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It didn't take long for the North Lamar softball team to climb the state and national rankings as they started the season 17-1. Just as they were about to test their mettle in district play though, the season was put on hold.

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Tatiana Washington, a senior at Paris High School, has accepted an athletic scholarship to attend Coffeyville Community College in the fall for track and field. Upon accepting this scholarship, Washington expressed her thankfulness for all of the help and guidance she received over the last …

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Trevon Dennis did it all for the Paris Wildcats this season, averaging 14.4 points per game, 7.3 rebounds per game, 2.9 assists per game and two blocks per game. Because of his dominant play on both sides of the ball, coupled with his strong leadership, he has been selected as the RRV All-Area MVP.

Jalen Scott was the leading scorer for the Clarksville Blue Tigers this year. He averaged 16 points per game while shooting a 55% field goal percentage and a sizzling 38% from downtown. His performance has earned him the title of All-Area Offensive Player of the Year.

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Trae Johnson was instrumental in leading the dominant Paris defense this season, and he’s been selected as the Red River Valley All-Area Defensive Player of the Year.

Keaston Lawrence played well beyond his years as a sophomore for the Mustangs. Because of his strong play, Lawrence has been selected as the Red River Valley All-Area Newcomer of the Year.

Chisum Mustangs head coach Brian Temple used strong preparation and adaptability in games to lead the team to a 17-11 record and a playoff berth, earning him honors as the Red River Valley All-Area Coach of the Year.

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Wrong Willie and I stood in the new shade provided by tender hackberry leaves, watching Delbert P. Axelrod, my personal albatross, wade-fish for crappie.

The Tokyo Olympics were postponed a year as coronavirus deaths and infections surged in Europe and the U.S. on Tuesday, with New York warning it is about to get hit by a “bullet train.”

Hannah Murdock dominated on both sides of the ball, averaging a double-double for the Lady Patriots this season, and has been selected as the Red River Valley All-Area 2020 MVP.

Clarksville senior guard LaQuesha Clark did a masterful job orchestrating the Clarksville Lady Tigers’ offense this year, averaging 14.9 points per game to go along with 4.1 assists per game, both team highs. Because of her ability to lead the Clarksville offense, she has been selected as the 2020 Red River Valley All-Area Offensive Player of the Year.

Farrah Savage was able to seamlessly transition from playing in the post her junior year to running the point as a senior. In her senior campaign she averaged 10 points per game, eight rebounds per game, four steals per game and a block per game, earning her Defensive Player of the Year honors.

Prairiland Lady Patriots head coach Callie Tucker led her team to a 21-13 record in the 2019-20, season, including a playoff run to the regional quarterfinals. In recognition of her accomplishments, she is the All-Area Coach of the Year

In just her first year on varsity, Mylee Nottingham excelled for North Lamar. The Pantherette averaged 11.75 points per game, 7.8 rebounds per game, 2.3 assists per game and 1.2 steals per game. Because of her play, she's been named All-Area Newcomer of the Year.

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Last spring the Hunting Club membership was gathered around the bed of Wrong Willie’s truck in the time-honored tradition of farmers, ranchers and outdoorsmen. To a man, we rested our elbows on three different sides of the truck, hands dangling inside over coolers, fishing gear, tackle boxes…

“The lake is still open for fishing, boating, hiking, all of that kind of stuff, but no camping,” gate attendant Pam Butler said.