Sports

Fri
09
Sep

Holding on

Photo by David Kapitan

Chuck Smith (22) hangs on to Ranchview receiver Daren Cornish as other Tiger defenders close in. The Tigers
dropped the contest 29-16. Story and more photos in this week’s Sports.

 

Wed
17
Aug

ETCC golf tourney set for Sept. 16

The Sixth Annual East Texas Crisis Center Golf Tournament at Van Zandt Country Club will take place Sept. 16.

Funds raised by the event will go to “help support victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in your community,” organizers said.

Entry fee for a team of four is $400 and includes green fees, golf carts, team photo, range balls, goody bags and lunch.

There will be prizes and awards for closest to the pin, longest drive, door prizes and first, second and third place trophies.

Wed
17
Aug

Williams wins coaching debut

The Wills Point Lady Tigers, including (back row, l-r) Olivia McMath, Jessie Martinez, Melanie Sullivan, Kamree Clark, Claire Hiler, Hannah Wright, Cobi Davis, Callie Harris, (front row, l-r) Kelsey James, Maddie Booth, Gaby Gonzalez, Darya Ross, Molly Harris and Hope Turner began their 2016 season with a three-set sweep of Malakoff Aug. 9. Not pictured: Emily Smith.

Wills Point engaged in a battle of teams that carry the tiger mascot Aug. 9, bringing home a three-set victory over Malakoff in their season opener. The win proved to be more than the usual season opener, also serving as the first win of the Chris Williams-era of Lady Tiger volleyball.

A balanced effort by newcomers and Wills Point varsity veterans carried the day from the first serve, The Lady Tigers got off to a fast start during the first set, turning a 0-1 deficit into an 8-3 lead that resulted in Malakoff taking a timeout to get their bearings.

Wed
17
Aug

Tigers to get first test versus Bullard

Tyriq Burnett, who has been recognized as an All-State performer at his defensive line spot each of the past two seasons, will get his first reps against another 4A school once Wills Point hosts the Bullard Panthers.

After two weeks on the practice field, the Wills Point Tigers will finally get their first look at another opponent when they host the Bullard Panthers Aug. 13 at Ken Autry Davis Field.

The game against Bullard will be one of two planned scrimmages for the Tigers, and should provide a good test for the season ahead.

The Panthers, participating in District 9-4A Division I this season, finished 7-4 overall last season, including 4-1 overall in their district.

Wed
10
Aug

Tigers, Lady Tigers get back to work

Sophomore Tyler James took reps with the varsity offense, firing passes in several drills throughout practice.

The Wills Point Tigers and Lady Tigers shook off the rust from their lengthy summer off between the 2015-’16 and 2016-’17 school years, returning to work for two-a-days Aug. 1 with a midnight madness event.

Lady Tigers

The Wills Point Lady Tiger volleyball team will find itself in a new position this season, with last season’s freshman team coach Chris Williams climbing the ladder to take over for Richard Haynes.

Mon
01
Aug

Big fish

Billy Robertson, a longtime Wills Point barbershop owner and local resident, brought in the catch of a lifetime by hauling in a 40 lb. catfish July 22 at Lake Tawakoni. Robertson, who has been fishing for more than 50 years, said the fish was caught in 28 ft. of water with a 5.5 foot pole.

Fri
22
Jul

Get a rope!

WPHS junior Clayton Lowry and his team roping partner Cayl Siebee of Arp will make up one of four teams representing Texas in Gillette, Wy., this week at the National High School Rodeo Finals. Approximately 200 teams are competing in the team roping event from across the U.S. and Canada. They had a great first showing July 18 and will ride again today (July 22). The top 20 teams after the second round will make the short go and compete for the national title. In order to qualify for the National High School Rodeo Finals, Lowry and Siebee had to place in the top four at the NHSRA State Competition.

Wed
06
Jul

Catfishing in the shade

Lake Tawakoni catfish guide David Hanson with a good- eating channel catfish landed last week from under the new Two Mile Bridge.

Catching catfish at Lake Tawakoni is usually not a problem for savvy anglers, especially in the summertime. This is when eater size channel catfish are attracted to holes baited with soured grain like hogs to a trough but catching them in comfort this time of the year can be a challenge. I don’t need to remind any of you how hot it gets fishing from a stationary boat with the sun beaming down!

 Through the years, I have spent many hours catfishing during the summer months, tied up to a dead tree or on anchor in deep water with only a wide brimmed hat and sun screen for protection from the sun. During our trip last week, Hanson and I enjoyed catching limits of good eating “channels” from the comfort of deep shade.

Mon
20
Jun

FCA All-Star

Wills Point graduate Jared Norman was selected earlier this spring to participate in the sixth annual Fellowship of Christian Athletes Heart of a Champion All-Star Football Game June 11 at Earl Campbell Field at Trinity Mother Frances Rose Stadium in Tyler. Norman was joined at the game by Tiger head football Coach/Athletic Director Greg Cranfill, who served as an assistant coach during the game. Other Van Zandt County athletes selected to participate in the game included Van’s Josef Ruiz and Riley Krumvieda and Canton’s Brazos Hesskew.

Mon
20
Jun

Tiger camp schedule winds down

Lady Tiger Basketball Coach Dane Morgan and Tiger Basketball Coach Jonne Reynolds each hosted their respective summer camps June 6-9, working with future standouts on their fundamentals and overall skills. More than 50 kids, ranging from incoming third to incoming ninth graders participated in this year’s basketball camps held at WPHS.

The Wills Point High School athletic department will throttle things back at the end of this week, wrapping up summer athletic camps for kids participating in tennis, baseball, boys’ and girls’ basketball among others.

The WPHS hosts the camps annually, allowing future Tiger student-athletes to improve their overall skills and stay active during the summer months.

Wills Point is scheduled to host two more camps before the start of the school year, with camps for football and volleyball on tap for late July.

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