Sports

Sat
24
Dec

Smith earns District 7-3A Superlative

The Grand Saline Indians knew they would be faced with a tough task once the UIL announced redistricting for the 2016-'18, getting moved to a deep district alongside eventual state champion Mineola.

Despite the tough competition, Grand Saline nearly made it back-to-back appearances after finishing the year with a 4-6 record overall.

Competing District 7-3A coaches saw plenty of stellar play from the Indians, bestowing one Superlative, three First Team All-District, five Second Team All-District and eight Honorable Mention All-District nods to the Grand Saline program.

Junior Jordan Smith took home the team's Superlative honor, being named Utility Player of the Year for the district.

Quarterback Trent Easley, offensive lineman Cash Nations and wide receiver Chris Wilson, all seniors this year, were named to the All-District First Team.

Fri
23
Dec

Trio to compete at Quitman Tournament


Photo by Tracy Erwin The Canton Eagles and Edgewood Bulldogs could conceivably meet up for a third time this season in the week ahead, with both teams slated to appear at the Delbert Ballard Christmas Tournament in Quitman.

Three local basketball teams will be bringing a heavy Van Zandt County presence to Hunt County after Christmas, with Canton, Edgewood and Fruitvale all scheduled to compete in the Delbert Ballard Christmas Tournament in Quitman Dec. 28-30.

Along with host Quitman and the Van Zandt County teams, this year's field of competitors at the tournament will include Big Sandy-Dallardsville, Campbell, Hooks, Quinlan Boles, Quinlan Ford, Troup, Whitehouse and Wolfe City.

Pool play for the tournament will begin Dec. 28 with Canton, participating in Pool C, taking on Quinlan Boles at noon at Fruitvale at 6 p.m. The Bobcats will take on Boles at 3 p.m. Dec. 28 before taking on Canton three hours later.

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Sun
18
Dec

Defense carries Tigers to consolation title


Photo by David Kapitan Senior Doug Sheldon averaged more than 10 points per game at the Wills Point Tournament.

The Wills Point Tigers bounced back from a tough start at their home tournament, rallying back from a tournament-opening loss to win three consecutive games and finish as the consolation bracket champions.

Wills Point opened play Dec. 8 against Alvarado, falling behind 29-19 at the end of the first half and never recovering in a 43-34 loss. Michael McCormick led all Tiger players in scoring with 10, followed by Doug Sheldon with nine.

The Tigers returned to the court Dec. 9, taking on a Lindale Eagles team that lost its tournament opener to Ferris. Wills Point put together a strong defensive effort in the contest, holding Lindale to just nine fourth quarter points in a 41-38 come-from-behind win. Matt Mayfield finished with 12 points and Michael McCormick with seven.

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Sun
18
Dec

Martins Mill dominates 4A Lady Panthers

The Martins Mill Lady Mustangs are no strangers to rolling over bigger school districts, annually challenging themselves and consistently prevailing against a slate of teams from higher classifications during tournaments and non-district play.

Currently ranked 5th overall in the latest Texas Girls Coaches Association 2A Poll, the Lady Mustangs blew the doors off another larger school Dec. 13, hammering the Mabank Lady Panthers 71-31.

Martins Mill took an early eight points lead against Mabank, outscoring the Lady Panthers 21-13 in the opening frame.

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Sun
18
Dec

Lady Dogs finish third at home tournament


Photo by David Kapitan Mary Sharff draws a foul as she hits a driving layup during Edgewood’s win over Alvarado Dec. 8.

The Edgewood Lady Dogs were able to enjoy the comforts of home Dec. 8-10, hosting 13 other teams as part of the annual Edgewood Varsity Tournament.

Edgewood finished its tournament run with a 3-1 record overall, finishing a game shy of the championship with a semifinal loss to eventual champion Sulphur Springs.

The Lady Dogs began tournament play against Cumby Dec. 8, posting a lopsided victory to advance to the championship portion of the bracket.

In their second game, Edgewood capitalized on a strong defensive effort to upend an Alvarado team that defeated Brook Hill in its tournament opener.

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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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