College Station.

Wills Point finished the regular season by winning the District 13-4A championship before knocking off Pittsburg in the bi-district round, Bullard in the Area round, Kilgore in the Regional Quarterfinals, Frisco Lebanon Trail in the Regional Semifinals before a 10-8 win over the rival Kaufman Lions in Regional Final Oct. 27.

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Lady Tigers rally past Paris for bi-district title

The Wills Point Lady Tigers have been well-seasoned in playing their best volleyball with their backs against the wall this season, fighting back from the brink of missing the playoffs entirely to winning five of their last six contests to wrap up the fourth and final playoff position coming out of District 13-4A.

With their fourth place finish in district, the Lady Tigers advanced to take on District 14-4A Champion Paris Wildcats in the bi-district round. Wills Point and Paris had crossed paths twice before with the Wildcats recording a three-set win back on Aug. 26 and the Lady Tigers evening the season series Sept. 8 with a four-set win.

Despite playing three five-set matches in their final four district contests, the Lady Tigers perserved to outlast the Wildcats in yet another five-set match Oct. 30.


Tigers tame Mustangs for 41-28 win

The Wills Point Tigers celebrated Homecoming night on a winning note Oct. 13, forcing three Dallas Roosevelt turnovers en route to a 41-28 win over the Mustangs.

Roosevelt began play against Wills Point on offense, picking up a minimal gain on first down befoe being pushed back on a five-yard penalty. Facing a second down and 14 to go situation, the Mustangs attempted a pass across the middle that was intercepted by senior linebacker Bryan Mitchell at the 36-yard line. Mitchell proceeded to weave his way through Mustang players, reaching the end zone to give the Tigers a 6-0 lead less than three minutes into the game. Aidan Phillips added the PAT, extending the Tiger lead to 7-0 with 9:54 to play in the opening quarter.

Roosevelt fared slightly better on its second drive, picking up two first downs to reach midfield before being forced to punt the ball back to the Tigers.


Netters add bi-district crown

The Wills Point Tiger tennis team began its playoff run earlier, following up a regular season run that included the District 13-4A title with a 19-0 sweep of the Pittsburg Pirate tennis program in Lindale Oct. 16.

Individual results against Pittsburg included:

-Chase Daniell def. Grant McBee, 6-0, 6-0

-Kash Adams def. Jacobi Fletcher, 6-1, 6-2

-Jack Johns def. Maurico Burgess, 6-2, 6-0

-Josh Schreffler def. Draven Holms, 6-0, 6-0

-Jacob Sanford def. Daniel Nguyen, 6-3, 6-2

-Aidan Phillips def. Thomas Turner, 6-0, 6-0

-Austin Etheridge def. Caleb Fitch, 8-0

-Daniell/Phillips def. McBee/Fletcher, 6-2, 6-1

-Johns/Adams def. Burgess/Nguyen, 6-0, 6-0

-Schreffler/Etheridge def. Holmes/Fitch, 6-0, 6-0

-Maddie Booth def. Katelyn Holms, 6-0, 6-0

-Claire Hiler def. Deysy Ramirez, 6-0, 6-0

-Hope Turner def. Christina Calderon, 6-0, 6-0

-Hannah Gern def. Anita Chan, 6-0, 6-0


Lady Tigers outlast Canton, Van in five-set marathons

The Wills Point Lady Tigers continued to rise to the challenges of District 13-4A play over the past week, fending off rivals Canton and Van in five sets to extend their winning streak to four matches overall.

Wills Point pushed its winning streak to three matches in a row Oct. 13, topping Canton 16-25, 25-12, 25-15, 16-25, 15-12 in a seesaw affair.

Claire Hiler finished play against Canton with a team-leading 24 kills, followed by Melanie Sullivan with eight, Olivia McMath with six, Hope Turner with five, Jeslyn Martinez and Maddie Booth with two each and Kalyn Dryman with one.

Dryman topped all Lady Tiger players with five aces, McMath added three, and Sullivan and Turner added one each.

Wills Point totaled 90 digs as a team during the match, including 30 from Martinez, 14 each from Dryman and Turner and 11 from Booth.

Additionally, McMath and Turner each tied for the team lead with 23 assists.


Runners compete at District 13-4A Meet

Cross country teams from Brownsboro, Canton, Emory Rains, Mabank, Van and Wills Point traveled to Canton Oct. 12, competing at the District 13-4A Meet for a chance to extend their respective seasons by qualifying to run again at the Regional Meet in Grand Prairie Oct. 20. Wills Point finished first overall as a team in the varsity girls division with 26 points, ahead of Rains in second with 44 points and Van in third with 54 points.

Individual varsity girls results for Van Zandt County schools included:

-Canton: Madeline Null, third, 12:40; Darby Pruitt, fifth, 13:12

-Van: Macie Reynolds, second, 12:33; Isabel Romero, 11th, 14:01; Adriana Jimenez, 20th, 15:39; Grace Park, 23rd, 16:01; Gwen Mitchell, 25th, 17:08; and Mariana Romero, 26th, 17:13

-Wills Point: Hannah Sauceda, first, 12:28; Leslie Gonzalez, ninth, 13:50; Brisa Carillo, 10th, 13:53; Allison Wolfe, 12th, 14:13; Kaylee King, 14th, 14:23; and Jaylee Phillips, 27th, 17:53


Lady Tigers roar back into playoff contention

The Wills Point Lady Tigers entered last week in desperate need of wins to keep their playoff chances alive, entering play against Brownsboro at the bottom of the District 13-4A standings after an 0-4 start to district play.

Down but not out, Wills Point responded by playing its best match of the district slate against Brownsboro Oct. 6, dominating all three sets en route to a 25-18, 25-20, 25-12 win over the Bearettes.

The Lady Tigers finished the match with 34 total kills as a team, nearly double the total of Brownsboro's combined output (18).

Claire Hiler led all players with 14 kills overall, followed by Olivia McMath with seven, Melanie Sullivan with four, Maddie Booth and Kalyn Dryman with three each, Hope Turner with two and Dawn Smith with one.

Hope Turner finished as Wills Point's top server with four aces overall, followed by Melanie Sullivan and Kalyn Dryman with two each, and Claire Hiler and Maddie Booth with one apiece.


Balanced Tigers enter bye with 34-22 win

The Wills Point Tigers continued to chart a familiar course throughout the first five weeks of the 2017 season, following the pattern they established in 2016 by bouncing back from four consecutive losses to open the season with a 34-22 win over Hillsboro Sept. 29.

Wills Point began play on offense, maintaining possession for just two plays before fumbling the ball back to Hillsboro at the Tiger 39-yard line. After surrendering a first down to the Eagles, Wills Point's defense stood tall to force a turnover on downs on the Tiger 21-yard line.

Wills Point quickly flipped the field position battle, getting a 37-yard run from Vernon Morrow on the first play of their second drive to reach Eagle territory. Three plays later, Tyler James would find Seth Wilson for a 21-yard touchdown completion and a 6-0 Tiger lead. The PAT would sail wide right, keeping the Tigers in front by six points with 4:34 left to play in the first quarter.


Tigers roll past Van in district matchup

The Wills Point Tiger tennis team opened district play last week, continuing a weeks’ long trend of dominance with a 15-3 win over the rival Van Vandals.

Match results included:

-Chase Daniell def. Cody Pickett, 6-2, 6-0

-Kash Adams def. Hunter Perry, 6-1, 6-2

-Jack Johns def. Nick Pinkerton, 6-0, 6-2

-Austin Etheridge def. Tristen Reynolds, 6-1, 6-0

-Daniell/Phillips def. Pickett/Perry, 6-4, 6-2

-Adams/Johns def. Pinkerton/Everding, 6-0, 6-0

-Maddie Booth lost to Megan Nosworthy, 6-2, 4-6, 5-10

-Claire Hiler def. Abby Jones, 6-1, 6-2

-Hope Turner def. Shelby Jung, 6-3, 6-1

-Hannah Gern def. Faith Kirk, 1-6, 6-1, 10-4

-Maddie Hiler def. Madison Canfield, 7-5, 7-5

-Marissa LaJone def. Carli Davidson, 8-5

-Booth/Turner lost to Jones/Nosworthy, 4-6, 6-1, 9-11

-C. Hiler/Gern def. Kirk/Williams, 4-6, 6-0, 10-6

-M. Hiler/Lajone def. Davidson/Canfield, 4-6, 6-1, 10-8


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