RRV Football Scores (Week 1)

    North Lamar 27
    Ranchview 12

    Celina 40
    Paris 9

    Prairiland 30
    Big Sandy 7
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    Valley View 46
    Chisum 42

    Honey Grove 62
    Howe 0

    Cooper 31
    Grand Saline 14

    Queen City 26
    Rivercrest 18

    Alba Golden 56
    Detroit 0

    Whitewright 26
    Clarksville 20

    Bonham 33
    S&S 25

    Brenton Whitaker opens up about North Lamar football

    (Photo by Joe Watson)

    The North Lamar Panthers open their season tonight at home against Ranchview. It’s the third season under head coach Brenton Whitaker. Although the team has only managed four wins in the first two seasons, the progression has moved forward for Whitaker and his staff. After only winning one game in his first year, North Lamar won three games last season including their first district win since 2019.

    I had a chance to sit down and talk with coach Whitaker earlier this week to get his thoughts on the upcoming season. Here’s that interview.

    Greg Higgins: Talk about two-a-days, practicing and how you feel the team is progressing so far this year.

    Whitaker: It’s really exciting to see, being the third year here and having the consistency in the schemes. It’s really starting to take hold amongst the kids. You can really start seeing that progression.

    We got Ranchview this week and they scrimmaged a flex bone team in their first scrimmage. It’s their first year putting the offense in and I can remember what it was like for us our first year here. They looked similar to it. So it’s really cool to see that progression from year one to now and how kids are really taking hold and buying into it and the progress that you make. And the cool thing is is now we get to nitpick on little things versus just wondering like is this even possible is it going to happen.

    GH: Were there any students that surprised you during camp this year?

    BW: I think you always have a couple surprises. One of our biggest surprises was Tyler Silva. He is a sophomore. We knew going into the summer that he was kind of one of those bubble kids. He could be on JV or he could be on varsity. And he does a lot of soccer camps. He’s really involved in band so he does band camps over the summer so we didn’t see him much. Then he showed up to get equipment and he somehow gained like 20 pounds. Seem like he grew a couple of inches. He walked through the door and we were like oh my gosh who is this kid. So that was a pleasant surprise. He has come out and his play has matched his physical growth. So that’s been a really good surprise for us.

    Another sophomore, Dalton Nichols, who moved in October of last year as a freshman and he was one of those kids that we knew could be a Friday night guy. Could be a Thursday night guy. And he really showed up in the first two scrimmages, where he really earned his way into a varsity spot. His play on the field just surprised the heck out of the entire staff. And we knew he was definitely a Friday night guy for us.

    We’ve had a couple of other surprises. Cory Fouse has come in and played really, really well. He surprised us with his growth and maturity over the summer with what he’s been able to do. All of these juniors were on JV last year with the exception of a couple of them and so we had high hopes for them and its nice to see a lot of them stepping into those roles and being exactly what we wanted them to be.

    GH: Did anything standout from the two scrimmages that you had? Positive or negative?

    BW: Let’s see. If I go back to the Farmersville scrimmage, we had a lot of quarterback exchange issues. That was resolved from scrimmage one to scrimmage two. And I think that was just because you got two centers that have never lined up against varsity competition and getting used to a new quarterback with Blake [Hildreth] not having taken snaps from them under a live game situation yet. Those are always little speed bumps that you’re expecting.

    Defensively the way we flew around and we were tackling really well. And our effort. That’s been a big improvement from last year to this year.

    Then we went to Quinlan and our snaps got better but our D-backs had an issue with fumbling the ball. So there’s always gonna be some negatives. Something you have to improve on. The one thing that really stuck out to me at Quinlan. You know my first two years here when we scrimmaged them, they just physically abused us. They did. They overpowered us and they kind of pushed us around. Up one side and down the other. Both sides of the ball. And this year was the first time we answered the bell physically and we were able to punch them back. It was the best we had played them in my three years here. Seeing that progression, and again, seeing that the kids are buying into it and kind of taking ownership of it. You can tell that what we’re trying to build here is really starting to sink in.

    GH: You mentioned Blake. Last year we saw him kind of take off from the beginning of the year to the end of the year. He took on that quarterback leadership role and really stepped into that. What have you seen so far this year to show that he’s going to be able to take that next step and keep the progression going?

    BW: I think for him it is his leadership. Growing up he was always more athletic than those kids around him so he was always playing up and playing with older kids. So he never had to be that vocal leader. He was always a watch me work guy. I feel like this year he has kind of stepped into that vocal leadership role to match his play. That’s going to be big time for us.

    Also, another year of familiarity in the offense. Being the quarterback and running the show. You can tell his progression. In his confidence in his reads and his steps. Throwing the ball. All of those things have improved tremendously. You know we had a bell cow in Quay Mason last year that we got to rely on at fullback. And he graduated, so now we have a bevy off fullbacks but we have that mainstay at quarterback. And Blake can kind of get things going for us. We’re excited for it.

    GH: Obviously the heat has been ridiculous with all these days in a row over a 100 degrees. What are some things that you guys have had to do to help combat the heat while still trying to get ready to play football?

    BW: That’s been a big conversation around here. We have a varsity roster of 30 kids. It’s a little lighter than we would like but that’s what we have. Our big discussion throughout the summer, because we knew it was going to be that way…was how can we get the kids ready in the least amount of time required. For that very reason. Because on Friday night, we need them to be as fresh as they can be. So for fall camp we kind of just ran them through our normal course and kind of grind on them a little bit. Make them sweat it out and make them earn it a little bit.

    Then going into this week, our athletic director Jay Cline had a great idea. We have them coming in a little early so actually we’re doing an hour of practice in the morning in the indoor with the fans on. So then in the afternoon it’s only an hour and a half outside. That alone has been a huge difference. I think our kids are really gonna be a lot more fresh and ready to go for Friday because they’re not spending two and a half hours outside in that ridiculous heat.

    That’s one way we’re doing it. The other way is just preaching on them about being hydrated. And that hydration doesn’t start the night before a game. It started on Monday. So getting those things going to try and get them to understand that. I’m hoping that will mitigate some of those issues on Friday.

    GH Probably helps that you’re at home on Friday and not traveling two and a half hours on a bus.

    BW: That and everyone wants to complain about us being on a grass field. But being on natural grass when it’s 105 is a heck of a lot nicer than being on turf. You know that turf will 10 to 15 degrees in a hurry. I’ve seen it melt cleats just getting out there for warmups. Defintely being at home and in our environment and being comfortable will be a big help to us.

    GH: Talking about this upcoming season. Coming off a season where you went 3-7 and won the first district win in several season. What does a successful season look like for you this year?

    BW: That’s always a loaded question and you get that a lot. You hate to put a number of wins as a success because you never know what’s going to happen throughout the season. We only have 30 on varsity so you get a couple of bad injuries and we’re in a bad spot.

    I think the biggest thing is if you see the culture we’re trying to instill start to take over. Which we’re seeing and you’re seeing. The juniors play out of respect for the seniors that have been here and are earning their stripes. And trying to leave this place more successful than they found it. Those are the things we look for to deem whether it’s a successful season or not.

    I truly believe that if we can stay healthy and we get a little luck, that that we can definitely compete with just about everybody on our on our schedule. If we can do those things and we can make every week just a grind game, and make some people put on alert that North Lamar is different than it was in the past. That’s what’s gonna make me think this was successful.

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    North Lamar outlasts Prairiland in five sets

    (Logan Dority getting ready to serve against Prairiland Tuesday night)

    By Greg Higgins
    Coming into Tuesday’s game, both the Prairiland Lady Patriots and North Lamar Pantherettes were hoping to prove something. If not to anyone else, at least to themselves.

    For the Lady Patriots, it’s about proving they’re heading in the right direction. For North Lamar, it’s about proving they can make a run for a district title and a deep playoff run.

    With both teams having things to prove, both teams played like it; sending the game to five sets with North Lamar eventually coming out on top (18-25, 25-17, 25-16, 23-26, 15-6).

    The first set saw Prairiland jump out early. Defensively, the team was all over the court. That style continued the whole game as the Lady Pats totaled 92 digs in the game. Five different players had at least 10 digs in the game, being led by Lanna Riney with 22.

    “I want to look at the stats and see how many digs we had,” Prairiland head coach Brandon Oats said after the game. “Our defense was good tonight. It was one of our better efforts. It shows we need to play defense to make things run and we did tonight.”

    On the other side, North Lamar finished with 116 total digs as a team. They were led by Zoey Figueroa and her 41 digs. Logan Dority added 11 digs to go with 34 assists, eight kills and a block.

    “This was our game to win and we had to put everything out there and reduce our mistakes,” Dority said after the game.

    Stats for Prairiland:
    Lana Riney: 22 digs, 1 assist
    Reese White: 32 assists, 12 digs
    Jasmine Elrod: 5 digs, 1 block
    Maebry Parris: 10 kills, 10 digs
    Ryleigh Sims: 9 kills, 2 blocks, 21 digs
    Addi Bettis: 11 kills, 1 block, 18 digs
    Aubree Phillips: 1 block
    Skylar Johnson: 5 kills, 1 block, 4 digs

    Stats for North Lamar:
    Emery Reeves: 7 digs
    Roselyn Spencer: 5 kills, 6 assists, 2 digs, 2 blocks
    Zoey Figueroa: 1 ace, 2 kills, 8 assists, 41 digs
    Claire Emeyabbi: 1 ace, 76 assists, 12 digs
    Libby Jones: 1 ace, 7 kills, 3 assists, Logan Dority: 11 digs, 34 assists, 8 kills, 1 block
    Lane Alexa: 3 kills, 1 assist, 1 dig
    Lauren Dority: 2 kills, 4 assists, 10 digs, 1 block
    Natalie Washington: 1 dig,
    Lilly Stewart: 2 aces, 1 assist, 3 digs,
    Theari Dorsey: 2 kills, 1 assist, 3 digs,

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    North Lamar loses to Texas High in five sets

    (Photo by Joe Watson)
    North Lamar senior Libby Jones trying to push the ball across the net Tuesday against Texas High.

    Coming into Tuesday’s game with Texas High, the North Lamar Pantherettes had a record of 7-2. Looking to build on the success they saw at the Tyler Tournament over the weekend, North Lamar welcomed a 5A team to Lamar County. Just like last a year ago when these two teams played, they needed five sets to determine the outcome. This time it was the visitors walking away the victory 25-22, 13-25, 25-18, 16-25, 7-15.

    The first set went back-and-forth with the largest lead being five once time by North Lamar (13-8). That lead quickly evaporated though as Texas High scored six straight points. North Lamar eventually regained control of the set before winning 25-22.

    The second set was a different story, however. After taking a 1-0 lead, North Lamar watched the visiting team rattle off 14 of the next 16 points to jump out 14-3. Every time the Pantherettes had, what appeared to be, a kill for a point Texas High’s defense would make a play to save the rally and get the point.

    Set three almost mirrored set one for North Lamar. The difference being North Lamar took control of the match early and maintained a six to eight point advantage for most of the set. It was Libby Jones that got the rally going from the service line. With the game tied at five, Jones served six straight times for North Lamar.

    Unfortunately for North Lamar, sets four and five were too reminiscent of set two. Texas High’s scrappy defense proved to be the difference maker as they won both sets rather easily.

    Here are the stats for North Lamar:
    Logan Dority: 6 kills, 2 blocks
    Lauren Dority: 7 kills, 2 blocks
    Natalie Washington: 3 kills, 2 blocks
    Libby Jones: 8 kills, 4 blocks
    Roselyn Spencer: 5 kills,

    Sports for Friday (8/11)

    Thursday’s Volleyball Results:

    Paris High went 1-1 in Sulphur Springs. They beat Grand Saline but lost to Farmersville.

    North Lamar went 3-0 in Tyler. They beat Jacksonville, Center and Tyler High.

    Detroit beat Sam Rayburn, Yantis, and Savoy in their own tournament.

    Prairiland lost to Wills Point and beat Sulphur Bluff in Sulphur Springs.

    And at the Chisum tournament, Chisum beat Rivercrest, Leonard and Atlanta in pool play.

    Games for Friday


    North Lamar at the Tyler Tournament
    Paris at the Sulphur Springs Tournament
    Prairiland at the Sulphur Springs Tournament
    Detroit at Daingerfield
    Maud at Clarksville


    Farmersville at North Lamar
    Chisum at Cooper

    Today in sports (8/10)


    North Lamar at the Tyler Tournament
    Paris at the Sulphur Springs Tournament
    Prairiland at the Sulphur Springs Tournament
    Chisum hosting the Chisum Tournament
    Detroit Hosting the Detroit Tournament
    Clarksville at the Detroit Tournament


    Whitehouse at Paris (Scrimmage)
    Tioga at Prairiland (Scrimmage)

    Opening night volleyball recap

    (Photo by Joe Watson)

    The first night of volleyball in the Red River Valley happened last night.

    Paris High went on the road and defeated Denison in three sets (26-24, 25-23, 25-13). Jayla Jones finished the game with eight kills for the Lady Cats. Elizabeth Harper finished with 15 assists while Lynna Martin had nine assists. Here are the rest of the stats for Paris:

    Jayla Jones - 8 kills, 4 blocks
    Makya High - 7 kills, 6 blocks, 2 digs
    Kiera Martin - 5 kills, 2 aces, 8 digs
    Elizabeth Harper - 4 kills, 15 assists, 8 digs, 5 blocks
    Kailah Ethridge - 3 kills, 1 block
    Annie Gibbons - 1 kill, 2 aces, 4 digs, 1 block
    Anaiyah Peavler - 1 kill
    Mackenzie Martin - 9 digs

    Detroit beat Ore City in three sets (25-13, 25-12, 25-5). Clara Carpenter finished with 11 kills. Ava Sessums had 14 assists to lead Detrot. The JV also beat Ore City 25-7, 25-14. Here are the rest of the stats for Detroit:

    Clara Carpenter - 11 Kills, 3 digs, 1 block
    Ava Sessums - 3 kills, 14 assist, 7 aces
    Madison Allensworth - 4 kills, 5 assist
    Kayleigh Griggs - 1 kill, 5 aces
    Cheyenne Snodgrass - 4 kills, 2 aces
    Payton Bailey - 3 kills, 1 ace
    Shyann Dotson - 1 kill, 3d

    Chisum beat DeKalb in three sets (25-13, 25-20, 25-15)

    North Lamar beat Sherman in five sets.

    Prairiland lost to Caddo Mills and Royce City. Both in three sets.

    Volleyball games for tonight (8/8)

    Volleyball games kick off tonight. Here’s a list of games going on for 8/8:

    Sherman @ North Lamar
    Paris @ Denison
    Chiusum @ DeKalb
    Prairiland @ Royse City vs Caddo Mills/Royse City
    Detroit @ Ore City
    Clarksville @ Yantis

    North Lamar Football Teams Beat the Heat with Water Slides and Celebrate the End of First Week of Practice

    Front left: Trail Wilkins
    Front Right: Parker Scott
    Back Left: Aiden Adamson
    Back Right: Parker Wideman

    The North Lamar football teams came up with a creative way to cool off from the scorching 100+ degree weather as they celebrated the end of their first week of practice. The players enjoyed a thrilling day with water slides, making the most of their well-deserved break.

    Members of the school board and booster club generously served hot dogs and hamburgers to the players, further adding to the festive atmosphere of the event. The delicious meal provided the much-needed energy boost for the athletes after a week of intense training.

    As the season approaches, the teams are gearing up for two important scrimmages before their official kick-off. These practice matches will be essential in fine-tuning their skills and strategies for the upcoming season.

    “We’ve been working since December to improve for this upcoming season. I’m excited for the school district and community to see that improvement in action. The retention both offensively and defensively from spring to now is better than I expected. I’m ready to see what kind of product we can put in the field.” says Head Football Coach Brenton Whitaker.

    Mark your calendars for their first game, as well as Senior Night, on August 25, where North Lamar will honor the senior players for their dedication and commitment to the North Lamar football program. It promises to be a memorable event filled with heartfelt celebrations and recognition. North Lamar football teams are excited to showcase their hard work and determination throughout the season. Fans and supporters are encouraged to come out in full force to cheer on their beloved teams.

    North Lamar Pantherettes - Area Round Champions

    (Photo by Joe Watson)

    The North Lamar Pantherettes are Area Round champions after a dominating performance Friday night over Kaufman. North Lamar scored the first nine points of the game en route to a 52-31 win.

    Once again the defense was on point as well. Kaufman only managed one point in the first quarter. It wasn’t until the game was 10 minutes old before they made their first field goal.

    Meanwhile North Lamar put up 15 points in the first quarter. Four of the five starters scored in that opening quarter. The second quarter was the only down quarter for the Pantherettes as they were outscored 12-10.

    After both teams traded baskets in the third quarter, North Lamar put the an exclamation point on the game in the fourth quarter. Going into the final frame, North Lamar led 36-24. Like they did in the first quarter, the Pantherettes scored the first nine points of the quarter to blow the game open at 45-24.

    Scoring for North Lamar:
    Allee Andrews - 1
    Cydnie Malone - 14
    Alexa Lane - 2
    Hannah Kent - 2
    Roselyn Spencer - 14
    Maddie Walters - 10 Heavenly Johnson - 8

    North Lamar will play Dallas Pinskston in the Regional Quarterfinal

    Volleyball Results

    School hasn’t quite started but volleyball has. Here are the results from Tuesday. These are the results that we have been given.

    Prairiland over Hughes Springs 3-0 (25-17, 25-22, 25-9)
    Texas High over North Lamar 0-3
    Van Alstyne over Paris 0-3 Chisum defeated Hooks 3-0 (25-13, 25-14, 25-12)
    Miller Grove beat Rivercrest
    Detroit over Dodd City 3-0 (25-16, 25-15, 25-19)

    Football scores from the Red River Valley

    (Photo by Joe Watson) Paris High taking the field on homecoming night.

    Here are the local football results from October 8th

    Paris High……………..62

    North Lamar…………..0
    Liberty Eylau………….56



    Wolfe City……………..26
    Honey Grove………….21

    James Bowie…………52

    Alba Golden………..19



    Football Scores from Last Night

    (Photo by Joe Watson)

    Here are the local football results from September 10th

    North Lamar……….6

    Pleasant Grove……….14

    Tom Bean………………..6

    Honey Grove……………15




    Sulphur Springs……32


    Sports for Tonight

    Here’s a list of games for Friday, Sept 10th.


    Honey Grove at Chisum (on KOYN 93.9)
    Paris High at Pleasant Grove (on 101.9 KBUS)
    North Lamar at Community (on Mix 107.7)
    Cooper at Detroit
    Prairiland at Como Pickton
    Harleton at Rivercrest


    Chisum at Commerce
    Detroit at Avery
    Chapel Hill Mt. Pleasant at North Lamar
    Prairiland at Lone Oak

    A&M Commerce vs Central Missouri (in Denver, CO)
    A&M Commerce vs Metro State (in Denver, CO)

    Football Results from Friday, September 4th

    (Photo by Kevin Watson taken at the Rivercrest / Detroit Game)

    Paris High………….24


    North Lamar……….6



    Van Alstyne……….48

    Honey Grove………….20

    Linden Kildare……….20

    Volleyball Games Today

    North Lamar in the Whitehouse tournament
    Paris High at Chisum
    Detroit at Harts Bluff
    Prairiland at Greenville

    Football games in the area tonight:

    Paris High at Celina - Can be heard on 101.9 KBUS
    Canton at North Lamar - Can be heard on Mix 107.7
    Rivercrest at Detroit - Can be heard on KOYN 93.9
    Collinsville at Cooper
    Whitewright at Honey Grove
    Edgewood at Prairiland
    Chisum at Wolfe City

    Volleyball Schedule for Tuesday, August 31

    Chisum at North Lamar
    Detroit at Trinity Christian
    Sulphur Springs at Paris High
    Prairiland at Texas High