Sports

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

Courtesy photo

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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Sat
11
Feb

Curtain drops on Lady Tigers season

Photo by David Kapitan

Senior Meredith Edwards drives to the basket for a layup attempt during the first half against Canton.

The Wills Point Lady Tigers closed out their 2016-’17 season at home Tuesday night, welcoming the Canton Eaglettes to town on Senior Night. Wills Point connected on just four field goals in the game, two baskets in each half, falling 55-16 to the playoff bound Eaglettes.

Prior to tipoff, the Tiger athletic program took a break to honor four student-athletes appearing in the final game in uniform as members of the Lady Tiger program: Meredith Edwards, Brooke Futch, Emily Smith and Adrianna Holland.

The accomplishments of all four players were announced as the quartet was escorted onto the court by family members.

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Thu
09
Feb

Bushnell signs to play at Southeastern Oklahoma State University

Photo by David Kapitan

Brody Bushnell capped his high school football career, which included earning a unanimous First Team All-District nod as an offensive lineman and All-State Academic honors in 2016, by signing his letter of intent to play at Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

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Wed
08
Feb

Tennis team wins team trophy at Jacksonville Tourney

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Junior duo Maddie Booth and Claire Hiler won first place overall in girls doubles at the Jacksonville Tournament Feb. 3.

The Wills Point Tiger tennis team started off its spring season in style last week, bringing home the team championship trophy from the Jacksonville Tournament Feb. 3. In addition to winning the team trophy, Tiger players earned seven top-four finishes in their respective divisions.

Wills Point nearly lapped the field, finishing with 147 total points. Center finished second with 110, Palestine third with 90 and Hallsville fourth with 55.

Medalists included: Jack Johns, first place A singles; Cassidy Wilcoxson, second place A singles; Maddie Hiler, fourth place B singles; Claire Hiler/Maddie Booth, first place A doubles; Hope Turner/Maddie Baker, second place B doubles; Chase Daniell/Kelsey James, first place A mixed doubles; and Justin McGough/Hannah Gern, first place consolation B mixed doubles.

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Tue
07
Feb

Rodberg signs to play at Stephen F. Austin

Photo by David Kapitan

Reigning District 13-4A MVP Sloan Rodberg signed his letter of intent to play football at Stephen F. Austin Feb. 1. Rodberg finished the 2016 season with 217 tackles, an interception, a blocked punt, nine caused fumbles and a fumble recovery in 12 games.

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