Paris High Pre-Season Workouts Start Aug. 1

Paris, TX – New head coaches will welcome Paris High athletes back to school on Monday, Aug. 1, to start formal preparations for the 2011 football and volleyball seasons.

Students are reminded that they must have a current UIL physical on file before they are allowed to participate in workouts. This includes all incoming 9th and 11th graders. Contact Athletic Trainer Chad Helberg for more information.

Barry Bowman takes over the reins of the football program after leading Class 2A Daingerfield to three straight state championships. Meanwhile, Brittany Maness is the new varsity volleyball coach.

Volleyball tryouts will include twice daily workouts, 8-9:30 AM and 4-7 PM, Aug. 1-4, in the Wildcat Gym. Multi-team scrimmages are scheduled for Friday, Aug. 5, at North Lamar and Saturday, Aug. 6, at PHS.

The Lady Cats open the season on Aug. 9 with a dual meet vs. Whitesboro and Denison at Whitesboro. The first varsity home match is planned for Aug. 23 vs. Prairiland. The PHS varsity will participate in tournaments at Prosper, Royse City, and Whitesboro to highlight pre-district play.

The Lady Cats are the defending District 15-3A champions and advanced to the Region 2 tournament before losing to eventual state champion Lucas Lovejoy in the semifinals. They compiled a school record 37-5 season, including a perfect 10-0 mark in district.
Four seniors who were key components in Paris' 92-28 record over the past three seasons graduated from that team, but All-State middle blocker Andi Bawcum returns for her senior season along with versatile classmate and 2-year starter Alex Garrison. Maness will need several talented juniors and sophomores to fill the graduation void left by Tiara Hall, Caroline Chappell, Katie Cade, and Kendall McDonald.

Bowman doesn't have the same graduation problem. The 2010 football varsity roster included just 9 seniors. A very young team struggled to a 4-6 finish after the school posted back-to-back, 6-5 seasons.

The 2011 Cats will feature the school-record passing tandem of senior quarterback Corban Taylor and senior wide-out Tevairus Williams. Bowman will be looking to develop a dependable running attack to complement the passing game and must shore up a defense that allowed almost 300 yards rushing per game last year.

Paris will hold daily workouts, 7 AM-12:45 PM, starting Aug. 1. The Cats plan scrimmages vs. Carrollton Ranchview on Aug. 13 at Wildcat Stadium and on Aug. 18 at Wills Point. The season opener will be Aug. 26 at Gainesville.

Senior Night will be held during the home opener on Sept. 2 vs. Lucas Lovejoy, and Frisco Heritage will provide the opposition for Homecoming 2011 on Sept. 9. The Cats have three home games in District 15-3A which figures to be a wide-open race this year.