Sports

Mon
23
Oct

Runners compete at District 13-4A Meet

Cross country teams from Brownsboro, Canton, Emory Rains, Mabank, Van and Wills Point traveled to Canton Oct. 12, competing at the District 13-4A Meet for a chance to extend their respective seasons by qualifying to run again at the Regional Meet in Grand Prairie Oct. 20. Wills Point finished first overall as a team in the varsity girls division with 26 points, ahead of Rains in second with 44 points and Van in third with 54 points.

Individual varsity girls results for Van Zandt County schools included:

-Canton: Madeline Null, third, 12:40; Darby Pruitt, fifth, 13:12

-Van: Macie Reynolds, second, 12:33; Isabel Romero, 11th, 14:01; Adriana Jimenez, 20th, 15:39; Grace Park, 23rd, 16:01; Gwen Mitchell, 25th, 17:08; and Mariana Romero,26th, 17:13

Mon
23
Oct

Vandals host Mabank in final game before open date

Focus has turned into a key word heading into a District 8-4A, Division I matchup that appears to be a mismatch on paper as the Van Vandals will host the Mabank Panthers in a 7:30 p.m. kickoff at Van’s Memorial Stadium.

The Vandals, currently 7-0 overall and tied with the Kaufman Lions for the district lead at 3-0, take on a struggling Panther team that is 1-5 for the season and 0-2 in district play.

Van outlasted the Brownsboro Bears, 49-35, in Brownsboro last Friday night while the Panthers enjoyed an open date on their schedule.

Following the contest at home against Mabank, the Vandals will have their open date after what will be eight consecutive football games without a break but first things first and that is taking care of business against the Panthers Friday night, according to Vandal Head Coach Jared Moffatt.

Mon
23
Oct

Moseley named as 4A Player of the Week by Ford

Senior quarterback Garrett Moseley of the Van Vandals was named as the Class 4A Built Ford Tough Player of the Week for his performance Oct. 6 against the Athens Hornets.

Built Ford Tough names a winner in each classification in the state for its weekly honor. “These Built Ford Tough gridiron heroes are honored for their performance on the field and their leadership off the field,” said Maricela Avila of Ford Motor Company Communications. “During each week of the regular season in high school football, there will be a new winner in each of the six classifications all with hopes of ultimately becoming the Built Ford Tough Texas High School Football Player of the Year.”

Against Athens, Moseley completed 12 out of 13 passes for 348 yards and five touchdowns in addition to running for two more TD’s as he carried the ball six times for 37 yards rushing.

Mon
23
Oct

Lady Vandals bounce back with win

The Van Lady Vandals entered play last week scuffling, dropping back-to-back matches after opening District 13-4A play with three consecutive wins.

Despite the misteps, Van kept itself firmly in the middle of the playoff picture heading down the homestretch of the regular season by following up a hard-fought five-set loss to rival Canton Oct. 10 with a four-set win over the Brownsboro Bearettes Oct. 13.

Van traveled to Canton to open the week, seeing their winless streak extended to three matches with a 26-24, 25-21, 23-25, 19-25, 13-15 loss on the latter’s annual Dig Pink night.

Canton did well to limit Van’s normaly potent service game, allowing just two aces throughout the match.

Alli Lloyd finished play against the Eaglettes with a team-high 34 assists, adding eight digs, five blocks and two kills on the night. Sophomore Macy Rucker also delivered a big night, registering 26 kills, 17 digs, one block and an ace.

Mon
23
Oct

Vandals survive scare from Brownsboro, 49-35

At times, it appeared that Friday the 13th was casting a spell over the Van Vandals that they were finding difficult to overcome but in the end, the Vandals found a way to keep their season and district record spotless as they escaped Brownsboro Friday night with an important 49-35 win over the pesky Brownsboro Bears.

Coach Jared Moffatt’s Vandals, now 7-0 overall and 3-0 in District 8-4A, Division I, will return to Van’s Memorial Stadium for a 7:30 p.m. kickoff Friday against the Mabank Panthers (1-5, 0-2). Mabank enjoyed an open date last Friday night. Brownsboro is now 4-2 overall and 1-1 in district play.

The Vandals are now tied with the Kaufman Lions for the top spot in the district standings at 3-0 as the two teams will meet each other Nov. 3 in Kaufman.

Mon
16
Oct

Netters to compete in bi-district round

The Van Vandal tennis team took on a familiar foe Oct. 5, hosting the rival Wills Point Tiger tennis team at the Judy Musgrave Tennis Center. The Tigers would come away with victorious in the match, topping Van 15-7.

Winning matches for the Vandals in doubles were: Abby Jones/Megan Nosworthy and Shelby Jung/Stian du Preez. Singles winners included: Seth Bender, Kennedy Dunn, Carli Davidson, Faith Kirk and Megan Nosworthy.

The Vandals are the second-place team in District 13-4A and will advance to the bi-district round of the playoffs on either Oct. 16 or 17 playing either Atlanta or Liberty-Eylau.

Coach Melissa Wells stated, “Exact times, the location and date will be announced when the opponents is finalized. Way to go Vandals!”

Mon
16
Oct

Vandals head to Brownsboro for key district matchup

An old “Kickapoo Creek” rivalry will be renewed Friday night when the undefeated and state-ranked Van Vandals travel to Brownsboro to take on the Brownsboro Bears for what suddenly has turned into an important game in the race for the District 8-4A, Division I championship. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. Friday.

The Vandals are currently 6-0 overall and 2-0 in district action after outlasting the Athens Hornets, 56-38, in Van last Friday night.

Van is ranked fifth in the state in Class 4A, Division I, according to MaxPreps and number six in the state by Texas Football Magazine.

Brownsboro is a somewhat surprising 4-1 for the season and 1-0 in district play after easily disposing of the Mabank Panthers, 47-16, Friday night in Mabank.

The Bears have played one less game overall than the Vandals due to the fact that Brownsboro had an open date in its schedule Sept. 29.

Mon
16
Oct

Cross country team competes at Lindale Invitational

The Van Vandal cross country team made its way to Lindale Oct. 5, competing for the final time ahead of this week’s district meet with an appearance at the Lindale Invitational Cross Country Meet.

Van competed in two divisions overall at the meet, placing 13th as a team in the varsity boys division and eighth overall in the varsity girls division.

Vandal finishers in the varsity boys division included Daniel Du Preez finishing 72nd overall with a time of 19:23.02, followed by Levi Cardoso in 79th with a time of 19:40.07, Vincent Coplan in 85th with a time of 19:53.29, Jonathan Werner in 89th with a time of 20:28.47, Kolby Kirk in 91st with a time of 20:50.92, Brandon Morgan in 94th with a time of 21:18.49, Tristen Porter in 95th with a time of 21:26.45, Caleb Phillips in 103rd with a time of 23:06.25, Vinicius Amorim in 104th with a time of 24:39.91 and Hunter Gulick in 107th with a time of 26:26.38.

Mon
16
Oct

Vandals outlast Athens in offensive shootout, 56-38

The scoreboard at Van’s Memorial Stadium was kept plenty busy Friday night as the Van Vandals rallied with 42 unanswered points to outlast the visiting Athens Hornets, 56-38, in a battle of early District 8-4A, Division I co-leaders.

Coach Jared Moffatt’s Vandals are now 6-0 overall and 2-0 in district play as they will visit Brownsboro at 7:30 p.m. Friday to take on the surprising Brownsboro Bears, currently 4-1 overall and 1-0 in district action after blowing past the 0-2 Mabank Panthers, 47-16, Friday night in Mabank. Athens falls to 2-4 overall and 1-1 in district play.

The Kaufman Lions are the only other remaining unbeaten team in district play as they moved to 2-0 in league play with a 29-14 win over the 0-2 Crandall Pirates in Kaufman Friday night. The Terrell Tigers, 0-1 in the district, enjoyed an open date Friday night.

Mon
09
Oct

Lady Vandals move to 3-0 in district

The Van Lady Vandals continued their perfect start to district play last week, picking up wins over both Brownsboro and Rains to move to 3-0 overall in District 13-4A play.

Van began its week on the road by taking on a Brownsboro team that missed the playoffs by just one win in 2016. After a sluggish start, the Lady Vandals found another gear to pull away for a 24-26, 25-20, 25-16, 25-18 win over the Bearettes.

Alli Lloyd helped to lead the way for Van, filling the stat sheet with 14 assists, six kills, nine digs, one block and an ace.

Cheyenne Sallee totaled 17 assists, one kill eight digs and two blocks, and Macy Rucker added 18 kills, seven digs, four blocks and two aces.

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