Sports

Fri
24
Feb

Lady Mustangs run on to Regional Semifinals


Photo by Christine Davis Junior Briley Moon escapes the Honey Grove Lady Warrior press attempt during playoff action at North McKinney High School.

Former district rivals Fruitvale and Martins Mill became the standard bearers for Van Zandt County basketball last week, adding bi-district championships to their respective resumes while advancing to the Area round of the playoffs. 

With both Area and the Regional Quarterfinals now in the rearview, only Martins Mill remains left among county girls teams with an opportunity to reach San Antonio for a potential shot at another state championship.

Fruitvale

The Fruitvale Lady Cats entered the 2017 playoffs on a high-note, having secured a district championship and bi-district round bye. The Lady Cats were finally able to take the court Feb. 17, taking on a tough Bellevue team that had upended Tioga 51-33 in their playoff opener.

A lenghty playoff run was not to be for Fruitvale this season as the Lady Cats came up just short in an exciting back and forth contest, 48-41.

Sun
19
Feb

Bobcats set to begin playoff run

The Fruitvale Bobcats hit the court twice last week, wrapping up District 24-1A play with games against Avinger and Yantis. The Bobcats earned a split in those two contests, defeating the Indians 49-35 before falling to Yantis 54-37.

Against Avinger Feb. 10, Fruitvale started slow before surging late to pull out a 14-point victory.

The Bobcats were led by Jonathon Sheppard with 22 points, Gavin Sulc with 14 points, Preston Thompson with six and Payton Thompson with five.

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Fri
17
Feb

Eight among TSWA 4A All-State Team honorees

A good football season continued to get even better for the Wills Point Tiger and Van Vandal athletic programs, 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.

Fri
17
Feb

Bulldogs earn District 12-3A title


Photo by Faith Caughron Quinton Locke shoots and scores in the fourth quarter of the final Edgewood home game of the year against Eustace.

The Edgewood Bulldogs entered the 2016-’17 season with plenty of expectations, being tabbed by many as the team to beat in District 12-3A. The Bulldogs have more than lived up to the hype so far, defeating both Alba-Golden and Eustace over the past 7 days to add another district championship trophy to the resume of the Edgewood athletic program.

The Bulldogs made short work of the Panthers Feb. 10, outscoring Alba-Golden in every frame to close out the away portion of their district slate with a 68-36 win.

Edgewood scored six of the Bulldogs’ seven first quarter points against the Panthers to help build a 7-2 lead.

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Fri
17
Feb

Martins Mill, Fruitvale reach Area round

Van Zandt County was well represented in this year’s UIL Girls State Basketball playoffs, qualifying four teams overall: the Canton Eaglettes, Fruitvale Lady Cats, Grand Saline Lady Indians and Martins Mill Lady Mustangs. 

Two county teams remain as Fruitvale, via a first round bye earned by finishing as a 1A district champion, and Martins Mill, via a 71-34 win over Blue Ridge, advanced.

Canton

The Canton Eaglettes, runners-up in District 13-4A this season, took to the court Feb. 13 in Spring Hill to take on the Atlanta Lady Rabbits in the bi-district round of the playoffs. The Eaglettes reached the Regional Quarterfinals in 2016, but another lengthy playoff run was not to be with Atlanta scoring 56-52 decision.

Wed
15
Feb

Firefighter honored


Courtesy photo Chief Gregg Beverly, Firefighter Eric Tabraham, and Asst. Chiefs Scott Walker and Heath Morris of the SVZ Volunteer Fire Department.

South Van Zandt Volunteer Fire Department celebrated their first annual awards banquet Jan. 24. Firefighter of the year for 2016 was awarded to Eric Tabraham. Tabraham was presented this award for his dedicated service to the department and community and has been with the department since 2013.

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Mon
13
Feb

Lady Mustangs complete district sweep

Many preseason prognosticators had the Martins Mill Lady Mustangs and Quinlan Boles Lady Hornets pegged as the first and second best teams in the District 14-2A respectively entering the 2016-'17 season.

Martins Mill was more than happy to show how wide the gap between first and presumptive second can really be, following up their 50-point win over the Lady Hornets back on Jan. 17 with a 79-28 demolition to end district Feb. 3.

Martins Mill got all the points it would need in an explosive first quarter, racing out to a 29-12 lead over Boles.

Things only got worse for the Lady Hornets in the second, as Martins Mill continued to score at will while also tightening up defensively. Entering the break, the Lady Mustangs held a 43-13 lead.   

Martins Mill continued to cruise throughout much of the second half, adding nine-points to their advantage in the third and another 12 in the fourth to close out the 51-point victory over the visiting Lady Hornets.

Sun
12
Feb

Mustangs swat Hornets, fall to Gators


Photo by Faith Caughron Michael Hawes draws heavy contact on his way for a basket against the Gateway Charter Academy Gator defense Feb. 7.

The Martins Mill Mustangs experienced an up and down week on the hardwood, handily topping the Quinlan Boles Hornets on homecoming night before falling just short in an overtime thriller against Dallas Gateway days later.

Martins Mill would set the tone early against the Hornets Feb. 3, building up a double-digit lead in the first quarter en route to an 80-63 win.

Michael Hawes and Bryson Waynick finished with a combined 20 points in the first quarter, guiding the Mustangs to a 22-10 lead.

Boles would respond with its best quarter of the night in the second, edging the Mustangs 24-19 to pull to within 43-34 entering the half.

Powered by 10 points from Hawes and eight more from Noah Ingram, the Mustangs re-established a 12-point lead by outscoring the Hornets 23-18 in the third quarter.

Sat
11
Feb

Bulldogs defend home court, tame Wildcats

The Edgewood Bulldogs were home for the second to last time during the 2016-'17 season earlier this week, hosting the Scurry-Rosser Wildcats during their second meeting this season.

Edgewood got the better of Scurry from the opening tip, building up an early advantage before gradually pulling away for the 62-46 win.

Three-pointers by Quinton Locke and Nobel Smith in the first quarter helped Edgewood to build an 10-3 lead after one quarter of play.

Three more made field goals from long distance, one each by Locke, Smith and Dalton Dover helped keep the Wildcats at bay, allowing Edgewood to take a 22-17 lead into halftime.

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Sat
11
Feb

Lady Cats to tangle with Avinger for top seed

The Fruitvale Lady Cats will have to put in a little overtime to see whether they will be the number one or number two seed coming out of District 24-1A, splitting games against Bloomburg and Union Hill over the past seven days to set up a tiebreaker against Avinger Feb. 10.

Fruitvale began its week dropping a 42-40 heartbreaker to the Bloomburg Wildcats on the road Feb. 3 despite big games from both Abby Williams and Amy Anderson.

Williams finished with a team-high 12 points in the contest, while Anderson contributed 10 points and 16 rebounds.

Emily Driskill finished with nine points, Addison Allen scored four, Emily Williams had three and Mattie Davis scored two.

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