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.


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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