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Paris High Junior Tanner Napier finished second in Class 3A State Golf Tournament. Napier, who took first place in the District and Regional tournament shot an opening round 77 and a 75 in round two. He finished four strokes behind the leader and eventually won a playoff to claim second place.
“I hit the ball good,” Napier told eParisExtra.
When asked about regrets, Tanner said he made some choices in the first round he’d like to have back.
“I took a chance on 18 that I never should have taken and wound up with a tiple bogey,” he said. “I thought about that hole on the drive home and how I would have done it differently.”
Overall, he can’t be too unhappy with what he did. Finishing second place in State isn’t a bad accomplishment for someone who still has another year of High School.
Barry Bowman is shown on the north end of Wildcat Stadium before leading Paris High School’s fall football drills during his first season here in 2011. He confirmed Monday that he had been offered the job as defensive coordinator at Longview Pine Tree High School, where he once was an assistant coach. Later he won three straight championships as head coach and athletic director at Daingerfield. (eParisExtra.com photo by Charles Richards)
Barry Bowman, head football coach and athletic director of Paris High School, made it official on Tuesday, officially tendering his resignation to the Paris ISD board of trustees.
He had confirmed on Monday that he had been offered the job of defensive coordinator at Pine Tree High School in Longview, and that became official when the Pine Tree school board met at noon Tuesday.
Paris superintendent Paul Jones announced that the search will now begin for a new head coach and athletic director for the Paris Independent School District.
Jones said he wants to move quickly because Bowman’s resignation came later in the school year than is usually the case for a head coach. Coaches usually make their move — if they are going to — by March, he said.
“We are now accepting applications and will up until May 10. We are hoping to have the candidate’s name by our next board meeting on May 13,” Jones said. “I really don’t know if accepting applications until May 10 will give us enough time to get a candidate by our next board meeting, but that is our goal.”
The superintendent added: “We would really like to get the new coach in place before the end of the school year to meet all the athletes and students.”
Bowman carved out a 44-3 record and won three straight state titles at Daingerfield. The Tigers were 15-1 in 2008, winning the Class 2A Division II state title game with a 26-8 victory over Cisco. In 2009, Daingerfield also went 15-1 and knocked off Bushland 62-14 to win the Division II state championship.
In 2010, Daingerfield finished 14-1 and captured the Division I title with a 33-27 win over Cameron Yoe.
Bowman left Daingerfield to be head football coach and athletic director at Paris, where he compiled a 17-6 record in two seasons. His Paris teams were 10-0 in District 13-3A play, winning back-to-back district championships.
Bowman, who was an assistant coach at Pine Tree and head coach at Bullard before taking the Daingerfield job, has a career record of 77-24.
Paris was coming off a 4-6 season before Bowman arrived in 2011, and the 2011 team went 9-2 — the most wins for a Wildcat team since the 1988 team went 13-3 and won a 4A state title under Allen Wilson.
The Wildcats were 8-4 a year ago.
Bowman and Pine Tree head coach and athletic director Derek Fitzhenry were college teammates at Louisiana Tech.
“Barry is an outstanding coach and a great addition to our program,” Fitzhenry said. “We have known each other for 28 years. We have the same philosophy when it comes to defense, and Barry has ties and family here that will keep him here and provide stability for our program.”
When Bowman was selected out of dozens of applicants for the Paris job two years ago, he said it was his last coaching stop. Paris was where he wanted to finish his career, he said. He told longtime East Texas sportscaster David Smoak of www.smoaky.com on Monday that he and his wife need to be closer to their parents.
“My wife and I are moving close to all of my family and my parents haven’t been in good health and I hardly see them. Paris has been great for us, but this is about being closer to family and my wife’s parents and mine. We are excited about being closer to home while also working with Coach Fitzhenry at Pine Tree,” Bowman told Smoak.
The fathers of Bowman and his wife are longtime coaches, now retired, in the Longview area.
Paris ISD Wildcats Head Football Coach/Athletic Director Barry Bowman will likely resign from the position after accepting a job as defensive coordinator at Pine Tree High School in Longview.
According to a Longview News Journal report, Bowman was offered and accepted the defensive coordinator position at the Longview high school, but according to officials at Paris ISD, the move is not official yet and no resignation has been tendered by Bowman, pending a special meeting with Longview Pine Tree school board members at noon on Tuesday, April 30.
After leading Daingerfield to three straight state championships, Bowman arrived at Paris ISD, filling the job of head football coach/athletic director, in 2011. He led the Wildcats to a 9-2 season finish that year and 8-4 finish in 2012. During the two seasons under Bowman, the Wildcats finished undefeated (10-0) in district play and racked up two back-to-back district championships.
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When he was three years old, Tanner Napier received a set of golf clubs for his birthday. This Thursday and Friday, Tanner will take that love for golf to Austin. Tanner will be representing Paris High as he plays for the State Golf Championship. While the Paris High team finished second in the District tournament, Tanner won the individual tournament. Tanner went on to win the Regional tournament as well.
“He’s striking the ball good,” said Napier’s coach Randall Lewis. “If he plays like [he did at Regionals], he has a good chance.”
Napier finished Regionals with an even par round.
“It doesn’t really matter if I win,” Tanner said. “I just want to be the best I can with whatever I have that day.” Tanner went on to say “There’s always room for improvement, especially in golf.”
Napier tries to practice each day, or at least that’s his goal. Living on five acres of land, he says it’s easy to to just go outside and practice hitting golf balls around. Tanner grew up in Paris and he plans to go to college after he graduates Paris High. Right now, he is torn between attending where his parents went to school – Texas A&M, or trying to play college golf somewhere. Of course with another year ahead of him, there’s no telling what could happen with his golf career. For now, though, Tanner is enjoying the moment.
7th Grade Boys
Shot Put - 1st place - Jalen Easter, 3rd Place - Michael Godwin 4th place - Jesus Moreno
Discus - 1st place - Jalen Easter, 4th place - Dezmon Tinajero
High Jump - 1st place - Donovan Williams, 3rd place - Montana Payne
Long Jump - 1st place - Donovan Williams, 2nd place - Tre Perry
Triple Jump - 4th place - Jordan Furtch, 6th place - Montana Payne
Pole Vault - 3rd place tie - Jalen Easter, Garrett Wilson
4X100 Relay - 1st place - Tre Perry, Parker Chapman, Montana Payne, Donovan Williams
4X200 Relay - 1st place - Kearrius Ladell, Dazreecious Mason, Tre Perry, Montana Payne,
4×400 Relay - 1st Place - Tre Perry, Montana Payne, Kearrius Ladell, Donovan Williams
2400m run - 2nd place - Nathan Sessums, 3rd place - Kade Penny
110m Hurdles - 1st place - Montavius McCarty, 2nd place - Jordan Furtch, 3rd place - Nickolas Mitchell
800m run - 3rd place - Zachary DeLaGarza, 4th place - Travius Bronner
100m Dash - 1st place - Donovan Williams, 5th place - Antonio Garcia, 6th place - Dazreecious Mason
400m dash - 4th place - Kesus Hickson
300m Hurdles - 1st place - Parker Chapman, 3rd place - Nickolas Mitchell, 4th place - Montavius McCarty
200m dash - 6th place - Antonio Garcia
1600m run - 1st place – Zachary DeLaGarza, 2nd place - Kade Penny, 3rd place - Nathan Sessums
8th Grade Boys
Shot Put - 1st Place - Dre Mckinney, 3rd place - Kenneth Tyler, 6th place - Mitchell Cole
Discus - 1st place - Dre McKinney, 3rd place - Dalton Kee, 4th place - Kenneth Tyler
High Jump - 1st place - JaKerion Brown, 2nd place - Marcus Beaty, 4th place - Jalon Pipkins
Long Jump - 1st place - JaKerion Brown, 5th place - Rashad Black
Triple Jump - 1st place - Tadarrius Williams, 2nd place - Jaylen Smith, 3rd place - Rashad Black
Pole Vault - 3rd place - Dixon Grossnickle, 5th place - Brendan Henry, 6th place - Cade Blackmon
4X100 Relay - 1st place - Tadarrius Williams, JaKerion Brown, Camron Washington, Marcus Beaty
4X200 Relay - 1st place - William Gaffney, Camron Washington, Marcus Beaty, Tadarrius Williams
4X400 Relay - 1st place - JaKerion Brown, Camron Washington, Dakota Payne, William Gaffney
2400m run - 3rd place - Christian Mitchell, 5th place - Elijah Mackey
110m hurdles - 1st place - Dre McKinney, 3rd place - Rashad Black
800m run - 1st place - Jaylen Smith, 3rd place - Seth Hudgins, 4th place - Cody Penny
100m Dash - 1st place - Marcus Beaty, 2nd place - JaKerion Brown
400m Dash - 1st place - William Gaffney, 4th place - Dakota Payne, 5th place - Dixon Grossnickle
300m Hurdles - 2nd place - Dre McKinney, 3rd place - Jaylen Smith, 4th place - Rashad Black
200m Dash - 1st place - Tadarrius Williams, 3rd place - Dakota Payne, 5th place - Dre Mckinney
1600m run - 1st place - Christian Mitchell, 2nd place - Seth Hudgins, 3rd place - Elijah Mackey