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Tanner Napier won a playoff for boys medalist honors at the 9-hole Princedale Country Club at this week’s Pittsburg Invitational. Meanwhile, junior Alli Ruthart shot a 93 to lead the Lady Cats to a second-place tie in girls team standings.
Napier and North Lamar’s Daniel Durham each shot rounds of 2-over par 74s to necessitate the playoff. NL won the boys team title by 5 strokes over Pleasant Grove. The Paris team placed fourth in the tournament held Monday as a preview of the upcoming District 13-3A Championships. Round 1 of the district meet will be March 24 in Pittsburg.
Atlanta was the runaway winner in the girls’ bracket which was contested on Tuesday. Paris and Pleasant Grove tied for second place.
Paris and North Lamar will host a tournament next Monday, Feb. 24, at Paris Golf and Country Club, site of Round 2 of the district tournament.
It was a case of bad timing Tuesday for the Paris Lady Cats soccer team as they drew District 19-4A girls favorite Sulphur Springs fresh off a 4-2 upset at the hands of Princeton. SSHS rolled to a 7-0 win over Paris in a match played at Gerald Prim Stadium. The Lady Cats, 2-1-1 in district, travel to Princeton Friday for their next outing.
For the fifth straight year the Paris Wildcats basketball team has reached the Class 3A playoff crossroads in the area round. To break through that hurdle and advance to the regional quarterfinals they will have to upset a tall, talented, and familiar opponent in the Kilgore Bulldogs.
They get that shot Friday night in Mount Pleasant, thanks to a methodical 52-41 win Tuesday night at McKinney North High School over bi-district opponent Crandall Pirates (17-12 and the No. 3 seed from District 14). Come Friday, the Cats hope to avenge a 52-50 loss to Kilgore in the 2013 playoffs.
The area round has been a playoff nemisis for Paris in recent years. The Cats also lost close games in 2012 (to Lindale), 2011 (Lindale), and 2010 (Carrollton Ranchview). In 2009 they advanced to the Region 2 tournament semifinals where they were eliminated by Pleasant Grove.
Although Paris (23-8) and Kilgore have not met this season, they are familiar opponents. Kilgore head coach Jeff Coleman has brought his squad to Paris the past four years to play in the Paris Holiday Invitational. The Bulldogs lost this season’s tournament championship game to Bonham, but they feature a tall, athletic lineup that stands 5-11, 6-3, 6-4, 6-5, and 6-7.
The Cats get the opportunity to play Kilgore by virtue of a complete game mastery over the Pirates Tuesday night. Leading scorer Seljah Johnson once again led the way with 22 points, but every Paris player who saw action in the game scored and contributed to one of the Cats’ best efforts of the season.
The game was tied, 10-10, after one quarter, but Paris took the lead for good, 15-13, on a Johnson 3-pointer. At a critical junction of the contest, Paris head coach Billy Mack Steed sent his second unit onto the court and they responded with some quality minutes that enabled the Cats to take a 23-16 halftime lead.
Reserve sophomore guard Jalen Wallace, who has suffered through inconsistent play all season, was particularly impressive at pushing the pace. His halfcourt bounce pass that threaded its way through a slim opening between two Pirates and found a streaking K. D. Scott for a fast-break bucket was the highlight play of the night.
Wallace also fed Jared Embry for a big basket, and sprinted out of nowhere for a loose rebound and putback that gave Paris a 21-16 edge as the first team checked back into the game with 2:08 until intermission. Johnson then droped in a one-hander to create the 7-point separation as the teams headed to the locker room.
The second half started strong for Paris as Johnson knocked down a 12-foot pullup jumper, and a Pirate turnover created a fast-break bucket by Ronyae Bell to lift the lead to double digits, 27-16. A Crandall mini-run of 6-0, fueled by Tanner Dykman’s 3-pointer, an errant Cat pass, and momentary inability to block out rebounders on foul attempts, closed the margin to 27-23.
Jordan Embry then made two foul shots, Johnson added a pair from the charity stripe, and the 6-4 junior stalwart powered his way for a 3-point play that restored the Cats’ lead to 11, 34-23. Crandall was never able to get closer than 9 points the remainder of the evening.
The Pirates also refused, or were unable to break their style of attack which featured extensive perimeter passing. As the third quarter neared a close, Crandall ran off two precious minutes without a shot on goal only to see Scott get a steal and lead another outlet break. It was Paris by 35-23 after three quarters and time for some desperation fouling.
The Cats were ready and made an impressive 19 of 24 attempts from the foul line to keep the Pirates at bay.
In addition to Johnson’s 22, Paris got 7 points from Adrian Beamon, and 6 each from Bell and Roy’D Jones. Dykman led Crandall with 14 and outside shooter Nick Johnson scored 10.
Sheltyn Waggoner blasted a pair of home runs and generated 6 RBIs and Morgen Miller limited the Lady Cats to 3 hits as Detroit downed Paris, 12-2, in varsity softball Monday at the Paris Junior High field.
E Harris collected 2 of the 3 Lady Cat hits, including a solo blast over the centerfield fence in the sixth inning. Tycora Easter pushed across the other Paris run with an RBI single in the fourth.
It was the season opener for Detroit. Paris (0-3) enters the 3-day Pittsburg tournament beginning Thursday seeking its first win.
Detroit 002 604 — 12 12 0
Paris 000 101 — 2 3 5
WP: Morgen Miller
LP: Alaka Waters
Both Wildcats and Lady Cats varsity soccer teams posted wins Friday night at Wildcat Stadium over District 19-4A soccer newcomer Bonham, but the teams took dramatically different pathways to get their W’s. The Lady Cats needed an overtime to prevail, 3-2, while the Cats left no doubt in a 10-0 runaway.
The boys team moves to 16-2-1 for the season and remains perfect in district with a 3-0 mark, outscoring district opponents by a total 21-0 count. Paris leads the district standings by a point over defending champion Sulphur Springs, 9-8, and can put more separation from the pack this week. The Cats host SSHS Monday and close out the first round of district Saturday afternoon with a match at Wildcat Stadium vs. third-place Princeton (4 points). Greenville and North Lamar are tied for fourth place with 3 points each, and Bonham is still seeking its first district point.
The Lady Cats scored just 4:27 into the Bonham match on a goal by senior Kendall Vogt. Junior Allyson Cunningham led a charge down the left flank before passing to Vogt for the blast from 12 yards out. However, Vogt, who had scored all four Lady Cat goals in district play at that point, sustained a knee injury midway through the first half and left the match.
Paris still managed to extend the lead to 2-0 without its leading scorer on the field when Cunningham sent a cross into the box after a run down the left wing. The shot bounced off the far post and junior Julianna Clipson provided the finisher before the goalie could corral the rebound.
With 2:08 remaining before halftime the Lady Warriors scored to trim the lead to 2-1, and they tied the match with the only goal of the second half. That set up an overtime period, and Clipson provided the game-winner on a penalty kick awarded for a Bonham hand ball in the goalie’s box.
The Paris girls, 2-0-1 in district, travel to Sulphur Springs (2-1) on Tuesday and to district leader Princeton (3-0) Friday. North Lamar is 1-1-1, while Greenville and Bonham are 0-3.
The Purple Warriors were no match for the Wildcat boys, as eight different Paris players scored on the evening. It was the 15th shutout of the year for Paris as the defense (Leo Gutierrez, Jackson Reeves, Adrian Vasquez, and Zane Young) was solid once again in front of goalkeeper Jesus Herrera.
Boys Goal Scoring (Assist):