Tigers to host annual tournament March 9-11

The Wills Point Tigers will be able to enjoy the comforts of home for the first time since the start of the regular season beginning this week, welcoming seven other schools for the annual Wills Point Classic Baseball Tournament March 9-11.

Teams scheduled to appear in the three-day event will include Community, Eustace, Kemp, North Lamar, Princeton, Sunnyvale and Waxahachie Life.

Wills Point, competing in Group 1 during pool play, were scheduled to take on Eustace for a 7:25 p.m. first pitch March 9, and Community and Sunnyvale in back-to-back games today (March 10) beginning at 11:05 a.m.

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Lindale rallies for 12-8 win over Wills Point

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Senior third baseman Meredith Edwards slides safely into second base during the middle innings against the Lindale Eagles March 7.

The Wills Point Lady Tigers crammed a season's worth of ups and downs into one game on Tuesday night, building up a seemingly insermountable lead only to watch Lindale mount a furious comeback that ultimately culminated in a 12-8 loss.

After getting three quick outs against Lindale in the top of the first inning, Wills Point wasted little time in getting on the scoreboard during their first opportunity at bat.

Alexis Mosley began the inning with a single to left, followed by a single to center by Meredith Edwards.

A misplayed groundball by the Lindale defense helped to load the bases, and a similar scenario on a Dee Donaldson grounder helped to produce the first run of the game for the Lady Tigers.

Jeslyn Martinez picked up an RBI by beating out a bunt single, followed by a an RBI sacrifice fly from Harley Sieber, an RBI double from Hailey Hoover and an RBI on a bunt by Olivia McMath.


Lady Tigers finish second at Big Sandy

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The Lady Tiger offense generated more than 15 runs per game during a recent 4-1 stretch at the Big Sandy Tournament, including a 26-run outburst against Tyler.

The Wills Point Lady Tigers put together a complete team effort during their stay at the Big Sandy Tournament Feb. 23-25, outscoring opponents 78-9 to finish with a runner-up finish.

Wills Point started their tournament run with three consecutive shutout wins, blasting Como Pickton, Union Grove and Big Sandy in successive games Feb. 23.

The Lady Tigers dominated from the first pitch against Como-Pickton, needing just 2.5 innings to record a 21-0 win.

Kamree Clark and Adrianna Holland combined for the shutout win, allowing just a hit between them.

Offensively, Jeslyn Martinez finished 4/4 with 3 RBI and three runs scored, Dee Donaldson finished 3/4 with a triple, 3 RBI and two runs scored, and Kamree Clark finished 1/3 with 3 RBI and three runs scored to lead the way.

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Two Lady Tigers named to All-District Team

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Left: Emily Smith. Right: Senior Meredith Edwards

With another season officially in the books for District 13-4A girls basketball teams, coaches released their list of student athletes that have earned Superlative and All-District recognition for the 2016-'17 season.

Canton and Van each took home one Superlative honor and multiple All-District nods, while Wills Point placed two on the Honorable Mention All-District team.

Superlative honorees included:

-MVP: Tamaria Manning, Brownsboro

-Offensive Player of the Year: Kenna Kellam, Rains

-Defensive Player of the Year: Kenley Nixon, Canton; Hannah Hudson, Mabank

-Newcomer of the Year: Macy Rucker, Van

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Tigers open 2017 baseball season

The Wills Point Tigers kicked off another baseball season at the Farmersville Tournament Feb. 23-25, looking to match and possibly even exceed the bi-district title the program captured during the 2016 season.

Wills Point struggled offensively throughout most of the tournament, getting held to one run in each of their first three outings before breaking through to finish the tournament with a 1-4 record overall.

The Tigers clashed with Paris North Lamar Feb. 23, registering just two hits over five innings in a 9-1 loss. Chuck Smith and Seth Wilson picked up the lone hits for the Tigers, while Sam Berberich finished with the lone RBI in the contest.

Errors proved costly for the Tigers in their second game of the tournament with three miscues paving the way for a 4-1 Farmersville win. 


Lifters compete at Jackrabbit Invitational

Wills Point powerlifters traveled to Forney High School Feb. 18, competing in the 10 annual Jackrabbit Invitational Meet. Lady Tiger lifters finished 12th overall out of 17 teams at the event, ahead of Kaufman, Melissa, Sunnyvale, Argyle and Terrell. Individual girls results included:

-132 lb. weight class: Abbie Phillips, fourth place, 585 lbs. lifted

-148 lb. weight class: Olivia McMath, scratched; Brooklyn McCormick, scratched

-165 lb. weight class: Christina Magyar, 13th place, 435 lbs. lifted; Cobi Davis, scratched; Katie Willis, scratched

-220 lb. weight class: Artis Taylor, 260 lbs. lifted

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Tennis team earns three-peat of Spring Hill Invitational

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Jack Johns, who finished third overall in boys singles, gets positioned for a backhand during the Spring Hill Invitational.

The Wills Point Tiger tennis team continued to reign at the Spring Hill Invitational Tennis Tournament Feb. 16, winning first overall at the event for the third consecutive year. The Tigers finished with 120 points, ahead of second place Nacogdoches with 114, third place finishers Kilgore and Spring Hill with 101 points, fourth place Henderson with 62, fifth place Grand Saline with 54 and sixth place Gladewater with 42.

In addition to the team title, individual medalists included Chase Daniell and Kelsey James winning first in mixed doubles, Cassidy Wilcoxson winning first in girls singles, Maddie Booth and Kash Adams winning second in mixed doubles, Hope Turner and Maddie Baker winning second in girls doubles, Jack Johns winning third in boys singles, and Maddie Hiler and Hannah Gern winning third in girls doubles.

Results included:


Lady Tigers play six in three days

Photo by Tonia Edwards
The Wills Point Lady Tiger softball team was scheduled to compete in their second tournament of the 2017 season beginning Feb. 23 in Big Sandy. The next Wills Point home game will be March 7 against Lindale.

The Wills Point Lady Tigers wasted little time in getting a jump on their 2017 season, taking to the field six times over a three-day stretch with games at the Sulphur Springs Tournament sandwiched around a home date against Quinlan.

The Lady Tigers began play at the Sulphur Springs Tournament Feb. 16 with a contest against Caddo Mills. Defensive miscues and solid Caddo Mills hitting proved to be less than ideal for the Lady Tigers in a 15-2, four-inning loss.

Wills Point finished with just three hits in the contest, getting singles from Hailey Hoover, Dee Donaldson and Alexis Mosley. MacKenzie Bolt registered the lone RBI for the Lady Tigers with a second-inning sacrifice against the Lady Foxes.

Wills Point kept things more competitive in their second game of the tournament, dropping a 9-7 decision to Omaha Paul-Pewitt. Errors were once again a key storyline with three Wills Point errors leading to six unearned runs.


Season ends in bi-district round loss

The Wills Point Tigers faced a tough task during the bi-district round of the playoffs. After finishing as the third seed out of District 13-4A play, the Tigers were paired with a talented Pleasant Grove Hawks team that finished as the runner-up in District 14-4A play.

Wills Point put together a gutty effort, overcoming a turnover prone first half to come up just short in a 58-49 loss to Pleasant Grove.

Things went well for Wills Point in the early stages of the first quarter with the Tigers grabbing a 6-0 lead on the Hawks. Pleasant Grove proceeded to go on a run of their own, answering the Tiger challenge to pull ahead 18-13 at the end of the first quarter.

The Hawks maintained the positive momentum throughout the second quarter, extending their advantage by outscoring the Tigers 16-9 to lead 34-22 entering the half.

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Rodberg, Burnett named to TSWA 4A All-State Team

A good football season continued to get even better for the Wills Point Tiger athletic program, with the announcement of this year’s Collin Street Bakery/Texas Sports Writers Association Class 4A All-State Team.

Two Wills Point players were honored with three separate positions by the TSWA. Sloan Rodberg, already a double All-State honoree by the Texas Associated Press Sports Editors, pulled off the same trick once again according to the TSWA by being named a Second Team All-State linebacker and an Honorable Mention All-State tight end.

Tyriq Burnett, an All-State honoree following both his sophomore and junior seasons, made it three All-State nod in as many years by being recognized as an Honorable Mention performer at defensive line following his senior campaign.

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