Sports

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

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.

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