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


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.


Tigers fall short in 39-29 loss

Senior guard/forward Caden Petrey looks for an open teammate during play at the Wills Point Shootout Dec. 10.

Offense proved to be a rare commodity this week for both the Wills Point Tigers and visiting Ferris Yellowjackets, with the two teams combining for a low scoring affair Dec. 15. The Yellowjackets eventually prevailed in the game, taking a 39-29 win back home to Ferris.

Play in the first quarter heavily favored the visiting team, with Ferris taking an 11-4 lead after eight minutes of play.

The Tigers were able to chip away one point during a frustrating second quarter, outscoring Ferris 6-5 to trail 16-10 heading into the half.


Lady Tigers to cap busy stretch

The Wills Point Lady Tigers have shouldered a heavy workload in recent weeks, participating in both tournament and non-district play.

Over the most recent weekend, Dec. 10-12, Wills Point traveled to Edgewood to participate in the 49th annual Lady Dog Tournament.

Wills Point came out of the gates strong, knocking off Bonham 50-40 in their tournament opener Dec. 10.

The Lady Tigers returned to the court the following day, hanging tough before falling to the eventual third-place finishers in the tournament North Forney by a score of 56-44.


All-State Tiger

The Texas Associated Press Sports Editors released their 4A All-State First, Second and Honorable Mention Teams to the public Dec. 15. Despite Wills Point junior defensive lineman Tyriq Burnett was the lone Van Zandt County athlete recognized by the Texas APSE in any classification. Voting for the honor is based solely on regular season statistics.


Lady Tigers set for Edgewood Tournament

Kendall Brown streaks past the Kemp defense for an easy lay-in during tournament play in Wills Point Dec. 3.

The Wills Point Lady Tigers got to enjoy the comforts of home Dec. 3-5, playing host to 11 other teams for the annual Lady Tiger Classic.
The host team enjoyed an up and down run at its own tournament, finishing with a 1-2 record overall during the three-day event.
Tournament play couldn’t have started much better for Wills Point, with a strong defensive effort guiding the Lady Tigers to a 56-18 rout of Kemp.
Led by big scoring efforts from Kendall Brown and Emily Smith, the Lady Tigers raced out to a 16-6 lead after one quarter of play. The margin widened entering the break, with Wills Point outscoring Kemp 16-5 in the second for a 32-11 lead entering the half.
Wills Point shut the door to any potential comeback attempt by Kemp in the second half, continuing to force turnover after turnover to close out the 56-18 win.



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.


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