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The meet was moved to Spring Hill’s Panther Stadium following the sudden death of Gilmer multi-sport athlete Desmond Pollard during a pickup basketball game.
Senior Za King was a double winner in the field events, winning the long jump and high jump. The Cats swept the jumps with sophomore Quin Bills also placing first in the triple jump.
Paris also won both sprint relays and wrapped up the team title with results from the 200-meter dash where senior Josh Reynolds finished well ahead of the field.
Lady Cat winners were sophomore Tierra Yates in the discus and senior Bri Alexander in pole vault.
The next meet will be on Friday, March 21, when Paris hosts the Deon Minor Wildcat Relays at Wildcat Stadium.
JV Boys Results
Team Totals: 1. Brownsboro 138; 2. Paris 127; 3. Gladewater 101; 4. Sulphur Springs 98; 5. Spring Hill 79; 6. Gilmer 62
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It was such a beautiful day for a baseball game that the action between the foul lines couldn’t possibly match the weather, and it didn’t. Still, the Paris Wildcats slugged out a 7-2 win over the Hugo Buffaloes Monday in the Cats’ home opener at Hub Hollis Field.
Perhaps the lethargy could be expected for a Spring Break game. “It seems to happen every year during Spring Break,” Paris head coach Bill Sikes said. “There just didn’t seem to be much energy on the field or in the stands.”
Fortunately, for Paris, the offense pounded out 12 hits to take control of the game early. The Buffaloes, meanwhile, had their chances with base runners, but the Cats escaped serious trouble by leaving the bases loaded in the third and seventh innings.
Junior lefthander Drew Helberg pitched the first 5 innings to improve his pitching record to 2-0, and junior Jordan Williams finished up on the mound for the last 2 innings.
Williams, the Cats’ regular third baseman and cleanup hitter, continued his recent hot bat with a 3-for-4 showing at the plate, including the key hit of the game. Hugo had just scored their two runs in the top of the inning to cut the Paris lead in half, 4-2, when Williams drove in a pair of runs with a single to rightfield. He then stole second and was driven in by a 2-out, Jonathan Nichols single.
Hugo managed to load the bases in the seventh on two hit batters and a Cat error, but a Williams strikeout ended the game.
Senior designated hitter Jack Kraft also went 3-for-4, while Nichols, the senior leftfielder, had a pair of hits. He got the 3-run second inning started with a 1-out single, then stole second and was driven in by a Helberg single. A hit batter and a pair of Hugo errors tacked on two more runs.
Paris extended the lead to 4-0 on an unearned run in the third, but the Buffs escaped further damage on a bases-loaded double play. Hugo also turned a double play to end the first inning.
The Cats (8-5-1) are scheduled to return to the diamond Thursday by hosted state-ranked Hallsville at Hub Hollis. Officials will attempt to start the game at 4:30, but PJC is also scheduled to play a 1 p.m. game earlier that day.
In the meantime, a cold front is expected to drop temperatures by 10-15 degrees. Sikes hopes his team’s Spring Fever breaks by then.
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The Paris Lady Cats varsity soccer team fell to Sulphur Springs, 3-0, Friday night at Wildcat Stadium. The Lady Cats, 3-4-2 in District 19-4A, will close out the regular season on Thursday, March 20, at home vs. district-leading Princeton.
The Paris Wildcats placed 15th overall at the Region 3 Division 2 Powerlifting Championships Thursday in Rusk. Center won the meet with 23 points.
Top finishers for the Cats were sophomore X-Zavius Gray (third in the 148-pound weight class) and junior Qurdale Huff (fourth in the super heavyweights). Gray improved his previous best total lift by 60 pounds to jump from seventh to third in regional standings. Huff added 55 pounds to his prior best to move up two places from sixth.
Senior Naire Gaines was on pace to finish third in the 123′s, but he scratched after failing to lift his opening weight on the final deadlift platform.
Paris Results (Squat-Bench Press-Deadlift–Total)
Paris moves to a gaudy 21-3-1 for the season and 8-1 in district play and now lead the district standings with an insurmountable 24 points (3 points awarded for a regulation win, 2 for shootout win, 1 for shootout loss). Second-place SSHS (6-3) stands at 18 points with just one round of matches remaining in the regular season. Paris closes out district play on March 20 following a Spring Break layoff with a match at third-place Princeton.
SSHS needed a win Friday to keep Paris from clinching its second district title in three years. Mindful of that fact and buoyed by pre-game Senior Night festivities, the Hopkins County Cats took the initiative in the match’s opening minutes, but Paris’ steel-gate defense proved impenetrable.
Then the Wildcats’ trio of Ouchita Baptist signees combined to produce the opening goal. Josh Kirby won a battle for possession along the right wing and passed to the center of the field where Blake Beshirs was waiting just outside the 18-yard box. Beshirs dribbled into the box where three SSHS defenders converged. Beshirs hurdled over onrushing goalkeeper Moises Torres, but Michael Cade was alertly following the play and stroked the rebound inside the left upper 90 of the SSHS goal.
The ice-breaker came with 31:06 left in the first half and immediately forced the hosts into desperation mode. Paris would eventually notch its 20th shutout in regulation, so SSHS knew that getting an equalizer goal would be close to mission impossible against a defense that features senior Zane Young as the midfield defender, senior Jackson Reeves and sophomore Freddy Medina on the wings and all-state candidate junior Leo Gutierrez backing up senior goalie Angel Rocha.
Rocha only had to make one serious save all evening. It came with about 10 minutes before halftime when he swatted away a free kick from 40 yards out that was headed to the right upper 90.
Paris also did a much better job of controlling play in midfield, an issue in the teams’ earlier match 18 nights ago at Wildcat Stadium. SSHS managed to notch the only goal given up by Paris in regulation during district to send that match to a shootout which Paris won. Midfielder Jose Escobedo played a big role in the rematch to keep SSHS from clogging up midfield with a defender marking Beshirs (a team-leading 18 assists).
Play began to get physical with officials allowing contact on both sides, and as the match proceeded, it became testy and heated. Near the end of the first half, a double yellow warning card was issued against a player on each side.
Paris responded by exerting some big offensive pressure on the left flank with Beshirs, Cade, Edgar Alvarez, Jesus Ruiz, and Dylan Kresen pushing the attack. Torres left the goal to turn back a rush by Kresen and the ball was sent into a pileup in front of the net where Kirby footed it into the goal for a huge 2-0 lead just 5:29 before halftime.
The lead expanded to 3-0 on a well-designed coast-to-coast breakout 13 minutes into the second half. Gutierrez started the counter-attack with a pass to Beshirs that began a skillful 5-on-2 breakaway. Beshirs flicked the ball inside to Cade, who returned it to Beshirs, who worked an “X” switch with Kresen to swing the attack to the deep left flank. Kresen caught up with the pass and left-footed the ball across the goalmouth where both Ruiz and Kirby were perched on the far post. Ruiz was the inside attacker and sent the ball into an open goal from point-blank range.
With 27:12 left in the contest, the district title was all but wrapped up. The finishing bow came with 17:53 remaining. Senior Ben Whitaker sent a through ball from midfield to Beshirs on a a run down the left wing. Torres came out for the tackle, but Beshirs kept control of the dribble and squared up for the strike into a now-deserted goal.
Paris coach Jeremy Beshirs (92-19-10 during his five years at the helm) began emptying his bench soon afterwards.
The Paris goals scored were the 26th of the season for Cade, 19th for Beshirs, 12th for Kirby, and 7th for Ruiz. Cade now has 55 career goals, while Beshirs stands at 52 for his career.