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.


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.


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