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Paris, TX – The North Lamar Athletic Booster Club was host to a Sports Banquet for athletes, coaches, parents, and guests on Tuesday, May 20 at Love Civic Center. Media representatives Greg Higgins with eParis Extra, Steven Johnson, with East Texas Broadcasting, and Maddie Kuhn with The Paris News gave an entertaining recap into the year’s sports highlights.
NLABC president Tracy Scudder summarized the Booster Club’s accomplishments during the year before awarding scholarships to thirty-two deserving senior athletes. The 2014-2015 officers were installed, and Renee Noble will serve as president.
Coaches of each sport presented awards to outstanding athletes. The top overall awards, the Fighting Panther and Fighting Pantherette, were presented by Coach Loy Dean Clark. Co-recipients of the Fighting Panther Award were Sam Erickson and Jacob Cowling. The Fighting Pantherette Award went to Lauren Coursey and Hannah Igleheart.
Athletes receiving awards were:
Sports Medicine Sports Medicine Trainer of the Year Grace Logan
Basketball (Boys) The Consummate Teammate Josh Knowles
Basketball (Boys) Most Valuable Player Hunter Sartor
Basketball (Boys) Co-Defensive Player of the Year Samaki Walker, Devin McDonald
Basketball (Boys) Rebounder of the Year Tyler Anthony
Basketball (Girls) Most Valuable Player Lexi Chancellor
Basketball (Girls) Defensive Player of the Year Lexie Stephens
Basketball (Girls) Hustle & Heart Award` Lexie Stephens
Basketball (Girls) Competitive Cauldron Lexi Chancellor
Cheerleading Best All-Around Cheslee Oliver
Cross Country Most Valuable Female Runner Daisy Rangel
Cross Country Most Valuable Male Runner Sam Erickson
Football Offensive Lineman of the Year Jackie Berry
Football Defensive Back of the Year Tyler Anthony, Trey Scudder
Football Defensive Most Valuable Player Kameron Avery
Football 12th Man Award Brandon Clark
Football Captain Blue Award Will Jamar
Football Frank Stone Award Jake Cowling
Football Defensive Lineman of the Year Cody Berry
Football Offensive Back of the Year Keitron Reed
Golf (Boys) Most Valuable Player Daniel Durham, Chase Pasternak,
Golf (Boys) Most Improved Player Jessup Crutchfield
Golf (Girls) Most Valuable Player Savanah Bishop, Sydney Foy
Golf (Girls) Most Improved Player Kelsey Thompson
Golf (Girls) Newcomer of the Year Kristen Hodges, Bailey Foy
Golf (Girls) Support Player of the Year Bailee Sanders
Overall Fighting Panther Award Sam Erickson, Jake Cowling
Overall Fighting Pantherette Award Lauren Coursey, Hannah Igleheart
Powerlifting Most Valuable Powerlifter Jackie Berry, Andrew Johnson,
Dakota Moore, Josh Johnson
Powerlifting Iron Man Award Stetson Henderson, Tyler Carter,
Keitron Reed, Cody Berry
Powerlifting Most Improved Powerlifter Chase Perry, Josh Bolton,
Soccer (Boys) Spirit Award Preston Waters
Soccer (Boys) Hustle Award Kris Stephens
Soccer (Boys) Most Valuable Player Sam Erickson
Soccer (Boys) Offensive Most Valuable Player Jose Leyva
Soccer (Boys) Defensive Most Valuable Player Nick West
Soccer (Boys) Mr. Reliable Garrett Douglas
Soccer (Boys) Most Outstanding Senior Sam Erickson
Soccer (Girls) Hustle Award Brittany Nichols
Soccer (Girls) Most Valuable Player Daisy Rangel
Soccer (Girls) Offensive Most Valuable Player Karlee Alexander
Soccer (Girls) Defensive Most Valuable Player Yuliana Morales, Rachel Freeman
Soccer (Girls) Sportsmanship Award Blair Viehe
Softball Most Valuable Player Lauren Coursey
Softball Golden Glove Award Delaney England
Softball Offensive Player of the Year Tanna Huie
Softball Defensive Player of the Year Balee Brown
Softball Newcomer of the Year Bailee Nickerson
Swimming Outstanding Panther Swimmer Kathleen Dawson, Tori Sullivan, Erin Stone,
Taylor Reavis, Jamie Ellis, Ryan Conner
Swimming Most Valuable Panther Swimmer Ethan Nicholson
Tennis Most Valuable Female Player Maria Leyva
Tennis Most Valuable Male Player Jose Leyva
Track (Boys) Most Valuable Field Event Award Tyler Anthony
Track (Boys) Most Valuable Distance Runner Sam Erickson
Track (Boys) Most Valuable Sprinter Award Kyle Dunmon
Track (Boys) Most Improved Track Award 4×400 Relay Team Micah Booker, Trey Scudder,
Tyler Anthony, Kyle Dunmon
Track (Girls) Most Valuable Team Member Baylee Chappell
Track (Girls) Outstanding Sprinter Award Abby Lacey, Kayla Igleheart
Track (Girls) Outstanding Mid Distance Runner Shi Barnett, Aaryn Honeywood
Track (Girls) Outstanding Distance Runner Hannah Igleheart, Haley Porter
Track (Girls) Outstanding Field Event Baylee Chappell, Bailey Foy
Volleyball Most Valuable Player Lauren Coursey, Ashleigh McFatridge
Volleyball Most Valuable Blocker Bailey Foy
Volleyball Most Valuable Hitter Ashley Miller
Volleyball Most Valuable Setter Hannah Igleheart
Volleyball Defensive Player of the Year Lexie Stephens
Volleyball Newcomer of the Year Kayla Igleheart
Volleyball Best All Around Spirit Award Ashley White, Bailey Jones
The North Lamar Panthers will continue their playoff run this weekend as they face Melissa. Game 1 will be Thursday night at PJC, with the other game(s) in McKinney. The North Lamar Panthers would love for you to drive out and support the team in person. However, if for some reason you are unable to make the games in person, Coston & Son Ready Mix has provided a way for you to view the games online.
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Aaron Edwards provided the offense and Brandon Dusenberry pitched a shutout as the North Lamar Panthers completed the two-game sweep of the Pittsburg Pirates in their Regional Quarterfinal playoff series. With the 1-0 win over Pittsburg, North Lamar advances to play Melissa-who defeated Ferris in three games.
Edwards, who has been a lot of the Panthers’ offense in the first inning during the postseason, lined a double off the left field fence with two-outs in the first inning. Edwards stole third base and then scored on a wild pitch by Brandon Colbert. Little did the Panthers know, it would be the only run they would score in the ball game.
Dusenberry made sure that lone run would stand up for the Panthers as he pitched seven, strong innings for North Lamar. Brandon gave up four hits, walked two and struck out eight in the win. He only needed 90 pitches to get through the game as well, with 59 of them being strikes.
“Work ahead in the count,” Dusenberry said when asked about his approach Friday. “I can throw the pitches I wanted to pitch. It’s what I’ve been working on all week.”
Dusenberry didn’t get the result he wanted last week against Spring Hill so he was determined to get it this weekend. That’s exactly what happened too. North Lamar, on the offensive side, has to be thankful for his pitching. The offense couldn’t manage anything off of Colbert, with the exception of the run they squeaked out. North Lamar only had three hits total off of the starting pitcher, who walked one and struck out five.
Jacob Cowling did connect on a triple but the runner was quickly erased on a suicide bunt attempt. The only other hit the Panthers got was a single by Braydon Steed. The offensive production can be low, though, if you’re going to get pitching performances like the Panthers got on Friday Night.
North Lamar will now get ready to play Melissa in the next round of the playoffs. Details have yet to be finalized for the series dates and times.
By: Greg Higgins, eParisExtra
It wasn’t a pretty win, but it still counts as one for Coach Igleheart and the North Lamar Panthers. North Lamar defeated Pittsburg 5-4 in Game 1 of their playoff series in Pittsburg. Pittsburg had plenty of opportunities to walk away with a home victory but the Panthers found a way to take the first game.
“We didn’t play all that great,” coach Igleheart said about the game. “We didn’t play bad, but we made some mistakes….and to get a win over here in their place; and in a somewhat hostile environment.”
North Lamar got off to another hot start as they scored three runs in the top of the first inning. Braydon Steed singled to start the game and Daniel Gibbons walked. A few batters later, Brandon Dusenberry and Jacob Cowling hit back-to-back doubles that would score three.
With a three-run lead to start the game, Gibbons took the mound. Even with a big lead, the Panthers made some mistakes that put themselves in tight situations. A series of walk, errors and other mental mistakes allowed Pittsburg to climb back into the ball game.
The Pirates walked eight different times at the plate. In the bottom of the fifth inning, Pittsburg loaded the bases with no outs. Trailing 3-2, this was the perfect opportunity to take the lead over the visiting Panthers. Gibbons, however, after just walking two batters calmly through a double-play grounder to get the force at home and the out at first. The next batter struck out to end the threat.
Pittsburg would tie it up in the bottom of the seventh on another mistake. After walking the second batter of the inning, the next batter laid down a sacrifice bunt attempt. The throw to first base was high, which allowed the runner from first to score. The batter reached third base on the error. Gibbons struck out the next two batters to end the inning.
The eighth and ninth inning were shut down innings by pitcher Ty Jones. Jones came in and pitched brilliantly for the Panthers. In the ninth inning, Gibbons singled and would come around to score on a single by Aaron Edwards. With the win, North Lamar takes a 1-0 lead in the best-of-three series. North Lamar will host Pittsburg Friday night at 7:30. If North Lamar wins, they advance to the next round. If they lose, game 3 will be played Saturday at Texas High.
By: Greg Higgins, eParisExtra
There are eight teams remaining in Region 2 of the 3A Baseball playoffs. Half of those teams are all from the same district. North Lamar, Paris High, Pittsburg and Pleasant Grove are all still alive in the baseball tournament.
Unfortunately for them, though, two of those teams will be eliminated after this weekends action. That’s because all four of these teams will be competing against one another. North Lamar will face Pittsburg and Paris High will be playing Pleasant Grove.
It’s pretty incredible that all four of these teams are still alive. Of course the coaches of these teams aren’t surprised by the deep playoff run.
“I told people during the season the pitching [in District 13-3A] is the best I’ve seen since I’ve been here,” Pleasant Grove head coach Craig Jones said. “The playoffs are all about pitching and defense.”
He’s not the only coach to share that sentiment.
“Coach Jones has set the bar high for this District,” North Lamar coach Scott Igleheart said. “Tommy Stewart has done an amazing job in his first year as the coach at Pittsburg, and coach [Bill] Sikes keeps doing great things at Paris.”
Coach Stewart and Igleheart both talked about the two teams from the district that didn’t make the playoffs (Atlanta and Liberty Eylau) and how they feel like they could have won a few playoff series.
All four coaches are trying to get their teams ready for the weekends’ series. With at least two more games to be played, each team will have played the other four and possibly five times this year.
“All the cards are on the table,” said coach Jones. “We know them and they know us.”
“We know each other and try to take advantage of their weaknesses,” coach Stewart said.
Igleheart shared his concerns about playing Pittsburg another time. Beating a team twice in one season is hard enough, much less trying to beat them four times in one season.
None of the coaches would come right out and say this is the best district in 3A but they all gave it extremely high compliments.
“It’s the best district in the North and East,” coach Stewart said. “I’m not sure about the South though. There’s some good teams down there.
Coach Jones said he thinks the pitching is by far the best in the state but he didn’t want to speak about the offense. It’s a debate that is hard to prove. However, with four teams still alive it’s hard to say they’re not the best. For now, though, these teams are getting prepared for more playoff baseball. Of course, Daniel Gibbons may have summed this weekend up the best.
“We’re finished playing playoff baseball,” he said. “Now its time for District play.”
By: Greg Higgins, eParisExtra