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Pantherettes advance to volleyball regional quarterfinals

Contributing to the Pantherettes successful volleyball season at North Lamar beginning front left are Lexie Stephens, Rachael Freeman, Lauren Coursey,  Kayla Igleheart and Hannah Igleheart; second row,  Karlee Alexander and Manager Tanna Huie; third row, Skylar Dillen, Bailey Jones, Ashleigh McFatridge and Sydney Foy; back row, Baylee Maughon, Bailey Foy, Ashley Miller and Ashley White.

Contributing to the Pantherettes successful volleyball season at North Lamar beginning front left are Lexie Stephens, Rachael Freeman, Lauren Coursey, Kayla Igleheart and Hannah Igleheart; second row, Karlee Alexander and Manager Tanna Huie; third row, Skylar Dillen, Bailey Jones, Ashleigh McFatridge and Sydney Foy; back row, Baylee Maughon, Bailey Foy, Ashley Miller and Ashley White.

Paris, TX – The North Lamar Pantherettes defeated Gilmer on Saturday in dramatic fashion. The Pantherettes came from behind to win in five sets (26-28, 25-18, 14-25, 27-25, 15-12). Here are the individual statistics for the Pantherettes:

Ashleigh McFatridge 12 kills, 4 digs, 4 solo blocks, 10 block assists

Ashley Miller  19 kills, 2 digs

Rachael Freeman  16/17 serve ,1 ace, 5 digs

Ashley White  3 kills, 20/20 serve, 1 ace, 6 digs

Bailey Foy, 8 kills, 7 solo blocks, 4 block assists

Lexie Stephens  20/20 serve, 7 digs

Bailey Jones  7k, 2 digs, 2 solo, 2 bl assist

Skylar Dillen  2 solo blocks, 1 block assist

Head Coach is Kathy Barker.  Not pictured are Assistant Coaches Jimmy Fendley and Kendall Kirk.

Head Coach is Kathy Barker. Not pictured are Assistant Coaches Jimmy Fendley and Kendall Kirk.

Lauren Coursey 1 kill, 15/15 serve, 3 aces, 18 digs, 30/31 serve receive

Hannah Igleheart  3 kills, 19/19 serve, 2 aces, 23 assists, 3 digs

Kayla Igleheart  1 kill, 8/9 serve, 17 assists, 4 digs

Baylee Maughon  3/4 serve, 4 assists, 2 digs

After defeating Gilmer on Saturday in the volleyball playoffs, North Lamar Pantherettes will play the Rains Lady Cats in the Regional Quarterfinals on Tuesday, November 12 at Mt. Pleasant High School beginning at 7:00 p.m.

Pantherette fans who are unable to attend the game can listen to the live play-by play coverage on Mix 107.7 FM or online at easttexasbroadcasting.com.  Pregame begins at 6:45 p.m. and the first serve begins at 7:00 p.m.  Winner will go to the regional tournament on Friday at Mesquite Poteet.

North Lamar Swim Meet Results

NL LOGOThe North Lamar High School swim team competed at the 26th Annual Cougar Classic Swim Meet held at the Lakeside Aquatic Club in The Colony on Sat. Nov. 9th.  The female team placed 11th overall out of 26 teams while the male swimmers placed 19th out of 27.

Top swimmers for the event were Ethan Nicholson who placed 2nd in the 200 yard Individual Medlay Race with a time of 2:06.93 and placed 6th in the 100 yard butterfly with a time of 57.26.  On the female side, Olivia Stankus took top honors with a 1st place finish in the 200 yard Individual Medlay Race with a time of 2:19.09 and 3rd place in the 100 yard backstroke with a time of 1:04.60.  Other swimmers included Alexa Bussell, Taylor Reavis, Erin Stone, Claire Thompson, Tori Sullivan, Chase Allen, Paul Bayer, Ryan Conner, and Kevin Dawson.

North Lamar senior Sam Erickson finishes 20th at State

Sam Erickson Crossing the Finish Line

Sam Erickson Crossing the Finish Line

North Lamar Senior Sam Erickson Placed 20th at the State Cross Country meet on Saturday morning. He finished with a time of 16:59.

North Lamar finishes a disappointing season in Pleasant Grove

Photo by Maddy Routon North Lamar team about to take the field for the last time in 2013.

Photo by Maddy Routon
North Lamar team about to take the field for the last time in 2013.

Coming into Friday night’s game the North Lamar Panthers and Pleasant Grove Hawks were both winless in District 13-3A. Both teams were eliminated from the playoffs. Coach Tommy Felty said the two teams were just playing for pride now.

“Hopefully we can get a win and end the season on a good note for our Seniors,” Felty told eParisExtra. “Hopefully we can give them a good memory to go out on.”

Unfortunately for North Lamar, the Hawks came out with the same determination. The only problem is, they executed theirs a little better. Before the Panthers knew what happened, Pleasant Grove was on the board. After North Lamar got the opening kick off, they started with good field position at their own 41 yard line. The second play of the game, however, quarterback Jacob Cowling was stripped of the ball by Jacob Willige and he returned the fumbled ball 53 yards for a Hawks Touchdown.

After a quick four and out for the Panthers they turned the ball over on downs to Pleasant Grove. Six plays later and 64 yards later, the Hawks were once again in the end zone. This time it was a 19 yard run by Kayin Cooks. Another three and out resulted in a punt by the Panthers. Five plays later, the Hawks were once again standing in the end zone.

The next possession for North Lamar was the first drive of the game in which they moved the ball down the field. North Lamar drove 70 yards in eight plays, however, the turnover bug would strike again. Cowling threw an interception to Jacob Smith, who returned it 88 yards for a Hawks touchdown. At the end of the first quarter, North Lamar trailed 28-0.

Photo by Maddy Routon Devin McDonald returning a kickoff against Pleasant Grove

Photo by Maddy Routon
Devin McDonald returning a kickoff against Pleasant Grove

Pleasant Grove would score another touchdown before North Lamar would get on the board. Keitron Reed would score from one yard out to put the Panthers on the board. Defensively, though, the Panthers couldn’t stop the Hawks. Pleasant Grove scored on all four possessions in the first half and added two more by turnovers to take a 42-7 lead at the half.

The second half was a back and forth game as the Panthers scored 14 points total and the Hawks added 10 of their own. The Panthers finished a disappointing season with a 2-8 record overall and 0-5 in District 13-3A play.

“Unbelievable,” Felty said after the game. “As well as we’ve played teams early on in district and then just lost in the end, to just unravel like this is extremely disappointing….when they got the second turnover and scored, it looked like they knocked all the air out of us.”

To say there’s a lot of work to be done for the Panthers might be an understatement. Felty and his staff are going to have to figure out how to toughen up a defense that gave up too many points and allowed too many yards after contact. Unfortunately for them, they have a long offseason to study it and figure out how to fix the problem.

Scoring Summary

 

Team Stats

Orr Honda Athletes of the Week – Daisy Rangel and Sam Erickson

Orr Honda Athlete of the Week logoIn the middle of football season and the volleyball playoffs, it’s a different sport that takes center stage for North Lamar. Sam Erickson and Daisy Rangel are both standout cross country runners for North Lamar. Erickson, the younger brother of Kara Erickson just qualified for state in cross country. Kara last year tied the North Lamar school record in high jump and placed 2nd in state for the same event.

(Photo by Lindy Norris) Sam Erickson

(Photo by Lindy Norris)
Sam Erickson

Sam, a senior at North Lamar, has been running cross country all four years in high school. He hopes to attend either Baylor University or Texas A&M after he graduates. Although he doesn’t plan on running on the collegiate level he does want to major in Biology or some type of science. With an all A average, that shouldn’t be a problem for Erickson.

“It’s an honor to be recognized by the community,” Sam said when asked how it felt to be chosen for the Orr Honda athlete of the week.

When he’s not at school or studying, Sam likes to spend time with his brother and he likes to run. Averaging 30-40 miles a week running is what keeps him competing at a strong level.

Daisy Rangel is just a sophomore at North Lamar. She’s attended the school her whole life and has been running since Junior High. Daisy also plays on the Varsity Soccer team for North Lamar. Her grades are good and she’s already making plans to attend college somewhere. She’s not completely sure where, but she hopes wherever it is it’ll involve running or soccer.

“[I'm] happy. We have good teammates and we all support one another,” Daisy said about being named the Orr athlete of the week.

(Photo by Lindy Norris) Daisy Rangel

(Photo by Lindy Norris)
Daisy Rangel

Her and Sam both credit Coach Henderson in helping them get where they are.

“She’s very supportive of us,” Daisy said about Henderson.

When she’s not running or at school, you can find Daisy hanging out with her friends and family.

Congratulations to both these students for their outstanding commitment to excellence-not only on the athletic field but also in the classroom and community.