New flathead record set Father’s Day weekend at Tawakoni

Courtesy photo Dallas’ Stephen Torres with his monster Lake Tawakoni catfish catch.

Stephen Ray Torres from Dallas, who is at the moment stationed in Killeen at Fort Hood, was spending Father’s Day weekend at Lake Tawakoni with several of his family members. 

They were camping out at Lake Tawakoni City Park in West Tawakoni.

On June 20, Torres caught an 88-pound flathead on a rod and reel while bank fishing.  He caught it on a 15-pound test line using shad for bait.

The fish was weighed at Trot Line Bait and Tackle in West Tawakoni where Torres had also purchased his bait.

This is now the new Lake Tawakoni record for a flathead being caught on a rod and reel.

Torres released the fish back into the lake so he will also qualify for the largest fish at 55-inches in the catch and release category. 


Crappie Anglers of Texas Tournament Trail 2015 on Lake Richland Chambers

Courtesy photos In Division 1, George Nelon (Boyd) and Paul O’Bier (Gunter) won first place with a stringer of seven fish weighing 9.26 pounds.

CAT recently held its fourth Crappie Anglers of Texas Qualifier Tournament of 2015 on Lake Richland Chambers June 20, 2015. Fourteen teams signed up for Division 1 and nine teams signed up for Division 2 making a total of 23 teams. Here are the results:


Crappie Anglers of Texas 2015 Junior Angler Tournament on Cedar Creek Lake

First place went to Tatum Standley with a five fish stringer weighing 5.25 pounds. She also had the biggest fish of the tournament with a nice slab weighing 1.32 pounds.

The Crappie Anglers of Texas “CAT” held its Annual Junior Angler Tournament on Cedar Creek Lake June 13. A total of 18 Junior Anglers showed up for a day of fishing, fun, fellowship and plenty of excitement, organizers said. The kids could weigh in a total of five crappie.

Local merchants donated drinks, hot dogs, cookies and other treats for the kids to enjoy.

First place went to Tatum Standley with a five fish stringer weighing 5.25 pounds. She also had the biggest fish of the tournament with a slab weighing 1.32 pounds. Her prize package included a free mount of her prize winning “big crappie” from Fin and Bones Taxidermy in Killeen, tickets for four to Medieval Times in Dallas, a $25 gift card and a new fishing rod and reel. 


Historic season ends in Semifinal loss

Edgewood players gather near the third baseline prior to warm-ups under a scorching Round Rock sun on Wednesday afternoon.

Historic season ends in Semifinal loss


By David Kapitan

Sports Editor


ROUND ROCK – Coach Jason Seale’s Edgewood Bulldog baseball program enjoyed a historic season in 2015, delivering an overpowering run throughout both the regular season and playoffs en route to their first ever UIL State Baseball Tournament appearance.

That historic run by the Bulldog program finally hit a roadblock it couldn’t overcome at Dell Diamond in Round Rock with a 5-2 loss at the hands of the Bishop Badgers in the 3A State Semifinal on June 10.

Things started well for Edgewood, with righty Jackson Tyner striking out four batters in the first two innings to keep the Badgers at bay.

The Bulldogs offense used a patient approach in the home half of the second, scoring two runs and chasing Badger starter Aaron Cardona in the process.



Sneaky Cleats 04-Pride took home the Championship trophy May 2 in the 10U Slam-A-Palooza in Cedar Hill. In the back, Jaci Taylor of Henderson, Trinity Hood of Pittsburgh, Charli Bird of Henderson, Claire Rose of Canton, Natalie Styles of Pittsburg and Katie Wilkerson of Canton; front, Kloee Carroll of Henderson, Jacey Pride of Canton, Kori Nicklas of Canton and Berlyn Grossman participated in the event. The team is coached by Canton coaches Jason Pride and Chad Rose.

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Canton Head Football Coach and Athletic Director Robert Ivey recognized Kristyn Kines and Bri Rhines as the top female athletes at CHS for the 2014-2015 school year.

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Fruitvale, Van earn Area championships

Courtesy Photo The Fruitvale Lady Cats were scheduled to take on Cayuga in the Regional Quarterfinal with a win over Rivercrest in the Area round. Team members include Emma Shaw, Bryce Yates, Emily Driskill, Audrey Robinson, Felisha Hickman, Haiden Lane, Anna Littlejohn, Harlie Moore, Bryli Stanley, Karen Crane, Makayla David, Emily Williams, Cierra Craft and Adison Allen.

The Fruitvale Lady Cats and Van Lady Vandals each kept their postseason dreams alive last week, recording Area round wins over tough opponents to reach the Regional Quarterfinal. Two other county teams, Canton and Martins Mill, watched their season come to a close in the Area round.


The Canton Eaglettes 2015 softball season came to an end at home on May 8, with an 11-4 loss at the hands of the Pleasant Grove Lady Hawks. The win completed a two game sweep by the Lady Hawks over Canton in the best-of-three Area round playoff series between the two teams.

In game one of the best-of-three series on May 7, Canton struggled mightily on offense as Pleasant Grove’s Madison Haltom carried the Lady Hawks to a 3-0, perfect game victory over the Eaglettes.

Haltom went all seven innings for Pleasant Grove, striking out 12 batters without allowing a single Canton batter to reach via a hit, walk, hit by pitch, or error in the win.



Photo by Adrianne Granger Ranger Wilcoxson (Texas State University), Eric Johns (Mary Hardin-Baylor), Norma Cunigan (West Texas A&M), Kaese Kosko (Austin College), Logan Daniell (McMurry University) and Aaron Berberich (United States Military Academy) were all recognized at a special signing ceremony put on by Wills Point High School on May 8.

County players compete at State Tournament

Van Zandt County sent a contingent of 10 players, five from Wills Point, four from Van and one from Martins Mill, to compete at the 2015 UIL State Tennis Tournament in Austin on May 12-.

Results for local players included:

-Florentina Landaverde of Martins Mill competed in the 2A Girls Singles bracket, losing 7-5, 6-3 to Melissa Tye of Chilton in the Quarterfinals. Tye would be knocked out of the tournament in Semifinal round.

-Logan Daniell and Rustin Rankin of Wills Point competed in the 4A Boys Doubles bracket, losing 6-2, 6-3 to Parker Phillips and Sitman Wainwright of Fredericksburg in the Quarterfinals. Phillips and Wainwright lost to Nital Patel and Maxwell Tadvick of Abilene Wylie in the Semifinal round.


Mustangs walk all over Hornets in 20-1 rout

By David Kapitan
The Martins Mill Mustangs could have very well played their Senior Night game against New Summerfi eld in walking shoes on Wednesday night, reaching base a total of 18 times via either a walk or a hit-bypitch in 20-1 demolition of the Hornets.


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