State ranked tennis team plays twice

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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


County rivals keep Lady Tigers searching

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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.


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.


Lady Tigers fall in district opener

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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.


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. 


“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.


Tigers enter bye week on high note

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Tiger players run through their breakthrough and onto the field ahead of their Sept. 23 game against the visiting Hillsboro Eagles.

Wills Point entered their homecoming contest scuffling, having lost eight consecutive games dating back to an Oct. 9, 2015 win over the Mabank Panthers.

Undeterred by their recent challenges, the Tigers more than held their own against the visiting Hillsboro Eagles Sept. 23, putting together a hard hitting defensive effort to secure a 20-14 win in front of the home fans. Wills Point limited Hillsboro to just 252 total yards of offense while causing three turnovers.

The Tigers began Friday night on offense, covering 52-yards on 10 plays for their first touchdown drive in 10 quarters of play. Sophomore Klayton Spencer helped to break the lengthy drought, powering through the Hillsboro line for a six-yard touchdown plunge to cap the drive. Vincent Tobias added the PAT, giving Wills Point a 7-0 lead with 7:23 to play in the quarter.

Impressively, the opening Tiger drive featured three third down conversions.


Tigers run at Canton Invitational Meet

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Arik Phillips was the top finisher among all Tiger competitors in Canton Sept. 17, finishing second overall out of 121 runners in a time of 12:02 in the JH Boys Division.

Six Van Zandt County cross country teams and host of others from around the East Texas area made their way to Canton Sept. 17 to compete in the annual Canton Cross Country Invitational Meet.

Fairfield took first overall in the varsity girls division, finishing with 53 total points. County team finishes included Canton in third with 69 points, Van in sixth with 186 points and Wills Point in seventh with 191 points. Edgewood and Martins Mill had runners in the field but not enough to qualify in the team rankings.

Individual finishers in the varsity girls division included:

-Canton: Karen James, fourth place, 12:49.72; Taylor Marshall, eighth place, 13:06.01; Juliana Bratcher, 11th place, 13:28.26; Darby Pruitt, 20th place, 13:59.40; Kristin Neystel, 38th place, 14:49.45: Morgan Palmer, 41st place 14:58.27; Olivia Boyd, 54th place, 15:23.37

-Edgewood: Shannon Baker, 36th place, 14:42.19


Lady Tigers to begin district play

After more than a month and a half of play under their collective belts, the Wills Point Lady Tigers will begin their bid for another appearance in the UIL 4A State Volleyball Playoffs tonight when they host the Mabank Lady Panthers in their first district contest of the season.

Wills Point will take on Mabank beginning at 5 p.m. Sept. 23, followed by two more home dates against Canton Sept. 27 and Van Sept. 30.

District play will get much more difficult following that point as the Lady Tigers are set to play five consecutive road dates before returning home: Oct. 4 at state-ranked Rains, Oct. 7 at Brownsboro, Oct. 11 at Mabank, Oct. 14 and Oct. 18 at Van.

Wills Point will close its district calendar with consecutive home matches, taking on Rains again Oct. 21 before ending the regular season Oct. 25 with a senior night matchup against Brownsboro. 


Field goals not enough in 28-9 loss

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Wills Point’s defense tries to slow down a Tatum ball carrier in a 28-9 loss to the Eagles Sept. 16.

The Wills Point Tigers have found themselves in the midst of an offensive slump throughout most of the season, entering play against Tatum Sept. 16 scoring just 28 points in their first three games of the season.

Unfortunately for the Tigers, the scoring drought remained mostly unchanged with three Vincent Tobias field goals being all the damage that Wills Point could put on the scoreboard in a 28-9 loss to the Eagles.

Wills Point began its night on offense with a promising drive, marching from their own 13-yard line to the Tatum nine-yard line. The biggest play on the drive came on Wills Point’s first play, with Caden Bennett finding Seth Wilson for 61-yards.

After the drive stalled, Tobias drove home his first field goal of the night for a 3-0 Tiger lead with 6:55 to play in the first quarter.

Tatum gashed the Wills Point defense with a quick first down just two plays into their first offensive possession before being forced to punt.


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