Sports

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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Sat
26
Aug

Lady Tigers to continue tournament play

The Wills Point Lady Tigers looked to turn the page after a disappointing run through their home tournament Aug. 18-19, welcoming the Caddo Mills Lady Foxes to Wills Point Aug. 22 for a non-district tilt.

Despite their best efforts, a strong surge by the Lady Foxes and questionable officiating that drew the ire of fans, coaches and players proved too much to overcome in a 28-26, 25-19, 25-27, 21-25, 9-15 loss.

Wills Point struggled to find their footing early against the big hitting of Caddo Mills, falling behind 24-19 in the first set. With their backs against the wall, Wills Point turned the tide with their service game, running off six straight points to extend the set. 

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Fri
25
Aug

Lady Cats win four of six

The Fruitvale Lady Cats continued non-district play last week, competing at the Eustace Tournament Aug. 17, 19 followed by a home date against East Texas Christian Academy Aug. 22. Fruitvale would play six times overall during the week, finishing with a 4-2 mark.

Fruitvale began pool play at the Eustace Tournament Aug. 17, winning three straight matches against Athens, East Texas Christian Academy and Kemp.

Coach Jerry Ptak stated, “The girls played outstanding against Athens. They lost the first set against Kemp but fought back to take the next two and nd played two close sets against ETCA but took them both.”

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Tue
22
Aug

WOODS, WATERS AND WILDLIFE

New hunting and fishing licenses go on sale Aug.15

 

What's so great about that?

 

Well, if new licenses are soon on sale, hunting seasons can't be far behind. And hunting seasons signal a change in the weather -- in this case, a change for the better. Raise your hand if you're as sick of this oven-like, breath-sucking heat as I am.

Sometime around mid-September each year, the first cool spell arrives. Occasionally, it comes a little earlier. Let's hope this year is one of those occasions.

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Tue
22
Aug

County football teams begin scrimmages

Canton, Edgewood, Fruitvale, Grand Saline, Van and Wills Point all took a major step forward towards the start of the 2017 this week, participating in their first preseason scrimmages against other schools Aug. 18-19.

Canton

The Canton Eagles were scheduled to be home twice, hosting Mt. Vernon Aug. 18 and Kaufman Aug. 24 in a pair of scrimmages to prep for the season opener Sept. 1.

Mt. Vernon should provide a solid test for the Eagles, coming off a season in which they finished 5-5 overall with a loss to White Oak in the bi-district round of the playoffs.

The Tigers will bring plenty of experience with them to Canton, returning eight starters on both sides of the ball.

Edgewood

The Edgewood Bulldogs will look to pick up where they left off during the 2016 season with scrimmages set to include a home matchup with Hughes Springs Aug. 18 and a scrimmage on the road in Mt. Vernon Aug. 24.

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