The North Lamar Panthers basketball team scored just three points in the first quarter and 10 by halftime, trailing visiting Rains 24-10 at the break.

The No. 17-ranked Paris Wildcats basketball team fell on the road in a close contest to Class 5A, No. 5-ranked Sulphur Springs by a final score of 67-61.

According to new classification cutoff rules with UIL, the Paris Wildcats and North Lamar Panthers will be realigned in two different football districts for the first time in decades, which was confirmed by both schools.

After surrendering the first three points of the game to North Lamar, the Prairiland Lady Pats took over the game en route to a 43-38 win Tuesday night at North Lamar. Trailing 3-0 early in the first quarter, the Lady Pats scored eight in a row to take over the game. Prairiland never looked back.

The 2019 Red River Valley volleyball season was memorable to say the least. Our community’s teams sent seven volleyball teams into the postseason, and four of those teams advanced past the first round of playoffs.

North Lamar High School 2010 graduate, Ashley Fendley Stumpf, left, was welcomed into the 2019 NL Athletic Hall of Fame Friday night by North Lamar athletic director Aaron Emeyabbi. Others named but not able to attend were Ail Stone Danley, Bubba Bell, Reed Scudder and coaches Phillip Holt a…

North Lamar’s 5th/6th grade youth football team and the North Lamar youth cheer team are both Super Bowl bound. The Panthers 5th/6th team beat Honey Grove 30-7 in the second round playoff games to lock in one of the two final teams to play next weekend at Cooper for the 2019 Super Bowl title.

North Lamar senior baseball player Cade Conway, center, signs his letter of intent to play baseball at Weatherford College, a junior college located in Weatherford. Pictured front row, from left, are Cade’s father Jeff Conway, Cade and his mother Jill Conway. Back row, from left, are NL assi…

One week ago, Melissa Cardinals quarterback Brendon Lewis threw six touchdowns in the first half against Sanger. On Friday night against the North Lamar Panthers, the Colorado commit didn’t have the same fortune.

The North Lamar Panthers fell at Paris High last week to fall out of the postseason race. North Lamar was coming off a close win over Sanger along with a bye week, but the Wildcats’ win at home ended the Panthers’ postseason chances as they needed to win out to stay in the hunt.

The 2019 Crosstown Showdown featured two teams — the No. 17-ranked Paris Wildcats and the North Lamar Panthers — fighting in a game with postseason implications. The Panthers needed a win to keep their playoff hopes alive, while Paris would leave no doubt in their postseason fate with a victory.

North Lamar senior football player Mason Stephens has been selected in an online public poll as the Paris Regional Medical Center Red River Valley Athlete of the Week.

The North Lamar Pantherettes had no problem taking care of Pittsburg on Tuesday night as they won in straight sets by a final score of 25-11, 25-16 and 25-7. North Lamar needed the win to keep pace with Pleasant Grove, who also has a 4-2 district record.

The North Lamar Panthers experienced every emotion possible Friday night during their 22-14 homecoming win over Sanger. The Panthers dominated for most of the game but needed overtime to secure the victory.

Earlier in the season, the Paris Lady Wildcats defeated North Lamar Pantherettes in their home gym in an epic five-set match for the first time in nine years. Now, Paris faced the Pantherettes again with the same expectations, but this time at home.

It’s do or die time for the North Lamar Panthers as the next three games are must-wins. In order to reach the postseason, North Lamar must defeat Sanger, Paris and Melissa consecutively. The team’s first test begins at home against the Sanger Indians, who are also without a win this season.

ARGYLE — The Argyle Eagles haven’t lost a home game in 31 attempts coming into Friday night’s matchup with North Lamar. The Panthers found out just how good Argyle is at home in a 63–14 loss.

Following a tough 58-6 home loss to Celina that dropped North Lamar to 0-2 in district play, Panthers head football coach Aaron Emeyabbi said that big mistakes early killed his team’s chances of creating positive momentum to go forward with in the contest.

After dropping a five-set game against Paris to open district play, the North Lamar Pantherettes have played like a team on a mission. This includes a four-set win over Pleasant Grove on Tuesday (25–22, 23–25, 25–7, 25–17).

TEXARKANA — The Paris Lady Wildcats moved to 3-0 in district play with a four-set win over Liberty-Eylau on the road Friday afternoon. Paris won by a final score of 22-25, 25-20, 25-18 and 25-19.

The Panthers lost their district opener at Anna, but did have plenty of positives. The defense played well, holding the Coyotes offense under 300 yards and junior kicker Favian Morales booted a school-record 57-yard field goal. Despite that, head football coach Aaron Emeyabbi said he wants t…

ANNA — For the third straight week, the North Lamar Panthers opened up the scoring. This time, it was in their district opener against the Anna Coyotes. Although Anna won the game 28–11, it’s the opening score that will be talked about for a while. At the 4:38 mark of the first quarter, juni…

The North Lamar Panthers have come out of the gates 0-4 through the non-district slate, but have played against difficult competition. Ultimately, the record is meaningless and the team knows that. With the games that affect playoff positioning now here, the Panthers know it’s money time.

North Lamar senior volleyball player J.J. Johnson has been selected in an online public poll as the Paris Regional Medical Center Red River Valley Athlete of the Week.

TEXARKANA — The Prairiland Lady Patriots volleyball team rebounded from a tough home loss to North Lamar.

JEFFERSON — Even though the Panthers were on the wrong end of a 35–7 score, North Lamar’s defense once again showed out against their opponent. This time, it was another top-ten opponent in 3A as North Lamar traveled to Jefferson.

Last week, the North Lamar Panthers football team took another step in the right direction. Despite falling at home to Crandall, North Lamar (0-3) played the Pirates well into the fourth quarter highlighted by more strong defensive play.

The Red River Valley football season rolls on as Week 4 of high school football continues with more matchups at 7:30 p.m. tonight and district play looming.

For the second week in a row, the North Lamar Panthers’ defense played outstanding football. If you only went off the score, you would never know this. Crandall walked away with a 27-6 victory, but the game was a lot closer than this indicates.

The North Lamar Panthers football team opened the 2019 season implementing a brand new slot-T offense and has played against tough competition thus far. The team knows when the games are the most important, which is where it is working towards to play its best football.

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North Lamar junior football player Andy Kirk has been selected in an online public poll as the Paris Regional Medical Center Red River Valley Athlete of the Week.

For the second game in a row, the North Lamar offense didn’t get rolling until the second half. And for the second week, when it got rolling it was fun to watch. The story of the night, however, is how well the defense played.

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POTTSBORO — It took awhile for the offense to get going for North Lamar on Friday night as it fell to Pottsboro 38-8. Going into the game, nobody knew what to expect with the Panthers switching to a new offensive scheme.