Lady Vandals to host annual tournament

Van’s 2017 volleyball season officially kicked off this week with a road date in Edgewood Aug. 8 and upcoming matches at home Aug. 11-12 for the annual Van Lady Vandal Volleyball Tournament.

Teams scheduled to participate in this year's tournament are set to include Arp, Big Sandy, Brownsboro, Bullard, Chapel Hill, Eustace, Gladewater, John Tyler, Marshall, Mineola, Mt. Pleasant, Paris, Quinlan Ford, Troup and Winona.


Annual Red/White scrimmage set

Van Vandal football fans will get their first chance to take a look at the 2017 squad when the Vandals conduct their annual Red/White Inter Squad Scrimmage Friday night at Van’s Memorial Stadium.

Freshmen, junior varsity and varsity players will be introduced along with the cheerleaders at 6:45 p.m. followed by the scrimmage at 7 p.m.

Vandal head coach Jared Moffatt, entering his eighth season at Van, is looking forward to seeing his varsity and junior varsity teams in action against one another Friday night.

“Friday will be our first day in pads,” said Moffatt. “This will give us a chance to evaluate some players in key positions with the pads on. You can evaluate a receiver much better than you can a linebacker without pads but when the pads are on, you can evaluate a lot more about all players at all positions on the football field.”


Brey to head up Lady Vandal program

The Van Lady Vandal volleyball program will be looking for consistency as they head into the 2017 season and beyond, hoping to stop the coaching carousel after welcoming their fourth coach in as many years.

Van’s coaching odyssey began back in 2014 with longtime coach Kristen Reaves stepping aside after leading the Lady Vandal program to multiple district championships and lengthy playoff runs. Corbin Rouse headed up the Van program for one season in 2015, followed by Jami Sampson taking charge in 2016.


Vandals start pre-season workouts Monday

Almost eight months have passed since the Van Vandal varsity football team walked off the field at The Star in Frisco ending one of the most successful seasons in school history despite a heartbreaking defeat at the hands of Kennedale, 34-28, in the Class 4A, Region I championship game.

The quest to duplicate or exceed last year’s 12-2 season record starts Monday as the Vandals will begin their 2017 preseason workout schedule.

Varsity and junior varsity players will take the field from 5-9 p.m. while the freshmen squad will practice during the mornings from 7:30-9:15 a.m.

Between 115 and 125 high school athletes are expecting to be participating in the opening practice session Monday, according to Vandal head coach Jared Moffatt.



Courtesy photo

The Van Cleats recently added a second consecutive State Championship to their resume, following up last season's 12U State Championship with a triumph in this year's 14U division. Team members include: (back row) Tristyn Stanford, Abigail Shaw, Skylar Kerby, Skylar Savage, Emma Brown, Allison Gardner, Kinlee Rumfield, Andie Houser, (front row) Gabrielle Lewis, Madison Bolin, Reese Thomas, Sarah Marshall, MaKayla Floyd and Ali Miller. The Cleats are coaches by Paul Hope and assistants Michael Floyd, Casie Savage and Josh Stanford.


Never too early for football

The Van Vandal varsity and junior varsity football teams hosted the Chapel Hill Bulldogs in a 7-on-7 drill June 14 at Van’s Memorial Stadium. Shown is a Vandal receiver catching a pass along the sideline. Van will open two-a-day preseason practices Monday, August 7 in preparation for their 2017 regular season opener Friday, September 1 at home against the Mineola Yellowjackets.


Summer athletic camps in full swing

FOOTBALL 7-on-7:

The Van Vandal varsity and junior varsity quarterbacks, receivers and defensive backs welcomed the Chapel Hill Bulldogs for a 7-on-7 football drill June 14 at Van’s Memorial Stadium. The Vandals are preparing for the upcoming 2017 season. Van will return five offensive and five defensive starters from their 12-2 squad that advanced to the Class 4A state quarterfinals last season.

Tennis Camp:

The annual Van Vandal Tennis Camp for students ranging in age from 7-14, took place June 12-15 at the Musgrave Tennis Center. There were two sessions daily starting with kids ages 7-10  followed by kids ages 11-14. Van Tennis Coach Melissa Wells was the director of the camp.

Baseball Camp:


THSBCA All-State

Van shortstop Jacoby Bogue found himself in rare company this week, becoming one of three Van Zandt County players to be recognized by the Texas High School Baseball Coaches Association as an All-State performer for the 2017 season. Bogue, selected as a Third Team All-State shortstop, joined Canton outfielder Simon Miller, also a Third Team All-State performer, and Martins Mill outfielder Paxton Nicodemus, a First Team All-State selection in the 2A classification, as area student-athletes recognized by the THSBCA.

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Athletic department to host summer camps

The Van High School athletic department is making sure that area kids will have plenty of activities and events to keep busy during the summer months, hosting a series of athletic camps in virtually every sport the district participates in.


Van Lady Vandal softball camp, open to current first-eighth graders, will take place June 5-7 at the VHS softball field. The camp will take place from 9 a.m. – noon daily.

Softball camp costs $45 and will include a t-shirt. Additional information about the camp can be obtained by emailing Coach Robert Klick at

Boys Basketball

Van boys basketball camp, open to current first-eighth graders, will take place June 6-8 at Van High School. The camp will take place from 9 a.m. – noon each day.


Bogue named District 13-4A Defensive MVP

With the 2017 season officially in the books for all District 13-4A baseball teams, coaches released their list of Superlative and All-District honorees.

Not surprisingly, Canton, which won first place overall with a perfect 10-0 record, dominated Superlative recognitions. The Eagles nearly ran the table in Superlative recognitions, winning at least a share of five out of six honors.

Van, which won four out of its final five district game to qualify for the playoffs, earned a share of one Superlative honor and a First Team All-District nod.

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