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The North Lamar School District will be offering free physicals this Saturday to athletes at their Athletic Facility. Below is the schedule of when the physicals will be performed.
To listen to the broadcast of Wednesday’s 4 p.m. softball game (GAME 3 on schedule below) between 12th-seeded Paris Junior College and fifth-seeded Pima, Arizona, at the junior college softball championships in St. George, Utah, go to:
The Paris Independent School District board of trustees voted unanimously Monday to hire Steven Hohenberger, 39, as head football coach and athletic director for the Paris Wildcats. He has spent the last 15 years working for Class 5A Irving Nimitz — eight years as an assistant to legendary coach Mike Farda and the last seven years as head coach.
Hohenberger replaces Barry Bowman, who resigned April 29 after he was offered the job of defensive coordinator at Pine Tree High School in Longview. He will be Paris’ third head coach and AD in four seasons. Travis Smith was reassigned in December 2010 after going 19-23 in four seasons.
Two years ago, out of 140 applicants for the Paris job, the search was narrowed to Bowman, Hohenberger and four others finalists before the offer went to Bowman, fresh off three consecutive state championhips at Daingerfield. Bowman went 17-5 his two seasons with the Wildcats, including perfect 5-0 district records both seasons.
“We want to welcome you to PISD, the best school district in the state of Texas,” Board President George Fisher said. “We hope this will be your home from now until eternity.”
That is exactly what Hohenberger said he hopes, as well. He and his wife, Heather, are North Lamar High School graduates. He said they have dreamed about moving back to Lamar County when the opportunity presented itself.
“I want to retire here,” he said on a short trip to the football stadium. “I want my boys to play football there, and baseball there and basketball in that gym. That’s why I’m here.”
They have three boys: Luke, 9; Trevin, 8; and Tannon, 4.
Hohenberger played football and basketball for the NLHS Panthers. He graduated from Southeastern Oklahoma State University in 1997 with a bachelor’s in health and physical education with an American history and world history endorsement.
He started at Nimitz High School in 1998 as defensive coordinator and head strength coach. He became head football coach and athletic coordinator in 2006.
He helped lead Nimitz to the Class 5A state playoffs in 1998, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2009 and 2010. The Vikings had the best defense in the district and fourth in the Dallas area in 2009 and the No. 2 offense in district in 2010.
Nimitz won the district championship in 2002 and won bi-district champion in 1992 and 2002. Hohenberger’s staff was named District 7-5A coaching staff of the year in 2009 and the Dallas Cowboys Coach of the Week in 2006 and 2010.
The objective on his resume states:
“Athletics is a unifying force between the school and the community. The positive identity of any high school athletic program has an important impact on the surrounding community. Success in the program is also essential to maintain total community support. I would feel honored in helping to establish a great overall athletic tradition at Paris High School equal to other great programs in our state.”
Hohenberger said it is hard to leave the students at Nimitz.
“But in Paris and Lamar County, so many people influenced and made a difference in my life, I knew once I had a family, this was a place I could come and give back what I was given,” he said. “One thing that’s going to be hard to do tomorrow morning is talk to my players.”
Still, he hopes to have everything finalized in Irving and be on the job in Paris this week. This late in the school year, Hohenberger said his job will mostly be to meet people and build trust as they prepare for next year.
“It’s just coming in and making sure the students understand you’re here for them,” he said. “The first order of business is making sure they understand that.”
North Lamar Senior Kara Erickson finished in second place in the High Jump in District 3 at the State UIL Track and Field Meet in Austin over the weekend. It was Kara’s third trip to Austin and her highest finish.
Coach LeAnn Henderson said, “[I am] very, very proud of her” after the competition on Saturday.
Paris, TX – Coming into Saturday’s matchup with Gilmer, Paris High only needed to win one of the two games to move on to the next round of the playoffs. The Wildcats dominated Gilmer in game one on Friday night in Mt. Pleasant. Cannon Chadwick pitched seven strong innings as Paris defeated Gilmer 4-0 in game one of the best of three series. Paris High also seemed to have the advantage that Saturday’s games would be played at Hub Hollis Field in Paris – the sight of Paris High’s home games.
The first game on Saturday was a complete reversal from Friday night’s tilt as Paris High committed four errors during the game and only managed two hits. Gilmer also only had two hits but they did not have any errors as they blanked the Wildcats 3-0. The Gilmer pitcher, Bryce Tomlin, was outstanding on the hill. He faced the minimum number of batters at 21. Both runners who reached base were immediately removed from the base paths with the help of double plays. Tomlin struck out nine batters and walked none. Jaxon Radar and Jake Clark were the only Wildcats to reach base during the game.
Defensively, the Wildcats had a game they would like to forget. The Buckeye’s scored three runs before they got a hit off of pitcher Kameron Sumerall. Tomlin reached on an error by first baseman Jordan Williams to start the second inning. Travis Carter tried laying down a sacrifice bunt, but Sumerall threw the ball into the right field fould area. The throwing error allowed Tomlin to score and put Carter on third base. Carter would later score on a ground out by Collin Hardin. In the third inning Jaidon Parrish would walk for Gilmer and would later score on a sacrifice fly to center field. That would be all the offense Gilmer would have but that would be all they needed as Paris High struggled at the plate.
Game two would provide the necessary drama that game one lacked. It would, however, start off the same way. By same way, that’s what I mean. Gilmer put their big gun back out on the mound to start the second game. Having only thrown 57 pitches in game one and with the Wildcats unable to hit him, he decided to keep him out there. Paris would send Jake Clark out there to try and bring home the victory. The first batter for Gilmer, Dylan Bowman, reached first on an error by Dakota Smith. Luckily Bowman got stranded at second base with no damage done.
The second inning saw Gilmer hit back-to-back doubles to open the inning. Eventually, Gilmer would load the bases before Clark was finally able to get out of the inning with no further damage done. Gilmer would add another run in the third and the fifth before taking a 3-0 lead over Paris High.
Jaxon Radar had a bunt single with one out in the fifth. Jake Clark hit a single up the middle which moved Radar to second base. Chadwick hit a deep fly ball, in which everyone thought it was going to tie the game. However, the left fielder leaped up and caught it against the wall for a very long out. Brice Winter hit a ball to short stop which appeared to end the inning but an error on the short stop prolonged the inning and allowed Radar to score. The sixth inning bagan with Sumerall and John Nichols getting on base with a single. A wild pitch would score Nichols and Sheldon Baker would score later on a Radar RBI single. Paris tried to take the lead on a double steal attempt but Conor Henry was thrown out at home plate.
The Wildcats had new life and new energy going into the final inning after they tied the game at three. That was short lived however, as Gilmer loaded up the bases with one out on Chadwick. After Chadwick struck out Colton Hendrix for the second out, Colin Hardin worked a walk and Skylar Hollis scored giving Gilmer a 4-3 lead. The Wildcats were able to get runners on the corers in the bottom of the seventh inning but a strikeout ended the game for Paris High and ended their season. Playing at home, Paris was able to salute the fans who came out and cheered them on all season long.