Lady Indians maintain winning ways

After a brief detour into non-district play to take on Canton Sept. 29, the Grand Saline Lady Indians returned to District 14-3A matches against Quitman Oct. 2 and Harmony Oct. 6.

Grand Saline got one of its biggest challenges in district play against the Lady Dogs, falling behind two sets before rallying back for a  19-25, 27-29, 25-17, 25-22, 15-7 win over Quitman to improve to 6-1 overall in district play.

Senior Hannah Chandler helped to lead the Lady Indian attacking game in the contest, totaling 38 total kill and an ace.

Caitlyn Amaya and Kelsey Smith delivered three kills each, and Madi Lovett added two kills.

Other key stat leaders for Grand Saline included Alicia Kelly with 35 assists, Lexi Lovett with three aces and five blocks, and Emily Barber, with 14 digs and two aces.


Vermett wins Football Contest No. 6 with prediction in “tie-breaker” game

With her prediction in the “tie-breaker” game, Kaye Vermett of Wills Point is the winner of Football Contest No. 6 in the Van Zandt News.

Vermett, along with Dewayn Carter of Wills Point, Judy Grimes of Canton, Ross Hall of Lindale and Bobby Mayne of Van, all finished with winning percentages of 78 each forcing the “tie-breaker” game to be used to attempt to break the deadlock.

In the “tie-breaker” game, Vermett chose the New Orleans Saints to defeat the Dallas Cowboys by seven points, Hall chose New Orleans to win by four points, Carter picked the Saints to win by 10 points and Grimes chose the Saints to win by 16 points. Mayne picked the Cowboys to win by eight points.

The Saints defeated the Cowboys by six points in overtime, 26-20, on October 4.

As a result, Vermett will receive $50.00 worth of coupons redeemable at the participating merchants on the contest pages.


County teams begin district campaigns

Canton running back Jordan Jackson (shown during a Sept. 25 win over Wills Point) helped spark the Eagle offense in a 42-14 win over Nevada-Community Oct. 9. Jackson scored twice in the game, including a 71-yard run on the second Canton play from scrimmage.
With five weeks of non-district play and a bye week out of the way, Canton, Edgewood, Grand Saline, Van and Wills Point got down to the business of district play on Oct. 9.
Three of those teams, the Canton Eagles, Grand Saline Indians, and Wills Point Tigers each picked up convincing wins to take a good first step towards the playoffs, while Edgewood and Van, in what may well be a game of the year candidate, fell just short on Friday nights.
Games results included:
No team in Van Zandt County has been on a better roll than the Canton Eagles last week. After an 0-3 start, Canton has found another gear to pick up wins over Spring Hill and Wills Point in their final two non-district games, and a 42-14 rout of Nevada-Community in the District 5-4A opener on Oct. 9.

District begins for county teams

The majority of Van Zandt County football teams got a night off last week, enjoying their respective byes on Oct. 2. As nice as those breaks might have been for local teams, the season began anew Oct. 9 with the start of district play.

Many of those games could have big repercussions moving forward, with a key showdown between Athens and Van, the presumptive first and second place teams in District 8-4A, likely being the marquee matchup of week one. 


Tiger netters rout Athens in district opener

Courtesy Photo The Wills Point Tiger tennis team couldn’t have asked for a much better start to district play Oct. 1, routing the visiting Athens Hornets by a perfect 19-0 margin.

The Wills Point Tiger tennis team delivered an emphatic statement to open district play Oct. 1, steamrolling the Athens Hornets in all matches played to record a 19-0 victory.

Results from Wills Point’s dominant performance included:

-Patrick Petzold def. Jon Bywaters, 6-0, 6-1

-Kolton Adams def. Keaton Brown, 6-1, 6-2

-Nash Pendleton def. Shane Ellis, 6-0, 6-1

-Chase Daniell def. Hayden Gore, 6-2, 6-1

-Kameron McEnturff def. Luke Eldore, 6-0, 6-0

-Heldon Hoierman def. Casey Pitchford, 6-0, 6-0

-Jack Johns def. Jeff Adair, 8-1

-Adams/McEnturff def. Bywaters/Brown, 6-0, 6-1

-Petzold/Pendleton def. Gore/Eldore, 6-0, 6-2

-Daniell/Hoierman def. Pitchford/Adair, 6-0, 6-0

-Cassidy Wilcoxson def. Megan Gross, 6-1, 7-5

-Claire Hiler def. Maria Camargo, 6-2, 6-0

-Kaitlin Perez def. Nilcia Castro, 6-0, 6-0

-Hope Turner def. Kelley Rodriguez, 6-1, 6-1


Tiger anglers take first at Lake Ray Hubbard

Courtesy Photo The Wills Point High School fishing team opened their season at the Ray Hubbard Open Sept. 26, winning first place as a team.

The Wills Point Tiger fishing team picked up where they left off last season Sept. 26, taking home a first place finish and championship trophy for their performance at the Ray Hubbard Open.

Wills Point had four teams competing against a field of 120 other competing teams. Each of the four Tiger teams caught fish and were weighed in at the event.

The team of Cameron McAnally and Matthew Sprague posted the best finish for any of the Wills Point teams, coming in second place with fish weighing in at a combined 11.01 lbs.

Brandon Sprague and Jaron Wise joined the pair with their own top-5 fish, coming in 4th place overall with fish weighing in at 9.82 lbs.


Eaglettes top Lady Indians in four sets

Photo by David Kapitan Canton’s attacking game, led by Lauren Gomez (14), was a big difference for the Eaglettes during their 25-10, 25-21, 22-25, 25-22 over the Lady Indians.

The Canton Eaglettes and Grand Saline Lady Indians took a break from the district grind this week, taking to the court in Canton Sept. 29 for a late season matchup.

Led by big hitting in the attacking game, Canton easily took the first set before withstanding several challenges by the Lady Indians to pull out a 25-10, 25-21, 22-25, 25-22.

The Eaglette tandem of Lauren Gomez and Payton Williams were on point in the early going, delivering several emphatic kills to spark Canton to a 25-10 first set win.

Grand Saline, currently 29th in the latest 3A Texas Girls Coaches Weekly Poll, got a better handle on the Canton attacking game in the second set but still couldn’t get over the hump to give the Eaglettes a two sets to none lead.


Carter, Williams finish as co-winners of Football Contest No. 5

Dewayn Carter of Wills Point and Glenda Williams of Grand Saline are co-winners of Football Contest No. 5.

Each co-winner had a 78 percent win percentage that forced a tie-breaker.

The “tie-breaker” game failed to break the deadlock and Carter and Williams both predicted that the Wills Point Tigers would defeat the Canton Eagles.

Carter picked Wills Point to win by three points and Williams chose Wills Point to win by 14 points.

Canton defeated Wills Point 28-27, Sept. 25.

As a result, Carter and Williams will each receive $25 worth of coupons.


Indians end drought with big win

Photo by Faith Caughron The scoreboard in the background behind Grand Saline coach Michael Ridge and his players after their 52-12 rout of Hawkins.

The final week of non-district play provided plenty of drama and fireworks, with Edgewood and Fruitvale narrowly finding themselves on the wrong end of the scoreboard, Canton making up a three score halftime deficit to stun in county rival Wills Point and Van dueling with Paris North Lamar in a high octane affair.

Even with all these outcomes, no story was bigger than Grand Saline ending more than three years of frustration in emphatic fashion, hammering Hawkins 52-12 on homecoming night.


Myers wins Football Contest No. 4 in “tie-breaker” game

With his prediction in the “tie-breaker” game, Scott Myers of Mineola is the winner of Football Contest No. 4 in the Van Zandt News.

Myers, along with Stefani Curtis of Wills Point and Bobby Mayne of Van, all tied with winning percentages of 73 each forcing the “tie-breaker” game to be used to break the deadlock.

In the “tie-breaker” game, Myers, Curtis and Mayne all predicted that the Mineola Yellowjackets would defeat the Wills Point Tigers.

Myers chose Mineola to win by 14 points while Mayne predicted the Yellowjackets to win by 10 points and Curtis chose Mineola to win by 28 points.

Mineola outlasted Wills Point by 18 points, 35-17, on Sept. 18 in Mineola.

As a result, Myers will receive $50 worth of coupons redeemable at the participating merchants on the contest pages.


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