Paris ISD uses School Messenger to provide timely communications. If you have a child attending PISD, you are automatically in the database and will receive phone notifications. To enhance our ability to accurately deliver information on activities and emergencies, we kindly request that you create your own contact preference profile.
If you would like to have notifications sent to you cell phone, you can opt in to the PISD text messaging service. Learn more.
Paris defender Sarah Bloodworth collides with Mabank’s Cat Turner on deep throw-in that hits Brylei Moore in the face. Anahdian Mitchell (far right) prepares to clear the ball. A non-call on this play resulted in a long stoppage of time as the Mabank coach argued with the lead referee.
Before sending his team back on the Wildcat Stadium field Saturday afternoon after a scoreless first half Paris Ladycats coach Matt Dickinson reminded them that “the first five minutes and last five minutes are the most important parts of this half.”
So it was a bad omen, indeed, when senior midfielder Cat Turner settled and launched a 32-yarder that floated just under the crossbar and into the Paris goal to give the Mabank Lady Panthers a 1-0 lead just 3:26 into the final 40 minutes of the Ladycats’ soccer season.
By the time the final five minutes of the half rolled into play, the visitors were solidly in control with a 2-0 lead thanks to another déjà vu floater by sophomore Maysi Hinkle from a nearly identical spot and trajectory on the left wing. There would be no final minutes rally by the Ladycats (10-10-3).
Mabank (17-5) moves on to next week’s area round to face Carrollton Ranchview.
The Class 4A bi-district match featured some physical play and several violent collisions with 5 yellow cards issued for dangerous play. There was a long stoppage in time during the first half while the Mabank coach had a heated argument with the lead referee over a non-call, and a Mabank fan had to be removed from the stands by Paris ISD security in the second half for verbal abuse.
The Ladycats had the two best chances to score in the first half. Junior midfielder Estephany Balderas had a breakway midway through the opening period, but her shot from 10 yards out hit the far post and a rebound by junior winger Zanesha Dangerfield into an open net bounced off the crossbar.
Right before halftime Balderas, the Ladycats’ leading scorer, was also involved in a prime scoring opportunity with a shot from 10 yards out that ricocheted off a crowd of players, She reloaded with a chip shot that bounced off the football goalpost crossbar.
Balderas had scored both Paris goals in a 2-1 upset win over Mabank at the R. K. Hall & Kings Classic tournament at Wildcat Stadium early in the season, but the Lady Panthers were missing a couple of key players that day.
It was the final soccer appearance for Paris seniors Tieren Gates, Lindi Hamner, Ashley Wilson, Keisha Mitchell, and Anahdian Mitchell.
Texas High won all four divisions of the fourth annual Deon Minor Wildcat Relays Thursday at Wildcat Stadium, However, results of the meet were dwarfed in comparison to the tragedy that befell one of the school entries on the way home afterwards.
A 3-vehicle fatal crash involving the Mount Pleasant track team in an head-on collision on Highway 271 south of Talco resulted in the death of assistant girls track coach Angelica Beard along with the driver of an 18-wheeler traveling north who swerved into the southbound lane. The driver of the bus transporting the MP boys track team managed to avoid a full head-on collision, but Beard, following the bus in a separate vehicle, could not avoid a fatal crash.
The bus driver and several team members were transported to area hospitals, some with serious injuries. Paris High held a moment of silence prior to starting the school day Friday in remembrance of the victims.
Casia Johnson soars to a third-place finish in JV Girls Triple Jump in this photo taken by Joe Watson
As for the meet itself, Paris High finished third in varsity boys and second in JV boys divisions. The Ladycats were fourth in both varsity and JV divisions.
The Wildcat varsity boys took firsts in both sprint relays and by Montavius McCarty in the 100 meters. The JV boys won the 400-meter relay, the 100 meters (Do’Rian Williams), and triple jump (Jameon Mitchell).
Evelyn Brown won the varsity girls 800 meters, while Ariadna Mendoza took the JV girls 3200 meters.
The Paris track teams are scheduled to compete in the Mount Pleasant Tiger Relays next Friday, March 31. There is no immediate word if that event will be held as planned.
Paris High competed in the District 14-4A UIL Academic Spring Meet this week and qualified 9 individuals and 2 teams for regionals to be held April 8 at Texas A&M-Commerce. Some district events were contested on Tuesday in Mount Pleasant with the majority of events held Friday in Texarkana.
District event wins were captured by junior Anna Floyd in calculator applications and senior Shelby Wilson in social studies. The PHS social studies team swept the top 4 places in that event to also take team competition. The school also won the calculator applications team contest.
North Lamar edged Pleasant Grove, 436-432, to win the team trophy. Paris finished fourth with 210 points.
Paris High Results (Regional Qualifiers in italics):
Paris junior Travius Bronner and freshman Keiotti Bray finished just out of medal contention at the Class 4A Men’s State Powerlifting Championships Saturday in Abilene.
Bronner improved on his career best total lift by 20 pounds in finishing sixth in the 148-pound weight class. He started in second place with a 515-pound squat, but dropped to fourth with a 255-pound bench press and closed with a 425-pound deadlift for a 1,195 total. Isaiah Mesa of Taylor won the 148s with a 1,425 total.
Bray equalled his career best of 950 total pounds on a 395 squat, 215 bench press, and 340 deadlift. The 123-pound weight class was won by Jonathan Cardenas of Brazosport with a 1,145 total.
Medals were awarded to the top five in each weight class. San Antonio Holy Cross won the team title with 15, while Liberty-Eylau was runnerup with 12.
Montana Payne heads the potential game-tying goal by Lucas Duty (11) over the crossbar to ensure the Cats’ 3-2 playoff win over Crandall
During the 2016 football season Montana Payne, in his role as the Wildcats’ punter, was called upon to rescue the Cats from poor field position on numerous occasions. Thursday night he rescued the first boys playoff soccer win since 2012 with a well-timed header that sealed a 3-2 Paris win over Crandall in a bi-district match at Greenville’s T. A. Cotton Ford Stadium.
“I thought it was going in and we were looking at overtime,” a relieved Paris head coach Jeremy Beshirs said, “and I sure didn’t want to play an overtime.”
His team didn’t have to, thanks to Payne’s efforts in protecting the right upper corner of the net from a chip shot by Crandall’s Lucas Duty in the game’s closing seconds which seemed destined to force extra periods.
A free kick from 20 yards out on the right flank set up a 4-person pileup between Pirate goal-scorers Tristin Meza and Edwin Perez along with Payne and Wildcat goalkeeper Cade Blackmon. Paris defender Seth Hudgins tried to clear but topped the ball and it trickled out to Duty, who was positioned 12 yards out. Duty lofted a perfect shot over traffic in the goalie’s box, but Payne recovered in time to leap and send the ball harmlessly over the crossbar to end Crandall’s final chance.
Group Hug: (from left) Kyler Beshirs, Christian Mitchell, Colin Harris, and Seth Hudgins celebrate Harris’ go-ahead goal
With the win, the Cats (17-4-3) advance to next week’s area round to play A+ Academy of Dallas (11-3), the third-place team from District 9. The Cats will return to Greenville to play that match on Friday, March 31, with a 7:30 p.m. kickoff.
A stiff southerly breeze, gusting to 30 mph, played a major role in Thursday’s game. The Cats had the wind at their backs in the first half but failed to convert on four outstanding scoring chances despite dominating play during the first 40 minutes.
The Pirates didn’t manage a shot on goal during the opening half, and Dakota Payne (Montana’s older brother) managed a sweeping clear on a Crandall breakaway in the final minute before halftime to keep the game scoreless.
Fortunes suddenly changed after halftime when the Pirates netted two goals (by Perez and Meza) in the first 3:09 of the second half.
“We didn’t come out ready to play,” Beshirs said, “and we didn’t do a good job rotating on our defensive coverage.”
The 0-2 deficit served as a slap in the face for the Cats, who had to fight the wind that now favored the Pirates in possession time. Leading scorer Christian Mitchell battled past an attempted tackle by the Crandall goalie to muscle in the first Paris goal with 35:20 still remaining that trimmed the lead to 2-1.
The offensive frenzy continued as Colin Harris turned the corner on a run down the right flank and sent a beautiful cross for a header by Zach Lamb that bounced off the near post. Moments later, Harris had another goal opportunity on a breakaway rush that was swallowed up by the Pirate goalie.
Crandall regrouped and regained the momentum. Another shot by Meza, the big junior Pirate forward, slipped across the goalmouth midway through the second half. Blackmon had to make back-to-back gymnastic saves on another prime Crandall scoring chance.
It appeared that Paris was headed for another opening round playoff disappointment. The 4-time district champions have had a streak of 1-goal losses since that 2012 run.
However, Mitchell was tripped up and taken down in the 18-yard box with 6:04 left in the match. That set up a penalty kick, and Mitchell caught a break when his shot bounced under the Pirate goalie to knot the score at 2-2.
Overtime seemed inevitable, but the Cats caught another fortuitous break when a deep Paris throw-in ping-ponged off the backs of a Pirate defender and Mitchell before landing at the feet of Zach Lamb. The Wildcat senior prepared to strike the ball but pulled up to allow Harris to make a left-footed swing as the Crandall defense was slow to respond. Harris’ shot beat the goalie to the right side of the net and gave Paris its first lead, 3-2, with just 2:04 showing.
The Paris Wildcats came within one out of closing a successful pre-district schedule with a win over the Gilmer Buckeyes. Instead, Myles Chumley delivered a 2-run single to rightfield to lift the visitors to a 3-2 victory Tuesday night at PJC’s Hub Hollis Field.
Paris, currently ranked 20th in the state with a 12-5 season record, opens District 14-4A play Friday at Hub Hollis by hosting crosstown rival North Lamar on Friday, 7:30 p.m., weather permitting.
The Buckeyes (8-7) loaded the bases with one out against reliever Chandler Aynes (1-3) on a single, walk, and hit batter. Aynes got the second out on a strikeout on a failed 2-strike bunt attempt before Chumley drove a single to right that brought home the tying and leading runs.
Gilmer reliever Trent Pierce, who pitched the final 3 shutout innings, closed out the victory by setting the Cats down in order in the bottom of the seventh.
Paris had taken a 2-0 lead with single runs in the second and fourth innings. Sophomore Jack Davidson’s RBI single scored courtesy runner Javian Dabbs for the first run. Phillip Sikes led off the fourth with a triple down the rightfield line, and cleanup hitter Zach Norris singled to score the second run.
Gilmer scored a run in the fifth on a bases-loaded wild pitch to pull within 2-1.
Norris started and pitched the first three innings. Corey Allen pitched the next three and Aynes went to the mound to start the fateful seventh. Allen and Aynes, both lefthanders, were able to pick off three Buckeye runners to help limit damage from 9 Gilmer hits, 3 walks, a hit batter, and 2 Paris errors.
Seven of the nine Wildcat batters managed one hit apiece. The Paris defense included a couple of nice plays by Sikes at shortstop and an over-the-shoulder catch by centerfielder X-Tavous Young that prevented a couple of runs from scoring.
Paris High’s two representatives to the Women’s State Powerlifting Championships in Waco Friday returned home with medals and career-best total lifts.
Senior Jorden Kimble beat her previous best by 20 pounds in cracking the 1,000-pound milestone to place fourth in the 259-pound weight class. She tied Kennedale’s Erlyna Morgan with a total lift of 1,015 pounds but had the edge in medal placement because she was the lighter lifter.
Orange Grove’s Jeannie Flores won the weight class with a total of 1,080 pounds on the three platforms: squat, bench press, and deadlift.
Junior Jayla Sims beat her previous best by 15 pounds to place fifth among the 148s with a 870-pound total. She edged out North Lamar’s Shiann Rice by 25 pounds. Rice had beaten Sims at regionals by 20 pounds.
Andrea Ramirez of Rio Hondo won the 148s with a total lift of 1,035.
Beeville Jones won the team championship, while Paris finished 25th.
Weight Class (squat-bench press-deadlift—total)
Sophomore Peaches Jackson was named District 14-4A Offensive Player of the Year and senior Dextiny Patrick made the All-District First Team as selected by league girls basketball coaches.
Paris players receiving honorable mention included seniors Drea Jenkins and Tia Tolbert and juniors Nautica Harris and Serenity Sanders.
The Paris Ladycats opened District 14-4A Friday with a 14-2 loss to Liberty-Eylau in a game at their home field on the Paris Junior High campus.
Freshman catcher Taylor White drove in both Paris runs with a two-out, bases-loaded single to rightfield in the fourth inning. Other Ladycat hits were collected by freshman Saya Swaim and sophomore Alexxis Muse.
Swaim pitched all five innings for Paris. She gave up 9 hits to go along with 10 strikeouts, 4 walks, and a hit batter. Her defense didn’t help her out by committing 8 errors in the game.
Paris travels to Pittsburg on Tuesday before returning home next Friday to host North Lamar.
The 21st-ranked Paris Wildcats split a pair of Spring Break games. They lost, 3-1, on Tuesday at Wills Point before winning their home opener Thursday, 4-0, vs. Athens.
Wills Point broke up a scoreless game in the sixth inning when the Tigers pushed across all three of their runs. The Cats scored their lone run in the seventh on an RBI by Demetric Glover. X’Tavous Young had 2 of the Cats’ 6 hits in the game.
Phillip Sikes pitched a 1-hitter to shut out Athens. Sikes (4-0) struck out 11 and walked 2.
Chandler Aynes was 3-for-3 at the plate, while Corey Allen had 2 of the Cats’ 8 hits. RBIs went to Sikes, Jack Davidson, and Walker Preston.
Paris (12-4) closes out the pre-district portion of the schedule Tuesday when the Cats host Gilmer at PJC Hub Hollis Field. Paris opens District 14-4A play next Friday at Hub Hollis vs. North Lamar.
Senior Colin Harris scored twice and assisted on a goal by Cole Miller to stake the Paris Wildcats to a 3-0 halftime lead as the Cats cruised to a 5-0 win over Princeton Tuesday at Wildcat Stadium. The win sewed up Paris’ fourth straight district boys soccer championship.
Colin Harris manuevers around a Princeton defender in a photo by Joe Watson
Senior Zach Lamb assisted on Harris’ first goal. Second-half goals were added by sophomore Kyler Beshirs (assisted by sophomore Isaac Vasquez) and senior Stanley Watkins.
Paris, 16-4-3, finished 7-1 atop the District 11-4A standings with 21 points (3 points for win in regulation, 2 for shootout win, 1 for shootout loss). Princeton is the district runnerup with 16 points, while Nevada Community is third at 11, and Bonham fourth with 9. North Lamar is eliminated from the postseason with 2 points.
The Cats have a warmup match scheduled Monday at Anna before opening the playoffs next weekend against the No. 4 team from District 12.
The Ladycats closed out their regular season with a 3-0 loss at district girls champion Princeton. The Ladycats are 10-9-3 overall and will also start the playoffs next week.
A combination of strong pitching, solid defense, heady base-running, and clutch hitting continues to translation into a torrid start to the baseball season for the 25th-ranked Paris Wildcats who went 5-0 at the White Oak Invitational.
The Cats are now 11-3 for the season with three games remaining on the pre-district portion of their schedule before beginning District 14-4A action. They travel to Wills Point on Tuesday for a Spring Break game.
The Cats picked up a pair of wins over state-ranked Class 3A powers in winning their second straight tournament. They were coming off a championship finish at the Krum Tournament. Seniors Phillip Sikes and Corey Allen along with junior Zach Norris each saw their pitching records rise to 3-0 with tournament wins.
Their team batting average is .340 topped by Sikes (.514), freshman catcher Zachery Nation (.444), Norris (.419), and sophomores Daniel Blackmon (.343) and Jack Davidson (.316). They have taken 71 walks and 22 hit by pitches, an average of almost 7 free passes per outing.
They have stolen 20 bases. Junior courtesy runner Javian Dabbs has 7 of those steals. They have committed just 17 total errors over 14 games.
A summary of White Oak games:
The Paris Wildcats varsity boys soccer team reclaimed the District 11-4A lead after a 5-3 win at Bonham Friday night. They close out district play with a home match Tuesday at Wildcat Stadium and can claim their fourth consecutive district title with a win or tie in regulation vs. second-place Princeton.
The Cats moved ahead of Princeton, which was idle Friday, in the district points standings, 18-16. A win in regulation by Princeton Tuesday would give the Panthers the championship. Any other outcome favors the Cats, now 15-4-3 for the season and 6-1 in district. Community is locked in as the No. 3 finisher with 11 points, while Bonham is fourth with 6. North Lamar’s boys, with 2 points, have been eliminated from the postseason.
The district race on the girls’ side, is more hazy. The Ladycats defeated Bonham Friday, 4-1, to raise their season mark to 10-8-3, 3-2-1 in district. Princeton has already clinched the girls district title with 20 points, while Community is second with 13, Paris third with 12, and North Lamar fourth with 9.
NL plays Bonham, already eliminated from the playoffs with 0 points, in its final match. A win would give the Pantherettes 12 points and make them the district’s No. 3 seed if Paris loses in regulation at Princeton Tuesday. The Ladycats need at least a point from that match to avoid the No. 4 berth and bi-district matchup with District 12 champion Mabank.
The Ladycats took a 2-0 halftime lead on goals by junior Estephany Balderas and senior Tieren Gates. Juniors Sarah Bloodworth and Katy Hall extended the lead to 4-0 in the second half before Bonham scored its lone goal late in the match. Assists were credited to Gates, Hall, and junior Zanesha Dangerfield.
Bloodworth’s goal was the most impressive of the evening. The Paris deep defender settled a ball sent out of the box by Bonham and quickly fired from 33 yards out against a stiff breeze. Her shot curved just under the crossbar and out of reach of the Bonham goalie.
The Wildcat boys used superior speed and skill set along with a trailing wind to explode to a 4-0 lead midway through the first half. Senior Zach Lamb scored on a rebound off a shot by sophomore Kyler Beshirs for the first goal just 9 minutes into the match.
Senior midfielder Seth Hudgins (pictured right in photo by Joe Watson) was a dominant figure in the next 4 Wildcat goals. Hudgins worked a quick give-and-go with senior Colin Harris then flicked a pass to senior Christian Mitchell who beat the Warrior goalie to the far post on a shot just inside the 18-yard box. Hudgins scored the third goal after another give-and-go, this time with senior Stanley Watkins. After a short run down the right flank, Hudgins fired and connected from a sharp angle in the corner.
The 3-0 Paris lead happened in a lightning-quick 2 minutes, 2 seconds timespan, but the Cats’ offensive explosion wasn’t over. Seven minutes later, Hudgins tapped a pass to Lamb for a breakaway down the left flank. After a short run, Lamb fired to the far post, and Mitchell was on hand to score his second goal on a rebound shot. Mitchell has a team-leading 26 goals this season, 12 in district.
Paris lost that momentum after that early burst, and some malaise to open the second half led to Bonham's first goal on a corner kick that was misplayed by the Paris defense. The Paris lead was trimmed to 4-1 with 25:49 left to play, but the Cats got the goal back just 4 minutes later when a free kick from 35 yards out by Hudgins was headed into the net by Lamb for his second goal of the night and 10th of the season.
Paris head coach Jeremy Beshirs then emptied his bench, including some JV call-ups, and Bonham took advantage by producing a pair of late goals to make the outcome interesting and force Beshirs to re-insert his starters for the final 7 minutes.
Paris High junior Travius Bronner was able to shed enough pounds to drop into a lower weight category and punch a ticket to the state powerlifting championships on March 25 in Abilene where he will be joined by freshman teammate Keiotti Bray.
Bronner won the 148-pound weight class Thursday at the Region 3, Division 2 (Class 4A schools) Championships in Malakoff. Bronner normally competes in the 165-weight class, but he made the 148s cutoff, which he won by lifting a combined 1,175 pounds on the 3 platforms (squat, bench press, deadlift). Walt Mahmoud of Athens finished second with a 1,125 total.
Despite losing 10 pounds of body weight since the Paris powerlifting meet last month, Bronner was able to beat his previous best total lift by 10 pounds.
Bray finished third in the 123s with a total lift of 950 pounds. The top two lifters in each weight classification automatically advance to the state meet, but Bray also qualified by meeting the state qualifying standard of 950 in his weight class. He beat his previous best by 45 pounds. The winning lift in the 123s was 1,120 pounds by Trey Arras of Liberty-Eylau.
L-E took the overall team trophy with 21 points. Paris was seventh with 13.
Paris results (squat-bench press-deadlift—total):
The Paris Wildcats boys basketball team has garnered the first of what is expected to be several post-season accolades as the All-District 14-4A Team was announced by league coaches. The list is topped by MVP Jalon Pipkins, Offensive MVP Josh Robinson, and Coach of the Year Billy Mack Steed.
The Cats became the first team in school history to advance to the regional finals in the sport and finished 10-0 in district and 28-5 overall. It was the 10th straight 20-win season at the school for Steed, who passed the 500-win milestone this season.
Pipkins closed out his high school career by averaging 21.2 points per game, 22.6 during district play. The 6-4 senior guard was “the best dunker I ever coached,” according to Steed. Robinson, a 6-5 junior, showed remarkable range from beyond the 3-point arc to average 27.8 points, 28.7 during district.
Second-team recognition went to 6-4 sophomore post Vershaud Richardson and 6-6 senior Sam Hawkes, while sophomore guard Cameron Jones and senior Tavon Lawrence received honorable mention.
Christian Mitchell is taken down by the Community goalkeeper’s tackle, which results in a free kick and goal by Seth Hudgins. Photo by Joe Watson
The Paris Wildcats avenged their only district loss in two seasons Tuesday with a 4-0 shutout win over Nevada Community in a District 11-4A match at Wildcat Stadium. The Braves dealt the Cats a 2-0 defeat back on Feb. 17.
Meanwhile, the Paris Ladycats lost to the Lady Braves, 3-2, at Community. Senior Tieren Gates scored both goals for Paris assisted by juniors Zanesha Dangerfield and Deagan Dingman.
The win brought the Ladycats’ season record to 9-8-3. They are 3-2-1 in district and drops them into third place with 9 points behind district champion Princeton’s 20 points and Community’s 12. North Lamar is fourth with 7.
It was Senior Night at Wildcat Stadium, and a trio of seniors netted goals for the Cats. Seth Hudgins got the first tally barely 4 minutes into the match with a free kick from 22 yards out that bounced off the crossbar and inside the goalline. Christian Mitchell was fouled on a dangerous tackle by the Braves goalkeeper to set up the kick.
Mitchell passed to a streaking Zach Lamb who split a pair of defenders and scored from 19 yards away less than 2 minutes later. Mitchell was taken down by another goalie tackle on a breakaway with 13:04 left until halftime. He was awarded a penalty kick and beat the goalie to the near post.
It was Mitchell’s 25th goal of the season and 11th in district play. He also played a key part in the only goal of the second half when he ran down a loose ball and sent a chip into the goalmouth. The Braves goalie couldn’t control the rebound, and Lamb was on the spot to record his second goal of the evening.
Paris senior goalkeeper Cade Blackmon had to make 5 moderately difficult saves to preserve the third straight district shutout by the Cats’ defense.
The Cats move to 14-4-3 for the season and 5-1 in district. They remain a point behind Princeton in the district standings, 16-15, although the Panthers have played one more match. Community is third with 8 points, Bonham has 6, and North Lamar 2.
The schools’ boys JV squads played to a 1-1 tie.
Both Paris varsity soccer teams travel to Bonham Friday. The girls play at 5:30 followed by the boys at 7:15.
Jalon Pipkins bear hugs coach Billy Mack Steed after the Region 2-4A semifinal upset of defending champion Dallas Lincoln. Father Jerome Pipkins is the proud papa in the crowd with his arms raised. Notice the perspiration-drenched jacket on the always dapper coach.
The 10th-ranked Argyle Eagles (33-3) eliminated the 14th-ranked Paris Wildcats (28-5) from the Class 4A boys basketball playoffs with a 53-34 win Saturday in the Region 2 championship game at Texas A&M-Commerce.
The sharp-shooting Eagles knocked down nine 3’s in the game and held Paris senior guard Jalon Pipkins to a season-low 5 points, including a 0-for-13 showing from the field. The Cats’ junior guard Josh Robinson led all scorers with 23 points, while the Eagles had three players in double figures: David Davis 18, Nathan Priddy 16, and Brandon White 10.
Paris made just 23% of its field goal attempts (10 of 43).
Argyle advances to the state tournament in San Antonio where the Eagles will face top-ranked Silsbee in a Friday semifinal. Steed will be there, too, making important behind-the-scenes contacts and preparing for his 23rd season as one of the state’s winningest coaches.
“But it’s not how I wanted to make the trip,” Steed would say afterwards. “I wanted to go on a Greyhound (chartered bus with his team in tow).”
If statistics are your thing, that’s all you need to know about the final game of Jalon Pipkins’ illustrious high school career and Steed’s 10th season of producing 20-plus-win teams at Paris High.
But there’s more to the story.
to be continued
The Paris Wildcats showed plate patience to force in the tying and winning runs to defeat Farmersville, 6-5, Saturday in the championship game of the Krum Invitational Tournament.
Paris, now 6-3, moved into a tie for 25th among Class 4A schools in this week’s rankings by txhighschoolbaseball.com. Farmersville, 6-3-1, is ranked 7th among 3A schools by the same online service.
The Cats won their pool round-robin despite a 13-5 loss to Greenville on Friday. Paris tied Greenville and Alvarado with 2-1 records in pool play, but advanced to the title match by winning the tiebreaker.
Daniel Blackmon had a pair of hits in the Greenville loss. Blackmon and Zach Norris each doubled, while Corey Allen and Jack Davidson had triples. Chandler Aynes started on the mound, with Blackmon appearing in relief.
Allen went the distance against Farmersville to pick up his second pitching win. The Farmers led, 5-0, after 4 innings, but the Cats plated 3 runs in the 5th and another 3 in the 6th.
A two-run triple by Allen followed by a Norris RBI single cut the lead to 5-3. The winning rally in the sixth inning came when the Cats loaded the bases with 2 outs. Norris and X’Tavious Young were hit by pitches to force in the trying run, then Davidson drew a walkoff walk on a 3-2 count. Each team registered 8 walks in the game.
Paris plays in the White Oak Tournament beginning Thursday. They open at 9 a.m. vs. Redwater and face 17th-ranked Harmony at 11:15.
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”
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 February winner is Payne Couts. See monthly winners on our Students of the Month page.
Paris High juniors (from left) Jeremy Seals, Evelyn Brown, Ansley Downs, and Alyssa Tacuyan have been selected to attend the Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) camp. Read more.
Deon Minor Relays. Wildcat Stadium will be the site of the annual Deon Minor Relays Thursday, March 22, as the Wildcats and Ladycats track teams welcome other regional schools to this big pre-district warmup meet. Field events will start about 3 p.m. with running finals around 5:30.
District Soccer. The Paris Ladycats and Wildcats varsity soccer teams host Bonham for a District 11-4A doubleheader Tuesday at Wildcat Stadium. The girls game starts at 5:30 p.m. followed by the boys at 7:15.