Krystian Osbourn, granddaughter of Prentice and Brenda Arthur of Wills Point, signed a National Letter of Intent to play softball at Abilene Christian University. Krystian is a three-time All-District selection, this past year being named the District 29-4A Offensive MVP at Bandera High School. ACU is a Division I program in the Southland Conference. Pictured above are Jana (mother), Krystian, Cade (brother) and Joe Don (father) Osbourn.


Tigers to host own tournament

Tiger forward Caden Petrey gets a clean look at a short basket against Commerce Dec. 3.

The Wills Point Tigers basketball team may still be in the early stages of its 2014-’15 campaign, but that means the team is also squarely in the midst of tournament season.

The Tigers were in Edgewood Dec. 3-5, competing in the 49th annual Edgewood Varsity Tournament.

Things will be flipped this week, with many varsity boys team from across East Texas making the trek to Wills Point for tournament play Dec. 10-12.

Teams at this year’s Wills Point Shootout were scheduled to include Lindale, Dallas Thunder, Ferris, Dallas Christian, North Lamar, All Saints, Edgewood, Kaufman, Terrell, Canton and Crandall.

Wills Point’s pool play games, set for Dec. 10, were scheduled to include a game against North Lamar beginning at 11:50 a.m. and a game against Dallas Christian at 5:30 p.m.


Lady Tigers to host own tournament

Photo by Adrianne Granger - The Wills Point Lady Tiger defense will face some of the most talented teams in all of East Texas Dec. 3-5 when they host the annual Wills Point Lady Tiger Classic.

The Wills Point Lady Tiger basketball program will receive a stiff test shortly after the Thanksgiving holiday, making their first of three scheduled tournament appearances this season.

Wills Point will have the benefit of being home Dec. 3-5, taking the court at the Lady Tigers Basketball Classic.

Participants of this year’s Classic are set to include Anna, Kemp, Quitman, Van, TCA, Life, Edgewood, Kaufman, Brownsboro, Malakoff, Mabank and host Wills Point.

Game action on the opening day of the tournament is set to include:


Tigers drop to Class 4A Division II

The UIL released their conference cutoff numbers for the 2016-2018 reclassification and realignment Nov.20.

Schools with enrollments between 723-1,099 will be placed in Class 4A Division I (the large school designation) and schools with enrollments between 480-722 will be placed in Class 4A Division II (the small school designation).

Wills Point, which has played the past two football seasons in the large school designation, had a reported enrollment of 716. Beginning in Fall 2016, the Tiger football team will now compete in Class 4A Division II.

The Van Vandals, who played this past season in the large school classification, will do so again with a reported enrollment figure of 751.

The Canton Eagles will remain in Class 4A Division II with a reported enrollment of 620.


Wills Point among Edgewood Tournament competitors

The Wills Point Tigers will continue what has seemingly turned into an annual tradition following the Thanksgiving holiday by making the pilgrimage to Edgewood Dec. 3-5 to compete in the 49th Annual Edgewood Invitational Basketball Tournament.

Participants of this year’s tournament are set to include host Edgewood, Fruitvale, Quinlan, Scurry-Rosser, Commerce, Sunnyvale, Winnsboro, Red Oak Life, Alba-Golden, Hawkins, Kaufman, Hooks, Palestine, Kemp and Mineola.

First day action of the tournament is set to include:


Tigers wrap season versus Athens

The Wills Point Tigers entered the final Friday night of the district calendar with little to play for, having been eliminated from playoff contention the week before with a loss to the Van Vandals.

Despite the low stakes, Wills Point still put together a hardnosed effort in what would ultimately become a 42-14 loss the Athens Hornets.

Workhorse running back Marques Crouch got Wills Point on the board first in the contest, scoring a one-yard touchdown midway through the first quarter to give the Tigers a 7-0 lead.

Athens would come roaring back in the second quarter, scoring 28 unanswered to end the half. The Hornets extended the lead to 42-7 late before another Crouch one-yard score snapped the Athens scoring streak.

Wills Point finishes its season with a 3-7 record overall, including 1-4 in District 8-4A play.


Vandals outlast Tigers to gain state playoff berth, 49-14

Van Zandt County bragging rights and a trip to the upcoming Class 4A state playoffs were on the line Thursday night when the Van Vandals took on the Wills Point Tigers at Van’s Memorial Stadium.
When the dust settled, the Vandals punched their ticket for post-season play as they cruised past Wills Point, 49-14, as the Tigers were mathematically eliminated from any chance at qualifying for the state playoffs in 2015.
Before entering post-season competition, the Vandals, 6-3 overall and 2-2 in District 8-4A, Division I, will conclude their regular season schedule as they will travel to Kaufman to take on the district champion Kaufman Lions in a 7:30 p.m. kickoff Friday, November 6.
The Vandals will enter Kaufman knowing that they will be the fourth place team in the district going into the state playoffs regardless of the outcome against the Lions.

Pirates double up Tigers on rainy night, 28-14

Friday night’s stormy weather and the Crandall defense combined to ground the Wills Point passing game on Friday night, helping contribute to the Tigers 28-14 loss to the Pirates.

Neither team could get much going offensively, as Wills Point finished with 239 total yards of offense and Crandall finished with a nearly identical 244 yards of offense in a showdown of teams entering the game with 1-1 records in District 8-4A play.

Marques Crouch finished as Wills Point’s top ball carrier on the night, logging 36 attempts for 147 yards in the loss. Caden Bennett and Logan Morris each had touchdowns on the ground for Wills Point.

The Tigers, now 1-2 in district play, face a tall order over the season’s final two contests. Wills Point will travel to Van to take on the 1-2 Vandals Oct. 30, and then return home for a contest against the Athens Hornets the following week for Senior Night. 


Tigers lose heartbreaker to Lions, 35-28

The Wills Point Tigers and Kaufman Lions turned back the clock on Friday night, engaging in an old school battle at Ken Autry Davis Field. For the second time at home this season (a 28-27 win by the Canton Eagles being the other), Wills Point just couldn’t get over the hump late in a 35-28 loss.
The Tigers, playing catchup most of the night, knotted the score at 28-28 with a 46-yard touchdown pass from Caden Bennett to Brandon Smith with less than a minute to play. Kaufman answered right back, with senior running back Dru Prox scoring the go-ahead touchdown on a 51-yard touchdown with 25 second to play to move the Lions to 2-0 in District 8-4A play, and to knock Wills Point to 1-1 with back-to-back road dates at Crandall and Van in the coming weeks.
Both teams leaned heavily on their rushing attacks in the contest, combining for nearly 600 yards (598) on the ground. 

Defense, rushing attack carry Tigers to 17-7 win

After more than a week of thinking what might have been following their heartbreaking 28-27 non-district finale loss to Canton, the Wills Point Tigers turned the page with their District 8-4A opener against the Mabank Panthers Oct. 9.
The Wills Point Tiger rushing attack and defense each played a starring role in the contest, helping guide the team to a 17-7 road win.
Marques Crouch, who entered the contest with 925 rushing yards and 8 TDs, officially eclipsed the 1,000 yard mark on the season with a 25 carry, 146 yard effort against the Panthers (including a touchdown). Fellow running back Chuck Smith also had a solid effort in the win, logging six carries for 56 yards and a touchdown. 
The Tiger defense, which has improved steadily over the past year and a half under the guidance of head coach Greg Cranfill and defensive coordinator Larry Moorehead, allowed just 119 total yards to the Panthers.


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