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North Lamar Sweeps Paris in Crosstown Showdown Number One

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(Photo by Joe Watson) Emma Stewart (7) goes up for a kill against Paris as Zanesha Dangefield (10) and Kiaunsha Jackson (6) attempt a block.

(Photo by Joe Watson) Emma Stewart (7) goes up for a kill against Paris as Zanesha Dangefield (10) and Kiaunsha Jackson (6) attempt a block.

As the match was winding down last night, chants of "Let's play football" were ringing down from the student section of Paris High. This was because the Lady Cats just lost their 13 straight volleyball match to the North Lamar Pantherettes. North Lamar took an early lead in the game and never looked back as they won 25-17, 25-15, 25-19.

Paris came into the game alone in first place with a 3-0 district record. North Lamar, after a couple of disappointing losses to start district came into the match with a 2-2 record. It was a collective effort as the whole team played great for North Lamar.

Jacie McFatridge finished with 11 kills and was also 15/16 from the service line. Emma Stewart was 13/13 from the service line and Macie Pointer had eight blocks for North Lamar. With the win North Lamar is now 2-2 and will travel to Atlanta on Friday night.

The NL JV defeated Paris 25-8, 26-24 while the Fresham won 26-24, 25-14. 

Pantherettes Begin District Play with a Loss Against PG

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Photo by Beverly White: Madelyn Clark setting the ball for North Lamar

Photo by Beverly White: Madelyn Clark setting the ball for North Lamar

On Homecoming night, the Pleasant Grove Lady Hawks visited Pantherette gym. In a back-and-forth match, North Lamar lost in four games (25-22, 11-25, 20-25, 23-25). With the exception of game two, the teams battled back and forth. Neither team held more than a five point advantage either way.

Emma Stewart finished the game 14/14 from the service line with one ace. Hannah Clark finished with 20 assists and 16/16 from the service line for North Lamar. Madelyn Clark had 14 assists, six digs and was 8/9 from the service line. Jaycie McFatridge had 11 kills for North Lamar to go with 14 blocks (seven solos and seven assisted). Amber White finished with six kills, six digs, two blocks and was 11/12 from the service line.

North Lamar will play Liberty Eylau in Texarkana Tuesday.

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North Lamar Looks Impressive in Regional Quarterfinal Win Against Emory Rains

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(Photo by Beverly White) McKenzie Mitchell (12) with a block against Emory Rains while Bailee Nickerson (10) watches. 

(Photo by Beverly White) McKenzie Mitchell (12) with a block against Emory Rains while Bailee Nickerson (10) watches. 

Even though Emory Rains came in as the fourth ranked team in the State of Texas, North Lamar took care of business in three straight sets (25-22, 25-20, 25-22) to advance to the regional tournament. North Lamar

The first set was as back-and-forth as a set can get. Emory Rains started out with the early advantage. They would take a three point lead and North Lamar would come charging back. This went on for most of the match. That was until McKenzie Mitchell came alive for the Pantherettes.

"She was just in beast mode tonight at the net." - Coach Ken Sims talking about Mitchell.

Her athleticism on the defensive side of the ball fueled the Pantherette rally in the first set as they won 25-22. North Lamar continued the dominance in the second and third set as the seniors took over. Bailey Foy, Karlie Ewell and Bailee Nickerson took over at the net with hits and blocks.

Haley Porter and Natalie Allen took charge of the back line, the setting and the hustle plays. It was a team win and because of that, they are playing in the Regional Tournament.

Foy led the team with 16 kills. She also had 15 blocks. Nickerson finished with 14 kills and an impressive 19 digs. Ewell had 13 kills and 16 digs.

Mitchell finished with four kills and 12 blocks while Porter had 21 assists for North Lamar. Allen was 13/13 from the service line and had six digs as well.

North Lamar will now face the defending state champion Argyle Lady Eagles on Friday night at 8:00 pm at Poteet High School in Mesquite.

Inside the Numbers

(Photo by Beverly White) Natalie Allen (20) diving for the ball as Haley Porter watches. 

(Photo by Beverly White) Natalie Allen (20) diving for the ball as Haley Porter watches. 

North Lamar is 14-0 since Sept. 13th when they lost to Melissa. During that stretch, they have only lost one set which came against Pleasant Grove in Pleasant Grove.

North Lamar and Argyle are no strangers when it comes to playoffs. Three years ago, Argyle defeated North Lamar in baseball in the regional finals with a trip to state on the line. Last spring, Argyle once again defeated North Lamar. This time, though, it was in the regional semi-finals.

Two years ago, Argyle edged out North Lamar in band competition to take the State Championship, leaving North Lamar with second place. Earlier this week, it was North Lamar walking away with the State Championship in band as Argyle took second place.

If you can't make the game, it will be broadcast on 101.9 KBUS with Greg Higgins providing the play-by-play.

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Pantherettes Move into Regional Quarterfinals

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(Photo by Beverly White) North Lamar Pantherettes: Area Champions

(Photo by Beverly White) North Lamar Pantherettes: Area Champions

The North Lamar Pantherettes moved past Rusk in three sets (25-15, 25-12, 25-22) to move into the Regional Quarterfinals. It wasn't quite as easy as the score may indicate, though.

After dominating the first two sets, the third set gave the Pantherettes a little bit of a problem. Natalie Allen got the team out to a great start in the first two sets as she served seven points in the first set and another five in the second. North Lamar never looked back during those sets.

(Photo by Beverly White) North Lamar celebrating a block

(Photo by Beverly White) North Lamar celebrating a block

The third set, however, was a different story. Rusk came out of the gate with a flury. Rusk jumped out to a 14-7 lead before North Lamar made their comeback. Once again it was the serving of Allen that jumpstarted the team. With North Lamar trailing 15-13, Allen served five straight points. North Lamar never relinquished the lead.

All the attacking came from the girls up front for North Lamar. Bailey Foy and Karlie Ewell each had 15 kills. Bailee Nickerson had 10. Natalie finished 28/28 from the service line and also had 10 digs for the Pantherettes. Haley Porter had 30 assists in the three sets.

With the win, North Lamar will now face Emory Rains on Tuesday night. That game will be at the Sulphur Springs Middle School at 6:30pm.

 

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(photo by Beverly White) Natalie Allen (20) hitting the ball as Amber White looks on.

(photo by Beverly White) Natalie Allen (20) hitting the ball as Amber White looks on.

The North Lamar Pantherettes did what you would expect a team of their caliber to do in the Bi-District Round of the Playoffs. The Pantherettes easily took care of Wills Point in three sets 25-10, 25-20, 25-18. 

Natalie Allen got the game started on the right foot for North Lamar as she served seven straight points to open the first set. North Lamar never looked back. She finished 10 for 10 at the line and also had six digs.

Bailey Foy led the way up front for North Lamar with 11 kills and eight blocks. Karlie Ewell had another monstrous game for the Pantherettes. Ewell finished with seven kills, 10 digs and went 17 for 17 from the service line with two aces. 

Bailee Nickerson had nine kills, eight digs and two blocks. Haley Porter finished 19 for 20 from the service line with one ace. She also had 23 assists and four digs.

North Lamar moves on to play Rusk in the Area round of the playoffs.That game will be played on Thursday night at Quinlan Ford High School. Game will start at 6:30.

Pantherettes Begin Playoff Run Tuesday

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(Photo by Beverly White) Bailey Foy with a block against Pleasant Grove on Tuesday night.

(Photo by Beverly White) Bailey Foy with a block against Pleasant Grove on Tuesday night.

Thanks to a three set win over the Pleasant Grove Lady Hawks (28-26, 25-13, 25-17), North Lamar finished the season 30-6 (10-0) and district champions once again. The 14th ranked Pantherettes will open the playoffs against Wills Point on Tuesday night in Greenville.

Wills Point finished fourth in district 13-4A. The game will be the second game of a double-header in Greenville. Paris will play Mabank at 6:00 pm with North Lamar/Wills Point to follow. If you can't make the game, it will be broadcast on Mix 107.7. Greg Higgins will provide the play-by-play.

 

North Lamar Remains Undefeated in District with Win Over Paris

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(Photo by Beverly White) Bailee Nickerson (10) hitting the ball over the net while Karlie Ewell (4) looks on. 

(Photo by Beverly White) Bailee Nickerson (10) hitting the ball over the net while Karlie Ewell (4) looks on. 

The Pantherettes continued their domination in district with a straight set win over the Paris Lady Cats Friday night (25-11, 25-15, 25-19). The Pantherettes are now 29-6 (9-0) with one game to play.

Natalie Allen got the game going for North Lamar with eight straight points to open the first set. She finished the game 14 for 14 from the service line with two aces. Karlie Ewell had another monsterous game for the Pantherettes as well. She finished with five kills but had 10 digs as well.

Bailey Foy finished with eight kills and seven block while Bailee Nickerson had nine kills. Haley Porter finished with 19 assists for the Pantherettes. North Lamar will host Pleasant Grove on Tuesday in the final game of the season.

 

Pantherettes Defeat LE to Remain Perfect in District

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Photo by Beverly White

Photo by Beverly White

The North Lamar Pantherettes continued their domination Friday as they travelled to Texarkana. The Pantherettes defeated Liberty Eylau in three sets 25-7, 25-18, 25-12.

Bailey Foy had 12 kills for North Lamar. Bailee Nickerson with 11 and Karlie Ewell finished with nine. Foy also had 13 blocks. Amber White finished with six. Natalie Allen went 17 for 17 from the service line with one ace. Haley Porter led the team with 19 assists.

The JV team also defeated LE 25-12 and 25-17. Emma Stewart had 8 kills. Madelyn Clark finished with nine assists and one ace. Keagan Fendley had eight digs and two aces while Kimber Scott finished with four aces for North Lamar.

The Pantherettes will be at home Tuesday to face Atlanta.

 

North Lamar Sweeps Paris in First Crosstown Showdown

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(Photo by Beverly White) Bailee Nickerson (10) hits the ball over while Karlie Ewell (4) watches.

(Photo by Beverly White) Bailee Nickerson (10) hits the ball over while Karlie Ewell (4) watches.

After Paris High took the 15th ranked Pleasant Grove Lady Hawks to a thrilling five games last Friday, the game against North Lamar was shaping up to be a good one. The game, itself, didn't quite live up to the height, though, as North Lamar defeated Paris in three sets (25-15, 25-20, 25-20).

Karlie Ewell was dominant against Paris as she finished with 11 kills and went 17/17 from the service line. Bailey Foy continued her great play as well. Foy had 10 kills and 13 blocks (five solo). Haley Porter led the team with 28 assists on the night. 

The North Lamar JV defeated Paris in three back-and-forth games (23-25, 25-13, 25-21). Tatum Rekeita had 10 kills and eight digs. Emma Stewart finished with seven kills and 16 digs. Madelyn Clark had 16 assists and four digs while Kimber Scott had 15 assists for North Lamar.

The North Lamar Freshman defeated Paris 25-20 and 25-14. Skylar Coursey finished with four kills and five aces. Macie Pointer led the team with eight kills.

North Lamar will travel to Pleasant Grove on Friday night.

 

Pantherettes Take Care of LE to Stay Undefeated in District

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 (Photo by Beverly White) Bailey Foy (14) and Erin Scholl (16) going up for a block against LE while Haley Porter (7) looks on.

 (Photo by Beverly White) Bailey Foy (14) and Erin Scholl (16) going up for a block against LE while Haley Porter (7) looks on.

The North Lamar Pantherettes continued their domination in district with a sweep over the Liberty Eylau Lady Leopards (25-8, 25-6, 25-23).

Senior Bailey Foy led the way with nine kills for North Lamar. Karlie Ewell had eight kills, Bailee Nickerson seven and Jacie McFatridge five for North Lamar. Foy also led the team with seven blocks. McFatridge had six.

Natalie Allen was a perfect 16 for 16 from the service line with one ace. Haley Porter went 16 for 17 with three aces. Porter also had 26 assists on the night.

The JV team defeated LE 25-12 and 25-11. MacKenzie Mitchell and Brooke Collard each finished with six kills. Emma Stewart had five digs, two kill and one ace for the Pantherettes while Madelyn Clark had 10 assists.

North Lamar will travel to Atlanta on Friday to take on the Lady Rabbits before returning home to face Paris High next Tuesday.

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Stone Middle School Volleyball Sweeps Atlanta

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North Lamar’s 7th and 8th grade volleyball teams swept all four Atlanta teams on September 26.  The results along with outstanding players are:

  7th Gold won

Offensive player - Kenleigh Janeway

Defensive player - Sloane Hill

  7th Blue won

25 - 5

25 - 23

Offensive Player- Bridgitte Collard

Defensive Taylor- Erica King

  8th Gold won

Offensive Player - Abigail Shelby

Defensive Player - Abigail Young

  8th Blue won

25 - 12

28 - 26

Offensive Player - Hannah Gibbons

Defensive Player - Maggi Burton

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Pantherettes Dominate in District Opener

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(Photo by Beverly White) Natalie Allen setting the ball for the Pantherettes against Pittsburg.

(Photo by Beverly White) Natalie Allen setting the ball for the Pantherettes against Pittsburg.

North Lamar played like you would expect the 18th ranked team in the state to play on Friday night. Except for a few brief moments in the first set, North Lamar had their game against Pittsburg well in hand. 

The Pantherettes easily took care of the Lady Pirates (25-15, 25-10, 25-4) to open up district play. Bailey Foy finished with 12 kills and 10 blocks. She also went 13 for 13 from the service line with three aces. Haley Porter  went 15 for 15 from the service line and had 26 assists in the win.

North Lamar will continue district play Tuesday night as they host Liberty Eylau. They will be on the road for their first road contest against Atlanta on Friday night.

North Lamar Sweeps Bonham in Final Tune-up Before District

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Photo by Beverly White. Bailey Foy (14) spiking the ball in a game earlier this season.

Photo by Beverly White. Bailey Foy (14) spiking the ball in a game earlier this season.

The Pantherettes kept up with their winning ways as all three North Lamar teams defeated Bonham in straight sets. The freshman got things going with a two game sweep over the visitors from Bonham 25-12 & 25-6.

The JV kept up the momentum with a 25-13 & 25-7 win over Bonham. Emma Stewart finished with seven kills. Madelyn Clark had 12 assists and three aces in the game while Keegan Fendley had nine digs for North Lamar.

The varsity, in their final game before district, made quick work of their opponent as well (25-3, 25-22, 25-5). Bailey Foy finished the night with 11 kills for the Pantherettes. Foy also had 10 blocks for North Lamar, with seven of them being solo blocks. Bailee Nickerson had 11 digs while Haley Porter finished with 26 assists on the night. North Lamar will begin district at home Friday night against Pittsburg. Match starts at 4:30 and only the varsity will be playing.

Stone Middle School Volleyball snags wins over Pleasant Grove

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North Lamar’s 7th and 8th volleyball teams played Pleasant Grove on September 8 in Texarkana.  The results along with outstanding players are:

 

7th Gold won against PG

Offensive player -Tylea Parson

Defensive player - Mylee Nottingham

 

7th Blue lost a hard fought three match battle

25-22

15-25

19-25

Offensive Player- Hutton Pointer

Defensive Taylor- Hannah Titlow

 

8th Gold won

Offensive Player - Chloe Prestridge

Defensive Player - Kenzley Waldroup

 

8th Blue lost

25-13

25 - 18

Offensive Player - Hannah Crosswhite

Defensive Player - Kendall Stephens

Pantherettes Sweep Lindale on the Road

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(Photo by Beverly White) Natalie Allen hitting the ball for North Lamar

(Photo by Beverly White) Natalie Allen hitting the ball for North Lamar

The Pantherettes looked like they were going to easily take care of Lindale on the road Friday night. After jumping out in the first two games (25-16 and 25-16), Lindale bounded back in games three (23-25) and four (17-25). The Pantherettes were able to rebound in the fifth game 15-7 to defeat Lindale.

Bailey Foy finished with 14 kills and 22 blocks. Half of her blocks were solo blocks. Bailee Nickerson finished with 12 kills for the game. Haley Porter finished the game with 31 assists.

The freshman and JV teams both won in three games. All three teams will be in Melissa on Tuesday night. 

 

Pantherettes Keep Rolling

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Haley Porter with one of her 19 assists.  

Haley Porter with one of her 19 assists.  

After a second place finish in the Tyler tournament, the North Lamar Pantherettes returned home Tuesday night to face Royce City. The Pantherettes made it look easy too as they defeated the visiting team in three sets: 25-17, 25-7, 25-8.

Bailey Foy led the team in kills and blocks with 12 each. Four of her blocks were solo. Jacie McFatridge had nine blocks, with four of them being solo blocks. Natalie Allen led the team with 15/15 from the service line. Haley Porter led the team with 19 assists.

The Varsity team will be in action on Friday morning as they play in the White Oak tournament. First game is set for 9:30 against Beckville.

The North Lamar JV team also defeated Royce City 25-12, 25-20. Mackenzie Mitchell had seven kills and three blocks. Brooke Collard finished with five kills. Madelyn Clark had eight assists while Keegan Fendley finished with 11 digs.

The freshman team won 25-13, 25-14.

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Pantherettes Dominate Texas High in Home Opener

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Bailey Foy going up for one of her nine kills in the game.  

Bailey Foy going up for one of her nine kills in the game.  

The North Lamar Pantherettes did to Texas High what they have done for most of the season: dominate. The Pantherettes defeated Texas High 3-0 (25-18, 25-15, 25-8) to run their overall record to 9-1 on the season.

NL JV team during a timeout against Texas High

NL JV team during a timeout against Texas High

Bailey Foy and Bailee Nickerson each had nine kills to lead the team. Foy also went 15/17 from the service line and had three aces. Jacie McFatridge led the team in blocks with four solo and eight assisted. Haley Porter finished the game with 20 assists for North Lamar.

The JV team defeated Texas High in three sets (25-12, 22-25, 25-19) while the freshman easily won in two (25-7, 25-2).

The Varsity team will be in Tyler beginning Thursday to play in the Tyler Tournament.

 

Pantherettes' Season Comes to an End at Regional Quarterfinals

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(Photo by Beverly White) Sydney Foy hitting the ball against Spring Hill.

(Photo by Beverly White) Sydney Foy hitting the ball against Spring Hill.

It was the same round of the playoffs and the same opponent where the North Lamar season ended a year ago. Spring Hill knocked out the Pantherettes in 2014 in four sets. This year, the venue was different but the outcome was the same. North Lamar lost in three straight sets to the sixth ranked Lady Panthers of Spring Hill (14-25, 14-25, 14-25).

For North Lamar, this was easily the worst game they played all season. Not the best time for that to happen either.

"Not our best time to do that," head coach Kathy Barker said after the game. "You can't do that on the last game in the playoffs."

The Pantherettes finished their season with a 35-7 record heading into the playoffs. They were 10-0 in district play and only lost three sets during those ten games. However against Spring Hill, North Lamar never really got into a rhythm. They had a tough time breaking serve at times and several unforced errors really cost the team throughout the game.

(Photo by Beverly White) Kayla Igleheart setting the ball against Spring Hill.

(Photo by Beverly White) Kayla Igleheart setting the ball against Spring Hill.

Of course they were playing the sixth ranked team in the state as well. A team that knows how to win big games and expects to win those games.

"They've been to the regional tournament the last four or five years in a row," coach Barker said. "That whole group right there has been there. We've got to just push a little bit further to get the same thing going here."

For North Lamar, there's nothing to hang their heads about. It was an amazing year regardless of the outcome against Spring Hill. 

"It really was a good season," Barker said afterwards. 

From the Panther Press, we would like to say congratulations to the North Lamar Pantherettes on a job well done and a terrific season.

Pantherettes Outlast Rains in Area Round Matchup

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(photo by Beverly White) North Lamar celebrating the final point in their Area Round victory over Emory Rains.

(photo by Beverly White) North Lamar celebrating the final point in their Area Round victory over Emory Rains.

The North Lamar Pantherettes are Area round champions after defeating Emory Rains Thursday night. It wasn’t an easy win for North Lamar but it was still a win. The match went to five sets before North Lamar pulled away for the win (25-22, 17-25, 26-24, 23-25, 15-7).

(Photo by Beverly White) Kayla Igleheart setting the ball against Emory Rains.

(Photo by Beverly White) Kayla Igleheart setting the ball against Emory Rains.

North Lamar only had to go beyond three sets in district play three times. Going five isn’t something that has happened in a long time for North Lamar.

“I’ll tell you how long its been,” coach Barker said about going five sets. “Out of my six players on the court, only two of them knew we were going to 15.”

North Lamar showed great composure in battling back. After winning the first set, Emory pulled away in the second set and had the momentum. The Pantherettes battled back to get the win the third set. Then again, they were able to battle back in the final set after losing the fourth.

Karlie Ewell led the way with 12 kills for North Lamar. Bailey Foy had 11, and Bailee Nickerson finished with 10 kills. Haley Porter had 23 assists to lead the way while Kayla Igleheart had 21. North Lamar will face Spring Hill on Tuesday night. Time and location have yet to be determined.