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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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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Lady Tigers fall to Bearettes, Rains

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Melanie Sullivan draws contact from the Lady Cat defense as she drives to the hoop for a layup.

The Wills Point Lady Tigers moved two steps closer to hitting the home stretch of District 13-4A play, hosting the Brownsboro Bearettes and Emory Rains Lady Cats during the past week.
Brownsboro, ranked 14th overall in the latest Texas Girls Coaches Association Weekly 4A Poll, jumped to an early double-digit lead against the Lady Tigers before cruising to a 61-27 win Jan. 13.
Led by Tiara and Tamaria Manning, the Bearettes jumped to a 25-7 lead after eight minutes of play. Wills Point tightened up their game on the defensive end of the court in the second quarter, holding Brownsboro to just eight points. Entering the half, the Lady Tigers trailed 33-11.
Brownsboro continued to pull away throughout the second half, outscoring Wills Point 12-9 in the third quarter and 16-7 in the fourth quarter to take home a 61-27 win.

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Tigers open District 13-4A play

The Wills Point Tigers began their march to a potential playoff berth during the past week, opening District 13-4A play with home dates against Brownsboro and Emory Rains. Wills Point finished the week with an 1-1 record, dropping a game against the Bears before picking up their first win against the Wildcats.
Wills Point took on Brownsboro Jan. 13, struggling to find offensive rhythm in a 59-32 loss to the Bears.
Brownsboro jumped out to a big lead early, outscoring the Tigers 16-5 after one quarter of play. Another 16-point offensive effort by the Bears in the second quarter pushed the Bear advantage to 32-15 entering the half.
With eight players registering points on the night, a balanced Brownsboro attack continued to push the lead further in the third and fourth quarters to take home the 27-point victory.

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Lady Tigers fall to Mabank, Van

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Emily Smith twists her way through the Lady Panther defense for a third quarter field goal.

The Wills Point Lady Tigers will need to make up ground quickly if they plan on reaching the postseason this season, dropping games against both Mabank and Van to fall to 0-2 overall in District 13-4A play.
Wills Point opened district play against Mabank Jan. 7 after a surprise snowfall delayed their original Jan. 6 contest. The Lady Panthers did not let the cold outside impact their offensive firepower in the game, hitting seven first half three-pointers en route to a 57-21 win.
Mabank took advantage of a sluggish Wills Point start in the game, racing out to a 15-0 lead midway through the first quarter. After eight minutes of play, the Lady Panthers held a 20-3 lead over the Lady Tigers.

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Tigers finish 15th at holiday tournament

The Wills Point Tiger traveled to Allen Dec. 27-29, competing in the Small School Bracket at the In-N-Out Burger Allen Holiday Invitational Basketball Tournament.
The tournament, one of the largest post-holiday tournaments in Texas included 15 other teams in the Small School Bracket: Princeton, Melissa, Legacy Christian Academy, Van Alstyne, Coram Deo Academy, Dallas HSAA Blue team, Krum, the Allen JV, Sunnyvale, John Paul II, Whitesboro, Crandall, Mabank, Gunter and Tatum.
Wills Point opened play against Van Alstyne, dropping to the consolation portion of the bracket with a 56-53 loss. The Tigers dropped to 0-2 during the first day of the tournament with a 58-36 loss to Sunnyvale.
The Tigers returned to Allen Dec. 28, putting together their best offensive showing of the tournament in a 67-55 loss Gunter. Michael McCormick and Doug Sheldon finished as Wills Point’s leading scorers, combining for 31 points in the game.


Lady Tigers finish second at Kaufman Tournament

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Fresh off a second place finish at the Kaufman Holiday Tournament, Wills Point will open District 13-4A play tonight (Jan. 6) against the visiting Mabank Lady Panthers.

The Wills Point Lady Tigers returned to the court following a brief break for the Christmas holiday, building up plenty of positive momentum heading into District 13-4A play by finishing second overall at the Kaufman Holiday Tournament. 
Wills Point finished 2-1 overall at the tournament, knocking off Anna and host Kaufman Dec. 27 before falling short against Malakoff in the tournament’s championship game Dec. 28.
The Lady Tigers played strong defense on the opening day of the tournament, getting past Anna 33-29 in a back and forth game. Wills Point took an 11-9 lead after one quarter of play in the contest.
Things slowed down considerably through the second and third quarters, with Anna and Wills Point combining to score just 12 points in the second quarter and eight in the third quarter.


Tigers enter break on high note

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Doug Sheldon draws a foul as he goes up for a basket against Ennis. Sheldon finished with a team-high 15 points in the Wills Point win. 

The Wills Point Tigers will carry a healthy dose of positive momentum with them as they reach the annual holiday break, topping Ennis 53-45 at home Dec. 19.

Wills Point struggled in the early going, falling behind 9-3 during the early stages of play. The Tigers got a slight boost in momentum just before the end of the opening quarter, getting a put back from Doug Sheldon with time winding down to cut the Ennis lead down to 9-5.

Three-point shooting helped turn the game's momentum in the second quarter, with Matt Mayfield connecting on three shots from long range and Jayton Oldacre adding another to give the Tigers a 25-23 lead entering the half.

Wills Point took advantage of its height advantage inside against Ennis in the third quarter, getting eight points from Doug Sheldon, and two each from Michael McCormick, Matt Mayfield and Tyler James to build a 39-29 lead with eight minutes to play.


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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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.


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