Sports

Tue
22
Aug

The Locker Room Show” returns to KMOO Monday night

The 2017 high school football season will feature the return of “The Locker Room Show” every Monday night from 6:30-8:30 p.m. beginning Aug. 28 on Mineola radio station KMOO (99.9 FM).

“The Locker Room Show” features high school football correspondents from around the KMOO listening area reviewing the previous Friday night matchups and looking ahead to the following Friday night gridiron contests.

David Barber, sports correspondent for Van Zandt Newspapers, will be among the guests on the program each week.

The program will air live on location usually from an area restaurant in the KMOO listening area.

The first show for the 2017 season will originate from Moore’s Store in downtown Ben Wheeler Monday night leading up to KMOO’s live play-by-play broadcast of the regular season opener featuring the Van Vandals and the Mineola Yellowjackets set for Friday, Sept. 1 at Van’s Memorial Stadium.

Tue
22
Aug

“Hump Day Huddle” to air every Wednesday

Van Zandt Newspapers L. L. C. and Canton radio station KWJB (95.1 FM and 1510 AM) in Canton have announced a joint effort to cover high school football in Van Zandt County for the 2017 season.

As part of that agreement, a new weekly radio show will air every Wednesday during the season called “Hump Day Huddle,” hosted by David Barber, sports correspondent for Van Zandt Newspapers, and T. A. Hale and Shawn Stewart from the KWJB “Buzz Brothers.”

“Hump Day Huddle” will air every Wednesday at 10 a.m., 12 noon and 5 p.m. during the high school football season exclusively on KWJB.

The one-hour show each week will feature varsity football information on the Canton Eagles, the Van Vandals, the Wills Point Tigers, the Grand Saline Indians, the Edgewood Bulldogs and the Fruitvale Bobcats.

Barber, Hale and Stewart will review the previous Friday night football action in the county and look ahead to the upcoming Friday night matchups.

Tue
22
Aug

Lady Dogs win three of five matches

The Edgewood Lady Dogs got a jumpstart on the 2017 last week, hosting the Van Lady Vandals Aug. 8 before competing four times over two days at the Fairfield Tournament.

Edgewood opened its season in thrilling fashion against the Lady Vandals, securing a 25-11, 20-25, 19-25, 25-15, 15-12 win.

After an off date, the Lady Dogs traveled to Fairfield Aug. 10 for their first tournament appearance off the year. Edgewood suffered back-to-back losses to open tournament play, falling to both Life Waxahachie and Rockdale.

Poor play in both the first and third sets proved costly for Edgewood in a 25-13, 23-25, 25-10 loss to the Lady Mustangs.

The Rockdale Lady Tigers handed the Lady Dogs a second loss in as many matches later the same day, outdueling Edgewood 28-26, 25-19 in a two match sweep.

Led by 14 kills from Kenzie Smith and nine assists from both Tabitha Parker and Libby Martin, Edgwood made short work of Wortham in a 25-17, 25-17 win Aug. 12.

Fri
11
Aug

County football begin two-a-days

Van Zandt County football teams got back to the grind this week, opening up two-a-day workouts Aug. 7 in preparation for the upcoming season. County teams will face a tough task to beat their accomplishments from 2016 when three teams, Edgewood, Van and Wills Point each won at least a share of their respective district titles.

The Vandals put together the most dominant performance of any county team, reaching the Class 4A, Region I championship game during their Cinderella season.

Canton

The Canton Eagles, 7-4 overall in 2016 with a bi-district round playoff appearance, won each of their first four non-district games last season against Brownsboro, Grace Community, Mabank and Waxahachie Life.

Mon
07
Aug

Volleyball season begins with two-a-day workouts

Van Zandt County volleyball teams returned to the court this week, beginning preparations for the 2017 seasons with two-a-day workouts opening Aug. 1. Local teams will not have long to prepare for the season ahead, with most scheduled to scrimmage in various locales Aug. 4-5 and non-district play beginning Aug. 8.

Canton

Coach Liz Ramsey and the Canton Eaglette volleyball program enjoyed the highest of highs and the lowest of lows over the past two seasons, going from a team that won a district championship in 2015 to one that missed the playoffs entirely in 2016. Those growing pains were to be expected, however, due largely to the exodus of eight senior players from the district championship winning team and the number of Canton players receiving their first serious playing time at the varsity level.  

Thu
27
Jul

VZC football season nearing as two-a-days begin Aug. 7

As I enter my 36th consecutive football season covering the Van Vandals, it is hard to believe that varsity football players all over Van Zandt County will begin their preparations in nearly two weeks for the new campaign as two-a-day practices begin Monday, Aug. 7 with the regular season kicking off Friday, Sept. 1.

Despite recent temperatures and heat indexes reaching over 100 degrees, football season is just around the corner.

The Vandals will have 23 returning lettermen including five offensive and five defensive starters returning from a squad that advanced to the Class 4A, Division I quarterfinals last season.

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Wed
26
Jul

Epic ties for sixth place

The Epic softball team participated in the IFA-VTD 2017 Junior National Championships July 7-9. Out of 52 teams they finished tied for 6th place in the Diamond Division (which is the TOP bracket). Epic team members include (front row, l-r) Payton Bray, Jaycee Bullard, Laci Edwards, Peyton Young, Taryn Clayton, Coach Steve Stapleton (back row, l-r) Coach Kris Chitty, Chelsea Chitty, Coach Jeff Hughes, Allie Hughes, Lana Stapleton, Hadison Fults, Josie Krawietz and Coach Bart Clayton.

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Fri
23
Jun

Happy campers

The next generation of Bulldog basketball players took to the court recently to take part in the annual Edgewood Summer Basketball Camp. Participants received in instruction from members of the Bulldog coaching staff as well as assistance from current members of the basketball program that volunteered their time. 

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Sun
11
Jun

Legacy All-Star


Photo by Christine Davis

Martins Mill standout Grace Camacho was recently selected by the Texas Girls Coaches Association as a 2016-’17 Softball Legacy All-Star. The TGCA selects a maximum of 20 All-Stars, from conferences 1-4A and 5-6A in softball. These athletes are selected by the TGCA Softball Committee, which is composed of softball member coaches of the association, at their annual meeting. Selections are made from nominations submitted by member coaches. Athletes must be seniors to be selected.

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Sat
10
Jun

Bulldogs dominate Superlative recognitions


Photo by Tracy Erwin The Edgewood Bulldogs wrapped up a 9-1 run through District 12-3A play by winning at least a share of five Superlative honors as well as four spots on the All-District First Team.

County rivals Edgewood and Grand Saline made plenty of noise during the 2017 baseball season with each team playing well enough to continue their respective streaks of qualifying for postseason play.

Not surprisingly the Bulldogs, winners of District 12-3A with a 9-1 record, dominated Superlative recognitions by winning at least a share of five key honors: MVP, Pitcher of the Year, Defensive MVP, Offensive MVP and Newcomer of the Year.

Superlative winners in District 12-3A included:

-MVP: Tye Elie, EW

-Pitcher of the Year: Turner Bannister, EW; Noah Sneed, Mineola

-Defensive MVP: Trey Erwin, EW; Seth Hudgins, Mineola

-Offensive MVP: Kason Grant, EW; Brayden Stehman, Mineola

-Newcomer of the Year: Cooper Hill, EW

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