The Paris Eagles senior boys team, playing their second consecutive night this week, defeated the visiting Lavaca Golden Arrows 53-47 on Tuesday night at Paris Gymnasium. The game with Lavaca was the Eagles final game before the start of the conference season that will begin Friday night when the Eagles host the Waldron Bulldogs. With the win, Paris improves their record to 5-3 as they enter conference play on Friday.
Playing for just the second game with their complete roster, the Eagles seemed to be a little more cohesive as a team throughout the game with a good Lavaca team. It also appeared that Eagles coach Blain Brewington was starting to play more minutes with the rotation of players that may begin the conference season. There is a lot of talent on the team, and Coach Brewington will have several options on lineups and combinations of players that can be played against various conference opponents, or to whatever situations may dictate in future games.
Completing the sweep on the night for the Eagles boys teams, the Paris junior high team defeated Lavaca in one overtime period. Tuesday’s schedule was split as the games with Lavaca were added last week. The Paris senior girls were also added to the schedule to play at Pottsville on Tuesday, but that game was canceled on Monday.
Paris will play in a new basketball conference this year. Previous conference member Lamar has moved to Class 4A, and the Hackett Hornets have moved up to Class 3A this year. In an unusual scheduling move by the Arkansas Activities Association (AAA), the conference welcomes newcomer Cossatot River High School to the conference. Cossatot River is located approximately 103 miles southwest of Paris near the town of Cove, Arkansas. The drive to Cossatot is approximately two hours and five minutes.
The Eagles basketball conference this year includes Booneville, Danville, Hackett, Charleston, Cedarville, Cossatot River, and Waldron. Most of the travel will be regional with the exceptions of Waldron and Cossatot River.
After the Eagles conference opener on Friday with Waldron, the Eagles will travel to Hackett on Tuesday to play the Hornets. On Friday, December 18, the Eagles will host the Danville Little Johns in another conference match-up. The three games will be the last played before the Christmas holiday break until the Eagles play a home non-conference game with Johnson County Westside on Monday, December 28. The next day, December 29, the Eagles will travel to Prairie Grove for another non-conference game. In most years, Paris and other schools will play in holiday tournaments to give their teams additional playing time before the resumption of their conference schedules. In this year marked by the COVID-19 virus, tournaments are prohibited with the exception of post-season tournaments that are played with the approval of the Governor’s task force on high school athletics and the Arkansas Department of Health. So, to gain a few non-conference games to make-up for the absence of holiday tournaments, most schools have scheduled one or two non-conference games during the break to compensate for the loss of the holiday tournaments. After the trip to Prairie Grove, conference play will resume on January 5 when the Eagles travel to Charleston to play the Tigers.
So, Eagles fans, there is a lot of basketball to be played before Christmas, and Friday’s conference opener against a very athletic and talented Waldron team will be a huge first game for the Eagles. The Eagles need your support as they begin their quest for a conference title and a high seeding in the senior district tournament in February. Resident Press wishes the Eagles and the Lavaca Golden Arrows the best as they begin play in their respective conferences.
It is the most wonderful time of the year! See you at Paris Gymnasium this Friday!