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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. Voting is open on theparisnews.com and will remain open until 5 p.m. on Wednesday.

PATTONVILLE — Things went about as poorly as they could for the Prairiland Patriots Friday afternoon against Grand Saline. They refused to throw in the towel, and for their efforts they walked away with one of the most amazing comebacks you’ll ever see, winning 48-47.

The Prairiland Lady Patriots showed what domination looks like Friday, as they traveled to Grand Saline and came out with a huge 76-13 win.

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The Red River Valley is an area practically brimming with talented volleyball players, and over the last few years, few have shined as much as Prairiland Lady Patriot Reese Parris. Now, the dominating Lady Patriot middle will continue her athletic career at Oklahoma Wesleyan University.

For about three quarters, the Prairiland Patriots gave the Commerce Tigers — one of the top 3A teams in the state of Texas — all they could handle. And though they eventually fell 76-45, the final score doesn’t reflect the intensity the Patriots fought with.

The Prairiland Lady Patriots played, suffocating defense, executed their offense efficiently, and came away with a dominating 56-19 victory over Commerce.

It took five extra minutes of basketball on Tuesday, but the Prairiland Lady Patriots won their second district game in dramatic fashion, 48-43 over Lone Oak.

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One of the Red River Valley’s premiere rivalries was rekindled Saturday, as the Chisum Lady Mustangs took on the Prairiland Lady Patriots. Though Chisum didn’t go down without a fight, it was ultimately the Lady Patriots who came away with a 57-44 victory. 

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More than just bragging rights is on the line when Chisum and Prairiland hook up on the basketball court. As district rivals, there’s always a little bit more riding on the outcome. On Saturday night, it was the Chisum Mustangs who walked out victorious.

PATTONVILLE — It was a battle of two proud Red River Valley teams this week when the Prairiland Patriots and Honey Grove Warriors basketball teams faced off. Ultimately, it was the Patriots who won 38-26 on the back of a strong opening period and a late surge, but the pesky Warrior defense m…

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Though the day didn’t end with a win for the Prairiland Lady Patriots, their loss to Rains still included something for the Prairiland faithful to cheer about, as senior Hannah Murdock wrote her name in the team’s record books when she logged her 1,000th career point.

In the first part of The Paris News' top five sports stories of the year, we look back on the magical seasons of the Prairiland Lady Patriots volleyball team and the Cooper Bulldogs football team, as well as the state championship won by the Paris Optimist Club’s American 10U AAA baseball team.

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. Voting is open on theparisnews.com and will remain open until 5 p.m. on Wednesday.

The Prairiland basketball team was short-handed Friday evening, but it ultimately didn’t matter, as they dispatched the Paris Home School 56-36.

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In basketball, there are comfortable wins, where one team has an easy time handling their opponents. Then, there are complete and utter dominations. The Prairiland Lady Patriots were on the winning end of the latter Tuesday. And it couldn’t have come on a more meaningful occasion, as the tea…

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The Prairiland Patriots boys basketball team jumped out to a quick lead and never looked back Tuesday against their Red River Valley opponents Tuesday, downing the Cooper Bulldogs 56-40 on the back of some efficient offense and tough defensive pressure.

These are the four candidates for the Paris Regional Medical Center Red River Valley Athlete of the Week award, which is based on performance from the past week. Voting is open on theparisnews.com and will remain open until 5 p.m. on Wednesday.

In volleyball, it’s rare to find players who can “do it all,” so to speak. Players that play at a truly elite level both offensively and defensively are uncommon, and many teams are lucky if they have one such player. For the Prairiland Lady Patriots this year, there were two.

Oftentimes, making the jump from junior varsity to varsity — regardless of sport — can be a jarring experience. It’s not uncommon for the added speed, physicality and general level of play at the varsity level to take some getting used to. That certainly wasn’t the case for Prairiland sophom…