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Freshman Peaches Jackson, earlier named District 15-4A Newcomer of the Year, received the same honor on this year’s All-Red River Valley girls basketball team as selected by The Paris News.
Junior post Dextiny Patrick was selected to the first team, while sophomore guard Serenity Sanders was named to the second team.
Diarva Brown focuses on the finish line as he takes the baton handoff from TD Williams to anchor the Wildcats’ sprint relay to a win at the Deon Minor Wildcat Relays
Paris won the JV boys division of the annual Deon Minor Wildcat Relays Thursday at Wildcat Stadium, while Mount Pleasant claimed the varsity boys championship and Gilmer dominated the girls division.
The Wildcat JV track and field team won six individual events and a relay to finish with 174.5 points. Sulphur Springs placed second with 144. Paris winners included Daniel Collins (100M Dash), Tyrel McAlester (200M Dash), Gavin Dabbs (800M Run), Juan Rojas (1600M Run), Michael Godwin (discus), Jordan Furtch (triple jump) and the 4x200M Relay team of Travius Bronner, Collins, Tre King, and McAlester.
Senior Diarva Brown was the sprint champion in the varsity boys division, winning the 100 and 200 meters, and anchoring the winning 4x100M relay team along with Javonta Ladell, Montavious McCarty, and TD Williams. Ty Gray took the 300M hurdles and Quen Bills won triple jump.
In the most competitive team race, Mount Pleasant finish first in varsity boys with 117 points, while Emory Rains was second at 102, and Paris tied Sulphur Springs for third with 82 points each.
Gilmer swamped the field in the girls division with 214 points. Sulphur Springs was a distant second at 103, while Paris finished sixth at 54.
See complete results.
The annual Deon Minor Wildcat Relays, sponsored this year by Everett Toyota, will draw a strong field of 10 schools to Wildcat Stadium Thursday. Field events begin at 3:30, with running finals at 5.
The track and field meet will draw entries from host Paris, North Lamar, Sulphur Springs, Greenville, Mount Pleasant, Commerce, Emory Rains, Gilmer, Denison, and Idabel. Admission is $4 for adults and $2 for students. Concessions, including a snow cone trailer, will be available.
Everett Toyota will have a tent set up and vehicles on hand for inspection. Visitors can sign up for a prize drawing.
The event is named in honor of the former PHS track star who set records at the collegiate and world elite levels as a premier quarter-miler. Minor is expected to attend the event.
Paris Ladycats head softball coach Donya Mooney made a trip to the pitching circle in the top of the third inning of Tuesday night’s District 15-4A softball game with the Atlanta Lady Rabbits, who were leading at the time by a 5-0 count, having benefitted from 5 Paris fielding errors.
Whatever she said to the team as they huddled around the first-year Paris coach apparently worked. While the Lady Rabbs finished with a 7-1 win, the Ladycats played flawless defense the rest of the way. In what has been a rarity in recent years, the Ladycats forced a district opponent to go the distance to pick up a victory at Ladycat Field.
Offensively, the impromptu team meeting also sparked the lone Paris run of the evening in the bottom of the third. This time it was a polished Atlanta team which contributed errors that lead to the marker.
In that inning, leadoff batter Codi Clark started the rally with an infield single and Cheyenne Yackeschi drove the ball to the opposite field. Mooney replaced them with pinch runners Jayla Sims and Brylei Moore. It was Moore’s extended leads off first base which drew the attention of the Atlanta defense and resulted in an errant throw into rightfield followed by a poor return throw that allowed Sims to score from second base.
Lady Rabbs pitcher Katie Kelly recovered to strike out the Ladycats’ Nos. 1-2-3 hitters to end the threat. She allowed just 4 hits, including singles by E. Harris and Taylor Helm.
Paris pitcher Harmony Hamil gave up 7 hits. Atlanta scored 2 runs in the first, 3 in the third, and 2 more in the fifth.
Paris won the JV game, 8-6.
The Ladycats, now 0-2 in district, travel to Texarkana on Friday to play Liberty-Eylau before returning to Ladycat Field to host North Lamar on Monday.
The Paris Wildcats (11-3) conquered some high winds to complete their pre-district baseball schedule Tuesday with a 9-1 win at Gilmer. In the process, they got some final tuneup work for their pitching staff in advance of Friday’s District 15-4A opener at Liberty-Eylau.
Senior Channing Parker (3-1) got the win after starting and logging the first three innings. “He got behind their leadoff hitter who ripped a shot off of him,” Paris coach Bill Sikes said, “but after that he was solid.”
Sophomore Zach Norris and senior Philip Nance finished up with a pair of innings each in relief.
The key hit of the game came off the bat of senior Forrest White who had a wind-aided extra base blast. Sikes also mentioned junior Corey Allen for having “a good day at the plate,” and he said that senior Quinn Dillard and Parker had a couple of hits each.
The Paris Wildcats closed out Spring Break with a 2-1 loss Saturday night in Athens. The Cats had the potential tying run in scoring position in the seventh inning, but the Hornets, coached by former longtime Paris assistant Dallas Robertson, made some defensive plays to end the game.
Junior pitcher Phillip Sikes (3-1) took his first loss of the season despite holding Athens to 2 runs (1 earned) and striking out 12 Hornets. “He had a real good fastball,” Paris coach Bill Sikes said, “but he couldn’t locate his curve.”
Paris (10-3) took a 1-0 lead in the fourth inning when senior Forrest White doubled, was bunted to third, and scored on a sacrifice fly by Sikes.
Athens (9-4) tied the game in the bottom half of the frame on an unearned run, and the Hornets took a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the fifth.
With 1 out, Sikes reached base in the top of the seventh and stole second. Sophomore Zach Norris then walked. It looked like the Cats might tie or regain the lead when senior Philip Nance “smoked the ball” but centerfielder Jeremy Bateman ran it down for the second out. A ground ball forceout then ended the game.
“Their centerfielder was unreal,” Sikes said.
The Cats finish the pre-district portion of their schedule Tuesday with a 6 p.m. start at Gilmer (6-3). Paris opens District 15-4A on Friday at Liberty-Eylau.
A 2-run homer by Forrest White powered the Cats to a 4-2 win in extra innings and a split of their doubleheader with 24th-ranked Sanger (photo by Joe Watson)
It took 16 innings Wednesday, but the Paris Wildcats finally dealt the Sanger Indians their first loss of the 2016 baseball season in a well-pitched doubleheader matchup of two top 25-ranked Class 4A squads.
The Cats won the second game, 4-2, powered by a 2-run, 9th-inning, 2-out homer by senior rightfielder Forrest White after the host Indians won the opener, 3-2, on a 6th-inning go-ahead run. The pre-district doubleheader was a matchup of No. 24 Sanger (13-1) and Paris (10-2), tied for the 25th spot according to txhighschoolbaseball.com.
The Paris pitching staff held the hard-hitting Indians (batting .357 coming into the games) to 9 hits for the day. The Cats racked up 16 hits for the twinbill.
Senior Channing Parker (2-1) went the 9-inning distance on the mound for Paris. Both runs scored were unearned. Parker gave up 3 hits and 2 walks with 6 strikeouts. Sophomore Zach Norris (3-1) pitched all 6 innings in the opener. He gave up 2 earned runs on 6 hits, 2 walks, 3 hit batters, with 2 strikeouts.
In addition to his game-winning home run, White also doubled twice in the second game. Senior Philip Nance and juniors Phillip Sikes and Corey Allen each had two hits in the nitecap. Senior Payton Barrios had the only Cat RBI in the opener.
Weather permitting, Paris will continue Spring Break by hosting Bonham at 6 p.m. Friday at PJC Hub Hollis Field. The Cats are also scheduled to play at Athens on Saturday.
The Paris Ladycats opened the District 15-4A softball season Friday with a 15-4 loss at Pleasant Grove.
The game was halted after 4½ innings due to the run rule, but not before Paris inflicted some damage at the plate. Sophomore Nautica Harris blasted a solo home run over the leftfield fence in the second inning, the Ladycats plated a second run in the third, and senior E. Harris capped off Paris scoring in the fourth with a 2-RBI triple down the rightfield line.
A 7-run rally by the Lady Hawks in the bottom of the fourth set up the early end. It was the 13th straight win by PG.
Paris hosts the Atlanta Lady Rabbits Tuesday at PJHS Ladycat Field.
Despite a week of heavy deluge which washed out the spring sports calendar, the sun continues to shine on the Paris High Wildcat baseball team. The Cats had to take a 3-hour bus trip west on Friday to complete a non-district game on Kennedale’s all-turf field, but they enjoyed a happy ride home after a 3-2 comeback win.
Paris, which moved into the No. 25 spot this week on the Class 4A rankings by txhighschoolbaseball.com, is now 9-1 for the young season. By contrast, the 2015 Cats didn’t win their first game until March 17 and finished with a losing season at 9-17.
Paris head coach Bill Sikes felt his pitching and defense would set the tone for 2016, and that’s been the case so far. The Cats have posted 5 shutouts and held opponents to 2 or fewer runs on 3 other occasions.
His ace, junior nephew Phillip Sikes, actually had his first shaky outing Friday, yet the team still found a way to win. Phillip Sikes, who had logged an incredible 28 strikeouts in 10 previous innings, was knocked off the mound with 2 outs in the fifth inning when Kennedale rallied to take a 2-1 win. The hosts managed 6 hits off Sikes, who also gave up a pair of walks and a hit batter with just 3 strikeouts.
So the Paris coach turned to sophomore Zach Norris (shown right in photo by Joe Watson) to finish out the fifth inning. Then, after a 2-run rally by the Cats in the top of the sixth regained the lead, 3-2, Norris closed out the win with two more shutout innings.
Norris, now 3-0 for the season, gave up no hits, 1 walk, and struck out 3 batters. He’s now thrown 15⅓ innings on the mound and given up just 1 run, 5 hits, 3 walks, with 17 strikeouts.
“He’s a bulldog,” coach Sikes says. “He really gets after it on the mound.”
Offensively, Norris, who occupies the No. 5 slot in the batting order, contributed a double among the 5 Paris hits. Seniors Cody Conway, Philip Nance, Channing Parker, and junior Corey Allen had the other singles.
Paris hitters drew 5 walks, and Kennedale chipped in a pair of errors. The Paris defense committed no errors.
Paris and Kennedale (5-6) were scheduled to play Friday as part of the Bonham Tournament. It was cancelled, however, so the two teams opted for the single game on Kennedale’s field.
The teams lost a potential 6 games when the Bonham Tournament was rained out. It was an opportunity for the coaching staff to establish a pitching rotation for upcoming district games. As a result, Paris will be hustling to pick up extra games during Spring Break next week.
Weather permitting, Sikes hopes to go to Sanger on Wednesday, host Bonham at 6 p.m. on Friday, March 18, then travel to Athens on Saturday, March 19. District 15-4A action starts on March 25 at Liberty-Eylau.
This year’s District 15-4A boys basketball accolades were dominated, as expected, by the 5th-ranked Paris Wildcats.
Sharing co-MVP honors were senior twins Jordan and Jared Embry. Junior Jalon Pipkins was named co-Offensive MVP along with North Lamar senior Levi Porter. Senior Jalen Wallace was selected co-Defensive MVP along with Pleasant Grove senior Cross Bright and Liberty-Eylau senior Decorian Meadows.
Sophomore Josh Robinson shared co-Newcomer of the Year honors with Pleasant Grove senior Tre Reynolds. Billy Mack Steed was named Coach of the Year.
The Cats had a perfect 10-0 run through the district and finished 33-3 for the season which ended with a loss to state champion Dallas Lincoln in a regional semifinal.
The Paris Ladycats won the JV girls team title at Thursday’s Greenville Cotton Ford Relays. The field events were cancelled due to recent heavy rains.
Kaufman won the varsity girls division, while Paris finished third. Senior Tarsha’la Fisher won the 100-meter dash, and the Ladycats also captured the sprint relay.
Princeton won varsity boys, with Paris taking fourth overall. Senior Diarva Brown was a double winner in the 100- and 200-meter sprints.
The Cats finished second in JV boys.
Paris returns to action following Spring Break by hosting the annual Deon Minor Wildcat Relays on Thursday, March 24, at Wildcat Stadium.
District 11-4A soccer action concluded Tuesday. The 8 district boys and girls teams now wait out first-round byes to begin the playoffs in Area Round matches April 1-2.
The boys champion Paris Wildcats finished district with a 7-1 rout of North Lamar at R. L. Maddox Stadium, while the Ladycats lost, 1-0, to the Pantherettes at Wildcat Stadium.
The Paris boys (11-8-2) advance to the playoffs as the No. 1 seed followed by Princeton, Bonham, and North Lamar. Princeton won the girls district title followed by NL, Paris (9-11-2), and Bonham.
The Wildcats held a 3-0 halftime lead over the Panthers. The Cats extended their unbeaten streak to 7 matches in the process and allowed just 2 regulation goals during district play.
Freshman Kyler Beshirs got it started with a beautiful bending corner kick goal. Other goals were scored by juniors Christian Mitchell, Stanley Watkins, Zach Lamb, Collin Harris, senior Justin Mitchell, and sophomore Cole Miller. It was Justin Mitchell’s team-leading 10th goal of the season.
Grant Erickson scored in the final minute for NL to prevent the shutout.
The girls game was a midfield battle until the final 5 minutes before halftime. The Pantherettes missed a prime scoring opportunity on a rebound shot 4 minutes until intermission. Then, with 2:12 left, Karlee Alexander connected on a 25-yard shot that slipped under the crossbar just out of the reach of goalie Lindi Hamner.
The Ladycats stepped up the offensive pressure in the second half with several scoring chances, but they couldn’t connect on the potential equalizer.
Paris High junior Matt Cochran continued his run of pre-district tournament titles by adding a win at Pleasant Grove on March 4 to his current list of four boys singles championships. The girls doubles team of sophomore Reagan Benson and junior Ashlyn Fleming also won at PG.
Other results showed freshman Sahil Prakash as boys consolation winner, senior Romy Newberry first in girls consolation, juniors Megan Barton and Dalton Kee second in mixed doubles, and sophomore Zain Syed and senior Thomas Zimmerman second in boys doubles consolation.
The District 15-4A seeding tournament is scheduled for Friday, March 25, at Texarkana College.
Jalon Pipkins had some spectacular plays among his game-high 24 points in Friday’s 73-66 loss to Dallas Lincoln at the Region 2 tournament in Commerce including a poster dunk (left) and pull-up 3 against a Tiger double-team (right)
The 5th-ranked Paris Wildcats may have fielded the best starting lineup among state Class 4A teams this season, but they won’t get the chance to prove it.
The 4th-ranked Dallas Lincoln Tigers managed to do something no other Texas team could achieve during the 2015-16 boys basketball season: They forced the Cats to use their already short bench for significant minutes in crunch time Friday night.
The Tigers rallied from a 39-28 halftime deficit to overpower the Cats with wave after wave of fresh bodies in the second half to finally wear down a foul-depleted Paris squad, 73-66. Lincoln then defeated Triple A Academy, 63-54, in Saturday’s regional championship game to advance to next week’s state tournament in San Antonio.
For the second straight season, a promising Paris playoff trail was halted with a regional semifinal loss to a team from the tough Dallas District 11-4A. Last season it was a 5-point loss to Dallas Madison which dealt the Cats their lone blemish on a 35-1 record. This year’s Paris team finishes with a 33-3 mark with their only setbacks by Lincoln twice and to a tough Hot Springs, AR, team.
The J Squad starting five comprised of players whose first names all start with the same letter, almost pulled off a statement win despite hitting on 4 of 5 cylinders most of the game. Sophomore Josh Robinson picked up his third personal foul with 3:06 left in the first half, his fourth foul midway through the third quarter, and he fouled out with 6:29 remaining in the game. He departed with no points scored.
Still, Paris might have survived if it hadn’t been for the one player the Cats couldn’t afford to lose. All season long, Cats coach Billy Mack Steed had stressed, “If we lose Jordan (6-6 senior post Jordan Embry) to fouls, we’re in trouble.”
Before a packed Paris partisan crowd at Texas A&M-Commerce Memorial Fieldhouse, the unimaginable happened. The warning signs were there in the first half when Embry picked up two fouls. When the Tigers turned up the heat with a 21-14 third quarter, their full-court pressure had the Cats playing at a tempo they couldn’t sustain.
Embry picked up foul No. 3 at the 6:02 mark of the third quarter and the lead trimmed to 41-35. No. 4 came with 33.5 left in the period and Paris clinging to a 50-47 margin. The end came with 3:33 to go when Embry fouled out attempting to defend Kortrijk Miles’ drive to the basket. Lincoln took over the lead, 60-59, on Miles’ 3-point play and never trailed after that devastating loss of the Cats’ lane protector.
Steed, a faithful believer in man-to-man defense, even resorted to a rare zone to try to stem the momentum. He used timeouts to give his remaining starters key rest. He couldn’t, however, turn to his only other bench height, 6-4 junior Sam Hawkes, to perhaps challenge the Tigers inside. Hawkes was ill and didn’t make the trip.
Forced into a must-foul situation, Paris sent the the Tigers to the charity stripe in the final minutes, and they converted enough opportunities to seal the win. Paris never quit, but fatique took its toll in the second half in the form of missed open shots and turnovers under Lincoln’s defensive intensity.
Paris junior guard Jalon Pipkins had some spectacular plays among his game-high 24 points. His block and breakaway dunk beat the first quarter buzzer and gave Paris a 15-14 edge. A posterized dunk on a drive through the lane (see picture) extended the lead to 24-16. A pull-up 3-pointer against a Tiger double team looked like it would end third quarter scoring (see picture), but Lincoln guard Lamarsay Austin quickly raced upcourt to beat the horn and trim the Paris lead to 53-49 heading into the final period.
Another block by Pipkins and outlet pass led to a putback by Jared Embry to help delay the inevitable as the last quarter began, and a Pipkins steal in the backcourt and layup cut the Tigers’ lead to 69-66 with 58 seconds left. Lincoln patiently worked the ball for a layup by 6-6 Demarcus Randle to fade the Cats’ hopes.
Jared Embry, who had been fighting off flu-like symptoms all week, also rose to the challenge and ended with 23 points. He stroked a memorable 3 to push the early Paris lead to 22-14, and a terrifc spin move and shot high off the glass resulted in a 3-point play that gave the Cats their largest lead of the night, 39-26.
However, Austin also put a damper on that high point with a tremendous feed to Caleb Young for a bucket that beat the halftime buzzer.
The Tigers had six players score at least 8 points, topped by Miles’ 14. In contrast, outside of those 20-plus-point outbursts by Pipkins and Jared Embry, the Cats showed only 7 apiece from Jordan Embry and Jalen Wallace, 3 from Tavon Lawrence, and 2 by Clint Franklin.
As a result, the greatest period in Paris basketball history ends three wins short of a coveted state title. The Embry twins, along with Wallace, have been starters for the last two seasons and have a brilliant, cumulative 68-3 record to show for their efforts.
They, along with fellow seniors Franklin and Ty Clemmons, will be missed.
The Paris Wildcats boys soccer team clinched its third straight district championship Friday with a 4-0 win over the Princeton Panthers at Wildcat Stadium. Meanwhile, the Princeton Lady Panthers also clinched a District 11-4A title Friday by a 2-0 count over the visiting Paris Ladycats.
Both Paris teams close out district play on Tuesday vs. neighboring North Lamar. The girls play at Wildcat Stadium, while the boys are at R. L. Maddox. The Ladycats need a regulation win over the Pantherettes to tie NL for second place in district.
Paris Wildcats head coach Jeremy Beshirs credited his defense in front of junior goalkeeper Cade Blackmon. He cited juniors Seth Hudgins and Keith Hall, sophomore Montana Payne, and senior Roberto Luna for their roles in the shutout. The Cats have allowed just one goal through five district matches.
Offensively, junior Stanley Watkins scored his 4th and 5th goals of the season, senior Justin Mitchell notched his team-leading 9th goal, and junior Zach Lamb had his 4th. Mitchell got it started with a PK goal off a Princeton hand ball. Watkins scored his first goal on a rebound midway through the first half, and Lamb gave Paris a 3-0 halftime lead with a score on a ball kept alive by Watkins and freshman Kyler Beshirs. Watkins scored again in the second half on a through ball from sophomore Nick Mitchell.
The Ladycats played a tighter match than their previous meeting (a 3-0 loss to Princeton), but the Lady Panthers, the 2015 state runnersup, have still not allowed a goal in district. They lead district standings with a perfect 20 points. North Lamar has 12 and Paris is currently third with 8. A win in regulation is worth 4 points.
JV matches start at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday with varsity to follow at 7:15. All four District 11 schools receive first-round byes and will open the playoffs the week of April 1 in area play.
One day after losing for the first time this season, the Paris Wildcats varsity baseball team rebounded with a 9-0 victory Saturday over Fort Worth Castleberry to take third place at the Krum Tournament. The Cats closed out pool play in the tournament with a 12-1 loss to Princeton on Friday.
Sophomore Zach Norris (2-0) picked up the pitching win vs. Castleberry with 6 innings of 3-hit ball. Norris struck out 7 in the game. Senior Cody Conway finished up on the mound for the final inning with 1 strikeout.
Offensively, the Cats (8-1) scored in each inning except the first. Junior Phillip Sikes paced the offense with a 4-for-4 game and 3 RBI. Senior Forrest White was a double short of hitting for the cycle and had 2 RBI. Senior Tyler Sanders collected a pair of hits.
Paris is scheduled to play in the Bonham Tournament starting Thursday, weather permitting.
Quin Bills won varsity boys triple jump and Montavius McCarty was first in JV boys 100-meter dash as the Paris track and field team competed in its second meet of the season in Friday’s Gilmer Buckeye Relays. The team is scheduled to participate in the Greenville Cotton Ford Relays on Thursday.
JV Boys Results
Varsity Girls Results
Varsity Boys Results
Paris Ladycats collected four medals and finished 12th overall at Saturday’s Region 3, Division 2 (Class 4A schools) Girls Powerlifting Championships in Fairfield. The meet was won by Emory Rains.
Paris results (squat-bench press-deadlift)
Zay Gray competes in bench press at Paris Powerlifting Invitational
Senior Zay Gray won his weight class and Paris placed 6th overall at the Region 3, Division 2 (Class 4A schools) Powerlifting Championships held Thursday in Lindale. In the process Gray qualified for the state meet to be held April 2 in Abilene where he should be a serious threat to place in the top 5.
Gray held a 5-pound advantage over runnerup Leo Rosales of Rusk in the 148-pound weight class after two of the three lifts (squat, bench press, deadlift). He beat Rosales by 20 pounds in the deadlift to finish with a total lift of 1,240 pounds to Rosales’ 1,215.
The Wildcats also placed 3-4 in the 165s by juniors JaKerian Brown and TD Williams. Paris also picked up 5th places from senior Quez Allen (220s), senior Dakota Helm (275s), and junior Byron Muse (superheavyweights).
The girls regional meet will be Saturday in Fairfield.
Paris Results (squat-bench press-deadlift – total):
An incredible start to the 2016 Paris High baseball season was halted Friday morning by a 12-1 loss to Princeton at the Krum Invitational.
Paris, now 7-1, began the tournament on Thursday with a pair of impressive wins over Crandall, 9-2, and host Krum, 8-0.
The 5th-ranked Paris Wildcats shot 57% from the field, racked up 28 assists, slammed down another 8 crowd-pleasing dunks, and featured 3 players who each scored at least 20 points Tuesday night in an dominant, 86-67 regional quarterfinal win over District 15-4A rival Liberty-Eylau in a game played at Tyler Junior College Wagstaff Gym.
While veteran Paris coach Billy Mack Steed certainly appreciates his team’s recent offensive showcase performances, if you want to see a big smile creep across his face, mention defense first. In particular, Steed was pleased with the defensive effort against the Leopards’ leading scorer Decorian Meadows.
“I thought it was the key to the game,” he said. “Their team feeds off him. When he’s playing well, it picks up their whole team.”
Meadows finished with a team-high 15 points to lead L-E, 18-13 and the district’s No. 4 seeded team, but most of his total came during garbage time with the outcome already sealed. His first points came on a pair of free throws with 1:07 remaining before halftime. By then, Paris was closing out the first half in command, 39-24.
The Wildcat who drew the primary task of keeping Meadows in check was 6-3 junior guard Jalon Pipkins.
“We saw on previous tape that Meadows didn’t like being covered by (Pipkins),” Steed said. “I think (Pipkins) got in his head and kept him from driving the lane like he likes to do.”
Pipkins was a force on the offensive end as well. He topped a trio of 20-point scorers for the Cats with a game-high 27 points, 12 in the fourth quarter which included a skillful drive in the paint through 3 defenders that drew gasps from the crowd and a pair of back-to-back breakaway slams. He connected on 12 of his his 20 shots from the field.
Sophomore 6-3 guard Josh Robinson was equally unstoppable with 26 points, 6 assists, 5 steals, and 2 blocks. Senior 6-6 post Jordan Embry had another solid night with 20 points, 3 blocks, and 8 rebounds.
The littiest “J,” senior guard Jalen Wallace only scored 5, but he was everywhere with 10 assists, 8 rebounds, and 3 steals. Senior twin Jared Embry scored 6 points to go with 6 rebounds, 4 assists, and 4 blocks. Senior sixth man Clint Franklin scored the other 2 points.
The only downer for the evening were the 16 turnovers for Paris. When L-E tried to dial up the defensive heat in the second half with a three-quarters court press, they sped up the tempo which resulted in some easy baskets for Paris along with some sloppy play.
“We can’t have that,” said Steed, who now faces the task of preparing his team for a rematch against 4th-ranked Lincoln. “That’s way too many turnovers.”
Lincoln dealt Paris its last loss, 70-60, on Jan. 9 at P.C. Cobb Fieldhouse in Dallas. The Cats (33-2) have since reeled off 14 straight wins.
Paris hopes to enjoy a home crowd advantage as it tries to upset the Dallas power in a 6 p.m. Friday Region 2 semifinal at Texas A&M-Commerce Memorial Fieldhouse. The 8 p.m. semifinal will feature crosstown rival North Lamar against 9th-ranked Triple A Academy of Dallas.
The two Friday winners will meet at 12 noon on Saturday for the Region 2 championship and opportunity to advance to next week’s state tournament in San Antonio.
Despite the second-half turnovers, Paris pulled away to a 62-36 lead over the Leopards after three quarters and enjoyed an 86-56 bulge when Steed pulled his starters with 2:07 left in the game. L-E finished with an 11-0 spurt and knocked down ten 3’s in the game to help keep the final margin a bit more respectable.
Details on the Region 2 tournament will be posted as soon as they become available, but fans are urged to plan an early arrival to ensure seating.
The two Paris varsity soccer teams swept Bonham in District 11-4A shutouts Tuesday night at Wildcat Stadium. The Ladycats won by a 7-0 count, while the Wildcats posted a 4-0 win.
The win by the Paris boys (9-8-2) kept them atop district standings with an important match at home on Friday against Princeton. The Cats beat the Panthers in a shootout in their previous meeting and a win Friday would ensure a district championship.
The Ladycats, meanwhile, pull into a second-place tie with North Lamar before Friday’s visit to Princeton. The Lady Panthers can clinch the district title with a win over Paris.
The Wildcats started slowly against Bonham. Junior Zach Lamb’s goal gave Paris a 1-0 lead at halftime.
The Cats picked up an own goal in the second half when sophomore Nick Mitchell beat two defenders for a shot on goal that was misplayed into the Bonham net on the rebound. Junior Colin Harris scored a highlight reel goal to make it a 3-0 score. On a dead sprint, Harris controlled a pass that was behind him, then split a pair of defenders to beat the Bonham goalie.
The final goal came from senior Justin Mitchell on a 35-yard shot over the goalie’s head. It was his 8th goal of the season.
Paris coach Jeremy Beshirs cited freshman son Kyler Beshirs, junior Stanley Watkins, sophomore Felx Vasquez, senior Rodolfo Medina, and sophomore Cole Miller for their offensive play off the bench. He also credited backup goaltender, junior Kyson Hogue, with a great save to preserve the shutout.
The Ladycats (9-9-2) had no problem with the Lady Warriors on Senior Night. Junior Tieren Gates scored a pair of goals, while other scorers were sophomores Katy Hall, Zanesha Dangerfield, and Estephany Balderas, junior Anahdian Mitchell, and senior Monica Silva. Assists were logged by Hall (2), Balderas, Silva, and sophomore Deagan Dingman.
Balderas returned to the lineup after missing the previous two matches (both 0-3 losses) with an injury.
Sets the Pace
for Cats’ Rout
Jalen Wallace gets a steal on one end of the court and converts a runner in the paint on the other end despite being undercut on the play. The 5th-ranked Cats grounded the playoff flight of the Canton Eagles, 87-47, Saturday night in Sulphur Springs to move on to the regional quarterfinals where they face District 15-4A rival Liberty-Eylau. That game will be Tuesday, 7 p.m., at Tyler JC Wagstaff Gym.
The elderly couple from the Canton area seemed puzzled by the SRO crowd at Sulphur Springs HS Saturday as they searched for rare available seats prior to the Area Round boys basketball playoff game.
“Who’s the visitor?” the gentleman asked, pointing to the home side bleachers packed with fans of the 5th-ranked Paris Wildcats. After the Cats hit their first 4 shots from the field and a pair from the foul line to jump out to a quick 12-3 lead, he turned to his wife and said, “Honey, those Canton boys are in for a long night!”
He was right. From the opening tip, even the casual spectator could tell there was a world of difference between the teams. With the 87-47 victory the Cats (32-2) moved a step closer to a season’s ultimate prize, while the Canton Eagles and their fans were left to reminisce about what most schools would consider to be a successful year.
“They’re well coached and fundamentally sound,” Paris head coach Billy Mack Steed said in describing the Cats’ latest victim. Steed entered Saturday’s matchup concerned about Canton’s 3-point shooting. Those qualities proved to be legitimate concerns that the Paris starting five made insignificant.
Even when Canton started the game with a spread offense and burned a minute off the clock before losing the ball on a turnover, it was a hopeless cause for the No. 2 team from District 14. After a first quarter punctuated by a Josh Robinson to Jalon Pipkins alley-oop dunk, Paris held a comfortable 21-7 edge. Jordan Embry, the Cats’ 6-6 senior post, fired in a buzzer-beater 3 to close out the first half with the Cats in cruise control, 41-19.
By the time the elderly Canton couple put away their chairbacks and headed for an early exit in the third quarter, the only question left was the final margin of victory and how long before Steed would empty his bench.
That moment came with 4 minutes remaining and the Cats doubling up the Eagles, 78-39. A minute later the Canton coach hoisted the while flag and pulled his senior starters off the court, too. Their careers were over.
It was J Squad basketball at its finest: Relentless defense, transition offense, unselfish distribution, with a spattering of spectacular plays. Paris shot 63% from the field, including half of its 3-point tries. The Cats dished out 21 assists, gathered 11 steals, and collected 4 blocks.
All five starters hit double figures in scoring, topped by Jordan Embry’s 20. Pipkins had one of his best overall games of the year with 17 points on 7 of 11 shooting, 3 steals, and 6 assists. Robinson scored 15, Jalen Wallace 12, and Jared Embry 11.
The reserves had their moments, too. Clint Franklin added 6, while Tavon Lawrence and Ty Clemmons scored 3 apiece.
Jackson Malone topped Canton with 13 points.
Paris now has one final hurdle to clear before a return trip to Texas A&M-Commerce and the Region 2 semifinals. The Cats face District 15 Liberty-Eylau, a team they have already beaten by 28 and 18 points. However, they needed an 18-4 closing run to finish off the Leopards in the second meeting in Texarkana.
The quarterfinal rematch will be Tuesday, 7 p.m., at Tyler JC Wagstaff Gym.
The two previous wins over L-E don’t stop Steed from worrying about the upcoming matchup.
“They have the best collection of athletes in the district,” he said. But ask Steed if he’d trade teams, and you’ll get a quick “no.”
The elderly couple from Canton would agree.
Just one weekend into the 2016 schedule, and this year’s Paris Wildcats varsity baseball team is already halfway towards reaching last season’s win total. The Cats used some dominant pitching to go 5-0 at the Tournament of Champions in Fort Worth.
The 2015 Cats (9-15) didn’t notch their first win until March 17 as bad weather and tough competition set their progress behind schedule. In contrast, Mother Nature has been more accommodating, and the Cats have used the extra practice time to their advantage.
“I really like this group of kids,” head coach Bill Sikes said. “They’ve done everything we’ve asked of them.”
After opening with blowout wins over Fort Worth Northside (15-0) and Castleberry (11-0) on Thursday, Paris used clutch pitching and hitting to grind out two more wins on Friday and a final victory on Saturday.
The Cats beat Fort Worth South Hills, 5-4, and co-host Decatur, 6-1, on Thursday. Junior lefthander Corey Allen got the win vs. South Hills after pitching 5 innings and allowing 6 hits with 6 strikeouts. Senior Cody Conway pitched the final inning to get the save. Sophomore Zach Norris threw a complete-game, 2-hitter to shut down Decatur. He had 7 strikeouts and just 2 walks.
Senior Channing Parker (pictured right) got the complete game shutout against co-host Kennedale, 1-0, on Saturday. He allowed 3 hits, no walks, with 9 strikeouts.
On the offensive side of the plate, junior Phillip Sikes collected 4 hits in the three games. Allen, Norris, and senior Payton Barrios had 3 each, while Parker and senior Forrest White had 2 each.
Paris is back in action next weekend at the Krum Tournament. The Cats are scheduled to open on Thursday with back-to-back games vs. Crandall and host Krum starting at 5 p.m.
Shutouts were the order of the night as the soccer version of the Crosstown Showdown clashed in four matches that closed out the first half of the District 11-4A schedule Friday.
The girls played at R. L. Maddox Stadium as the host North Lamar Pantherettes won the JV match, 4-0, followed by a 3-0 win in varsity play. Across town at Wildcat Stadium, the Paris Wildcats posted wins of 10-0 in JV and 4-0 in varsity.
Senior Justin Mitchell had the 3-goal hat trick to highlight the Cats’ varsity win. He now has a team-leading 7 goals on the season. Sophomore brother Nick Mitchell scored the other Paris goal. It was his third goal of the season and first since Jan. 22.
The Cats evened their season record to 8-8-2 and maintained their slight edge over Princeton for first place in district standings after the first round-robin. Paris leads the boys chase with 11 points followed by Princeton at 10, Bonham 3, and NL 2.
The girls’ match was a battle for second behind Princeton, which has a perfect 12 points heading into the second and final round. The Pantherettes trail with 8 points, followed by Paris 4, and Bonham 0.
Friday’s outing marked the second straight match the Ladycats played without key sophomore midfielder Estephany Balderas. After three straight wins over Region 2 ranked opponents heading into district, the Paris girls had a tough week with the district’s utility player of the year sidelined.
The Ladycats (8-9-2) suffered a pair of 3-0 district setbacks to Princeton on Tuesday and NL Friday. Without Balderas’ playmaking ability, the offense has been dormant while the defense has proven leaky while under increased duress.
A defensive breakdown allowed a 2-on-1 attack by Madison Morrison and Peyton Fleming. Morrison’s goal with 24:10 left before halftime gave the Pantherettes a 1-0 lead.
Although NL controlled possession for the first 30 minutes, Paris showed some signs of offensive life the final 10 minutes before halftime but the Ladycats’ attempts to dribble past a stacked Pantherette defensive wall proved fruitless.
A free kick by Karlee Alexander from 40 yards away bounced into the Paris net when Paris goalie Lindi Hamner was shielded by Morrison’s attempted header. With 25 minutes remaining, NL had an insurmountable 2-0 advantage, and the Pantherettes got an insurance goal with 6:49 remaining on a 15-yarder by Natalie Allen.
The schools started the second half of district play Tuesday. Paris has a varsity doubleheader vs. Bonham scheduled for Wildcat Stadium with the girls match at 5:30 followed by the boys at 7:15. The Ladycats will hold Senior Night ceremonies at 5:15.
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.
Paris High students were recognized for their athletic accomplishments at the recent Athletic Awards Banquet. Read more.