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Fri
29
Jan

Bulldogs move to 7-1 in district play

The Edgewood Bulldogs found themselves in a battle against Harmony Jan. 26, fending off a late challenge to pick up a 54-50 win and hold on to a share of the District 14-3A lead in the process.

Edgewood got an early jump on Harmony, moving in front 14-11 after one quarter of play. The margin continued to widen throughout the second, eventually sitting at 28-20 entering the half.

Harmony began to inch back in the third quarter, shaving six points of the Bulldog advantage with an 18-12 push to cut the deficit down to 40-38.

Edgewood would not be denied down the stretch, fending off the Harmony challenge by outscoring the Eagles 14-12 to secure a 54-50 win.

Fri
29
Jan

Bobcats keep grip on top spot


Photo by David Kapitan Bobcat senior Gavino Rongel registered games of 9 and 26 points last week, helping to improve Fruitvale’s record to a perfect 4-0 in District 14-2A play.

The Fruitvale Bobcats racked up two more district wins over the past week, rolling over Cumby Jan. 22 before holding off a stiff challenge from North Hopkins Jan. 26.

The game against the Cumby Trojans was never in much doubt, with the Bobcats outscoring their opponent in each of the first three quarters to register a 66-36 win.

Fruitvale’s defense played a starring role in the first quarter against Cumby, holding the Trojans to just four points to help the Bobcats establish a 17-4 lead.

The Bobcat offense played even better in both the second and third quarters, combining for 38 points in those two frames for a commanding 55-24 lead.

With the game well in hand, Fruitvale coasted throughout the fourth quarter to close out the 66-36 win.

Fri
22
Jan

County lifters compete at Van Invitational

Three Van Zandt County schools, Grand Saline, Van and Wills Point, all started their 2016 powerlifting seasons Jan. 15 by lifting at the Van Invitational Meet.

The schools fared well overall with the Grand Saline team finishing 11th in the boys division and 8th in the girls division, the Van team finishing 10th in the boys division and 11th in the girls division and the Wills Point team finishing second in the boys division and 10th in the girls division.

Individual results in the boys division included:

-114 lb. weight class: Kyron Cobb, Wills Point, first place, 335 lbs. lifted

-123 lb. weight class: Kaden McKinney, Van, fifth place, 615 lbs. lifted

-132 lb. weight class: David Umana, Wills Point, fifth place, 660 lbs. lifted; Allen Schira, Van, bombed out

Fri
22
Jan

Lady Mustangs race to early lead in 75-36 win


Photo by David Kapitan Fruitvale guard Audrey Robinson can’t shake Lady Mustang defender Alyssa Pate during second half play.

The Martins Mill Lady Mustangs continued their march to the basketball playoffs this week, using a potent mix of long range shooting and pressure defense to roll to a 75-36 win over the rival Fruitvale Lady Cats Jan. 19.

Martins Mill, ranked 4th in the latest TABC Weekly Basketball Rankings and 8th in the latest Texas Girls Coaches Association Poll, couldn’t have asked for a much better start against Fruitvale, building a 28-4 lead after just one quarter of play.

Six three pointers by the Lady Mustangs, including three from Jocie Bennett, two from Briley Moon and one from Mollie Daniel, were key contributors to the big advantage.

Despite the big deficit, Fruitvale continued to fight its way back in the second quarter, shooting a perfect 7/7 from the free throw line in the frame to cut the deficit to 39-18 entering the half.

Fri
22
Jan

Bobcats topple Mustangs in thriller


Photo by David Kapitan Fruitvale coach Ben Lassiter and the rest of the Bobcats show their excitement after fi rst quarter play saw Fruitvale take a 19-12 lead over Martins Mill.

Tuesday night’s game between the Fruitvale Bobcats and Martins Mill Mustangs came with plenty of hype, as two of the best teams in Van Zandt County took to the court for a chance at in county bragging rights over a rival school and the opportunity to become the frontrunner for a potential District 14-2A championship.

The game more than delivered on its pre-game promise, with Fruitvale dodging a late Martins Mill shot to pull out a 59-57 win in front of an electric crowd.

Fruitvale got the better of the visiting team in the first quarter, riding a wave of emotion and 12 Jonathan Sheppard points to a 19-12 lead.

Not to be outdone, Martins Mill came storming back in the second quarter thanks in large part to a combined 15 points from Davis Moore and Logan Jenkins to take a 29-26 lead into the half.

Sun
17
Jan

Wills Point, Van open District 14-4A play


Photo by Adrianne Granger Makiah Dodd (14) looks for space against Wills Point’s Meredith Edwards and another Lady Tiger defender during District 14-4A play.

The Wills Point Lady Tigers and Van Lady Vandals each kicked off District 14-4A play this past week, taking the court against one another Jan. 8. The Van Lady Vandals took the first step in what they hope to be a return to the 4A UIL Basketball Playoffs in that contest, rallying from an early deficit to pick up a 44-34 win over the rival Wills Point Lady Tigers.

Wills Point got the better of Van in the early going, building an 11-5 lead over the visiting Lady Vandals. The tide began to turn in Van’s favor during the second quarter, with the Lady Vandals outscoring Wills Point 13-8 to pull to within 19-18 at the half.

Halftime did nothing to stop Van’s momentum. Coming out of the intermission, Van held Wills Point to its lowest point total of the night (4) while scoring at will offensively to turn a narrow deficit into a 33-23 lead.

Sat
16
Jan

Bulldogs stay perfect in district play


Photo by Tracy Erwin Canyon Jayroe splits the Winona defense during Edgewood's 71-48 win Jan. 8. The Bulldogs, now 4-0 in District 14-3A play, are set to host Winnsboro Jan. 19.

The Edgewood Bulldogs took two more big steps forward in their chase for a playoff spot last week, recording wins over Winona and Quitman to keep themselves undefeated in District 14-3A play after four games.

Edgewood opened its week with a convincing home win, 71-48 over Winona to improve to 3-0 in district play.

The Bulldogs followed up their performance against Winona with another district win, overcoming a late Quitman rally to pull out a 51-50 win.

Fri
15
Jan

Bobcats connect on 20 three-pointers in rout

The Fruitvale Bobcats put on a three-point clinic against Hawkins Jan. 11, shooting an impressive 20/45 from long distnace in a 81-48 demolition of the Hawks.

The Bobcats found their rhythm early in the first quarter, racing out to a 24-9 lead after one quarter of play.

Second quarter play would offer more of the same, with Fruitvale tacking on 21 more points to built a 45-19 lead into the half.

Halftime did nothing to cool off Fruitvale on either end of the court, with third quarter play going in favor of the Bobcats by a 25-9 count.

With the game well in hand, the Bobcats cruised down the stretch to close out the impressive 34-point win over the Hawks.

Chaz Grimes and Geramey Mayne each shot 6/9 from the three-point line, finishing tied for the team lead with 18 points each. Grimes also led the Bobcats with a team-high 6 assists.

Fri
15
Jan

Twin Lakes hosts annual Toy Drive Golf Tournament


Courtesy Photo First flight first place went to Robert Bennent and Rick Burkes with a 59 during the Toy Drive Golf Tournament at Twin Lakes Golf Course Dec. 5.

Twin Lakes Golf Course had the honor to host its 6th Annual Toy Drive Golf Tournament Dec. 5, 2015. The community support helped to make this event so successful that we were able to help children in additional counties this year.

Due to sponsorships and donations we were able to give toys to the following organizations: Santa’s Kids, East Texas Crisis Center, Van Zandt County Children's Shelter, Kaufman County Children's Advocacy Center and CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates for children) in Henderson County.

Mon
11
Jan

All-State Middle Blocker


Photo by David Kapitan

Lauren Gomez, who was already recognized as the District 14-4A Co-Hitter of the Year and a Texas Girls Coaches Association 4A All-State Team selection, was recently named a 4A Honorable Mention Middle Blocker by the Texas Sports Writers Association for her performance this season. Gomez and the rest of the Eaglette volleyball team enjoyed extraordinary success on the court this year, winning both a district and bi-district title before falling short in the Area round.

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