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.


Tigers set for bi-district round

By David Kapitan
Sports Editor

The Wills Point Tigers put a bow on their regular season last week, rallying for a 7-6 win over the Emory Rains Wildcats to clinch the third seed in District 14-4A play.

The Tigers were down 6-4 heading into the seventh inning before rallying to send the game into extra innings. Wills Point kept Rains off the scoreboard in the top of the eighth before scoring the game winner in the bottom half of the inning.

With the bases loaded, Lonnie Carroll was hit by a Wildcat pitch, scoring the winning run.

The win helped move the Tigers to 6-6 overall, three games behind district champion Van, two games behind second seed Brownsboro and one game better than fourth seeded Van.

Wills Point will now return to what has become their home away from home this weekend, competing in the bi-district round of the playoffs with games at Copeland Field in Mesquite.


Cunigan places first at regionals

Wills Point Lady Tiger senior Norma Cunigan placed first in shot put at the Regional Meet, breaking the old school record at the event. Cunigan will now be headed to represent Wills Point High School at the 4A State Track Meet in Austin on May 14-16.

Tiger tennis advances to state

Competitors on the court, and friends off the court, a combined 10 players from Wills Point and Van will advance to the 4A State Tennis Tournament as either qualif ers or alternates. Players include Cassidy Wilcoxson, Shelby Pirtle, Kelsey James, Kolton Adams, Rustin Rankin, Logan Daniell, Taylor Attaway, Mullika Seekhieo, Courtney Pickett and Mariah Maxf eld. Tiger tennis will compete in the state tournament at College Station May 12-13.


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