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.


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


Ranchview plays spoiler in home opener

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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.


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.


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.



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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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