Sports

Sat
15
Oct

Cross country teams finish non-district

The Wills Point cross country team took part in its final tune-up before competing at the district meet Oct. 17, racing in Lindale Oct. 6.

Wills Point fielded two teams in the 4A varsity boys division. The Tiger varsity finished eighth overall out of 16 teams, led by David Umana in a time of 18:51. Other varsity boys finishers included Cade Davis in 19:34, Aidan Phillips in 19:39, Ricky Navarro in 19:58, Edwin Figueroa in 20:43, Adam Shorter in 20:44 and Matt Mayfield in 22:21.

The JV boys were led by Chase Phillips in a time of 22:42, followed by Gerardo Gonzalez in 23:30, Trenton McCarver in 24:15, Christian Aquino in 24:58, and Luis Ortiz in 25:37.

Sun
09
Oct

Torres, Phillips with first Ferris Meet

The Wills Point Tiger cross country team continued to inch its way closer to its district meet, competing in Ferris Oct. 1.

The girls varsity team placed second overall, led by Gaby Gonzalez's fifth place finish in a time of 14:07. Gonzalez was followed by Elizabeth Cockerham’s time of 14:40 in seventh, Natalee Darst’s time of 14:57 for 9th, Brisa Carrillo time of 15:05 for 12th, and Abbie Phillips time of 18:36 for 23rd.

Aidan Phillips led the boys with a third place finish with a time of 18:37, followed by David Umana in ninth with a time of 19:15, Ricky Navarro in 16th with a time of 19:46, Adam Shorter in 18th with a time of 19:57, Edwin Figueroa in 22nd with a time of 20:08, Cade Davis in 24th with a time of 20:18, and Matt Mayfield in 31st with a time of 21:52. The boys team placed third overall.

Sat
08
Oct

“The Locker Room Show” on KMOO to broadcast live from Grand Saline Monday night

“The Locker Room Show” on Mineola radio station KMOO (99.9 FM), will be broadcasting live from Salt Lickers in downtown Grand Saline Monday night from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

“The Locker Room Show” features high school football correspondents from around the KMOO listening area reviewing the previous Friday night matchups and looking ahead to the following Friday night gridiron contests.

David Barber, sports correspondent for Van Zandt Newspapers, will be among the guests on the program each week.

KMOO will be broadcasting the Grand Saline/Winnsboro varsity football game live on Friday, October 14 in Grand Saline.

All football fans are invited to come out and be a part of “The Locker Room Show” on KMOO every Monday night during the high school football season.

Fri
07
Oct

Tigers ready for district opener

The Wills Point Tigers entered the 2016 season with plenty of expectations, pegged by many preseason prognosticators as either the first or second seed coming out of District 6-4A Division II and a playoff qualifier.

After five weeks of non-district play and a bye week, the Tigers will finally be ready to see if they can meet or exceed those pre-season predictions with the start of district play scheduled for tonight (Oct. 7).

Matchups for the first week of District 6-4A play are scheduled to include Canton traveling to Ferris, Wills Point traveling to Dallas Roosevelt and Dallas Lincoln hosting Emory Rains.

Canton finished as leaders of the pack during non-district play, finishing with a 4-1 record overall. Three teams, Lincoln, Ferris and Rains, all finished with 3-2 records while Roosevelt finished at 2-3 and Wills Point finished at 1-4.

Statistical leaders for Wills Point at the halfway point of the season include:

Fri
07
Oct

State ranked tennis team plays twice

Courtesy Photo
The doubles team of Jack Johns and Chase Daniell finished with a 1-1 record overall last week, including a 6-3, 7-6 win over Kaufman.

The Wills Point Tiger tennis team was in action twice over the course of the past week, competing against Kaufman in a series of hard fought matches Sept. 22 and against Van Sept. 29.

Kaufman, ranked third overall in the state among all 4A teams according to the Texas Tennis Coaches Association, got the better of Wills Point, ranked sixth in the state according to the TTCA, in 12 out of 19 matches played.

Scores against Kaufman included:

-Chase Daniell def. Mark Dominguez, 6-4, 6-3

-Jack Johns lost to Derian Hernandez, 2-6, 2-6

-Aidan Phillips lost to Hayden Owens, 1-6, 0-6

-Kash Adams lost to Rudy Perez, 0-6, 1-6

-Brandon Hatten lost to Michael Sij, 1-6, 1-6

-Michael McCormack lost to Jacob Reznicek, 2-6, 2-6

-Josh Schreffler lost to Heime Uumas, 2-8

-NJ Shelton lost to Nick Vega, 3-8

-Daniell/Johns def. Dominguez/Perez, 6-3, 7-6

-Adams/McCormack lost to Hernanzez/Owens, 3-6, 6-4 5-10

Wed
05
Oct

County rivals keep Lady Tigers searching

Photo by David Kapitan
Olivia McMath soars high in the air to register a Lady Tiger point at home Sept. 27.

The Wills Point Lady Tigers will need to make up ground in a hurry if they plan on extending their streak of playoff appearances this season, dropping to 0-3 overall in District 13-4A play with home losses to both Canton and Van last week.

Lady Tiger players had to work overtime against the visiting Eaglettes Sept. 27, battling through five competitive sets before coming up just short.

Canton drew first blood, narrowly taking the first set 25-23 behind superior serving and better play from their back row.

Wills Point evened the match during the second set, capitalizing on big hitting from its core group of underclassmen to edge Canton 25-22.

With the match tied at a set apiece, Eaglette players responded by holding Wills Point’s big hitters in check to take the third set by a 25-23 count.

Wed
05
Oct

District, county clerks restore records

Housed in the vaults of Van Zandt County lie numerous record books containing meeting minutes from the 1800s. The records are meticulously handwritten and full of valuable history of Van Zandt County, but are deteriorating fast, according to District Clerk Karen Wilson.

Wilson came to the commissioners court meeting Sept. 13 asking for approval for a written plan for funding the preservation and restoration of clerk’s record archive. Wilson said that the plan would continue to allow an archive fee to be charged in all civil cases and motions that were prescribed by law.

“The fee is $10, and it is essential for archiving and restoring all the records. The fee was originally established in 2009. My plan is to continue to restore old record books from the 1800s. The records contain handwritten meeting minutes from court,” said Wilson.

Wilson pointed out to the court that the records were deteriorating and that some of the record books had pages falling out.

Sun
02
Oct

Lady Tigers fall in district opener

Photo by David Kapitan
Maddie Booth and Kamree Clark high five prior to their district opener against Mabank Sept. 23.

The Wills Point Lady Tigers got to enjoy the comforts of home Sept. 23, hosting the Mabank Lady Panthers in the first of three consecutive home dates to begin District 13-4A play.

Things didn’t go as planned for the Lady Tigers, however, with the Lady Panthers getting the better of Wills Point in all three sets played to take home a 25-18, 25-16, 26-24 win over the Lady Tigers.

Play was competitive throughout the early stages of the first set as the gap between the two teams lingered between one to two points. Mabank and Wills Point were tied at 1-1, 2-2, 3-3, 7-7, and 17-17 in the set before the Lady Panthers capitalized on an apparent missed call and a wave of late momentum to pull away for the 25-18 set.

Wills Point continued to struggle finding its rhythm offensively against Mabank in the second set, once again trailing throughout to fall behind two sets to none.

Sat
01
Oct

Tiger runners compete in Van

The Wills Point Cross Country team competed stayed in-county for the second consecutive weekend Sept. 24, traveling to Van to compete in the Youth With a Mission Cross Country Meet.

The varsity boys team placed fourth overall, led by David Umana with a time of 18:10 for a 7th place finish. Aidan Phillips also landed in the top 15 with a time of 18:48.

Ricky Navarro ran a 19:35, followed by Edwin Figueroa 20:09, Gerardo Gonzalez 20:29, and Cade Davis 20:59.

The JV boys placed second overall, led by Adam Shorter with a great time of 20:00, Xavier Torres 20:57, Chase Phillips 21:26, Trenton McCarver 21:47, Avery Barnes 23:05, Luis Ortiz 23:47, Christian Aquino 24:55, and Ricardo Gomez 26:40. 

Sat
01
Oct

“The Locker Room Show” on KMOO to broadcast from Edgewood Monday night

“The Locker Room Show” on Mineola radio station KMOO (99.9 FM) will be broadcasting live from I. T. James Memorial Stadium in Edgewood Monday night from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

“The Locker Room Show” features high school football correspondents from around the KMOO listening area reviewing the previous Friday night matchups and looking ahead to the following Friday night gridiron contests.

David Barber, sports correspondent for Van Zandt Newspapers, will be among the guests on the program each week.

KMOO will be broadcasting the Edgewood/Harmony varsity football game live on Friday, October 7 in Edgewood.

Monday night’s program at the football stadium is being sponsored by the Edgewood Athletic Booster Club.

All football fans are invited to come out and be a part of “The Locker Room Show” on KMOO every Monday night during the high school football season.

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