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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Bennett named to All-District First Team

With the 2017 season officially in the books for all District 13-4A baseball teams, coaches released their list of Superlative and All-District honorees.

Not surprisingly, Canton, which won first place overall with a perfect 10-0 record, dominated Superlative recognitions.

The Eagles nearly ran the table in Superlative recognitions, winning at least a share of five out of six honors.

Van, which won four out of its final five district game to qualify for the playoffs, earned a share of one Superlative honor and a First Team All-District nod.

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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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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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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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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


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.


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