he Prairiland Patriots started a bit slow Friday in their road game against the Edgewood Bulldogs, but they quickly turned things around in a big way before holding on late to earn a big district win, 75-72.

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The Prairiland Patriots executed on offense and defense, shaking off a slow opening quarter to down Rains 47-40.

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Since he was a young child, there’s been nowhere Brooks Morrison would rather be than on a baseball diamond. Now, the Prairiland Patriots’ catcher will get to spend a bit more time there after committing to continue his baseball career at the collegiate level with Arlington Baptist University.

Prairiland head coach Steve Weddle often talks about the heart and fight that his team shows. On Friday, it was on full display in Commerce. Even though they found themselves on the wrong side of a 78-68 score, Prairiland showed why you can never count them out in a game.

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Editor’s Note: Today’s story is part one of a two-part countdown of the top five sports stories of the year and the top five sports photos of the year. For the top two stories and photos, see the Dec. 30 edition of The Paris News.

Offensively, the Prairiland Patriots played well on Tuesday in their district-opening showdown with the rival Chisum Mustangs. However, they were unable to keep up with the red-hot Mustangs, who raced out to a big early lead and went on to win by 21 points, 79-58.

For each of the first two quarters on Tuesday evening, the Chisum Lady Mustangs and Prairiland Lady Patriots stayed neck-and-neck in an evenly-fought battle. In the second half it was a different story, though, as Chisum pulled ahead to lead by as many as 14 before ultimately winning the riv…

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These are the five candidates for the Paris Regional Medical Center Red River Valley Athlete of the Week award, which is based on performance from the past week.

The Prairiland Lady Patriots got district play started on the right foot Friday evening, dismantling the Grand Saline Lady Indians 56-17 in an outright clinic of defensive prowess.

The Texas All-Star Legacy Team is an all-state honor recognizing high school senior athletes for the impact they’ve made over the course of their entire high school careers, and this year, Prairiland’s Ali Sessums made the team for her stellar high school volleyball career.

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Defense was the name of the game for the Prairiland Patriots on Tuesday, as their suffocating pressure on the hardwood gave the Cooper Bulldogs fits all night, eventually leading to a 56-37 win.

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These are the five candidates for the Paris Regional Medical Center Red River Valley Athlete of the Week award, which is based on performance from the past week.

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The Prairiland Patriots continued their strong play of late, going 5-1 at this weekend’s Sulphur Bluff Tournament, finishing second in the event and only losing a nailbiter to the Bland Tigers 51-48.

Entering the 2021 volleyball season, the Prairiland Lady Patriots knew they had big shoes to fill. Gone were 2020’s dynamic duo of middle blockers: 2020’s All-Red River Valley Co-MVPs Reese Parris and TJ Folse. They needn’t have worried, though, because in Abi Farmer they had someone more th…

Ask most volleyball fans what it is about the sport they love so much, and they’re very likely to mention the thunderous kills and spikes, the resounding blocks or the explosive aces. For Prairiland Lady Patriot Ali Sessums, though, those elements of the game have always taken a back seat to…