Sports

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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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.

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