No. 8 seed Paris gets a first-round bye, opens NJCAA tournament play at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday

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HUTCHINSON, Kan. — Paris Junior College head coach Chuck Taylor learned Monday that the Dragons (26-7) have been given the No. 8 seed in the 24-team NJCAA tournament that gets under way Monday at Hutchinson, Kan.

The good news is a first-round bye goes with each of the top eight seeds.

After that, Paris has its work cut out for it. The Dragons likely are looking at playing defending national champion South Plains College in their first game, with Indian Hills, Iowa (31-2), currently ranked No. 1 in the nation, likely awaiting the winner of that game.

Nobody said it would be easy, right?

The Dragons are seeking to repeat the performance of the 2004-2005 Paris Junior College team, coached by Bill Foy, which came unranked and overlooked to Hutchinson and won the whole thing.

Paris’ first game is at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday against the winner of a noon game Monday between No. 9 seed South Plains College of Levelland, Texas (27-5), and No. 24 seed Cape Fear, NC. (19-1).

If Paris wins its first game, it would play next at noon Thursday against the winner of a 10 a.m. game Tuesday between top-seeded Indian Hills and whoever wins a Monday game between New Mexico Junior College (26-2) and Northeastern Oklahoma A&M (22-10).

Paris opened its season against South Plains in the Collin County tournament in Plano, losing 69-65, in a game that was decided in the final minute.

Trinity Valley (27-6), which received the No. 12 seed, will open play at 4:30 p.m. Monday against Pratt, Kan., (22-12). The winner would then play No. 5-seeded Northeastern, CO, (31-3) at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Hill College, of Hillsboro, Texas, winner of the Region 5 tournament Saturday in Lubbock, won’t play its first game until 8 p.m. Wednesday against the victor of a first-round game at noon Tuesday between Jones County, MS (23-5) and Highland, IL (27-7).

It will take four victories for a team with a first-round bye to win the championship, and five victories for anyone else.

  • All games in the National Junior College Athletic Conference tournaments — both the men’s tournament at Hutchinson, Kan., and the women’s tournament at Salina, Kan. — will be televised live on the Internet at Box scores and statistics will be available at the same site, and games already played can also be viewed.

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Here is the complete men’s bracket:

Monday, March 17:

10 a.m. — Game 1: No. 16 New Mexico JC, NM (26-6) vs. No. 17 NE Oklahoma A&M, OK (22-10)

12 p.m. — Game 2: No. 9 South Plains, TX (27-5) vs. No. 24 Cape Fear, NC (19-13)

2 p.m. — Game 3: No. 13 Harcum, PA (29-3) vs. No. 20 Walters St., TN (20-13)

4:30 p.m. — Game 4: No. 12 Trinity Valley, TX (27-6) vs. No. 21 Pratt, KS (22-12)

6:30 p.m. — Game 5: No. 15 Wallace State, AL (27-6) vs. No. 18 Westchester, NY (28-4)

8:30 p.m. — Game 6: No. 10 Columbia St., TN (26-3) vs. No. 23 Central Georgia Tech, GA (21-12)

Tuesday, March 18:

10 a.m. — Game 7: No. 14 Shelton St. (28-5) vs. No. 19 State Fair (25-6)

12 p.m. — Game 8: No. 11 Jones County, MS (23-5) vs. No. 22 Highland, IL (27-7)

2 p.m. — Game 9: No. 1 Indian Hills, IA (31-2) vs. Game 1 winner

4:30 p.m. — Game 10: No. 8 Paris, TX (26-7) vs. Game 2 winner

6:30 p.m. — Game 11: No. 4 South Georgia Tech, GA (29-4) vs. Game 3 winner

8:30 p.m. — Game 12: No. 5 Northeastern, CO (31-3) vs. Game 4 winner

Wednesday, March 19:

12 p.m. — Game 13: No. 2 Vincennes, IN (31-2) vs. Game 5 winner

2 p.m. — Game 14: No. 7 Salt Lake (27-6) vs. Game 6 winner

6 p.m. — Game 15: No. 3 Chipola (25-5) vs. Game 7 winner

8 p.m. — Game 16: No. 6 Hill, TX (26-7) vs. Game 8 winner

Thursday, March 20:

12 p.m. — Game 17: Game 9 winner vs. Game 10 winner

2 p.m. — Game 18: Game 11 winner vs. Game 12 winner

6 p.m. — Game 19: Game 13 winner vs. Game 14 winner

8 p.m. — Game 20: Game 15 winner vs. Game 16 winner

Friday, March 21:

6 p.m. — Game 21:Game 17 winner vs. Game 18 winner

8 p.m. — Game 22: Game 19 winner vs. Game 20 winner

Saturday, March 22:

5 p.m. — Game 23 (Third Place) Game 21 loser vs. Game 22 loser

7 p.m. — Game 24 (Championship): Game 21 winner vs. Game 22 winner


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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.