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The Paris Jr. high Boys track teams traveled to Pittsburg Tuesday to comete in the Jr. High District track meet. The 8th grade boys finished 2nd overall, and the 7th grade boys finished 6th. Here are the individual results from that meet….
8th Grade Boys
400 meter relay – 1st place - Daz Mason, Ramontrae Dudley, Kearrius Ladell, Donovan Williams
110m Hurdles – 1st place – Montana Payne; 2nd place – Jordan Furtch
100m - 1st place- Donovan Williams; 3rd place - Ramontrae Dudley
300 hurdles – 6th place – Nick Mitchell
1600m relay – 2nd place - Kearrius Ladell, Jordan Furtch, Nick Mitchell, Donovan Williams
Shot Put – 4th place - Jalen Easter; 6th place – Michael Godwin
Discus – 2nd place – Michael Godwin; 4th place - Dezmon Tinajero
Pole Vault – 4th place - Jalen Easter
Triple Jump – 4th place - Daz Mason
Long Jump – 1st place – Donovan Williams
High Jump – 3rd place - Daz Mason; 5th place – Montana Payne; 6th place – Donovan Williams
7th Grade Boys
2400m run - 2nd place – Juan Rojas
400m relay – 4th place - Zakedrian Gaston, Jaylen Henderson, Tre King, Anqurrus Harris
800m run – 2nd place - Issac Vasquez
110m hurdles – 1st place - Dyvarious Douglas
100m dash – 5th place - Zakedrian Gaston; 6th place - Anqurrus Harris
400m run – 5th place - Tre King
1600m relay – 3rd place - Dre Dillard, James Neal, Alan Garcia, Tre King
Shot put – 6th place – T.J. Williams
Pole Vault – 4th place – Robert Mooney; 6th place – Kobe Dixon
Triple Jump – 4th place - Jaylen Henderson
Long Jump – 3rd place - Anqurrus Harris; 4th place - Zakedrian Gaston
The Liberty-Eylau Lady Leopards scored 7 runs in the third inning on their way to a 13-2, 5-inning decision over the Paris Lady Cats in District 13-3A softball Wednesday at Paris Junior High Lady Cat Field.
The Lady Cats, 0-7 in district, host the Atlanta Lady Rabbits Friday at PJHS. First pitch is 6 p.m.
L-E took a 2-0 lead in the Lady Leopards’ first at-bat when a walk, base hit, outfield error, and a groundout netted the game’s first two runs. The 7-run outburst in the third increased the lead to 9-0 before Paris scored its two runs in the bottom of the frame.
Third baseman TayTay Williams became the Lady Cats’ first base runner when she drew a walk. Leadoff hitter BB Johnson drove Williams in with a triple, then scored on Alaka Walters RBI single.
The Lady Cats kept the Lady Leopards off the board in the fourth inning, but L-E scored 4 more runs in the top of the fifth to invoke the 10-run rule.
Ten days ago, the Paris Wildcats were stuck at the bottom of the District 13-3A baseball chase with fans wondering if this would be the year for the unthinkable: A winless district campaign for the perennial playoff contenders. Two games later, they’re still stuck in last place, but now they’ve got some company and the top rung of the district ladder is suddenly in sight.
Tuesday’s 10-4 decision at Hub Hollis Field over Liberty-Eylau, coming on the heels of Friday’s 6-1 win over previously unbeaten North Lamar, raised the Cats’ district mark to 2-3 at the midpoint of the title chase. Pleasant Grove edged NL, 5-4, Tuesday to pull into a 3-way tie at the top with the Panthers and Atlanta Rabbits, who beat Pittsburg, 6-5. All three schools are 3-2, while Paris, L-E, and Pitt are just a game behind at 2-3.
The race could get even tighter after Friday’s action. Paris, now 12-9-1 for the season, hosts Atlanta, while L-E visits PG, and NL travels to Pitt. Wins by Paris, L-E, and Pitt Friday would create an incredible 6-way tie down the homestretch.
“I like our attitude,” Paris coach Bill Sikes said. “The guys didn’t get down (after starting district 0-3). We’ve had some great practices the past couple of weeks, and they’ve responded and done everything we’ve asked them to do.”
The Cats pounded out 13 hits Tuesday against a trio of L-E pitchers. Meanwhile, starting pitcher Kaden Callihan ran into problems in the third inning when the Leopards scored all four of their runs to take a temporary 4-2 lead. Sikes brought in his nephew, freshman Phillip Sikes (2-2), who pitched the final 3⅔ innings.
“We hit the ball extremely hard,” Sikes said. “Kaden got us off to a good start, then our bullpen shut them down.”
Paris scored single runs in the first and second innings off RBI singles by Jake Clark and Sikes to take a 2-0 lead, but Callihan walked the Nos. 8 and 9 hitters to start the L-E third. The first Leopard run scored on a sacrifice fly before designated hitter Javon Rigsby unloaded a 2-run homer over the leftfield wall to give L-E a 3-2 lead.
Rashaan Donelson then blasted a double to the left-centerfield gap and scored from second on a wild pitch to pad the lead to 4-2. When Callihan walked the No. 8 hitter again with 1 out in the fourth, Sikes was summoned to the mound from his rightfield post. He got the second out on a sacrifice bunt then struck out leadoff hitter Alex Norwood to end the inning.
The Cats tied the game, 4-4, with a pair of runs in their half of the fourth. Drew Helberg started the inning with a leadoff single, and Jack Kraft drew a walk on 4 straight balls. First baseman Philip Nance failed to get a bunt down to advance the runners only to slap a single into centerfield to score Helberg. Kraft alertly scored from first when the centerfielder bobbled the ball.
Paris broke the game open with a 5-run fifth. Clark led off with a double to rightfield and Jordan Williams tripled to right-center. Kraft drove in Williams with a hard single off the second baseman’s glove. An infield single by Nance and a passed ball put runners at the corners with 1 out when Jonathan Nichols‘ popup to shallow right-centerfield dropped between 4 L-E fielders and scored Kraft.
That made it a 7-4 game, and Sikes delivered the coup de grace with a 2-run triple to right-center and a commanding 9-4 lead. Williams produced the final run in the sixth on an infield single.
Meanwhile, Sikes was outstanding in relief. He retired 7 straight batters before giving up a hit and walk with 2 outs in the sixth. He got a called third strike to end the inning and finished with a 1-2-3 seventh. He allowed just the 1 hit and 1 walk to go with 8 strikeouts.
Offensively, Sikes went 2 for 3 with 3 RBI. The big gun was junior cleanoff hitter Williams who was 3 for 4 with 2 RBI. Nance broke out of a prolonged slump with a 3 for 3 showing and 1 RBI. Clark was 2 for 3 with an RBI.
The second and final round was staged at Paris Golf & Country Club. Following Round 1 on March 24 at Pittsburg Princedale Country Club, Napier stood in an uncustomary fourth place, 6 strokes behind Atlanta’s Matt Rinehart.
No problem for the state’s No. 1-ranked Class 3A player, however, as the Wildcat senior finished the comeback with a 25-foot clinching putt on the final hole. Napier next returns to defend his Region 2 title at Pottsboro’s Tanglewood Resort next Monday and Tuesday, April 14-15.
Napier will be joined at regionals by the Paris girls team which finished a distant runnerup to Atlanta in the district team chase, 722-826. The Lady Cats were led by a 8-9-11 individual finish by juniors Alli Ruthart and Danielle Callaway along with sophomore Macey Chapman.
The Wildcat boys will not be advancing to regionals after finishing fourth in the team chase. Pleasant Grove won the boys trophy by a healthy 50 strokes over North Lamar.
The tournament saw Pleasant Grove’s Cole Fomby record an ace on one of the course’s tougher holes.
The list was headed by senior Blake Beshirs who was named District MVP. Beshirs scored 19 goals and a team-high 18 assists in 2014 to cap off a brilliant 4-year run on varsity which saw him accumulate 52 career goals.
Beshirs missed the Cats’ bi-district playoff match vs. The Colony with an injury, and the Paris attack sputtered without his midfield presence in a 2-1 loss.
Senior Michael Cade, the team’s leading scorer with 26 goals and 11 assists, was named co-Offensive MVP along with Princeton sophomore Aljandro Reveles. Cade finished his 4-year stint with 55 career goals.
Junior Leonel Gutierrez shared Defensive MVP honors with North Lamar’s Sam Erickson. Gutierrez anchored a Wildcat defense that posted a remarkable 20 shutouts in regulation.
Paris High head boys soccer coach Jeremy Beshirs was named Coach of the Year. Beshirs has posted a 93-20-10 record with 2 district titles in 5 years at the helm of the Wildcat soccer program.
Other first-team selections for Paris were:
Second-team selections were senior defender Jackson Reeves, senior goalkeeper Angel Rocha, senior forward Dylan Kresen, and junior midfielder Jose Escobedo. Receiving honorable mention were juniors Adrian Vasquez, Edgar Alvarez, Matt McAmis, Alain Garcia, and seniors Jesus Herrera, Alfredo Gonzalez, Cody Redus, Victor Guzman, Gustavo Luna, Kenny Mason, and Diego Torrez.