Sports

Wed
08
Nov

Tiger tennis team finishes third at State

The Wills Point Tiger tennis team continued to add milestones to its resume last week, capping the fall team tennis portion of the season by finishing third overall at the 4A UIL State Tennis Tournament in College Station Nov. 1-2.

Wills Point fought down to the wire, falling 10-4 to eventual runner-up Feredericksburg. The Tiger tennis program finishes the fall season with a sterling 16-3 record overall.

Individual scores included:

-Chase Daniell def. Broque Constantine, 6-4, 7-5

-Kash Adams def. Levi Wilkins, 7-5, 6-2

-Maddie Booth lost to Claire Maxe,y 6-0, 6-1

-Claire Hiler def. Caitlyn Halford, 3-6, 6-2, 10-8

-Chase Daniell/Aidan Phillips lost to Broque Constantine/Levi Wilkins, 3-6, 4-6

-Kash Adams/Jack Johns def. Noah Deleon/Jason Peete, 6-1, 6-4

-Josh Schreffler/Austin Etheridge lost to Blake Boubel/Thomas Wainwright, 6-3, 0-6, 8-10

Wed
08
Nov

Lady Tigers edged out in Regional Quarterfinals

The Wills Point Lady Tigers endured plenty of ups and downs throughout the 2017 season, overcoming a woeful 0-4 start to district play to fight their way back into playoff contention with the regular season winding down.

Despite some bouts of inconsistency along the way, Wills Point saved its best volleyball of the season during the final weeks of October and first week of November, opening their playoff run with a thrilling five-set win over Paris during the bi-district round of the playoffs back on Oct. 30.

Wills Point continued their steallar close to the season last week, hitting the court two more times en route to the program’s first Regional Quarterfinal round appearance since the 2001 season.

The Lady Tigers began their week by traveling to Lindale Nov. 4, rallying from a two-sets-to-none deficit to score a 15-25, 24-26, 25-22, 25-23, 15-9 win over the Gilmer Buckeyes.

Wed
08
Nov

Tiger pride

Wills Point High School won the "Spirit Ball" award sponsored by Mineola radio station KMOO (99.9 FM). The announcement was made prior to kick off last Friday night between the Wills Point Tigers and Dallas Lincoln. As part of the award, the WPHS Athletic Booster Club was presented a check for $100 from City Barber Shop in Wills Point, the sponsor of the award. Shown are Danny LaJone with the WPHS Athletic Booster Club, Tiger football players Bryan Mitchell and Brandon Smith, Stan Brown of the City Barber Shop, WP Head Football Coach and Athletic Director Greg Cranfill, Jeff White of KMOO, and football players Tyler James and Jacob Moore. The award is announced on KMOO's Friday Night Live following each football broadcast and is based on the number of callers supporting their schools.

Mon
06
Nov

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.

Mon
06
Nov

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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Mon
06
Nov

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.

Mon
23
Oct

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.

Mon
23
Oct

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

Mon
23
Oct

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.

Mon
23
Oct

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

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