On Friday, January 26, Parish Swim traveled to Mansfield ISD Natatorium to compete at TAPPS Regionals meet. The scoring finishers include:
Girls 200 medley relay - 8th place (Ellie Munson ‘18, Jaci Johnson ‘18, Lilly Pappas ‘18, Hollis McMahon ‘19)
Boys 200 medley relay - 6th place (Aidan Johnson ‘21, Bailey Robinson ‘18, Parker Benn ‘18, James Gewax ‘21) - advancing to State
Boys 200 IM - 2nd place - Parker Benn ‘18 – advancing to State
Girls 50 free - 9th place - Jaci Johnson ‘18
Boys 50 free – 10th place - Aidan Johnson ‘21
Girls 100 fly - 5th place - Lilly Pappas ‘18
Boys 100 fly - 1st place - Parker Benn ’18 – advancing to State
Boys 100 free - 8th place - Aidan Johnson ‘21
Girls 200 free relay - 8th place (Jaci Johnson ‘18, Shel Lipscomb ‘19, Hollis McMahon ‘19, Lilly Pappas ‘18)
Boys 200 free relay - 5th place (Aidan Johnson ‘21, Bailey Robinson ‘18, Andres Garcia ‘19, Parker Benn ‘18) – advancing to State
Parish Girls’ Varsity Basketball travelled to play the number one ranked private school team in the state, the Bishop Lynch Lady Friars on Tuesday, January 23. After a tough battle, the girls fell to the Lady Friars 48-52. Nevaeh Parkinson ’20 led all scorers with 22 followed by Nevaeh Tot ’20 with 14 points. On Friday, January 26, the Panthers held their annual “Pink Out” game against FW Nolan and the girls got back to their winning ways with a 48-36 win. Once again Parkinson led all scorers with 19 followed by Tot’s 16 points and Susanna Scherer ’18 with 11 points. Parkinson was named to the Dallas Morning News Player of the week Honorable Mention team after those two performances.
On Monday, January 22, Varsity Boys’ Soccer faced John Paul II, a team that has played in three of the last four state championship games. The boys struggled to find their attacking rhythm and when they finally did the JP II goalkeeper came up with some great saves. Parish goalkeeper and captain Preston Harless ’18 had an outstanding game turning away a potent attack over and over again. JP II eventually broke through and scored. In the second half, the team took more risks pushing more players forward to try to equalize, but unfortunately gave up a goal in transition. One more goal for the Cardinals in the waning moments ended the game 0-3.
The team hosted number one ranked Bishop Lynch at Snyder stadium on Thursday, January 25. The game was a very energetic affair with both teams creating quality scoring chances. The central midfield trio of Cesar Yeso ‘18, Declan Savage ‘19 and Grant McCarty ’20 used their skill and tactical knowledge to counter the size and strength of the Bishop Lynch team. The Parish backline anchored by Ethan Harris ‘19, Luke Mecom ’18 and goalkeeper Harless repelled each Bishop Lynch attack. Eventually Lynch found a kink in the armor and snuck a goal through. The Panthers redoubled their efforts and created chance after chance but came up short. Showing how tough and resilient the team has been all season the Panthers took the best team in the league to the brink but came up just shy. Final score was 0-1.
Varsity Girls’ Soccer hosted district powerhouse Nolan Catholic On Monday, January 22. The Panthers, who have been decimated by injury, fought hard and went into halftime down 0-1. The team decided to “go for it” in the second half and put out a more attacking line-up. While this would give the girls the best chance to even the score, it would be risky and put the back line under a great deal of pressure. In the end, Nolan was too strong. The Panthers put up a good fight but went down 0-4.
On Tuesday, January 23, the varsity team traveled to Prestonwood in need of a district win to get them back on track. On a cold and windy night they fought to a near stalemate until junior sensation Michelle “Marta” Gonzalez ’19 scored on a blistering shot from 25 yards out to give the Panthers a one goal lead. The girls pressed for a second goal but Prestonwood’s defense was up to the task and the game ended with a 1-0 victory for the Panthers.
On Thursday, January 25, Varsity Girls traveled to John Paul II with a skeleton roster and went down a goal early on a corner kick header by the Cardinals. The team regrouped at halftime but shortly after, starting goalkeeper, Victoria Cruz ’19 suffered an injury. Ashley Siddons ‘19 was pressed into action and play resumed. Unfortunately, the Cardinal offense ramped up and they quickly found a couple more goals. The Panthers fought back and earned a penalty kick which Gonzalez converted to tighten the score line. As the game progressed and our team with its short bench fatigued, JP II got stronger. The final score was JP II 5 – Parish 1.