Sports

Fri
03
Mar

Tigers open 2017 baseball season

The Wills Point Tigers kicked off another baseball season at the Farmersville Tournament Feb. 23-25, looking to match and possibly even exceed the bi-district title the program captured during the 2016 season.

Wills Point struggled offensively throughout most of the tournament, getting held to one run in each of their first three outings before breaking through to finish the tournament with a 1-4 record overall.

The Tigers clashed with Paris North Lamar Feb. 23, registering just two hits over five innings in a 9-1 loss. Chuck Smith and Seth Wilson picked up the lone hits for the Tigers, while Sam Berberich finished with the lone RBI in the contest.

Errors proved costly for the Tigers in their second game of the tournament with three miscues paving the way for a 4-1 Farmersville win. 

Sun
26
Feb

Lifters compete at Jackrabbit Invitational

Wills Point powerlifters traveled to Forney High School Feb. 18, competing in the 10 annual Jackrabbit Invitational Meet. Lady Tiger lifters finished 12th overall out of 17 teams at the event, ahead of Kaufman, Melissa, Sunnyvale, Argyle and Terrell. Individual girls results included:

-132 lb. weight class: Abbie Phillips, fourth place, 585 lbs. lifted

-148 lb. weight class: Olivia McMath, scratched; Brooklyn McCormick, scratched

-165 lb. weight class: Christina Magyar, 13th place, 435 lbs. lifted; Cobi Davis, scratched; Katie Willis, scratched

-220 lb. weight class: Artis Taylor, 260 lbs. lifted

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Sun
26
Feb

Tennis team earns three-peat of Spring Hill Invitational

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Jack Johns, who finished third overall in boys singles, gets positioned for a backhand during the Spring Hill Invitational.

The Wills Point Tiger tennis team continued to reign at the Spring Hill Invitational Tennis Tournament Feb. 16, winning first overall at the event for the third consecutive year. The Tigers finished with 120 points, ahead of second place Nacogdoches with 114, third place finishers Kilgore and Spring Hill with 101 points, fourth place Henderson with 62, fifth place Grand Saline with 54 and sixth place Gladewater with 42.

In addition to the team title, individual medalists included Chase Daniell and Kelsey James winning first in mixed doubles, Cassidy Wilcoxson winning first in girls singles, Maddie Booth and Kash Adams winning second in mixed doubles, Hope Turner and Maddie Baker winning second in girls doubles, Jack Johns winning third in boys singles, and Maddie Hiler and Hannah Gern winning third in girls doubles.

Results included:

Sat
25
Feb

Lady Tigers play six in three days

Photo by Tonia Edwards
The Wills Point Lady Tiger softball team was scheduled to compete in their second tournament of the 2017 season beginning Feb. 23 in Big Sandy. The next Wills Point home game will be March 7 against Lindale.

The Wills Point Lady Tigers wasted little time in getting a jump on their 2017 season, taking to the field six times over a three-day stretch with games at the Sulphur Springs Tournament sandwiched around a home date against Quinlan.

The Lady Tigers began play at the Sulphur Springs Tournament Feb. 16 with a contest against Caddo Mills. Defensive miscues and solid Caddo Mills hitting proved to be less than ideal for the Lady Tigers in a 15-2, four-inning loss.

Wills Point finished with just three hits in the contest, getting singles from Hailey Hoover, Dee Donaldson and Alexis Mosley. MacKenzie Bolt registered the lone RBI for the Lady Tigers with a second-inning sacrifice against the Lady Foxes.

Wills Point kept things more competitive in their second game of the tournament, dropping a 9-7 decision to Omaha Paul-Pewitt. Errors were once again a key storyline with three Wills Point errors leading to six unearned runs.

Sat
25
Feb

Season ends in bi-district round loss

The Wills Point Tigers faced a tough task during the bi-district round of the playoffs. After finishing as the third seed out of District 13-4A play, the Tigers were paired with a talented Pleasant Grove Hawks team that finished as the runner-up in District 14-4A play.

Wills Point put together a gutty effort, overcoming a turnover prone first half to come up just short in a 58-49 loss to Pleasant Grove.

Things went well for Wills Point in the early stages of the first quarter with the Tigers grabbing a 6-0 lead on the Hawks. Pleasant Grove proceeded to go on a run of their own, answering the Tiger challenge to pull ahead 18-13 at the end of the first quarter.

The Hawks maintained the positive momentum throughout the second quarter, extending their advantage by outscoring the Tigers 16-9 to lead 34-22 entering the half.

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Mon
20
Feb

Rodberg, Burnett named to TSWA 4A All-State Team

A good football season continued to get even better for the Wills Point Tiger athletic program, with the announcement of this year’s Collin Street Bakery/Texas Sports Writers Association Class 4A All-State Team.

Two Wills Point players were honored with three separate positions by the TSWA. Sloan Rodberg, already a double All-State honoree by the Texas Associated Press Sports Editors, pulled off the same trick once again according to the TSWA by being named a Second Team All-State linebacker and an Honorable Mention All-State tight end.

Tyriq Burnett, an All-State honoree following both his sophomore and junior seasons, made it three All-State nod in as many years by being recognized as an Honorable Mention performer at defensive line following his senior campaign.

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Sun
19
Feb

Powerlifters compete at annual home meet

The Wills Point athletic program hosted nine other area schools Feb. 9 for the annual Wills Point Tiger Invitational Powerlifting Meet. Lady Tiger lifters finished fifth overall as a team with 17 total points, behind Mabank with 44 points, Forney with 41 points, and Royse City and Ferris with 23 points each.

Individual girls results included:

-123 lb. weight class: Abbie Phillips, third place, 550 lbs. lifted

-148 lb. weight class: Olivia McMath, fourth place, 610 lbs. lifted; Madison Modlin, bombed out; Brooklyn McCormick, bombed out

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Sat
18
Feb

Tigers tie for first at Kilgore Tournament

The Wills Point Tiger tennis team brought home another top finish last week, tying for first overall with Lindale out of 16 teams at the Kilgore Tournament Feb. 10. The Tigers and Eagles each registered 128 total points, three more than second place Center. Other finishers included Whitehouse with 93 points, Central Heights with 91 points and Nacogdoches with 86 points.

Individual and team medalists included Chase Daniell and Kelsey James winning first in Mixed A Doubles, Hope Turner and Maddie Baker finishing first in B Doubles, Maddie Booth and Claire Hiler winning second in A doubles, Cassidy Wilcoxson second A Singles, Maddie Hiler winning third in B Singles and Justin McGough and Hannah Gern winning second in B Mixed Doubles.

 

Fri
17
Feb

Tigers playoff bound after earning third seed

Photos by David Kapitan

Doug Sheldon splits a pair of Mabank defenders on the fast break to score on a layup.

 

The Wills Point Tigers officially put an end to their regular season this week, hosting Mabank Feb. 10 and traveling to Van Feb. 14 for their final two district contests of the 2016-’17 season.

Wills Point, which finishes the year as the three-seed coming out of District 13-4A play, entered the game against the Panthers with an outside chance of finishing as the two-seed. Unfortunately for the Tigers, a poor second quarter would spell doom for the home team in a 53-44 loss.

The Tigers controlled play in the early going, holding a 16-9 advantage until late in the first quarter. A three-pointer from Mabank’s Jace Capehart in the corner just before the buzzer helped to give the Panthers momentum and cut the Tiger lead to just four points entering the second quarter.

Mon
13
Feb

West Texas bound

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Dallas Christian School standout defensive back, Tyler Robertson, signed a letter of intent to play football for West Texas A&M University. Tyler, the grandson of Mickey and Pam Robertson of Wills Point, was a two-year starter at Dallas Christian. He was voted TAPPS Division II All State defensive back and led the Chargers in interceptions.

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