Tennis team finishes second at Regionals

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The Wills Point Tiger tennis team finishes its fall season as one of the top eight teams in the state. P

The Tiger tennis team finished its fall season by placing second in the Regional Tournament held in Grapevine Oct. 27-28.

Coach Ann Daniell stated, "Only one team from the Regional Tournament advances to the State Tournament. We couldn't be more proud of our kids. We didn't play our best in the finals but our kids played hard. Senior Maddie Baker had one amazing tournament. She is our only player that did not lose a match in District, at Area and at Regionals. She won the match to win our nail biter against Center to make it to the finals!"

Tigers defeated Carrollton Ranchview 10-1 in the first round of competition. Not every Tiger player was finished with their match because of the team reaching 10 wins so quickly. Results included:

-Chase Daniell def. Jung Choi, 6-0, 6-0

-Jack Johns def. Kian Ghalibah, 6-3, 6-2

-Daniell/Johns def. Jung/Mistry, 6-0, 6-1

-McCormack/Adams lost to Ghalibaf/Iwama, 6-3, 2-6


Defensive stand, late touchdown secures 24-22 win

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Tiger captains Caden Bennett, Lamont Thomas, Brody Bushnell and Sloan Rodberg make their way to midfield for the coin toss. 

Tigers wrap up district title 



Wills Point has shown plenty of resiliency throughout the 2016 season, bouncing back from an 0-4 start and season ending injuries to multiple key contributors to run off five consecutive wins and claim the top spot in District 6-4A.

The latest chapter to Wills Point’s story was written at Forester Field on Friday night, with the Tigers facing off against a Dallas Lincoln team that entered play with an identical 3-0 record in district play.

Down a quarterback due to an injured ankle suffered by Caden Bennett near the final stages of Wills Point’s 21-7 win over Emory Rains Oct. 21, the Tigers got a solid performance under center from junior quarterback Tyler James in a 24-22 come from behind win over Lincoln that wrapped up the top seed in district play.


Tigers win district, Area titles

The Wills Point Tiger tennis program is no stranger to accolades and awards, having taken home plenty of hardware during both the fall and spring tennis seasons. The new school year is playing out in a similar way, with Wills Point dominating both the District Tournament Oct. 13 and the Area Tournament Oct. 20 to advance to the Regional Tournament.

Scores for Wills Point players against Van at the District Tournament included:

-Chase Daniell def. Cortland Davidson, 6-4, 7-5

-Jack Johns def. Chris Catlin, 6-2, 7-5

-Brandon Hatten lost to Cody Pickett, 4-8

-Aidan Phillips def. Hunter Perry, 7-6, 6-1

-Kash Adams def. Jabob Bumgardner, 6-1, 6-0

-Michael McCormack def. Nick Pinkerton, 6-1, 6-0

-Jeremiah Brown def. Austin Everding, 8-4

-Daniell/Johns def. Davidson/Pickett, 3-6, 6-2, 10-3

-Adams/McCormack def. Catlin/Perry, 6-1, 6-2

-Schreffler/Phillips def. Bumgardner/Pinkerton, 6-1, 6-3


Lady Tigers survive to play again

The Wills Point Lady Tigers entered the final home match of the district calendar knowing what was at stake, needing a win over Brownsboro to claim the final playoff spot in District 13-4A play and advance to the bi-district round of the playoffs.

While the match may not gone entirely as scripted, the Lady Tigers lived to fight another day by pulling out an emotional 25-21, 23-25, 21-25, 25-23, 15-7 win over the Bearettes.

Enthusiasm and energy were high on the court even before the serve, as Wills Point recognized the senior members of the team during a pre-match ceremony.

Those recognized included players Kamree Clark, Gaby Gonzalez, Kelsey James, Darya Ross, Emily Smith, Hannah Wright and volleyball team manager Greg McBride.


Five turnovers spark 21-7 win over Rains

The Wills Point Tigers accomplished their primary objective entering the season Oct. 21, clinching a spot in the postseason courtesy of a 21-7 win over the visiting Emory Rains Wildcats and losses by both Dallas Roosevelt (to Canton) and Ferris (to Dallas Lincoln) against other district foes.

Defense was the name of the game for the Tigers against Emory Rains, with Wills Point defenders generating five Wildcat turnovers in a shutdown effort.

Rains began the night on offense, utilizing a heavy dose of running back Dylon Mosely to move from their own 22-yard line into Tiger territory. Set up at the Tiger 29-yard line after eight consecutive Mosely carries and a sneak by quarterback Dusty Rhodes, the Tiger defense would notch their first turnover of the night on a sack, forced fumble and fumble recovery by junior defensive end Trey Patterson.


County runners compete at district meet

Runners representing Brownsboro, Canton, Emory Rains, Mabank, Van and Wills Point made their way to Canton Monday morning, competing in the District 13-4A Cross Country Meet with a chance to advance to the Regional Cross Country Meet on the line.

Varsity Boys

The Mabank Panthers finished first overall as a team in the varsity boys division, finishing with seven runners among the top 14 finishers. Mabank finished with 28 total points, ahead of second place Canton with 37 points and third place Wills Point with 83 points. All three teams will run again at the Regional Cross Country Meet Oct. 29.

Results for Canton runners included: Cordale Harrison, third, 17:52; Matthew Hook, fifth, 18:17; Jaeden Miller, sixth, 18:24; Juan Ruiz, eighth, 18:37; Garrett Stapleton, 15th; Jonathan Bourquin, 16th; Bryce Terry, 23rd


Lady Tigers stay in district chase

The Wills Point Lady Tigers picked up their biggest win of the season Oct. 14, avenging an earlier loss to the Canton Eaglettes to pick up their second win of district play.

Wills Point and Canton first crossed paths on the court during the first round of district play Sept. 27, with the Eaglettes surviving in a five-set thriller: 25-23, 22-25, 25-23, 18-25, 15-12.

The second meeting between the two teams would play out much differently, with Wills Point players consistently outplaying their Canton counterparts with a four set.

Wills Point’s big hitting kept the Eaglettes at bay in the first set, leading to a 25-16, one set to none lead.

Set two played out in a similar manner, as the Lady Tigers outplayed Canton in all facets took control behind a 25-20 stretch.


Tigers swat Eagles in key district showdown

The Wills Point Tigers entered play against Canton with plenty on the line, looking to avenge a heartbreaking loss to the Eagles in 2015, extend their current winning streak to three games and, most importantly, tighten their grip on a spot in the 2016 playoffs.

Led by a raucous crowd of Tiger supporters and a dominant running game, Wills Point took care of business on all fronts against the Eagles with a 32-29 win at Norris Birdwell Stadium in Canton Oct. 14.

The Eagles opened play on offense, marching from their own 29-yard line into Tiger territory with relative ease. A 13-yard completion from Hunter Moore to Tanner Moore, coupled by several runs from both Hunter Moore and Dylan Cox moved Canton to the 25-yard line of Wills Point.


Tennis team routs Crandall, Argyle

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The Wills Point Tiger tennis team continues to impress, adding two more dominant victories to their resume over the past week. Tiger players are scheduled to be back in action against Oct. 20, competing in the Area Tournament at Longview High School.

The Wills Point Tiger tennis team put on a clinic over the course of the past week, hammering their way past both the Crandall Pirates and Argyle Eagles in convincing fashion.

Crandall never stood a chance against Wills Point, as Tiger players finished a perfect 19-0 in matches. Results included:

-Chase Daniell def. Eric Conner, 6-0, 6-1

-Jack Johns def. Isiah Lathem, 6-0, 6-1

-Brandon Hatten def. Jordan Dunlap, 7-5, 6-1

-Kash Adams def. Zach Girouard, 6-3, 6-1

-Aidan Phillips def. Keval Patel, 6-0, 6-3

-Mickey McCormack def. Brandon Saulter, 6-0, 6-1

-Josh Schreffler lost to Zach Girouard, 7-9

-Jeremiah Brown def. Dakota Frankum, 8-2

-Daniell/Johns def. Girouard/Moffitt, 6-1, 6-0

-Adams/McCormack def. Lathem/Dunlap, 6-0, 6-2

-Phillips/Schreffler def. Saulter/Patel, 6-0, 6-2

-Cassidy Wilcoxson def. Hannah Edmonds, 6-0, 6-0

-Kelsey James def. Haylea Hunsaker, 6-0, 6-2


Lady Tigers earn first district winS

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Senior Kamree Clark and the rest of the Wills Point Lady Tigers were set to take on the rival Canton Eaglettes in Canton today (Oct. 14).

The Wills Point Lady Tigers got themselves back on the winning track this past week, breaking through a four match winless stretch in district play with a win over Brownsboro Oct. 7.

Wills Point started its week facing arguably the toughest opponent on their 2016 schedule, tangling with Emory Rains Oct. 4.

The Lady Cats currently find themselves as the fourth ranked team in the latest Texas Girls Coaches Association 4A State Poll, having started their season with a blistering 28-7 start to their season.

Wills Point put together a tough effort against Emory Rains, dropping the first set by a narrow 25-22 margin. The Lady Cats began to put distance between themselves and Wills Point in the second set, cruising to a 25-16 set win.

Emory Rains closed out the Lady Tigers with more sharp play, playing up to their rankings by finishing the sweep with a 25-17 set win.


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