Ranked nationally at last, Dragons play Trinity Valley tonight for undisputed league lead

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Qua Doster (240 comes flying in to disrupt a Tyler player during PJC’s 78-72 victory Saturday over the Apaches. Other PJC players in the picture are Henoc Brienne (31) and Trevon Seymore (10). (eParisExtra photo by Charles Richards)

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Paris Junior College men’s basketball team has broken into the national junior college basketball rankings for the first time this season, making the list at No. 29.

The Dragons, who have won eight straight games to get to 16-4 on the season and 9-1 in conference, caused some raised eyebrows when they knocked off No. 2-ranked Kilgore last Wednesday, 68-66, in Kilgore for PJC Coach Chuck Taylor’s 100th career victory as a head coach.

Four close losses to ranked teams — including three in which the Dragons led late in the game — kept PJC out of the top 30, but at 16-4 they look a lot better on paper than they did at 8-4.

Kilgore (now 17-2, 8-2) fell this week to No. 10, one spot behind No. 9 Trinity Valley (19-2, 9-1), a team that Kilgore beat 74-70 the previous Wednesday.

Tonight, Paris will attempt to knock off Trinity Valley, in a 7:30 p.m. game in Athens that will give the winner undisputed first place in the Region 14 standings.


Tonight’s game — Paris Junior College vs. Trinity Valley Community College — will be telecast by Trinity Valley’s flagship station KCKL.FM on the Internet at www.kcklfm.com


For the Dragons, it’s the sixth of 12 home-and-away games against the six other Region 14-North Zone teams. The Dragons went 5-1 against the seven teams in the South Zone, with a make-up game at home still to be played next month against San Jacinto College. Paris wraps up first-half play at the Hunt Center at 6 p.m. Saturday against Panola (11-11, 4-7)

By Charles Richards, eParisExtra


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Region 5-North:

Temple at Hill

No. 4 McLennan at Weatherford


Region 14:

Lee at Lamar State-Port Arthur

Navarro at No. 10 Kilgore

No. 29 Paris at No. 9 Trinity Valley

Blinn at San Jacinto

Jacksonville at Angelina



Region 5-West:

No. 23 New Mexico JC at Frank Phillips

Midland at No. 24 Howard

New Mexico Military Institute at Western Texas

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Charles Richards Charles Richards moved to Paris in 2004 after retiring from a 40-year career in journalism – the last 26 years as a news writer and sports writer with The Associated Press in Dallas and Washington, D.C. In mid-2004, The Paris News coaxed him out of retirement, and he began covering the police, court and regional beat for The Paris News. Then in early 2005, he was switched to coverage of a sharply divided Paris City Council. He was appointed by the City Council in 2006 to the 12-member City Charter Review Commission, which extensively rewrote the outmoded document. His writing awards include two first-place awards in statewide competition for feature writing. The most recent was his 2005 story on a Paris doctor’s startling use of leeches in a successful attempt to re-attach a man’s severed ear. Over his career, Richards’ interview subjects include Alabama Gov. George Wallace, President Bill Clinton, President George W. Bush, David Koresh, Arnold Palmer, Muhammad Ali and numerous other political and sports figures. He is an alumnus of Texas Tech, where he was editor of the school newspaper. He lives in Paris with his wife, Barbara, who is retired after 30 years as a teacher and high school counselor.