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Fri
09
Dec

Lady Vandals upend Kaufman, 41-31

The Van Lady Vandals picked up a key win against another talented 4A opponent Dec. 6, getting big performances from its underclassmen in a 41-31 win over the Kaufman Lady Lions.

Nine first quarter points by Macy Rucker helped to stake the Lady Vandals to a 21-2 first quarter lead. Kaufman rallied back in the second, cutting eight points from their deficit with a 12-4 run to make the score 25-14 in favor of the Lady Vandals heading into the half.

The Lady Lions continued their aggressive push coming out of the break, shaving five more points off their deficit before the Lady Vandals outscored Kaufman 11-7 in the fourth quarter to secure the 41-31 win. 

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Fri
09
Dec

Eaglettes turn on jets for 66-40 win

The Canton Eaglettes turned a narrow halftime lead over Tyler Grace into a runaway Dec. 6, outscoring the Cougars by 22 points in the second half of a 66-40 win.

Neither team could get separation in the early going, with Canton taking a 13-9 lead after eight minutes of play.

The pattern continued into the second quarter as each team scored just 10 points to maintain a 23-19 Eaglette lead entering the half.

Both offenses began to find their groove in the third quarter, combining for 34 points as Grace cut their deficit down to 39-37.

Canton took any chance of a Grace comeback out of the equation in the fourth quarter, putting together their best quarter offensively and defensively. Led by Courtney Roberts, the Eaglettes ran wild over the Cougars to close out the game on a 27-3 run.

Fri
09
Dec

Vandals suffer season-ending loss in regional final


Photo by David Kapitan Three second quarter scores, including two rushing touchdowns by Garrett Moseley, were not enough for the Vandals in a 34-28 loss to Kennedale.

It was a tale of two halves Friday night as the Van Vandals saw their quest for a possible state championship come to a stunning ending Friday night.

The Kennedale Wildcats, trailing Van 21-7 at halftime, rallied in the second half with 27 unanswered points to edge the Vandals, 34-28, in the Class 4A, Region II, Division I championship game at The Star in Frisco.

Coach Jared Moffatt’s Vandals, the top playoff seed in District 8-4A, Division I, end their 2016 campaign with a season mark of 12-2 as they made their first regional final appearance since 2008 and their first appearance in the fourth round of the state playoffs since their state championship season of 1979. This year’s team was only the third in the history of Vandal football to finish a season with 12 victories. Kennedale, 11-3, advances to the Class 4A, Division I semifinals against Abilene Wylie Friday night in Birdville.

Sun
04
Dec

Coach of the Year


Courtesy Photo

The Texas Tennis Coaches Association recently announced that Wills Point's Len Turner has been named its Tennis Coach of the Year in the 4A classification. Turner, shown with his wife Angel, daughter Hope and son Lance, has been a coach in Wills Point for the past 13 years, will be recognized at the annual TTCA Coaches Convention Dec. 2. Looking back, Turner called the program's 2014 Regional Final win over Kaufman his favorite memory. Along with coach Ann Daniell, Turner has helped guide the tennis program to the State Tennis Tournament four times. 

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Sun
04
Dec

Vandals suffer season-ending loss in regional final to Kennedale, 34-28

FRISCO—It was a tale of two halves Friday night as the Van Vandals saw their quest for a possible state championship come to a stunning ending Friday night.

The Kennedale Wildcats, trailing Van 21-7 at halftime, rallied in the second half with 27 unanswered points to edge the Vandals, 34-28, in the Class 4A, Region II, Division I championship game at The Star in Frisco.

Coach Jared Moffatt’s Vandals, the top playoff seed in District 8-4A, Division I, end their 2016 campaign with a season mark of 12-2 as they made their first regional final appearance since 2008 and their first appearance in the fourth round of the state playoffs since their state championship season of 1979. Kennedale, 11-3, advances to the Class 4A, Division I semifinals against Abilene Wylie.

The Van/Kennedale contest was almost as close statistically as it was on the scoreboard as the Vandals actually had the edge in first downs, 18-16, and in total yardage, 281-278.

Sat
03
Dec

Vandals advance to Class 4A quarterfinals with convincing win over Paris, 55-27

Not since the state championship season in 1979 have the Van Vandals had the opportunity to play December football games but they have earned that right this year after easing past the Paris Wildcats in the Class 4A regional semifinals, 55-27, Friday afternoon at Eagle Stadium in Allen.

Paris, the District 7-4A, Division I champion, concluded its season with a season record of 9-3.

Against Paris, the Vandals fell behind twice in the first quarter but rallied both times to gain control of the contest the rest of the way as Van’s offense rolled up some impressive numbers finishing with 35 first downs and 586 yards of total offense including 358 yards rushing and 228 yards passing.

Paris finished the game with 340 total yards including 210 yards rushing and 130 yards passing against the Vandal defense.

Sat
03
Dec

Lady Cats crush Trinidad, 63-28

The Fruitvale Lady Cats put together their best effort of the season Nov. 28, dominating every facet of the game in a 63-28 rout of Trinidad.

Coach Casey Chase posted on the Fruitvale ISD page: "The Lady Cats were able to exact a little revenge on Trinidad as they had a dominating 63-28 victory. The Lady Cats played tremendous defense as they were flying around all over the place getting steal after steal to get into transition and score at will. The Lady Cats also dominated the boards and limited their opponents scoring opportunities."

Emily Driskill helped guide the way for Fruitvale, finishing with a double-double. Driskill posted 15 points, 10 rebounds, five assists and six steals in the rout.

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Fri
02
Dec

Fruitvale volleyball, football players recognized


Photo by David Kapitan Fruitvale's Amy Anderson was recognized by competing coaches as the District 18-2A Defensive Player of the Year.

With the 2016 high school volleyball season already in the books, and football season winding down with just a handful of playoff games remaining, Fruitvale coaches for both programs released their list of Superlative and All-District award recipients.

Volleyball

The Fruitvale Lady Cats made the deepest playoff run of any county volleyball team this season, winning bi-district, Area and Regional Quarterfinal titles before falling in the Regional Semis.

With such a strong performance, it was no surprise to see the Lady Cats earn multiple Superlatives and All-District recognitions.

Amy Anderson joined two other players this season in being named the Defensive Player of the Year, while Abby Williams was named Newcomer of the Year.

Fri
02
Dec

Bobcats scheduled to host annual tournament

The Fruitvale Bobcats will be at home Dec. 8-10, hosting six other schools as part of the annual Fruitvale Basketball Tournament.

Action will get underway Dec. 8, with four games planned: Fruitvale vs. Cumby at 1:30 p.m.; Farmersville vs. Scurry-Rosser JV at 3 p.m.; Cayuga vs. Scurry-Rosser at 4:30 p.m.; and Tyler Heat vs. Rockwall Heritage at 6 p.m.

Should the Bobcats win their opening round game, they would advance to play the winner of the Farmersville-Scurry-Rosser JV at 6 p.m. Dec. 9.

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Sun
27
Nov

Lady Mustangs suffer first loss, 52-44

The Martins Mill Lady Mustangs found themselves in a rare position Nov. 22, coming up on the wrong end of the scoreboard in a 52-44 loss to Tenaha after an eight-game winning streak to start the season.

Martins Mill and Tenaha each scored 10 points in the opening frame Tuesday to remain tied after the first eight minutes of play.

The Lady Mustangs put together their best quarter of play in the second, holding Tenaha to just five points to pull into a 22-17 halftime lead.

Tenaha turned their deficit around in the third quarter, outscoring Martins Mill 20-7 to take a 37-29 win.

Martins Mill re-found its offensive touch in the fourth quarter, but couldn’t slow down Tenaha enough to bridge the gap.

Briley Moon finished as the leading scorer for either team, putting in a game high four three-pointers on the way to 17 points.

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