Cross country teams compete at Canton Invitational

Twenty cross country teams from across the East Texas area, including Wills Point, traveled to Canton Sept. 16, competing in this year's Canton Invitational Cross Country Meet.

Wills Point finished fourth overall in the varsity girls division with 110 total points, behind Kaufman with 34, Fairfield with 53, and Bishop T.K. Gorman with 64.

Hannah Sauceda was Wills Point's top individual finisher placing 10th place with a time of 12:49.08.

Leslie Gonzalez finished 28th in 14:22.08, Brisa Carrillo finished 32nd in 14:40.60, Kaylee King finished 33rd in 14:45.34, Allison Wolfe finished 34th in 14:48.74, and Natalee Darst finished 55th in a time of 16:46.07.

The Tiger varsity boys team finished fifth overall out of 11 qualifying teams with 136 points, behind Kaufman with 22 points, Mabank with 71, Canton with 97 and Bishop T.K. Gorman with 102.


Lady Tigers top Paris in four

The Wills Point Lady Tigers were able to exact a measure of revenge and build some extra confidence heading into District 13-4A play next week, squaring off against the Paris Lady Cats for the second time this season Sept. 8.

Wills Point and Paris originally crossed paths in the third-place match at the Edgewood’s third annual Back to School Dig-Fest Tournament. The Lady Cats would get the upper hand on Wills Point during that meeting, fending off an early deficit to score a three-set win over the Lady Tigers, 17-25, 25-20, 25-19.

Wills Point would even the season-series with Paris last week, defending their home court with an impressive four-set win over the Lady Panthers.

The Lady Tigers got off to a quick start in the match, taking the first set 25-21 over Paris. The Lady Cats bounced back in the second, evening the match at one set each by edging Wills Point 23-25.


Cross country teams finish fourth

The Wills Point cross country teams competed at the Midlothian Invitational Sept. 7, finishing fourth overall in both the varsity girls and varsity boys divisions.

Hannah Sauceda led the girls with a fourth-place individual finish with a time of 13:23, followed by Leslie Gonzalez in 14:36, Brisa Carrillo in 15:30, KK King in 15:39, Allison Wolfe in 15:58, and Liz Cockerham in 16:44.

Leading the way for the JV girls was Natalee Darst with a time of 16:39, Cheyenne Willis in 17:00, Jaylee Phillips in 17:15, Kimberlie Lumsden in 17:37, and Makayla Gassman in 19:16.

Cole Williams led the boys with a 12th place individual finish with a time of 18:17. Williams was followed by Cade Davis in 18:43, Aidan Phillips in 18:49, Edwin Figueroa in 19:45 and Xavier Torres in 20:06.


Carrollton Ranchview edges past Tigers in OT, 33-30

The Wills Point Tigers came painfully close to evening their season record last week, rallying from a two-touchdown deficit against Carrollton Ranchview to force overtime before falling just short to the Wolves, 33-30.

Wills Point began play on offense, methodically marching from their own 33-yard line to the end zone on 10 plays to take an early 7-0 lead against the Wolves. The Tiger offense got two big completions on the drive, both from Tyler James to Nathan Johnson, to pick up 64 of those yards.

Brandon Smith provided the capper to the drive, scoring from seven yards out for his fourth touchdown of the season. Aidan Phillips added the PAT, giving Wills Point a touchdown advantage with six minutes to play in the first quarter.


Tiger netters win three out of four

The Wills Point Tiger tennis team has been as active as any other program during the fall athletic season, already taking part in four matches against other schools through the first weeks of the 2017-’18 school year.

The Tiger varsity has won three out of four matches to date, topping Hallsville 14-5 Aug. 17, Whitehouse 13-6 Aug. 21 and Jacksonville 14-5 Sept. 7. Wills Point’s only blemish this season was a loss to longtime rival Kaufman Aug. 31.

Individual results during play against Hallsville included:

-Chase Daniell def. Ethan Wedgeworth, 8-0

-Jack Johns def. Levi Watson, 8-5

-Kash Adams def. Payton Holman, 8-2

-Aidan Phillips lost to Scott Davis, 5-8

-Josh Schreffler def. Joel Simmons, 8-5

-Justin McGough def. Aidan Spinner, 8-3

-Austin Etheridge def. Trace Brooks, 8-6

-Jacob Sanford def. Harrison Brown, 8-1

-Daniell/Adams def. Davis/Watson, 6-3, 6-4


Teams compete at Kaufman Invitational

Wills Point cross country teams participated in their second event of the year Sept. 2, competing in Kaufman Sept. 2. The varsity girls team placed third overall at the event, behind two state-ranked teams.

Leading the way for the girls was Hannah Sauceda with a fifth-place finish in a time of 13:11. Leslie Gonzalez was next with a time of 14:34, followed by Brisa Carrillo 15:04, Kaylee King 15:07, Elizabeth Cockerham 16:17, and Cheyenne Willis with a time of 18:14.

The JV girls were led by Allison Wolfe with a time of 16:03, Natalee Darst 16:42, Jaylee Phillips 17:11, Kimberlie Lumsden 17:24, Haylee Parker 17:47 and Makayla Gassman 19:27.

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Tigers drop season opener to Chapel Hill, 48-37

The Wills Point Tigers returned to the field Sept. 1 looking to continue the momentum of a 2016 season that saw the program go undefeated during district play before claiming the program’s first bi-district title since the 2004 season.

Despite being outgained by the Tigers in total yardage (456-400) and first downs (27-17), the Bulldogs played the role of spoiler on the season’s first night by recording a 48-37 victory.

Wills Point began play on offense, marching down the field in just four plays for their first touchdown of the season. The drive began with three quick completions, including to passes to Nathan Johnson for 27 yards and a pass to Brandon Smith for four.

Set up at the Chapel Hill 33-yard line, Vernon Morrow burst through the Bulldog defense for a touchdown. Aidan Phillips added the PAT moments later, staking the Tigers to a 7-0 lead with 10:19 to play in the quarter.


Lady Tigers sink Crandall in four sets

The Wills Point Lady Tigers hit the court twice over the past week, finishing 1-1 overall with a road loss to Grand Saline and a home win over Crandall Sept. 5.

The trip to take on Grand Saline served as Wills Point's second match against an in county opponent this season, following a two-set loss to Edgewood the previous week at the Back to School Dig-Fest in Edgewood Aug. 26.

Grand Saline kept the Lady Tigers winless against Van Zandt County opponents this season, scoring five-set victory over Wills Point.

One of the best defensive teams in the area, Grand Saline took the first set against Wills Point 25-18. The Lady Tigers appeared to get back on track in the second, evening the match by outpointing Grand Saline 25-22.


Tigers set to open 2017 season at home

The Wills Point Tigers wrapped up their second and final scrimmage of the preseason at home Aug. 25, taking on the same Bonham Purple Warriors program they defeated during the bi-district round of the playoffs in 2016 as their final tune-up ahead of tonight’s (Sept. 1) season opener against Tyler Chapel Hill.

After traveling to Tyler in 2016 for their season opener, the Tigers will get to enjoy the comforts of home 2017 when they clash with a Chapel Hill team that defeated Wills Point 26-9 last season. Big plays were the difference in their first meeting with Chapel Hill notching scoring plays of 59-, 55-,87- and 34-yards in the game against the Tigers.

Tyler Chapel Hill registered just one more win during the 2016 season, finishing the year with a 2-8 record overall.


Lady Tigers finish fourth at Edgewood event

The Wills Point Lady Tigers were joined by nearly every other volleyball program in Van Zandt County last week as they traveled to Edgewood to compete in the third annual Back to School Dig-Fest Aug. 24, 26.

Wills Point finished the two-day event with a 3-3 record overall, finishing fourth overall in a field that also included Canton, Edgewood, Fruitvale, Grand Saline, Boles, Como-Pickton, Cumberland Academy, East Texas Christian Academy, Hawkins, Keene, Life Waxahachie, Lone Oak, Paris, Sabine and Troup.

Pool play for the tournament saw the Lady Tigers competing against Como-Pickton, Sabine and Life Waxahachie Aug. 24.

The Lady Tigers began play against Sabine, easily sweeping their way to a 25-15, 25-20 win to open tournament play.

Wills Point also came out razor sharp in their second match of the day, handily getting past an overmatched Como-Pickton team in straight sets, 25-8, 25-9.


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