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A tight game was decided in the seventh inning as the North Lamar Pantherettes fell to Atlanta 4-3 in seven innings on Tuesday in Mt. Pleasant.
Lauren Coursey did her part to help the Pantherettes try and defeat Atlanta. However, her efforts weren’t enough as Atlanta scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh to win the game. North Lamar, once again, had trouble with errors as they committed four of them in the game. Only one of Atlanta’s errors was unearned.
Trailing by one in the sixth inning, Coursey hit a two-run homer to put North Lamar up by one. North Lamar would tack on another run in the seventh inning on a Coursey sacrifice fly that scored Tanna Huie. Maddison Morrison got the start at pitcher for Coach Fendley’s team.
With the loss, Atlanta takes the top seed in District 13-3A, while North Lamar takes the second seed. North Lamar will face Kaufman in the first round of the playoffs. Game one will be played Thursday at North Lamar at 7:00. Same two will be played in Kaufman Saturday at 1:00. If game three is necessary, they will play 30 minutes after game two ends on Saturday.
Paris High racked up 5 first-place medals at the Area 13-14-3A Track and Field Championships held Thursday at Texas A&M-Commerce. The top 4 finishers in each event advance to the Region 2-3A meet also held at A&M-Commerce Friday and Saturday, April 25-26.
The Lady Cats finished fifth overall behind area champion Liberty-Eylau. Senior Bri Alexander became the first Paris girl to break the 10-foot barrier in pole vault. Senior Nish Robins upset sophomore and current school record-holder Tierra Yates to lead a 1-2 finish in discus. Junior Shawnte Moore won the long jump.
The Wildcat boys finished sixth, also behind Liberty-Eylau. Senior Brickey Reed won shot put, while senior Josh Reynolds continues to dominate the sprints by winning the 200 meters by 0.76 second. He also brought the Paris 4×100 meter relay team from fifth place to first with a scorching anchor leg. Other members of the sprint relay team were seniors Kenny Mason and Za King and junior Dren Rollerson.
Paris, TX –North Lamar High School senior, Preston Waters, signed the dotted line to join the Mountaineer soccer team at Eastern Oklahoma State College in its inaugural season beginning the fall of 2014. EOSC, located in Wilburton, Oklahoma, is a member of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) and the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC).
Seated with him are his parents David and Kelly. Showing their support, in back from left, are Sue Foyil, grandmother, EOSC Head Soccer Coach Irving Peralta, NLISD Superintendent James A. Dawson, NL Head Soccer Coach Lance Johnson, and Jena Rogers, grandmother.
Paris lost its home finale Tuesday to Pittsburg, 19-0. Taylor Helm and Marley Waters had the only two Lady Cat hits.
The Lady Cats wrapped up the season on Friday with a 17-2 loss at Pleasant Grove. E Harris led Paris offensively with a 2-for-3 showing, while Helm blasted a triple.
Paris finished 0-10 in District 13-3A.
Jeans held the Cats in check with just 3 scattered hits while walking 1 and striking out 11 batters. He outdueled Paris senior Jake Clark (5-4), who went the distance and also allowed just 3 hits. Clark walked 2, hit 1 batter, and struck out 2 Hawks.
Paris, 13-11-1 overall and 3-5 in district, hosts the North Lamar Panthers Tuesday at Hub Hollis Field and closes the regular season next Friday, April 25, at Liberty-Eylau. PG, which began district play 0-2, climbs to 6-2 with the win. The Hawks are 17-9 overall.
In other district games Friday, Pittsburg beat L-E, 7-1, and NL shut out Atlanta, 1-0. Heading into the final week PG and NL remain tied atop the standings at 6-2. They meet in the district finale at Pos Long Field with the district title on the line.
Meanwhile, the remaining four teams are scrambling for the final two playoff berths. Pittsburg is in third place at 4-4, Paris and Atlanta are tied at 3-5, and Liberty-Eylau is 2-6.
PG jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning when leadoff hitter Hudson Hopkins walked, advanced to second on a wild pitch, and scored on Jeans’ one-out single. The Hawks added an unearned run in the third. No. 9 hitter Jacob Smith started the frame by reaching second base on a two-base error, and he scored on an RBI single by rightfielder Hopkins.
Jeans allowed a 2-out double off the wall in the first inning to Clark, who then stole third base before being stranded. Casey Reavis singled in the third inning, and Drew Helberg singled in the fourth.
The only other Wildcat base-runners came on a walk to Clark in the sixth and a dropped-ball strikeout to Philip Nance in the seventh. Clark advanced to second base on a passed ball. Otherwise, it was a punchless offensive showing for Paris.
The Cats have never missed the playoffs since dropping to Class 3A six years ago. So what must they do to keep that streak alive? They must sweep their final two games to ensure at least a play-in game. Anything less leaves destiny in other teams’ hands.