Author: Tim Taylor

PARIS ISD: Panthers’ Threat Extinguished After Halftime

The Paris Blue Blazes Band dressed in various costumes and performed a special Halloween halftime show at Friday’s District 7-4A-1 game between the Wildcats and Ford Panthers at Quinlan Hobart Lytle Memorial Stadium.  It featured a dinosaur running a circle around the group as they played the classic Thriller. Meanwhile, the football contest also featured an offensive dinosaur that used to roam the gridiron but has become virtually extinct in these days of the spread attack.  The Panthers deploy a multiple-look wing-T offense that relies on misdirection and low-firing linemen tying up defensive pursuit in the free blocking zone at...

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Cats Play in Another Spoiled Homecoming

The 2017 Paris Wildcats played in three spoiled Homecoming games this season.  Unfortunately, the latest spoiler was their own as they allowed the Princeton Panthers to escape Wildcat Stadium Friday with a 21-16 win that has thrown a wrench into the District 7-4A-1 title chase. After road wins last month during Homecomings at Sulphur Springs and Pittsburg, the Cats faced a similar fate themselves when Princeton (3-4) took a 21-10 lead into the fourth quarter.  The Paris offense turned to its sparsely-used passing game to draw within 21-16 and was primed to save the evening when it began a...

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Ladycats Finally Scratch 7-Year Winning Itch

  Seven years of crosstown misery ended for the Paris Ladycats varsity volleyball team Friday when a North Lamar Pantherette spike sailed beyond the end line.  With it went a 13-match losing streak to the county rivals as Paris inched one step closer to an improbable district championship in a 22-25, 25-15, 25-18, 22-25, 15-11 victory. The year was 2010, and Paris High fielded perhaps its best team in school history.  That 2010 squad finished fourth ranked in the state with a 37-5 overall record and perfect 10-0 district mark that included a 3-match sweep over the Pantherettes.  The...

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Ladycats Take Big Step Towards District Title

Playing their best match of the season, the Paris Ladycats took control of the District 14-4A volleyball chase Friday afternoon in the Wildcat Gym with a 25-21, 26-24, 28-26 win over the Pleasant Grove Lady Hawks. The Ladycats, a team that looked totally lost just 10 days ago in their only district setback at the hands of crosstown rival North Lamar, now finds itself all alone atop the league standings with just three matches remaining.  Paris holds a virtual 2-match lead over the field with a 6-1 record after the season sweep of PG, which falls to 5-2. North...

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Ladycats Win to Set Up Friday Showdown

Paris High teams will be involved in two big battles with district championship implications Friday.  While the varsity football team and large contingent of Wildcat fans and support groups make the 100-mile journey east to face District 7-4A-1 co-favorite Liberty-Eylau, a much smaller entourage of close family and friends will gather in the Wildcat Gym to watch the surprising Ladycats host Pleasant Grove with the District 14-4A volleyball lead on the line. That unusual scenario was set up by Tuesday’s district volleyball results.  Paris swept the Pittsburg Lady Pirates, 25-18, 25-16, 25-22, in the Wildcat Gym to improve the...

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