Author: Tim Taylor

Sikes’ Near-Perfect Pitching Stops Panthers

Future New Mexico Lobo Phillip Sikes overwhelmed North Lamar bats with a 19-strikeout, no walk, 1-hitter Saturday night at PJC’s Hub Hollis Field to lead Paris to a dominant, 9-0 win over the Panthers in the District 14-4A baseball opener. Now, the scary part for future district opponents: His coach (and uncle) thinks he can do better. “Honestly,” Paris head coach Bill Sikes said afterwards, “I think he’s had better stuff this year.”  Then, a sheepish grin overtook the normally cautious coach. “But I’ll take it.” It was a big win for the 20th-ranked Cats (13-5) in a competitive...

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Ladycats’ Season Ends on Pair of Floaters

Before sending his team back on the Wildcat Stadium field Saturday afternoon after a scoreless first half Paris Ladycats coach Matt Dickinson reminded them that “the first five minutes and last five minutes are the most important parts of this half.” So it was a bad omen, indeed, when senior midfielder Cat Turner settled and launched a 32-yarder that floated just under the crossbar and into the Paris goal to give the Mabank Lady Panthers a 1-0 lead just 3:26 into the final 40 minutes of the Ladycats’ soccer season. By the time the final five minutes of the...

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Cats Can’t Close Out Win over Gilmer

The Paris Wildcats came within one out of closing a successful pre-district schedule with a win over the Gilmer Buckeyes.  Instead, Myles Chumley delivered a 2-run single to rightfield to lift the visitors to a 3-2 victory Tuesday night at PJC’s Hub Hollis Field. Paris, currently ranked 20th in the state with a 12-5 season record, opens District 14-4A play Friday at Hub Hollis by hosting crosstown rival North Lamar on Friday, 7:30 p.m., weather permitting. The Buckeyes (8-7) loaded the bases with one out against reliever Chandler Aynes (1-3) on a single, walk, and hit batter.  Aynes got...

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Comeback Seals 1st Playoff Win Since 2012 for PHS

During the 2016 football season Montana Payne, in his role as the Wildcats’ punter, was called upon to rescue the Cats from poor field position on numerous occasions.  Thursday night he rescued the first boys playoff soccer win since 2012 with a well-timed header that sealed a 3-2 Paris win over Crandall in a bi-district match at Greenville’s T. A. Cotton Ford Stadium. “I thought it was going in and we were looking at overtime,” a relieved Paris head coach Jeremy Beshirs said, “and I sure didn’t want to play an overtime.” His team didn’t have to, thanks to...

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Cats Capture 4th Straight Soccer Crown

Senior Colin Harris scored twice and assisted on a goal by Cole Miller to stake the Paris Wildcats to a 3-0 halftime lead as the Cats cruised to a 5-0 win over Princeton Tuesday at Wildcat Stadium.  The win sewed up Paris’ fourth straight district boys soccer championship. Senior Zach Lamb assisted on Harris’ first goal.  Second-half goals were added by sophomore Kyler Beshirs (assisted by sophomore Isaac Vasquez) and senior Stanley Watkins. Paris, 16-4-3, finished 7-1 atop the District 11-4A standings with 21 points (3 points for win in regulation, 2 for shootout win, 1 for shootout loss). ...

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