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North Lamar’s Waters Joins EOSC’s First Soccer Team

Preston Waters, seated center, signs to play soccer at Eastern Oklahoma State College.

Preston Waters, seated center, signs to play soccer at Eastern Oklahoma State College.

Paris, TX –North Lamar High School senior, Preston Waters, signed the dotted line to join the Mountaineer soccer team at Eastern Oklahoma State College in its inaugural season beginning the fall of 2014.  EOSC, located in Wilburton, Oklahoma, is a member of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) and the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC).

Seated with him are his parents David and Kelly. Showing their support, in back from left, are Sue Foyil, grandmother, EOSC Head Soccer Coach Irving Peralta, NLISD Superintendent James A. Dawson, NL Head Soccer Coach Lance Johnson, and Jena Rogers, grandmother.

Panthers defeat Atlanta in pitching duel to remain atop the District

Daniel Gibbons

Daniel Gibbons

If you’re a fan of pitching, then you enjoyed Friday’s game against the North Lamar Panthers and the Atlanta Rabbits. Daniel Gibbons pitched a four-hit shutout as the Panthers defeated Atlanta 1-0 to remain tied at the top of district 13-3A.

Daniel went the distance, allowing four hits, and striking out 10 in the process.The only run of the game came in the fourth inning as Brandon Dusenberry drove in Aaron Edwards. That one run was all Gibbons needed as he mowed through the lineup.

With the win, North Lamar remains tied with Pleasant Grove at 6-2. North Lamar will finish district play this week as they travel to Paris on Tuesday and then host Pleasant Grove on Friday night.

North Lamar Pantherettes lose final district game of season

Lauren Coursey

Lauren Coursey

The North Lamar Pantherettes had trouble all night with the rise-ball that Atlanta pitcher Alaina Oliver pitched. North Lamar only managed four hits as they fell 7-2 on Senior Night.

They only runs North Lamar could manage was a Tanna Huie two-run homer over the left filed fence in the fifth inning. Despite giving up seven runs, the Pantherette pitching was good. Freshman Madison Morrison pitched 4.2 innings, allowing three runs and striking out one. Only one of the three runs, however, were earned as North Lamar finished the game with four errors.

Lauren Coursey came in and pitched 2.1 innings. Coursey allowed four runs to score but only one was earned due to the Pantherette errors. With the loss, North Lamar finished tied with Atlanta at the top of District with a 8-2 record. The two teams will meet Monday night in Mt. Pleasant to determine who gets the top seed in the playoffs. The game is set for 6:00 p.m.

The Panthers offense too much for Liberty Eylau in 14-0 rout

Brandon Dusenberry

Brandon Dusenberry

The Panthers shut the door early on Liberty Eylau , capturing a 14-0 victory on Tuesday.

With eight runs in the first three innings, the Panthers left no doubt about the eventual outcome.

A two-run single by Brandon Dusenberry in the first inning and a wild pitch, a fielder’s choice, and a sacrifice fly by Hunter Reeves during the second inning supplied the early offense for the Panthers.

Jacob Cowling racked up two RBIs on two hits for the Panthers. He singled in the third and fourth innings.

Brandon shut down Liberty Eylau while he was on the hill. Liberty Eylau managed just one hit off of Dusenberry, who allowed no earned runs, walked one and struck out eight during his 4 2/3 innings of work.

The Panthers piled on three more runs in the top of the third. A bases loaded walk scored Jacob to get the Panthers on the board in the inning. That was followed up by Daniel Gibbons‘ single, bringing home Chad Box.

The Panthers tacked on another four runs in the fifth. The inning looked promising, as Kyle Dunmon singled, plating Evan Nibblet to kick things off.

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North Lamar Pantherette Varsity drubs Liberty-Eylau, 13-3

The North Lamar softball team listening to head coach Jimmy Fendley after a win over Paris High.

The North Lamar softball team listening to head coach Jimmy Fendley after a win over Paris High.

Liberty-Eylau didn’t stand a chance on Tuesday, as the North Lamar Pantherettes captured a blowout 13-3 win in six innings.

North Lamar Pantherette Varsity scored six runs in the third on a three-run home run by Bailey Jones, a sacrifice fly by Balee Brown, and a two-run triple by Delaney England.

Kayla Igleheart racked up two RBIs on three hits for the Pantherette. She singled in the second and third innings and doubled in the sixth inning.

Madison Morrison got the win for North Lamar. She allowed three runs over four innings. Madison struck out two, walked none and gave up seven hits.

The top of the second saw North Lamar Pantherette Varsity take an early lead, 2-0. Kayla started the rally for North Lamar with a single. Lauren Coursey singled, plating Sarah Penrose. North Lamar pushed more runs across when Igleheart scored because Balee was hit by a pitch.

It didn’t take long for Liberty-Eylau to respond as it scored two runs of its own in the second. Liberty-Eylau scored on an error and an error.

North Lamar added five more runs in the top of the sixth. Bailee Nickerson kicked things off with a double, scoring Delaney. That was followed up by Kayla’s double, bringing home Bailey and Erin Scholl.

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