Lady Tigers to continue tournament play

The Wills Point Lady Tigers looked to turn the page after a disappointing run through their home tournament Aug. 18-19, welcoming the Caddo Mills Lady Foxes to Wills Point Aug. 22 for a non-district tilt.

Despite their best efforts, a strong surge by the Lady Foxes and questionable officiating that drew the ire of fans, coaches and players proved too much to overcome in a 28-26, 25-19, 25-27, 21-25, 9-15 loss.

Wills Point struggled to find their footing early against the big hitting of Caddo Mills, falling behind 24-19 in the first set. With their backs against the wall, Wills Point turned the tide with their service game, running off six straight points to extend the set.


Lady Tigers defend home court

The Wills Point Lady Tigers have shown a flair for the dramatic in recent seasons, scoring several memorable wins in tightly contested matches against talented teams.

Wills Point’s meeting with Palestine Aug. 11 proved to be no exception with the Lady Tigers gutting out a 25-15, 26-24, 25-21 win in a match that was much closer than the score would indicate.

Strong serving and excellent defense were key factors in the opening set, allowing Wills Point to easily cruise to a 25-15 lead in the first set.

Big hitting by Palestine’s athletic frontline nearly evened the match in the second, giving the Wildcats a 24-20 lead over the Lady Tigers. Not to be denied, Wills Point came storming back to score each of the next six points for a two-sets to none lead.

Lady Tiger veterans helped to turn back any chance of a Palestine comeback in third set, capping the match with another strong push to complete the 25-15, 26-24, 25-21 sweep.


Tigers open two-a-day workouts

The Wills Point Tigers opened defense of the 6-4A District Championship they won in 2016 this week, hosting their first two-a-day workout of the 2017 season under grey skies at Ken Autry Davis Field Aug. 7.

Wills Point’s scheduled start time proved fortuitous, avoiding the rain that impacted other local teams including Canton and Grand Saline during their early morning workouts.

The Tigers are scheduled to scrimmage in Bullard Aug. 19 and at home against Bonham Aug. 25 before kicking off non-district play at home against Tyler Chapel Hill Sept. 1.

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Tiger football camp

The Wills Point athletic program capped what had already been a busy summer with the annual Tiger Football Camp at Ken Autry Davis Field July 31-Aug. 3. Campers were led through games and drills by members of the Tiger coaching staff over the four-day event. Previous summer athletic camps hosted by the Tiger athletic program included baseball, softball, tennis, volleyball and basketball.


Two-a-days begin for Lady Tigers

The 2016 season proved to be a rollercoaster ride from beginning to end for head coach Chris Williams and the Wills Point Lady Tiger volleyball program, beginning with a five-set win over state-ranked Commerce in the home opener and running all the way through a come from behind, playoff clinching effort against Brownsboro in the district finale. Once the dust settled, the Lady Tigers claimed the fourth and final playoff position coming out of District 13-4A before bowing out to state-ranked Paris North Lamar in the bi-district round.

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Meet the Coaches night scheduled

The Wills Point HS athletic program announced late last week that it will be hosting a Meet the Coaches Night Aug. 6 beginning at 6 p.m. in the high school gymnasium. The event will allow parents/guardians to meet with members of the Tiger coaching staff ahead of the 2017-’18 athletic season beginning.

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Campers keeping busy with summer events

Kelyn Bain had the opportunity to work on a variety of tennis skills throughout the week, including hitting forehands over the net under the watchful eye of camp coaches.

The Wills Point Athletic Department wrapped up another round of summer camps during this past week, with the next generation of Tiger student-athletes hitting the courts for the annual summer tennis camp.

Outside of the weeks long Strength and Speed Camp, upcoming camps for the Tiger athletic program are scheduled to include:

Baseball Camp

Tiger Baseball Camp, under the direction of Coach Todd Staley, will take place on June 19-22. Incoming 3rd – 6th graders will take the field from 8-10 a.m., and incoming 7th-9th graders will take the field from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. The camp fee is $25 and includes a t-shirt.

Volleyball Camp

Lady Tiger volleyball camp for incoming 4th– 9th graders is scheduled for June 26-29. Camp will take place from 9-11 a.m. The camp fee is $25 and includes a t-shirt.

Football Camp


Summer camp season underway

The Wills Point Tiger Athletic Department is currently in the midst of summer camp season, already completing camps in softball and girls and boys basketball with football, baseball, tennis and volleyball still to come. Upcoming camps are scheduled to include:


Wills Point Tiger tennis camp, under the direction of coaches Ann Daniell and Len Turner, will take place June 12-15 at the high school courts. The camp will be open to kids ranging in from age 4 through those entering 9th grade.

Sessions will be divided into three age groups, with those 4-years old through those entering 2nd grade competing from 8:15-9:15 a.m., those entering 3rd-6th grade competing from 9:15-10:15 a.m. and those entering 7th-9th grades from 10:30 until noon.

The camp fee is $25 and includes a t-shirt.

Strength and Speed Camp


Summer camp season kicks off

The Wills Point Tiger Athletic Department hosted its first camp of the summer season earlier this week with the annual Lady Tiger Softball Camp May 30 – June 2 at the Lester Park baseball/softball complex.

Other upcoming summer camps will include football, baseball, tennis, volleyball and basketball. Camps are scheduled to include:

Boys Basketball


Daniell, James earn bronze at State Tennis Tournament

The Wills Point Tiger and Martins Mill tennis programs were well represented at the UIL State Tennis Tournament, sending a combined nine athletes to College Station May 18-19.

The Wills Point mixed doubles team of junior Chase Daniell and Kelsey James were the top finishers among Van Zandt County athletes, placing third overall.

Daniell and James opened play with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Kennedy Coleman and Gunnar Ortega of Liberty Hill in the first round.

The pair then lost to eventual state runners-up Spencer Lin and Ashley Smyser of Abilene Wylie in a hotly contested 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 match.

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