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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Eaglettes top field at Cameron Tournament

Photo by Doug Stuart Freshman Mattie Tullos was one of 11 Canton players to register a point during the team’s tournament win over Florence Dec. 28.

The Canton Eaglette basketball team ensured their holiday would be a little sweeter Dec. 28-29, picking up four consecutive wins to bring home the Cameron Tournament title and improve their overall record to 15-5 with district play fast approaching.

The Eaglettes started off the tournament on the right foot, winning each of their first three tournament games by double figures before holding on for a hard fought championship game.

Play began for the Eaglettes in the tournament against a talented Rosebud-Lott team. After a slow start, Canton owned the second half to pull away for a 39-29 win.

Rosebud-Lott took the first quarter 11-9, before playing Canton to a virtual draw in the second. Entering the half, the Lady Cougars held a 22-21 lead.


Local BMX rider among best in the nation

Courtesy Photo Canton resident Colton Layne-Voorhis has been a force in the world of BMX since taking to the track just over 2.5 years ago, collecting six #1 plates (placing first in 3 Gold Cups, winning a state championship and two Race of Champions) all while currently holding the distinction of being the highest ranking intermediate 18-year old in the nation.


When it comes to racing and the state of Texas, it’s doubtful that many people would immediately make the jump to the world of BMX. Eighteen-year old Canton junior Colton Layne-Voorhis is looking to change that mindset, making a name for himself around the country by taking the BMX world by storm over his short 2.5 year career in the sport.

All told, Colton has already collected six #1 plates (placing first in 3 Gold Cups, winning a state championship and two Race of Champions). That impressive performance on the track has Colton placed as the highest ranking intermediate 18-year old in the nation.

Asked how he got involved in BMX and BMX racing, Colton pointed to a trip to Canton Power Sports to purchase a part for his bicycle. Once there, the lure of BMX drew Colton in.


Late Pirate rally sinks Tigers, 58-56

Photo by David Kapitan Doug Sheldon gets position in the pain and drops in a short basket during the fourth quarter against Crandall.

The Wills Point Tiger basketball team looked to be well on its way to a win before the Christmas holiday, holding a 5-point lead over the Crandall Pirates with less than two minutes to play Dec. 21.

Unfortunately for the Tiger faithful, Crandall managed to claw its way back down the stretch, capitalizing on several Wills Point turnovers in a frantic finish to pull out a 58-56 win over the home team.

Wills Point hit just one field goal in the first quarter but still managed to build an 11-9 lead courtesy of eight made free throws.

Both teams exploded offensively in the second quarter, combining for 41 points as Crandall took a 32-29 lead into the half.

Thanks in large part to 12 points in the third quarter by junior post Doug Sheldon, the Tigers pulled to within 45-43 entering the final frame.


Lady Vandals earn bounce back win

The Van Lady Vandals hit the court twice over the past week before entering a brief break due to the Christmas holiday, tangling with Spring Hill Dec. 15 and Gladewater Dec. 18.

Van couldn’t find the range against Spring Hill, shooting just 27 percent from the field and 40 percent from the free throw line in a 42-25 loss to the Lady Panther.

The Lady Vandals got back on the court three days later, putting together a much better offensive effort in a 41-38 win over Gladewater.

Van took a 10-8 lead after the first quarter of play, and trailed just 18-16 heading into the half.

The deficit was cut to 28-27 at the end of the third quarter, thanks in large part to Van connecting on free throws at a higher rate. That theme carried into the fourth quarter, where Van outscored Gladewater 14-10 to pull out the 41-38 win.


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