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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)
On a frigid, humid night with wind chills in the 20s, the Paris High girls and boys soccer teams hosted a District 19-4A doubleheader with the fledgling and currently homeless Bonham Purple Warriors. The varsity girls played to a scoreless tie after 100 unproductive minutes, while the Wildcats varsity peppered the Warrior defense in an 11-0 rout.
While the results were in stark contrast, both Paris varsities were held by a common thread: both teams’ goalkeepers could have taken the night off without being missed. The Bonham soccer program, in its first full year of UIL district affiliation, is still searching for its first district win in a season where goals are rare.
They’ve also had to be road warriors, with their home field currently out of use due to turf reconstruction. Tuesday’s matches were originally scheduled to be played in Bonham but were shifted to Paris as a result.
It was an encore evening for the Paris boys, now 20-3-1 overall with a district-leading 7-1 record. The Cats celebrated Senior Night on Saturday which normally coincides with the final home match.
It was a mismatch played almost entirely in the Warriors’ end of the field. Although the Bonham defense and some Wildcat misfires kept Paris off the board for the first 12:17 of play, once the inevitable dam burst, the Cats flooded the Warrior net with goals. By the 11:05 mark before halftime Paris held a 6-0 lead and coach Jeremy Beshirs began substituting freely.
The Cats didn’t score again until 21:20 remained in the match, but Paris was able to take advantage of an exhausted Bonham defense to add 5 more goals to the total. The individual count:
The Cats are on the verge of securing their second district title over the past three seasons if they can defeat defending champion Sulphur Springs Friday at Gerald Prim Stadium. They close out district play two weeks later (after a Spring Break layoff) with a match on March 20 at Princeton.
Meanwhile, the girls’ match was mostly a slugfest in midfield with the Lady Cats occasionally mounting a foray deep in Lady Warrior territory. Paris didn’t tally its first shot on goal until 11 minutes were left in the first half, and it was a harmless, mild strike.
A much better opportunity came just before halftime on a free kick by Julianna Clipson from 22 yards out that drifted 3 feet wide of the far post. Clipson had three more excellent scoring chances in the second half off set pieces including a shot from 23 yards away that the Bonham goalie was able to poke over the goalpost.
The teams played a pair of 10-minute overtime periods with no serious threats to dent the scoreboard.
The Lady Cats, now 3-3-2 in district, close out the regular season at home vs. Sulphur Springs Friday and on March 20 vs. Princeton.
– Tickets still available for PHS Football Fundraising Dinner, Auction and Unofficial Awards
The Paris High School Football Program would like to invite everyone to attend the first annual Wildcat Football Pigskin Pig-out on Saturday, March 22, 2014. All money raised will be used for equipment and supplies not funded by the school district.
The highlight of the evening is the live and silent auction featuring a variety of sports memorabilia and catered dinners. A complete list of auction items will be published soon. In addition, the intrigue surrounding the first Unofficial Awards will be a source of humor, surprise, nostalgia and honor.
Tickets are $10 per person and are available for purchase from Athletics Secretary Nancy Morgan in the Athletics Office of the field house at Wildcat Stadium. The menu includes Pittsburg Hot Links, Pulled Pork Sandwiches, Baked Beans, Cole Slaw, Peach Cobbler or Banana Pudding and Iced Tea.
Monday, March 17, is the last day to purchase tickets in the Athletic Office from 7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. All offices are currently closed for Spring Break so if you need to secure your ticket before March 17, contact Jeanne Kraft at email@example.com.
Wildcat Football sponsors are:
Guaranty Bond Bank
The Paris News
RB Sporting Goods
Sandra & Bert Strom
R. Wesley Tidwell, Attorney at Law
J. Stephen Walker, Attorney at Law
Hiring Partners, Inc.
ORR Honda of Paris
Paris Snax Sales, Inc.
Pittsburg Hot Links
Tijerina Urology Clinic
Century 21 Executive Realty/Sherrie White
Liberty National Bank
Sonic Drive In
Toyota of Paris
Pig-Out Dinner Sponsors
First Federal Community Bank
Jeanne & Wally Kraft
Platinum Palliative & Hospice Care, Inc.
The Sabin Warrick Company
Dr. Richard Bercher
K & S Rentals
The Wildcat varsity started last weekend’s Bonham Tournament with its worst outing of the year in a 6-0 loss to Sanger on Thursday, but rebounded nicely on Friday with an 8-0 shutout of Krum in a win that marked Sikes’ 200th coaching victory in 11 seasons. The Cats then used a 4-run, last-inning rally to tie Frisco Lone Star, 9-9, in a game that was called due to the tournament time limit.
Saturday’s tournament action was wiped out due to inclement weather that rolled through northeast Texas. Paris is back in action Monday with a game vs. Hugo at PJC’s Hub Hollis Field. First pitch is set for 4:30 p.m.
With senior Kendall Vogt lost for the season with a knee injury, the Paris Lady Cats have to look elsewhere for offense with their leading scorer sidelined. Saturday, they discovered a spark in freshman Tieran Gates who scored both goals in a 2-1 win over Greenville at T. A. “Cotton” Ford Stadium.
It was a critical win for the Lady Cats as they jockey for one of the four playoff berths from District 19-4A. Paris is now 3-3-1 in district, while the defending district champion Lady Lions fall to 1-6. The Lady Cats are scheduled to host Bonham Monday, weather permitting, at Wildcat Stadium as part of a varsity doubleheader. The girls play at 5:30 p.m. with the boys following at 7.
Gates, a budding 4-sport standout at Paris (she also excels in volleyball, basketball, and track) scored her first goal just 7:18 into the match to give Paris a 1-0 lead. The Lady Cats took that lead into halftime, but the Lady Lions tied the match, 1-1, with a goal at the start of the second half. It remained tied until 2:52 remaining when Gates found the net again from 20 yards out.