Sports

Fri
23
Dec

Lady Tigers to participate in Kaufman Tournament

The Wills Point Lady Tigers will get one last tune-up before the start of district play, participating in the 26th annual Kaufman Holiday Tournament Dec. 27-28. 

Entrants in the two-day tournament are set to include Anna, Kaufman, Malakoff, Paris, Quinlan Ford, Scurry and South Garland.

The Lady Tigers are scheduled to be among the first teams to take to the court as part of the tournament, taking on Scurry beginning at 8:30 a.m. on Dec. 27 in the high school gym.

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Sat
17
Dec

Three Tigers named to Academic All-State Team

The Texas High School Coaches Association Academic All-State Teams annually recognize high school athletes who excel in the following categories: GPA, class rank and ACT/SAT score.

To be nominated for Academic All-State, a student must be: an athlete, student trainer or manager in good standing with the team; of good moral character; a senior; and have an overall grade point average of 92 or above (including courses from grades 9-11 and courses completed from grade 12).

Among this year’s Academic All-State Football Teams were three players each from Wills Point and Grand Saline, as well as a player from Edgewood.

Sat
17
Dec

Lady Tigers nearing start of district play

Photo by David Kapitan

Hope Turner puts up a jump shot from the wing during play against Caddo Mills Dec. 8 in Edgewood.

The Wills Point Lady Tigers continued to edge their way closer to the start of district play, traveling to Edgewood Dec. 8-10 for the annual Edgewood Varsity Tournament.

Playing in a field that included Cumby, Alvarado, Brook Hill, Quitman, Sulphur Springs, Peaster, Scurry-Rosser, North Lamar, Kaufman, Campbell, Mineola and Caddo Mills, the Lady Tigers finished 1-2 overall.

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Fri
16
Dec

Rodberg doubles up on All-State honors

Sloan Rodberg

The Texas Associated Press Sports Editors released its list of All-State High School Football Teams earlier this week, honoring the best players from around the state in every classification.

Senior Sloan Rodberg, already named the District 6-4A MVP following Wills Point’s perfect 5-0 record in district, was honored twice by the APSE for his stellar all-around season. In 12 total games played, Rodberg finished his season with 217 tackles, an interception, a blocked punt, nine caused fumbles and a fumble recovery on defense, and added three carries for 14 yards and a touchdown and seven catches for 86 yards and another score on offense.

With his performance, Rodberg was selected as a member of the 4A All-State First Team Offense and also named a member of the Honorable Mention 4A All-State Team on defense. 

Fri
16
Dec

Defense carries Tigers to consolation title

Photo by David Kapitan

Michael McCormick fires up a three-point shot from the wing as part of a seven-point effort Dec. 9.

The Wills Point Tigers bounced back from a tough start at their home tournament, rallying back from a tournament-opening loss to win three consecutive games and finish as the consolation bracket champions.

Wills Point opened play Dec. 8 against Alvarado, falling behind 29-19 at the end of the first half and never recovering in a 43-34 loss.

Michael McCormick led all Tiger players in scoring with 10, followed by Doug Sheldon with nine, Tyler James with six, Matt Mayfield with five, and Jacob Davis and Jacob Moore with two each.

The Tigers returned to the court Dec. 9, taking on a Lindale Eagles team that lost its tournament opener to Ferris. Wills Point put together a strong defensive effort in the contest, holding Lindale to just nine fourth quarter points in a 41-38 come-from-behind win.

Sun
11
Dec

Tigers to host annual Tournament

Photo by David Kapitan

Jacob Moore and the Tigers participated in the Jack Shellnut Basketball Tournament in Edgewood last weekend. 

The Wills Point Tigers have found themselves in the midst of their busiest stretch of the 2016-’17 season in recent weeks, participating in the 50th annual Jack Shellnut Basketball Tournament in Edgewood Dec. 1-3 before returning home to host their own tournament Dec. 8-10.

The Tigers began their tournament run against host Edgewood Dec. 1, falling 56-31 to the same Bulldog team that has already tallied two wins over Wills Point rival Canton this season. Wills Point narrowly came up short in their second and final pool play game of the tournament against Wolfe City, falling 38-35 Dec. 2.

Placed in the bronze bracket after the completion of pool play, Wills Point wrapped a winless run in Edgewood with back-to-back losses against both Hooks and Quinlan Ford Dec. 3.

Sat
10
Dec

Lady Tigers to return to tournament action

Photo by David Kapitan

Adrianna Holland (33) puts up a short runner in the lane over the outstretched arm of a Quitman defender. 

The Wills Point Lady Tigers hosted their annual tournament Dec. 1-3, welcoming a field that included Anna, Brownsboro, Dallas Thunder, Edgewood, Heritage, Kaufman, Kemp, Life, Malakoff, Quitman and Trinity Christian Academy.

Wills Point opened tournament play with a contest against Quitman Dec. 1, using a big defensive performance in the third and fourth quarters to register a 56-28 win over the Lady Dogs.

The Lady Tigers returned to the court Dec. 2, taking on Malakoff for a shot to move into a championship bracket semifinal game against eventual tournament runner-up Dallas Thunder.

Sun
04
Dec

Coach of the Year

The Texas Tennis Coaches Association recently announced that Wills Point's Len Turner has been named its Tennis Coach of the Year in the 4A classification. Turner, shown with his wife Angel, daughter Hope and son Lance, has been a coach in Wills Point for the past 13 years, will be recognized at the annual TTCA Coaches Convention Dec. 2. Looking back, Turner called the program's 2014 Regional Final win over Kaufman his favorite memory. Along with coach Ann Daniell, Turner has helped guide the tennis program to the State Tennis Tournament four times.  

Sat
03
Dec

Clark honored as Co-Defensive Player of the Year

Photo by David Kapitan

Senior Kamree Clark was the lone Wills Point volleyball player to receive Superlative recognition for her play during the 2016 season, earning Co-Defensive Player of the Year honors alongside Alli Lloyd of Van. 

The Wills Point Lady Tigers extended their streak of playoff appearances to five seasons this year, finishing fourth overall in a stacked district that included perennial state title contender Rains, as well as Canton, Van, Mabank and Brownsboro.

With all volleyball matches completed, District 13-4A coaches released their list of Superlative and All-District honorees. Not surprisingly, district champion Rains took home four Superlative honors, while also placing three players on the All-District First Team.

County rivals Van and Wills Point each took home one Superlative honor, with Alli Lloyd and Kamree Clark earning a share of Defensive Player of the Year honors.

Superlative winners included:

-District MVP: Shelbi Sheppard, Rains; Charlotte Bradshaw, Rains

-Offensive POY: Kailey Currington, Mabank

-Defensive POY: Kamree Clark, WP; Alli Lloyd, Van

-Setter of the Year: Rylie Andrews, Mabank

Sat
03
Dec

Lady Tigers to host annual tournament

The Wills Point Lady Tigers will get to enjoy an extended homestay Dec. 1-3, hosting 11 other varsity teams as part of the annual Lady Tigers Basketball Classic.

Games were scheduled to kick off as follows Dec. 1: TCA vs. Edgewood, 10 a.m.; Life vs. Heritage, 11:30 a.m.; Kaufman vs. Kemp, 1 p.m.; Brownsboro vs. Dallas Thunder, 2:30 p.m.; Wills Point vs. Quitman, 4 p.m.; Anna vs. Malakoff, 5:30 p.m.

Should the Lady Tigers win against Quitman, they would take the court again at 1:30 p.m. Dec. 2 to play the winner of the Anna-Malakoff game.

Should Wills Point lose its tournament opener, they would move to the consolation portion of the bracket to take on the loser of the Anna-Malakoff game at 3 p.m. Dec. 2.

Final tournament finishes will be determined in games played Dec. 3.

Wills Point is also scheduled to be home next week, hosting Athens Dec. 6.

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