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Buc Odie, North Lamar class of 2013, has signed a letter of intent to play basketball at Barclay College in Kansas. Odie has spent the last year in the gym working on his game, preparing for this. Buc Odie was the 2012 District Newcomer of the Year for the Panthers as well as the 2012 Defensive Player of the Year. He was also selected to the 2013 1st Team All-District. The Odies would like to send a special thanks to David Barker of Romeo Prep for his assistance in the recruitment process.
The North Lamar High School will be conducting a volleyball camp as listed below:
On Friday night, the magical season of the North Lamar Panthers baseball team came to an end. The Panthers were just two games away from making the state tournament in Austin.
After struggling in Game 1 of the series, North Lamar was hoping a game at their home field would yield better results. After seven innings, though, the Argyle Eagles was the team celebrating a state tournament berth after a 4-1 victory over the Panthers.
On Thursday night the Panthers dealt with left hander Parker Mushinski, a Texas Tech signee. On Friday they had to deal with lefty Drew Gooch-a TCU signee. North Lamar had a hard time getting on base against the senior pitcher. Chad Box, the No. 9 hitter in the lineup, was the first baserunner for the Panthers as he drew a walk in the third inning.
Daniel Gibbons provided the first hit for North Lamar, which came in the fourth inning. Gooch pitched like a Division 1 college recruit as he only allowed four hits while striking out seven and walking two.
The only score for the Panthers came with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning. Colton Wise hit a line drive to right field. The ball squirted past the fielder which allowed Wise to make it to third base. A few pitches later, on a passed ball, Wise came home to score.
While Argyle celebrated their first trip to the state tournament, North Lamar huddled in the corner so coach Scott Igleheart could talk to them. As they came back to the dugout, you couldn’t tell this team had just lost the ball game. Smiles for everyone as the parents and players snapped pictures of each other.
Gibbons gathered the team around for a group picture. As the players were waiting for pictures, Gibbons yelled for coach Igleheart to join them. He had to yell several times as the coach was a little ways away doing what he always did-obvserving his team.
“[Coaching baseball] is like putting together a jigsaw puzzle,” Igleheart said after the game. “You don’t know which piece is going to fit where at the beginning of the year.”
This team was a picture perfect description of that puzzle. Every person, no matter if they started or subbed, was vital to this team’s success. Coach Igleheart knew this too. After the game, he spoke to the media present at great length about each player and the role they played.
Afterall, this team left something for future North Lamar baseball players. This group of guys took the Panthers to the Regional Finals and they showed the younger students what it takes to get there.
“It started last year,” Igleheart said. “Losing to Crandall in that three-game series really pushed us to want to get further this year.”
If next year’s team sets the same goal and accomplishes it, the Panthers will find themselves in Austin. I’m pretty sure nobody in the school district would mind making those travel arrangements. For now, though, it’s time to reflect on a great season by the North Lamar Panthers. A season in which a group of guys brought together a community to cheer them on as they played America’s past time. From superstitious owls to yelling “good taco” from the dugout, this team reminded me of why we love the game.
Thank you North Lamar Panthers!!!
For the first time during the 2014 playoffs, the North Lamar Panthers find themselves in a 0-1 hole going into game 2. For only the second time in 10 tries, the Panthers find themselves coming off a loss in the postseason. This loss, however, didn’t come in extra innings like the first one. Unfortunately for the Panthers this game ended in the fifth inning as Argyle run-ruled the Panthers after a 15-3 victory.
Things looked promising for the Panthers as they once again scored in the first inning of a playoff game. With the one run scored against Argyle lefty Parker Mushinksi, North Lamar has now scored in the first inning in eight of the 10 games they’ve played during the playoffs. This run scored because of a walk, single and an error on the catcher.
The 1-0 lead was short lived though as Argyle scored three in the bottom of the inning. From the first pitch, Panther senior Daniel Gibbons appeared to be struggling with his command. Gibbons only lasted two innings for North Lamar as he walked seven batters and gave up nine runs on five hits.
The big blow came in the second inning. With North Lamar trailing 3-2, Argyle hit a pair of three-run homers to blow the game wide open. Argyle would add six more runs in third inning off Ty Jones. Hunter Reeves would finish the game on the mound for North Lamar, recording the final four outs of the game without allowing a run.
“I was excited I got to go in [to pitch],” Reeves said after the game. “It’s been a while.”
Reeves also led the team at the plate as he had two of the three Panther, including a double in the fifth inning. North Lamar will try to bounce back from this loss as they host Argyle on Friday night at 8:00 p.m. Brandon Dusenberry should get the start for North Lamar and will try to put the team back on track.
“We’re going to come back tomorrow night and be ready to play baseball,” Panther coach Scott Igleheart said after the game.
By: Greg Higgins, eParisExtra
North Lamar ISD will host a welcome reception for new Athletic Director/Head Football Coach Tim Billings on Sunday, June 1 from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. in the James A. Dawson Athletic Facility. The public is invited to come by and meet Billings and his wife, Lisa.
Billings is a native of Honey Grove. He graduated from Southeaster Oklahoma State University in 1980 and began his coaching career in Duncan, Oklahoma, as an assistant football coach. Billings moved back to Texas in March from Memphis, Tennessee, where he was the Defensive Line and Outside Linebacker Coach at the University of Memphis.