Panthers Varsity Baseball started off the season by hosting two scrimmages at Carter Field on Tuesday, January 30 vs TACA and Friday, February 2 vs Shelton. The Panthers are young but very strong with committed players. Coming off a State Finals appearance in 2017, the Panthers will look to compete for a State Championship again this season. Coach Yates is pleased so far with what he is seeing out of this team.
On Monday, January 29, Parish Softball went on the road to scrimmage against Dallas Samuell H.S. The girls started out strong against the Lady Spartans with a few good hits showing their skills at bat. While the girls hung in there, it proved to be a challenge to come back from behind and the scrimmage ended in a loss for Panthers.
On Tuesday, January 30, Boys’ Varsity Basketball had a big win against fellow district opponent Trinity Christian Academy. The final score was 47-32. Kadon Lewis ‘18 led all scorers with 16 points. The JV Red and JV Blue teams both lost close games against TCA, but showed a lot of grit. All teams had a short turn around after playing TCA and played Prestonwood on Thursday, February 1. All three teams lost, but showed a lot of heart in the way they competed. The varsity lost at the buzzer by one point, 69-68.
On Tuesday, January 30, Girls’ Varsity Basketball travelled to Trinity Christian Academy to face the Lady Trojans and won 41-27. Leading scorer was Nevaeh Parkinson ’20 with 20 points followed by Nevaeh Tot ’20 with 14 points. On Thursday, February 1, the girls faced rival Prestonwood and struggled offensively in a 32-46 loss. Tot led the scoring with 13 points. The team’s record is 24-6.
On Monday, January 29, Varsity Boys Soccer traveled to district rival Bishop Dunne and played a valiant game. The boys came out strong and generated numerous scoring chances. Unfortunately, the Dunne defense was up to the task and too many shots were just off mark. The potent attack of Bishop Dunne was relentless. Goal keeper Preston Harless ’18 made save after save, but eventually they broke through and scored. The boys went into the half down two goals. They increased their attack in the second half creating even more quality scoring chances but could ever find the back of the net. Final score 0-3.
On Tuesday, January 30, Varsity Boys’ Soccer travelled to Prestonwood desperate for a win. On a cold and windy night, the boys played into gale for the entire first half. Despite creating more scoring chances than Prestonwood they took a 0-0 scoreline into halftime. In the second half Cesar Yeso ’18 found a cutting junior player Ryan Mortzavi ’19 on a through ball that he blistered into the back of the net to take a 1-0 lead. The Panthers controlled possession most of the second half. With about ten minutes to play the boys changed tactics and started to think about just locking up the 1-0 win. Declan Savage ‘19, Grant McCarty ’20 and Mortzavi continuously took the ball into the corners and maintained possession. The Panther back line cleared their area and secured the important district win.
On Thursday, February 1, during Senior Night, all eleven seniors were in the starting line-up for Boys’ Varsity versus Nolan Catholic. In what has been a reoccurring theme this season, the boys gave up an early goal and then fought back to establish the more dangerous attacking chances. They went into the second half with a one goal deficit but a feeling that they could win the game. In the second half, the boys created even more scoring chances but were turned away again and again. Nolan scored on a counter attack and shortly after an inadvertent handball in our box gave Nolan a penalty kick which they converted. The final score was 0-4.
On Thursday, February 1, Parish Girls’ Soccer celebrated Senior Night with Tatyana Byars ’18 and Jillian Jackson ‘18 in fine fashion. Byars ‘18 still recovering from an ACL injury made her first appearance of the season handling the opening kickoff. The Panthers got off to a quick start when Michelle Gonzalez ’19 scored a first half hat trick (3 goals). Providing the assists were fellow juniors Kate Musselman ‘19 and Kate McGarrity ‘19. Jackson came up big on her senior night scoring two goals of her own in the first half off assists from Gonzalez ’19 and McGarrity ‘19. The Panthers played down a player for the last five minutes of the first half and almost all of the entire second half in order to rest some injured players. Parish controlled the pace of play and possession most of the second half. Gonzalez capped off a record scoring night with two more goals in the second half giving her five for the game. Defender Riley Coleman ’19 capped off the scoring when Shayna Daniel ’19 found her on a through ball. Final score 8-0 in this district match up.