Sports

Fri
19
Feb

Eagles get past Tigers in district showdown

Doug Sheldon (24), shown during Wills Point’s first district meeting with Canton Jan. 15, scored a team-high 13 points during their rematch Feb. 2.

The Wills Point Tigers traveled to Canton on Tuesday night, looking to get even for a loss suffered at the hands of the Eagles in both team’s District 14-4A opener back on Jan. 15. Despite some successes, especially in the second quarter, Wills Point couldn’t overcome the Eagles in a 51-41 loss.

Canton got the better of Wills Point in the first quarter, building up a 13-6 lead after eight minutes of play.

Scrappy defensive effort by the Tigers began to turn the tide in the second quarter, with Wills Point smothering Canton defensively to get itself back in the game. At the half, the visiting Tigers held an 18-15 advantage.

Thu
18
Feb

Tigers punch ticket to basketball playoffs

The Wills Point Tigers entered the final two games of District 14-4A play with one simple goal: win either against Van Feb. 12 or Rains Feb. 16 to assure themselves a spot in the 4A UIL Basketball Playoffs.

Wills Point took care of business during their first opportunity to clinch a playoff spot, bouncing back from an early deficit for a 46-34 over their in-county rival.

Van came out hot in the early going against the Tigers, building up a 9-0 lead in the first quarter. Wills Point eventually chipped away four points from that advantage before the end of the frame, as Van held a 9-4 lead entering the second.

Thu
18
Feb

Netters take home Kilgore crown

The Wills Point tennis team will need to clear out extra space in their trophy case after returning from the Kilgore Tournament with the overall team championship.

The Wills Point Tiger tennis team couldn’t have asked for a much better outcome from their trip to Kilgore Feb. 12, walking away from the Kilgore Tournament with the team championship trophy for their performance against a field that included teams from 2A all the way to 6A.

Wills Point posted 133 points total, five more than second place Longview and 18 more than third place Center.

Coach Ann Daniell stated, “We couldn't be more proud of these kids and their accomplishments!”

Wills Point results included:

Thu
18
Feb

Third inning carries Lady Indians past Wills Point

Meredith Edwards threw 2 2/3 innings of relief against Grand Saline, allowing four hits and three runs, only one of which was earned.

The Wills Point Lady Tigers and Grand Saline Indians met on the diamond Feb. 15 in one of the first softball games of the 2016 season for each team. The smaller school in the battle, Grand Saline, more than held its own, using multi-run innings in the second, third, fourth and fifth innings to register a 13-6 win over the homestanding Lady Tigers.

After keeping the Lady Indians off the scoreboard in the top of the first, the Wills Point offense generated a run after Meredith Edwards came around to score following a single, ground out, single by Kamree Clark and a fielding error.

Thu
18
Feb

Wills Point Tiger baseball team with scrimmages against Scurry Rosser

Tiger senior righthander Riley Ramsey fires a pitch during a scrimmage at home against Scurry Rosser Feb. 12.

Mon
01
Feb

Netters continue fall season

Nash Pendleton positions himself near the baseline to return a shot during Tiger tennis action last week.

The Wills Point fall tennis season continued to be in full swing over the past week, with the Tigers taking part in matches against both Kaufman and All Saints over the course of the past week. The Tiger tennis team played Kaufman at home Jan. 19, splitting matches at 10-10 with the Lion program.

Match scores against Kaufman included:

-Jack Johns lost to Derian Hernandez, 6-3, 4-6, 10-12; lost to Rudy Perez, 8-9 7-9

-Michael Durham lost to Rudy Perez, 1-6, 1-6; lost to Derian Hernandez, 0-8

Mon
01
Feb

Tigers open 2016 lifting season in Van

Three Van Zandt County schools, Grand Saline, Van and Wills Point, all started their 2016 powerlifting seasons Jan. 15 by lifting at the Van Invitational Meet.

The schools fared well overall with the Grand Saline team finishing 11th in the boys division and 8th in the girls division, the Van team finishing 10th in the boys division and 11th in the girls division and the Wills Point team finishing second in the boys division and 10th in the girls division.

Individual results in the boys division included:

Mon
01
Feb

Furious rally carries Lady Tigers to win

The Wills Point Lady Tigers stormed back from the brink of defeat against Van on Tuesday night, storming back form a 27-16 deficit late in the third quarter for a thrilling 32-30 road win over the Lady Vandals. 

Van got the better of Wills Point throughout much of the first half, taking advantage of a tough shooting start by the Lady Tigers to build a 17-8 lead after one quarter of play.

Offensive struggles hit both teams exceptionally hard in the second quarter as Van narrowly outscored Wills Point 5-2 to extend their lead to 22-10 entering the half.

Mon
01
Feb

WPHS honors excellence at Fall Athletic Banquet

Coach Greg Cranfill and Austin Etheridge

Student-athletes that participated in fall athletic events, including cheerleading, cross country, volleyball and football were recognized by members of the WPHS coaching staff at the annual Fall Athletic Banquet Jan. 25 in the high school cafetorium.

Coaches not only honored the athletes for their performance on the court, but also for their performance in the classroom.

Award winners included:

-Best Jumps: Mryanda Boswell

-Best Tumbler: Micaela Brewer

Tue
26
Jan

Lady Tigers fall to state-ranked Eaglettes, 71-20

Kendall Brown (24) gets in position for Wills Point’s press break as Canton’s Taylor Tidwell plays defense.

The Wills Point Lady Tigers struggled to keep pace with the state-ranked Canton Eaglettes last week, falling to 0-3 overall in District 14-4A play with a 71-20 home loss Jan. 15.
Canton’s pressure defense and up tempo offense carried the first half for the Eaglettes, who built up a 28-7 lead after just one quarter of play. Eaglette post Lilly Nelson proved to be a tough cover on the interior, leading the Eaglettes with 9 points in the frame
Canton continued to roll in the second quarter, holding Wills Point to just two points to watch the margin grow to 45-9 going into the half.  
Five points each by Destiny Johnson and Kenley Nixon did more than enough to counter Wills Point’s three point effort in the third quarter, extending the lead even further to 65-12.

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