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Sat
17
Dec

Lady Cats get past Big Sandy, 47-28

The Fruitvale Lady Cats built up some positive momentum as they headed toward the annual holiday break, recording a 47-28 win over Big Sandy Dec. 13.

In a post on the Fruitvale ISD website, Coach Casey Chase wrote: "The first half showed great defensive intensity that allowed the Lady Cats to get into transition and build a 28-10 halftime lead. The ladies had a strong all-around performance and played extremely well together." 

Emily Driskill finished the game with a double-double, recording 17 points and 10 steals. Bryce Yates also finished in double figures, chipping in 13 points.

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Sat
17
Dec

Mustangs, Eagles among Mewbourn participants

The final local varsity basketball tournament of the 2016-’17 season was scheduled to be played in Martins Mill Dec. 15-17, with 16 East Texas teams slated to be among the competitors at this year’s Bryan Mewbourn Tournament.

The tournament is broken down into two portions, with all teams in the field competing in pool play to determine final seeding heading into bracket play.

Pool A was scheduled to include Kerens, Alba-Golden, Callisburg and Liberty-Eylau; Pool B was scheduled to include Martins Mill, Mildred, Gold-Burg and East Chambers; Pool C was scheduled to include Canton, Cedar Hill TC, Graford and Mount Pleasant Chapel Hill; and Pool D was scheduled to include Lindsay, Mabank, Merit Bland and Tenaha.

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Sat
17
Dec

Offensive push carries Hawkins over Grand Saline

The Grand Saline Indians hung tough against Hawkins early Dec. 13 before falling victim to an offensive onslaught in the second and third quarters en route to a 71-52 loss to the Hawks.

Hawkins narrowly edged to the front after eight minutes of play, holding on to a 9-8 lead over the Indians.

Separation between the two teams began to form in the second quarter, as Hawkins warmed up offensively to build up a 29-17 lead.

The trend continued thin the third quarter, with Hawkins tallying 23 points to build up a commanding 52-28 lead over the Indians.

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Fri
16
Dec

Vandals dominate Superlatives, All-District honors

The Van Vandals were no strangers to dominating the competition on the football field during the 2016 season, finishing 12-2 overall while outscoring their opponents by an average of nearly 26 points per game.

Not surprisingly, Vandals players were hard to beat when it came time for District 8-4A coaches to select their end of the season awards, with Garrett Moseley, Cooper Bledsoe and Jake Kellam all taking home Superlative recognition, and 14 others receiving either First or Second Team All-District honors.

District 8-4A Superlatives included:

-District MVP: Elijah McQueen, Terrell

-Offensive POY: Garrett Moseley, Van

-Defensive POY: Cooper Bledsoe, Van; Jermaine Gardner, Terrell

-Offensive Newcomer of the Year: Marquithias Johnson, Kaufman; Branson Bragg, Crandall

Fri
16
Dec

Three Tigers named to Academic All-State Team

The Texas High School Coaches Association Academic All-State Teams annually recognize high school athletes who excel in the following categories: GPA, class rank and ACT/SAT score.

To be nominated for Academic All-State, a student must be: an athlete, student trainer or manager in good standing with the team; of good moral character; a senior; and have an overall grade point average of 92 or above (including courses from grades 9-11 and courses completed from grade 12).

Among this year’s Academic All-State Football Teams were three players each from Wills Point and Grand Saline, as well as a player from Edgewood.

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Fri
16
Dec

Rodberg, Bledsoe earn All-State honors


Sloan Rodberg

The Texas Associated Press Sports Editors released its list of All-State High School Football Teams earlier this week, honoring the best players from around the state in every classification.

Senior Sloan Rodberg, already named the District 6-4A MVP following Wills Point’s perfect 5-0 record in district, was honored twice by the APSE for his stellar all-around season. In 12 total games played, Rodberg finished his season with 217 tackles, an interception, a blocked punt, nine caused fumbles and a fumble recovery on defense, and added three carries for 14 yards and a touchdown and seven catches for 86 yards and another score on offense.

With his performance, Rodberg was selected as a member of the 4A All-State First Team Offense and also named a member of the Honorable Mention 4A All-State Team on defense.

Sun
11
Dec

Bulldogs finish third at Shellnut Invitational


Photo by Tracy Ervin Edgewood sophomore center Sean Joyce (4) goes up high to reject a shot by Canton's Kyle Rose-Peterson (23).

Three Van Zandt County teams took the court in Edgewood Dec. 1-3, competing in the 50th annual Jack Shellnutt Invitational Tournament.

Host Edgewood, Canton and Wills Point were among the competitors, alongside teams from Mineola, Quinlan, Hooks, Kaufman, Scurry-Rosser, Wolfe City, Commerce and Sunnyvale.

Tournament play was broken down into two phases, with teams competing in pool play to determine whether they would compete in the Gold Bracket, Silver Bracket or Bronze Bracket.

Canton (1-1 in pool play) and Edgewood (2-0 in pool play) each performed well enough to the Gold Bracket, while Wills Point, 0-2 in pool play, was seeded in the Bronze Bracket.

The Tigers picked up their first win of the tournament against Hooks by a score of 63-26 before falling to Quinlan 46-36 to finish second overall in tbe Bronze Bracket.

Sun
11
Dec

Champions


Photo by April Dillard

The Martins Mill JV girls competed in the Eustace E. L. Kirk Tournament Dec 1-3, winning the event for the second consecutive year. Martins Mill is currently 8-0 heading into their next game against Mabank Dec. 13. Team members include Missy Camacho, Kenzie Cross, Rachel Alvis, Eve Morrow, Sarah Dillard, Leah Morgan and Landrey Rogers.

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Sat
10
Dec

Top-ranked Lady Mustangs doubles up Chireno

The Martins Mill Lady Mustangs, ranked first overall in the latest Texas Girls Coaches Association Weekly 2A Poll, put together another impressive performance this week with a 76-38 rout over Chireno.

The Lady Mustangs outscored Chireno in every quarter, gradually expanding their lead throughout the game.

Martins Mill dominated defensively in the first quarter, taking a 16-5 lead after eight minutes of play.

The Lady Mustangs continued to shine on both ends of the court in the second, outscoring Chireno 24-12 to take a 40-17 lead into the half.

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Sat
10
Dec

Bulldog players earn Superlatives, All-District honors


District 8-3A Offensive Most Valuable Player: Tye Elie

The Edgewood Bulldogs finished the 2016 season with the second highest win total and winning percentage of any football team in Van Zandt County, ending the year with a 9-3 record overall under new coach Kevin Bachtel.  

Edgewood's season included winning the District 8-3A crown with a 4-1 record, as well as winning a bi-district title with a 29-26 victory over DeKalb 29-26.

With so much success on the field, it came as little surprise that the program would take home three Superlative honors and nine All-District first team nods based on voting from competing coaches.

Superlative honors included:

-Offensive MVP: Tye Elie

-Co-Utility MVP: Trey King

-Coach Staff of the Year: Edgewood

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