Offense struggles in 46-23 home loss

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Meredith Edwards looks for space underneath the basket as Van’s Macy Rucker (5) closes in.

The Van Lady Vandals delivered a virtuoso performance on the defensive end of the court during play against Wills Point, allowing no made field goals and just two free throws in an impressive 46-23 win over the Lady Tigers Jan. 27.
Led by four points from Catherine Gisore, three from Macy Rucker, and two each from Lacey Cates, Grace Santos, Makiah Dodd and Hannah Scott, Van built up a 15-1 lead after one quarter of play.
The game turned into a runaway in the second as the Lady Vandals outscored Wills Point 13-1 over an eight minute stretch to cruise into halftime with a 28-2 lead.
Wills Point's Addison Prather scored six points for the Lady Tigers in the third quarter, including the team's first field goal to move her team to within 36-14 entering the fourth quarter.

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Athletic program looks back at fall activities

Football Captains: Brody Bushnell, Caden Bennett, Sloan Rodberg, Chuck Smith, Lamont Thomas and Tyriq Burnett

The Wills Point High School athletic program put a brief pause on its spring activities last week, turning back the clock to recognize the accomplishments of coaches and student-athletes participating in team tennis, cross country, volleyball and football as part of the annual Fall Athletic Banquet Jan. 26.
Festivities opened with the recognition of athletic booster club officers, including president Matt Bennett, vice-president Jay Martinez, treasurer Danny LaJone and secretary Ember Harbaugh.
Coaches from all fall sports were present, introducing each member of the team, as well as both team and individual honors earned during the Fall 2016 semester.

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Spring soccer registration dates set

The Wills Point Youth Soccer Association has announced that signups for the upcoming Spring season will be conducted both online, at, and in person every Saturday in February at the middle school gymnasium. In person sign up times will be from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. each day.
The registration fee for children participating in the Under 6 and Under 8 classifications will be $50, and $60 in U10 and above. Those registering in person are asked to bring a copy of the child’s birth certificate.
Additional information about registration requirements are available by visiting Questions can also be directed to Teresa Hernandez by phone at 903-603-6888 or via email, or Jelaina Ramzy at 972-824-9314 or


Cabela's King Kat Tournament Trail announced

The Cabela’s King Kat Tournament Trail will hit the waters of Lake Tawakoni at West Tawakoni, Texas March 4. This is the opportunity for local catfish anglers to compete for cash, prizes and a chance to advance to the Cabela’s King Kat North and South Championship.
This year's Northern Championship will be held September 22-23 on the Cumberland River (Old Hickory Lake) at Gallatin, Tennessee. The Southern Championship will be held October 6-7 on Lake Wateree at Camden, South Carolina. Be sure to check out our website at: and like our Cabela's King Kat Facebook Page. Both sites contain new and exciting information on our events along with special information for catfish anglers everywhere.


Canton, Mabank top Lady Tigers

The Wills Point Lady Tigers faced two tall tasks over the past week of District 13-4A basketball action, taking on the 18th ranked Canton Eaglettes and current district frontrunner Mabank in back-to-back games.
The Lady Tigers dropped each of those two games, falling to Canton by 42 points and 31 points to Mabank.
Canton began a three-game homestand Jan. 20 by welcoming Wills Point. The Eaglettes made it look easy against their in-county foe, building up a huge halftime lead and never looking back in a 68-26 win.
The Eaglettes were sharp on both ends of the court in the first quarter, helping Canton blow the game wide open with a 27-3 over the first eight minutes. Things continued to go Canton’s way in the second as the Eaglette advantage grew to 39-9.

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Tigers swat Eagles, fall to Panthers

The Wills Point Tigers took to the court twice over the past week, finishing 1-1 overall with a 12-point road win over the Canton Eagles and a 22-point loss to the Mabank Panthers.
Wills Point and Canton met for the first time during the 2016-’17 season Jan. 20 in a key game for both playoff positioning and bragging rights. Powered by 11 points each from Tyler James and Doug Sheldon, and a suffocating defensive effort in the second half, Wills Point took home a 39-27 win over the Eagles.
Play was hotly contested in each of the first two quarters as the Eagles built a 13-10 lead after eight minutes of play, and maintained a 20-19 lead entering the half.
Third quarter play would turn the tide in Wills Point's favor, however, as the Tigers came out of the half on a 13-3 run to take a 32-23 advantage into the final quarter.
Canton continued to struggle offensively down the stretch, scoring only four points in the final frame during the Tigers' 39-27 win.


Tennis team starts strong with three wins

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Aidan Phillips offers up a serve during play last week. Phillips won both of his singles matches against Jacksonville Jan. 23.

It has become easy to sound like a broken record when talking about the Wills Point Tiger tennis program: week after week, season after season, the program consistently produces winning players and teams.
That trend has continued into another spring tennis season for Wills Point, with the team defeating Whitehouse Jan. 12, Rockwall Jan. 19 and Jacksonville Jan. 23.
Scores against Rockwall included:
-Cassidy Wilcoxson def. Katie Scroeter, 6-0, 6-0; def. Emily Blaze, 8-1
-Maddie Hiler lost to Sophia Vela, 4-6, 0-6; def. Jane Doe, 8-4
-Jack Johns def. Cody O'Donnell, 6-4, 6-0; lost to McKnight, 1-8
-Aidan Phillips lost to Michael Rodriguez, 4-6, 6-0, 5-10
-Adams/Hatten lost to McKnight/Brown, 5-7, 4-6; lost to Amin/Hill, 7-9
-Booth/Hiler def. Consolman/Blaze, 6-3, 6-1; def. Consolman/Hogan, 8-6

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Fall Athletic Banquet scheduled

The Wills Point High School athletic department has announced that the annual Fall Athletic Banquet has been scheduled for Jan. 26 at 6 p.m. in the high school commons area.
A catered meal from Pudgy's will be served beginning at 6:15 p.m., and the awards presentation will begin at 7 p.m. Tickets may be purchased in advance in the athletic office for $15.
Student-athletes being recognized during the banquet will include participants in football, cross country, volleyball and team tennis.

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Lady Tigers fall to Bearettes, Rains

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Melanie Sullivan draws contact from the Lady Cat defense as she drives to the hoop for a layup.

The Wills Point Lady Tigers moved two steps closer to hitting the home stretch of District 13-4A play, hosting the Brownsboro Bearettes and Emory Rains Lady Cats during the past week.
Brownsboro, ranked 14th overall in the latest Texas Girls Coaches Association Weekly 4A Poll, jumped to an early double-digit lead against the Lady Tigers before cruising to a 61-27 win Jan. 13.
Led by Tiara and Tamaria Manning, the Bearettes jumped to a 25-7 lead after eight minutes of play. Wills Point tightened up their game on the defensive end of the court in the second quarter, holding Brownsboro to just eight points. Entering the half, the Lady Tigers trailed 33-11.
Brownsboro continued to pull away throughout the second half, outscoring Wills Point 12-9 in the third quarter and 16-7 in the fourth quarter to take home a 61-27 win.

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Tigers open District 13-4A play

The Wills Point Tigers began their march to a potential playoff berth during the past week, opening District 13-4A play with home dates against Brownsboro and Emory Rains. Wills Point finished the week with an 1-1 record, dropping a game against the Bears before picking up their first win against the Wildcats.
Wills Point took on Brownsboro Jan. 13, struggling to find offensive rhythm in a 59-32 loss to the Bears.
Brownsboro jumped out to a big lead early, outscoring the Tigers 16-5 after one quarter of play. Another 16-point offensive effort by the Bears in the second quarter pushed the Bear advantage to 32-15 entering the half.
With eight players registering points on the night, a balanced Brownsboro attack continued to push the lead further in the third and fourth quarters to take home the 27-point victory.

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