Sports

Mon
23
May

Season closes for Tiger netters

Cassidy Wilcoxson steps up from the baseline to play a sinking shot at this year’s 4A State Tennis Tournament.

The Wills Point Tiger tennis program once again proved itself to be one of the best in the state regardless of classification throughout the 2015-’16 school year, adding multiple individual and team titles to its resume throughout the Fall and Spring seasons.

The most recent chapter for the program closed in College Station May 16-17, with the Tiger tennis team matching a school record set just last year by qualifying five players to compete in the UIL State Tennis Tournament.

Mon
23
May

District 14-4A softball Superlatives announced

With the elimination of all District 14-4A teams from this year's softball playoffs, coaches released their list of Superlative and All-District teams for the 2016 season. Not surprisingly, Van and Canton, the first and second place finishers in the district respectively, managed to win or share in all or part of six out of seven Superlative honors.

Superlatives included:

-MVP: Bailey Daniels, Van

-Offensive POY: Brooke Arnold, Canton

Mon
23
May

Season ends in Area round

Riley Ramsey made the final start of his high school career May 14, allowing just two earned runs in 5 2/3 innings of work.

The Wills Point Tigers saw their 2016 season, which included a second place finish overall in a deep and talented district and a bi-district round playoff series win over Crandall, drew to a close May 13-14 with an Area round loss to state-ranked Texarkana Pleasant Grove.

The Tigers hung tough against Pleasant Grove in the early stages of game one of their best-of-three series, before the Hawks found their rhythm offensively to pull away for an 11-1 win.

Pleasant Grove surged in front with four runs in the bottom of the third inning, capitalizing on two Tiger errors and a balk.

Mon
23
May

Wilson named Newcomer of the Year

Newcomer of the Year: Seth Wilson

District 14-4A teams representing Van Zandt County performed exceedingly well throughout the 2016 season and beyond, as Canton, Van and Wills Point all qualified to compete in the playoffs.

While overall district champion Brownsboro staked a claim to the majority of Superlative honors, both Canton and Wills Point made it one step further in the playoffs by also adding bi-district titles to their resumes.

Superlatives included:

-MVP: Toby Davis, Brownsboro

Thu
12
May

Tigers sweep Crandall, claim bi-district title

Senior Riley Ramsey got the start and win in the clinching game of Wills Point’s bi-district round win over Crandall May 7.

The Wills Point Tiger baseball team has been no stranger to postseason baseball, perennially qualifying to compete in the playoffs. Postseason play in recent seasons has been short lived, however, with the Tigers being bounced from the bi-district round every year since 2012.

Wills Point broke through that barrier this year in a big way against Crandall May 6-7, winning each of the first two games of a best-of-three series against the Pirates to sweep their way into the Area round.

The Tigers got a stellar pitching performance from lefthander Hosea Carroll in game one of the series, outlasting Crandall 2-1 in a low scoring affair.

Thu
12
May

Athletic department hosts annual Spring Banquet

Athletic Director Greg Cranfill speaks during the WPHS Spring Athletic Banquet.

The Wills Point High School athletic department hosted its annual Spring Athletic Banquet May 9, honoring the contributions and sacrifices made throughout the year by student-athletes.

The evening included recognitions of athletes at the freshman, JV and varsity level, and also featured several yearend awards being presented by members of the Tiger coaching staff to athletes participating in basketball, powerlifting, softball, baseball, track, golf, tennis.

Additional awards and recognitions included the Kim Wright Award, the Tiger Pride Award, the Gold Medal Award. Student trainers were also recognized for their contributions throughout the year.

Fri
06
May

Twin Lakes Golf Course helps to ‘Drive’ Out Hunger in East Texas

Twin Lakes Golf Course held their third annual ‘Drive’ Out Hunger Food Drive Golf Tournament benefitting Manna recently.

The third annual ‘Drive’ Out Hunger Food Drive Golf Tournament had a cold start, but those that sponsored and participated had warm hearts. All proceeds went to Manna, a non-profit volunteer food bank serving those in Van Zandt County. Nonperishables were part of the entry fee for the event and the boxes at the pro shop were filled to overflowing along with foods collected at Ol’ West Bean and Burger and Mill Creek Ranch & RV. Following the tournament those foods along with a check for $4,000 were presented to Manna’s director, Kathy Silver. Manna just broke ground for their new building in February and she stated that these funds would help provide more floor space to serve more of the residents in need.

Fri
06
May

Tigers prepare for baseball playoffs

Junior catcher Caden Bennett and the rest of the Wills Point Tigers are scheduled to take on Crandall in a best-of-three series to determine the bi-district championship.

The Wills Point Tigers wrapped up District 14-4A a little earlier than anticipated, with a district closing game against Canton originally scheduled to be played April 29 never materializing due to the area’s most recent bout of rain.

Without the game being played, final District 14-4A standings include Brownsboro in first with a 10-2 record overall, Wills Point in second with a 7-4 record, Canton in third with a 6-5 record, Van in the fourth and final playoff spot with a 5-7 record and Emory Rains in last with a 1-11 record. The Bears, Tigers, Eagles and Vandals will now all continue play into the bi-district round.

Fri
06
May

Spring athletic banquet set

Wills Point High School will recognize the contributions of athletes involved in spring sports during the annual spring athletic banquet set for May 9 at 6 p.m. in the high school cafetorium.

Athletic programs recognizing athletes will be basketball, powerlifting, golf, track, tennis, baseball, softball and also student trainers.

Tickets can be purchased at the WPHS athletic office for $15, and event food will be catered by Pudgy’s.

Mon
02
May

Tigers top Van on Senior Night

The Wills Point Tiger dugout looks to keep a bottom of the first inning rally going April 22.

The Wills Point Tigers tightened their grip on the second seed in District 14-4A play over the course of the past week, registering back-to-back wins over the rival Van Vandals and Emory Rains Wildcats.

The Tigers celebrated Senior Night April 22, recognizing the contributions and achievements of Jarred Sanford, Riley Ramsey, Logan Morris, Kolton Adams, Hosea Carroll and Christina Aubert prior to play against Van.

Despite an early 2-1 deficit, Wills Point delivered a 12-5 runaway victory over the Vandals.

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