Eaglettes open district play with back-to-back wins

Photo by David Kapitan Eaglette shortstop Kylie Floyd tags out Wills Point counterpart Alexis Mosley on a stolen base attempt.

The Canton Eaglettes got off to a good start in their bid to make a trip to this year’s softball playoffs, registering wins over both Brownsboro and Wills Point to open District 13-4A play.

The Eaglettes began their week March 14, taking on the visiting Brownsboro Bearettes. A four-run outburst in the fourth inning would be a deciding factor as Canton secured a 7-2 win in the contest.

Canton struck first in the game, scoring two runs in the bottom of the second courtesy of two-out RBI doubles by Reagan Busby and Brooke Arnold.

The Eaglettes bounced back from allowing a run in the top of the fourth by plating four runs of their own to seize a 6-1 advantage.

Key plays in the inning included a two-run fielding error by the Brownsboro shortstop, followed by an RBI triple by Kylie Floyd and a subsequent passed ball that allowed Floyd to come home to score.


Bulldogs compete at annual tournament

Photo by David Kapitan Edgewood’s Turner Bannister reaches base in a painful way, getting hit in the back by an offering from a Crandall pitcher.

The Edgewood Bulldogs spent plenty of time on the field during their home tournament March 9-11, playing six times over the course of three days.

Edgewood finished the weekend up with a 3-2-1 record overall, including wins over Caddo Mills, Farmersville and Elkhart.

The Bulldogs opened tournament play early in the morning against Crandall March 9, surrendering a pair of seventh inning runs in a 3-1 loss to the Pirates.

Leading hitters for Edgewood in the contest included Turner Bannister going 1/2 with a double and a run scored, Trey Erwin going 1/3 with a double, Tye Elie going 1/3 and Cooper Hill going 1/3.

Tye Elie go the start for the Bulldogs, allowing five hits and an earned run in six innings.

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Bulldogs pitchers dominate at John Tyler Tournament

Photo by Tracy Erwin Bulldogs players line the dugout railing as they look on during play at the John Tyler Varsity Tournament.

The Edgewood Bulldogs pitching staff put on a clinic during March 2-4, allowing just eight earned runs during a 4-1 run at the John Tyler Varsity Tournament.

Turner Bannister got the ball rolling on the stellar run, allowing just one hit while striking out 12 in a 6-0 win over Tyler March 2.

Offensively, Bannister helped his own cause by going 1/3 overall with a triple, 3 RBI and two runs scored. Tye Elie finished 2/3 at the plate with a pair of singles, and Kason Grant delivered an RBI.

Tyler Lee handed Edgewood's its only loss of the tournament in an afternoon affair March 2, holding the Bulldogs to just one hit in a 5-0 win.

Cooper Hill got the start for the Bulldogs, allowing three hits and an earned run in four innings on the mound. Keaton Seale pitched an inning in relief, also allowing an earned run, and Kason Grant allowed no baserunners during his one inning of work.


Indians finish 3-2 over busy week

Photo by Ayla Rightenour Judsen Truett tags out Canton’s Hunter Moore on a steal attempt during Grand Saline’s game against the Eagles.

The Grand Saline Indians spent plenty of time on the diamond over the course of the past week, taking the field four times as part of their home tournament March 2-4 before hosting the Martins Mill Mustangs for a non-district game March 7.

Grand Saline finished 3-2 overall during that stretch, recording wins over Scurry-Rosser, Winnsboro and Martins Mill while suffering losses to both Crandall and Canton.

The Indians began play March 2, scoring a 4-3 win over the Scurry-Rosser Wildcats in their tournament opener.

Trent Easley got the start and win for the Indians, allowing just five hits while striking out three in a complete game effort.

Offensively, Ryan Jones led the way by going 1/2 with an RBI. Other offensive leaders included Jake Morrison going 1/2 with a double and a run scored, Connor Lowe going 1/2 with a run scored, and Logan McDaniel going 1/2.


Lady Indians open district with wins

The Grand Saline Lady Indians put themselves in a good position after two games of district play, following up a big win over Quitman with a come from behind thriller over Alba Golden.

The Lady Indians opened district play March 3, scoring a 14-5 win on the road over Quitman. Grand Saline blew the game open with seven runs in the top of the fourth, and then ended the night in emphatic fashion with five more runs in the top of the seventh.

Emma Elliott picked up the win for Grand Saline, allowing just two earned runs in a complete game effort.

Extra base hits were the order of the night for the Lady Indians with players combining to hit six doubles and triples combined.


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.


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


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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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.


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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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


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