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The Paris Ladycats dropped their third straight match Tuesday in the Wildcat Gym, but in the process, they may have returned to full strength as they enter the final pre-district stretch before starting district play on Sept. 23 at Atlanta.
Badly in need of a major sparkplug, the Paris volleyball team, now 12-13 for the season, welcomed back senior middle blocker Lindi Hamner after a two-week injury absence. With her team down, 7-15, to the Melissa Lady Cardinals in the opening game, Hamner entered the rotation and provided an immediate momentum changer with 3 kills and 3 blocks down the stretch.
The Lady Cardinals held on to win Game 1, 25-21, and ultimately take the match, 25-21, 22-25, 25-20, 25-14, but Paris head coach Britney Humphrey left the court feeling better about her team’s progress with just 3 pre-district matches remaining.
With a full complement of players in the lineup, Paris erupted to an 11-2 start in Game 2. Melissa fought back to tie the score twice before points by junior libero Katy Hall and senior middle blocker Dextiny Patrick provided some needed separation. A drop kill by junior setter Deagan Dingman gave the Ladycats 3 game points, and a Melissa kill error evened the match at 1-1.
The pivotal third game was tied at 10 before 5 straight Lady Cardinal points gave Melissa a lead it would not lose. Paris pulled within 17-18, but a 4-0 Melissa run punctuated by a slide kill from outstanding 6-1 sophomore Susan Blake proved too much to overcome. Blake gave Melissa a 2-1 lead with a spike off a Ladycat block.
After a Patrick spike inched the Ladycats within 9-10 in Game 4, Melissa found another gear to finish out the match on a 15-5 run.
Hamner finished with 10 kills and 5 blocks, while Patrick recorded 7 kills. Dingman was credited with 18 assists, 3 aces, and 8 digs. Hall added 13 digs, 2 kills, and 2 aces, and senior Anahdian Mitchell had 10 digs.
Paris hosts Wills Point on Friday for three matches starting at 5 p.m.
Wildcat players mob Jordan Furtch on sidelines after his second interception of the game and fourth of the season seals a win over Pleasant Grove
Paris Wildcat football fans witnessed a rarity last week in the team’s 29-0 loss to Terrell. It was the first time the school had been shut out in 9 years. In Friday’s home opener at Wildcat Stadium, they saw something almost as unusual in a 23-22 victory over the Pleasant Grove Hawks.
It was the first come-from-behind win over a quality opponent in the final minutes since the 2014 playoff win over an undefeated Van team, a span of 15 games over 3 seasons.
After falling behind, 10-22, to the Hawks with 3:29 remaining in the third quarter, the Cats scored the final 13 points on a pair of long, sustained drives to take the lead on JaKerion Brown’s 6-yard quarterback scramble with 35.3 seconds left in the game.
The Paris defense then sealed the deal when Jordan Furtch snared his second interception of the game (and fourth of the young season). The win evens the Cats’ record at 1-1. The game was the official opener for PG, which was idle last week.
The lack of game experience for PG may have benefitted Paris, which collected 4 Hawk turnovers plus a punt block. In addition to Furtch’s pass pickoffs, Jalon Pipkins recorded his first INT of the season. TD Williams also claimed a fumble recovery after a hit by Dre McKinney.
The Hawks also drew more penalty flags (12 for 90 yards) compared to the Cats (10 for 65). Still, PG was able to take a 16-10 halftime lead with a rushing attack that featured burly Keshawn Jones (26 carries for 168 yards). Paris made enough defensive adjustments in the second half to keep the game in check and allow the offense a stage to generate the winning points.
McKinney, the Cats’ senior linebacker, was credited with 19 tackles (10 solo) and now has racked up 42 stops in just 2 games. Another senior linebacker, Tyrel McAlester, was in on 11 tackles. Furtch also hit the double digit mark with 10 tackles, while Zanderius Hearn topped the defensive line with 10. Sophomore Vershaud Richardson had 7 solo tackles and the punt block.
For the second straight week the Cats started a game in a big hole due, in part, to a mis-firing offense and special teams. The Hawks were awarded a safety when a short punt snap led to an intentional grounding call in the end zone. PG added their first touchdown a couple of minutes later after a short drive following the free kick.
The dubious shutout streak ended for Paris 60 minutes and 48 seconds into the season when Brown lofted a 6-yard pass to the 6-3 Pipkins. The basketball star out-jumped his defender to pull down the catch and pull Paris within 9-7 as the second quarter began.
Paris would take the lead, 10-7, on a 30-yard field goal by Zach Lamb which was set up by a Richardson’s punt block.
The Hawks parlayed a long kickoff return into a 49-yard march to reclaim the lead, 16-10, just before halftime, and had to travel just 48 yards for a third-quarter score which padded the lead to 22-10 before Paris staged its comeback.
The Cats return to Wildcat Stadium Friday to welcome regional rival Sulphur Springs (1-1), which took a working vacation to Orlando, FL, Friday where the Hopkins County Wildcats lost to Seminole Ridge, 49-10.
How Wildcat Opponents Fared:
JaKerion Brown avoids two tacklers and scrambles into the end zone for the game’s winning points
Deagan Dingman back-sets Dextiny Patrick for a kill shot that helps Paris take Game 1
The Paris Ladycats claimed the key points down the stretch to win their opening game in Friday’s pre-district volleyball match vs. Texas High in the Wildcat Gym. But things fell apart from there as the Lady Tigers left town with a 22-25, 25-16, 25-19, 25-11 win.
Paris had beaten Texas High two weeks ago in the Wills Point Tournament, but the Ladycats had one of their two top middle blockers in the lineup for that match. With senior Lindi Hamner sidelined by a leg injury, the Ladycats had a tough time matching up against the taller Lady Tigers’ frontline.
Still, Paris jumped out to a 1-0 start. The Ladycats broke an 18-18 tie with a kill by their other frontline stalwart, senior Dextiny Patrick, sandwiched between two other points off Texas High miscues. When the Lady Tigers threatened to close the gap, junior Zanesha Dangerfield had a couple of awkward, but effective, kills to help finish Game 1.
Unfortunately, it was all downhill after that, and it wasn't the direction Paris coach Britney Humphrey wanted her team to follow. The remaining three games were all Texas High, which jumped to big leads in each.
Paris saw its season record even at 12-12. The Ladycats host Melissa Tuesday in the Wildcat Gym with a trio of matches starting at 5 p.m.
With the 2016 varsity football season home opener coming up Friday, Sept. 2, it’s a good time to remind everyone about procedures governing attendance by Paris ISD students at varsity home games.
Sections A and B (south end of the home side bleachers nearest Loop 286) are reserved for Paris ISD students only. An additional concession stand and restroom facilities are available for convenient student access at the south end of the stadium.
Any PISD student, grades pre-K through 12, must either sit with a parent/guardian or in the designated student sections. PISD students will be issued wristbands when they purchase their tickets. They must wear the wristbands when they enter the stadium and may not remove the wristbands while at the game.
The wristband will be used by PISD administrative staff to record visits to the concession stand and/or restroom facilities. A student will be allowed to leave the bleachers to visit that area twice during a game. If the student leaves the bleachers a third time, he or she will be removed from the stadium.
Other provisions of the policy remain the same from previous seasons:
The Paris Ladycats fell to 12-11 for the volleyball season with a 25-23, 25-18, 25-13 loss at Sulphur Springs Tuesday. SSHS also swept both sub-varsity matches. The Ladycats varsity hosts Texas High Friday, 4:30 p.m., in the Wildcat Gym.
Jordan Furtch looks for running room after his second pass interception
The sudden cloudburst above Terrell Memorial Stadium Friday night that forced postponement of the Paris Wildcats’ scheduled football opener was a reminder of the unpredictable nature of Texas weather.
When the Wildcat players, coaches, cheerleaders, and very close circle of friends and family returned to Terrell 16 hours later, they were met with a more harsh reminder why few Texas schools choose to play Saturday afternoon games in August on artificial turf fields.
Although temperatures were slightly below average, a thin wispy cloud cover did little to shelter participants and spectators from the summer sun’s UV rays. Umbrellas brought along to guard against another cloudburst instead were unfurled as solar shields as the Tigers handed the Wildcats their first shutout in nine seasons, 29-0. The last time a Paris team failed to score a point was 2007 in a 41-0 pounding at Noyes Stadium at the hands of the Mount Pleasant Tigers.
In the modern era of wide-open spread offenses, shutouts are rare. So are sub 200-yard offensive showings. The Cats could only manage 140 total yards, their lowest team output since Quez Allen’s sophomore season.
Both teams were very one-dimensional. Paris passed for just 36 yards on 3 completions, all to Kelo Scott. Terrell, playing without injured veteran quarterback Klayton Henderson, managed just 30 on 1 completion.
When a pair of interceptions by junior cornerback Jordan Furtch stopped two Terrell first-half drives, the Tigers turned to workhorse running back Elijah McQueen (27 carries for 196 yards) to wear down a beleaguered Paris defense.
A tough Terrell defense, meanwhile, chipped in 9 of the winning 26 points with a fumble recovery in the end zone on the Cats’ first possession of the game and a safety to start the fourth quarter.
The Wildcat defense kept it close for a half (0-10), but the unit was worn down by the oppressive sun and steady ground barrage from McQueen and Co. The Cat offense offered their defensive brothers little time for a sideline breather amid a cacophony of bobbled snaps, fumbles (3 lost), and busted plays. Two more turnovers came on special teams with a fumbled kickoff and roughing the punter penalty.
After the final touchdown, the stadium PA announced the score as “Terrell Tigers 26, Palestine Wildcats 0.” Luckily, the Cats didn’t lose their bearings on the trip home, where they now try to correct the miscues in time to host the Pleasant Grove Hawks Friday night at Wildcat Stadium.
The Hawks had an open date so this pre-district game will serve as their season opener.
How Wildcat Opponents Fared:
For the third straight time, the Paris Ladycats varsity volleyball team finished strong on Day 2 of a volleyball tournament. The Ladycats won the championship of the Challengers Bracket Saturday in Whitesboro.
They swept matches with Valley View, Collinsville, and Gainesville. During pool play on Thursday Paris started with a win over Tom Bean before dropping matches with Denison and Pottsboro to finish third in the pool.
Paris used Friday to host Sherman in the Wildcat Gym. The varsity lost, 14-25, 21-25, 24-26. The Ladycats JV Blue won, while the JV White lost.
The Ladycats, now 12-10, continue pre-district Tuesday with a trip to Sulphur Springs before closing out the week on Friday by hosting Texas High.
The Paris Wildcats lost both ends of their season-opening, sub-varsity doubleheader Thursday night at Wildcat Stadium to the Terrell Tigers. The freshmen Cats were swamped, 48-6, while the Paris JV dropped a closer, 14-7 decision.
Terrell held a 26-0 halftime lead in the freshman game behind a dominant running attack and added TD runs of 39, 83, and 40 in the second half.
Paris finally got on the scoreboard with 3:29 remaining in the third quarter on a 23-yard run by Do’Rian Williams. Deuntre Adamson kicked the extra point. A long pass completion from Kentraevious Johnson to Zakivion Blake keyed the 58-yard scoring drive.
In the JV game, a trio of first-half interceptions helped stake Paris to a 7-0 halftime lead. The turnovers included a 31-yard interception return by Luke Kyle. The pick-6 and conversion kick by Antonio Saavedra came with 5:18 left in the first quarter.
Terrell penalties and interceptions by Cameron Jones and Ty Garvin stymied the Tigers in the opening half, but the visitors managed a pair of scoring drives, including the game-winner with less than two minutes remaining, to come from behind in the second half.
The Paris sub-varsities travel to Texarkana next Thursday for a pair of games against Pleasant Grove.
The Paris Ladycats varsity volleyball team climbed above the .500 mark for the first time this season with a 3-game sweep at Leonard on Tuesday, 25-10, 25-9, 25-17.
Junior setter Deagan Dingman collected 23 assists, and junior libero Katy Hall managed 25 digs. Junior Zanesha Dangerfield had 7 kills, senior Linda Hamner 6 kills, and senior Javousey Sims added 16 digs.
The Ladycats, now 8-7 for the season after winning 7 of their last 9 matches, will play in the Whitesboro Tournament Thursday before hosting Sherman Friday in the Wildcat Gym for their home opener. The varsity match starts at 4:30 p.m. followed by freshmen and JV.
Ladycats capture consolation title at Wills Point Tournament
The Paris Ladycats varsity volleyball team brought back another piece of hardware from tournament play over the weekend and climbed to the .500 season mark in the process. The Ladycats, now 7-7, travel to Leonard on Tuesday to continue pre-district play.
Paris edged Kaufman, 27-25, 25-21, Saturday to claim the consolation crown of the Wills Point Hardman Tournament. Junior Zanesha Dangerfield knocked down 6 aces in that match.
Earlier in the day the Ladycats lost to host Wills Point, 26-28, 20-25, to start play in the championship bracket. They bounced back with a 25-14, 24-26, 25-17 win over Texas High. Senior Lindi Hamner had 9 kills and junior Deagan Dingman recorded 25 assists.
The Ladycats went 2-1 on Friday to finish second in their pool. They started with a 26-28, 25-21, 26-24 comeback win over Greenville. Hamner collected 14 kills, senior Dextiny Patrick had 11 kills and 4 blocks, Dingman had 37 assists, and junior Katy Hall notched 17 digs.
Paris then swept Mineola, 25-12, 25-22, behind Dingman’s 20 assists. The Ladycats fell to Mount Pleasant, 21-25, 25-16, 19-25, to finish out group play. Hamner collected 10 kills in that match.
Donovan Williams sprints free for a 79-yard TD run for the Wildcats
Blame it on the rain.
Whether it was the weather delay due to lightning in the area or the intermittent light rain that fell throughout Thursday night’s football scrimmage at Wildcat Stadium, the Denison Yellow Jackets put a damper on what had been an upbeat Paris Wildcat preseason camp with a 17-15 decision during two full quarters of live game action.
The teams simulated all normal aspects of a regular half of play except no pressure and no returns were allowed on kicks.
The Cats, who had shut down 7th-ranked Celina in their first scrimmage just one week ago, didn’t show the same crispness and enthusiasm against Class 5A Denison, which raced out to a 17-2 lead midway through the second quarter of action. The Paris offense finally broke junior running back Donovan Williams free for a 79-yard touchdown sprint with just 2:16 remaining in the session.
The Jackets then fumbled a handoff that senior outside linebacker Tyrel McCalester picked up and returned 11 yards for a defensive TD that closed the gap to 17-15 with 1:32 left to play. The Cats elected to go for a two-point conversion and the tie, but senior Ja’Kerion Brown’s back-shoulder fade pass to senior Jalon Pipkins seemed to be a case of simultaneous possession between Pipkins and the Jacket defender. At any rate, the two tumbled out of the end zone and back onto the field of play and no points were awarded.
A fumbled Denison snap had previously given Paris its only other points of the evening when McCalester tackled the Jacket quarterback in the end zone.
Denison scored on its first possession with a 37-yard field goal that was set up by a long pass completion against a blown Wildcat coverage.
A negative-2-yard punt set up the Jackets for a 13-yard drive in two plays to make it a 10-0 score with 6:30 left in the first quarter.
After an exchange of punts on the teams’ next possessions, the Cats had their best drive of the night, but it bogged down at the Denison 9 when Williams was tackled for a loss on 4th-and-1.
McCalester’s tackle for the two-point safety came two plays later, but the visitors rebounded on their next offensive series with a 63-yard, 5-play drive capped by a 32-yard, play-action pass for a 17-2 advantage.
The schools’ second-team units took the field for a controlled scrimmage following the live half. Paris had the only score in those remaining alternating series on a 3-yard run by senior Dre McKinney.
The Cats open the regular season next Friday, Aug. 26, at Terrell. Advance tickets for that game can be picked up in the athletic office on Thursday and Friday (until 1 p.m.) for $5 adults and $3 students. All tickets at the game will be $6.
Deagan Dingman back-sets for a Dextiny Patrick kill as Zanesha Dangerfield (10) and Coach Britney Humphrey eye the play.
When Britney Humphrey returned to Paris High this year to take over the reigns of the Ladycats’ volleyball program, she knew she had inherited four veteran stalwarts for her match rotation. That foursome: Senior middle blockers Dextiny Patrick and Lindi Hamner, junior setter Deagan Dingman, and junior libero Katy Hall played prominent roles in Tuesday’s 25-18, 25-11, 25-21 sweep at Prairiland.
But it was a trio of varsity newcomers whose supporting roles in court coverage, block assists, ball saves, and occasional kills that made the 3-game sweep possible. Senior Anahdian Mitchell and juniors Javouseya Sims and Zanesha Dangerfield may not make the statistical haul that the four returning veterans provide on a nightly basis, but they showed, at least on Tuesday, that they could be dependable cogs for the 2016 season.
While Patrick and Hamner took turns anchoring frontline play and Dingman and Hall had their shining moments, particularly at the service line, the Ladycats dominated the pre-district match because they had a huge advantage in making less unforced errors. Those same court mistakes were a big reason Paris posted a substandard 13-24 record just one year ago.
After Paris took the opening set, 25-18, the Ladycats took control of Game 2 and the match by breaking away from a 5-5 tie. With Dingman at the service line, Hamner started a 7-0 run with a nice slide kill followed by a block and a dig kill from Hall. Following a Prairiland timeout, the run continued with two more Hamner blocks.
A kill by Sims, another Hamner block and kill, and a pair of Lady Patriot errors ended the Game 2 rout, but the hosts rebounded in Game 3 and threatened to extend the match when they fought back to take a 19-18 lead.
Dangerfield had a key kill to stop the slide, and a trip to the service line by Hall was the cure the Ladycats needed to close out the match. She had a trio of unreturned serves, including a couple of aces, plus a big saving dig that preceded another Sims point to push Paris to the win brink. A kill by Sims ended the match.
Paris, 3-5, but winners in 3 of its last 4 matches, hopes to keep the momentum going into this weekend’s Hardman Invitational Tournament in Wills Point. The Ladycats open pool play on Friday vs. Greenville (2 p.m.), Mineola (5 p.m.), and Mount Pleasant (7 p.m.) Bracket play will be Saturday.
Senior quarterback Ja’Kerion Brown scored the only two touchdowns of the evening as the Paris High varsity played a preseason scrimmage Friday at Celina Bobcat Stadium. The Cats outscored Celina, 1-0, in touchdowns, during the controlled portion of the scrimmage before winning a live quarter, 7-0.
Brown had 8 carries for 122 yards and the 2 scores. He also teammed with senior Jalon Pipkins to complete 2 of 4 passes for 24 yards. Brown played running back and slot receiver in his previous two varsity seasons with Paris.
Junior Montavius McCarty had 1 rush for 31 yards, while junior Donovan Williams had 8 carries for 25 yards against the Bobcats, who were state finalists in Class 4A-II last season. Celina did not cross midfield during the first part of the scrimmage, and when the Bobcats threatened to score during the live quarter, Pipkins intercepted a pass to end the threat.
The Cats will hold their second and final scrimmage Thursday when they host Denison at Wildcat Stadium. Freshmen are scheduled to start at 4:30 p.m. followed by JV at 5:30 and varsity at 7. Denison outscored North Lamar, 6-0, in touchdowns Friday in a scrimmage at Munson Stadium.
The Paris Ladycats varsity volleyball team finished the first week of the season with a pair of wins on Saturday to take third place in the silver bracket at the Van Tournament.
The Ladycats beat Arp, 25-20, 25-11, in the third-place match. Junior setter Deagan Dingman collected 15 assists, 12 digs, and 4 aces in the final match.
Pool play was shortened to just two matches on Friday due to weather-related power outage. Paris lost to Bullard, 25-19, 25-17, then fell to Groesbeck, 25-23, 22-25, 25-20.
In Saturday’s bracket play, Paris opened with a 25-19, 27-25 win over Mineola before losing to Spring Hill, 25-23, 25-11, setting up the third-place match vs. Arp.
Earlier in the week, the Ladycats lost both ends of a double-dual meet with Denison and Whitesboro. They fell to host Whitesboro, 25-16, 25-19, 25-12, despite 9 kills by senior Dextiny Patrick. Denison beat Paris in a tight match, 25-18, 26-28, 28-26, 25-23. Patrick had 10 kills and 5 blocks vs. the Lady Jackets, while senior Lindi Hamner had 8 kills and a block.
The Ladycats (2-5) take the short trip south to Prairiland Tuesday for three matches, starting at 4:30 p.m. with the freshmen and JV. Varsity should follow around 6.
Several Paris Wildcats earned selections for outstanding play during the recent baseball season, topped by junior Phillip Sikes, who was named co-MVP of the All-Red River Valley team and co-Defensive MVP of District 15-4A.
The All-RRV team is selected by The Paris News while league coaches pick the All-District team.
Sikes compiled a pitching record of 8-2 and played shortstop to lead the Cats to a 21-9 season record and 6-4 third-place finish in 15-4A. Senior Channing Parker was a first-team All-District pick at pitcher and also earned a first-team nod on the All-RRV squad.
Second team All-District berths went to senior first baseman Philip Nance, sophomore third baseman Zach Norris, senior catcher Tyler Sanders, senior rightfielder Forrest White, and senior designed hitter Cody Conway. Senior second baseman Payton Barrios, senior centerfielder Quinn Dillard, and junior leftfielder Corey Allen received honorable mention.
Nance and White were also first-team selections on the All-RRV team. Second team mentions were Allen, Barrios, and Norris. Receiving honorable mention were Conway, Dillard, and Sanders.
The Paris High Theater Department wrapped up a successful 2015-16 run recently with a banquet where theater co-sponsors Amy Burrows and Jayna Shull presented awards for outstanding achievement.
Senior Maggie Maxwell (right) received the Best Actress and Most Valuable Troupe Member awards. Maxwell was a cast member of the production of Disney’s High School Musical, was named to All-Star Cast of the UIL One Act Play Dark Road, and directed the recent production of Brothers Grimm Spectaculation.
|Meanwhile, other top awards went to seniors Caroline Janes and Alex Montellano for Best Supporting Actresses. Janes, Montellano, and Maxwell participated in One Act Play each of their four years at PHS. Sophomore Hannah England (bottom, left) received the Most Valuable Newcomer award and Abby Cannon (bottom, right) was selected Most Valuable Freshman.|
The Paris Education Foundation recently awarded scholarships totaling $108,250 to graduating seniors of the Class of 2016. Receiving awards were Quez Allen, Payton Barrios, Pharceni Battle, Patxsonnia Brown, Adlih Calderon, Katie Chaix, Macey Chapman, Sloan Clay, Mary Cobb, Cristiain Cortes, Da’Quayvious Council, Tamekia Dixon, Gabrielle Finch, Juan Flores, Justice Flowers, Kaitlin Frazier, Maria Gomez, Maria Gonzalez, Asia Garvin, Blaine Grissom, Ty Gray, X’zavius Gray, Evelyn Gulde, Mary Hervey, Mason Hamm, Caroline Janes, Brittanee’ Johnson, Mikayla Johnson, Onyxia Johnson, Mallory Kennedy, Sara Lancaster, Jada Lee, Maggie Maxwell, Quintarius Mitchell, Alexandrea Montellano, Jesus Morales, Romy Newberry, Omar Palomares, Channing Parker, Cheyenne Plummer, Shikha Prakash, Darius Samuels Jr., Tyler Sanders, Mallory Shoemake,Caitlin Simpson, Shreya Singh, Angeline Tacuyan, Kendra Thomas, Anna Grace Thrasher, Taylor Threadgill, Roman Villarreal, Katie Watson, Jeffery White, Alexis Willison, Erin Wright, Zoie Young, and Thomas Zimmerman.
After a listless 4-0 loss on Thursday to Athens in the opening game of their best-of-three Area Round playoff series, the Paris Wildcats returned to West Mesquite Tillery Field on Saturday hopeful not to go down without a fight.
They landed a haymaker in Game 2 as senior pitcher Channing Parker outdueled Hornets ace Brandon Boyd, 2-1, to even the series at a game apiece. They held the upper hand midway through Game 3 with a 2-0 lead and appeared to have the Hornets’ No. 3 pitcher, Paden Quade, teetering on the ropes.
But like the District 13 champions they are, the Hornets, coached by longtime PHS assistant Dallas Robertson, picked themselves off the canvas, regained the momentum with a 3-run fourth inning, and Quade found a second wind to finish the game by retiring 9 of the final 11 Paris batters he faced.
The Hornets won Game 3, 4-2, and advance to play North Lamar in this week’s regional quarterfinals in a 3-game series starting Thursday in Lindale.
“I spent 10 years over there,” Robertson told an Athens reporter after the game. “I told the boys that it was not going to be an easy day.”
The Cats quickly got the upper hand on Boyd, who came into the game with a perfect 8-0 record. Forrest White, normally the leadoff hitter but moved to No. 3 in the lineup on Saturday, lofted a shot over the centerfielder’s head for a 2-out double in the first inning.
Cleanup hitter Philip Nance (pictured left reacting to his RBI) then pulled a Boyd curve ball into the hole between shortstop and third to bring in the Cats’ first run.
More problems awaited Boyd in inning 2 as lefthander Corey Allen led off the inning with a single. Designated hitter Cody Conway followed with a walk. With 2 outs, shortstop Phillip Sikes lined a Boyd inside fastball into centerfield to drive in courtesy runner X’Tavous Young for a 2-0 lead.
Paris missed a chance for further separation in the third inning. With 2 outs, Zach Norris singled and Allen sent a double to be base of the rightfield fence. A groundout ended the Cats’ last best chance against Boyd.
Meanwhile, Parker, the Cats’ No. 2 pitcher who missed five district games with a shoulder injury, had the Hornets off-balance at the plate. When he needed an assist from his defense, he got it.
Catcher Tyler Sanders gunned down the speedy Landon Bynum trying to steal second base to end the first inning. An excellent play by second baseman Payton Barrios on a slow roller ended the second. And when Athens put together 2 of their 5 hits off Parker in the fifth, first baseman Nance ended the threat with an unassisted line-drive double play.
Parker only collected 4 strikeouts, but he stranded Bynum and his 2-out triple in the fourth by getting cleanup hitter Quade to chase a wicked third strike curve ball. Parker also got back-to-back strikeouts of the Hornets’ Nos. 1 and 2 hitters to end the sixth.
He still had to withstand a shaky seventh to get the series equalizer. Bynum led off with a double and scored Athens’ only run one out later on Alex Fernandez’ RBI single. Fernandez, who then stole second base, advanced to third on a groundout, but another infield grounder stranded the game’s potential tying run.
After a 30-minute wait, the teams returned to the field for Game 3 with Athens serving as home team.
The Hornets put their trust in Quade on the mound, but it looked like his outing might end early due to an incident on the basepaths. He led off the Athens second with a single, but was picked off first by Paris starter Norris and caught in a lengthy rundown. He was tagged out while trying to slide back to first and stayed down for several minutes.
The Hornets had another pitcher warming up in the bullpen, but Quade recovered in time to go back to the mound for the Paris third.
He was greeted by a Sikes leadoff single. Sikes stole second and advanced to third on a flyout. With 2 outs, Nance’s single brought him home. Norris followed with a double down the rightfield line to put runners at 2nd and 3rd, but the Cats lost a chance to deliver a knockout blow when a groundout ended the inning.
Still, they were back at it in the fourth. Sanders was beaned in the helmet to start the frame, and Conway bunted courtesy runner Zach DeLaGarza to second. With 2 outs, Sikes delivered a double down the third base line to score run No. 2.
The sophomore Norris (5-4), whose top pitching moments have primarily come in relief this year, lost command of his pitches in the fateful fourth. He walked Cameron Woodward, and Bynum followed with his third hit of the day.
The two Hornets runners moved up to second and third on a controversial call by the home plate umpire who ruled a passed ball on an apparent foul bunt off the bat of Quade.
Consecutive sacrifice flies tied the score at 2-all, but the Homets weren’t through. Boyd lined a double, and Luis Valdez sent him home with the go-ahead run on an RBI single.
The Cats sent Parker back to the mound in the fifth to try to keep it close, but he ran out of gas in the sixth when the Hornets tacked on an insurance run on a Bynum walk, bunt, and RBI single by Fernandez.
Paris changed pitchers once last time, and Nance got the final two outs. The Cats then went down, in order, in their final at-bat.
And so the Hornets (22-7) survive another playoff elimination round, and they did it because they were the more efficient team on Saturday. They only left 6 runners on base in combined Games 2 and 3, while the Cats left 15. They took advantage of their opportunities.
The Cats finish their season at 21-9. They will graduate a strong group of seven seniors including infielders Parker, Barrios, Nance, Conway, and Sanders, and outfielders White and Quinn Dillard.
Senior Tierra Yates saved her best throw for last to earn a medal at the Class 4A Track and Field Championships Saturday at Austin’s Mike Myers Stadium. Yates threw the discus 127 feet, 3 inches, to claim sixth place in the girls event. The winner was Orange Grove’s McKenzie Chapa with a throw of 147-11.
Fellow senior Quez Allen finished eighth in the boys discus with a throw of 143-0. Bullard’s Jacob Allen won the event with a 177-2.
The Paris Wildcats got a walk by Zach Norris in the fifth inning to break up a perfect game and a single from Cody Conway in the sixth to break up a no-hitter by Athens pitcher Emanuel Hernandez, but little else went right for the Cats Thursday as they dropped Game 1 of their best-of-3 Area Round playoff series at West Mesquite Tillery Field, 4-0.
Game 2 will be Saturday, 1 p.m., back at West Mesquite with Paris needing a win to force a decisive Game 3 to follow.
Paris ace Phillip Sikes struck out 8 Hornets, but Athens collected 9 hits to go with 3 costly Wildcat errors to establish all the offense it needed.
Hernandez collected only 4 strikeouts but relied on an error-free Athens defense behind him. He stranded Norris on base with 2 of those Ks in the fifth, while Conway was wiped out by an around-the-horn double play in the sixth.
Sikes (8-2) picked up his second pitching loss of the season. His previous lost decision was also at the hands of Athens and Hernandez, 2-1, on March 19 in a pre-district game at Athens.
The Louisiana Tech commit didn’t have the same command of his pitches as displayed last week in a 4-0 one-hitter to open Paris’ bi-district series with Gilmer. The Cats were responsible for just one error in that two-game series sweep. Thursday they committed two critical outfield errors that contributed to a 2-0 Athens lead after two innings. A passed ball rolled into the dugout in the sixth inning to allow the Hornets’ final run to score.
Athens had base runners in every inning except the third.
Paris (20-8) faces a monumental task Saturday. The Cats need two wins over Athens (21-6) to advance to next week’s regional quarterfinals against the winner of Friday’s North Lamar-Mabank single game playoff. Plus, Paris can expect to face Hornets’ pitching ace Brandon Boyd, a second team All-State selection from 2015.
The Cats will probably counter with senior Channing Parker (4-2), who clinched last week’s playoff win over Gilmer with a 5-0 two-hitter. Paris will be the designated home team in Game 2.
ILPC individual medalists for BlueTube included (front, from left) Cheyenne Plummer and Dextiny Patrick and (back) Jake Freelen, DJ Samuels, KJ Tyler, Javier Martinez.
BlueTube, Paris High’s weekly video news magazine, has been selected as 1 of 12 high school broadcast programs to receive the Distinguished Merit Award in this year’s Interscholastic League Press Conference ratings.
In addition, BlueTube students received 3 first-place awards, 2 seconds, and a third in Individual Achievement Awards for Broadcast Division MS-4A (middle school through Class 4A high schools). Paris High and Austin Gorzycki Middle School tied for the most individual achievement awards.
“The ILPC has been around for a long time providing ratings for yearbooks and student newspapers,” BlueTube sponsor Tim Taylor said, “but they’ve recently added the broadcast competition.
“Last fall I showed my students examples of entries that won last year’s ILPC competition and asked ‘who wanted to be a state champion?’ Several students took on the challenge, and I’m ecstatic that their work has been recognized in this, our first year of ILPC competition.”
BlueTube students placed first in the categories of documentary (by senior DJ Samuels), feature story (sophomore Javier Martinez), and anchor presentation (senior Cheyenne Plummer and junior Dextiny Patrick).
It marks the third significant video production award achieved by Samuels during his time at Paris High. He was named a finalist for the 2015 All-American High School Film Festival in New York City and a quarterfinalist in this year’s UIL Young Filmmakers Contest.
Samuels’ winning ILPC documentary, titled “Over,” chronicles the 2016 Wildcat football season.
“I’m extremely proud of DJ,” Taylor said. “He spent lots of time on the project and changed gears several times before settling on a direction and a message that was comfortable to him.”
Martinez, a first-year BlueTube student, produced a featured titled “Bonded,” a creative representation of urban dialog between elements of the periodic table.
“I’m glad that judges recognized the unique creativity that Javier displayed,” Taylor said. “He also spent countless hours working on improving his entry.”
The winning anchor presentation, broadcast on the Feb. 12 show titled, “Love to Hate,” was a collaboration between two veteran, out-going students.
“Cheyenne and Dextiny are on-camera naturals,” Taylor said. “They have a presence and chemistry that relates to our student audience.”
Patrick also collaborated with fellow junior KJ Tyler on the second-place winner in general sports story category. Their piece previewed the 2015 Paris Holiday Boys Basketball Invitational.
Tyler also picked up a third place in promotion/commercial/PSA for a satire of a famous snack commercial.
Sophomore Jake Freelen picked up a second place in graphics for his opening to the Feb. 12 show.
BlueTube is in its ninth year of operation at Paris High.
Channing Parker delivers a pitch in Saturday’s 5-0 win over Gilmer. Phillip Sikes (in background at shortstop) pitched the Cats to a 4-0 win in Friday’s series opener.
Baseball teams that can combine great pitching with timely hitting and solid defense can make long playoff runs.
Such was the case for the Paris Wildcats, who got back-to-back shutouts from junior Phillip Sikes and senior Channing Parker to dispatch the Gilmer Buckeyes from the Class 4A playoffs. After Sikes recorded 14 strikeouts to forge a 4-0 one-hitter on Friday, Parker took the mound for Game 2 Saturday and limited the Buckeyes to a pair of infield singles in a 5-0 win that clinched the best-of-3, bi-district series played in Atlanta.
“We had a great weekend,” said an upbeat Paris head coach Bill Sikes, whose squad advances to this week’s Area Round matchup with Athens, coached by former PHS assistant Dallas Robertson. That best-of-3 series will be played at West Mesquite Tillery Field. Game 1 will be Thursday, 7:30 p.m. (Athens is the designated home team). Game 2 will be Saturday, 1 p.m. (Paris is home), and Game 3, if needed, will follow 30 minutes after the completion of Game 2.
How dominant was the pitching display vs. Gilmer? The Cats didn’t allow a single Buckeye to advance past second base in 14 innings.
“Phillip had a little extra on the ball (more velocity) and was spotting up really well,” Sikes said about his nephew and Louisiana Tech commit. “Channing didn’t have his best stuff,” Sikes about Parker’s performance which included 4 walks and a hit batter with just 3 strikeouts.
“But he battled through it,” Sikes continued, “and we made the routine plays behind him.”
The Paris defense wasn’t spectacular. It didn’t have to be, but the Cats made just one error in the series and that happened in the first inning of Game 1, the by-product of a tough twilight outfield sun.
Appropriately, the Paris defense finished Saturday’s game with a double play on a grounder back to the mound.
Offensively, the Cats managed 8 hits, including a couple of big 2-out blows. The biggest hit came in the third inning when Sikes took advantage of a tricky wind blowing out to leftfield to reach the scoreboard for a 3-run homer.
Then, in a bizarre sixth inning that included two long stoppages while the umpiring crew discussed the outcome of apparent hit batters, senior Payton Barrios also got an assist from a wind-blown double that was misplayed by the Gilmer centerfielder to bring in the final two Paris runs.
Parker was the first Wildcat hit by a Kade Clemons pitch, although it sounded like the ball clanged off the end of the bat. After a long delay, Parker was allowed to take a base. The next batter, junior Corey Allen, tried to leap over a low pitch that bounced off his back foot. This time, after another long confab, he was finally called back to the plate, where he bunted into a force play.
With 2 outs, Barrios lofted a fly into the right-centerfield gap. The Gilmer centerfielder broke in on the play and couldn’t recover in time as the ball sailed over his head. Barrios also had a key, 2-out hit that plated a pair of runs in Friday’s win.
“That was karma,” Sikes said of the fortuitous double. “We thought the ball hit Corey square in the foot, but (none of the umpires) saw it.”
With the wins, Paris moves to 20-7 on the season and is currently riding a 5-game winning streak.
“We did some things we haven’t done all year,” Sikes said. We did a great job putting men on base and scoring with 2 outs.”
Gilmer, the runnerup from District 16-4A, saw its season end at 12-10.
Paris High junior Phillip Sikes struck out 14 batters as the Wildcats took a 1-0 lead in their best-of-3, bi-district playoff series over the Gilmer Buckeyes Friday in Atlanta.
Game 2 will be played at 11 a.m. Saturday in Atlanta. A Gilmer win would force a decisive third game 30 minutes after completion of Game 2.
Sikes, whose pitching record is now 8-1, saw his bid for a no-hitter end with 2 outs in the seventh inning when his Buckeye pitching counterpart Jacob Robertson singled up the middle. Sikes’ complete game 1-hitter included a pair of walks. Only 1 Gilmer runner advanced to second base.
Other than a couple of innings, Robertson (5-3) was equally effective on the mound for Gilmer. He allowed just 4 Wildcat hits with 2 walks.
Paris jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning thanks to some heads-up base running and the lone Buckeye error of the evening. Senior Forrest White led off with a walk, was bunted to second on a sacrifice by senior Tyler Sanders, and advanced to third on a passed ball.
White then scored the first run when he beat the throw to the plate on an RBI grounder by Sikes. An errant throw on a stolen base moved Sikes to third, where he scored the second run on a single by senior Philip Nance.
The game turned into a pitcher’s duel until the bottom of the fourth when the Cats padded their lead on a 2-out rally. Back-to-back singles by sophomore Zach Norris and senior Channing Parker followed by a walk to senior Cody Conway loaded the bases. Senior second baseman Payton Barrios stroked a 2-run single to centerfield to make it a 4-0 game.
Robertson then retired the last 7 Paris batters he faced.
The win raises Paris’ record to 19-7 for the season, while Gilmer falls to 12-9. The winner of this series advances to next week’s Area Round to face the winner of the Athens-Van single game playoff.
The Paris vs. Gilmer bi-district best-of-3 playoff series will be contested at the neutral site of Atlanta. Game 1 is scheduled for Friday, 6 p.m. Game 2 will be Saturday, 11 a.m., and Game 3, if needed, will follow 30 minutes after the completion of Game 2.
The winner of the Paris-Gilmer series advances to the Area Round vs. the winner of the Athens-Van first-round series.
A traditional home and home series was ruled out because the Gilmer field has been ruled “unplayable.” Paris head coach Bill Sikes said the schools searched for a more convenient neutral site but none were available.
Paris, 18-7 overall, is the No. 3 seed from District 15-4A, while Gilmer, 12-8, is the No. 2 seed from District 16-4A. The Wildcats beat the Buckeyes, 9-1, in a pre-district game on March 22 at Gilmer.
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. At the end of the year, the name of one of the monthly winners is drawn to receive a $100 Applebee’s gift card. The 2017-18 winner is Michael Godwin. See monthly winners on our Students of the Month page.
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