Sports

Fri
15
Sep

Eagles, Vandals earn week two wins

Van Zandt County football teams struggled once again during the second week of the 2017 season, matching their overall performance from week one by going a combined 2-4 overall. Van, the most successful program in the county last season, bounced back from an 27-0 deficit against Palestine Sept. 8 to score a 48-34 win over the Panthers. Canton also found its way to the win column, getting multi-touchdown efforts from both McGwire Martin and Simon Miller to score a 42-31 win over Grace Community.

Through two weeks of the season, Van currently sits at 2-0, Canton and Edgewood are 1-1, and Fruitvale, Grand Saline and Wills Point are all 0-2. 

Canton

The Canton Eagles made their way to Tyler last week, taking on the Grace Community Cougars for the fourth consecutive season. Canton, winners in two of the last three meetings with the Cougars, got the better of Grace once again securing a 42-31 win on the road Sept. 8.

Sun
10
Sep

Lady Tigers sink Crandall in four sets

The Wills Point Lady Tigers hit the court twice over the past week, finishing 1-1 overall with a road loss to Grand Saline and a home win over Crandall Sept. 5.

The trip to take on Grand Saline served as Wills Point's second match against an in county opponent this season, following a two-set loss to Edgewood the previous week at the Back to School Dig-Fest in Edgewood Aug. 26.

Grand Saline kept the Lady Tigers winless against Van Zandt County opponents this season, scoring five-set victory over Wills Point.

One of the best defensive teams in the area, Grand Saline took the first set against Wills Point 25-18. The Lady Tigers appeared to get back on track in the second, evening the match by outpointing Grand Saline 25-22.

The Lady Indians took the third set 25-18 before Wills Point knotted the match once again by winning the fourth set 25-21 to set up a fifth and deciding set between the two teams.

Sun
10
Sep

Lady Dogs wrap up non-district play

The Edgewood Lady Dogs wrapped up non-district play on the road last week, taking on Caddo Mills Sept. 1, Palestine Sept. 5, and competing at the Brownsboro Tournament Aug. 31 and Sept. 2. Edgewood finished the week going 6-2 overall, including 5-1 during their stay at the Brownsboro Tournament.

The Lady Dogs opened pool play at the Brownsboro Tournament in impressive fashion, sweeping Brook Hill Guard (25-9, 25-17), Athens Lady Hornets (25-13, 25-13) and Brownsboro Bearettes (25-22, 25-19) Aug. 31.

Edgewood hit the pause button on tournament play Sept. 1, traveling to Caddo Mills to take on the Foxes. Caddo Mills would get the better of Edgewood in the match, outlasting the Lady Dogs 25-23, 19-25, 25-23, 19-25, 15-12 thriller.

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Sat
09
Sep

Lady Cats edge Hawkins

The Fruitvale Lady Cats picked up a key win in non-district play this week, topping Hawkins in four sets Sept. 5. Play between the Fruitvale and Hawkins was competitive throughout the match with neither team winning a set by more than five points.

Fruitvale narrowly edged Hawkins in the first set, outpointing the Lady Hawks 25-23. Hawkins evened the match in the second, turning the tables on Fruitvale by taking the second set 27-25.

Led by a balanced offensive attack down the stretch, Fruitvale managed to fend off the Lady Hawks by taking the third set 25-22 and the fourth 25-20 to wrap up the four-set win. 

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Fri
08
Sep

Bulldogs, Vandals start season with wins

 

Months of waiting finally came to an end last week with all six varsity football programs in Van Zandt County, including Canton, Edgewood, Fruitvale, Grand Saline, Van and Wills Point, officially opening their 2017 season with non-district play Sept. 1.

County teams finished the first Friday night of the season with a combined 2-4 record overall, headlined by impressive efforts from both Edgewood and Van. Canton, Grand Saline and Wills Point each came painfully close to securing a week one win while an improving Fruitvale program came up short against a talented Longview Trinity program. 

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Sun
03
Sep

The Locker Room Show

The Locker Room Show on Mineola radio station KMOO (99.9 FM) made its 2017 football season debut Aug. 28 at Moore’s Store in Ben Wheeler. Shown are left to right, Kyle Owens, KMOO sports director and football play-by-play broadcaster; David Barber, sports correspondent for Van Zandt Newspapers, LLC; Colten Sneed, KMOO sports producer and Rustin Hass, KMOO football game analyst. The program is broadcast normally every Monday night from 6:30-8:30 p.m. during the high school football season from a restaurant in the KMOO listening area, however, due to the Labor Day holiday, next week’s show will broadcast live on Tuesday night. KMOO broadcasted the Van/Mineola regular season opener live Sept. 1 at Van’s Memorial Stadium.

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Sat
02
Sep

County teams open 2017 season

Friday night lights across the state of Texas were shining bright all across East Texas this week with Canton, Edgewood, Fruitvale, Grand Saline, Van and Wills Point all opening non-district play Sept. 1. The Eagles, Bulldogs, Vandals and Tigers will all be looking to match or exceed last year’s playoff berths, while Fruitvale and Grand Saline will do their best to return to postseason play at the conclusion of district play.

Canton

The Canton Eagles closed the preseason at Norris Birdwell Stadium Aug. 24, taking on a talented Kaufman team ahead of their season opening showdown with Brownsboro Sept. 1. Canton received a huge second half push from their passing game against the Bears in 2016, lighting up the scoreboard en route to a 56-34 win.

Canton is scheduled to take on Grace Community on the road in Tyler Sept. 8. The Eagles narrowly got past the Cougars last season in a 42-41 home win. 

Fri
01
Sep

Lady Dogs finish second at Dig-Fest

The Edgewood Lady Dogs played host to some of the best teams from around the area last weekend, welcoming 15 schools to participate in the third annual Back to School Dig-Fest Aug. 24, 26.

The lineup of teams included a heavy dose of Van Zandt County with Canton, Fruitvale, Grand Saline and Wills Point in the field alongside teams from Boles, Como-Pickton, Cumberland Academy, ETCA, Hawkins, Keene, Life Waxahachie, Lone Oak, Paris, Sabine and Troup.

Pool play for the two-day event began Aug. 24 with teams divided into four separate pools. Top two finishers in each of the pools advanced to the Championship Bracket, while teams finishing in the bottom two of each pool advanced to compete in the Consolation Bracket.

Thu
31
Aug

Scrimmages wrap up as season openers loom

The countdown to the start of a new football season is now less than a week away for Van Zandt County teams, with openers for Canton, Edgewood, Fruitvale, Grand Saline, Van and Wills Point all scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Sept. 1. With the opening kickoff for another season closing in, county teams wrapped up their scrimmage schedule last week with final tune-ups for the Eagles, Bulldogs, Indians and Vandals taking place Aug. 24 and for the Tigers Aug. 25.

Canton

The Canton Eagles wrapped up their preseason with a scrimmage against Kaufman at Norris Birdwell Stadium Aug. 24, getting in their final reps before traveling to Brownsboro Sept. 1 for the first week of non-district play.

Sun
27
Aug

Van, Bullard meet for third time

 

The 2017 season may be less than a month old, but that has not stopped the Van Lady Vandals and Bullard Lady Panthers from crossing paths three times already this season.

Van and Bullard originally matched up against one another during pull play of the Van Lady Vandal Varsity Tournament Aug. 11 with the Lady Panthers scoring a 25-18, 25-20 victory over the event hosts.

The Lady Vandals bounced back during the event, winning back-to-back matches against Paris and Troup to meet up with Bullard for a second time in as many days in the finals of the Van Tournament.

Bullard once again managed to hold off Lady Vandals, tallying a 25-20, 30-29 win to claim a 2-0 lead in the season series. 

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