Sports

Mon
21
Mar

Bears edge Tigers in district opener, 6-5

The Wills Point Tigers baseball team saw its hopes of beginning District 14-4A play with a win end in extra innings March 16 with a 6-5 loss to the Brownsboro Bears.

Brownsboro capitalized on Tiger wildness in the top of the second inning to take an early lead. The inning began with a Bear batter reaching first via a hit by pitch, and then runners advancing to a second and third situation with a double. Wills Point managed to get a foul out to keep Brownsboro off the scoreboard before a pickoff attempt of the runner on third base led to a breakdown on the ensuing rundown attempt that led directly to Brownsboro’s first run.

Fri
11
Mar

Tennis team wins own tournament

The Wills Point Tiger tennis team made it three overall team titles in the past four weeks with their collective performance at the State Farm Invitational.

The Wills Point Tiger tennis team played host to the State Farm Invitational this past week, once again bringing home a team championship trophy as well as many medals individual medals.

Tiger medalist included Kolton Adams/Patrick Petzold winning first in boys doubles, Nash Pendleton/Helden Hoierman finishing second in boys doubles, Chase Daniell/Kelsey James winning first in mixed doubles, Kameron McEnturff/Claire Hiler winning second in mixed doubles, Cassidy Wilcoxson winning first in girls singles, Madison Brown winning fourth in girls singles, Kaitlin Perez/Maddie Baker winning second in girls doubles and Maddie Booth/Hope Turner winning third in girls doubles.

Fri
11
Mar

Lady Tigers finish third at home

Lady Tiger catcher Lori Ellington tags out a Lovejoy Leopard player as she attempts to score during a Wills Point win.

The Wills Point Lady Tiger softball team nearly ran the table at their home tournament March 3-5, going 5-1 overall in the three-day event to finish third overall.

Wills Point couldn’t be stopped on either the first two days of the tournament, remaining undefeated to put themselves in contention for a tournament championship heading into the final day of action.

Wills Point’s first game on the final day of the tournament, with an 8 a.m. start time, would be the only loss in an otherwise perfect run through the field.

Fri
11
Mar

Lifters compete at Regional Meet

Some of the best female powerlifters in the Area, including representatives from Canton, Van and Wills Point, made their way to Fairfield March 5 to compete in the Region 3 Division 2 Meet.

Emory Rains won the meet overall, scoring 30 points total amongst its lifters. Canton finished 14th overall, while both Van and Wills Point finished in a six way tie for 22nd place.

Results from Van Zandt County lifters included:

-123 lb. weight class: Abbie Phillips, Wills Point, sixth place, 590 lbs. lifted

Mon
29
Feb

Tigers fall short versus Athens, 68-63

By virtue of their fourth place finish in District 14-4A play, the Wills Point Tigers were dealt a tough hand in the bi-district round with a game against District 13-4A champion Athens.

Wills Point gave Athens everything it could have wanted and more, nearly upending the higher ranked seed in what would eventually become a 68-63 Hornet win.

Offense ruled the day in the first quarter, with Caden Petrey and Tanner Wallace scoring a combined 14 points to keep Wills Point within striking distance of Athens, 26-21.

Mon
29
Feb

Tigers win second consecutive team title

The Wills Point Tiger tennis team didn’t make or need any excuses for their performance at the Spring Hill Invitational, winning first overall as a team despite several key team members being unavailable to compete.

The Wills Point Tiger tennis team brought home their second consecutive team championship in as many weeks last week, following their win in Kilgore Feb. 12 with a win at the Spring Hill Invitational Feb. 18.

Impressively, Wills Point registered a high point total of 119 points while playing without several key team members. Van and Spring Hill tied for second with 118 points each, followed by Nacogdoches with 88, White Oak with 81, Kilgore with 77, Grand Saline with 29 and Henderson with 27.

Mon
29
Feb

All-Star Tiger

Wills Point Tiger offensive lineman Jared Norman was selected to participate in the Sixth Annual Fellowship of Christian Athletes Heart of a Champion All-Star Football Game scheduled for June 11 at Earl Campbell Field at Trinity Mother Frances Rose Stadium in Tyler. Norman was one of four VZC players selected to compete in the game, joining Van’s Josef Ruiz and Riley Krumvieda and Canton’s Brazos Hesskew.  Tiger head football coach Greg Cranfill will serve as an assistant coach during the game.

Fri
19
Feb

Brownsboro gets past Wills Point, 58-36

The Brownsboro Bears kept Wills Point winless in district play on Tuesday night, picking up a 58-36 win over the home team and clinching a District 14-4A title in the process.

Things were tough in the early going for both teams in the early going, with Brownsboro managing to build a slim 13-8 lead after one quarter of play.

Brownsboro once again edged Wills Point by five points during the second quarter (15-10), extending their lead to 28-18 entering the half.

Fri
19
Feb

Tennis teams finish third in Jacksonville

Maddie Baker and Kaitlin Perez rallied from an opening round loss at the Jacksonville Invitational to claim the Consolation Girls A Doubles title.

The Tiger tennis team started off its spring tournament season this past

Friday by participating in the Jacksonville Invitational. Ten teams played

in the tournament with Tigers finishing 3rd place as a team in the boys and

girls divisions.

Match scores at the Jacksonville Invitational included:

Fri
19
Feb

Tigers host Wills Point Invitational

Powerlifters from Van and Wills Point, as well as a host of other East Texas schools, competed at the Wills Point Invitational Powerlifting Meet Feb. 6. Lifters participated in three separate disciplines, squat, bench press and deadlift, to find the top overall lifter in each weight class.

Lifters representing 14 schools from across the East Texas area, including Van and Wills Point, competed at the Wills Point Invitational Powerlifting Meet Feb. 5.

Both county schools came with away with successes, as the Vandals finished seventh overall in the boys division and the Tigers finished eighth overall in the boys division.

Individual boys results included:

-114 lb. weight class: Austin Caldwell, Wills Point, third place, 560 lbs. lifted; Kyron Cobb, Wills Point, fourth place, 330 lbs. lifted

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