Sports

Fri
11
Aug

County football begin two-a-days

Van Zandt County football teams got back to the grind this week, opening up two-a-day workouts Aug. 7 in preparation for the upcoming season. County teams will face a tough task to beat their accomplishments from 2016 when three teams, Edgewood, Van and Wills Point each won at least a share of their respective district titles.

The Vandals put together the most dominant performance of any county team, reaching the Class 4A, Region I championship game during their Cinderella season.

Canton

The Canton Eagles, 7-4 overall in 2016 with a bi-district round playoff appearance, won each of their first four non-district games last season against Brownsboro, Grace Community, Mabank and Waxahachie Life.

Mon
07
Aug

Volleyball season begins with two-a-day workouts

Van Zandt County volleyball teams returned to the court this week, beginning preparations for the 2017 seasons with two-a-day workouts opening Aug. 1. Local teams will not have long to prepare for the season ahead, with most scheduled to scrimmage in various locales Aug. 4-5 and non-district play beginning Aug. 8.

Canton

Coach Liz Ramsey and the Canton Eaglette volleyball program enjoyed the highest of highs and the lowest of lows over the past two seasons, going from a team that won a district championship in 2015 to one that missed the playoffs entirely in 2016. Those growing pains were to be expected, however, due largely to the exodus of eight senior players from the district championship winning team and the number of Canton players receiving their first serious playing time at the varsity level.  

Thu
27
Jul

VZC football season nearing as two-a-days begin Aug. 7

As I enter my 36th consecutive football season covering the Van Vandals, it is hard to believe that varsity football players all over Van Zandt County will begin their preparations in nearly two weeks for the new campaign as two-a-day practices begin Monday, Aug. 7 with the regular season kicking off Friday, Sept. 1.

Despite recent temperatures and heat indexes reaching over 100 degrees, football season is just around the corner.

The Vandals will have 23 returning lettermen including five offensive and five defensive starters returning from a squad that advanced to the Class 4A, Division I quarterfinals last season.

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Wed
26
Jul

Epic ties for sixth place

The Epic softball team participated in the IFA-VTD 2017 Junior National Championships July 7-9. Out of 52 teams they finished tied for 6th place in the Diamond Division (which is the TOP bracket). Epic team members include (front row, l-r) Payton Bray, Jaycee Bullard, Laci Edwards, Peyton Young, Taryn Clayton, Coach Steve Stapleton (back row, l-r) Coach Kris Chitty, Chelsea Chitty, Coach Jeff Hughes, Allie Hughes, Lana Stapleton, Hadison Fults, Josie Krawietz and Coach Bart Clayton.

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Fri
23
Jun

Happy campers

The next generation of Bulldog basketball players took to the court recently to take part in the annual Edgewood Summer Basketball Camp. Participants received in instruction from members of the Bulldog coaching staff as well as assistance from current members of the basketball program that volunteered their time. 

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Sun
11
Jun

Legacy All-Star


Photo by Christine Davis

Martins Mill standout Grace Camacho was recently selected by the Texas Girls Coaches Association as a 2016-’17 Softball Legacy All-Star. The TGCA selects a maximum of 20 All-Stars, from conferences 1-4A and 5-6A in softball. These athletes are selected by the TGCA Softball Committee, which is composed of softball member coaches of the association, at their annual meeting. Selections are made from nominations submitted by member coaches. Athletes must be seniors to be selected.

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Sat
10
Jun

Bulldogs dominate Superlative recognitions


Photo by Tracy Erwin The Edgewood Bulldogs wrapped up a 9-1 run through District 12-3A play by winning at least a share of five Superlative honors as well as four spots on the All-District First Team.

County rivals Edgewood and Grand Saline made plenty of noise during the 2017 baseball season with each team playing well enough to continue their respective streaks of qualifying for postseason play.

Not surprisingly the Bulldogs, winners of District 12-3A with a 9-1 record, dominated Superlative recognitions by winning at least a share of five key honors: MVP, Pitcher of the Year, Defensive MVP, Offensive MVP and Newcomer of the Year.

Superlative winners in District 12-3A included:

-MVP: Tye Elie, EW

-Pitcher of the Year: Turner Bannister, EW; Noah Sneed, Mineola

-Defensive MVP: Trey Erwin, EW; Seth Hudgins, Mineola

-Offensive MVP: Kason Grant, EW; Brayden Stehman, Mineola

-Newcomer of the Year: Cooper Hill, EW

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Thu
01
Jun

All Star

Edgewood's Tye Elie was recently selected to the Texas High School Baseball Coaches Association 2A-4A All Star North Team. In order to be selected as an All Star, student-athletes must be nominated by their high school coaches and then chosen by the THSBCA Selection Committee. Elie, the lone Van Zandt County baseball player selected as an All Star this season by the THSBCA, is scheduled to compete in the 2A-4A All Star Game at Dell Diamond in Round Rock June 17 beginning at 10 a.m.

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Thu
18
May

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.

Delarosa was a dual qualifier for this year's season ending meet, competing in both the 1600 and 3200 meter runs.

The Edgewood senior finished seventh overall in the 1600 with a time of 4:41.62, behind Kyle Doty of Bruceville-Eddy in first, Ryan Trahan of Altair Rice in second, Stephen Roberts and Buster Roberts of Luling in third and fourth respectively, Kevin Baez of Vanderbilt Industrial in fifth and Daniel Amaya of Tornillo in sixth.

Thu
18
May

Lady Mustangs race into Regional Semifinal round

The Martins Mill Lady Mustangs pushed their overall season record to a staggering 23-2 last week, tallying their third consecutive run-rule shortened playoff win in the Regional Quarterfinal round against Hawkins.

After rolling to a perfect 10-0 mark in District 20-2A play, the Lady Mustangs tallied a 20-0 five-inning win over Overton in the bi-district round, a 14-0 five-inning win over McLeod in the Area round and most recently, a 12-2 win over Hawkins May 13.

Leadoff Calli Camacho opened play by tripling, coming home to score the first run of the night on the very next batter courtesy of a Jessie Camacho sacrifice. Abbie Orrick, the third batter in the Lady Mustangs' potent lineup, connected on a home run, doubling the lead to 2-0. Things would continue to go in Martins Mill's favor as Leah Morgan would cap the first inning scoring with a 2 RBI double to extend the lead to 4-0.

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