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North Lamar Athletes Receive Awards at Year-End Banquet

North Lamar’s Co- Fighting Panther Award went to, from left, Sam Erickson and Jacob Cowling.  Sharing the Fighting Pantherette Award is Hannah Igleheart and Lauren Coursey.

North Lamar’s Co- Fighting Panther Award went to, from left, Sam Erickson and Jacob Cowling. Sharing the Fighting Pantherette Award is Hannah Igleheart and Lauren Coursey.

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,

Tanner Bowden

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,

Brandon Halliday

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 

Pantherette award winners seated beginning left are Bailee Sanders, Kristen Hodges, Kayla Igleheart, Lexi Chancellor, Yuliana Morales, Balee Brown, Delaney England, Blair Viehe, Tori Sullivan, Lauren Coursey, Ashley Miller, and Kathleen Dawson; in back are Baylee Chappell, Lexie Stephens, Savanah Bishop, Bailee Nickerson, Aaryn Honeywood, Brittany Nichols, Bailey Jones, Ashley White, Karlee Alexander, Ashleigh McFatridge, Abby Lacey, Bailey Foy, Daisy Rangel, Rachel Freeman, Taylor Reavis, Hannah Igleheart, Erin Stone, Tanna Huie, Kelsey Thompson, Jamie Ellis, and Maria Leyva.

Pantherette award winners seated beginning left are Bailee Sanders, Kristen Hodges, Kayla Igleheart, Lexi Chancellor, Yuliana Morales, Balee Brown, Delaney England, Blair Viehe, Tori Sullivan, Lauren Coursey, Ashley Miller, and Kathleen Dawson; in back are Baylee Chappell, Lexie Stephens, Savanah Bishop, Bailee Nickerson, Aaryn Honeywood, Brittany Nichols, Bailey Jones, Ashley White, Karlee Alexander, Ashleigh McFatridge, Abby Lacey, Bailey Foy, Daisy Rangel, Rachel Freeman, Taylor Reavis, Hannah Igleheart, Erin Stone, Tanna Huie, Kelsey Thompson, Jamie Ellis, and Maria Leyva.

 

Panther award winners seated beginning left are Chase Pasternak, Jessup Crutchfield, Tanner Bowden, Daniel Durham, Ethan Nicholson, Jacob Cowling, Brandon Clark, Preston Waters, Keitron Reed, Samaki Walker, Sam Erickson, and Josh Bolton; in back are Jackie Berry, Dakota Moore, Chase Perry, Trey Scudder, Tyler Anthony, Hunter Sartor, Cody Berry, Kris Stephens, Micah Booker, Kyle Dunmon, Bailey Bolton, Josh Knowles, Grant Erickson, Brandon Halliday, and Josh Johnson.

Panther award winners seated beginning left are Chase Pasternak, Jessup Crutchfield, Tanner Bowden, Daniel Durham, Ethan Nicholson, Jacob Cowling, Brandon Clark, Preston Waters, Keitron Reed, Samaki Walker, Sam Erickson, and Josh Bolton; in back are Jackie Berry, Dakota Moore, Chase Perry, Trey Scudder, Tyler Anthony, Hunter Sartor, Cody Berry, Kris Stephens, Micah Booker, Kyle Dunmon, Bailey Bolton, Josh Knowles, Grant Erickson, Brandon Halliday, and Josh Johnson.

North Lamar Panthers Playoff Games Available Online

Coach Scott Igleheart receiving an ice bath after the series win with Spring Hill.

Coach Scott Igleheart receiving an ice bath after the series win with Spring Hill.

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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Here are the game times and the links to the games:

Game 1, May 22, 7:30pm

Game 2, May 23, 7:30pm

Game 3, May 24, 4:00pm

 

As always, you can also keep up with the action on twitter: @eParisExtra and @greghiggins457

 

North Lamar advances thanks to a dominating performance from Brandon Dusenberry

Aaron Edwards connects on a double in the first inning of Game 2 Friday night. Edwards would come around score the lone Panther run.

Aaron Edwards connects on a double in the first inning of Game 2 Friday night. Edwards would come around score the lone Panther run.

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.

Brandon Dusenberry delivering a pitch on Friday against Pittsburg.

Brandon Dusenberry delivering a pitch on Friday against Pittsburg.

“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

North Lamar escapes Pittsburg with a victory in game one

Chad Box with a single in Game 1 against Pittsburg on Thursday night.

Chad Box with a single in Game 1 against Pittsburg on Thursday night.

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

District 13-3A Baseball: Is it the best in Texas?

Brandon Dusenberry

Brandon Dusenberry

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.

Jake Clark

Jake Clark

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