Lady Tigers roar back into playoff contention

The Wills Point Lady Tigers entered last week in desperate need of wins to keep their playoff chances alive, entering play against Brownsboro at the bottom of the District 13-4A standings after an 0-4 start to district play.

Down but not out, Wills Point responded by playing its best match of the district slate against Brownsboro Oct. 6, dominating all three sets en route to a 25-18, 25-20, 25-12 win over the Bearettes.

The Lady Tigers finished the match with 34 total kills as a team, nearly double the total of Brownsboro's combined output (18).

Claire Hiler led all players with 14 kills overall, followed by Olivia McMath with seven, Melanie Sullivan with four, Maddie Booth and Kalyn Dryman with three each, Hope Turner with two and Dawn Smith with one.

Hope Turner finished as Wills Point's top server with four aces overall, followed by Melanie Sullivan and Kalyn Dryman with two each, and Claire Hiler and Maddie Booth with one apiece.


Balanced Tigers enter bye with 34-22 win

The Wills Point Tigers continued to chart a familiar course throughout the first five weeks of the 2017 season, following the pattern they established in 2016 by bouncing back from four consecutive losses to open the season with a 34-22 win over Hillsboro Sept. 29.

Wills Point began play on offense, maintaining possession for just two plays before fumbling the ball back to Hillsboro at the Tiger 39-yard line. After surrendering a first down to the Eagles, Wills Point's defense stood tall to force a turnover on downs on the Tiger 21-yard line.

Wills Point quickly flipped the field position battle, getting a 37-yard run from Vernon Morrow on the first play of their second drive to reach Eagle territory. Three plays later, Tyler James would find Seth Wilson for a 21-yard touchdown completion and a 6-0 Tiger lead. The PAT would sail wide right, keeping the Tigers in front by six points with 4:34 left to play in the first quarter.


Tigers roll past Van in district matchup

The Wills Point Tiger tennis team opened district play last week, continuing a weeks’ long trend of dominance with a 15-3 win over the rival Van Vandals.

Match results included:

-Chase Daniell def. Cody Pickett, 6-2, 6-0

-Kash Adams def. Hunter Perry, 6-1, 6-2

-Jack Johns def. Nick Pinkerton, 6-0, 6-2

-Austin Etheridge def. Tristen Reynolds, 6-1, 6-0

-Daniell/Phillips def. Pickett/Perry, 6-4, 6-2

-Adams/Johns def. Pinkerton/Everding, 6-0, 6-0

-Maddie Booth lost to Megan Nosworthy, 6-2, 4-6, 5-10

-Claire Hiler def. Abby Jones, 6-1, 6-2

-Hope Turner def. Shelby Jung, 6-3, 6-1

-Hannah Gern def. Faith Kirk, 1-6, 6-1, 10-4

-Maddie Hiler def. Madison Canfield, 7-5, 7-5

-Marissa LaJone def. Carli Davidson, 8-5

-Booth/Turner lost to Jones/Nosworthy, 4-6, 6-1, 9-11

-C. Hiler/Gern def. Kirk/Williams, 4-6, 6-0, 10-6

-M. Hiler/Lajone def. Davidson/Canfield, 4-6, 6-1, 10-8


Van, Rains keep Lady Tigers searching

The Wills Point Lady Tigers find themselves in an unenviable position with the first round of District 13-4A play nearly complete, falling in matches to both Van and Emory Rains over the past week to drop to 0-4 overall with six games left to play.

Wills Point hit the road Sept. 29, traveling to Van to take on the longtime rival Lady Vandals in a pivotal district showdown. The Lady Tigers could not maintain the momentum of a fast start in the match, moving to 0-3 with a four-set loss to Van.

Wills Point kept the Lady Vandals on their heels in the first set, outhitting and outdefending their Van counterparts to claim the first set 25-21.

The tide began to turn in the second as Van’s frontline duo of Macy Rucker and Skylar Savage began to assert themselves, allowing the Lady Vandals to take the second set 25-16.


Tigers scheduled to wrap up non-district play

The Wills Point Tigers find themselves in a familiar position entering the fifth week of the 2017 season, carrying an 0-4 record into play against Hillsboro after suffering a 30-24 home loss to Tatum Sept. 22.

Wills Point faced similar circumstances in 2016, bouncing back to win seven consecutive games en route to both a district and bi-district titles. Against the Eagles, Wills Point began play on a positive note by recovering the opening kickoff to take possession at the Tatum 26-yard line.

The Tigers failed to pick up a first down on four plays, turning the ball back over to the Eagles. Tatum needed just 10 plays to cover 77 yards, scoring the first points of the night on a Jachais Jenkins two-yard touchdown run. The Eagles would miss the PAT attempt, maintaining a 6-0 lead over the Tigers midway through the first quarter.


Tennis team dominates busy week

The Wills Point Tiger tennis team made it look easy over the course of the past week, going a staggering 67-2 combined in matches played against Greenville Sept. 21, and Melissa and Krum Sept. 23.

Wills Point set the tone for the week against Greenville, going a perfect 24-0 against the Lions. The Tiger tennis team returned to action in Rockwall Saturday, dominating Melissa 22-2 and Krum 21-0 to cap a stellar week.

Individual results for play against Melissa included:

-Chase Daniell def. Justin Mercer, 8-1

-Kash Adams def. Josh Lewis, 8-2

-Jack Johns def. Jake Fowler, 8-1

-Jacob Sanford lost to Dawson Mercer, 4-8

-Justin McGough def. Zach Butterfield, 8-6

-Austin Etheridge def. Tristan Clark, 7-6

-Jeremiah Brown lost to Bryan Williams, 5-7

-Daniell/Schreffler def. Mercer/Lewis, 6-3, 6-3

-Johns/Adams def. Ships/Fowler, 6-0, 6-0

-Etheridge/Sanford def. Butterfield/Williams, 6-3, 6-4


Lady Tigers begin District 13-4A play

The Wills Point Lady Tigers will have some work to do if they plan on reaching the playoffs for the sixth consecutive season, currently sitting at 0-2 overall in District 13-4A play after losses to Mabank Sept. 22 and Canton Sept. 26.

The Lady Tigers traveled to take on the Eaglettes, winning just one set in a four-set loss to Canton. The Eaglettes began play red-hot against Wills Point, storming out of the gate to take the first set 25-13.

Wills Point continued to struggle against the Eaglettes in the second set, getting outpointed 25-22 to fall into a two-sets-to-none deficit. The Lady Tigers bounced back in the third, re-establishing their footing by taking the set 25-23.

Canton closed play out in dominant fashion, taking the fourth set by eight points to wrap up the 25-13, 25-22, 23-25, 25-17 win over the Lady Tigers.


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


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