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Fri
30
Sep

Tigers enter bye week on high note

Photo by David Kapitan
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.

Sun
25
Sep

Tigers run at Canton Invitational Meet

Photo by David Kapitan
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

Sat
24
Sep

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. 

Fri
23
Sep

Field goals not enough in 28-9 loss

Photo by Preston Binders
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.

Tue
20
Sep

Lady Tigers swept by Paris

The Wills Point Lady Tigers paid a visit to Wildcat Country Sept. 9, traveling to take on Paris in one of their final non-district contests of the season.

Play during the opening set was highly competitive, with Paris doing just enough to take a 25-21 lead.

The second and third sets each favored the Wildcats, as Paris took the second set by a commanding 25-9 margin and the third set by a score of 25-15 to complete the sweep.

Wills Point finds itself with one more hurdle to cross before the start of district play, hitting the road tonight (Sept. 16) to take on the Athens Lady Hornets.

The Lady Tigers will be at home Sept. 23, hosting Mabank in their first district contest of the year. The home stand will continue Sept. 27 and Sept. 30, with rivals Canton and Van scheduled to come to Wills Point.

Sun
18
Sep

Tiger tennis team earns slit

The Wills Point Tiger tennis team had its hands full Sept. 10, taking on a pair of 5A opponents. The Tigers would go on to finish with a split, hammering Whitehouse 15-4 before dropping a hard fought battle against Lindale, 12-7.

Match results versus Whitehouse included:

-Chase Daniell def. Caleb Grounds, 6-3, 6-4

-Jack Johns def. Nathan Fulps, 6-1, 6-0

-Kash Adams def. Colby Welborn, 6-2, 6-7, 11-9

-Aidan Phillips lost to Colton Turner, 4-6, 4-6

-Michael McCormack def. Joseph Ramirez, 6-3, 6-3

-Brandon Hatten def. McCray Boozer, 6-4, 6-1

-Daniell/Johns def. Grounds/Fulps, 6-4, 6-7, 10-5

-McCormack/Johns def. Turner/Boozer, 4-6, 6-4, 10-4

-Phillips/Schreffler lost to Asuncion/Ramirez, 2-6, 7-5, 9-11

-Kelsey James lost to Kamryn Hightower, 2-6, 4-6

-Maddie Booth def. Julian Pagaduan, 4-6, 6-1, 10-6

-Claire Hiler def. Miranda Davis, 6-0, 6-1

Sat
17
Sep

Jackets ground game stings Tigers, 36-3

Photo by Preston Binders
Tiger receiver Seth Wilson battles a pair of Yellowjacket defenders for a pass in the flat.

The Wills Point Tigers were well aware that they would be facing a tough opponent when they made their way to Mineola Sept. 9. The Yellowjackets, entering play with an 0-2 record overall, have been among the most accomplished in the state in recent years having reached the 3A State Championship Game in 2014 and the 3A State Semifinal the following year.

Mineola did well to live up to its lofty billing, churning out 353 rushing yards in a 36-3 win over the visiting Tigers.

The tandem of quarterback Jeremiah Crawford and running back Chantz Perkins did most of the heavy lifting during the first Yellowjacket series of the game, marching 75-yards in five plays for a touchdown. Perkins registered the first points of the game, scoring on a 6-yard dive to the end zone. Cameron Sorenson added the PAT, giving the Yellowjackets a 7-0 lead with 9:33 to play in the first quarter.

Sun
11
Sep

Tiger netters top Whitehouse, 12-7

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The Wills Point Tiger tennis team, ranked 6th overall in the state among all 4A tennis teams according to the latest TTCA Rankings, defeated Whitehouse 12-7 at home Aug. 29.

The Wills Point Tiger tennis program enjoyed two pieces of good news recently, learning that they are currently ranked 6th in the state among all 4A tennis teams according to the TTCA Rankings released Aug. 25 and topping Whitehouse at home in 12 out of 19 matches played Aug. 29.

Match results included:

-Chase Daniell lost to Hector Cornejo, 2-6, 2-6

-Jack Johns lost to Caleb Grounds, 3-6, 6-1, 9-11

-Kash Adams def. Colton Turner, 7-6, 3-6, 7-5

-Michael McCormack lost to Noah Pulps, 6-4, 4-6, 8-6

-Aidan Phillips lost to Coby Wellbourn, 4-6, 2-6

-Brandon Hatten def. Joseph Ramirez, 6-3, 6-1

-NJ Shelton def. McCray Boozer, 0-6, 6-4, 10-3

-Joshua Schreffler def. Nick Reed, 6-1, 6-4

-Daniell/McCormack lost to Cornejo/Grounds, 1-6, 2-6

-Johns/Adams def. Boozer/Pulps, 6-4, 6-4

-Phillips/Schreffler lost to Turner/Reed, 4-6, 6-1, 5-10

-Kelsey James lost to Kamry Hightower, 0-6, 2-6

Sat
10
Sep

Ranchview plays spoiler in home opener

Photo by David Kapitan
Players and hometown fans celebrate in the background as Seth Wilson races past a Ranchview defensive back for a Tiger touchdown.

The Wills Point Tigers hosted the Carrollton Ranchview Wolves Sept. 2, looking to even their season record at 1-1 overall through two weeks of play.

The first win of the season was not to be for the home team, however, as the Wolves managed to corral the Tiger rushing attack while putting together just enough big plays to take home a 29-16 win.

Neither team looked particularly sharp offensively in the early going, trading punts and penalties throughout a sloppy first quarter.

Ranchview scored the first points of the night late in the first quarter, capitalizing on a 3-yard Wills Point punt to take possession near midfield.

The Wolves would march down to the 27-yard line before junior running back SaRodorick Thompson broke through the defense for the first touchdown of the night. With the PAT, Ranchview led 7-0 with just under a minute to play.

Sat
10
Sep

County set to hold tax rate steady

The Van Zandt County Commissioners met Aug. 29 and Sept. 1 for two public tax rate hearings for 2016.

A proposed tax rate of 0.485847 per $100 valuation has been proposed for adoption by the governing body of Van Zandt County.

The proposed tax rate exceeds the lower of the effective or rollback tax rate. County Judge Don Kirkpatrick said that state law requires that two public hearings be held by the governing body before adopting the proposed tax rate.

“The governing body of Van Zandt County proposes to use revenue attributable to the tax rate increase for the purpose of maintenance and operating expenses,” Judge Kirkpatrick said.

The proposed tax rate is set at $0.485847 per $100 valuation. The tax rate is the same as last year’s tax rate.

The effective tax rate is the total tax rate needed to raise the same amount of property tax revenue for VZC from the same properties in both the 2015 and 2016 tax year. The effective tax rate is $.4697466.

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