Sports

Sat
07
Jan

Hawks narrowly clip Fruitvale, 44-43

The Fruitvale Lady Cats came painfully close to upending the visiting Hawkins Lady Hawks Jan. 3, suffering a tough 44-43 loss in their final tune-up before beginning district play against Avinger Jan. 6.

Posting on the Fruitvale ISD website, Coach Casey Chase stated, “The Lady Cats came out hot in the first half and except for a few big threes by Hawkins had a pretty strong performance on both ends of the floor as they took a 27-19 lead into the half. However, the third quarter did not go well for the Lady Cats as extreme foul trouble and excessive turnovers limited them to just five points. The Lady Cats never found their stride again as Hawkins continued to chip away at the lead. A back and forth game saw Hawkins go to the free throw line with 10 seconds left to hit the go ahead free throw and put Hawkins up 44-43. The Lady Cats had two great shots at the end to try and steal the win, but both shots rimmed out.”

Sat
07
Jan

Lady Dogs play five games following Christmas


Photo by Tracy Erwin Edgewood freshman Tabitha Parker brings the ball up the court during play against the Grand Saline Lady Indians Jan. 3.

The Edgewood Lady Dogs spent plenty of time on the court following the Christmas holiday, competing in four games at the Macy Chenevert Patriot Holiday Classic in Tyler Dec. 28-30 before resuming district play against Grand Saline Jan. 3.

Edgewood finished those five games with a 2-3 record overall, including going 2-2 in their post-holiday tournament appearance.

The Lady Dogs opened tournament play Dec. 28 against one of the best 4A teams in the state, losing 66-36 to the Gilmer Lady Buckeyes.

Poor second quarter play played a key role in the game, with Edgewood getting outscored 16-3 in the frame as Gilmer took a commanding lead.

Katy Pool finished as Edgewood's leading scorer in the game, finishing with 12 points. Kenzie Smith scored six points, Tyler Johnson five and Nicole Neal three.

The Lady Dogs bounced back in a big way Dec. 29, stifling Bishop Gorman at every turn in a 56-21 Edgewood win.

Fri
06
Jan

Bulldogs enjoy banner week following holiday


Photo by Tracy Erwin The Edgewood Bulldogs finished a perfect 5-0 at the Delbert Ballard Christmas Tournament in Quitman Dec. 28-30, winning first overall out of a field that included Big Sandy-Dallardsville, Campbell, Canton, Fruitvale, Hooks, Hooks, Quinlan Boles, Quinlan Ford, Quitman, Troup, Whitehouse and Wolfe City

Edgewood enjoyed a pair of milestones following the Christmas break, taking first overall at the Quitman Tournament Dec. 28-30 before recognizing Coach Jay Jameson for recently reaching 600 wins prior to a district win over the rival Grand Saline Indians Jan. 3.

The Bulldogs were not the only local team to make its way to Quitman for their annual post-holiday tournament, being joined by Canton and Fruitvale, as well as Quitman, Big Sandy-Dallardsville, Campbell, Hooks, Quinlan Boles, Quinlan Ford, Troup, Whitehouse and Wolfe City.

Edgewood opened play at the Delbert Ballard Christmas Tournament by winning first overall in its pool with victories over both Big Sandy-Dallardsville and Troup Dec. 28 to advance to the Championship Bracket Dec. 29-30.

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Fri
06
Jan

Lady Mustangs run past Dallas Thunder

The Martins Mill Lady Mustangs added another impressive win to their resume Jan. 3, outscoring a talented Dallas Thunder in every quarter en route to a 62-41 win at home.

Martins Mill, ranked 5th overall in the latest Texas Girls Coaches Association 2A State Poll, built up a modest 11-7 lead after one quarter of play.

The team found another gear offensively in the second quarter, scoring 20 points over an eight-minute stretch to take a 31-19 lead entering the half.

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Sun
25
Dec

Mustangs headed west for Eula Tournament

The Martins Mill Mustangs will add plenty of miles to their season's travels Dec. 28-30, heading nearly 250 miles west Dec. 28-30 to compete in the Eula Holiday Classic.

Teams scheduled to compete, outside of host Eula and Martins Mill, are scheduled to include Brady, Childress, Clyde, Eastland, Holliday, Jim Ned, Lingleville, Merkel, Nazareth, Poolville, Priddy, Roscoe, Stamford and Tolar.

In a press release announcing this year's event, the Eula athletic department noted, "The Boys bracket includes five teams that are currently ranked in the TABC top 25 in Class A, AA, or AAA. Nazareth, Lingleville, and Eula are all ranked in the top 15 at 2, 12, and 14 respectively in Class A. Martins Mill is the 20th ranked team in the state in Class AA and Childress is ranked 18th in Class 3A."

Sat
24
Dec

Smith earns District 7-3A Superlative

The Grand Saline Indians knew they would be faced with a tough task once the UIL announced redistricting for the 2016-'18, getting moved to a deep district alongside eventual state champion Mineola.

Despite the tough competition, Grand Saline nearly made it back-to-back appearances after finishing the year with a 4-6 record overall.

Competing District 7-3A coaches saw plenty of stellar play from the Indians, bestowing one Superlative, three First Team All-District, five Second Team All-District and eight Honorable Mention All-District nods to the Grand Saline program.

Junior Jordan Smith took home the team's Superlative honor, being named Utility Player of the Year for the district.

Quarterback Trent Easley, offensive lineman Cash Nations and wide receiver Chris Wilson, all seniors this year, were named to the All-District First Team.

Fri
23
Dec

Trio to compete at Quitman Tournament


Photo by Tracy Erwin The Canton Eagles and Edgewood Bulldogs could conceivably meet up for a third time this season in the week ahead, with both teams slated to appear at the Delbert Ballard Christmas Tournament in Quitman.

Three local basketball teams will be bringing a heavy Van Zandt County presence to Hunt County after Christmas, with Canton, Edgewood and Fruitvale all scheduled to compete in the Delbert Ballard Christmas Tournament in Quitman Dec. 28-30.

Along with host Quitman and the Van Zandt County teams, this year's field of competitors at the tournament will include Big Sandy-Dallardsville, Campbell, Hooks, Quinlan Boles, Quinlan Ford, Troup, Whitehouse and Wolfe City.

Pool play for the tournament will begin Dec. 28 with Canton, participating in Pool C, taking on Quinlan Boles at noon at Fruitvale at 6 p.m. The Bobcats will take on Boles at 3 p.m. Dec. 28 before taking on Canton three hours later.

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Sun
18
Dec

Defense carries Tigers to consolation title


Photo by David Kapitan Senior Doug Sheldon averaged more than 10 points per game at the Wills Point Tournament.

The Wills Point Tigers bounced back from a tough start at their home tournament, rallying back from a tournament-opening loss to win three consecutive games and finish as the consolation bracket champions.

Wills Point opened play Dec. 8 against Alvarado, falling behind 29-19 at the end of the first half and never recovering in a 43-34 loss. Michael McCormick led all Tiger players in scoring with 10, followed by Doug Sheldon with nine.

The Tigers returned to the court Dec. 9, taking on a Lindale Eagles team that lost its tournament opener to Ferris. Wills Point put together a strong defensive effort in the contest, holding Lindale to just nine fourth quarter points in a 41-38 come-from-behind win. Matt Mayfield finished with 12 points and Michael McCormick with seven.

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Sun
18
Dec

Martins Mill dominates 4A Lady Panthers

The Martins Mill Lady Mustangs are no strangers to rolling over bigger school districts, annually challenging themselves and consistently prevailing against a slate of teams from higher classifications during tournaments and non-district play.

Currently ranked 5th overall in the latest Texas Girls Coaches Association 2A Poll, the Lady Mustangs blew the doors off another larger school Dec. 13, hammering the Mabank Lady Panthers 71-31.

Martins Mill took an early eight points lead against Mabank, outscoring the Lady Panthers 21-13 in the opening frame.

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Sun
18
Dec

Lady Dogs finish third at home tournament


Photo by David Kapitan Mary Sharff draws a foul as she hits a driving layup during Edgewood’s win over Alvarado Dec. 8.

The Edgewood Lady Dogs were able to enjoy the comforts of home Dec. 8-10, hosting 13 other teams as part of the annual Edgewood Varsity Tournament.

Edgewood finished its tournament run with a 3-1 record overall, finishing a game shy of the championship with a semifinal loss to eventual champion Sulphur Springs.

The Lady Dogs began tournament play against Cumby Dec. 8, posting a lopsided victory to advance to the championship portion of the bracket.

In their second game, Edgewood capitalized on a strong defensive effort to upend an Alvarado team that defeated Brook Hill in its tournament opener.

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