Tigers even record with win out Yellowjackets, 33-30

Photo by Seleste Buentello

Linebackers Chuck Smith (22) and Kelvin Love (11) corral Ferris wide receiver Deuntrae Booker.

It wasn’t always pretty, but the Wills Point Tigers accomplished their ultimate goal on Friday night with a 33-30 home win over the Ferris Yellowjackets to improve to 1-1 on the season.

Offensively, the story for the Tigers was running back Marques Crouch. The senior followed up a season opening three touchdown performance in a loss to Forney with an even better one against the Yellowjackets. All told, Crouch logged 39 carries for 140 yards and two touchdowns on the ground, and added three catches for 107 yards and two touchdowns in the receiving game.

Play between the two teams opened with the Yellowjackets on offense. Ferrris picked up a first down before Wills Point caused and recovered a fumble by freshman quarterback Dylan Wright.


Tigers fall to 5A Jackrabbits in opener

Marques Crouch breaks free of the Forney defense for one of his three touchdowns during Friday night's opener against the Jackrabbits.

For the second consecutive season, the Wills Point Tigers faced a tough test in their opener with a contest against the 5A Forney Jackrabbits. Powered by quarterback Luke Skipper’s sensational day, Forney put together an explosive offensive display to hand the Tigers a 56-21 loss.
Skipper, who totaled nearly nearly 200 yards (50 passing, 140 rushing) and two touchdowns in last year's contest, misfired on just two of his 17 pass attempts while totaling over 300 yards passing and six total touchdowns. 
Wills Point running back Marques Crouch bruised his way to 268 yards and three touchdowns on a game-high 36 carries.
Wills Point will look to even their season record when they host Ferris at Ken Autry Davis Field.

Lady Tigers host annual volleyball tournament

Photo by David Kapitan

The Wills Point Lady Tiger varsity volleyball team will be at home over the weekend, hosting 15 other East Texas programs for the annual Coca Cola Attack ‘Em Volleyball Tournament on Aug. 21-22.

The Wills Point Lady Tigers will get to enjoy the comforts of home this weekend, welcoming a slew of teams from all over East Texas for the annual Coca Cola Attack ‘Em Volleyball Tournament on Aug. 21-22.

Teams from Caddo Mills, Kaufman, Quinlan, Van, Chapel Hill, Sulphur Springs, Terrell, Crandall, Commerce, Tx. High, West Rusk, Paris, Scurry and Mineola are scheduled to be in attendance.

Pool play is scheduled to run the entire first day of the tournament, with teams divided into four separate brackets: blue, red, white and gold. Pool play matchups scheduled to be played in the main gym include:

-Wills Point vs. Chapel Hill, 8 a.m.

-Sulphur Springs vs. Terrell, 9 a.m.

-Chapel Hill vs. Sulphur Springs, 10 a.m.

-Wills Point vs. Terrell, 11 a.m.

-Chapel Hill vs. Terrell, 12 p.m.

-Wills Point vs. Sulphur Springs, 1 p.m.

-Crandall vs. Commerce, 2 p.m.

-Harmony vs. Tx. High, 3 p.m.


Opening scrimmage set for Saturday

After a week of going through drills and running plays against each other, the Wills Point Tigers will finally get their chance to take out their frustrations on an opponent not dressed in blue and white on Saturday.

Wills Point, coming off a 5-6 season that saw them reach the bi-district round of the playoffs, will scrimmage the District 5-4A Division II Bullard Panthers on Saturday. Freshman are scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m., followed by the JV and varsity scrimmaging at 9:30 a.m.


WPISD Tennis coaches go to camps

Courtesy photos

Left: Cassidy Wilcoxson, Coach Len Turner, Coach Ann Daniell and Claire Hiler.
Right: Coaches Len Turner and Ann Daniell.

Wills Point tennis coaches Ann Daniell and Len Turner were invited to work at the University of Texas tennis camp last week.  The coaches were involved in working with about 40 athletes from across the state, including Cassidy Wilcoxson and Claire Hiler from the Tiger tennis team.  This was an exciting end to a tremendous tennis season.


Carlye Lide

Carlye Lide, a 2013 graduate of Wills Point High School, ended her sophomore year at Austin College earning several honors. As well as being named to the Dean’s List again for the 2014 Fall semester she was nominated and awarded to become a Student Ambassador for the college in the Students Today Alumni Tomorrow organization. Most recently, the Southern Collegiate Tennis league announced that she was one of the few players that earned All-Tournament Honors for her strong performances in singles play at the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Championships this Spring. Carlye is active as a cheerleader and a member of the Women’s Roo Tennis team.  She is also a member of Alpha Delta Chi sorority and a representative for the Student Athletic Advisory Committee for the college. Carlye is working towards her Math major with a minor in Physics.


Bennett named Newcomer of the Year

Photo by Adrianne Granger

Wills Point Tiger sophomore Caden Bennett was selected as the District 14-4A Newcomer of the Year in a vote of district coaches. Bennett was a member of a Tiger team that qualified for this year’s playoffs after finishing third overall in District 14-4A play.

District 14-4A coaches released their list of Superlative and All-District honorees for the 2015 baseball season this week.

As expected, District 14-4A Champion Van helped lead the way in Superlative honorees, taking home District MVP, Defensive MVP, Pitcher of the Year and Coach of the Year honors. Additionally, the Vandals also placed three players on the All-District First Team, five players on the All-District Second Team and two more on the Honorable Mention All-District Team.

Wills Point, third place finishers in District 14-4A play, took home the Newcomer of the Year Superlative, as well as two spots each on the All-District First and All-District Second Team.

A complete rundown of the honorees includes:


-MVP: Jacob Tobias, Van

-Offensive MVP: Toby Davis, Brownsboro

-Defensive MVP: Jacoby Bogue, Van

-Newcomer of the Year: Caden Bennett, Wills Point


Athletes honored at Spring Athletic Banquet

By David Kapitan

Sports Editor


The Wills Point ISD athletic community gathered at the high school cafeteria on May 15, recognizing contributions made by student-athletes participating in basketball, powerlifting, softball, baseball, track, golf and tennis among other activities and events during the Spring 2015 semester.

Students receiving awards included:

-Girls Basketball Offensive Player of the Year: Savanna McAfee

-Girls Basketball Defensive Player of the Year: Kalin Harding

-Girls Basketball MVP: Norma Cunigan

-Boys Basketball Offensive Player of the Year: Alec Hudson

-Boys Basketball Defensive Player of the Year: Tre’Vaughn Williams

-Boys Basketball MVP: Hunter Sanford

-Powerlifting (Boys): Justin Dowdy

-Powerlifting (Girls): Deshanna Denton


Tiger athletes medal twice at State Track Meet

AUSTIN – The Wills Point track and field team sent three competitors to Austin last week to compete at the 4A UIL State Track and Field Meet at Mike A. Myers Stadium on May 14-16.

The Tigers performed exceptionally well, bringing home a first, third and fifth place finish as part of the haul.

Shelbi Walser was the highest ranking county finisher in any event, placing first overall in the girls shot put wheelchair division.

Tiger sprinter Michael Hess also returned from the State Meet with a medal, placing third overall in the 100 meter dash.

Norma Cunigan, the third Wills Point athlete to compete, finished 5th overall in the 4A Girls Shot Put.

Wills Point athletes weren’t alone in competing at the State Meet, with two Canton athletes, Canton pole vaulters Colin Millsap and Ana Sharp, and two Edgewood athletes, distance runner Trent Phelps and discus thrower Jackson Tyner, also competing.


County players compete at State Tournament

Photo by Larry Turner

Senior Shelby Pirtle capped her Tiger tennis career with her second appearance at the State Tennis Tournament.

Van Zandt County sent a contingent of 10 players, five from Wills Point (and an alternate), four from Van and one from Martins Mill, to compete at the 2015 UIL State Tennis Tournament in Austin last week.

Results for local players included:

-Florentina Landaverde of Martins Mill competed in the 2A Girls Singles bracket, losing 7-5, 6-3 to Melissa Tye of Chilton in the Quarterfinals. Tye would be knocked out of the tournament in Semifinal round.

-Logan Daniell and Rustin Rankin of Wills Point competed in the 4A Boys Doubles bracket, losing 6-2, 6-3 to Parker Phillips and Sitman Wainwright of Fredericksburg in the Quarterfinals. Phillips and Wainwright lost to Nital Patel and Maxwell Tadvick of Abilene Wylie in the Semifinal round.

-Shelby Pirtle of Wills Point competed in the 4A Girls Singles bracket, losing 6-1, 6-0 to Hannah Boubel of Fredericksburg in the Quarterfinals. Boubel advanced to and won the 2015 4A State Championship.


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