Fall athletic season opens with two-a-days

The Canton Eaglettes, runners-up in District 13-4A last season, will look to reach the playoffs once again when they compete against teams including Athens, Brownsboro, Mabank, Van and Wills Point in 2018.

 

 

Student-athletes participating in cross country, football and volleyball returned to the grind over the past week with two-a-day workouts getting underway in anticipation of the 2018-’19 fall athletic season.

Cross Country

The Canton Running Eagles have consistently been among the most successful programs in Van Zandt County, perennially contending for district championships under head coach Marta Morgan.

In 2017, Canton qualified eight runners for the Regional Meet after placing second overall as a team in the varsity boys division at the District Meet while also having Madeline Null and Darby Pruitt finish in the top-5 individually in the varsity girls race at the same event.

Key dates for the cross country program will include the season opener Aug. 25 in Waxahachie, the annual Canton Invitational Sept. 15 and the District Meet held in Canton Oct. 9.

Football

The Canton Eagles finished the 2017 season with a 6-5 record overall including a sterling 4-1 mark in District 6-4A play.

Coach Robert Ivey and the Eagles were shuffled to District 7-4A Division II during the most recent round of redistricting. Canton will now compete against a schedule that will include Bullard, Brownsboro, Rusk and rival Wills Point for one of four playoff spots.

The Eagles began workouts Aug. 6 under sunny skies at Norris Birdwell Stadium in Canton. Key dates for the program will include a home scrimmage against

White Oak Aug. 17, a scrimmage at Trinity Christian, the season opener against Grace Community on the raod Aug. 31, homecoming Sept. 28 against the Quinlan Ford Panthers and the district opener in Brownsboro Oct. 12.

Volleyball

The Canton Eaglettes bounced back from a disappointing 2016 season, getting solid production from both veterans and newcomers to finish second overall in District 13-4A and reach the bi-district round of the playoffs in 2017.

Canton should be a favorite to reach the playoffs once again with the UIL’s biennial reshuffling moving the Eaglettes to District 14-4A alongside familiar foes Brownsboro, Mabank, Van and Wills Point, and newcomer Athens.

The Eaglettes began workouts Aug. 1 before participating in play days at Rains Aug. 3 and Athens Aug. 4. Canton’s was slated to begin on the road Aug. 7 with a home game to take on the Quinlan Ford Lady Panthers.

Important dates during the early part of the season will include a trip to the Wills Point Tournament Aug. 17-18, participation in the Edgewood Tournament Aug. 23 and 25. Canton will open district play Sept. 21 in Mabank. 

 

 

 

 

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Johnnie Krawietz pulled off a rare accomplishment during his junior season, earning Second Team All-State recognition as a pitcher from the Texas Sports Writers Association and Honorable Mention All-State recognition from the same organization as a shortstop. Krawietz was one of nine county athletes to be honored, and the only one at multiple positions.