Basketball season to tip-off for Wills Point teams

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Senior Meredith Edwards puts up a jump shot near the baseline during a scrimmage against Edgewood and Kaufman Nov. 3.

As the calendar continues to wind down towards the end of another year, a new season of Wills Point Tiger and Lady Tiger basketball is scheduled to tip-off shortly.

Lady Tigers

After a scrimmage against both Edgewood and Kaufman Nov. 3, a new season of Lady Tiger basketball was officially set to begin on the road against Kemp Nov. 8.

The Lady Tigers, under the direction of Coach Dane Morgan, enter the season returning three starters to the fold, including seniors Emily Smith, Meredith Edwards and Brooklyn Futch.

Smith finished last season as a Second Team All-District performer, and Edwards finished as an Honorable Mention All-District performer.

According to preseason rankings published in Dave Campbell's Texas Basketball, Wills Point is currently predicted for a sixth-place finish in District 13-4A.


Tigers stay red-hot in 30-0 win over Ferris

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Tiger players get pumped up along the sidelines as they get set for the opening kickoff.

Wills Point had little to play for heading into its regular season finale against Ferris Nov. 4, having already locked up the top spot in District 6-4A play the week prior with a win over Dallas Lincoln. Despite the low stakes, the Tigers still rose to the occasion by gashing the Yellowjacket defense for 343 rushing yards in a 30-0 shutout win.

Ferris won the coin toss and opted to defer, putting the ball in Wills Point’s possession to open the game. The Tigers made the most out of the opportunity, marching down the field in just five plays to take an early lead.

Wills Point started fast courtesy of excellent line play, and picking up a big chunk of yardage on a 27-yard Tyler James to Seth Wilson pass completion. Set up deep in Yellowjacket territory, the Tigers scored on a 10-yard Vernon Morrow run through the middle. Vincent Tobias added the PAT, giving the Tigers a 7-0 lead with 10:23 still left to play in the first quarter.


Volleyball season ends in bi-district round

The Wills Point Lady Tigers have been no stranger to overcoming the odds in bi-district round play, having bounced highly regarded teams including the Paris Lady Cats (in both 2012 and 2013) and Kaufman Lady Lions (in 2014) to reach the Area round of the playoffs.

The Lady Tigers had the opportunity to add another team to the growing list Nov. 1, taking on a Paris North Lamar team that entered the postseason with a sterling 30-6 record overall this season and a 14th place ranking among all 4A teams in the state according to the most recent Texas Girls Coaches Association Weekly Poll.

Despite some gritty play, Wills Point could not get over the hump against the Lady Panthers, falling in three sets.

The Lady Tigers struggled early against North Lamar, falling behind quickly and never quite recovering to drop the first set 25-10.


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.


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