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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Brown finishes seventh at first State Meet

Photo by Rollin Hadsell

Van freshman Kendall Brown made the most of her first year competing in high school athletics, finishing seventh overall in the 4A division during this year’s State Track and Field Meet in Austin.

Four Van Zandt County student-athletes including Edgewood distance runner Cody Delarosa, Grand Saline high jumper Trent Easley, Van pole vaulter Kendall Brown and Wills Point wheelchair event participant Shelbi Walser, made their way to Myers Stadium in Austin May 11-13 to compete at this year's UIL State Track and Field Meet.

Delarosa was a dual qualifier for this year's season ending meet, competing in both the 1600 and 3200 meter runs.

The Edgewood senior finished seventh overall in the 1600 with a time of 4:41.62, behind Kyle Doty of Bruceville-Eddy in first, Ryan Trahan of Altair Rice in second, Stephen Roberts and Buster Roberts of Luling in third and fourth respectively, Kevin Baez of Vanderbilt Industrial in fifth and Daniel Amaya of Tornillo in sixth.


Summer athletic camps announced by VHS

The Van High School Athletic Department will keep up a heavy workload throughout the summer months, hosting a series of athletic camps designed to help kids improve on their overall knowledge base and skill level athletically while learning from members of the VHS coaching staff.


Vandal football camp, open to first-eighth graders, will take place from 9-11:30 a.m. May 30-June 1 at Van Memorial Stadium. Camp cost is $45, which will include a camp shirt and football. Anyone interested in attending can email Coach Scott Reynolds 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.


Allred, Walton named top athletes

The annual Van High School All-Sports Banquet was held May 8 in the VHS Cafetorium. Isaiah Allred was recognized as the “Male Athlete of the Year” and Alexis Walton was selected as the “Female Athlete of the Year.” An estimated 450 were in attendance at the banquet.

Approximately 450 were in attendance to watch several athletes receive special recognition May 8 at the annual Van High School All-Sports Banquet held in the VHS cafetorium.

Isaiah Allred was selected as the “Male Athlete of the Year” while Alexis Walton was named as the “Female Athlete of the Year.”

A number of scholarship award winners were also recognized at the banquet and they were as follows:

Van Youth Baseball/Softball Scholarship: Jacoby Bogue, Bailey Daniels and Bret Hale; Lady Vandal Softball Booster Club Scholarship, Bailey Daniels; Van Youth Basketball Scholarship: M’Kenna Daniel and D. J. Dutton; Ross Crow Scholarship: Cortland Davidson; and Jerry Percifield Scholarship: D. J. Dutton.

Varsity head coaches in each sport were given the opportunity following a video clip of their team’s season to present their “Most Valuable Player” and “Fighting Vandal” awards.


Doubles teams compete at Regional Tournament

Left: Senior Cortland Davidson and sophomore Abby Jones partnered to finish third overall at the Regional Tournament in Longview.

Right: Cody Pickett and Chris Catlin, both juniors, finished the Spring season having won the District 13-4A boys doubles title and reaching the Regional Quarterfinals.

The Van Vandal tennis program officially closed out its Spring season last week, sending the boys doubles team of Chris Catlin and Cody Pickett, and the mixed doubles team of Cortland Davidson and Abby Jones to compete at the Regional Tennis Tournament in Longview.

Davidson and Jones would go on the finish 3-1 overall at the event, winning third place overall at the highly competitive event to finish just short of qualifying for the 4A State Tennis Tournament.

Chris Catlin and Cody Pickett also enjoyed a successful run at the Regional Tournament, winning their first match before losing in three sets to the eventual second place finishers.

Coach Melissa Wells stated, “Congratulations to the Vandal Tennis boys doubles team of Chris Catlin and Cody Pickett for reaching the Regional Quarterfinal round on Tuesday and congratulations also to the mixed doubles team of Cortland Davidson and Abby Jones for going 3-1 and winning third place medals.


Lady Vandals fall to Atlanta in best-of-three series

The bi-district round of the playoffs proved to be a tough draw for teams from District 13-4A last week, with Brownsboro, Rains and Van all seeing their seasons draw to a close with series losses to teams from District 14-4A.
The Lady Vandals, this year’s District 13-4A champions with a 9-1 record, overcame three fielding errors and a pair of unearned runs in the series opener, getting big nights at the plate from both Morgan Benge and Racheal Thomas in a 5-2 win over Atlanta. 

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Vandals cap remarkable turnaround with playoff berth

The Van Vandals entered the second round of district play in a nearly impossible position, trailing every other District 13-4A in the standings by at least two games. The Canton Eagles carried a record of 5-0, followed by both Brownsboro and Mabank tied at 3-2, and Wills Point and Rains each at 2-3.
Down but not out, the Vandals put together a sterling second half performance, registering wins over Brownsboro April 12, Wills Point April 14 and Mabank April 21 to climb into a fourth-place tie with the Wills Point Tigers heading into play against Rains April 25.

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Vandals fighting back in district race

The Van Vandals turned a sharp corner following the conclusion of the first round of District 13-4A play, winning three out of the past four games to move to 3-6 overall and into a tie with the Wills Point Tigers.

The Vandals began play last week taking on the chief rival and district leader Canton April 21, falling behind early and never recovering in a 7-1 loss to the Eagles.

Canton opened play against Van by having each of their first three batters reach base: Blayne Clower with a walk, Cade Shaw getting hit by a pitch and John Adams via an RBI single. After back-to-back outs put Canton in danger of leaving runners on the base paths, Johnnie Krawietz delivered a 2 RBI single to center on a 1-2 count to extend the Eagle advantage to 3-0.

A pair of Van fielding errors in the fourth proved costly for the Vandals, allowing two more Canton runners to score to extend the Eagle lead to 5-0.


Vandals compete at Area Track Meet

The best track athletes from District 13-4A and District 14-4A traveled to Atlanta High School April 20 to compete in this year's District 13-14 4A Area Track Meet.

Teams in the field included Canton, Van, Wills Point, event host Atlanta, as well as Liberty-Eylau, Pittsburg, North Lamar, Paris, Rains, Mabank, Brownsboro and Pleasant Grove.

Canton posted the top finish of any local boys team, placing third overall with 84 total points. Notable finishes included Atlanta placing first with 157.5, Liberty-Eylau second with 98, Van in ninth with 16 and Wills Point in 11th with 10.

Individual varsity boys results included:

-100: Cooper Bledsoe, Van, sixth; Brandon Smith, WP, seventh

-200: Dylan Cox, Canton, second

-400: Bryce Wilkins, Canton, first

-800: Bryce Wilkins, Canton, first

-1600: Jaeden Miller, Canton, first; Cordale Harrison, Canton, third

-3200: Jaeden Miller, Canton, first


Moore honored following dominant week

Photo courtesy of West Texas A&M Media Relations

West Texas A&M infielder Kylee Moore took home Lone Star Conference Softball Hitter of the Week recognition after going 7/9 with three doubles, three home runs and 7 RBIs. 

Former Van Lady Vandal and current West Texas A&M Lady Buff infielder Kylee Moore recently capped a week to remember, earning multiple conference and national honors for her performance on the diamond.

The daughter of Jeff and Misty Moore, Kylee was recognized this past week as the Lone Star Conference Softball Hitter of the Week, the National Fastpitch Coaches Association/Louisville Slugger Division II National Player of the Week, and the fan voted D2 Softball Offensive HERO of the Week.

In a press release announcing the LSC Softball Hitter of the Week honors, the Lone Star Conference noted “West Texas A&M sophomore infielder Kylee Moore has been named the Lone Star Conference Softball Hitter of the Week announced by the league's offices in Richardson, Texas on Tuesday afternoon.


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