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Fri
10
Mar

Lady Mustangs finish as 2A runners-up


Photo by Christine Davis The 2016-'17 Martins Mill Lady Mustangs finished the year with a staggering 37-3 record overall, including a State runner-up finish. Martins Mill's stellar play on the court included a 29-game winning streak.

The Martins Mill Lady Mustangs put together another impressive showing on the hardwood during the 2016-’17 season, reaching the UIL State Tournament for the 12th time in the program’s history. Another state championship for the Lady Mustangs was not to be, however, with a furious comeback bid in the State Final against Panhandle coming up just short.

March 3: State Semifinal

It was a clash of titans in San Antonio Friday morning as the Martins Mill Lady Mustangs, State Champions in 2015, hit the court for a game against the defending champion Weimar Lady Cats at the Alamodome in the Class 2A Semifinal.

Sun
05
Mar

Three clash at Lindale Tournament


Photo by David Kapitan Canton and Grand Saline players joined together on the field following the completion of their game at the Lindale Tournament Feb. 25.

The Van Zandt County softball community was well represented in Lindale Feb. 23-25, with Canton, Grand Saline and Van all hitting the diamond in tournament action.

The Eaglette program took early bragging rights among county teams at the event, finishing 4-1 overall including wins over Lindale, Spring Hill, Hawkins and Grand Saline at the event. The Lady Vandals finished 3-2 over the three-day event, missing out on going head-to-head against rival Canton but recording wins over Chapel Hill, Scurry-Rosser and Grand Saline. Grand Saline, which entered the week ranked 5th overall among all 3A teams in the state according to the latest Texas Girls Coaches Association Weekly Poll, endured and up and down tournament by finishing 1-3-1 in five games played.

February 23

Sun
05
Mar

Lady Cats dominate All-District, Superlative selections

The Fruitvale Lady Cats enjoyed a breakout 2016-'17 season on the court, earning the program's first district title in 10 years. Thanks to their top finish, the Lady Cats also added a bi-district round title before narrowly missing out on adding an Area crown to their list of season accomplishments.

Competing District 24-1A coaches were quick to recognize the program's accomplishments, bestowing numerous All-District and Superlative recognitions on Lady Cat players.

Superlative honorees included:

-MVP: Emily Driskill, Fruitvale

-Offensive Player of the Year: Brianna Young, Avinger

-Defensive Player of the Year: Amy Anderson, Fruitvale

-Newcomer of the Year: Haylee Campbell, Bloomburg

-Coach of the Year: Casey Chase, Fruitvale

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Sat
04
Mar

Playoff chase ends for Bulldogs, Mustangs


Photo by Tracy Erwin Bulldog senior guard Cody Delarosa rises up for a shot during play against Pilot Point in the Area round of the playoffs.

The Edgewood Bulldogs and Martins Mill Mustangs were the last two boys teams left standing in Van Zandt County after the bi-district round of the playoffs, with three other playoff qualifying teams getting knocked out by their respective opponents.

Edgewood

The Edgewood Bulldogs traveled to Rowlett High School for their Area round game Feb. 24, taking on District 9-3A runner-up Pilot Point in a thrilling contest that came down to the final buzzer. In the end, Edgewood held off a fierce Bearcat charge to record a 55-54 win.

The Bulldogs got a combined nine points from Sean Joyce and Trey Erwin in the opening quarter to take an 11-8 lead over the Bearcats.

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Sat
04
Mar

District 12-3A Superlatives, All-District honors announced

The Edgewood Bulldogs were the last Van Zandt County team standing in this year’s UIL Basketball playoffs, following up its District 12-3A campaign with bi-district and Area round crowns before falling in the Regional Quarterfinals.

With all District 12-3A teams now done for the season, coaches released their list of Superlative and All-District honorees.

Edgewood and rival Grand Saline each took home multiple honors through the voting process, with the Bulldogs claiming two Superlative and numerous All-District recognitions and the Indians placing players on both the All-District First and Second Teams.

Superlative honors included:

-District MVP: Trey Erwin, Edgewood

-Co-Offensive Player of the Year: Kane Johnson, Kemp; Josh Laney, Scurry-Rosser

-Defensive Player of the Year: Kourtland Sinches, Mineola

-Newcomer of the Year: Sean Dennis, Mineola

-Freshman of the Year: Jace Reid, Quitman

Sat
04
Mar

Lady Mustangs advance to State Final with 58-50 win


(Photo by Christine Davis) The Martins Mill Lady Mustangs team will take on Panhandle in the UIL 2A State Championship game beginning at 1:30 p.m. March 4. A win would give the Lady Mustangs program their fifth state title overall, joining championships won in 2006, 2008, 2013 and 2015.

It was a clash of titans in San Antonio Friday morning as the Martins Mill Lady Mustangs, State Champions in 2015, hit the court for a game against the defending champion Weimar Lady Cats at the Alamodome in the Class 2A Semifinal.

Martins Mill struggled to find the range in the spacious Alamadome throughout the game in hitting just 15/54 shots from the field. Free throws, clutch shooting late and a dominant defensive stretch in the fourth quarter proved to be a great equalizer for the Lady Mustangs as Martins Mill rallied from a 10-point fourth quarter deficit to score a 58-50 win over the Lady Cats.  

Neither team could get much going offensively in the first quarter as the two teams combined to go just 10/32 from the field. A 5-0 run by Martins Mill late in the frame would give the Lady Mustangs a 14-8 lead before a short jumper by Emma Holland cut the lead down to 14-10 after eight minutes of play.

Fri
03
Mar

Lady Mustangs punch return trip to State Tournament


Photo by Christine Davis The Martins Mill Lady Mustangs covered familiar ground March 1, making a return trip to San Antonio for the UIL State Basketball Playoffs. Under the direction of head coach Tommy Cross and assistant coach Missy Camacho, team members and support staff making the trip included Briley Moon, Leah Morgan, Sarah Dillard, Eve Morrow, Jocie Bennett, Abbie Orrick, Landrey Rodgers, Rachel Alvis, Hadley Perkins, Calli Camacho, Hailey Celsur, Taylor Sparks, Kenzie Cross, Mollie Daniel, Jada Celsur, Paige Gaines, Kylee Cross and Lydia Burns.

The Martins Mill program entered the Regional Tournament last week having already reached the UIL State Tournament in 1987, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2016.

The Martins Mill Lady Mustangs added yet another chapter to what has been a staggering run of consistency and excellence over the past 12 years, booking another trip to the UIL Basketball State Tournament by breezing past a pair of state-ranked teams in the Regional Semifinals and Finals last weekend.

The last two steps to add 2017 as a State Tournament year were crossed Feb. 24-25 with the Lady Mustangs knocking off Windthorst and Era in consecutive games.

Windthorst provided little resistance to the Lady Mustangs, falling behind early and never gaining ground in a 68-36 Martins Mill win. The Lady Mustangs dominated first quarter play, jumping all over the 7th ranked Lady Trojans to take an 18-8 lead.

Fri
03
Mar

Mustangs hang on for 7-5 win

Martins Mill looked to be well on their way to a runaway win on Tuesday night, building up a 6-0 lead over North Hopkins on the road.

The final two innings proved to be a rollercoaster ride with the Mustangs surrendering five runs late but still hanging on in what would eventually become a 7-5 win.

The Mustangs got on the scoreboard quickly in the top of the first inning, capitalizing on an error, a walk and a 2 RBI double by Marshall Davis for a 2-0 lead.

Martins Mill added a run to their lead in the top of the third on an RBI ground out by Dakota Lanning, and three more runs in the top of the fifth on an error, and two RBI single by Zant Perkins.

North Hopkins cut their deficit in half in the bottom of the sixth inning, scoring three runs to pull to within 6-3.

The Mustangs countered the North Hopkins with an insurance run in their portion of the seventh inning, scoring on an RBI groundout by Zant Perkins.

Sun
26
Feb

Lady Indians sweep through Brownsboro Tournament


Photo by David Kapitan Grand Saline climbed to 5th overall among all 2A softball teams in the state according to the most recent Texas Girls Coaches Association State Poll.

The Grand Saline Lady Indians made a strong statement in their first tournament appearance of the young season, sweeping their way through the Brownsboro Tournament to climb all the way to 5th in the most recent Texas Girls Coaches Association Weekly 2A State Poll.

Grand Saline finished the tournament with a perfect 5-0 record, allowing just eight runs over the three-day event.

Powered by Emma Elliott's three-inning no-hitter Feb. 16, the Lady Indians dominated Big Sandy 16-0 in their tournament opener.

Paytton Stanley helped to lead the way offensively for Grand Saline, going 2/3 at the plate with 4 RBI and two runs scored. Emma Elliott helped her own cause at the plate by going 1/3 with 2 RBI and three runs scored, Sarah Elliott finished 2/2 with 2 RBI and three runs scored, and Mallory O'Donnell finished 1/2 with 2 RBI and a run scored.

Sat
25
Feb

Edgewood, Martins Mill move to Area round


Photo by Christine Davis Karson Godwin outjumps a pair of Merit Bland Tigers during the Mustangs 59-51 bi-district round win Feb. 21 at McKinney North.

Van Zandt County basketball teams were well represented during the bi-district round of the playoffs on Tuesday night, with Edgewood, Fruitvale, Martins Mill, Van and Wills Point all in action. The District 12-3A champion Bulldogs and District 14-2A runner-up Mustangs each lived to play another day, knocking off Dallas Life and Merit Bland respectively.

Edgewood

The Edgewood Bulldogs basketball program kept pace with the accomplishments of its football program earlier in the school year, following up a district winning regular season with a bi-district title.

The Bulldogs took on Dallas Life Oak Cliff Feb. 21, capitalizing on a big offensive night from junior post Trey Erwin and a late surge in the fourth quarter to register a 54-46 win over the Lions. Dallas Life got the better of Edgewood in the first quarter, overcoming eight points from Erwin to take a 12-10 lead.

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