Cross country teams race at Van Meet

Wills Point’s cross country teams stayed close to home for the second consecutive weekend, following up an appearance at the Canton Invitational Sept. 16 with a trip to the Van Invitational Sept. 23. Tiger teams took won first overall in multiple divisions, including the varsity girls, JV girls and JV boys divisions.

The varsity girls place took first place as a team, led by Hannah Sauceda in third place with a time of 12:52. Leslie Gonzalez placed seventh with a time of 16:59, Brisa Carrillo placed ninth with a 14:16, Kaylee King placed 10th with a 14:42, Allison Wolfe placed 11th with a time of 14:57, and Kimberlie Lumsden placed 16th with a time of 15:41.

In the JV girls division, Natalee Darst placed second with a time of 15:46, Elizabeth Cockerham placed sixth in 16:33, Jaylee Phillips placed seventh in 16:42, Haylee Parker placed eighth in 16:57, and Makayla Gassman finished 13th in 18:35.


Missed opportunities prove costly in 34-14 loss

The Wills Point Tigers faced a tall task during their third game of the 2017 season, taking on defending District 3A State Champion Mineola in non-district play Sept. 15. The Yellowjackets would come out of the contest victorious, capitalizing on turnovers and missed opportunities by the Tigers in the second half to pull away for a 34-14 win.

Mineola began play on offense, picking up just three yards on three plays before being forced to punt the ball back to the Tigers.

Wills Point fared much better on its first drive of the game, easily marching down the field in 11 plays for their first points of the night.

The drive began with Vernon Morrow picking up a combined 12 yards on two carries followed by a seven-yard completion from Tyler James to Morrow to push the ball into Mineola territory.

A big run by Brandon Smith, followed by completions to Seth Wilson, Demontre Hill and Nathan Johnson moved the ball down to the Yellowjacket 7-yard line.


Tennis team dominates Mt. Pleasant

The Wills Point Tiger tennis team dominated its home court in impressive fashion, improving their record to 6-1 overall with a 19-0 sweep of Mt. Pleasant Sept. 14.

Individual match results included:

-Chase Daniell def. Dakota Elswick, 8-1

-Kash Adams def. Jose Guiterrez, 8-1

-Jack Johns def. Yair Long, 8-1

-Josh Schreffler def. Ronaldo Zuniga, 9-7

-Aidan Phillips def. Johann Sanchez, 8-2

-Justin McGough def. Julian Coronado, 8-6

-Austin Etheridge def. Edgar Cordova, 8-0

-Daniell/Phillips def. Elswick/Guiterrez, 6-1, 6-3

-Adams/Johns Def. Sanchez/Zonga, 6-1, 6-0

-Schreffler/Etheridge def. Cordova/Long, 6-2, 6-4

-Maddie Booth def. Jenn Figueroga, 8-2

-Claire Hiler def. Avera Ayers, 8-2

-Hope Turner def. Pauline Muniz, 8-3

-Hannah Gern def. Cheyenne Clark, 8-3

-Maddie Hiler def. Stacey Henderson, 8-2

-Katelyn Bryant def. KeKe Craddock, 8-0


Cross country teams compete at Canton Invitational

Twenty cross country teams from across the East Texas area, including Wills Point, traveled to Canton Sept. 16, competing in this year's Canton Invitational Cross Country Meet.

Wills Point finished fourth overall in the varsity girls division with 110 total points, behind Kaufman with 34, Fairfield with 53, and Bishop T.K. Gorman with 64.

Hannah Sauceda was Wills Point's top individual finisher placing 10th place with a time of 12:49.08.

Leslie Gonzalez finished 28th in 14:22.08, Brisa Carrillo finished 32nd in 14:40.60, Kaylee King finished 33rd in 14:45.34, Allison Wolfe finished 34th in 14:48.74, and Natalee Darst finished 55th in a time of 16:46.07.

The Tiger varsity boys team finished fifth overall out of 11 qualifying teams with 136 points, behind Kaufman with 22 points, Mabank with 71, Canton with 97 and Bishop T.K. Gorman with 102.


Lady Tigers top Paris in four

The Wills Point Lady Tigers were able to exact a measure of revenge and build some extra confidence heading into District 13-4A play next week, squaring off against the Paris Lady Cats for the second time this season Sept. 8.

Wills Point and Paris originally crossed paths in the third-place match at the Edgewood’s third annual Back to School Dig-Fest Tournament. The Lady Cats would get the upper hand on Wills Point during that meeting, fending off an early deficit to score a three-set win over the Lady Tigers, 17-25, 25-20, 25-19.

Wills Point would even the season-series with Paris last week, defending their home court with an impressive four-set win over the Lady Panthers.

The Lady Tigers got off to a quick start in the match, taking the first set 25-21 over Paris. The Lady Cats bounced back in the second, evening the match at one set each by edging Wills Point 23-25.


Cross country teams finish fourth

The Wills Point cross country teams competed at the Midlothian Invitational Sept. 7, finishing fourth overall in both the varsity girls and varsity boys divisions.

Hannah Sauceda led the girls with a fourth-place individual finish with a time of 13:23, followed by Leslie Gonzalez in 14:36, Brisa Carrillo in 15:30, KK King in 15:39, Allison Wolfe in 15:58, and Liz Cockerham in 16:44.

Leading the way for the JV girls was Natalee Darst with a time of 16:39, Cheyenne Willis in 17:00, Jaylee Phillips in 17:15, Kimberlie Lumsden in 17:37, and Makayla Gassman in 19:16.

Cole Williams led the boys with a 12th place individual finish with a time of 18:17. Williams was followed by Cade Davis in 18:43, Aidan Phillips in 18:49, Edwin Figueroa in 19:45 and Xavier Torres in 20:06.


Carrollton Ranchview edges past Tigers in OT, 33-30

The Wills Point Tigers came painfully close to evening their season record last week, rallying from a two-touchdown deficit against Carrollton Ranchview to force overtime before falling just short to the Wolves, 33-30.

Wills Point began play on offense, methodically marching from their own 33-yard line to the end zone on 10 plays to take an early 7-0 lead against the Wolves. The Tiger offense got two big completions on the drive, both from Tyler James to Nathan Johnson, to pick up 64 of those yards.

Brandon Smith provided the capper to the drive, scoring from seven yards out for his fourth touchdown of the season. Aidan Phillips added the PAT, giving Wills Point a touchdown advantage with six minutes to play in the first quarter.


Tiger netters win three out of four

The Wills Point Tiger tennis team has been as active as any other program during the fall athletic season, already taking part in four matches against other schools through the first weeks of the 2017-’18 school year.

The Tiger varsity has won three out of four matches to date, topping Hallsville 14-5 Aug. 17, Whitehouse 13-6 Aug. 21 and Jacksonville 14-5 Sept. 7. Wills Point’s only blemish this season was a loss to longtime rival Kaufman Aug. 31.

Individual results during play against Hallsville included:

-Chase Daniell def. Ethan Wedgeworth, 8-0

-Jack Johns def. Levi Watson, 8-5

-Kash Adams def. Payton Holman, 8-2

-Aidan Phillips lost to Scott Davis, 5-8

-Josh Schreffler def. Joel Simmons, 8-5

-Justin McGough def. Aidan Spinner, 8-3

-Austin Etheridge def. Trace Brooks, 8-6

-Jacob Sanford def. Harrison Brown, 8-1

-Daniell/Adams def. Davis/Watson, 6-3, 6-4


Teams compete at Kaufman Invitational

Wills Point cross country teams participated in their second event of the year Sept. 2, competing in Kaufman Sept. 2. The varsity girls team placed third overall at the event, behind two state-ranked teams.

Leading the way for the girls was Hannah Sauceda with a fifth-place finish in a time of 13:11. Leslie Gonzalez was next with a time of 14:34, followed by Brisa Carrillo 15:04, Kaylee King 15:07, Elizabeth Cockerham 16:17, and Cheyenne Willis with a time of 18:14.

The JV girls were led by Allison Wolfe with a time of 16:03, Natalee Darst 16:42, Jaylee Phillips 17:11, Kimberlie Lumsden 17:24, Haylee Parker 17:47 and Makayla Gassman 19:27.

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Tigers drop season opener to Chapel Hill, 48-37

The Wills Point Tigers returned to the field Sept. 1 looking to continue the momentum of a 2016 season that saw the program go undefeated during district play before claiming the program’s first bi-district title since the 2004 season.

Despite being outgained by the Tigers in total yardage (456-400) and first downs (27-17), the Bulldogs played the role of spoiler on the season’s first night by recording a 48-37 victory.

Wills Point began play on offense, marching down the field in just four plays for their first touchdown of the season. The drive began with three quick completions, including to passes to Nathan Johnson for 27 yards and a pass to Brandon Smith for four.

Set up at the Chapel Hill 33-yard line, Vernon Morrow burst through the Bulldog defense for a touchdown. Aidan Phillips added the PAT moments later, staking the Tigers to a 7-0 lead with 10:19 to play in the quarter.


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