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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.

Mon
02
May

Tigers qualify five for State Tournament

Members of the Wills Point Tiger tennis team include (back row) Kameron McEnturff, Claire Hiler, Maddie Booth, Hope Turner, Chase Daniell, Kelsey James, Patrick Petzold, Kolton Adams, Cassidy Wilcoxson, Nash Pendleton, Kaitlin Perez, Maddie Baker, (front row) Jack Johns and Sebastian Reyes.

The Wills Point Tiger tennis team will return to what has seemingly become their home away from home, qualifying five athletes to compete in the 4A State Tennis Tournament at Texas A&M in College Station.

En route to the State Tennis Tournament, Wills Point tennis players broke a school record by winning the Regional title in three separate divisions: Kolton Adams and Patrick Petzold in boys doubles, Chase Daniell and Kelsey James in mixed doubles and Cassidy Wilcoxson in girls singles.

All five players will now represent WPHS in College Station May 16-17.

Mon
02
May

Donation

The Wills Point Lady Tiger softball team will have a new tool at their disposal when they begin their 2017 season, courtesy of a donation of a Bushnell radar gun by Ken and Donna Byrd. Ken Byrd stated, “While the boys baseball team already had a radar gun, the softball team did not, so we were happy to make this donation. We acquired the radar gun when we lived in Garland, and used it as part of the Garland Police auxiliary to monitor traffic speeds.”

Mon
02
May

Eagles, Vandals, Tigers face off at meet

The three biggest school districts in Van Zandt County, Canton, Van and Wills Point, sent athletes to Emory Rains High School for the second consecutive week.

On April 13-14, that trio of schools all sent track teams to compete at the District 14-4A Meet. Qualifying athletes once again returned to Emory Rains April 21, competing against some of East Texas’ best athletes at the 4A District 13-14 Area Meet.

Varsity boys results included:

-100: Cooper Bledsoe, Van, sixth

Mon
25
Apr

Eagles, Vandals, Tigers compete at district

Three Van Zandt County track teams, representing Canton, Van and Wills Point, all converged at Emory Rains High School April 13-14 to compete in the District 14-4A Track Meet. Other schools in attendance included event host Emory Rains, as well as Brownsboro.
Varsity boys results included:
-100: Cooper Bledsoe, Van, first; Tyreq Peterson, WP, sixth; Fernando Lopez, Canton, seventh
-200: Dylan Cox, Canton, first; Bradley Fitzgerald, Van, second; Kendrick Jones, Van, third; Joseph Paddock, WP, fourth; Bryce Wilkens, Canton, seventh; Nathan Johnson, WP, eighth
-400: Bryce Wilkens, Canton, first; Connor Houston, Van, fifth; Aidan Phillips, WP, sixth; Saul Rojo, Van, seventh; Tristan Ramos, Canton, eighth
-800: James Vogt, Canton, fifth; Cordale Harrison, Canton, sixth; Aidan Phillips, WP, seventh; Carter Day, Canton, eighth; Danny Campa, Van, ninth

Mon
25
Apr

Lady Tigers close 2016 season

Senior softball team members posed for a picture prior to the season finale against Brownsboro April 19. Players included: Nora Johnson, Brittany Barrett, Sierra Spindle, Lori Ellington, head coach Johna Gresham, Cheyenne Huddleston, Mireya Gonzalez, Carmen Morales and manager Taylor Mosley.

The Wills Point Lady Tigers closed their 2016 season at home Tuesday night against Brownsboro, recognizing eight senior team members appearing for the final time prior to play during Senior Night festivities.
Brownsboro and Wills Point met once before in district play, with the Lady Tigers struggling for offense in a 5-0 loss back on April 1.
Despite some solid defense all over the field, especially in the early going, Wills Point couldn’t keep pace with the Bearettes on Tuesday night in what would turn into a 12-0 loss.
The loss moves the Lady Tigers record to 0-8 overall in District 14-4A play, behind Brownsboro, Emory Rains, Canton and Van.

Mon
25
Apr

McNeill, Jr. captures two more championships

Glenn McNeill, Jr.

Glenn McNeill, Jr. won the Texas Senior Games free throw and around the world competition at San Antonio April 14.
The win marked his 13th first place wins in the free throw competitions. He cannot advance past state championship because there are no free throw or around the world contests in the national championships - only 3 on 3 teams and games.
Glenn was shooting with the 80-year-olds since he will be 80 this year. This year, he made 21 out of 25 free throws. The second place competitor made 20 out of 25 shots. Glenn was not up to par because of having bronchitis for two weeks, which has made him very weak.
In around the world, in which there is no set number of shots, Glenn made 20 points in one minute. His closest competitor made 19 in and third place was 18.

Mon
25
Apr

Tigers fall to district leading Brownsboro, 11-2

Tiger shortstop Jarred Sanford tries to scramble to his feet after getting a Brownsboro runner out during a rundown.

The Wills Point Tigers and Brownsboro Bears met for the third and final time during District 14-4A play. Unfortunately for the home crowd and the Tigers, game three finished with a similar result as the first two meetings with Brownsboro building up an early lead in an 11-2 win.
The Bear offense delivered clutch hit after clutch hit in the first inning against Wills Point, spoiling several tough pitches to build up a 5-0 lead on the Tigers.
Things continued to go Brownsboro’s way in the second inning, with the Bears scoring via a sacrifice fly to extend the lead to 6-0.
Wills Point seemed to find its footing in the bottom of the fourth inning, shaving two runs off their deficit.

Mon
18
Apr

Tigers win two of three during busy week

The Wills Point Tigers took to the field three times over the course of the past week, splitting district contests against Rains and Canton and topping Athens in non-district play.

Wills Point started things off on the right foot, exploding for seven runs in the bottom of the fourth inning during a 10-9 win over Emory Rains April 8.

The Tigers, error prone throughout the game, entered the fourth inning trailing Rains 4-0.

Not to be denied, Wills Point scored seven in the inning and then added two more in the bottom of the fifth to take a 9-4 lead.

Mon
18
Apr

Softball team drops two district contests

The Wills Point Lady Tigers have found themselves in an offensive slump in recent weeks, struggling to keep pace with the high-powered offensive teams that call District 14-4 home. Unfortunately, that trend continued in games against both Rains and Canton over the past week, with the offense generating just five hits and one run combined in two losses.

Wills Point kept things close with Rains throughout much of their April 8 meeting before a flurry of late offense propelled the Lady Cats to an 11-1 victory. The Lady Tigers notched just three hits in the game while struggling defensively with four errors.  

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