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The Paris Ladycats needed an overtime shootout, while the Wildcats needed a calculator to keep track of their scoring, but both Paris High varsity soccer squads posted District 11-4A wins Friday over their counterparts from North Lamar.
The Paris girls edged the Pantherettes, 4-3, in penalty kicks after a 1-1 tie in regulation in a match played at Wildcat Stadium. The Paris boys posted an 11-0 shutout over the Panthers at R. L. Maddox Stadium.
Emily Williams battles a Pantherette defender for control of the ball. Williams scored the match-clinching PK in the shootout. Photo by Joe Watson.
A Laney Madding goal with 7 minutes left before halftime gave the Ladycats a 1-0 lead. Tieren Gates registered an assist on the play. North Lamar’s Mara Mabry tied the score on a free kick with 16 minutes left in regulation.
Katy Hall, Gates, and Sarah Bloodworth scored goals in the shootout to set up Emily Williams for the game-winner.
Paris (9-7-3, 3-1-1) is tied for second in district girls standings with Nevada Community with 9 points each. Paris travels to Community on Tuesday. Princeton has clinched the girls championship with 17 points, while NL is fourth with 7.
The Wildcat boys netted a pair of hat tricks (3 goals scored) in their match against the Panthers. Senior Christian Mitchell had his 3 goals by the halfway point of the first half. Junior Cole Miller secured his third goal with just 15.4 seconds left in the match. Mitchell now has 24 goals for the season, 10 in district play.
Senior Colin Harris and sophomore Alan Garcia each scored 2 goals, while senior Zach Lamb had the other tally. Assists were credited to Kyler Beshirs (2), Stanley Watkins (2), Montana Payne, Lamb, Aaron Araujo, Seth Hudgins, Jose Resendiz, and Miller.
The Wildcats (13-4-3, 4-1) host Community Tuesday at Wildcat Stadium. The Braves were the only district team to defeat the Cats during the first rotation.
Princeton, which has played one more match than Paris, has a 13-12 lead in district standings over the Cats. Community is third with 8, followed by Bonham 6, and NL 2.
The Wildcat boys JV also beat NL, 7-0.
Jorden Kimble and Jayla Sims qualified for the state powerlifting meet by first and second, respectively, in their weight classes at Saturday’s Region 3, Division 2 Championships in Fairfield.
Kimble, a senior, won the 259-pound weight class with a total of 995 pounds, the top lift overall at the regional event held for Class 4A schools. She ranks fourth overall in the state in her weight classification and has a good chance of medaling at the state meet to be held March 17 in Waco.
Sims, a junior, was runnerup to North Lamar’s Shiann Rice among the 148-pound lifters with a total lift of 855 pounds. The difference came on the bench press platform, where Rice outlifted Sims, 190-170.
The girls team title was won by Gilmer with 46 points. Paris finished sixth with 12.
Paris results (squat-bench press-deadlift—total)
We believe we can fly: Josh Robinson rushes in for a bear hug with his coach Billy Mack Steed after scoring 36 points in the Cats’ 74-68 overtime win over defending state champions Dallas Lincoln
The state’s No. 2-ranked boys basketball team won’t be returning to San Antonio this season to defend their state title. The 14th-ranked Paris Wildcats eliminated the Dallas Lincoln Tigers from this year’s playoff bracket with a 74-68 overtime win Friday at Wildcat Gym South (aka, Texas A&M-Commerce Fieldhouse).
The Cats (28-4) face a challenging quick turnaround today in the regional championship with a 2 p.m. tipoff against the 10th-ranked Argyle Eagles (32-3). Fans are urged to buy tickets online at the A&M-Commerce ticket website ($5 student, $10 adult) and to show up early for a good seat.
Paris is the designated visitors, but by the looks and sound from Friday’s crowd, it’s expected to be wall-to-wall Wildcat seating, especially because Argyle fan loyalties will be divided between the regional boys championship and girls state title game in San Antonio which includes the Lady Eagles.
The Cats needed, and received, clutch performances by star guards Josh Robinson and Jalon Pipkins to pull off Friday’s historic win. It will be the first appearance in a boys basketball regional title game in school history, thanks in large part to Robinson’s 36 points and Pipkins’ 26. Pipkins shot 64% from the field, including four 3’s, while Robinson was an even more impressive 72% from the field and 90% from the foul line.
Free throw shooting proved to be a big difference maker. Paris finished 14 of 20 (70%) from the line, while Lincoln shot 45% (9 of 20).
Paris coach Billy Mack Steed got a supreme effort from his 7-man rotation battling the quick, athletic, and deep Tiger roster. Sophomore guard Cameron Jones scored just 4 points but provided some key ball-handling duty despite playing with 4 fouls.
“If he fouls out, we’re in deep trouble,” Steed said afterwards.
Senior Sam Hawkes scored 5 points, including a pair of clutch free throws in overtime and battled in the paint for rebounds. Sophomore post Vershaud Richardson had 3 points and a big bucket in overtime off a no-look pass from Pipkins. Also, junior reserves Perry Franklin and Jalen Easter provided big minutes off the bench for a Paris defense that was relentless in not allowing Lincoln easy access to the basket.
Paris shocked the Tigers with a picture-perfect 7-0 start as the Cats won the opening tip, Pipkins hit a pull-up jumper, Lincoln had a turnover under the basket, Robinson dropped in a floater in the lane, Richardson drew a charge on the Tigers’ All-State Kortrijk Miles, and Robinson landed a 3-pointer.
Lincoln responded with a 10-0 run to take the lead, but consecutive 3’s by Pipkins, Hawkes, and Robinson (twice) had Paris back on top, 19-10. The Tigers’ intense defensive pressure began to take a toll on the Cats in terms of turnovers, and by the end of the first period the Paris lead was chopped to 21-19.
Lincoln outscored Paris, 22-11, in the second period to take a 41-32 halftime lead, but two significant events were worth noting in the quarter. The Cats were on the losing end of several questionable foul calls, but they didn’t lose their cool. Robinson, in particular, was called for a foul defending a 3-point attempt when video showed he was pulled down on top of the shooter by a hand over his shoulder. He was also assessed a technical after a Tiger tripped him on a drive to the basket.
In the 2016 regional semifinal loss to Lincoln, a sophomore Robinson fouled out with 6 minutes left in the game without scoring a single point. A much more savvy Robinson returned to Commerce one year later was able to be a big contributor on both ends despite playing with four fouls.
The other significant development was the Lincoln tactic of stalling the final two minutes of the period. It was a strategy the Tigers continued to use throughout the game which drew loud boos from the crowd along with pleas from armchair coaches in the stands for Steed to send his players out to contest the ball.
He didn’t, for good reason.
“I would have paid them (the Tigers) to do that,” he said. “It gave us a chance to rest when we needed it and were in foul trouble.”
The Wildcats emerged renewed from the locker room and started the second half on another 7-0 burst with a Pipkins baseline jumper, Richardson block, Robinson floater, and Pipkins 3 to cut the lead to 41-39. Three minutes into the third quarter, another Pipkins corner jumper produced a 41-41 deadlock. Game on.
The Paris zone defense (a rarity during Steed’s coaching tenure) forced Lincoln to take, and miss, several outside shots. Meanwhile, a pair of Robinson foul shots put Paris back on top, 49-48 with 2:08 left in the quarter, but the Tigers scored the last 5 points of the period to regain advantage, 53-49, heading into the fateful fourth quarter.
Lincoln again went to a four-corner offense to extend the Cats’ zone and slowly worked their way to a 58-49 margin midway through the final period before a pullup jumper in the lane by Jones stopped the Paris slide. Robinson battled for a putback, then converted 4 straight free throws to bring Paris with 58-57 with 2:40 left in regulation.
A Lincoln basket and free throw made the score 61-57 with 1:39 left before Robinson connected on a floater to trim the lead to 61-59. The Tigers missed the front end of a pair of 1-and-1’s, while Pipkins dropped in 2 foul shots with 32.4 seconds remaining to knot the game at 61-all.
Lincoln missed a pair of close-range shots in the closing seconds and Richardson clutched the final rebound. He was fouled with 0.2 second showing on the clock, but Steed had called, and was granted, a timeout with 2.0 remaining. A backcourt attempt by Pipkins drifted wide right, and the game headed to the 4-minute overtime.
Again, Lincoln went into an offensive freeze to stall the first two minutes of OT but eventually missed a pair of shots in the paint. Pipkins rebounded and fed Robinson on a breakaway floater to give Paris a 63-61 lead. Miles, who led the Tigers with 25 points in the game, missed an open 12-footer, Robinson rebounded and weaved his way upcourt before planting a 3-pointer to make it 66-61.
It was 68-65, Paris, when Pipkins banked in a shot from just inside the foul line. After a Tiger foul shot, Hawkes calmly sank a pair of free throws with 23.0 seconds remaining to provide separation at 72-66. After Lincoln trimmed the lead to 72-68 with 9.5 to go, then got a 5-second call on the Paris in-bounds play, Pipkins rebounded another Tiger miss and passed to a streaking Jones for a goaltended layup as time expired.
Jalon Pipkins completes breakaway slam after alley-oop feed from Cameron Jones (3) as Perry Franklin (1) watches
Paris boys basketball head coach Billy Mack Steed has a habit of biting his nails, especially when he’s anxious. Tuesday before his team left for North Mesquite to face Brownsboro in a regional quarterfinal playoff game, he stopped chewing on a fingernail to say, “I’ve got to quit before I gnaw them completely off.”
Then he added, “I’m worried about this game.”
He had a right to be, although the Cats (27-4) were able to ultimately subdue Brownsboro, 70-62, to earn their third straight trip to the Region 2-4A semifinals at Texas A&M-Commerce. They will face defending state champion Dallas Lincoln Friday in the 8 p.m. game. Argyle plays Center in the 6 p.m. semifinal.
Tickets to Friday’s semifinal session can be purchased online at the Commerce athletic ticket site: http://wearelionstix.universitytickets.com/user_pages/event_listings.asp
The Bears, District 13-4A champions and riding a 14-game winning streak, had the athleticism and quickness to stay with the 14th-ranked Wildcats, District 14 champs who brought their own 13-game win streak into the bout. The offensive precision that was Paris’ 107-69 area round win over Chapel Hill just 4 days removed was nowhere to be found in Tuesday’s early going.
Steed had to call his first timeout with his team staring at an 11-2 deficit.
“We talked about running through our plays instead of taking the first open shot,” he said. “You have to be patient to attack a triangle-and-two defense.”
The Bears’ defensive strategy involved having 3 defenders guarding the basket in a tight zone formation while assigning Jamal Bell and Kevin Thompson one-on-one against the Cats’ leading scorers of Jalon Pipkins and Josh Robinson, respectively.
The strategy worked, initially, as Brownsboro led after one period, 18-5, but the Cats were able to get their offense untracked in the second quarter. Plus, the insertion of reserves Cameron Jones, Perry Franklin, and Jalen Easter sparked the defense and helped neutralize the Bears’ early rebounding edge.
Afterwards, Steed spoke highly of his entire team’s efforts, but he was especially pleased with the impact that Franklin made in the game.
“Perry provided a spark without scoring a point,” Steed said. “He battled all night and was able to keep (Brownsboro post Kenneth Woods) from killing us on the boards.” Woods scored 11 of his team-high 21 points in the first quarter.
Paris began gnawing away at the Bears’ lead and finished the second quarter with a 14-0 flourish to take a 29-27 lead into the locker room. Pipkins scored 11 of his 25 total points in the second period.
There were numerous ties and lead changes in the third quarter before Paris started pulling away. Robinson scored 13 of his game-high 29 in the frame to help Paris take a 52-48 advantage into the final 8 minutes.
Jones, the diminutive sophomore point guard who’s gained a lot of confidence in recent weeks, showed some great playing-making ability including a perfect alley-oop setup to Pipkins for a breakaway 1-hand putdown.
Senior Sam Hawkes scored 8 for the Cats, including a tip-in that gave Paris a comfortable 10-point lead midway through the fourth quarter.
While Paris’ foul shooting was not stellar (6 of 12), the Cats made enough free throws to keep control of the scoreboard down the stretch drive.
Paris will be big underdogs in their matchup against 2nd-ranked Lincoln. The Tigers eliminated the Cats, 73-66, in the 2016 regional semifinals after a couple of Paris starters fouled out in the game.
Steed knows Lincoln poses a big hurdle, but he’s pleased that this year’s group has earned a rematch.
“Before the year started, considering what we lost off last year’s team, we didn’t think we’d be able to make it back (to Commerce),” he said. “This bunch has worked hard to improve.
“I’m proud of them.”
And that brings a certain peace of mind to the 22-year coaching veteran that even his beleaguered fingernails can appreciate.
The Paris Wildcats took advantage of wildness to edge Alvarado, 6-5, then slugged 12 hits, including 5 doubles, to shut out Krum, 10-0, Thursday at the Krum Bobcat Invitational baseball tournament.
The Cats, now 5-2 for the season, return to Krum Friday to close out pool play with a 1 p.m. start vs. Greenville. Finals will be Saturday.
Paris collected 11 walks and 4 hit-by-pitch to go with just 3 hits to produce enough offense in the win over Alvarado. The hits were a triple by Corey Allen and singles by Zach Norris and Walker Preston. Allen and X’Tavious Young each collected 2 RBI, while Daniel Blackmon and Zach Nation also produced RBI.
Phillip Sikes (2-0) got the win by pitching 5 innings and giving up 6 hits, 4 earned runs, 2 walks, with 12 strikeouts. He took a 6-2 lead into the fifth inning but the Indians scored 3 runs with 2 outs to make a close game of it. The game was called after 5 innings due to tournament time limits.
Norris (2-0) also picked up his second win on the mound in the game vs. Krum. He threw 4 innings with 3 hits, 3 walks, and 6 strikeouts. Blackmon finished up by pitching the fifth inning.
Paris pushed across 5 runs in the fourth inning, and Sikes set up the run-rule victory with a 2-run homer in the fifth. It was Sikes’ second HR of the season. For the game he was 2 for 3 with 3 runs scored and 4 RBI.
Jack Davidson and Norris also had 2 hits each in the game. Doubles were notched by Allen, Chandler Aynes, Davidson, Norris, and Sikes. The Cats stole 5 bases, including 3 by courtesy runner Javian Dabbs.
Brothers Benny (played by Robbie Turner) and Phil (Adryan McGuire) fight over their shared affections for Louise (far left, Reagan Stone) in the climatic scene of “Epic Proportions”
Paris High seniors Matt Cochran (left) and Brendan Henry placed first and second, respectively, in this year’s Lamar Soil and Water Conservation District essay contest. This year’s theme was “Why Do We All Need Trees?” Read more.
Josh Robinson (above) shows he’s a scoring threat anytime he crosses midcourt by knocking down one of his seven 3’s in the game, while Jalon Pipkins (right) posterizes a Bulldog player on one of his patented dunks
The 14th-ranked Paris Wildcats got career scoring games from both Josh Robinson and Jalon Pipkins to eclipse the century mark for the first time since the 2015 season opener in a 107-69 area round playoff rout of Chapel Hill Friday in Wills Point.
Afterwards, Paris head coach Billy Mack Steed congratulated his team in the locker room and told them, “You’re peaking at the right time.”
Heaven help any future opponent if the Cats’ rendition of the Golden State Warriors’ Splash Brothers still has room for offensive improvement.
Robinson scored a personal best 51 points, including seven 3’s, while Pipkins also recorded a personal best 37 points (five 3’s).
Golden State guards Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson have made a living terrorizing NBA teams with their shot-making ability from all over the court. While Robinson and Pipkins may have a more limited high school shelf life, Paris fans have grown spoiled watching their exploits this season driving the PHS bus game-by-game closer to a repeat appearance at the regional tournament in Commerce.
To punch that ticket, Paris (26-4) needs one more win in a regional quarterfinal match against District 13 champion Brownsboro (25-7). That matchup will be Tuesday, 7 p.m., at North Mesquite HS.
Neither Paris or Brownsboro have lost a district game over the past three seasons and each enters Tuesday’s contest on long win streaks (Brownsboro 14, Paris 13). The teams crossed paths early in this season at the semifinals of the Van DQ Invitational.
Paris won that game, 66-52, but the Bears had the Cats down by 6 in the second half before a strong finishing kick by Paris. Robinson scored 36 and Pipkins had 20 in that game. Brownsboro’s playoff path includes a 61-48 win over North Lamar in bi-district and 67-63 win over Carthage in area.
Unlike many Wildcat opponents who have tried to slow down the pace of the game, Chapel Hill attempted to stay uptempo using their athletic quickness and rebounding ability. They couldn’t. By the end of the first quarter Paris already had a 28-11 lead and was up by 55-29 at halftime.
The coup de grâce was a 39-point output by the Cats in the third quarter. They hit triple digits on the scoreboard with 6:25 remaining in the game as reserve Perry Franklin got the honors on a dunk off a Robinson alley-oop feed.
That made the score 100-52. The Bulldogs then hit a 3, and Steed pulled his starters as Chapel Hill outscored the Wildcat bench, 14-7, in the closing minutes.
Paris has been close to reaching the 100-point mark on 3 occasions this season, but each time the opponent chose to hold the ball and accept a 20-plus point whipping. The previous team high scoring mark came on Nov. 24, 2015, in a 109-32 win over Greenville.
Robinson has a 27.7 season scoring average and had a previous career high of 43 points in the 2016 season opener against Kaufman. Pipkins is averaging 21.5 and had a previous best of 36 points in a Senior Night win over Liberty-Eylau.
Other Wildcats who made the scorebook included Vershaud Richardson with 6 points, Franklin and Cameron Jones 4 each, and Sam Hawkes 3. The Bulldogs (19-14) were led by Ty Osborne with 15, Devin Taylor 13, and Caleb Hampton 12.
The Paris Wildcats varsity boys moved into first place at the halfway mark of District 11-4A soccer Friday with a 3-0 shutout over the Princeton Panthers at Jackie Hendricks Stadium. Meanwhile, the Ladycats played the Panther girls to a scoreless tie at Wildcat Stadium only to lose the penalty kick shootout, 4-2.
The Paris boys, trying to claim their fourth straight district championship, lead the pack after the first round-robin with 9 points. Nevada Community is second with 8 followed by Princeton 7, Bonham 3, and North Lamar 2.
Senior Christian Mitchell continued his torrid scoring pace with a pair of goals to give him 21 for the season. Mitchell’s first goal, off an assist from senior Stanley Watkins, gave the Cats a 1-0 halftime lead.
Senior Colin Harris (pictured left in photo by Joe Watson) scored off an assist from senior Zach Lamb just 1:23 into the second half. Mitchell got an insurance goal with 17:10 remaining on a feed from sophomore Isaac Vasquez.
The Wildcats move to 12-4-3 for the season, 3-1 in district play.
Paris won the boys JV match against Princeton, 3-1.
The Ladycats (8-7-3, 2-1-1) had a chance to tie Princeton for the district lead with a win in regulation Friday. Instead, Princeton is solidly on its way to a fifth straight girls district title with a 4-point lead at the midpoint. Princeton has 11 points to 7 for Paris, while Community and North Lamar are tied with 6 each.
Both Paris teams have a bye Tuesday before starting the second half of district on Friday vs. North Lamar. The boys play at North Lamar, while the girls play at Wildcat Stadium.
The Paris High track teams made their 2017 debut Saturday at the Graham Knowles Relays at Longview Pine Tree. Both the Wildcats and Ladycats finished 8th overall in team totals.
The next meet on the calendar will be Friday at the Sulphur Springs Relays.
Paris High representatives at SkillsUSA: (front, from left) Danica Easterling, Grace Hamm, Gloria McIntire, Ka’dazsha Price, Shyann Parker, Robert Parker, Patricia Varner, Alyssa Gilmore, Deborah Andrews; (row 2) Alexsandrah Clement, Kira McFadden, Marjorie Calderon, Edith Gutierrez, Alex Folmar, Ceaira Gill, Hannah Yackeschi, Megan Jameson, Vance Boehler; (row 3) Jodi Andoe, Cameron Harrison, Ethan Fleming, Mason Ragsdale, Amil Mitchell, Zakayla Runnels, Evan De La Garza, Contance Bivens, Maria Gonzalez, Michael Rhodes; (back row) Matthew Wintz, Ro Betts, Josh Rodgers, Matthew Cosio, Cody St. Clair, Quinn Andrews, Quinsean Rollerson, Ernesto Aguinaga, Josh Nieto, Kesus Hickson, Garrett Rowton
A reccord number of 33 students and their teachers from Career and Technical Education programs attended the SkillsUSA District 5 Conference in Waco recently and brought home 19 medals from various contests.
SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled work force. SkillsUSA helps each student excel. It was formerly known as VICA (Vocational Industrial Clubs of America).
Winners at the district level are eligible to advance to state competition in Corpus Christi, April 6-9.
PHS medal winners:
|The team of (left) Bailey Bristow, Malaree Wise, and Alissa Penny won a blue ribbon in Chapter Scrapbook, while the team of (right) Alex Hernandez, Itzuri Ramirez, and Carol Sanchez won a red ribbon for Project Visualize|
Eight Paris High students from the Paris High chapter of Texas Association of Future Educators attended the Teach Tomorrow Summit at UT-Arlington Feb. 16-19.
The team of Alissa Penny, Malaree Wise, and Bailey Bristow won a blue ribbon in Chapter Scrapbook competition. The team of Alex Hernandez, Itzuri Ramirez, and Carol Sanchez won a red ribbon in Project Visualize: Educational Awareness.
TAFE is a student organization created to allow young men and women an opportunity to explore the teaching profession. The PHS chapter sponsor is Emily Steele.
Senior lefthander Corey Allen frustrated state-ranked Godley Wildcats long enough for his Paris teammates to stage a come-from-behind, 3-2 win Friday at the Tournament of Champions in Kennedale.
Paris had taken a 1-0 lead in the first inning on a bases-loaded walk to X’Tavious Young, and Allen made it stand up until the top of the sixth inning. Godley, rated No. 2 by the website txhighschoolbaseball.com, took a 2-1 lead in the sixth on a two-run single.
Allen escaped further damage even though Godley loaded the bases with no outs. The Paris bats countered in the bottom of the inning to regain the lead on RBI singles by Zach Norris and Jack Davidson. Phillip Sikes came on in relief in the seventh inning to close out the upset.
Allen held Godley to 5 hits over his 6 innings pitching with 2 walks and 4 strikeouts.
Senior Chandler Aynes pitched the Cats to a 4-1 lead against Alvarado in the late game Friday before running out of steam in a 5-run fifth inning that fueled a 6-4 win by the Indians.
“We thought about bringing in Phillip or Zach in relief, but we didn’t won’t to overwork our pitchers this early in the season,” Paris head coach Bill Sikes said.
Sikes and Norris had pitched in the tournament’s opening two games, both won by the Cats, who ran out of pitching options on Saturday in an 18-11 slugfest loss to Princeton in a game played at Castleberry.
Offensive stars for Paris in the loss to Alvarado were Sikes (3 hits) and Davidson (2 hits). Norris and Walker Preston each collected 2 hits against Princeton.
Paris, now 3-2 for the season, plays in the Krum Tournament beginning Thursday when the Cats face Alvarado at 11 a.m. and Krum at 1 p.m.
A pair of coaches awoke this morning with smiles on their faces.
One was Paris High head baseball coach Bill Sikes, whose young team packed with 5 sophomores and a freshman catcher swept its two season-opening games Thursday at the Tournament of Champions at Fort Worth Castleberry.
The other was 600 miles away at the University of New Mexico, who signed Wildcat senior Phillip Sikes (pictured left) to a full-ride scholarship last fall. On this one day, at least, Sikes proved his future worth by pitching the Cats to a 13-0 shutout over Bridgeport in the tournament opener then powering Paris to a 9-4 victory over host Castleberry with a pair of home runs and a triple.
For the day, Sikes was a combined 6 for 6 at the plate with 5 runs scored, 8 RBI, a double, triple, 2 homers, 2 walks plus a stolen base. His pitching line read 5 innings, 2 hits, 0 runs, 2 walks, 9 strikeouts, 2 wild pitches.
Sikes (the coach and Phillip’s uncle) knew he was in rebuilding mode this season. There aren’t any great expectations for Paris, with only 3 returning starters from last year’s 21-9 area finalists. Still, the veteran Wildcats coach has a pair of reliable arms to send to the mound while he waits for the rest of the pieces to round into shape.
His nephew is one of those arms. Junior Zach Norris is the other, and he pitched 6 innings of the win over Castleberry. Norris surrendered 1 run on 1 hit, 1 walk, with 14 strikeouts. He also went 5 for 8 at the plate for the two games with 3 RBI.
Senior Corey Allen, the other returning starter, had a pair of doubles, while senior X’Tavous Young collected 2 hits.
Freshman catcher Zachery Nation was 3 for 5 with 2 RBI and a double. Other newcomers with 2 hits each were senior Chandler Aynes and sophomores Walker Preston and Daniel Blackmon.
The road ahead gets bumpier for Sikes and his team. The Cats face 8th-ranked Godley and Alvarado Friday at Kennedale before finishing the tournament on Saturday against Princeton back at Castleberry. It will be a severe test of the Cats’ pitching depth.
UIL Choir Solo Medalists: (front row. from left, bronze medalists Sharie Armstrong, Quin Dangerfield, Labuln Norris, Jared Posey, Kayanna Washington; (row 2, silver medalists) Rowan Burns, Ariana Cerna, Cynthia Dehoyos, Arianna Epperson, Bella Garrard, Destiny Millard, Hailey Woolsey; (row 3, gold medalists) Yessenia Aguinaga, Tierra Ellis, Elizabeth Frazier, Makayla Granberry, Akeirria Garvin, Katelynn Humphrey, Molly Law; (row 4, gold medalists) Angel Lopez, Averi McFadden, Yvete Morales, Yessica Ramirez, Deja Sikes, Rhea Tabora; (row 5, gold medalists) Javian Dabbs, Jake Freelen, Malcolm McCarty, Rino Moore, Nicholas Reed; (not pictured, Tieren Gates)
Paris High has qualified 19 choir students for the State Solo & Ensemble Contest in Pflugerville on Memorial Day weekend. The group received gold medals for a superior rating on their advanced level solo performed at the recent Choir UIL Solo & Ensemble Contest at Trinity Baptist Church in Mt. Pleasant.
All 44 PHS students who attended the regional contest in Mt. Pleasant on Feb. 17 received either an "excellent" or a "superior" rating. In addition to the 19 gold medals, 7 students won silver medals (superior on intermediate solo), and 5 freshmen won bronze medals (superior on beginning level solo).
According to PHS choir director Jan Blize, the 19 state solo qualifiers is the largest contingent from the school in recent history and may be a school record. Blize was assisted by accompanist Dottie Billman and assistant director Melody Logan as well as senior All-State Choir member Deja Sikes.
With four teams eligible from each district to make the Class 4A boys basketball playoffs, you can get some obvious mismatches in early bracket play. Such was the case Tuesday night, as the 14th-ranked Paris Wildcats put away the Van Vandals early in a 63-42 bi-district win played at Greenville High.
“They weren’t running anything like what we we had seen (on video),” Paris head coach Billy Mack Steed said afterwards. “They were playing to keep the score down.”
To that end, the Vandals, the No. 4 seed from District 13, were successful. Van faced a big gap in court quickness, especially in guard play. They labored to just advance the ball over midcourt against the Cats’ man-to-man defense. Once they set up their offense, they were deliberate in their perimeter passing and not anxious to advance the ball into the paint.
Meanwhile, Paris jumped out to an 18-5 lead after one quarter and took a 35-13 lead into the locker room at halftime.
“We played well in the first half, particularly on defense,” Steed said. “Things got sloppy when we got that 30-point lead.”
Jalon Pipkins (left) slams down a one-handed dunk off an alley-oop feed from Josh Robinson
His Cats, now 25-4 for the season, seemed to lose focus in the fourth quarter, and who could blame them? Jalon Pipkins ended the third period with a 60-foot heave to beat the buzzer, and Josh Robinson opened the final 8 minutes with an authoritative breakaway dunk that pushed the Paris advantage to 56-26.
With little left to prove, the Cats struggled to score down the stretch while the Vandals knocked down four 3’s to outscore Paris, 16-7, to end the game.
Paris now moves on to an area round match against Chapel Hill (19-13), the runnerup from District 15. That game will be Friday, 7 p.m., at Wills Point.
The Bulldogs, on paper, figure to give the Cats a much stiffer challenge. They beat Henderson on Tuesday, 52-50, with a solid 19 of 24 showing at the foul line the big difference in that bi-district game.
The Tyler area school appears to have a size advantage over Paris. Of course, like most teams in the region, the Bulldogs will be busy trying to find a way to keep the Cats’ dynamic duo of Pipkins and Robinson in check.
Pipkins and Robinson each scored 25 in the win over Van. For the season Robinson is averaging 27 and Pipkins 21 points per game.
Ladycats soccer seniors (from left) Janya Cook, Anahdian Mitchell, Keisha Mitchell, Lindi Hamner, Dextiny Patrick, Tieren Gates, Ashley Wilson with coach Matt Dickinson. Photo by Joe Watson.
It’s been a crazy two-week start to the District 11-4A soccer season, but both Paris varsity squads hope to vault into first place with wins Friday vs. Princeton as the first half of the district round-robin comes to an end.
Both the Ladycats and Wildcats pummeled Bonham in a doubleheader Tuesday at Wildcat Stadium. The Paris girls won, 5-0, while the boys took a 7-1 decision.
The win pulled the Ladycats into a second-place tie with Nevada Community with 6 points each (3 points awarded for win in regulation, 2 for shootout win, 1 for shootout loss). Princeton leads with 9 points, but a Paris win Friday at Wildcat Stadium would move the Ladycats into a tie at the top. North Lamar is in fourth place with 3 points, while Bonham sits at 0 points and is still looking for its first district goal.
On the boys’ side, Community is the current district leader with 8 points but has a bye Friday. Princeton is second with 7 and hosts third-place Paris (6 points). Bonham has 3 points and NL 0. A win by the Cats at Princeton would send Paris into the district lead at the halfway mark.
Senior Christian Mitchell (pictured left by Joe Watson) had a monster night Tuesday with 4 goals. He now has 19 goals for the season. Other goals were scored by senior Zach Lamb, junior Aaron Araujo, and sophomore Alan Garcia. Senior Seth Hudgins was credited with an assist on Mitchell’s first goal.
The Cats bolted out to a 6-0 lead before Bonham dented the scoreboard right before halftime.
The Ladycats celebrated Senior Night before their match with Bonham, and a pair of seniors, Tieren Gates and Janya Cook, notched goals. Other goals were by juniors Katy Hall, Estephany Balderas, and Zanesha Dangerfield. Assists went to Gates, Hall, freshman Gabby Acevedo, and junior Emily Williams.
Matt Cochran focuses on the ball for a backhand shot in the title match against teammate Sahil Prakash
Senior Matt Cochran is streaking again. After riding a seven-tournament win streak, including a district championship, to a third-place fiinsh at last year’s Region 2-4A Tennis Championships, Cochran is 3-for-3 in pre-regional tournaments for 2017.
His latest win came Friday at the inaugural Wildcat Tennis Classic, the first full-fledged tournament held at the new Paris High campus since court capacity was doubled from 4 to 8. Cochran beat sophomore teammate Sahil Prakash in the boys singles final, 6-1, 6-1.
Since the Wildcat Classic included all District 14-4A rivals along with Prairiland, Cochran is the odds-on favorite to repeat as district boys champion and earn a fourth return trip to regionals. His next tournament stop will be March 2 at Atlanta.
The girls double team of Ashley Fleming and Megan Barton (pictured right) also came away with a first-place trophy after beating North Lamar’s Kylee Scudder and Haley Porter in the title match, 8-3. The boys doubles team of Gabe Allen and Alec Fleming advanced to the finals, where they lost to a pair from Pleasant Grove, 8-1.
Other Paris varsity consolation results included:
The JV portion of the Wildcat Classic was held Thursday. Mason Sikes beat Isaiah Snowton in an all-Paris final in consolation boys singles, 10-8.
Tieren Gates raises her arms to celebrate the Ladycats’ first goal set up by Zanesha Dangerfield (14) as teammate Katy Hall (arms raised, back to camera) also celebrates
The Paris Ladycats rebounded from a loss to crosstown rival North Lamar by shutting out Nevada Community, 2-0, Friday night in a District 11-4A match at Wildcat Stadium. Meanwhile the three-time defending champion Wildcats dropped their first district match since March 6, 2015, by an identical 2-0 count at Community.
The Paris boys had their six-game win streak snapped and are now 10-4-3 for the season and 1-1 in district play. The Cats’ previous district loss was two seasons ago, 2-0, to Princeton. The Braves jumped out to a 2-0 lead at halftime en route to evening their district record to 1-1-1.
The Ladycats, now 7-7-2 overall and 1-1 in district, used their fast-strike capability to turn back the more methodical Lady Braves (1-2 in district). Community featured precision passing in midfield to mount several scoring chances, but the Paris backline of Sarah Bloodworth, Ashley Wilson, and Brylei Moore turned aside the Lady Braves and goalkeeper Lindi Hamner made a pair of clutch saves to preserve the shutout.
Paris turned to the outside speed of Zanesha Dangerfield to generate some scoring opportunities in the first half. The junior midfielder out-flanked the Community defense on a run down the right wing to send a cross into the goalie box. When the Lady Braves’ keeper couldn’t control the bouncing ball, senior striker Tieren Gates was on hand for the close-range score that gave Paris a 1-0 lead with 9:46 left until halftime.
The Ladycats threatened to add to their lead with several strikes by Katy Hall and Estephany Balderas, but the Community goalie recorded four second-half stops. The Lady Braves almost got the equalizer with four minutes remaining on an attack down the left flank, but Hamner made a sliding kick-save on a cross.
The Lady Braves appeared guilty of several handballs that weren’t called until 1:48 remained in the match. Free kick specialist Deagan Dingman took the penalty kick and beat the Lady Braves goalie on a shot inside the left post to ensure the 2-0 win.
Both Paris varsity squads will host Bonham on Tuesday at Wildcat Stadium. The girls play at 5:30 followed by the boys at 7:15.
Jorden Kimble lifts 350 pounds in the deadlift to finish first in her weight class
The Paris Ladycats finished fifth overall in the Paris Invitational powerlifting meet held Thursday in the Wildcat Gym. The event drew 75 girls entries and was won by Little Elm.
It was the last scheduled meet before the Region 3, Division 2 Championships on March 4 at Fairfield.
Senior Jorden Kimble continues to lead all Division 2 (Class 4A) lifters in the region, and posted a career-best 950-pound total series to easily win her weight class. Juniors Anna Perez and Jayla Sims finished second in their weight classes.
Paris girls results (squat-bench press-deadlift—total):
Keiotti Bray lifts 375 pounds in the squat on the way to winning his weight class at the Paris Invitational
Freshman Keiotti Bray was the lone weight class winner for the Paris Wildcats who finished fourth overall as hosts of the Paris Powerlifting Invitational Thursday in the Wildcat Gym. Bray finished with an impressive 905-pound total lift to easily take the 123-pound weight class.
North Lamar won the team title in the meet that drew 108 boys entries. The next scheduled action will be the Region 3 Division 2 (Class 4A) Championships on March 9 in Malakoff.
Paris boys results (squat-bench press-deadlift—total):
Billy Mack Steed huddles with his team during a timeout as long-time assistants Roy Tom Stone and Michael Johnson comtemplate strategy (photo by Joe Watson)
Paris head boys basketball coach Billy Mack Steed registered his 500th career win Tuesday as the 14th-ranked Wildcats wrapped up a third straight perfect 10-0 district run with a 63-53 win at Pittsburg.
“That was an ugly win,” Steed called the milestone victory, “but I’ll take an ugly win over a pretty loss any day.”
Steed has seen his share of both varieties during his 22-year coaching career that started at Detroit then continued with stints at Quitman and North Lamar. His overall record is 500 wins, 176 losses for a 75% winning mark, and his teams have racked up 13 district titles and have advanced to the regional tournament 7 times.
The past 10 years have been spent at Paris High, where his record now stands at 269-58 (82%) with 7 district titles. His district record at PHS is now 90-10, and his Cats will carry a 31-game unbeaten district streak into next season.
Longtime assistants Roy Tom Stone and Michael Johnson have been on Steed’s staff for 9 and 10 years, respectively, and share in much of the credit for Steed reaching the 500-win marker. “Roy Tom has a big role in the offense, while Michael specializes in defense,” Steed said. “They do a great job running the drills which gives me a chance to stand back and watch.”
Steed has also worked with some outstanding basketball talent during his years at PHS and has a string of ten 20-win seasons to show for it. The success of this year’s team, whom he calls “over-achievers,” has been a pleasant surprise. He also has fond memories of he 2013 team that featured seniors KD Moore and Jay Milton.
“We (the coaching staff) were just hoping we could finish fourth in district that season and make the playoffs, but we ended up winning district with a 9-1 record.”
While Tuesday’s history-maker was an ugly win, it could have been worse. Star senior Jalon Pipkins sprained an ankle early in the game and had to be helped to the locker room. Four nights after scoring a career-high 36 points in a blowout win over Liberty-Eylau, Pipkins scored a season-low 6 in the district finale.
The initial prognosis on Pipkins’ injury was encouraging, but Steed has decided to cancel a potential playoff warmup game Friday to give his squad some much-needed rest. The 14-ranked Wildcats, now 24-4, open the Class 4A playoffs next week against Van, the No. 4 seed from District 13. That game is set for Tuesday, Feb. 21, 6:30 p.m., at Greenville HS.
As Pipkins sat out the second half of the Cats’ win over Pittsburg, the rest of the team closed ranks to pull out the victory over the district’s No. 3 playoff seed. Junior Josh Robinson poured in 31 and was a perfect 7 of 7 at the free throw line.
Foul shooting was a problem for Paris early in the game (6 of 16) before the Cats finished by making 11 of their final 12 free throws to ice the win. Sophomore guard Cameron Jones scored 12 points in extended action. Sophomore Vershaud Richardson scored 6, while seniors Tavon Lawrence and Sam Hawkes had 5 and 3, respectively.
The Pirates had a trio of players in double figures: Jaylon Jimmerson 13 points, Dejour Dowell 12, and Deldric Shields 11.
Both the Wildcats and Ladycats soccer teams started on the right foot with 1-0 leads in their crosstown soccer shootouts Tuesday night before Paris and North Lamar settled for a split of their District 11-4A varsity matches.
The Wildcats, 3-time defending district champions, scored 5 times in the second half of a 6-1 win over the Panthers at Wildcat Stadium. The Pantherettes rallied from behind to take a 2-1 decision over the Ladycats at R. L. Maddox Stadium.
The cold, rainy evening and blustery north wind played a big role in the matches. The Wildcats, playing uphill against the frigid breeze in the first half, could not connect on four scoring opportunities until finally denting the scoreboard 10:22 before halftime.
Senior midfielder Seth Hudgens sent a free kick into the box from 28 yards out. Senior forward Collin Harris’ header bounced off the far post, and he followed up the rebound to poke the ball into the Panther net for a 1-0 lead.
Senior midfielder Zach Lamb settles a ball near the sidelines in a photo by Joe Watson.
The scoring pace quickened in the second half with the wind at the Wildcats’ back. Hudgens was the catalyst for two goals within a 66-second span. He settled a short clearout from an NL defender for senior Zach Lamb to turn and fire on goal with a 22-yard chip shot just 4 minutes into the second period. Harris then ran down a thru ball from Hudgins and sent a cross into the goalmouth for a finisher by senior Christian Mitchell. It was Mitchell’s team-leading 15th goal of the season.
The Cats expanded the lead to 4-0 on a penalty kick by senior Jose Resendiz following a Panther handball with 30:23 remaining. Zack Figueroa got the Panthers’ lone goal on a corner kick setup with 16:33 left, but Paris answered just 27 seconds later on a goal from 13 yards by sophomore Alan Garcia.
Junior Javian Dabbs got the final goal with 1:41 left after a short run down the left flank.
The win raised Paris’ season record to 10-3-3. The Cats, 1-0 in district, play at Nevada Community Friday. The Cats won the JV match in an 11-0 romp over the Panthers.
Playing on the rain-soaked natural grass field at Maddox Stadium, the Ladycats missed a number of excellent first-half chances but still managed a 1-0 lead on a penalty kick by junior Deagan Dingman, assisted by senior Tieren Gates.
The Ladycats couldn’t hold the lead as Jaycie Proctor scored the tying goal and Payton Fleming got the game-winner for the Pantherettes, now 1-1 in district. The Ladycats, 0-1 in district and 6-7-2 overall, host Community Friday at Wildcat Stadium.
NL won the girls JV match, 4-0.
The Wildcat boys finished third and Ladycats were fifth at a golf tournament held Monday at Mount Pleasant Golf & Country Club. Individual medalists were Shelbi Hill of Pittsburg with a round of 85 for the girls and Blaine Hill of North Lamar for the boys with an 81.
The Paris High golf teams will compete in a tournament on Tuesday hosted by Texas High.
The Paris Ladycats won the Mount Pleasant Invitational powerlifting meet Saturday, while the Wildcats finished fifth on the boys’ side. Paris High will be the site of the next powerlifting meet Thursday in the Wildcat Gym.
The Ladycats took first place overall among a field of 50 girls entries behind weight-class wins from juniors Anna Perez and Jayla Sims, freshman Raelynn Johnson, and senior Jorden Kimble. Freshman Keiotti Bray was the lone event winner for the boys meet, which drew 109 lifters.
Girls results (squat-bench press-deadlift—total)
Each month Paris High staff recognizes a student who goes above and beyond the norm of student expectations to help make the school a better place for learning. The November winner is sophomore Skyler Bryan. See monthly winners on our Students of the Month page.
A group of 13 Paris High students qualified for the state finals of various contests for the Texas Association of Future Eductors during regionals held recently in Pittsburg. Read more.
Paris High students (from left) Jake Freelen, Nick Leija, Nicholas Reed, Rhea Tabora, and Rowan Burns will advance to Area Choir auditions on Jan. 13 at A&M-Commerce as the result of pre-area auditions held recently. Read more.
Wildcats Come Home. After spending the first three weeks of the 2017-18 boys basketball season on the road, the Paris Wildcats continue a long homestand Monday when they host the Greenville Lions for three games in the Wildcat Gym. The freshmen game tips off at 5 p.m. followed by JV (about 6:30) and varsity (8). The Cats will host Mount Pleasant Thursday, Dec. 21, before taking time off for the Christmas holidays.