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Jesus Rangel strikes insurance goal to seal Wildcats’ 2-0 win over North Lamar
The Paris Wildcats were reliving a nightmare Tuesday night as they hosted the North Lamar Panthers in a District 11-4A boys soccer match.
Back on Feb. 16, the Cats wasted several prime scoring opportunities, including a pair of penalty kills, only to watch their county rivals convert a PK of their own with 12 minutes remaining. The 1-0 victory broke a 13-game win streak by the Cats over the Panthers.
Deja vu was heavy on the minds of players, coaches, and fans Tuesday in the rematch at Wildcat Stadium. Just 30 seconds into the match Paris senior Cole Miller fired a shot that ricocheted off the crossbar and over the NL goal. Seconds later a long throw-in bounced high and was awkwardly knocked over the bar by Panther goalie Nick Kear.
Seven minutes into the match senior Felix Vasquez was awarded a PK that Kear easily swatted over the goal to keep it scoreless.
Operating with a strong north breeze at their backs, the Wildcats laid siege on the Panther goal with golden chances galore, including 9 corner kicks in the first half. With 3 minutes left before halftime, junior winger JP Rojas turned the right flank with a cross towards the goalmouth that junior left winger Alan Garcia sent goalward on a sliding strike. Kear recovered in time for a one-handed swat as the ball crossed the goalline. The two-man referee crew (instead of the normal three) ruled no-goal, and the live rebound went right back to Garcia whose followup shot just missed wide left.
Frustration carried over into the second half for the 4-time defending district champions, who now had to labor against the wind to mount their attacks on the NL goal. Another corner kick set up a Garcia header that just missed over the net.
Finally, 142 minutes, 4 seconds into this season’s Paris-NL series, the scoreboard agony ended. With 17:56 left in the match, Garcia ran down Vasquez’ big bouncing thru ball. Garcia gained control 15 yards out and his left-footed flick found the long lost promised land inside the far right goalpost.
The Cats had a 1-0 lead, but that seemed to evaporate with 10:30 left when a rare NL corner kick bounced through a crowded box to the far side post where a Panther’s shot careened off the football goalpost crossbar and into the net. The visitor’s side erupted, thinking they were looking at a tie score, but Paris still had the lead.
A beautiful 35-yard run through 3 defenders by Miller preceded a thru ball that Jesus Rangel ran down from 15 yards out. The talented freshman turned, squared up on goal, and fired a low bender that skipped under a diving Kear to seal the 2-0 win.
In other district action Tuesday, Community upset Princeton in a shootout to take the boys district lead with 14 points. Princeton has 11, Paris 9, Bonham 4, and North Lamar 4. Despite starting district play with consecutive 1-0 losses to NL and Community, the Cats, now 11-7-2 overall, can still claim the district title if they win their final three matches in regulation.
They face a crucial road test Friday at Community.
Ladycats Sweep Pantherettes
Meanwhile, across town at R. L. Maddox Stadium, the Paris Ladycats (14-6-1) completed a series sweep over the Pantherettes by an identical 2-0 outcome.
Seniors Katy Hall and Deagan Dingman scored the goals with senior Estephany Balderas getting an assist. Hall now has scored 8 goals in 5 district matches.
Sophomore goalie Grace Woodby (pictured right by Joe Watson) and the Ladycats defense notched their 14th shutout of the season.
The win clinches a playoff berth for the Ladycats, who can finish no worse than second in the district. Princeton leads the girls standings with a perfect 18 points, while Paris has 12, NL 6, Community 3, and Bonham 0.
The Ladycats host Community Friday at Wildcat Stadium.
The Wildcat girls and boys golf teams competed in the Melissa Invitational Tournament at The Bridges in Gunter on Monday. The girls finished in fifth place with a team total 459 led by Ashlyn Callihan's personal best of 111. Blaine Hill led the boys to a fourth place finish of 361 tying for second medalist with a round of 82.
The next tournament will be at Paris Golf and Country Club on Monday, March 19.
Other PHS scores:
The Paris Wildcats pitching staff surrendered 38 runs at the Krum Tournament as the Cats won just one of four games last weekend.
The lone exception was a 3-2 win over Bonham on Friday as senior Canyon Parker made a successful varsity pitching debut. Otherwise, the Cats lost to Sunnyvale, 10-1, on Thursday, to Alvarado, 13-3, on Friday, and finished with a 13-4 loss on Saturday to Greenville.
“Canyon threw strikes (20 first pitch strikes) and kept the ball down,” Paris coach Bill Sikes said, “which is what you have to do to be successful.”
The Cats’ top two starting pitchers, senior Zach Norris and junior Walker Preston, had control issues in the first two tournament games. Norris gave up 5 hits, 5 runs (2 earned), 4 walks, and had 9 strikeouts in 5 innings on the mound vs. Sunnyvale. Preston struck out 6 batters in just 2.1 innings as Alvarado bolted out to a 9-1 lead.
Paris jumped out to a 3-0 lead over Bonham and halted a last-inning rally with the potential tie run on third base. Parker pitched all 6 innings, allowing 4 hits, 1 earned run, 2 walks, and 5 strikeouts. He was also 1-for-2 at the plate with an RBI.
Norris went 2-for-3 with a double and RBI. Preston also doubled, while sophomore Saxon Swain and senior Demetric Glover had the other Paris hits.
The Cats turned to Swain for the start vs. Greenville, but a couple of Paris errors opened the floodgates for an 8-run first inning by the Lions, who collected 12 hits against 4 Wildcat pitchers.
Sophomore Zach Nation went 2-for-3 with a solo homer, while freshman Bubba Gray was 2-for-2 with a solo homer and 2-run double.
Paris, now 3-4 for the season, sees its final tournament action at White Oak starting Thursday with an opening game vs. Henderson.
The Paris Ladycats won 3 of 4 games in a round-robin softball tournament at Celeste last weekend to improve their season record to 6-5. They are scheduled to host Anna in their final pre-district action Friday on the PJHS field.
On Friday they defeated host Celeste, 12-4, and North Hopkins, 4-3. On Saturday they lost to Cooper, 5-3, before edging Leonard, 1-0.
The Ladycats scored in each inning, topped by an 8-run fourth, to overwhelm Celeste. They ran wild on the base paths with 15 steals. Freshman Quiniya Savage had 5 of those stolen bases and was 2-for-3 at the plate with an RBI. Junior Akerria Garvin went 3-for-5, while senior Kammie Franklin was 2-for-3 with 2 RBI, sophomore Taylor White 2-for-4 with a double, and freshman Alexxis Braswell had an RBI double. Sophomore Elvira Infante picked up the pitching win with 4 innings of 1-hit ball, 7 walks, and 4 strikeouts.
North Hopkins jumped out to a 3-0 lead on Paris, which rallied with 2 runs in the second, the tying run in the third, and winning run in the fourth. Infante was 3-for-3 at the plate. RBIs were collected by freshman Jaidyn Clark, sophomore Saya Swain, and Garvin, who doubled. Swain pitched 4 innings in relief and allowed just 2 hits with 10 strikeouts to get the win.
The Ladycats tied their game vs. Cooper, 3-3, in the top of the third before the Lady Bulldogs plated 2 runs in the bottom of the inning to get the win. Swain was 2-for-2 with 3 RBI and a pair of doubles, while White went 2-for-3. Infante took the loss in the circle.
Swain pitched a 2-hit shutout with 11 strikeouts and had the lone RBI in the fifth inning of the win over Leonard. Clark, who scored the winning run, Infante, Garvin, and Franklin had the Ladycats’ only hits in the game.
The Paris Wildcats tennis team returned from a tournament in Atlanta last week with four first-place finishes.
In the JV tournament on Thursday, Rodrigo Ramirez won boys singles. The varsity tournament on Friday saw wins from junior Sahil Prakash in boys singles, seniors Gabe Allen and Zain Syed in boys doubles, and seniors Reagan Benson and Ramiro Ramirez in mixed doubles.
The team plays at a tournament hosted by Pleasant Grove on Thursday (JV) and Friday (varsity) in its final scheduled meet before the District 14-4A Championships the week of March 26 at Texarkana College.
Seniors Wesley Gage and Jayla Sims won their weight classifications at the regional powerlifting meets to advance to the state championships along with junior Ansley Downs, who finished second.
Gage held a 615-605 lead over runnerup Zaahid Abdullah of Waxahachie Life in the 132-pound weight class at the Region 3 Division 2 (Class 4A) Boys Championships Friday in Malakoff when he finished strong with the top deadlift of 415 pounds to punch his ticket to the state championships March 24 in Abilene.
Sophomore Deuntre Adamson also medaled at regionals with a fourth-place finish in the 114s. Unfortunately the Wildcats’ top hope for state, sophomore Keiotti Bray, won’t be returning to state after a disqualification in the 123s. Bray held a 5-pound lead over eventual winner Eric Reaper of Chapel Hill heading into the deadlift.
The Paris boys finished eighth in team standings at regionals. The Ladycat lifters were fifth at the Region 3 Division 2 Girls Championships Saturday in Fairfield.
Sims will be making a return trip to the girls state championships on March 17 in Waco. She finished fifth in state in her weight class in 2017. She easily won the 165s at regionals by a 60-pound margin.
Downs was runnerup to Sydney Jo Sears of Center, 670 to 655, in the 114s. The top two finishers in each weight class earn automatic bids to state.
Other regional medals earned by the Ladycats included senior Anna Perez (third in the 123s), freshman Rayn Hayden (fifth in the 148s), freshman Mi’nea Williams (fifth in the 181s), and sophomore Raelynn Johnson (fifth in the 198s).
Paris boys results (squat-bench press-deadlift—total)
Paris girls results (squat-bench press-deadlift—total)
Paris High junior Nicole Hawkes was elected to represent the State of Texas as an ambassador at the recent Texas Crime Stoppers conference in Houston.
The aim of the ambassador program is to establish a network of informed and influential individuals throughout Texas who can actively represent Crime Stoppers. Ambassadors are selected to represent their peers all over the state and serve as the youth voice for Crime Stoppers in Texas.
They are expected to exhibit a high degree of maturity, responsibility, flexibility, and leadership at all times. There are only 12 ambassadors elected in the state of Texas.
The Princeton Lady Panthers exerted their four-year district dominance Tuesday night with a 3-1 win over the upstart Paris Ladycats in a District 11-4A first-place showdown at Jackie Hendrix Stadium.
At the halfway mark of district play leads the pack with 12 points followed by Paris with 9, North Lamar 6, Nevada Community 3, and Bonham 0. Princeton has not lost a district match since 2014.
The Ladycats, now 13-6-1 for the season, avoided the shutout on a Katy Hall goal. It was the senior’s seventh goal in four district matches. Season Sunny Scruggs provided the assist.
Paris draws a bye in district action Friday before beginning the second half on Tuesday, March 6, at North Lamar.
Cole Miller eyes an open-net header off a cross from Alan Garcia
The 4-time defending district boys champion Paris Wildcats climbed back into the thick of this year’s title chase with a 3-1 win over chief rival Princeton Monday night at Wildcat Stadium.
After a pair of stunning, 1-0 setbacks to start the 2018 district campaign, veteran Paris coach Jeremy Beshirs juggled his lineup in an attempt to put key players in position to finish scoring opportunities. The strategy has worked to produce 10 goals in the past two matches.
At the midpoint of district play, Nevada Community leads the standings with 9 points, while Princeton has 7, and Paris 6. North Lamar (3 points) plays Bonham (2) Tuesday to also reach the halfway mark. Wins in regulation are worth 3 points, shootout wins 2 points, and shootout losses 1 point.
The Paris and Princeton boys moved their starting time up by 24 hours to avoid another round of storms forecast for Tuesday. The teams exchanged opening goals on defensive miscues.
Princeton struck in the opening minutes when the Cats couldn’t control a juicy rebound, but Paris tied the score, 1-1, on a Panther own goal when a Princeton defender accidentally headed a Kobe Dixon deep throw-in into his own net.
Just four minutes later, with 23:53 left in the half, the Cats were awarded a penalty kick on a foul in the 18-yard box. Junior Alan Garcia’s strike found the top right 90 for a 2-1 lead.
Each team missed a golden scoring opportunity before halftime, but Paris turned up the offensive pressure in the second half. After five near-misses, the Cats finally connected on a key insurance goal with 17 minutes left in the match.
Junior right winger JP Rojas sent a cross that just missed a bicycle kick by senior Felix Vasquez. Left winger Garcia ran down the volley and chipped into the middle where senior Cole Miller’s open net header (see photo above) made it a 3-1 game.
Paris, now 10-7-2, has a bye Friday to start the final round of district matches. The Cats will host North Lamar Tuesday, March 6, at Wildcat Stadium.
The Paris track team competed at the Sulphur Springs Wildcat Relays Monday against five regional Class 5A schools. The Wildcat JV boys won their division, while the varsity boys were second and Ladycats fifth. There were no field events at the meet.
Varsity Boys Results
Varsity Girls Results
JV Boys Results
Another Paris Ladycat recorded a hat trick, while the Paris Wildcats finally caught a break as both Paris soccer teams swept a varsity doubleheader Friday at Bonham.
The Ladycats notched their 13th shutout of the season to improve to 13-5-1 and remain perfect in district at 3-0 with a 5-0 win. Senior Estephanie Balderas (shown in photo right by Joe Watson) scored three goals and assisted on one of two goals by senior Katy Hall, who had the hat trick Tuesday in a win over Community.
Hall also had an assist, while senior Deagan Dingman was credited with two assists and sophomore Gabby Acevedo had another assist. The Ladycats close out the first half of district play Tuesday when they travel to Princeton, ranked No. 1 in the region.
The Wildcat boys, meanwhile, broke a 2-match scoring drought with a 7-2 victory. Paris jumped out to a 5-1 halftime lead over the Warriors, who had upset Princeton in a shootout win Thursday and may have been experiencing a physical and emotional comedown.
Senior Cole Miller broke the scoring barrier just 8 minutes into the match. Although Bonham tied the score at 1-1 on a strike from 40 yards out, the Cats closed out the first half with four goals in the final 13:38.
Freshman Jesus Rangel scored on a header off a free kick from senior Montana Payne, then added a second goal on a 1-on-1 breakaway. Senior Felix Vasquez buried a shot from 40 yards for the next goal, and junior Kyler Beshirs made it a 5-1 lead after taking a pass from sophomore Justin Medina.
The Cats continued the scoring onslaught in the second half. Junior Alan Garcia connected off an assist from junior JP Rojas, and junior Jose Araujo finished the scoring assisted by senior Tony Saavedra.
Paris coach Jeremy Beshirs was pleased with his team’s effort and credited defenders Payne, Kobe Dixon, Aaron Araujo, Isaac Vasquez, and goalkeeper Jesus Herrera.
The win gives the Wildcats a 9-7-2 overall record and 1-2 district mark. The Cats host Princeton Monday at Wildcat Stadium. That match has been moved up 24 hours to avoid another round of wet weather expected to move into the area.
The Paris Wildcats were able to play two games at the Emory Rains baseball tournament before heavy rains washed out their remaining tournament schedule.
Wildcats senior pitcher Zach Norris ran out of gas in the sixth inning Thursday as the Bullard Panthers scored all their runs in a 5-0 decision, while the Cats bounced back on Friday with a 13-3 win over Athens in a game halted after 4 innings.
Paris and Bullard were engaged in a scoreless pitchers’ dual until the sixth inning uprising. Norris surrendered just 2 hits and struck out 13 but walked 4. Sophomores Coleman Lewis and Saxon Swain came on in relief to get the final out.
The Wildcat bats were silent except for senior Demetric Glover who was 2-for-2 at the plate. Swain drew a pair of base on balls.
The quiet bats roared to life Friday against Athens for 11 hits and a big 9-run rally in the second inning. Norris went 3-for-4 with a double and 2 RBI. Swain was 2-for-3 with 2 RBI, a double, and a triple. Senior Canyon Parker was 2-for-2 with 2 RBI. Junior Daniel Blackmon and freshman Devon Gaines also produced 2 RBI each.
Junior Walker Preston got the pitching win despite some wildness. In 4 innings he allowed no earned runs, 2 hits, walked 5, hit 2 batters, and struck out 3.
Paris, now 2-1 for the season, hopes for a break in the weather in time for the Krum tournament. They’re scheduled to play Alvarado and Bonham on Thursday, Iowa Park Friday, and Lake Worth Saturday.
Cameron Jones’ innocent looking gesture draws first of two puzzling technical fouls
Even the most ardent Wildcat fan knew a fourth straight trip to the regional boys basketball tournament was probably not in the cards for 2017-18. Paris head coach Billy Mack Steed certainly knew his streak of 10 straight 20-win seasons at PHS was in jeopardy.
Tuesday’s 46-43 loss to Mabank in a Class 4A bi-district game played at Greenville shouldn’t come across as shocking news to those who followed the Cats’ roller coaster season. With just one returning starter off last season’s regional finalists and relying on a core group of four sophomores, this year’s edition fell 3 wins short of a return trip to Commerce with a final record of 18-14.
The streak is over.
However, the bittersweet ending was exasperated by a couple of puzzling fourth quarter technical fouls called on Paris that helped turn the outcome in Mabank’s favor.
The game was kept at a snail’s pace and close throughout with 8 lead changes. The largest Paris lead was 8 points on 2 occasions in the second quarter, while Mabank led by 5 near the end of the third period.
The momentum shifted back to the Cats on a 6-0 run capped by a nice fake and pullup 15-footer by point guard Cameron Jones, the lone holdover starter from last season’s 28-5 team. As Jones back-pedaled into a defensive posture he briefly raised an index finger to his lips (see photo above). Without prior warning, one of the referees from the Longview chapter immediately assessed the technical for taunting.
On the next Paris possession the same official assessed a second T against the Paris bench for a derogatory comment he claimed he heard. According to Steed, the official said one of the Paris players accused him of being “cross-eyed.” When asked to identify the player, the official told Steed he “didn’t have to.”
The sudden chain of events sent Mabank’s leading scorer, point guard Caleb Dally, to the line for 6 straight free throws that shifted the scoreboard to the Panthers’ side at 40-37 with 4 minutes left to play.
Paris posted up Trea Johnson for a spin move and 3-point play that tied the game, 40-40. Dally and Jones then exchanged 3-pointers to retie the game at 43.
Despite the drama and adversity, the Paris defense would put the Cats in position to take the lead three times in the final 2:34. The first opportunity came on a 5-second call, but a bad pass returned possession to the Panthers with 1:44 remaining.
A steal by Jameon Mitchell started a Paris breakout that ended quickly on an offensive foul. The final chance came at the 56-second mark when Johnson took a baseline charge. The Cats ran the time down to about 20 seconds but another unforced turnover on a pass into the paint led to a wild scramble.
Dally finally regained control, drove down low and passed to teammate Cade Bell, who drained a 3-pointer from the top of the key with 6.3 seconds left to give the Panthers a 46-43 lead.
Paris had an opportunity to tie, but Jones was double-teammed and rushed a wild shot that missed badly.
Earlier in the game Paris had led, 9-6, after a slow-paced first quarter that ended on Jones’ buzzer-beating 3 pointer. Jameon Mitchell opened the second quarter with a 3, and the Cats soon appeared primed to break away from Mabank (17-19 and third-place finisher in District 13).
An alley-oop pass by Jones and dunk by Perry Franklin had the Paris fans on their feet celebrating an 18-11 advantage.
“I thought at the time that play would really get us going,” Steed said.
Instead, the Panthers would enjoy a 9-3 advantage in fouls called in the first half, and a 6-for-6 finish at the foul line chipped the Cats’ lead to a single point, 20-19, at halftime.
Dally finished with a game-high 31 points for the Panthers, while Bell scored 12. Seth Grimes (3 points) was the only other Mabank player who notched points. By contrast, Jones was the only Wildcat in double figures with 17, but 7 other teammates managed points.
The Panthers were 14 of 16 from the foul line, compared to 5 of 7 for the Cats. Mabank enjoyed a 19-11 edge in foul calls. While the foul discrepancies and two untimely technical calls drew the ire of Paris players, coaches, and fans, the Cats had themselves to blame for missed opportunities, including several misfires in the paint that would have provided some separation.
Paris fans have been spoiled by a tremendous 4-year run which saw the Cats roll up a 119-18 overall record and produce 5 all-state players. They’ve seen some great teams find ways to win and great players make shots when the outcome is on the line.
This season has been a transition year. With a solid nucleus returning and joined by an outstanding freshman group that went 20-1 plus a talented eighth-grade bunch, better days are ahead.
‘You better get in your licks this year,” Steed kept saying throughout 2017-18’s thick and thin, “because in a couple of years we’re going to be really good again.”
A 3-goal hat trick by senior Katy Hall was all the scoring the Paris Ladycats needed to defeat the Community Lady Braves, 3-0, in a District 11-4A soccer match Wednesday in Nevada.
The match was originally scheduled for Tuesday, moved up to Monday, then postponed to Wednesday in an unsuccessful attempt to avoid this week’s rainy weather.
While the teams ultimately couldn’t avoid miserable conditions, it didn’t deter Hall and her Ladycat teammates, now 2-0 in district and 12-5-1 overall. Senior midfielder Deagan Dingman provided a pair of assists and the Ladycat defense notched its 12th shutout of the season.
The Paris varsity teams up with the Wildcat boys varsity for a doubleheader visit to Bonham Friday. The Ladycats close out the first half of district play next Tuesday with a key contest at state-ranked Princeton.
The unthinkable has happened to the 4-time defending district champion Paris Wildcats boys soccer team who found themselves on the losing end of another 1-0 decision Tuesday at Wildcat Stadium.
After dropping the District 11-4A opener Friday at North Lamar, 1-0, on a penalty kick late in the match, the Cats fell by that same score Tuesday when they hosted Nevada Community. Again, it was a second-half goal that decided the outcome.
The match was played under miserable conditions with heavy rain and a cold front that blew through during the contest. The Braves caught a break when a shot from long range into the stiff north breeze found the Paris net.
“We’ll come back from this,” Paris coach Jeremy Beshirs promised. “I’ve got players who are giving their best efforts. We’re just not scoring right now. As a coach I’ve got to find ways for us to be successful.”
The Cats (8-7-2) will try for their first district win Friday with a doubleheader visit along with the Ladycats varsity girls team at Bonham before hosting district favorite Princeton next Tuesday back at Wildcat Stadium.
Cast members (from left) Alec Finch, Hannah England, Robbie Phillips, and Reagan Stone perform ‘The 39 Steps’
By Amy Burrows
PHS Drama Teacher
The Paris High Theater Department will perform its UIL one act play entry The 39 Steps for the community on Monday, Feb. 26, at 7:30 p.m. in the PJHS Weger Auditorium. Admission is $5.
The cast of four and supporting crew will compete at the District 14-4A contest at Texarkana College on March 1-2.
The 39 Steps is a melodrama adapted from the 1915 novel by John Buchan and the 1935 film by Alfred Hitchcock. The play's concept calls for the entirety of the 1935 adventure film The 39 Steps to be performed with a cast of only four.
One actor (sophomore Alec Finich) plays the hero Richard Hannay. One actress (senior Reagan Stone) plays the three women with whom Hannay has romantic entanglements. Two other actors (sophomore Robbie Turner and senior Hannah England) play every other character in the show: Heroes, villains, men, and women.
The show requires at least 22 different hats to create the numerous characters all portrayed by only three actors who sometimes change to different characters simultaneously onstage.
A talented crew made up of seniors Will Elliott, Molly Law, and Zach De la Garza along with sophomores Jared Posey and Rafael Sanchez are just as busy as the actors onstage pulling off the lightning quick costume, light, sound, and technical cues that make The 39 Steps a roller-coaster ride of suspense and laughter.
PHS theater sponsors are Amy Burrows and Jayna Shull.
Chisum’s new artificial turf baseball field is proving to be a welcome second home for the Paris Wildcats who won their fifth straight appearance at their county neighbor’s facility Monday, overpowering the host Mustangs, 9-1, in both school’s 2018 baseball season opener.
While other schools with natural grass fields are wondering if Mother Nature will ever provide a long enough break to get the season underway, Chisum’s turf field has become a popular destination for area high schools and colleges.
The Paris-Chisum game was orginally scheduled for PJC’s Hub Hollis Field, but it is currently unplayable. In fact, the Wildcats have played 5 of their past 6 “home” games at Chisum dating back to April of last season.
While the Chisum field is still under construction (new bleachers and sidewalks are not finished which forced fans at Monday’s game to navigate some heavy mud to find standing room only viewing around the fence perimeter), the turf field is proving impervious to heavy rains which often accompany north Texas spring.
As for the game, a combination of four Paris pitchers overpowered the Chisum bats with 17 strikeouts while holding the Mustangs to a single run on 4 hits. Senior Zach Norris, junior Walker Preston, and senior Canyon Parker each took 2-inning stints, while junior Daniel Blackmon finished the night with the seventh inning on the mound for the Cats.
Sophomore Saxon Swain led the Paris bats with a 3-for-3 showing at the plate with a double, triple, stolen base, and 2 RBI. Saxon, brother of standout Ladycat pitcher Saya Swain, missed his freshman season with a broken leg sustained in a preseason scrimmage, but looks primed for a breakout year.
Senior Demetric Glover was 2-for-3 with a triple, 2 RBI, and a stolen base. Sophomore Zach Nation went 2-for-4 with a triple and RBI, and Norris was 2-for-4 with an RBI.
Paris scored twice in each of the first two innings before Chisum scored its lone run to trim the lead to 4-1. The Cats added single tallies in the fourth and fifth innings and put the game away with 3 runs in the seventh.
Paris will enter the Emory Rains tournament beginning Thursday with a scheduled 1 p.m. start against Bullard. Rains also has a turf field, although thunderstorms are in the forecast which could affect the tournament schedule.
Keiotti Bray lifts 390 pounds in the squat event in the 123-pound class weight (photo by Joe Watson)
Paris High sophomore Keiotti Bray had a combined lift of 1,055 pounds to win his weight class at the Paris Invitational powerlifting meet Saturday in the Wildcat Gym. Bray currently ranks third in the state.
Greenville was the team champion at the meet that drew 102 boys and 62 girls. Paris competes in Region 3, Division 2 (Class 4A). Regional championships will be held March 2 at Malakoff for the boys and March 3 at Fairfield for the girls.
Sophomore Raelynn Johnson won her weight class for the Ladycats.
Girls Results (squat-bench press-deadlift--total)
Two Paris Ladycats competed in the Mt. Pleasant Invitational Golf Tournament at Mt. Pleasant CC Monday. Though they didn't place, they had respectable rounds under rainy conditions. Sophomore Emily Eddlemon was lowest for Paris with a 111, and junior Ansley Downs finished with a 122. They will play next at The Bridges in Gunter on March 5.
One That Got Away: Kyler Beshirs’ rebound hits the crossbar after Cole Miller (7) bounces a PK rebound off the goalkeeper’s stomach
Paris and North Lamar split a pair of series anomalies Friday in district soccer. The Panthers picked up their first win ever over a Jeremy Beshirs-coached Wildcat squad in a 1-0 upset at R. L. Maddox Stadium, while the Ladycats produced their largest margin of victory over the Pantherettes since 2011 with a decisive 3-0 win at Wildcat Stadium.
The Wildcats misfired on three prime scoring opportunities to allow the Panthers to hang around in a scoreless defensive struggle. The first miscue came midway through the first half when JP Rojas was awarded a penalty kick after a takedown in the 18-yard box, but his PK drifted wide left of the goalmouth.
In the final two minutes before halftime Alan Garcia took a short chip feed from Cole Miller and was unguarded 10 yards in front of the net, but his left-footed strike also drifted left of the goal.
A second PK was awarded to Paris midway through the second half and set up the match’s most dramatic sequence (see photo above). Kyler Beshirs’ PK was on target, but the Panther goalie lunged for a block with his left hand. Miller rushed in to take a juicy rebound shot from point-blank range that bounced off the goalie’s gut. That gave Beshirs a follow-up opportunity from 5 yards out, but his rebound strike hit the crossbar and bounced out of harm’s way to the left sidelines.
The match seemed headed to a shootout until the Panthers got the one opportunity they needed on a Paris foul in the 18-yard box. Matt Meredith calmly converted, beating the Wildcat goalie to his right side, and the Panthers made the 1-0 lead stand up though the final 12 minutes.
So how big a stunner was it? Consider that the Cats under Beshirs held a 13-0 record, outscoring his alma mater by a staggering 59-7 count since taking the reins of the Paris program.
It was the district opener for the 4-time district champion Wildcats. NL evened its district record to 1-1 after falling to Princeton, 3-0, on Tuesday.
The Cats, now 8-6-2 overall, host Nevada Community on Tuesday at Wildcat Stadium.
Ladycats Take Care of Business
Katy Hall streaks on a breakaway against the Pantherettes for the first goal (photo by Joe Watson)
In contrast to the boys’ struggles, the Ladycats converted their scoring chances to dominate the scoreboard at Wildcat Stadium. The Pantherettes had won 4 of the previous 6 matches against the Ladycats, but the veteran, senior-laden Paris squad appears primed to make a serious district run in 2018.
Paris broke the scoring ice midway through the first half when Estephany Balderas hit fellow senior Katy Hall in stride with a thru ball on a 1 on 2 breakaway. Hall’s left-footer from 20 yards out beat the goalie, who came out of the box for a challenge.
Balderas widened the lead to 2-0 in the second half with a header off a perfect corner kick setup by senior Deagan Dingman. Balderas then fed Hall on the right flank. Hall crossed into the middle and found freshman Erika Garcia, whose chip shot from 25 yards out sailed just under the crossbar to expand the lead to 3-0 with 19 minutes left.
Paris sophomore goalie Grace Woodby and the Ladycat defense registered their 11th shutout of the season, as Paris saw its overall record rise to 11-5-1. The Ladycats journey to Nevada Community on Monday for their second district match. NL is now 0-2 in district.
The Pantherettes have held the upper hand over the Ladycats this decade, but the 3-0 victory was the most one-sided result by Paris since a 4-0 win over NL at the 2011 Kings Classic tournament.
The Paris Ladycats finished 2-2 at the Melissa softball tournament. The Ladycats opened tournament play with a 4-1 loss to Gunter and 12-0 loss to host Melissa, but returned Friday to defeat Blue Ridge, 8-2, and closed out tournament play on Saturday with a 4-1 win over Van Alstyne.
Freshman Quiniya Savage went 2-for-2 at the plate, including a double, stole 2 bases, and scored the lone run in the loss to Gunter. Freshman Jaidyn Clark had an RBI single. Sophomore Saya Swain allowed 2 hits and no earned runs while walking 4 and striking out 9 in 5.1 innings in the circle.
The Ladycats were victims of a no-hitter thrown by Alexis Pevehouse of Melissa in a game shortened to 3 innings. Pevehouse allowed a walk to junior Akerria Garvin and struck out 6 Paris batters.
Swain pitched all 6 innings of the win over Blue Ridge, hit a double, and drove in 3 runs. She gave up 1 hit, 1 walk, and struck out 10. Garvin and sophomores Elvira Infante and Taylor White collected 2 hits apiece. Garvin doubled and tripled at the plate, while White had a triple.
Paris broke a 1-1 tie with 3 runs in the bottom of the 5th to defeat Van Alstyne. Junior Evelyn Brown went 2-for-3 with a run scored, 3 stolen bases, and an RBI to lead the Paris offense. Swain picked up the win in 5 innings with no earned runs, 1 hit, 1 walk, and 12 strikeouts.
The Ladycats (3-2) are scheduled to play in the Marshall tournament beginning Thursday, weather permitting.
Wildcat bench celebrates Gavyn Hollje’s buzzer-beater that caps a strong 26-9 first quarter start for Paris
It was just two weeks ago that the Paris Wildcats struggled to score 22 points the entire game in a 31-22 miserable loss to North Lamar. Fast forward to Tuesday’s District 14-4A finale in the same Wildcat Gym, and the Cats surpassed that scoring mark in the opening quarter alone.
A sizzling 26-9 first quarter start, capped by a buzzer-beating halfcourt shot by Gavyn Hollje, catapulted Paris to a 67-43 win over Pittsburg that sealed the district’s No. 2 seeding for the playoffs. The Cats, now 18-13, open against Mabank, the No. 3 seed from District 13. That bi-district match will be played next Tuesday, Feb. 20, 7:30 p.m., at Greenville High School.
“That was probably the best quarter we’ve played all year,” Paris coach Billy Mack Steed said afterwards, “and it came against the hottest team in the district.”
Pittsburg had won 4 of its past 5 games, including an upset over district champion Pleasant Grove. The Pirates needed a win over Paris to extend their season, but the Cats never allowed them any hope as Jordan Mitchell scored 10 of his team-high 16 points in the opening frame to stake Paris to quick leads of 12-2 and 15-4.
Pitt briefly closed the margin to single digits, 15-7, before getting buried by an 11-2 run to close out the first quarter. Paris held a 39-24 halftime advantage and stretched the lead to a high-water mark of 27, 63-36, in the second half.
Final district standings show PG on top with an 8-2 record, while Paris finished 7-3, North Lamar 6-4, Liberty-Eylau and Pitt tied at 4-6, and Atlanta 1-9. L-E swept both its games vs. Pitt and will advance as the district’s No. 4 seed.
The Cats received balanced scoring from the entire roster. In addition to Jordan Mitchell’s 16, which included four from 3-point range, sophomore post Trevon Dennis scored 11, junior point guard Cameron Jones had 10, and senior Perry Franklin scored 8 of his 9 points in a fourth-quarter flurry. Hollje finished with 7, Jameon Mitchell 6, Trea Johnson 5, and junior TJ Williams scored his first varsity points on a 3-pointer.
Keithlen Griffin and Jaylon Jimmerson were the only Pitt players to reach double figures with 13 and 12, respectively.
Four Paris seniors took their Senior Night curtain call before the game: Jordan Mitchell, Perry, Ashton Savage, and Jalen Easter.
Paris swept the sub-varsity games. The freshmen capped a sensational 20-1 season with a 97-42 blowout. Jeremiah Harrison scored 31, Bubba Gray 17, and KD Washington 13 for the fish, whose only loss was by a point to a Class 6A school at the Princeton Tournament the opening week of the season.
The Cat JV won, 60-55. Dyvarious Douglas scored 19, while Dearies Dudley and Do’Rian Williams scored 14 each.
The Paris Ladycats won their season-opening softball game Tuesday at Blue Ridge, 14-6. They compete in the Melissa tournament starting Thursday.
The Ladycats pounded out 13 hits in the game including 3 doubles and a pair of triples. Senior Kammie Franklin and junior Akerria Garvin collected three hits each, and Garvin drove in a pair of runs. Sophomores Saya Swain and Taylor White had two hits each.
Paris held an 8-5 lead when the Ladycats pushed across 5 runs in the sixth inning to put the game away. The Ladycats were a perfect 11 of 11 in stole base attempts.
Swain pitched 5.1 innings to get the win. She gave up 3 hits, 2 runs, walked 3, and struck out 17.
Seniors Gabe Allen and Reagan Benson won the mixed doubles bracket at the 2nd Annual Wildcat Classic tennis tournament held last week on the Paris High courts.
In other varsity results, junior Sahil Prakash finished second in boys singles, senior Ramiro Ramirez won the boys singles consolation bracket, and freshmen Allyssa Standifer and Ryan Tijerina won the consolation mixed dobules.
Sophomore Luke Gibbons and junior Rodrigo Ramirez were second in JV boys doubles.
The Paris tennis team participates in a tournament at Mount Pleasant this week.
The Paris Ladycats soccer team saw a 5-match win streak halted Tuesday at Pleasant Grove in a 2-0 loss that concludes pre-district play. The Ladycats open District 11-4A Friday by hosting North Lamar for a pair of matches at Wildcat Stadium.
The Ladycats, now 10-5-1, had an opportunity to tie the match in the first half but misfired on a penalty kick. The Lady Hawks scored an insurance goal late in the second half.
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.
Summer Athletic Camps. PHS athletic staff will be offering summer camps for multiple age groups this summer. Click on each sport for more information.