Sports

Wed
17
May

Walser takes bronze at State Meet

Four Van Zandt County student-athletes including Edgewood distance runner Cody Delarosa, Grand Saline high jumper Trent Easley, Van pole vaulter Kendall Brown and Wills Point wheelchair event participant Shelbi Walser, made their way to Myers Stadium in Austin May 11-13 to compete at this year's UIL State Track and Field Meet.

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Thu
04
May

Tiger athletic program announces Spring Banquet

The Wills Point Tiger athletic program will once again be recognizing their best and brightest student-athletes, including participants in boys and girls basketball, powerlifting, tennis, softball, baseball, track, golf and cheer, at the annual Spring Athletic Banquet May 15 in the high school cafetorium.

Additional information on the annual banquet will be published in the Chronicle prior to the event day.
 

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Thu
04
May

Three compete at Region II Track and Field Meet

Athletes representing Canton, Van and Wills Point traveled to the campus of Texas A&M  Commerce last week to compete in this year’s UIL 4A Region II Track and Field Meet. Canton, which won the District 13-4A Meet in both the varsity boys and varsity girls divisions, and finished third overall in both divisions during the Area Meet, qualified the largest local contingent of athletes for the Region II Meet. 
 

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Mon
01
May

Sauceda, Smith advance to Regional Meet

Hannah Sauceda competed in three events for the Wills Point at this year’s District 13-14 4A Area Meet, including the 800, 1600 and 3200. Sauceda qualified for the Regional Track Meet April 28-29 at Texas A&M Commerce with a top-4 finish in the 3200.

The best track athletes from District 13-4A and District 14-4A traveled to Atlanta High School April 20 to compete in this year's District 13-14 4A Area Track Meet.

Teams in the field included Canton, Van, Wills Point, event host Atlanta, as well as Liberty-Eylau, Pittsburg, North Lamar, Paris, Rains, Mabank, Brownsboro and Pleasant Grove.

Canton posted the top finish of any local boys team, placing third overall with 84 total points. Notable finishes included Atlanta placing first with 157.5, Liberty-Eylau second with 98, Van in ninth with 16 and Wills Point in 11th with 10.

Individual varsity boys results included:

-100: Cooper Bledsoe, Van, sixth; Brandon Smith, WP, seventh

-200: Dylan Cox, Canton, second

-400: Bryce Wilkins, Canton, first

-800: Bryce Wilkins, Canton, first

Sun
30
Apr

Tigers earn split in final two games of the season

Chase Daniell fights the windy conditions to record an out on an infield popup against Canton.

The Wills Point Tigers entered the final week of District 13-4A play needing a pair of wins to help strengthen their chances of reaching this year’s baseball playoffs. The Tigers accomplished one of those two goals, defeating Rains in a low-scoring affair April 21 before falling to Canton April 25.

The Tigers received another stellar pitching performance from freshman righthander Josh Brogdon against the Wildcats, picking up a 2-1 come-from-behind win.

Rains struck first in the game, plating a run in the bottom of the fourth for a 1-0 lead. A two-out RBI single by Jayton Oldacre in the top of the fifth would tie the score, and a two-out RBI single by Seth Wilson in the top of the sixth would serve as the winning run for the Tigers.

Sat
29
Apr

Four to compete at 4A State Tennis Tournament

Juniors Maddie Booth and Claire Hiler won four of five matches during play last week to finish second overall in girls doubles.

The Wills Point Tiger tennis program has been no stranger to on court success, qualifying multiple players to compete at the State Tennis Tournament in each of the past two seasons.

Another chapter to that legacy was added April 18-19 with four players, the mixed doubles team of Chase Daniell and Kelsey James and the girls doubles team of Maddie Booth and Claire Hiler each bring home top finishes at the Regional Tournament in Longview to qualify for this year’s State event at College Station May 18-19.

Chase Daniell and Kelsey James were the Regional Champions in mixed doubles, marking their second Regional championship as a team and their second joint trip to State. The trip to College Station will serve as James’ third, after she also qualified back in 2015.

Maddie Booth and Claire Hiler placed second in girls doubles and will be headed to State also, while Cassidy Wilcoxson placed third in girls singles and will be an alternate in that event.

Fri
28
Apr

Lady Tigers close out 2017 season

Photo by David Kapitan

Jeslyn Martinez finished 1/2 with a double during the district finale against the Brownsboro Bearettes April 21.

The Wills Point Lady Tigers fell victim to a dominant pitching performance in their final game of the season, getting one-hit by two Brownsboro pitchers in an 11-0 road loss April 21.

Play between the two teams was originally scheduled for April 18 but inclement weather forced multiple delays, eventually leading to the Friday night matchup between the Lady Tigers and Bearettes.

Wills Point opened play on a positive note with leadoff hitter Jeslyn Martinez reaching scoring position with a double to right field. Martinez was stranded at second base after a fly out, strikeout and line out to end the inning.

The Lady Tigers looked to be well on their way to getting out of the first inning in a tie, but a two-out fielding error on a groundball helped the Bearettes score three runs for a 3-0 lead.

Mon
24
Apr

Rowland signs autographs

Jacob Rowland, a member of the Wills Point High School Class of 2015, signed autographs for the next generation of student-athletes at the annual Texas State University Maroon and Gold Spring Game April 15. Rowland, a redshirt sophomore this season, was named a Class 4A All-State Honorable Mention performer by the Associated Press Sports Editors his senior season at Wills Point, played in 10 games along the offensive line for the Bobcats in the 2016 season. A construction science and management major, Rowland was named to the Sun Belt Conference Academic Honor Roll for the 2015-'16 school year. 

Sun
23
Apr

Lady Tigers defeat Panthers, fall to Vandals

Photo by Tonia Edwards

The Wills Point Tiger athletic program recognized senior softball contributors ahead of the team’s final home game of the season.

The Wills Point Lady Tigers were in action twice over the past week, taking on both Mabank and Van in District 13-4A action.

Wills Point, coming off a win over Canton, put together another impressive showing against Mabank April 12, ripping off four multi-run innings in a 16-4 demolition of the Lady Panthers.

Play against the Lady Panthers was originally scheduled to take place a night earlier, but inclement weather resulted in the game being pushed back 24 hours.

Wills Point scored first against Mabank, but trailed 4-1 to the Lady Panthers after two innings of play. The turning point for the Lady Tigers occurred in the top of the third as Wills Point's offense caught fire, plating two in the inning, seven more runs in the fourth, and three runs in both the fifth and sixth innings to pull away for the easy win.

Fri
21
Apr

Track teams compete at District 13-4A Meet

Photo by David Kapitan

Jacob Moore, along with teammates Brandon Smith, Nathan Johnson and Chase Phillips, finished fourth overall in the 4x100 relay.

Track and field teams from Canton, Van and Wills Point all faced their biggest tests of the season April 12-13, traveling to Rains High School to compete in this year’s District 13-4A Meet. Outside of the three county schools in the field, other competitors included athletes from Brownsboro, Emory Rains and Mabank.

Canton performed exceptionally well at the meet, pacing the field by winning first place overall in both the varsity boys and varsity girls division. Canton’s varsity boys athletes totaled 124 points for the two-day event, topping Emory Rains with 112, Mabank with 72, Wills Point with 64, Brownsboro with 47 and Van with 29.

Individual varsity boys results included:

-100: Cooper Bledsoe, Van, second; Brandon Smith, WP, third; Dalton Williams, Canton, fifth; Kyle Rose-Peterson, Canton, eighth

-200: Dylan Cox, Canton, first; Bray Doring, Van, sixth; Jacob Moore, WP, seventh; Brandon Smith, WP, eighth

-400: Bryce Wilkens, Canton, first

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