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Pantherettes’ Soccer Season Comes To An End

Adam Routon

The NL Pantherettes faced the Terrell Lady Tigers in a Bi-District playoff match on Friday night. NL came in having placed 3rd in district 11-4A while Terrell finished second behind Mabank in district 12-4A.

 Kylea Basden with a header

Kylea Basden with a header

The Pantherettes looked tentative in the first half as Terrell moved the ball in a clinical fashion on offense, scoring three first half goals. NL came out in the 2nd half much more focused and aggressive with the ball. The Pantherettes had scoring opportunities but failed to convert. After giving up a 4th goal to Terrell, you could feel the minutes running out on NL’s season.

 Adrianna Evans runs down the ball

Adrianna Evans runs down the ball

The hardest part of high school athletics is that you really don’t know when you are playing the last game of the season. The exceptions are if you are out of playoff contention by your last regular season game or you are playing for a state championship. Added to this is the finality for your seniors...many of whom will never play organized soccer again. Walking off that field after a loss can be a tough thing to deal with.  

 Anai Chavez dribbles the ball up the sideline

Anai Chavez dribbles the ball up the sideline

I’ve had the distinct privilege of covering NL Soccer for the past 4 seasons. I was at the Area game in 2015 when the Pantherettes won the first, and only, soccer playoff match of NL’s program history. I have the ultimate respect for these ladies, these student-athletes, that play one of the purest team sports in high school athletics.

 Hylan Gabeline pushes through the defense

Hylan Gabeline pushes through the defense

NL lost the match 4-0 and ended their 2018 season. For seniors Nely Torres, Ashton Henderson, Hylan Gabeline, Adrianna Evans, Anai Chavez, Kylea Basden, Tiffany Allen and Kenzie Proctor it was the last time to walk off the field as part of NL Soccer. But these ladies can hold their head high as they never gave up through this season or this final game. 

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NL Hosts Bonham for Soccer District Finale Doubleheader

Adam Routon

North Lamar varsity boys and girls soccer teams faced off with Bonham in a home doubleheader to close out District 11-4A play. While the girls had already secured a playoff berth and 3rd in district, the boys were in a situation where they had to win to get in the playoffs and extend their season. 

 Abbie Fischer fights for control of the ball

Abbie Fischer fights for control of the ball

The Pantherettes opened up scoring early in their match with Adriana Evans scoring a goal to give NL a 1-0 lead about 30 minutes in. Jaycie Proctor extended the lead with a goal a few minutes later. The Pantherettes enjoyed a 2-0 lead over Bonham at the half. 

 Kenley Coston sets up a pass

Kenley Coston sets up a pass

In the 2nd, Hylan Gabeline drove the ball up the left side beating a defender and goalie with a chip shot to give NL a 3-0 lead. Abbie Fischer added a goal of her own with a laser shot from about 45 yards out that dropped into the left corner of the net. Coach Caleb Ballard had all seniors on the field for the last six minutes in honor of Senior night.  

 Matthew Meredith sets up a kick

Matthew Meredith sets up a kick

The NL boys took the field knowing exactly what was on the line. It appeared that the Panthers were planning to take care of business early. After the kickoff, Kshitiz Basnet dribbled through the defense into the box then dished the ball to Matthew Meredith on his right who slid it into the net to give the Panthers a 1-0 lead just 18 seconds into the game.  Osvaldo Palomares scored another to give NL a 2-0 lead with 19:20 left in the 1st half. It looked like they were about to punch their playoff ticket, but a key injury to defensive standout Zack Figueroa right before the half foreshadowed bad things to come. 

 Jeremy Bolton takes a shot on goal

Jeremy Bolton takes a shot on goal

Bonham was able to score on a free kick to reduce the NL lead to 2-1 with 26:34 left in the match. The Panther defense began to show some signs of fatigue as the Bonham offense continued to attack. Bonham scored another goal to tie the game at 2-2 with just 13:32 left in the game. NL meanwhile had dried up offensively and could not mount a serious scoring threat in the final 20 minutes of the game. Bonham added another goal to win the match 3-2 over NL. 

With the loss, the Panthers season comes to an end with a disappointing 1-7 district record. The Pantherettes 4-0 victory moves them to 4-4 in district for the year. The Pantherettes with face Terrell in a Bi-District matchup next weekend. Game time and date is still TBD. 

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NL Soccer Hosts Community in Varsity Doubleheader

Adam Routon

Both the boys and girls NL varsity squads entered the final week of district 11-4A soccer action with playoff hopes on the line. The boys fate is still in question while the girls have locked up a spot and were playing for positioning.

 Jerika Johnson moves the ball through Community defenders

Jerika Johnson moves the ball through Community defenders

After going 2-2 in the 1st half of district play, the Pantherettes came into Tuesday night’s match having lost two straight to Princeton and Paris. With a victory, NL could clinch the 3rd place spot in district. The girls struck early with a goal by Jaycie Proctor just six minutes into the match. Maci Pointer had the assist. Six minutes later, Pointer scored her first goal of the night off the assist from Kenley Coston to give the Pantherettes a 2-0 lead. 

Adriana Evans extended the lead to 3-0, scoring with seven minutes left in the half. Coston would score one off the second assist by Pointer to give NL a 4-0 halftime lead. 

 Sadi English moves to block a pass by a Community player  

Sadi English moves to block a pass by a Community player  

Pointer would open up the 2nd half with a nice goal from the left side off an assist by Evans giving NL a 5-0 lead. Pointer added her third goal of the night less than two minutes later, beating the defender down the left side and placing a perfect kick into the corner of the net. This put the Pantherettes up 6-0 with Pointer achieving a hat trick for the night. Abbie Fischer added another goal, sealing the 7-0 victory for NL. 

The boys squad came in to the night with a 1-5 district record. The Panthers have competed well but struggle to finish games as two of their five losses have come in games where they had a lead. 

NL opened play with a furious offensive attack. Multiple scoring opportunities in the 1st came up short until Keaton High was able to put a shot in the net to give the Panthers a 1-0 lead that would hold up until halftime. 

 Grant Sulsar fights to take a shot on goal

Grant Sulsar fights to take a shot on goal

Community opened the 2nd with the same offensive intensity that they had for the end of the 1st half, but Nick Kear’s play in goal was outstanding. The Braves finally scored when a shot bounced of Kear, taking an odd roll towards the goal that he was unable to cover before it crossed the line. The 1-1 score would hold through the end of regulation play. 

Facing their second shootout in district play, NL scored 4 goals on 5 shots to finish the 1st round tied 4-4. Community made their first shot of the sudden-death round while NL’s shot would bounce off the goal post giving Community the win 1-1(5-4).  

Both squads will face Bonham in another home doubleheader this Friday as NL closes out district play. It will be senior night for the Panthers and Pantherettes. The Pantherettes have clinched 3rd place in district play and will be able to use this game as a warmup for next week’s bi-district playoff. The Panthers are in a “win and your in” situation, needing to defeat Bonham outright to secure a playoff spot.  

The girls open the action at 5:30 with the boys game to follow at 7:00. Come out and support NL soccer this Friday night! 

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Pantherettes 2-2 in First Half of District Play

Adam Routon
 Head Coach Caleb Ballard and Samantha Ballard follow the action in the Paris match

Head Coach Caleb Ballard and Samantha Ballard follow the action in the Paris match

The North Lamar Pantherettes entered the 2018 season with a new head coach. Caleb Ballard replaces Duanna Ewell at the helm with the vision to build on the past success of the program. With several new starters on the team, the Pantherettes struggled to find their game in the preseason. However, as they approached the start of district play, NL was able to notch some wins and build some hope for the season.

 Jerika Johnson on defense versus Paris

Jerika Johnson on defense versus Paris

The Pantherettes opened district play hosting 10th-ranked Princeton in a game that at times resembled water polo. Weather conditions had turned the field into a wet and muddy venue. NL’s defense played phenomenally against the powerful Princeton offense, keeping the game scoreless through most of the match. Princeton was able to convert a goal with a fast break late in the game and held on to defeat NL 1-0.  

 Kenley Coston with the throw in  

Kenley Coston with the throw in  

The Pantherettes then travelled to face Crosstown rival Paris for their first matchup of the season. Matches between the two squads have been historically competitive with numerous game-deciding shootouts. However, the Lady Cats defense proved too much for NL as they held the Pantherettes scoreless while converting 3 goals to take the win.

At 0-2, a sense of urgency was building for the Pantherettes as they travelled to face Community. Held scoreless through their first two district matches, NL’s offense finally found success with goals by Macie Pointer and Kylea Basden. NL won the match 2-0.

 Macie Pointer faces off with a Paris player  

Macie Pointer faces off with a Paris player  

The Pantherettes closed district play at Bonham. The NL offense exploded and led 6-0 at the half. Jaycie Proctor scored four goals with Basden and Sadi English each getting one as well. In the 2nd half, Proctor picked up her 5th goal of the night and Ashley Trenchard added one more to give NL an 8-0 victory. 

 Kylea Basden lines up the kick

Kylea Basden lines up the kick

Now 2-2 in district play, NL is in 3rd place behind Princeton (4-0) and Paris (3-1) and ahead of Community (1-3) and Bonham (0-4). The Pantherettes kick of the 2nd half of district play this Friday night at Princeton.

 Jaycie Proctor moves the ball in the Paris match

Jaycie Proctor moves the ball in the Paris match

Turn out to support Pantherette soccer as they make a run for the playoffs over the next few weeks.

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NL Boys Defeat Paris in 1st Half of District Play

Adam Routon

North Lamar’s Aaron Welch, head coach of boy’s soccer, entered his 4th season at the helm of the varsity squad having never beaten Crosstown rival Paris in district play. The talent-laden Panther squad struggled through preseason play as they worked to gel as a team and find their identity. Coming into district play, Coach Welch liked the way his team was coming together. 

 Aaron Meredith with a goal kick as Nick Kear looks on

Aaron Meredith with a goal kick as Nick Kear looks on

After a tough 0-3 loss to Princeton to open district play, NL hosted Paris. In a game filled with playoff intensity, defense was the dominant theme of the night. Panther goalie, Nick Kear, was phenomenal in goal, killing two Wildcat penalty shots and holding Paris scoreless with the help of his outstanding defensive line. As the game looked like it was heading to a shootout, Matthew Meredith beat the Paris goalie with a penalty shot as the clock approached  11 minutes to play in the match. The Panther defense stifled Wildcat offensive attempts through the final minutes to give NL a 1-0 victory over their crosstown rival. 

 Kshitiz Basnet drives the ball past Paris defenders

Kshitiz Basnet drives the ball past Paris defenders

The Panthers faced district-leader Community next. Matthew Meredith scored in the 1st half and NL went into the half knotted at 1-1. Community’s offense, however, proved to be too much as they scored three 2nd half goals to defeat the Panthers 4-1.

NL closed the first half of district play traveling to face Bonham. The Panthers led 1-0 until Bonham tied up the game with 25 minutes remaining. Moving to a shootout, the game was still tied at the end of the first round as both teams scored four goals. NL fell in the sudden death shootout, losing the game 1-2(6-7).

 Grant Sulsar with a header in the Paris game

Grant Sulsar with a header in the Paris game

At 1-3, NL stands in 5th place in district behind Community, 3-1, and Paris, Princeton and Bonham all with 2-2 records. The Panthers host Princeton this Friday to open the 2nd half of district play. There is a strong sense of urgency as NL has to make up some ground in order to qualify for the playoffs. After traveling for most of the 1st half of district, NL plays 3 of 4 games this round at home with the only road game left in the schedule being Paris. 

 Matthew Meredith with a header while fending off a judo attack 😀 

Matthew Meredith with a header while fending off a judo attack 😀 

Come out and support your Panther soccer and be a part of this exciting squad’s action as they work to compete for a playoff spot. 

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Pantherettes Close Out District Play With A Win

SoccerAdam Routon

NL came into Monday's matchup against Bonham needing a win to give them a chance at a higher seeding than 4th going into the playoffs. Just three days after their monumental match with Community, the concern was that the Pantherettes may come out a little flat.  

 Melanie Brewer chasing down the pass

Melanie Brewer chasing down the pass

It appeared that was the case as NL spent most of the first half on Bonham's side of the field but struggled with missed passes and missed shots. As the game moved through half time still tied at 0-0, it began to have the feel of a game that might end with just one goal. After 58 minutes of scoreless play, Kylea Basden finally broke the tension launching an incredible shot from 45 yards out on the right side that sailed past the goalie. With a 1-0 lead, the Pantherettes seemed to loosen up and begin playing their game. 

 Adrianna Evans with a header

Adrianna Evans with a header

Five minutes later, Megan Baker scored at the 16 minute mark to give NL a little breathing room with a 2-0 lead. Two minutes later Jaycie Proctor scored another to make the score 3-0. As the clock wound down, Basden received a corner kick and put it in the net as the buzzer sounded to seal the NL victory 4-0.  

 Hylan Gabeline fights for the ball

Hylan Gabeline fights for the ball

The victory gave NL a record of 4-4 in district play and put them in 3rd place going into the playoffs. After a warmup game on Tuesday against Pleasant Grove, NL will face Terrell in the bi-district matchup. Terrell finished 2nd to Mabank in district 12-4A. The game will be at 6:00 pm in Greenville

 Kylea Basden with the ball.  

Kylea Basden with the ball.  

Later that evening, the NL varsity boys lost to Bonham 3-0 to finish the season with a district record of 1-7.  

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Pantherettes Win Dramatic Thriller With Community

SoccerAdam Routon

The North Lamar Pantherettes varsity soccer team entered Friday night's matchup against Community with something to prove. After going 2-2 in the first half of district play, NL had losses to Princeton, 6-0, and Paris, 1-1(4-3).  Hungry for a win, they were facing a Community team that had defeated them 9-2 earlier in district play.

 Sydney Beshirs getting position  

Sydney Beshirs getting position  

The Pantherettes started the match aggressively, with strong defensive pressure and an offensive push that was their best of the season. After having an early goal nullified by an imaginary offsides call, Abbie Fischer found the net fifteen minutes into the match to give NL a 1-0 lead. Ten minutes later, Sydney Beshirs scored off the assist from Jaycie Proctor to give the Pantherettes a 2-0 lead. As the half wore on, the Pantherettes began to wear out and make mistakes on defense that would prove costly. Community scored three times in the last fifteen minutes of the half to lead NL 3-2 at halftime. 

Community added to their lead five minutes into the second half to extend their lead to 4-2. But NL would not be denied. Goals by Kylea Basden and Proctor knotted the game at 4-4.  After yielding another goal, Beshirs scored again with eighteen minutes left in the match to tie it at 5-5. Fischer gave NL a 6-5 lead with thirteen minutes left. Both teams played with a frenzied sense of desperation as it was apparent that neither squad would accept a loss. With under five minutes to play, Community scored again to tie the match 6-6. The Pantherettes had a tremendous defensive effort against a very talented front line, led by seniors Karlie Ewell (14 saves) and Olivia Reader

Time expired sending NL to their second shootout in as many games. After falling behind 2-1, the Pantherettes were tied with Community 3-3 going into the final kick. Hylan Gabeline scored and Community failed to convert, giving NL the win 6-6(4-3). Beshirs, Fischer and Basden also had goals in the shootout. 

The victory has NL at 3-4 in district heading into the finale with Bonham on Monday night. Princeton has won district and currently sits at 7-0. Community finishes their first year in district play with a record of 4-4. Paris has a record of 4-3 and Bonham is 0-7.  

 Reyna Hildreth moves the ball

Reyna Hildreth moves the ball

Ealier in the night, the NL JV girls defeated Community 7-0 to complete their undefeated season and win district. Lexie Brown had three goals on the night while Adrianna Evans scored two. Haley Jones and Nelly Torres each scored a goal as well.

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Panthers Beat Bonham In A Shootout

SoccerAdam Routon

The North Lamar Panthers faced Bonham Friday night in a matchup that would complete the first half of district play. The Panthers have had some struggles this season but looked to change that. The challenge would not be easy as they were facing a Purple Warriors team that had upset Princeton recently.

NL started the night by honoring senior players Isaiah Lester (7), Christian Stockton (15), Nate Jones (18), Chayanne Peralta (19) and Alexander Gaston (22).

 Matthew Meredith with the ball

Matthew Meredith with the ball

The match was very physical from the start of play. Bonham would take a 1-0 lead, but Kane Forbus (4) scored with 10 minutes left in the half to tie it up 1-1. The Purple Warriors added a second goal early in the 2nd half to take a 2-1 advantage. Matthew Meredith (9) would tie it up again with a goal at the 20 minute mark to make it 2-2.

NL has struggled through the season in the last 20 minutes of the game. However, that would not be the case this night as both teams worked the ball into scoring position several times but each defense held up. This resulted in a 2-2 score at the end of regulation play.

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The drama and pressure increased as the teams moved into the first round of the shootout. Each team would take five kicks alternately to try to break the tie. NL goalie Brice Loftin successfully defended three of these, but the Panthers only converted two of their opportunities. So after the first round each team had two goals. The next round was sudden death. Both squads converted on their first kick, but after Bonham missed on their second attempt the door of opportunity opened once again for NL. Zack Figueroa (3) fired the ball past the goalie to give the Panthers their first district win of the season, 2-2(4-3).  

After the match, coach Aaron Welch commented  "it felt great to get the monkey off our back. We had huge contributions from our bench players last night. A lot of our younger guys really stepped up also and made a huge impact on last night's game. Now we just have to take this momentum and keep rolling through the second round of district. I am extremely pleased with our overall performance last night"

 District 11-4A Standings

District 11-4A Standings

The win puts NL at 1-3 in district play and in a tie with a Bonham for the last playoff spot. The Panthers travel to Princeton on Tuesday to start the second half of district play.

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Pantherettes Victorious Over Bonham

SoccerAdam Routon
 AirEvac team coming in for a landing (photo by Jared Routon) 

AirEvac team coming in for a landing (photo by Jared Routon) 

On Friday evening, the North Lamar Pantherettes hosted Bonham in a district matchup that marked the mid-point of district play. NL started the night by honoring seniors Melanie Brewer (17), Michelle Chavez (GK), Karlie Ewell (2), Peyton Fleming (10), Karli Newberry (11), Jaimelynn Parker (22) and Olivia Reader (13). A special visit from the Paris AirEvac team provided excitement to the ceremony as the crew landed their helicopter at midfield and presented game balls to the coaches of both teams. 

From the opening kick, the game was very physical and played at a fast paced. NL moved the ball well and it paid off. Megan Baker (8) opened scoring early in the 1st half with a goal from the left side that gave the Pantherettes a 1-0 advantage. With 5 minutes left before halftime, Sydney Beshirs (1) scored with a header from about 5 yards out off the assist from Jaycie Proctor (4). 

 Sydney Beshirs sends a header in for a goal (photo by Jared Routon) 

Sydney Beshirs sends a header in for a goal (photo by Jared Routon) 

Beshirs added another goal early in the 2nd to push the lead to 3-0. Not wanting to be left out, Mara Mabry (14) launched a free kick from over 20 yards out into the net giving NL a 4-0 lead. Bonham would cut the lead to 4-1. Proctor found the goal with 10 minutes to go in the game, extending the lead to 5-1. Karlie Ewell would close out the scoring with a beautiful free kick from 20 yards out that sailed over the goalies' extended hands into the upper right corner of the net. The Pantherettes won 6-1 and moved to 2-2 in district play.

Coach Duanna Ewell said "I'm proud of the girls for working together." The team had to overcome some adversity after losing senior forward Peyton Fleming on Thursday to injury for the remainder of the season.

 District 11-4A Standings

District 11-4A Standings

With three teams knotted up with the same record, the road doesn't get any easier for NL. They will host 7th ranked Princeton (4-0 in district play) on Tuesday night. 

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Pantherettes Defeat Lady Cats

SoccerAdam Routon

The latest edition of the Crosstown Showdown was played on a chilly Valentine's night this week. The Lady Cats of Paris travelled the long distance across town to face the North Lamar Pantherettes. The two teams have been evenly matched in recent history. The pressure intensified this year with the addition of 18th ranked Community to the district, which means that a spot in the playoffs is no longer guaranteed.

 Jaycie Proctor in action against Paris

Jaycie Proctor in action against Paris

The Pantherettes were coming off a loss to Princeton in their district opener and have had the appearance of a team struggling to find its identity. Changes to the roster, some focused coaching and the return of Senior starter, Peyton Fleming, would all prove to have an impact on the contest. 

A small but boisterous group of fans on both sides of the field loudly expressed their support as the teams took the field. The first half was full of energy and excitement as both teams pushed hard and had several shots on goal. NL goalie, Karlie Ewell, was solid in goal with numerous saves that allowed NL to go to the half with a 0-0 tie. 

Six minutes into the 2nd half, NL senior defender, Olivia Reader, was called for a foul inside the box. The resulting penalty kick by Paris forward, Deagan Dingman, was converted to give Paris a 1-0 lead. The Pantherettes relentlessly pushed the ball forward with passing and positioning that improved as the game moved on. With 18 minutes left in the match, the NL offense worked the ball up the right side, then through the middle to freshman forward, Jaycie Proctor, who scored from 10 yards out to tie the match at 1-1. 

 Peyton Fleming looking for points

Peyton Fleming looking for points

Intensity of play and passion of the fans continued to grow as the clock continued it's countdown. After 6 minutes of back and forth possessions, the Pantherettes worked the ball to Peyton Fleming deep in Paris territory on the right side. Fleming dribbled the ball past a Lady Cat defender then launched a floater that had the appearance of being too high before dropping in the goal just over the keeper's outstretched hands. This gave NL a 2-1 lead with 12 minutes left in the match. The Pantherette defense that had been solid all night held up to the test, holding Paris scoreless in the final minutes and sealing the victory for NL. 

 Macie Pointer controls the ball

Macie Pointer controls the ball

The victory gives the Pantherettes a 1-1 record in district play. NL has a bye before traveling to Community on Friday night to face the new addition to the district. Earlier in the evening, the JV Pantherettes defeated Paris 4-0. 

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NL Soccer Faces Daunting District Foes

Adam Routon
 Aaron Meredith fights for possession

Aaron Meredith fights for possession


North Lamar varsity soccer began play in the first week of January as they shook off holiday rust to take the pitch. Heading into preseason play, Coach Aaron Welch knew he had challenges ahead with a team full of talent and heart, but overall yet a very young team that is still developing. Led by seniors Chayanne Peralta, Isaiah Lester, Christian Stockton and Alex Gaston, the Panthers have fought through the preseason with heart and determination. The Panthers opened up district play last Friday night against with a 3-0 home loss to Princeton (ranked 23 in 4A). The Panthers’ schedule does not get any easier as they travel to crosstown rival Paris (ranked 18 in 4A currently) on Valentine’s Day.

 Christian Stockton drives the ball

Christian Stockton drives the ball


Coach Duanna Ewell had high expectations entering the season after a second-place finish in district last season. She knew there would be a challenge trying to replace 4-year goalie Shania Brown and others that graduated, but with seniors Karlie Ewell, Peyton Fleming, Olivia Reader and Karli Newberry, the Pantherettes were full of promise. Early struggles and key injuries have severely limited the Pantherettes through the preseason. Ewell was pleased with their performance in the Longview showcase as the ladies faced top teams in front of college scouts.

NL opened district play at Princeton (ranked 10 in 4A) with a disappointing 4-0 loss. The road does not get a lot easier as the Pantherettes host Paris (ranked 36) this Valentine’s Day. The JV girls will kick off at 5:30 with the varsity game to follow at 7:00 at R L Maddox Stadium.

 Karlie Ewell with a save

Karlie Ewell with a save


At Paris, the JV boys will start at 5:30 with the varsity game to follow at 7:00.

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NL Hosts Youth Soccer Camp

Adam Routon

If you have a child that would like to learn more about soccer, improve their current skills and scrimmage against other students, Just Kickin' It!!! - 2016 North Lamar Soccer Camp   is a "don't miss" event for you. The 3-day camp will kick off the summer   June 6th-8th . 

Campers will receive instruction from North Lamar coaching staff and high school players ranging from basic ball control, dribbling and passing skills to team-play scrimmages.  The camp will run from 1:00-4:00 each afternoon. Campers will need to bring water, sunblock, shin guards and cleats in order to participate.  

The camp will be conducted on the practice fields next to the tennis courts. In the event of rain, camp will be moved to the indoor practice facility.  

The cost for the camp is only  $40 , which includes a camp t-shirt. You can learn more about the camp by emailing dewell@northlamar.net or you can download the camp application here 

NL Soccer Garners District Accolades

Adam Routon
 First team all district Daisy Rangel & Savannah Moore

First team all district Daisy Rangel & Savannah Moore

The soccer season for both NL varsity squads was capped off recently with multiple District 11-4A honors. Coming off a 2nd place district finish behind Princeton, the Pantherettes earned 8 All-District spots. Most notably senior Daisy Rangel was named Offensive MVP.  Rangel had 12 goals this year and was also named to the All District 1st Team at Forward. Joining her on the first team are seniors  Katie Kilcrease and Savannah Moore (Defense) and senior Karlee Alexander (Midfielder). 

 First team all district Karlee Alexander & Katie Kilcrease

First team all district Karlee Alexander & Katie Kilcrease

Four Pantherette juniors were named to the 2nd Team.  Brittany Nichols (Defense), Madison Morrison (Forward) and Karlie Ewell and Olivia Reader (Midfielder) rounded out the NL selections.  

 First team all district Sam Erickson & Ryan Cody

First team all district Sam Erickson & Ryan Cody

After finishing 4th in district, the NL boys squad received multiple District 11-4A honors as well. Zach Figueroa received Newcomer of the Year honors in his freshman year.  All District 1st Team   honors were received by seniors, Ryan Cody and Grant Erickson and by junior, Korbin Peralta.   

 All district juniors Olivia Reader & Korbin Peralta

All district juniors Olivia Reader & Korbin Peralta

The Panthers had three 2nd Team selections as well with senior Garret Douglas, junior Christian Stockton and freshman Kshatiz Basnet joining their teammates on the honor squad. 

Congratulations to these players for all they accomplished this year, and to coaches Aaron Welch and Duanna Ewell for the outstanding work they do with these student-athletes.  

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Pantherettes Lose Heartbreaker to Kaufman in Area Championship

Adam Routon

After spending several years as an assistant, Coach Duanna Ewell took over as head coach this year with high expectations. Though there were ups and downs through the season, the Pantherettes came together and finished in 2nd place in district. Friday night they travelled to McKinney to face District 10 champion Kaufman in the Area Championship. 

 Daisy Rangel showing her dribbling skills

Daisy Rangel showing her dribbling skills

NL took an early lead in the match as Kylea Basden scored off a corner kick from Daisy Rangel giving the Pantherettes a 1-0 lead just under 19 minutes in. Goalie Shaina Brown and the defense effectively shut down every Kaufman offensive advance throughout the first half. With under 5 minutes left in the half, Peyton Fleming launched a beautiful shot from about 20 yards out on the right side that sailed across the goal, past the goalie and into the left corner of the net. This highlight goal gave NL a 2-0 halftime lead. 

 Madison Morrison outrunning the defense

Madison Morrison outrunning the defense

As the 2nd half started, it appeared that the primary adjustment made by Kaufman was to throw more elbows and consistently foul. As their fans shouted encouragement and the refs checked their phones, this strategy paid off with Kaufman scoring three goals to take the lead.  Just as it seemed that the Pantherettes season was winding down, Rangel broke away from the pack and scored a goal to tie the match 3-3 with just over two minutes left. 

The two teams played to a tie after one overtime period. Just under 7 minutes into the second OT, Kaufman was able to get a goal and take a 4-3 lead. NL fought hard to try to tie it back up in the last three minutes but fell short and saw the season come to an end after 100 minutes of spirited, physical, heart-wrenching play.  

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Coach Ewell's comments on the close of the season..."Throughout this season I have held this group to a high level of expectation from their classroom performance to their field performance and not once have they let me down. To our seniors, we love you guys and will dearly miss you. I'm proud of each of you girls and look forward to another great season next year!"

 Abby Lacey moving to control the ball

Abby Lacey moving to control the ball

In other District 11 matches, Paris beat Ferris 2-0, Princeton lost to Community 2-1 and Bonham lost to Crandall 2-0. Paris will face Kaufman in the Regional Quarterfinals on Tuesday. 

Thanks Coach Ewell and ladies for a remarkable season. We wish you seniors the best and look forward to a great season for Pantherette soccer next year. 

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Pantherettes Finish District with Impressive Win Over Paris

SoccerGreg Higgins
 Shaina Brown with the final save of the night to preserve the win for North Lamar. 

Shaina Brown with the final save of the night to preserve the win for North Lamar. 

It was a game in which one goal would decide the outcome. The North Lamar Pantherettes and Paris Lady Cats had a defensive battle at Wildcat stadium Tuesday night.

Luckily for North Lamar it was Karlee Alexander who provided the lone goal of the game. The Pantherette offense had been pressing for much of the first half but could not capitalize.

With just over two minutes to play, though, Peyton Flemming found Karlee sprinting towards the goal. The ball left Alexander's foot and sailed just over the outstretched hand of the keeper and into the back of the net.

The defense would take over for North Lamar as Paris tried to get the equalizer. However they had a hard time sustaining any offense. Paris only managed four shots for the game. None of which challenged goalie Shaina Brown.

With the win North Lamar finished 2nd in district behind Princeton. Paris finished third followed by Bonham.

NL Soccer Starts Second Half of District Play

Adam Routon

Separated by 76 miles, NL boys and girls soccer started the second half of district play against Princeton. With the playoffs approaching quickly, both programs would face a strong test against talented teams.

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The JV girls opened play at R. L. Maddox with an aggressive offensive attack that would yield results. With two goals by Abbie Fischer (14) and another on a penalty kick by Karli Newberry (11), the Pantherettes took a 3-0 lead into the half. The second half was marked with strong defensive play and a keep away offensive strategy that resulted in a victory for the Pantherettes. With the victory, they remain undefeated in district play. 

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Meanwhile in Princeton, the boys JV lost a close contest 1-0. The varsity Panther squad followed with a disappointing 6-0 loss.

The varsity girls took the field at home against a district-leading Princeton squad with a chance to move into a tie for first place. After giving up two early goals, the Pantherettes answered with aggressive play and multiple scoring opportunities. In a physical match that seemed more like a hockey match than a soccer game, the Pantherettes were stifled by a stingy Princeton defense and ended the night with a 5-0 loss. 

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Both varsity squads will take on Bonham this Friday night at home. It will be senior night for the girls as it is their last home game. Make plans to show up and support NL soccer.

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Home Teams Dominate In Soccer Crosstown Showdown Episode One

Adam Routon

Friday night was the first soccer edition of Crosstown Showdown at both stadiums. The NL boys traveled the shortest road trip of the season while the girls hosted Paris at R. L. Maddox. Two things were learned...the road can be harsh and there's no place like home.  

The Pantherettes were facing the Lady Wildcats to determine who would be in 2nd place halfway through district play. NL pushed hard from the opening kick as most of the first half was played on the Paris end of the field. Despite being held out initially, Madison Morrison (11) would break through with a score off the assist from Peyton Fleming (10)   about 15 minutes in to the game. This gave NL a 1-0 edge that held up to halftime. 

 (Photo by Madison Routon) Daisy Rangel moves the ball

(Photo by Madison Routon) Daisy Rangel moves the ball

At the same time across town, the NL Panthers were facing the district-leading Wildcats.  NL started a new goalie as Nick West is done for the season following his injury on Tuesday. The Wildcats controlled the match from early on, taking a 3-0 lead into half and winning 4-0. 

The Pantherettes came into the 2nd half determined yet had to face a furious offensive attack by the visiting Lady Wildcats. The NL defense was tested repeatedly by an increasingly desperate Paris squad, but with strong line play anchored by Shaina Brown (16) in goal they were able to turn back every push. 

 (Photo by Madison Routon) DEFENSE! 

(Photo by Madison Routon) DEFENSE! 

With 24 minutes left in the match, Karlee Alexander (23) rocketed a free kick from the right side that dropped just in front of the goal. Daisy Rangel (6) won the race to the ball and put it in for the score, giving the Pantherettes a 2-0 lead. With the cushion, NL seemed to gain confidence and control of the game. With six minutes left in the match, Natalie Allen (3) received the ball from Kylea Basden (15) then was able to break away, winning her matchup with the goalie and scoring the third and final goal for the Pantherettes. As the clock reached 00:00, the Pantherettes and their fans celebrated the 3-0 victory.  

Earlier on the night the JV boys lost to Paris 10-0. The JV girls defeated Paris 4-0. Hylan Gabeline  (6) had two goals as did Kerahgan Scott (13) .  Karli Newberry (11) and Sadi English (4) each had an assist. 

The varsity Pantherettes are now 2-1 in district and will host district-leading Princeton (3-0) on Tuesday. The varsity Panthers are 0-3 in district and will travel to Princeton (2-1) on Tuesday.  

 (Photo by Madison Routon)..says it all... 

(Photo by Madison Routon)..says it all... 

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NL Soccer Clubs Off To Bumpy Start In District Play

Adam Routon

The Pantherettes entered the district tournament with high expectations last Friday against Princeton. The JV started the night with a 3-0 victory, with two goals by Hylan Gabeline (6) and one by Jamielynn Parker (22).  

The varsity ladies came out against the preseason district favorite with strong defensive play that resulted in a 0-0 tie at half. Aggressive play by Princeton in the 2nd half paid off as the referees tolerated an increasing level of contact by the home squad.  They were able to score just over 5 minutes in and would add two more to defeat NL 3-0. 

Meanwhile back at R. L. Maddox, the NL boys JV lost to Princeton 3-1. The lone goal was scored on a free kick by Jeremy Bolton (7) .

The varsity boys played hard but some of the inexperience showed up with missed passes and opportunities. At the end of the night they found themselves at 0-1 in district, losing 4-0.   Coach Aaron Welch cited hard play and their "never give up" attitude as positives from the effort on the field. 

Both varsity squads traveled to Bonham on Tuesday night to play in frigid temperatures and wet conditions. The Pantherettes took the field first and seemed to have the offensive strategy of "score...a lot". Peyton Fleming (10)  scored the first of her three goals on the night less than two minutes in. In her second game since the end of basketball season Madison Morrison (11) would add two goals. Lauren Howerton (9) scored a goal as well as NL defeated Bonham 6-0.  Morrison , Karlee Alexander (23) and Kylea Basden (15) each had an assist.  

The varsity boys took to the field next but would not fair as well. NL would lose the match in an overtime shootout, but the most devastating loss on the night was when senior goalie Nick West (1) broke his leg while making a save.  With surgery scheduled, this marks the end of West' season and NL career. 

The Pantherettes will face Paris on Friday night at R. L. Maddox stadium with both teams at 1-1-0 in district. The Panthers will be at Paris on Friday. Paris is 2-0-0 while NL is 0-2-0. The action on both fields starts with the JV squads at 5:30. 

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