Sports

Sat
01
Apr

THSCA releases Academic All-State honorees

The 2016-’17 season saw plenty of highs for Van Zandt County boys basketball teams, with Edgewood, Fruitvale, Martins Mill, Van and Wills Point all qualifying for the UIL State Playoffs.

The list of achievements for local student-athletes grew even longer last week with the Texas High School Coaches Association releasing its list of Academic All-State performers this season.

Students from Canton, Edgewood and Grand Saline were all recognized for their performance in the classroom by the THSCA. Honors included:

-Canton: Riley Crudgington, Honorable Mention All-State; Logan Willeford, First Team All-State

-Edgewood: Quinton Locke, First Team All-State

-Grand Saline: Trent Easley, Honorable Mention All-State; Shelbey Herring (manager), First Team All-State

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Fri
31
Mar

Bulldogs blank Panthers, edge Indians


Photo by David Kapitan Edgewood's Turner Bannister opened District 12-3A play with a no-hitter against Alba-Golden while also going 2/4 with a home run, an RBI, four stolen bases and three runs scored in games against the Panthers and Grand Saline Indians.

The Edgewood Bulldogs officially opened District 12-3A play last week, hosting Alba Golden March 24 before traveling to take on rival Grand Saline March 28.

The Bulldogs came away with wins in both games, getting a no-hitter from Turner Bannister to down the Panthers 10-0 before jumping out to an early advantage and never looking back in an 8-3 win over the Indians.

Turner Bannister was the story of the game against Alba Golden, striking out 11 Panther batters over five no-hit innings for Edgewood.

Bannister also helped his own cause at the plate, going 1/1 with a home run, an RBI, three walks, two stolen bases and two runs scored.

Other offensive leaders for the Bulldogs included Trever Smith going 2/3 with a double, 2 RBI and a run scored, Keaton Seale going 2/3 with an RBI and a run scored, Kason Grant going 2/3 with a triple, 2 RBI and a run scored, Cooper Hill going 1/3 with a run scored and Tye Elie going 1/2 with two runs scored.

Fri
31
Mar

Lady Indians continue playoff push

The Grand Saline Lady Indians picked up a pair of district wins over the past week, tightening their grip on a spot in this year's 3A UIL State Softball Playoffs.

Grand Saline began its week at home by putting up video game-like numbers in a 27-1 demolition of Kemp. The Lady Indians scored 18 runs in the first inning, and nine more in the second on 11 hits, nine walks and four Kemp fielding errors.

Offensive leaders for Grand Saline included Sarah Elliott going 3/3 with 2 RBI and four runs scored, Emma Elliott going 2/3 with a double, 6 RBI and three runs scored, and Mallory O'Donnell going 1/2 with a triple, 5 RBI and three runs scored.

Additionally, Brooklyn Bolin, Paytton Stanley, Cassidy Smith, Delana Meyer and Mckenzie Vernon all registered a hit and an RBI in the game.

Emma Elliott got the win for the Lady Indians, recording five strikeouts while allowing just one earned run over three innings.

Sun
26
Mar

Indians overcome Rains, Scurry-Rosser


Photo by David Kapitan Grand Saline’s Trent Easley made two appearances on the mound over the past week, allowing a combined four runs over eight innings of work.

The Grand Saline Indians added a pair of tallies to their season win total over the past week, shutting down Emory Rains and Scurry-Rosser in consecutive games.

The Indians made it look easy against Emory Rains March 16, jumping out to an early 5-0 lead en route to a 9-0 win.

Connor Lowe got the start and win for Grand Saline, allowing two hits while striking out four in three innings on the mound. Trent Easley worked the final four innings in relief, striking out two and allowing only two hits in the win.

Offensively, Jake Morrison helped lead the way for Grand Saline by going 3/4 with 4 RBI and two runs scored.

Other standouts included Connor Lowe helping his own cause by going 2/5 with a double, 2 RBI and two runs scored, Judsen Truett going 3/5 with two runs scored, Jordan Smith going 3/4 with a run scored, and Trent Easley, Ryan Jones, Logan McDaniel and Cleighton Schedule all adding singles.

Sun
26
Mar

Honors roll in for Mustangs, Lady Mustangs

The Martins Mill Mustangs and Lady Mustangs each put together impressive seasons on the hardwood in 2016-'17, with the Mustangs reaching the Area round of the playoffs and the Lady Mustangs finishing as this year's 2A State runner-up.

Unsurprisingly, post season honors have continued to roll in for both in recent weeks.

Mustangs

District 14-2A coaches recently released their list of Superlative and All-District honorees for the 2016-'17 season.

Garrett Celsur earned the team's lone Superlative honor this season, earning Newcomer of the Year honors from competing coaches. Noah Ingram, Michael Hawes and Bryson Waynick were all named First Team All-District performers, and Luke Morrow and Karson Gowin both earned Second Team All-District recognition.

Sat
25
Mar

Bulldogs among I-20 Tournament competitors


Photo by Tracy Erwin Tye Elie kicks and fires a pitch off during Edgewood’s run at the I-20 Classic in Van March 16-18.

The Edgewood Bulldogs were among the most active local baseball teams over the Spring Break holiday, hitting the diamond five times during the I-20 Classic March 16-18 and again for non-district play against Corsicana March 21.

Edgewood finished the week with a 2-3-1 record, including wins over both Atlanta and Gladewater and a tie against the Van Vandals.

The Bulldogs began the week with play against Van March 16, allowing just two hits in a 3-3 tie with the Vandals.

Tye Elie finished with the no-decision for Edgewood, striking out six while allowing three runs in five innings on the mound.

Offensively, Trey Erwin accounted for both Edgewood hits by going 2/3 with an RBI. Turner Bannister added the other Bulldog RBI in the contest.

Trever Smith put the Bulldogs in the win column in their second game of the I-20 Classic, allowing no hits, no walks and no runs in a 8-0 Bulldog win over Atlanta.

Sat
25
Mar

Mustangs display offensive firepower in wins

The Martins Mill Mustangs entered play this week against Neches and Trinidad riding high, having defeated their previous two opponents by a combined score of 33-1. The Mustangs exceeded those lofty numbers in impressive fashion, blanking Neches 19-0 March 17 before hammering Trinidad 17-2 just four days later.

Martins Mill needed just three innings to top Neches, scoring 11 runs in the top of the first and never looking back in a runaway win.

Peyton Garner helped to lead the charge offensively for the Mustangs, going 4/4 with two doubles, 6 RBI and three runs scored.

Fri
24
Mar

All-Region

Edgewood junior post Trey Erwin, already selected as the District 12-3A MVP following the 2016-'17 basketball season, was recently named Class 3A Region II All-Region Team by the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches. The Bulldog basketball team finished the year with a Regional Quarterfinal appearance, losing to eventual 3A State Champion Dallas Madison.

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Fri
24
Mar

Meyer's no-hitter highlights 2-0 week


Photo by David Kapitan Paytton Stanley registered a pair of multi-hit games over the past week, following up a 3/4 effort against Edgewood with a 2/3 effort against Kaufman.

The Grand Saline Lady Indians won a pair of wildly different games over the past week, weathering a late Edgewood rally in a key district showdown before dispatching Kaufman behind an impressive five-inning no-hitter by Delana Meyer.

Against Edgewood March 16, Edgewood scored three runs in the third and two each in both the fourth and fifth innings, and another run in the top of the seventh to take a commanding 8-1 lead over the Lady Dogs. 

Edgewood fought back to plate six runs in the home half of the seventh, ultimately falling just short in an 8-7 Grand Saline win.

Sisters Sarah and Emma Elliot were nearly perfect at the plate for the Lady Indians, combining to go 8/10 with a double, a triple, 5 RBI and four runs scored against the Lady Dogs.

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Sun
19
Mar

Mustangs dominate Cross Roads, LaPoynor

The Martins Mill Mustangs put on an offensive clinic last week, outscoring Cross Roads and LaPoynor by a staggering 33-1 in two “mercy rule” shortened games.

Martins Mill jumped out to a 2-0 lead on Cross Roads March 10, scoring runs in the bottom of the first on a Marshall Davis RBI single and a Peyton Garner RBI double.

The bottom of the third inning would serve as the exclamation point of the game for Martins Mill as the Mustangs scored 10 runs to put the game out of reach.

Marshall Davis needed just 74 pitches across five innings, allowing just a hit while striking out 12 Cross Roads batters.

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