Sports

Mon
06
Feb

Softball fun

Photo by David Kapitan

Senior Kamree Clark fires a pitch during Wills Point's 16-14 scrimmage win over Grand Saline on Monday night. The Lady Tigers will officially open their 2017 season on the road against the Lady Indians Feb. 14.

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Sun
05
Feb

Tigers maintain third seed in District 13-4A

Photo by David Kapitan
Senior Doug Sheldon finished with 12 points against Van, six in both the first and second half of play.

The Wills Point Tigers strengthened their grip on a potential spot in the 4A playoffs last week, defending their home court with a 55-48 win during their first matchup of the season against the visiting Van Vandals.
Offense was hard to come by in the first quarter with turnovers and missed shots by both teams resulting in a 6-6 tie after eight minutes of play.
Wills Point looked to take a narrow lead into the half but Austin Hulsey delivered a buzzer beating jumper from the free throw line to keep the score tied at 17-17.
Not to be outdone, Wills Point turned the tables at the end of the third quarter as Matt Mayfield pulled off the same trick from just inside half court to give the Tigers a 35-34 lead heading into the fourth quarter.

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Sat
04
Feb

Offense struggles in 46-23 home loss

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Meredith Edwards looks for space underneath the basket as Van’s Macy Rucker (5) closes in.

The Van Lady Vandals delivered a virtuoso performance on the defensive end of the court during play against Wills Point, allowing no made field goals and just two free throws in an impressive 46-23 win over the Lady Tigers Jan. 27.
Led by four points from Catherine Gisore, three from Macy Rucker, and two each from Lacey Cates, Grace Santos, Makiah Dodd and Hannah Scott, Van built up a 15-1 lead after one quarter of play.
The game turned into a runaway in the second as the Lady Vandals outscored Wills Point 13-1 over an eight minute stretch to cruise into halftime with a 28-2 lead.
Wills Point's Addison Prather scored six points for the Lady Tigers in the third quarter, including the team's first field goal to move her team to within 36-14 entering the fourth quarter.

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Fri
03
Feb

Athletic program looks back at fall activities

Football Captains: Brody Bushnell, Caden Bennett, Sloan Rodberg, Chuck Smith, Lamont Thomas and Tyriq Burnett

The Wills Point High School athletic program put a brief pause on its spring activities last week, turning back the clock to recognize the accomplishments of coaches and student-athletes participating in team tennis, cross country, volleyball and football as part of the annual Fall Athletic Banquet Jan. 26.
Festivities opened with the recognition of athletic booster club officers, including president Matt Bennett, vice-president Jay Martinez, treasurer Danny LaJone and secretary Ember Harbaugh.
Coaches from all fall sports were present, introducing each member of the team, as well as both team and individual honors earned during the Fall 2016 semester.

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Fri
03
Feb

Spring soccer registration dates set

The Wills Point Youth Soccer Association has announced that signups for the upcoming Spring season will be conducted both online, at www.wpysa.net, and in person every Saturday in February at the middle school gymnasium. In person sign up times will be from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. each day.
The registration fee for children participating in the Under 6 and Under 8 classifications will be $50, and $60 in U10 and above. Those registering in person are asked to bring a copy of the child’s birth certificate.
Additional information about registration requirements are available by visiting wpysa.net. Questions can also be directed to Teresa Hernandez by phone at 903-603-6888 or via email jemily842003@yahoo.com, or Jelaina Ramzy at 972-824-9314 or jelmg@aol.com.

Mon
30
Jan

Cabela's King Kat Tournament Trail announced

The Cabela’s King Kat Tournament Trail will hit the waters of Lake Tawakoni at West Tawakoni, Texas March 4. This is the opportunity for local catfish anglers to compete for cash, prizes and a chance to advance to the Cabela’s King Kat North and South Championship.
This year's Northern Championship will be held September 22-23 on the Cumberland River (Old Hickory Lake) at Gallatin, Tennessee. The Southern Championship will be held October 6-7 on Lake Wateree at Camden, South Carolina. Be sure to check out our website at: www.kingkatusa.com and like our Cabela's King Kat Facebook Page. Both sites contain new and exciting information on our events along with special information for catfish anglers everywhere.
Registration

Sun
29
Jan

Canton, Mabank top Lady Tigers

The Wills Point Lady Tigers faced two tall tasks over the past week of District 13-4A basketball action, taking on the 18th ranked Canton Eaglettes and current district frontrunner Mabank in back-to-back games.
The Lady Tigers dropped each of those two games, falling to Canton by 42 points and 31 points to Mabank.
Canton began a three-game homestand Jan. 20 by welcoming Wills Point. The Eaglettes made it look easy against their in-county foe, building up a huge halftime lead and never looking back in a 68-26 win.
The Eaglettes were sharp on both ends of the court in the first quarter, helping Canton blow the game wide open with a 27-3 over the first eight minutes. Things continued to go Canton’s way in the second as the Eaglette advantage grew to 39-9.

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Sat
28
Jan

Tigers swat Eagles, fall to Panthers

The Wills Point Tigers took to the court twice over the past week, finishing 1-1 overall with a 12-point road win over the Canton Eagles and a 22-point loss to the Mabank Panthers.
Wills Point and Canton met for the first time during the 2016-’17 season Jan. 20 in a key game for both playoff positioning and bragging rights. Powered by 11 points each from Tyler James and Doug Sheldon, and a suffocating defensive effort in the second half, Wills Point took home a 39-27 win over the Eagles.
Play was hotly contested in each of the first two quarters as the Eagles built a 13-10 lead after eight minutes of play, and maintained a 20-19 lead entering the half.
Third quarter play would turn the tide in Wills Point's favor, however, as the Tigers came out of the half on a 13-3 run to take a 32-23 advantage into the final quarter.
Canton continued to struggle offensively down the stretch, scoring only four points in the final frame during the Tigers' 39-27 win.

Fri
27
Jan

Tennis team starts strong with three wins

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Aidan Phillips offers up a serve during play last week. Phillips won both of his singles matches against Jacksonville Jan. 23.

It has become easy to sound like a broken record when talking about the Wills Point Tiger tennis program: week after week, season after season, the program consistently produces winning players and teams.
That trend has continued into another spring tennis season for Wills Point, with the team defeating Whitehouse Jan. 12, Rockwall Jan. 19 and Jacksonville Jan. 23.
Scores against Rockwall included:
-Cassidy Wilcoxson def. Katie Scroeter, 6-0, 6-0; def. Emily Blaze, 8-1
-Maddie Hiler lost to Sophia Vela, 4-6, 0-6; def. Jane Doe, 8-4
-Jack Johns def. Cody O'Donnell, 6-4, 6-0; lost to McKnight, 1-8
-Aidan Phillips lost to Michael Rodriguez, 4-6, 6-0, 5-10
-Adams/Hatten lost to McKnight/Brown, 5-7, 4-6; lost to Amin/Hill, 7-9
-Booth/Hiler def. Consolman/Blaze, 6-3, 6-1; def. Consolman/Hogan, 8-6

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Sun
22
Jan

Fall Athletic Banquet scheduled

The Wills Point High School athletic department has announced that the annual Fall Athletic Banquet has been scheduled for Jan. 26 at 6 p.m. in the high school commons area.
A catered meal from Pudgy's will be served beginning at 6:15 p.m., and the awards presentation will begin at 7 p.m. Tickets may be purchased in advance in the athletic office for $15.
Student-athletes being recognized during the banquet will include participants in football, cross country, volleyball and team tennis.

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