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UIL Academic Winners: (top, from left) Caroline Janes, Brendan Henry, Maggie Maxwell, Shelby Wilson, Kyson Hogue, Chelsea Savage; (seated) Rachel Young, Shreya Singh, Anna Floyd, Emma Napier; (missing from picture) Mason Hevron, Kendra Thomas, Maria Gonzales, Justice Flowers, Patxsonnia Brown
Paris High students placed at recent academic meets.
Seniors Caroline Janes and Maggie Maxwell placed first in Duet Acting at the Austin chapter of the National Catholic Forensic League to qualify for the Grand National Tournament to be held over the Memorial Day weekend in Sacramento. Kendra Thomas placed second in Student Congress, Patxsonnia Brown is an alternate to Nationals, and Kyson Hogue also competed at the meet.
Students also placed at UIL Academic meets in Lindale and North Lamar.
North Lamar results:
The Paris Wildcats broke a 2½-match scoreless streak with a 2-1 win over Burkburnett Monday in a soccer match played at the neutral site of Gainesville.
After a scoreless first half, the Cats took a 2-0 lead with goals from senior Roberto Luna and Colin Harris. They were denied the shutout, however, when Burkburnett converted a penalty kick awarded for an accidental hand ball in the 18-yard box with two minutes remaining in the match.
It marked the third straight match that an opponent has scored their lone goal on a PK. Paris lost by 1-0 counts to Ferris in the championship final of the Kennedale Invitational and to Crandall last Friday at Wildcat Stadium.
Paris (6-8-1) closes out pre-district play on Saturday, Feb. 13, at Wylie.
Junior Matt Cochran and freshman Sahil Prakash finished 1-2, respectively, in boys singles of a tennis tournament held last week at Texarkana College. The team of Kiara Humphrey and Maria Gomez took first place in JV girls doubles. The Paris tennis team will compete in a tournament at Mount Pleasant on Feb. 11-12.
|Paris Girls Relay Team (from left): Reagan Stone, Cheyenne Plummer, Shelby Wilson, Zoie Young). Wilson won two individual events and the Paris girls finished second at the District 10-5A Swimming and Diving Championships.|
Junior Shelby Wilson won two individual events as Paris High swimmers competed Saturday at in the District 10-5A Swimming and Diving Championships at the Austin College Hannah Natatorium in Sherman.
Prosper won both girls and boys divisions with Paris finishing second among girls teams and fourth among boys. The top six finishers in each event advance to the Region 3-5A championships held Feb. 5-6 in Frisco. Paris will be sending 15 entries to that meet.
Wilson won the girls 50-yard freestyle and 100-yard breaststroke, where she edged out the second-place finisher by 0.28 second.
Junior Keyton Gilbert was the top scorer among the Paris boys with a third in the 100 butterfly and fourth in the 50 freestyle.
Paris won both boys and girls divisions of the North Lamar Powerlifting meet Saturday.
The Ladycats, with a team of just 6 lifters, managed 27 points topped by wins from sophomore Jayla Sims and junior Deja Sikes. The girls division drew 52 entries.
The Wildcats scored 40 points to edge runnerup Texas High with 38. There were 109 lifters in the boys division. Wildcat class winners were sophomores Wesley Gage and Travius Bronner, and seniors X’Zavuis Gray and Dakota Helm. Gray’s total of 1,215 pounds was the top showing on the smaller platforms.
The next meet for Paris will be on Feb. 13 at Mount Pleasant.
Girls Results (squat-bench press-deadlift -- total)
Boys Results (squat-bench press-deadlift -- total)
The 7th-ranked Paris Wildcats (25-4) closed out the first half of the District 15-4A boys basketball race with a 78-34 blowout of the Atlanta Rabbits Friday night in the Wildcat Gym.
It was the ultimate laugher. In a game that was over before the visitors managed to score their first points, the Paris Wildcats saved the biggest laugh for one of their own.
After the Cats pitched a 24-0 shutout in the opening quarter, the Rabbs finally broke the scoring ice with 7:25 remaining until halftime on a 10-foot pullup jumper.
The crowd was politely reserved through the opening moments of the rout. They had seen this show before. Suffocating defense had forced a mixture of Rabbit turnovers and wild shots that were gobbled up by the Cats’ long-armed rebounders leading to breakaway baskets on the other end.
But with 4:28 left until halftime, they were awakened from that quiet reserve by a monster flying dunk by junior Jalon Pipkins. It started a 8-minute highlight stream that didn’t end until midway through the third period when Paris coach Billy Mack Steed sent his short bench onto the court to finish the game protecting a 56-12 lead.
Not to be outdone by the shorter Pipkins, 6-6 Jordan Embry showed his versatility by taking the ball coast-to-coast streaking through the paint for a left-handed slam (see picture above).
Then came some sit-down defense. Literally. Cats’ sixth man Clint Franklin landed on his backside when an Atlanta player juked and dribbled past him. The Paris bench and student body broke into hysterical laughter.
Franklin, himself, quickly shook off the embarrassment and congratulated the offending Rabbit once play resumed. Then Franklin took and made a corner 3 to climb back on the horse.
More shake and bake. This time, however, an Atlanta player ended on his rear on a Jalen Wallace zig-zag.
There was a scary moment, too, when Jared Embry tumbled over the scorer’s table while chasing down a loose ball. He, too, quickly recovered to enjoy a laugh at his own antics.
Paris took a 43-10 lead to the locker room, and when the second half start was delayed several minutes, many in the crowd must have wondered if the Rabbits had boarded their bus for the long drive home.
They hadn’t, so play and the highlight reel resumed.
Next was a nifty Cat breakaway that included back-to-back, no-look passes from Wallace to Pipkins to Jordan Embry for another dunk.
Then came a pinpoint, 30-foot overhand fastball pass from Josh Robinson that zipped through a small window between three defenders to Embry under the basket for a layup.
And, finally, it was Pipkins’ turn for a tomahawk slam on a steal and breakaway takeoff from the foul line (see picture left).
Steed had seen enough. Time to fold up the tent and take the circus on to the next stop before one of his performers hurt himself trying to please the crowd with a death-defying stunt.
The game’s final 12 minutes ended with the Cats’ 4-man bench facing the Atlanta troops. Steed rotated one of his starting guards (Pipkins, Wallace, Robinson) into the game to help distribute the ball to the second unit, who managed to stay even, 22-22, with the Rabbits the rest of the way.
Jordan Embry topped all scorers with 16 points to go with 12 rebounds. Robinson had 14 points, 11 rebounds, and 6 assists. Jared Embry scored 13, Pipkins and Franklin 10 each, Tavon Lawrence 7, while Wallace and Sam Hawkes scored 4 each.
Trin Taylor was the only Rabbit in double figures with 10.
Paris swept the sub-varsity games. The Cats JV won, 61-33, while the freshman won, 51-19, in a game played with a running clock.
The Cats return to Texarkana on Tuesday to begin the second round of district play at Liberty-Eylau. Paris is alone in first place with a 5-0 mark, followed by Pleasant Grove at 4-1. North Lamar and Pittsburg are tied for third at 2-3, while L-E and Atlanta are 1-4.
The Paris Ladycats varsity soccer team dropped a 3-0 decision Friday at Kilgore (8-4-2), the region’s 6th-ranked team. Paris (4-7-2) hosts Crandall on Tuesday at Wildcat Stadium for a pair of pre-district matches. The JV starts at 5:30 p.m.
A frustrating 2015-16 season will end for the Paris Ladycats after three more games. That ending was officially sealed with Friday night’s 78-48 loss in the Wildcat Gym to the Atlanta Lady Rabbits.
What remains to be seen is whether the Ladycats will carryover a 17-game losing streak into next season. They have three more shots remaining (Tuesday at Liberty-Eylau, Friday vs. North Lamar, and Feb. 9 at Pittsburg) to put the brakes on the losing skid, which currently stands at 14.
Excessive fouls again dogged Paris, now 4-25 for the year. Freshman Peaches Jackson, the Ladycats’ top offensive threat, picked up her second personal with the scoreboard still reading 0-0. Junior guard Cap Johnson had her third foul midway through the first quarter, and junior post Dextiny Patrick picked up her third with 2:46 left in the period.
With 6:19 left in the first half, junior point guard Serenity Sanders also had three fouls, and Jackson became the fourth Ladycat with three fouls less than two minutes later.
The two teams collected a combined 30 fouls in the first half, a common theme throughout District 15-4A girls games this year, which has made the distaff games a tough watch for basketball fans. The Lady Rabbs held a 40-24 halftime lead.
To their credit, both schools curtailed the fouling and resulting parade to the foul line in the second half as Atlanta’s edge in quickness and skills took over the contest. Paris finished with 28 fouls vs. 20 for Atlanta, which was led in scoring by Justonni Farmer’s 27 points.
Patrick was the only Ladycat in double figures at 12.
Meanwhile, in other district action Friday, L-E (6-1) assumed command of the district chase with a 63-58 win over Pleasant Grove, which drops into a tie for second place with Atlanta (both 5-2). North Lamar (4-3) edged Pittsburg (1-6), 44-40, and eliminated both the Lady Pirates and Ladycats (0-7) from the postseason in the process.
Wildcats seem to be everywhere in opponents’ eyes this year as this photo from Paris’ win over Pittsburg illustrates. The Cats’ defense held another high-powered offense under 50 points Tuesday in a 66-43 win over Pleasant Grove. Photo by Joe Watson
The official halfway mark of the District 15-4A boys basketball chase will be reached on Friday, but the 7th-ranked Paris Wildcats may have emphatically slammed the door on any obstacle in the way of repeating as district champions with a 66-43 win over the Pleasant Grove Hawks Tuesday night in Texarkana.
Prior to tipoff optimism was high among Hawk fandom who saw their team make its debut at No. 24 in the weekly state coaches’ rankings. They packed Hawk Gym for the showdown between the district’s two remaining unbeaten teams and saw 6-8 senior center Cross Bright score the game’s first two points.
Then the euphoria came crashing down to reality in the form of a 19-0 Paris run that realistically put the game away. Junior Jalon Pipkins drained an NBA 3-pointer to end the first quarter with Paris holding a commanding 22-4 lead. It was over.
“That first quarter was a thing of beauty,” Paris coach Billy Mack Steed said of his team’s start. As usual, his defense drew the lion’s share of credit. “When we play good defense, it’s tough for teams to score 60 on us.
“It was the best we’ve played since the first of the year.”
Neither team could mount a significant scoring streak the rest of the way as the Paris margin remained consistent in a range of 18 to 26 points. Once again, all five Paris starters, the 5 Js, managed double figures. Sophomore Josh Robinson and senior Jordan Embry each had 16, Jared Embry scored 13, Pipkins 11, and senior Jalen Wallace 10.
Bright topped the Hawks with 12, and senior Tanner Cole scored 11, but dangerous outside shooters Connor Ouelette and Trey Reynolds drew special focus from the Paris defense and were each held to 2 points.
The win leaves Paris (24-2 overall) in the district driver’s seat at 4-0, while PG (18-6) falls to 3-1. In other district games Tuesday, North Lamar (1-3) beat Liberty-Eylau (1-3), 62-41, while Pittsburg (2-2) topped Atlanta (1-3), 63-40.
The Cats close out the first half of district Friday against Atlanta in the Wildcat Gym. They already have their two toughest road games (PG and NL) out of the way, while the Hawks still have trips left to Lamar Country to face NL and Paris.
In recent games the Paris Ladycats have started strong only to fade their way to a winless District 15-4A campaign. They saw their losing streak extended to 13 games Tuesday night in a 72-50 loss at Pleasant Grove, but this time it was a poor first quarter that sealed their fate.
The Lady Hawks jumped out to a 26-7 lead after the opening period. Although the Ladycats managed to hang tough the rest of the way, the closest margin was 14 points the rest of the way.
PG led, 39-19, at the half and 48-32 after three quarters.
Sophomore Madeline Haak topped PG with 20 points, while senior Brette Wacha scored 18. For Paris freshman Peaches Jackson managed 11, junior Dextiny Patrick 10, and freshman Irone Franklin 9.
Paris, now 4-24 for the season and 0-6 in district, will host Atlanta Friday in the Wildcat Gym. PG is 18-9 overall and 5-1 in district. The Lady Hawks face Liberty-Eylau (5-1) for sole possession of first place Friday. L-E lost its first district game Tuesday, 52-33, to North Lamar.
The Paris Ladycats got a goal apiece from their two forward strikers to win a pre-district match Tuesday at Community, 2-1. Junior Tieren Gates and sophomore Katy Hall each netted goals, while Gates assisted on Hall’s tally.
Paris, now 4-6-2 for the season, travels to Kilgore Friday for a varsity pre-district match.
For the second straight year, the Paris Wildcats lost by a 1-0 count to the Ferris Yellowjackets in the championship finale of the Kennedale Invitational soccer tournament.
“They’re a good team,” Paris coach Jeremy Beshirs said about Ferris, “but we put ourselves in position to lose by not finishing the opportunities we had.”
The Yellowjackets, ranked second in Region 2 (vs. Paris’ No. 5 ranking), controlled play and had numerous chances which were negated by close misfires and a handful of outstanding saves by Wildcat goalie Cade Blackmon. Still, Paris had a golden opportunity to tie the score late in the match when a 35-yard free kick bounced off the goal crossbar and a juicy rebound in the goalie’s box slid across the goalline and just out of the reach of a teammate’s redirect.
The winning goal came in the second half on a penalty kick after the Cats were called for a foul in the 18-yard box. The foul was signaled by the side judge and not the match referee, who was trailing the play. Coaches video showed that any contact, if there was any, occurred outside the box and should have resulted in an indirect free kick instead of the lethal PK.
However, such is the case in the subjective world of high school sports with no instant replays. The Cats, now 5-7-1, return to Wildcat Stadium Friday to host Crandall in a pair of matches. JV starts at 5:30 p.m. followed by varsity at 7:15.
Josh Robinson blocks a shot early in the Cats’ 78-34 win over Pittsburg Friday
Most coaches would love to have Billy Mack Steed’s problems: A top 10 team with just 2 losses all season and a talented starting lineup that makes the Cats a serious state contender. Lately, however, the Paris boys basketball team has lost some glimmer off that promise while mired in a prolonged shooting slump.
Friday night in the Wildcat Gym, the 7th-ranked Cats rediscovered their mojo with a dominating, 78-34 performance over the Pittsburg Pirates. Their lethal outside shooting returned. It was a showing that Steed had predicted earlier in the day.
“We had a good practice (Thursday),” he said. “I really think we’re due for a good game tonight.”
So, did the blowout win live up to his expectations?
“I think it did,” he said afterwards. “We shot the ball much better and were able to get everyone into the game. It was a good night for us.”
The game started slowly, but once Paris (23-2) got its transition game going the Pirates, who were coming off a big upset over Liberty-Eylau, couldn’t keep pace.
“Their quickness surprised us early on,” Steed said. “They were able to steal the ball from behind several times until we adjusted.”
By the end of the first quarter, Paris was on top, 20-9, and outscored the Pirates by a 20-7 count in the second quarter. The third quarter was even more decisive, 24-6, as the Cats made mockery of the Pirates’ press.
“They’re probably used to getting turnovers off their press,” Steed said, “and when we were able to score in transition, it threw them off-stride.”
Steed was able to substitute freely, and he pulled all but one starting guard off the court to empty his 4-player bench with almost 6 minutes remaining in the game and Paris holding a 70-28 advantage.
Senior Jordan Embry had his regular dominant game inside with 17 points, 12 rebounds, and 6 blocks. Sophomore Josh Robinson also scored 17 and was 8 of 13 from the field. Senior Jalen Wallace made 5 of his 7 shots to finish with 14.
Twin Jared Embry also finished in double figures with 11, while junior Jalon Pipkins had 8 and would have made double figures except for misfires on a couple of dunk opportunities.
Seniors Tavon Lawrence and Clint Franklin chipped in 5 each, and junior Sam Hawkes added a point.
Deldric Shields scored 15 for Pittsburg.
The teams split sub-varsity games. The Cats JV won, 54-38, led by Jaylen Smith’s 14. The Paris freshmen lost, 47-40, despite 17 from Jaylen Henderson.
Steed said that relying on a regular weekly routine could be the key for the Cats hitting their stride once crunch time rolls around in the playoffs.
“(The coaches) talked about it after practice,” he said. “We think with all the tournament games and the Monday and Saturday games, we were thrown off schedule. Now that district has started we should be able to get some regular practice time again.”
The Cats will have one more important practice Monday before traveling to Texarkana on Tuesday for an early District 15-4A showdown with Pleasant Grove. The Hawks are also 3-0 in district and coming off an impressive 64-45 blowout of North Lamar Friday. L-E routed Atlanta, 112-56, in other district action.
PG is the one team in district which could match Paris inside with 6-8 senior Cross Bright and dangerous outside sharp-shooters Connor Oullette, Trey Reynolds, and Grayson Kirk. They don’t lack for confidence.
"We're both 3-0," PG coach Billy Brewer told a Texarkana reporter. "It should be quite a show."
The Paris Ladycats closed out the first half of District 15-4A with a 66-56 loss Friday to Pittsburg in the Wildcat Gym. It was a familiar story for the Paris varsity girls, who were competitive early before the game degenerated into a turnover-filled foulfest.
There were a total of 53 fouls in the game. The Lady Pirates converted 30 of 55 attempts at the foul line compared to 15 of 30 for the Ladycats.
As a result, Paris extends its winless skid to 12 games. The Ladycats are 4-23 for the season and 0-5 in district. It was the first district win for the Lady Pirates.
Paris junior Dextiny Patrick scored 8 of her 12 points in the first quarter to keep the Ladycats within 11-12 of Pitt at the first break. Freshman Peaches Jackson picked up the pace in the second quarter with 8 of her team-high 15 points as Paris took a 30-25 halftime lead.
Things looked promising for the Ladycats as they extended the lead to 9 points but Pitt finished the third quarter on a 13-1 run to lead, 43-40, heading into the final period. To compound the Ladycats’ turnover woes, posts Patrick and Jackson each picked up their fourth fouls.
Paris coach Deanne Dial tried desperately to head off the momentum shift and used her final timeout with 6:15 remaining in the game with Paris down, 40-49. It was to no avail, however, under the constant parade to the foul line.
Jackson and Patrick both fouled out. Junior guard Drea Jenkins joined the pair in double figures with 10 points.
Maxie Ivory took game-high honors with 17 for Pitt, and Star Smith managed 12.
Paris won the JV game, 30-27, led by Tijamess McGee’s 12.
The Paris powerlifting team placed 8th in their first meet of the season Saturday at Sulphur Springs. Junior X’zavuis Gray placed 2nd in the 148-pound weight class, freshman Wesley Gage was 3rd in 114s, senior Dakota Helm 4th in 275s, and sophomore Byron Muse 4th in superheavyweight.
The next meet will be Saturday, Jan. 30, at North Lamar.
Paris results (squat-bench press-deadlift--total):
When Jeremy Beshirs took over the Paris boys soccer program 7 seasons ago, he adoped the slogan of “Family” for his Wildcat teams. The Cats have taken the call phrase to heart at the Kennedale Invitational and it’s earned them a repeat appearance in Saturday’s 6:30 p.m. championship match against Ferris.
It’s a rematch of last year’s Kennedale tournament finale won by Ferris, 1-0, on a free kick with 12 minutes remaining in the match. Today’s rematch features the region’s No. 2 (Ferris) and No. 5 (Paris) ranked teams.
The Cats (5-6-1) reached the championship round by earning a perfect 20-point score in their two preliminary matches. They beat Mineral Wells, 5-0, on Thursday as Beshirs’ freshman son Kyler made his varsity debut with two goals and an assist.
Then on Friday, Paris shut out Brownwood, 3-0, as all three Wildcat Mitchell brothers netted goals. Junior Christian Mitchell picked up the first goal on an assist from Beshirs. Senior Justin Mitchell made it a 2-0 score before halftime with a dead ball goal. Sophomore Nick Mitchell picked up the final goal in the second half off an assist from sophomore Felix Vasquez.
It was Justin Mitchell’s third goal of the tournament.
The tournament has 12 teams with random pairings in their first two matches, so bracketing for Saturday’s final round depends on points earned. Paris earned a maximum of 10 points per match for a win (6 points), goals (up to 3 points), and shutout (1 point). Ferris earned 19 points with a 3-0 win over Kennedale and 3-1 win vs. Gainesville to reach the title round.
Meanwhile, the Ladycats (3-6-2) had a tough turnaround at the Highway 5 Cup in Melissa on Friday. They lost to the McKinney JV, 1-0, despite 12 saves recorded by sophomore goalie Emily Williams. Then they faced host and state title contender Melissa in back-to-back matches and were routed, 7-0.
The Paris High boys and girls soccer teams braved the wind, rain, and cold Thursday to notch a pair of routs in opening round tournament play.
The Ladycats blanked Quinlan Ford, 6-0, at the Highway 5 Cup in Melissa. Midfielders Monica Silva and Estephany Balderas each scored a pair of goals, and single tallies came from forwards Katy Hall and Tieren Gates. Gates and midfielder Katie Chaix had a pair of assists apiece.
The Ladycats (3-4-2) return to Melissa Friday to face Uplift North Hills at 3:45, then turn around to play host Melissa at 7:15.
For the Wildcats, meanwhile, coach Jeremy Beshirs was desperately searching for an offensive punch after his team scored just 9 total goals in 10 previous matches. He may have discovered some help literally in his own backyard. Freshman Kyler Beshirs, his youngest son and younger brother of prolific goal-scorer Blake Beshirs (Class of 2014), made his varsity debut Thursday and scored 2 goals and an assist in the Cats’ 5-0 victory over Mineral Wells at the Kennedale Invitational.
The Paris boys (4-6-1) return to Kennedale Friday to play Brownwood at 4:45 p.m.
The Cats took a 2-0 halftime lead on goals by Christian Mitchell with an assist from brother Justin, who scored the second goal on a penalty kick after Colin Harris was fouled in the box.
The younger Beshirs made his impact in the second half. His first goal came on a left-footed shot from 30 yards out assisted by Zach Lamb. Beshirs picked up his second goal off a rebound with another left-footed finisher. He then assisted Justin Mitchell on Paris’ last goal of the match.
Jordan Embry goes up for a putback layup in a packed Panther Gym
The Paris Wildcats walked away from a warm, packed Panther Gym Tuesday night with a win. It wasn’t the impressive performance that fans are beginning to expect from the state’s seventh-ranked team, but it was still a “W” to add to the season record which now stands at 22-2. In the crosstown rivalry with North Lamar, sometimes that’s all you can ask.
Paris survived some poor outside shooting by both teams on a turnover-filled night to escape with a 56-39 decision. It was a big hurdle in the Cats’ immediate goal of repeating as district champions. Paris (2-0 in district) hosts Pittsburg (1-1), a 66-62 winner over Liberty-Eylau Tuesday, in the Cats’ next district action Friday in the Wildcat Gym. Then, it’s on to Texarkana next Tuesday, Jan. 26, for another big roadblock vs. Pleasant Grove (2-0).
Against the Panthers Tuesday, Paris could never relax until the closing minute even though the Cats took control of the scoreboard in the second quarter when they outscored their hosts, 16-4, to lead at intermission, 25-15. The Panthers’ dynamic outside duo of Versache Buchanan and Levi Porter led a third-quarter comeback that trimmed the lead to 30-25 midway through the frame.
An 8-point outburst by Paris sophomore Josh Robinson, punctuated by a breakaway dunk, finally subdued the Panthers in the final quarter. Robinson finished with 15 points to match Buchanan for game-high honors.
The Cats won despite some poor outside shooting, a troubling recent trend for the normally deadly 3-point artists. NL was able to pack the paint and play a tight zone defense. The Panthers did a good job protecting the passing lanes and preventing Paris from taking advantage of their superior height inside.
Twins Jordan and Jared Embry were held to 11 and 8 points, respectively, just 4 days removed from scoring a combined 40 points in a win over L-E. The brothers managed to control the boards, however, with 11 by Jordan and 13 by Jared.
For Paris, Jalon Pipkins and Jalen Wallace each finished with 8 points, and Clint Franklin added 6. Porter scored 8 for NL.
In a more positve note, Paris did manage some accurate shooting from the foul line. The Cats sank 10 of 12 tries, while NL converted 8 of 13.
The schools split the preliminary games. NL won the freshmen game, 48-42, despite 17 points by TJ Williams. The Paris JV won, 61-23, behind 13 points from leading scorer Xtavious Young.
A turnover at midfield on a throw-in led to a breakaway goal which Marshall used to beat the Paris Wildcats varsity soccer boys Tuesday night at Wildcat Stadium, 2-1.
The Mavericks scored the match’s first goal, but a goal by junior Colin Harris tied the count and a 1-1 result seemed inevitable until the fatal turnover in the final two minutes.
Paris coach Jeremy Beshirs pointed to his team’s inability to score on opportunities in the first half as key to the outcome. “We’re just not finishing right now,” he said.
The Cats have scored a total of just 9 goals in 10 matches this season. Paris (3-6-1) will try to get the offense in gear at the Kennedale Invitational starting Thursday when it faces Mineral Wells in a 4:45 p.m. start.
The North Lamar Pantherettes turned up the defensive pressure to hold the Paris Ladycats to 15 points over the final three periods and race to a 49-25 District 15-4A win Monday night in the Panther Gym.
For the second straight game, the Ladycats got off to a strong start but inconsistent play sabotaged any chance of breaking their losing skid that now has reached 11 games over 44 days. They get perhaps their best chance to break the streak and pick up their first district win on Friday when they host Pittsburg in the Wildcat Gym.
The Lady Pirates, like the Ladycats, are also winless in district heading into their Tuesday game vs. Pleasant Grove. Paris is now 4-22 for the season and 0-4 in district.
The Pantherettes (2-2 in district) took an 11-10 lead on a 3-pointer by McKayla Figueroa at the first-quarter horn, but the Ladycats stayed competitive as NL settled for mostly unsuccessful outside shots which Paris rebounded to prevent second chances.
Excessive turnovers and fouls plagued Paris in the second quarter although NL could only hit 5 of 14 free throws to stretch the lead to 22-16 at halftime. The Pantherettes finished 11 of 25 at the line.
The Ladycats had their own foul shooting woes. They made 8 of 24 for the game. During a key stretch in the middle two quarters, Paris was 4 of 17 at the line, which helped NL grow the lead to 36-21 before a Ladycat timeout with 2:10 left in the third period.
Paris made just one shot from the field in the second half, a 3-pointer by Serenity Sanders. Coupled with the poor foul shooting, any hope of a comeback was doomed.
Cap Johnson and Kiaunsha Jackson each scored 6 to top the Ladycats. Madison Morrison and Machaela Smith led the Pantherettes with 11 each.
NL also won the JV preliminary, 37-33. Irone Franklin led Paris with 12 points.
Zach Lamb heads the ball into the Terrell net for the tying goal, while (below) Nick Mitchell is mobbed by teammates after scoring the winning goal in the Wildcats’ 2-1 victory in the R. K. Hall & Kings Classic championship game.
One player followed his coach’s advice. Another one didn’t.
The player who did, Wildcat sophomore Nick Mitchell, scored the first goal of his varsity career to finish an improbable comeback day at the R.K. Hall & Kings Classic soccer tournament as host Paris rallied to score twice in the final 15 minutes of a 2-1 win over Terrell in the boys championship.
The low-flying rocket blast from 35 yards out by Mitchell with 2:39 remaining proved to be the ultimate difference in the match Saturday night at Wildcat Stadium It came just moments after his coach, Jeremy Beshirs, admonished him to “shoot the ball hard and low” when Mitchell misfired on a clear shot from 15 yards out that sailed over the football goalposts.
Terrell, meanwhile, was sailing along with a 1-0 lead and in complete control when a Tiger forward picked up his second yellow card of the match. The result was a red card ejection from the field which forced the Tigers to play the final 26:08 down a man.
Just moments earlier, following some physical play on the field, the Terrell coach called his player to the sidelines, presumably to remind him that he already had one yellow card and to keep his emotions in check.
The red card ejection caused a complete shift in momentum as Terrell was forced to drop all but one attacker back to its side of the field to protect the slim lead.
With 14:57 left to play, the Cats got the game-tying goal. Justin Mitchell’s free kick from 35 yards out bounced free just outside the goal-line when Christian Mitchell and the Terrell goalie collided in a mid-air attempt at the ball. Zach Lamb was in perfect position to head the loose ball into the net.
It was the Wildcat junior’s second goal of the day. Lamb’s score earlier that afternoon gave Paris a 2-0 lead over Pittsburg and earned the Cats a berth in the title game against Terrell, which had beaten Paris, 1-0, 24 hours earlier.
The Tigers used their superior speed to control possession Saturday, and they broke on top, 1-0, with 9:07 remaining until halftime. The Tigers’ dangerous striker Camerin Propes sprinted into a clearing in the middle of the field, wheeled and took an accurate shot from 20 yards out.
Cat goalkeeper Cade Blackmon couldn’t make the stop on that play, but he kept Terrell from extending the lead 10 minutes into the second half when he punched a ball over the goal that was net-bound on a free kick from 30 yards. After the Cats tied the match on Lamb’s tally, Blackmon preserved the tie when he successful challenged a re-direct off another free kick from just outside the 18-yard box.
It appeared the championship match was headed for a shootout when Paris made one more offensive push in the final 10 minutes. That action included Nick Mitchell’s failed try. After a Terrell goal kick, the Cats regained possession, Mitchell found an opening, and Paris found a last-minutes hero.
“That was a beautiful goal,” Beshirs said. “We needed those two wins today.”
The Cats, now 3-5-1 for the season, return to Wildcat Stadium Tuesday to host Marshall in a pair of pre-district matches.
As group play ended Saturday, both Paris boys and girls varsity teams had clear objectives to reach the title matches in their respective brackets.
The Ladycats needed to close out the final 3 minutes of their match to obtain a scoreless tie and enough points to assure a berth in the girls final. They couldn’t, as for the second straight day the Ladycats allowed a goal in the closing minutes to offset an otherwise good result against a quality opponent.
After a deep throw-in, a Sulphur Springs forward made a short run down the right flank and fired from a sharp angle in the right corner of the end zone. The ball bounced at the feet of Ladycat goalkeeper Emily Williams and into the far corner of the goal.
The Ladycats dropped a 1-0 decision, then faced North Lamar in a tiebreaker shootout to determine the top two places from the group. The Pantherettes won, 6-5, in 7 rounds of PK shots to advance to the girls final vs. Sulphur Springs. The Ladycats had to immediately turn around and play Crandall in a rematch for third place.
That third-place match was played on the practice field by the tennis courts. As parents parked their cars nearby and watched from the relative comfort of their vehicles, Crandall edged the Ladycats, 3-2.
Paris (2-4-2) had goals by junior Tieren Gates and sophomore Estephany Balderas. They also assisted on each other’s goals.
Sulphur Springs made a first-half goal stand up in a 1-0 win over the Pantherettes in the championship game.
The Wildcats, meanwhile, also found themselves locked in a scoreless tie with their final group-play opponent, Pittsburg, with just 16 minutes left in the match. Paris needed 9 points to edge Denison for first place in their group.
With a cold northern wind at their backs in the second half, the Cats had numerous chances to break the ice. The breakthrough finally came on a Colin Harris goal assisted by Justin Mitchell. It gave them 8 potential points, but they needed a second goal.
They got it just 3 minutes later. A free kick traveled 50 yards in the air to bounce in a crowd 15 yards in front of the Pitt goal. Lamb wheeled and buried the shot to give Paris the 2-0 lead it needed for the 9 points.
In other group play matches Saturday on the girls’ side, NL tied Crandall, 1-1, and Denison beat Bonham, 2-0. On the boys’ side, Denison beat Pleasant Grove, 1-0, and Terrell beat North Lamar, 4-1. Denison beat Pittsburg, 1-0, in the boys’ third-place match.
Jared Embry puts the exclamation point on an alley-oop dunk off a Jalen Wallace assist
Excuse District 15-4A opponents if it looks like they’re seeing double. J. Embry of Paris seems to be everywhere, blocking shots, getting rebounds, breaking the press in the backcourt and leading it in the frontcourt, producing acrobatic dunks, and, most of all, scoring.
Liberty-Eylau found out, first-hand, Friday night in the Wildcats’ 82-54 District 15-4A basketball opener in the Wildcat Gym. While 6-5 senior Jare Embry had a game-high 21 points, 9 rebounds, and 6 steals, 6-6 twin Jordan Embry was dominating in the paint with 19 points, 16 rebounds, and 7 blocks.
It’s a familiar combo that has taken the 22-2 Cats to top 5 status in Class 4A and threatens to make a mockery of this year’s district chase. While L-E’s athletic sharp-shooters (the Leopards knocked down seven 3’s) managed to keep the Cats within sight Friday, there was never much doubt as to the ultimate winner.
Paris led, 20-7, after one quarter and was up by a 38-22 count by halftime. The Cats put the game away with a 24-13 edge in the third quarter.
All five Paris starters reached double figures in scoring. In addition to the Embrys’ ledger, sophomore Josh Robinson had a late surge to reach 20 points, while Jalen Wallace and Jalon Pipkins each netted 10. Wallace also recorded a double-double with 10 rebounds.
The Leopards (11-7) were led by Decorian Meadows with 20, K.T. Hernandez 13, and Deonte Crawford 12.
The next opponent who will try to stop the Cats’ attempt at a perfect district run will be the North Lamar Panthers. The crosstown rivals play three games starting at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday night in the Panther Gym. Like L-E, the Panthers have dangerous outside shooters but will be at a disadvantage in height.
NL topped Atlanta, 58-41, and Pleasant Grove beat Pittsburg, 71-48, in other district games Friday.
Paris also swept both sub-varsity matches with L-E. The Cat JV won, 64-46, as Jordan Mitchell topped scoring with 11 points. The freshmen rallied to send their game into overtime which they won, 44-34. Jaylen Henderson scored 10.
Jordan Embry swats away one of his seven blocked shots
For the first five minutes of their District 15-4A game Friday vs. Liberty-Eylau in the Wildcat Gym, the Paris Ladycats looked nothing like the team that hasn’t seen the winning side of the scoreboard in six weeks. Then reality set in, as the turnovers, poor shots, and porous defense returned. The Lady Leopards left the Ladycats in their rearview mirror as they headed back to Texarkana with a 70-37 decision.
L-E, 16-6 overall, remained tied with Atlanta for the early district girls lead with 3-0 marks. Paris, meanwhile, falls to 4-21 for the season and 0-3 in district play. The Ladycats’ last win was on Dec. 5. Their next chance to break the skid will come Monday when they travel to North Lamar to face the Pantherettes.
Paris looked like it had discovered a magic elixir to save the season when they battled L-E toe-to-toe in the early going. A 3-point play by Zakayla Ashley had Paris on top, 13-10. After the Ladycats led by a 15-12 count, the Lady Leopards went on 9-0 run to lead at the first break, 21-15.
Personal fouls and turnovers were the name of game the rest of the way for the Ladycats. If you like to free throw misses, this was the game for you. The teams combined to shoot 76 free throws and misfired on 42 of them. Six players fouled out, including 5 Ladycats.
One player who was on target, however, was L-E’s Lerena Dunn who scored 25 before fouling out, too.
Paris freshman Kiaunsha Jackson was the only Ladycat in double figures at 11.
Paris won the JV match, 42-31. Irone Franklin scored 16 and Tijamess McGee 12.
Ecstasy & Agony
Paris midfielder Monica Silva’s corner kick hooks into the net for a goal (above) that looked to be the game-winner until Crandall’s Madison Pottorff (right) flicked the ball between Ladycat defender Sarah Bloodworth and goalie Emily Williams into the net with 1:25 left to produce a 1-1 tie in Friday’s action at the R.K. Hall & Kings Classic soccer tournament at Wildcat Stadium.
For 68 minutes, prolific Crandall sophomore goal-scorer Madison Potthorff played a cat-and-mouse game with the Paris Ladycats. Then, suddenly, just 1:25 from a 1-0 signature win over the Region 2 second-ranked team, the Ladycats had their hearts broken when the Lady Pirates sprang a trap and Potthorff chased down a midfield lob to flick the ball into a vacated Paris net and tie the Day 2 match, 1-1, Friday at the R. K. Hall & Kings Classic soccer tournament.
The tournament ends its annual 3-day run Saturday at Wildcat Stadium.
It appeared the Ladycats would avenge a 1-0 loss to Crandall that ended their 2015 season in the area round of the Class 4A playoffs. Senior Monica Silva was aided by a strong north breeze when her corner kick midway through the first half hooked over the goalkeeper’s head and into the net.
Paris battled the wind and the constant threat that Potthorff, who scored the winning goal that eliminated the Ladycats last year and topped the 50-goal mark for her freshman season, was lurking near the Paris goal to take advantage of a miscue.
That mistake happened with less than 2 minutes remaining. One of the Ladycats’ best players awkwardly slipped and turned the ball over at midfield. Crandall immediately pounced, and Potthorff chased down a long lob carried by the wind. As Ladycat sweeper Sarah Bloodworth and goalie Emily Williams converged, Potthorff found a seam between the two Paris defenders and her left-footed shot rolled agonizingly into the empty net.
Despite the tie, the Ladycats earned enough points to lead their group after 2 of the 3 preliminary matches. In other girls’ matches, North Lamar blanked Denison, 5-0, and Sulphur Springs shut out Bonham, 4-0. Paris leads Group 1 with 14 points, while NL has 10, and Bonham 0.
The Ladycats finish group play Saturday against Sulphur Springs, while NL faces Crandall.
On the boys’ side, the Wildcats ended Day 2 with a 1-0 loss to Terrell. Other boys results saw the NL boys and Pleasant Grove tie, 1-1, while Denison beat Pittsburg, 3-1. Paris concludes group play Saturday with a match vs. Pitt.
A foul on Colin Harris in the final 5 minutes sets up a Paris PK goal and 1-0 win over Pleasant Grove
Shutouts were the order of the first day of tournament action in the R.K. Hall & Kings Classic at Wildcat Stadium. All six opening-day matches produced zeros on the losing side of the scoreboard including wins by both Paris teams.
The Ladycats (2-2-1) dominated Class 5A Denison, 3-0, in the afternoon, and the Wildcats (1-4-1) notched their first win of the season with a 1-0 decision over Pleasant Grove in the day’s final match.
The Cats held a big edge in shots on goal, but were just 5 minutes away from a scoreless tie when junior Colin Harris was taken down on a foul in the 18-yard box. Senior Justin Mitchell took the penalty kick and had the PG goalie guessing the wrong way as his shot found the left corner of the goal.
Junior Wildcat goalie Cade Blackmon didn’t see many chances on his end of the field, but he made a solid deflection of a strike from 15 yards out on a counter down the right flank with about 20 minutes left in the match. Blackmon had a big ally in the first half when a Hawk rocket clang off the goalpost.
Paris faces Terrell in a 7 p.m. match to wrap up Day 1 action on Friday. Terrell beat Denison, 2-0, while Pittsburg beat North Lamar, 3-0, in other boys matches.
The Ladycats were missing a pair of regulars: goalkeeper Lindi Hamner, who was ill, and forward Tieren Gates, who was attending an FFA convention in Mount Vernon. It didn’t matter in their opening match, as Paris dominated play and backup goalie Emily Williams was rarely needed.
Sophomore Estephany Balderas, the Ladycats’ leading scorer, gave Paris a 1-0 lead with a 20-yard free kick that rolled into the Denison net with 15:40 remaining until halftime. The set piece was created by a goal kick that was made outside the box.
Paris had a strong south breeze at its back in the first half, but even with the change of sides at halftime the Ladycats found the net two more times. Sophomore Zanesha Dangerfield, who replaced Gates in the lineup, figured into both goals. With 28:05 left in the match, the Denison goalie couldn’t corral a Dangerfield shot, and sophomore Katy Hall popped in the rebound. Then, with 17 minutes remaining, Dangerfield was fouled in the 18-yard box, and senior Monica Silva converted the PK.
Earlier in the day, the Sulphur Springs girls beat North Lamar, 1-0, and the Crandall girls overpowered Bonham, 4-0.
Paris and Crandall will play at 2:30 p.m. Friday in a rematch of last season’s area round playoff which the Lady Pirates won by a 1-0 count.
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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