Errors prove costly in 6-1 loss

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Senior Greg McBride takes a cut against a Mabank offer during the District 13-4A opener.

The Wills Point Tigers opened District 13-4A play at home this week, welcoming the Mabank Panthers to town March 21.

Defensive miscues would be story of the night for the Tigers with five errors helping lead to six unearned runs in a 6-1 Wills Point loss.

Mabank got on the scoreboard in the top of the first, scoring a two-out run on an error in the outfield to take a 1-0 lead.

Wills Point countered Mabank's run with one of their own in the bottom of the frame, courtesy of a Seth Wilson leadoff double, Sam Berberich sacrifice and Caden Bennett RBI single to center.

The Panthers got what would turn into the winning run in the top of the second on a triple that barely landed in play down the right field line and a groundout.


Lady Tigers fall short in offensive slugfest

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The Wills Point Lady Tigers were scheduled to begin district play with games against Emory Rains March 14 and Canton March 15.

Friday night's game between the Wills Point Lady Tigers and Leonard Lady Tigers was not for the faint of heart with the two teams combined for 31 runs, 20 hits, 21 walks and 17 errors in a back and forth affair that spanned eight innings in non-district play.

In the end, 14 runs by Wills Point over the game's final five innings would not be enough as Leonard prevailed in a 16-15 marathon.

Wills Point found itself in a hole early as Leonard plated three runs in the top of the first inning for a 3-0 lead.

Wills Point cut the Leonard deficit down to two with a run in the bottom of the second inning on an Adrianna Holland single and three passed balls.

Leonard re-established a three runs lead with one in the third, and expanded their advantage with two more in the top of the fourth to build a 6-1 lead.


Tennis team dominates State Farm Invitational

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The Tiger tennis team wrapped up another overall title recently, defending their home court during the annual State Farm Invitational Tournament March 2.

The Wills Point Tiger tennis team put together an impressive showing at their annual State Farm Invitational Tournament March 2, taking the overall team title by lapping the field with three first place finishes, a second and a third place showing.

Wills Point collected 200 points overall, followed well behind by Kaufman in second with 90 points, JJ Pearce in third with 80, Athens in fourth with 60 and Spring Hill in fifth with 50.

Tiger medalists included Chase Daniell and Kelsey James winning first in mixed doubles, Maddie Booth and Claire Hiler winning first in girls doubles, Cassidy Wilcoxson finishing first in girls singles, Jack Johns finishing second in boys singles and Hope Turner and Maddie Baker finishing third in girls doubles.


Tigers among Avon Rice competitors

The Wills Point Tiger track team traveled to Rains High School in Emory March 9, competing against several familiar foes during this year's Avon Rice Relays.

Van Zandt County varsity boys with top six finishes in events included:

-200: Brandon Smith, WP, first; Nathan Johnson, WP, sixth

-400: Christopher De La Cruz, WP, second; Efrain Muniz, EW, sixth

-800: Cade Davis, WP, third; Aidan Phillips, WP, sixth

-1600: Cade Davis, WP, fifth

-3200: Cody Delarosa, EW, first; Noble Smith, EW, fifth

-110 Hurdles: Trey Patterson, WP, sixth

-300 Hurdles: Trey Patterson, WP, first; Ricky Navarro, WP, third; David Umana, WP, fifth


Court releases final Warrant Roundup tally

Law enforcement agencies from across the state went on the offensive throughout the month of February and into the first week of March, cracking down on those with outstanding warrants and monies owed through their participation in the annual Great Texas Warrant Roundup.

In a press release announcing this year's event, organizers explained "The roundup is designed to target thousands of defendants with traffic, parking, city ordinance, penal code, and higher charge warrants from participating jurisdictions. The focus is to bring these individuals into compliance with court orders; there are multiple options that are available to do so.

“Numerous counties, justices of the peace, constables, and municipalities of all sizes will participate in the roundup. It is believed to be the largest joint operation of its kind.” 


Track team competes at Bluebird Relays

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Tiger athletes were scheduled to compete in Emory Rains March 9 in their final meet before Spring Break.

The Wills Point Tiger and Lady Tigers track teams hosted a slew of teams from across East Texas, including Canton, Royse City, Kaufman, Rains, Scurry-Rosser, Crandall, Mabank for the annual Bluebird Relays.

Top six finishes for Van Zandt County athletes competing in the varsity boys division included:

-Pole Vault: Umana, WP, sixth

-Shot Put: Sherwood, WP, fifth

-Discus: Yarber, Canton, third; Sherwood, WP, fifth

-Long Jump: Williams, Canton, sixth

-High Jump: Johnson, WP, second; Gebauer, Canton, fourth; Goodson, Canton, fifth

-Triple Jump: Williams, Canton, third; Johnson, WP, fifth; Smith, WP, sixth

-100: Johnson, WP, third

-200: Cox, Canton, second; Smith, WP, fourth

-400: Wilkens, Canton, second

-800: Wilkens, Canton, third

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Tigers to host annual tournament March 9-11

The Wills Point Tigers will be able to enjoy the comforts of home for the first time since the start of the regular season beginning this week, welcoming seven other schools for the annual Wills Point Classic Baseball Tournament March 9-11.

Teams scheduled to appear in the three-day event will include Community, Eustace, Kemp, North Lamar, Princeton, Sunnyvale and Waxahachie Life.

Wills Point, competing in Group 1 during pool play, were scheduled to take on Eustace for a 7:25 p.m. first pitch March 9, and Community and Sunnyvale in back-to-back games today (March 10) beginning at 11:05 a.m.

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Lindale rallies for 12-8 win over Wills Point

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Senior third baseman Meredith Edwards slides safely into second base during the middle innings against the Lindale Eagles March 7.

The Wills Point Lady Tigers crammed a season's worth of ups and downs into one game on Tuesday night, building up a seemingly insermountable lead only to watch Lindale mount a furious comeback that ultimately culminated in a 12-8 loss.

After getting three quick outs against Lindale in the top of the first inning, Wills Point wasted little time in getting on the scoreboard during their first opportunity at bat.

Alexis Mosley began the inning with a single to left, followed by a single to center by Meredith Edwards.

A misplayed groundball by the Lindale defense helped to load the bases, and a similar scenario on a Dee Donaldson grounder helped to produce the first run of the game for the Lady Tigers.

Jeslyn Martinez picked up an RBI by beating out a bunt single, followed by a an RBI sacrifice fly from Harley Sieber, an RBI double from Hailey Hoover and an RBI on a bunt by Olivia McMath.


Lady Tigers finish second at Big Sandy

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The Lady Tiger offense generated more than 15 runs per game during a recent 4-1 stretch at the Big Sandy Tournament, including a 26-run outburst against Tyler.

The Wills Point Lady Tigers put together a complete team effort during their stay at the Big Sandy Tournament Feb. 23-25, outscoring opponents 78-9 to finish with a runner-up finish.

Wills Point started their tournament run with three consecutive shutout wins, blasting Como Pickton, Union Grove and Big Sandy in successive games Feb. 23.

The Lady Tigers dominated from the first pitch against Como-Pickton, needing just 2.5 innings to record a 21-0 win.

Kamree Clark and Adrianna Holland combined for the shutout win, allowing just a hit between them.

Offensively, Jeslyn Martinez finished 4/4 with 3 RBI and three runs scored, Dee Donaldson finished 3/4 with a triple, 3 RBI and two runs scored, and Kamree Clark finished 1/3 with 3 RBI and three runs scored to lead the way.

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Two Lady Tigers named to All-District Team

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Left: Emily Smith. Right: Senior Meredith Edwards

With another season officially in the books for District 13-4A girls basketball teams, coaches released their list of student athletes that have earned Superlative and All-District recognition for the 2016-'17 season.

Canton and Van each took home one Superlative honor and multiple All-District nods, while Wills Point placed two on the Honorable Mention All-District team.

Superlative honorees included:

-MVP: Tamaria Manning, Brownsboro

-Offensive Player of the Year: Kenna Kellam, Rains

-Defensive Player of the Year: Kenley Nixon, Canton; Hannah Hudson, Mabank

-Newcomer of the Year: Macy Rucker, Van

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