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Chilly, wet and windy conditions prevailed each day at the National Junior College Athletic Association’s Division I tournament at Spirit Hollow Golf Course in Burlington, Iowa, last week. Despite the conditions, Paris Junior College golfer Zac Oliver was named First Team All American thanks to his play. He tied for fifth place and the team came in sixteenth overall.
“The golf course was demanding,” said PJC golf coach David Johnson. “Zac played really well and I was really proud of him. He played well for all four rounds and deserved to make All American. The golf course was the really big winner, it was just a hard course.”
Oliver’s honor came on the heels of an announcement last week by the Golf Coaches Association of America. That group named to the NJCAA Division I PING Second Team All-America and to the NJCAA Division I PING All District II Team Oliver.
The Dragons golf team ended with a total score of 1264 from four days of play. Oliver had rounds of 72, 72, 77, and 78 for a total of 298. Logan Dent had 79, 79, 82, and 82 for a total of 322; Jeremy Salas was 85, 82, 79 and 79 for 325; Tyler Dunbar had 77, 92, 79 and 79 for 327; and Oliver Stephens had 86, 84, 87 and 82 for 339.
LUFKIN — Paris Junior College, East Zone champions of Region XIV, will play San Jacinto College at 8 p.m. today in the opening round of the 2014 Region XIV baseball tournament.
The double-elimination tournament will run through Wednesday at Angelina College in Lufkin for the top four seeds in Region XIV’s East and South zones.
The Dragons (29-21, 19-11), the No. 1 seed from the East, will face San Jacinto (30-26, 20-19), the No. 4 seed from the South in the fourth game of the tournament‘s opening round.
PJC’s Dragons are looking to advance to the Junior College World Series in Grand Junction, Colo., on May 24-31.
All tournament games are to be live-streamed over the Internet at
PJC players took down all three major Region XIV honors during conference play — the first time in eight years that a Region XIV team has done that:
Player of the Year — Bradley McDonald, Wills Point HS, who has committed to play with the University of Central Oklahoma. He batted .457 in conference with 10 doubles and 20 runs batted in.
Pitcher of the Year — Callaway Kirkpatrick, Aledo HS, who has signed a letter of intent with Marshall University. He had an 0.90 earned-run average, a 7-2 conference record and gave up only 10 walks.
Freshman of the Year — Cannon Chadwick, Paris HS, who has signed a letter of intent with the University of Arkansas. He had the league’s second-best ERA behind Kirkpatrick at 1.20 with a 5-2 record in Region XIV play. He had 63 strikeouts in 67 innings.
“To have all three spots in this category is awesome. No team in our conference has had all three spots since Navarro in 2006,” said PJC baseball coach and Athletic Director Deron Clark.
Six other Dragons won all-conference honors:
Third baseman Logan Terwilliger, Rockwall HS, who will continue his career at Southeastern Oklahoma.
Outfielder Logan Sepanek, Flower Mound Marcus HS.
Outfielder Trey Mound, Flower Mound Marcus HS.
Pitcher Heston Van Fleet, Kingsville Rivera HS, who will join Kirkpatrick at Marshall University.
SATURDAY, May 10:
Game 1 — 10 a.m.: No. 2 East seed Navarro vs. No. 3 South seed Blinn.
Game 2 — 1 p.m.: No. 3 East seed Panola vs. No. 2 South seed Galveston.
Game 3 — 5 p.m.: No. 4 East seed Angelina vs. No. 1 South seed Alvin.
Game 4 — 8 p.m. — No. 1 East seed Paris vs. No. 4 South seed San Jacinto.
SUNDAY, May 11:
Game 5 — 10 a.m.: Game 1 loser vs. Game 3 loser
Game 6 — 1 p.m.: Game 2 loser vs. Game 4 loser
Game 7 — 5 p.m.: Game 1 winner vs. Game 3 winner
Game 8 — 8 p.m.: Game 2 winner vs. Game 4 winner
MONDAY, May 12:
Game 9 — 10 a.m.: Game 7 loser vs. Game 6 winner
Game 10 — 1 p.m.: Game 8 loser vs. Game 5 winner
Game 11 — 5 p.m.: Game 7 winner vs. Game 8 winner
Game 12 — 8 p.m.: Game 9 winner vs. Game 10 winner
TUESDAY, May 13:
Game 13 — 1 p.m.: Game 11 loser vs. Game 12 winner
Game 14 — 5 p.m.: Game 11 winner vs. Game 13 winner
WEDNESDAY, May 14:
Game 15 — 1 p.m.: Game 14 loser (if first loss) vs. Game 14 winner
By Charles Richards, eParisExtra
Several four-year schools will be getting the benefit of five talented players from the 2013-2014 Paris Junior College volleyball team.
Sophomores T’Asia Black, Andrea Hurt, Jordan Strickland, Abby Phillips and Ingrid Boatman have signed to continue their academic and athletic careers.
“T’Asia, Andrea and Jordan have contributed to much of our success the past two seasons,” said PJC volleyball coach Justin Maness.
“They show leadership skills on and off the floor and will be missed. All three excelled at the game of volleyball and the two schools they will be attending will benefit greatly from their dedication and play. They are well deserving of going on to play and have put in the time and effort in order to make an impact at any program,” he said.
“Abby and Ingrid have also been assets to the program the past two years,” Maness said. “They have weighed heavily in our success, and will be great additions to their future programs. Intensity and knowledge of the game will help them be immediate impacts at their future institutions.”
North Carolina State is the destination for Black. The Longview native was named 2013 All American Second Team, 2013 All Conference First Team, and 2012 All Conference Honorable Mention.
“I loved Paris and I’m sad I have to leave,” Black said. “As a player I’ve grown a lot here. The coaches really care about us while we’re here and when we leave. I’m excited about going to North Carolina and DI and being on television. It will be a whole different life. I’m ready.”
Hurt and Strickland will play for St. Catharine College in St. Catharine, Ky.
Hurt, from Copperas Cove, Texas, received 2013 All Conference Honorable Mention.
“I believe PJC was an excellent first step in my college career and playing, and I’m excited to play on,” said Hurt. “I went on a visit to St. Catharine’s in late January. I loved it except that the weather was cold and I’m Texan!”
Strickland, from Lexington, Ky., was named to the 2013 All Region and All Conference First Team and received 2012 All Conference Honorable Mention. She was also 2013 All Conference Setter of the Year.
“This is definitely a big change,” Strickland said. “The people are really friendly here, but going back home will be nice. It’s a different ball game down here. My two years I’ve gotten so much better. I’m going to miss my coaches, my team and Paris.”
Philips will attend Arkansas-Fort Smith. She was First Team All Conference in 2013 and received All Conference Honorable Mention in 2012.
“The coaching staff helped me a lot, especially during the summer,” Phillips said.
“I had a lot of improvement. I’m happy this season we finished fourth in the tourney. The freshmen and sophomores are amazing and the fans – I’ve never had a crowd that big. People had to stand up at our games and I’ve never had that before. I’m excited to go to Arkansas and the girls are very competitive. You’re never the best because everyone is always good and I’m excited for the competition.”
Cameron University in Lawton, Oklahoma, is the destination of Boatman. She made the NJCAA 2013 All Academic Team.
“PJC was a great place to start,” Boatman said. “I enjoyed being a student and being on the team a lot, because we’re a big family including all the other sports teams. I’m excited about going to my new school and hopefully further my career.”
PJC finished second in conference with a 5-3 record. The non-conference/non-regional record was 22-2. The team ended fourth at the Region XIV tournament 2-2, and 29-8 for the overall season.
With a fifth place win Tuesday, the Paris Junior College golf team became Region XIV champions and qualified for the National Junior College Athletic Association tournament in Burlington, Iowa, May 13-16.
“I was really proud of the way the young men competed,” said PJC golf coach Dave Johnson. “It has been a goal of theirs all year to win regionals and advance to nationals.”
In the past two years, one PJC golfer qualified as an individual for the National event; it has been three years since a PJC team earned a spot in the tournament.
Tournament qualification was based on combined scores from the District II Championship played April 21-22 at Sugar Tree Golf Club in Dennis and the NJCAA Southwest Championship, played April 7-8 in Pottsboro. The District II Tournament involves junior colleges in Texas and New Mexico from NJCAA Regions V and XIV. All golfers played three rounds at each tournament, and both events combined determine region and district champions.
Zac Oliver of Checotah, Oklahoma, was the Region XIV medalist, finishing as the top golfer in the region. Oliver trailed the field by five shots going into the second day of the tournament but rallied and shot a three under par, 67, for a two-shot victory. He was also named to the All Region Team, and for finishing second overall in District play, earned All District honors as well.
Also named to the All Region Team were Jeremy Salas of Arlington, finishing third, and Tyler Dunbar of Lufkin, finishing fourth.
Other team members taking part in the two tournaments were freshmen Oliver Stephens of Sarnia, Ontario, Canada and Collin Thompson of Longview.
PJC Golf Coach David Johnson, was also named NJCAA Region XIV coach of the year.
1. McLennan Community College, 278-284-286 (848)
2. Odessa College, 291-289-290 (870)
3. Midland College, 293-291-289 (873)
4. Western Texas College, 289-288-299 (876)
5. Paris Junior College, 289-299-297 (885)
6. Ranger College, 297-297-300 (894)
7. New Mexico Junior College, 300-288-314 (902)
8. Tyler Junior College, 307-300-308 (915)
9. Jacksonville College, 330-306-317 (953)
10. New Mexico Military Institute, 339-337-342 (1018)
Individual PJC Scores
Tied for Second: Zac Oliver, 71-74-67 (212)
Jeremy Salas, 70-80-75 (225)
Tyler Dunbar, 76-71-78 (225)
Oliver Stephens, 72-76-81 (229)
Collin Thompson, 84-78-77 (239)
Weather shortened the Texoma Golf Championship, hosted by Texas A&M University – Commerce, to 18 holes on March 4th. The Paris Junior College golf team finished in fourth place in the team standings. Zac Oliver led PJC with a round of one over par, 73, which earned him a tie for fourth place.
Other PJC scores included: Jeremy Salas 78, Oliver Stephens 78, Collin Thompson 79, Bryce Shaw 83 and Logan Dent 83.
Next came the Jacksonville Baptist Invitational Golf Tournament held at the Challenge at the Woods in Jacksonville, March 17-18. There the golf team came in third.
Oliver again led the Dragons, shooting rounds of 73 and 78 and finishing fourth as an individual. The Jacksonville Tournament marked Oliver’s sixth time finishing in the top five this year, as well as one finish in the top ten. Salas fired rounds of 78 and 76 for a 154 total.
The Dragons’ next tournament is the Hal Sutton Invitational, March 23-25, at The Bridges Golf Club in Shreveport, La.
Texoma Golf Championship Team Standings
Texas A&M University – Commerce: 298
Western Texas College: 298
Harding University: 304
Paris Junior College: 308
Ouachita Baptist University: 311
McMurry University: 313
East Central State University: 317
University of Arkansas – Fort Smith: 324
Oklahoma Panhandle State University: 340
Texoma Golf Championship PJC Individual Scores
Tied for fourth: Zac Oliver, 73
Tied 22nd: Jeremy Salas, 78
Tied 22nd: Oliver Stephens, 78
Tied 29th: Collin Thompson, 79
Tied 41st: Bryce Shaw, 83
Tied 41st: Logan Dent, 83
Jacksonville Tournament Team Standings
Odessa College: 288-295 (583)
Western Texas College: 305-308 (613)
Paris Junior College: 316-305 (621)
Ranger College: 314-308 (622)
New Mexico Junior College: 307-320 (627)
New Mexico Military Institute: 339-342 (681)
Jacksonville Tournament PJC Individual Scores
Zac Oliver: 74-78 (152)
Jeremy Salas: 79-75 (155)
Collin Thompson: 79-76 (155)
Oliver Stephens: 84-77 (161)
Tyler Dunbar: 88-77 (165)
Zach McEwin: 85-85 (170)