Paradise City Council adopts budget, tax rate

Paradise property owners won’t see an increase in city taxes this year. The city council Monday night voted to stay with a tax rate of 33.9 cents per $100 valuation.

That means homeowners with a house worth $100,000 can expect to pay $339 in city taxes. The only reason that would go up would be if someone added to the value of their property.

The council also adopted its 2014-15 budget of $220,360.

The new budget raises about $20,000 more than the prior year. Nearly half of the new revenue comes from new property added to the city tax rolls this year.

The council held a public hearing prior to considering the budget and tax rate, but no one attended. In fact, only three of the five council members – Bob Gayan, Roy Steel and Terre Ward – made up the meeting’s quorum. Brad Largent and Bill Schneck were absent.

A previously called November election for Largent’s and Schneck’s seats was canceled, as no one filed to run against Largent or to fill Schneck’s spot. Schneck didn’t refile but will continue to serve until after a new council member is appointed by the council in November.

This is the second time the Paradise City Council has had to cancel a called election. No seats have been contested since 2012, when Gayan retained his position on the council against Chris Hill, Largent went unchallenged and Schneck took Place 1.

OTHER BUSINESS

  • The council approved a 1.9 percent rate hike for Progressive Waste Solutions.
  • The city renewed its animal control contract with Wise County.
  • The city discussed updating its emergency response protocol to include what to do in case of a bomb threat in Paradise ISD. A recent threat at the junior high campus prompted an evacuation of the school and a search by law enforcement.

While parents and legal guardians were informed, city residents living near the school were unaware of the threat.

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Football: Reaching peak form; Healthy Hill enjoys breakout performance

Football: Reaching peak form; Healthy Hill enjoys breakout performance

Chris Hill torched the Jacksboro defense last week for 178 yards. But even before scoring his four second-quarter touchdowns, he was already wearing a smile.

“It was awesome. I told [Coach Scott Broussard] after the first quarter, it was going to be a fun night,” Hill said.

Breaking Out

BREAKING OUT – Paradise senior running back Chris Hill ran for 178 yards and four touchdowns last week against Jacksboro. Hill has fought back to get in the lineup after missing most of last year with an ankle injury. Messenger Photo by Joe Duty

Hill hopes for a repeat when he leads the Panthers into their annual homecoming game at 7:30 p.m. Friday against Krum.

For Hill, the performance in the Panthers’ 42-14 win over Jacksboro is what he’s longed for. But last year a as junior, it was out of reach as he was sidelined nearly the entire season with an ankle injury.

“I injured it three plays into the season,” Hill recalled. “It was a late hit over on the track. I played the last three games.”

When he came back, Hill admits he wasn’t at full speed. Even now, Hill has to wear a brace on the ankle.

“Every now and then it’s still sore,” Hill said.

The ankle has not been an issue so far this season for the back, who has 347 yards in three games. He’s topped 100 yards in two of the Panthers’ three games.

“Chris is running hard and seeing the holes,” Broussard said. “His vision is much better.”

Hill gives the credit for his early-season success to his offensive line.

“The line is moving good. They’ve been working hard,” Hill said. “The holes have been more open.”

Hill’s speed and quickness also has helped. Hill owns the team’s 20-yard sprint time of 2.36. He also recorded the best pro-agility test time. He’s among the program’s best with his vertical and broad jumps.

“He’s pretty fast and athletic,” Broussard said.

And if the line gives him an opening, Hill knows he can run away from defenders.

“In the open field, going north and south, I’m hard to take down,” Hill said.

He also points out that his speed gives a good contrast to fullback Austin Hogan.

“He’s the hard hitting back, and I’m the speed guy of the group,” Hill said.

Hill hopes last week’s game is only a sign of things to come for him and the Panthers.

“My main goals are to stay healthy and make the playoffs,” Hill said.

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Football: Panthers look for second straight win

The Paradise Panthers put everything together on both sides of the football last Friday to pick up their first win of the season, 42-14, over Jacksboro.

“It was big for the team,” said Paradise coach Scott Broussard. “They now understand what they are capable of. We’ve been telling them all year. We’ve been playing better. Every week we want to improve and if we do that, we’ll be OK.”

The Panthers’ next challenge is to pick up a second win as they return home for homecoming at 7:30 p.m. Friday against the Krum Bobcats (1-2).

Against Jacksboro, the Panthers’ running game churned out 337 yards. Austin Hogan and Chris Hill each topped 100 yards. Hill finished with 178 yards and four touchdowns.

Broussard credits his backs for running hard, but also pointed out it was a solid night for the big guys up front.

“Our offensive line has gotten better each week,” Broussard said. “It’s fun to run when they are blocking like that.”

The Panthers forced a pair of turnovers. Jacksboro scored its two touchdowns on passing plays covering 38 and 58 yards.

“Defensively, we are playing well,” Broussard said. “We’ve still got to make improvements.”

The Panthers will face a Krum team that was shut out for a second time in three weeks Friday in a 31-0 loss to Sanger. But the Bobcats showed what they are capable of offensively in their middle game, a 47-39 win over Venus.

Broussard points out that the Bobcats can be dangerous with running back Dane White.

KRUM (1-2) AT PARADISE (1-2)

7:30 p.m. at Panther Stadium

Krum: Harris Rating 193

Notable: Krum has been shut out twice in 3 games.

Paradise: Harris Rating 191

Notable: Chris Hill and Austin Hogan went over 100 yards last week.

Harris line: Krum by 1

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Volleyball: Paradise aces district opener

The Paradise Lady Panthers had no trouble Friday in their District 9-3A opener.

Behind a strong all-round night from Shelby Bradshaw, the Lady Panthers swept Jacksboro 25-22, 25-20, 25-9.

Bradshaw racked up 10 kills along with serving seven aces. She also had nine digs and a block.

Offensively, Paradise piled up 28 kills in the three games.

“We are starting to peak and are improving in all areas,” said Paradise coach Susie Burt. “I’m looking forward to a great season.”

Reagan Taylor and Jett Preather recorded five kills each. Amber French added four.

At the service line, Taylor had four aces. French served two.

Defensively, Madi Horne made 19 digs. Mackinlie Tucker finished with 13.

Taylor and Johnna Headley blocked two shots apiece.

Paradise continued district play Tuesday at home against Henrietta.

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Cross Country: Lady Panthers secure 4th place at invitational

The Paradise Lady Panthers brought home fourth Saturday at the Gerald Richey Invitational at Grand Prairie.

The Lady Panthers finished with 108 points. Kaufman won the meet with 41. Holliday was third with 52.

Hannah Beth Pearson turned in Paradise’s best time, running 12:49 for 14th on the two-mile course. Kaylee McConnell ran 12:56 for 15th. Taylor Richards ran 13:08 for 21st, and Emily Corbin 13:25 for 32nd. Kaitlyn Robinson was the fifth Paradise runner to finish, taking 37th in 13:30.

Aliyah Read took 39th in 13:31. Emily Brinson finished 41st in 13:32.

In the boys meet, Paradise finished 10th with 299 points.

J.D. Pearson finished the three-mile course in 17:53 for 20th. Sam Robinson took 29th in 18:17. Dalton Sanders was 78th in 20:01. Gage Schneck finished 99th in 20:52, and Garrett Schneck 105th in 21:07. Patrick Dorado ran 21:26 for 110th.

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Football: Panthers slay Tigers, 42-14

Paradise brought home its first victory of the season with a 42-14 rout of Jacksboro Friday night.

The Panthers exploded to life in the second quarter with three consecutive touchdowns by Chris Hill. The Tigers answered back with a touchdown with three minutes left in the half, but Paradise was able to raise its lead to 28-7 over Jacksboro 7 in the final 18 seconds.

Hill led Paradise in rushing with 111 yards. Paradise controlled the ground rushing for 337 yards to Jacksboro’s 134. The Tigers dominated the air with 193 passing yards to the Panther’s total of 22.

In the third quarter, the Tigers slipped up and handed possession to Paradise’s Nick Loney on the Panther 20-yard line. Loney ran in an 80-yard fumble recovery.

The Panthers scored a final 23-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter.

PARADISE 42, JACKSBORO 14

Paradise … 0 … 28 … 6 … … 8 … – … 42
Jacksboro … 0 … 7 … 7 … … 0 … – … 14

SECOND QUARTER

Paradise – 10:17, Chris Hill 10 run, Preather PAT.

Paradise – 8:02 Hill 11 run, PAT failed.

Paradise – 5:18 Hill 8 run, PAT failed.

Jacksboro – 3:08 Tyler Pippn 38 pass to Cody Gary, Pippin kick.

Paradise – :18 Hill 4 run, Preather PAT

THIRD QUARTER

Paradise – 7:37 Nick Loney 80 fumble recovery, PAT failed.

Jacksboro – 6:49 Pippin 58 pass to Gary, Pippin kick.

FOURTH QUARTER

Paradise – 10:01 Austin Hogan 23 run, Preather to Brown PAT

JACKSBORO … PARADISE

First Downs … 11 … 23
Rushes-Yards … 134 … 59-337
Passing Yards … 193 … 22
Total Yards … 327 … 359
Comp-Att-Int … 11-29-1 … 2-5-0
Punts-Avg. … 2-23.5 … 1-43
Fumbles-lost … 1-1 … 2-1
Penalties … 10-100 … 2-10

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

Rushing – Paradise, Hill 21-111; Jacksboro, Watson Collin Kinder 17-63.

Receiving – Paradise, Darian Sotomi 1-12; Gary 2-96.

Passing – Paradise, Chase Thompson 1-4-1 7 yards; Jacksboro, Pippin 10-25-0 186 yards.

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Volleyball: Paradise falls in five sets; Lake Worth holds on

The Paradise Lady Panthers fought back Tuesday to force a fifth set against Lake Worth – but they couldn’t complete the rally.

Lake Worth held on to take the fifth game and the match 25-19, 17-25, 25-19, 11-25, 15-11.

Reagan Taylor led the Paradise attack with 13 kills and six blocks. Shelby Bradshaw added 12 kills, and Jett Preather eight.

Emily Corbin tallied 28 assists.

Preather served three aces, and Bradshaw two.

Defensively, Bradshaw made 10 digs. Lacy Mantooth had eight digs, and Emily Corbin seven. Taylor dug six shots, and Preather five.

The Lady Panthers started 9-3A play Friday at Jacksboro. Paradise will play Henrietta at home Tuesday at 4:30 p.m.

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Cristian David Rivera

Jose and Nora Rivera of Paradise announce the birth of a son, Cristian David Rivera, on Aug. 26, 2014, at Wise Regional Health System in Decatur.

He weighed 7 pounds and was 19 3/4 inches long.

He has one brother: Josiah Rivera, 4; and one sister Jazmine Rivera, 14.

Grandparents are Jose Rivera of Mexico, Ludivina De Leon of Bridgeport, Reginaldo Contreras and Lupe Sosa of Mexico.

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Bomb threat empties Paradise school

Paradise Junior High students and faculty were evacuated around midday Tuesday after a bomb threat.

The threat was found scrawled on a bathroom stall. After the evacuation, Wise County Sheriff’s deputies and a bomb-sniffing dog searched the campus, according to Paradise ISD Assistant Superintendent Patti Seckman. No suspicious packages were found, nor did the dog smell explosives.

Students were allowed back on campus about 1:30 p.m. Sheriff David Walker said the note was scratched into the paint on a stall. He said there are no suspects at this time.

“We sent a fairly large crew to check it out,” Walker said. “The investigation will continue, but everything appears to be in order.”

Seckman said parents were notified shortly after the children were taken from the junior high to the high school gym. She said the district is hopeful of finding the culprit.

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Football: Panthers look for 1st victory in Jacksboro

The Paradise Panthers put themselves in position for a victory last week against Henrietta – but couldn’t make plays in the end to score their first win of the year.

“I was pleased with the effort,” said coach Scott Broussard. “We fought hard and had the opportunity to win. We had a touchdown called back at the end.”

The Panthers (0-2) will try for that elusive first win this week when they head to Jacksboro at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

To get the win, the Panthers must eliminate the untimely penalties and missed tackles that plagued them against Henrietta.

“On all three series they scored, we had opportunities to stop them,” Broussard explained. “We had a penalty for a late hit that kept a drive going. We had them at third-and-17 and missed a tackle.

“The kids are flying around and playing hard. We just have to correct some mistakes.”

The Panthers’ offense struggled early against Henrietta. Chris Hill ran for 106 yards in the loss.

“It took us a while to get going. In the second half, we started finding some holes,” Broussard said.

Paradise will face a Jacksboro squad that lost its opener Friday to Breckenridge 42-19. Breckenridge rolled up 329 yards on the ground against the Tigers.

Jacksboro’s offense is led by quarterback Chase Thompson, who threw for 162 yards last week. The Tigers put the ball in the air 29 times.

“They throw the ball a whole lot. It’ll be a big challenge for our secondary,” Broussard said.

PARADISE (0-2) AT JACKSBORO (1-1)

7:30 p.m. at Jacksboro ISD Stadium

Paradise: Harris Rating 174

Notable: Paradise’s Chris Hill ran for 106 yards last week.

Jacksboro: Harris Rating 190

Notable: The Tigers lost to Breckenridge 42-19 last week.

.Harris line: Jacksboro by 14

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Volleyball: Boyd, Paradise start 9-3A play

After three tournaments and a lengthy non-district schedule, the Paradise Lady Panthers and Boyd Lady Yellowjackets begin battling in District 9-3A this week.

The Lady Panthers open district at Jacksboro at 4 p.m. Friday. Boyd will be at home at noon Saturday against City View.

In a new league that also includes Bowie, Nocona and Henrietta, Boyd coach Dusty Crafton said it will be a battle every match.

“We have seen all the district opponents,” Crafton said. “It’s a tough district with a lot of good teams. It’ll be a dogfight every match.

“It’ll come down to heart and which teams have it.”

Boyd enters district at 14-11. The Lady Yellowjackets finished fourth in the silver bracket at the Buckle Up for Lane’s Sake Tournament in Nocona over the weekend.

Crafton said her team continues to improve as they try to nail down the program’s second playoff berth. In their postseason debut last year, the Lady Yellowjackets made the second round.

“Hopefully it all comes together at the right time,” Crafton said. “We’re bringing in such a new group. Hopefully our girls step up to the challenge.”

Maddie Busch leads the Lady Yellowjackets in kills and has played solid in the middle. Britney Howard paces the Boyd defense as the libero.

“We always preach defense first. There’s always room for improvement,” Crafton said.

Paradise went 1-2 in the silver bracket Saturday in Nocona with a loss to Boyd.

The Lady Panthers enter district with a potent group of hitters – Jett Preather, Reagan Taylor and Shelby Bradshaw.

Paradise continues to play its signature scrappy defense behind Amber French and Madi Horne.

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Volleyball: Paradise goes 1-2

The Paradise Lady Panthers went 1-2 in the silver bracket Saturday at the Buckle Up for Lane’s Sake Tournament in Nocona.

After a 25-23, 25-15 win over Petrolia, Paradise dropped matches to Boyd (25-14, 16-25, 25-18) and Holliday (25-14, 25-18).

Paradise went 2-2 in pool play with wins over Electra and Collinsville and setbacks against Peaster and Gunter.

Shelby Bradshaw recorded six kills and Amber French had five in the win.

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Leo Aaron Frederick

Leo Aaron Frederick

Leo Aaron Frederick, 83, of Paradise, died Friday, Sept. 5, 2014, in Decatur.

Graveside service is 11:15 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 10, at Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery in Dallas, with full military honors. Burial is under the direction of Jones Family Funeral Home of Bridgeport.

Leo was born June 18, 1931, in Pawhuska, Okla., to Gertrude Lee (Bessie) and Ralph Frederick. He quit school in order to serve his country and received his diploma and college credits through the military. He served in the U.S. Air Force for 21 years.

He married Margery Lou McNamara Aug. 1, 1966, in Waco. After he retired from the military, Leo was a carpenter in the construction business. He and Margery moved to Wise County in 1978.

Leo enjoyed hunting, fishing and carpentry. He was a Mason and a member of Anchorage Lodge No. 17.

He was preceded in death by his parents; son Alan Wayne Frederick; and grandson Bryce Taylor.

Survivors include his wife; sons David Frederick and wife, Mindy, of La Jolla, Calif., Aaron Frederick and wife, Kari, of Argyle, Thomas Taylor and wife, Brenda, of Justin, and Mark Taylor and wife, Donna, of Euless; daughter Diana Wallace and husband, Allen, of Fort Worth; sister Arlene Carroll of Pawhuska; 16 grandchildren; and 23 great-grandchildren.

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15 Wise residents earn degrees from Weatherford College

August graduation from Weatherford College included 15 students from Wise County – two of them earning double recognition.

Seven Decatur students, three from Paradise, two each from Boyd and Runaway Bay and one student from Chico finished up their WC careers this summer.

They were:

Boyd: Jackie Delaine Lodes, associate of arts in general studies; Desirea Rachelle Nelson, associate of arts and associate of science, both in general studies.

Chico: Shanita Nichelle Weatherly, associate of arts in general studies.

Decatur: Omar Raven Baltierra, associate of arts in general studies; Crystal Bialas, associate of arts in general studies; Ruby G. Rivera, vocational nursing certificate; Amber Renese Rodriguez, AAS in respiratory care; Brenda G. Pacheco, associate of arts in general studies; Chaneylee Margaret Gentry, associate of arts in general studies; Nancy Zamora, vocational nursing certificate.

Paradise: Lisa Brown, AAS in accounting and the accounting clerk certificate; Kristina A. Kemp, associate of arts in general studies; Mercedes Katherine Smith, associate of arts in general studies.

Runaway Bay: April Michelle Plyler, associate of arts in general studies; and Samantha Kaye Underwood, associate of arts in general studies.

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Football: Panthers come up short against Henrietta

The Henrietta Bearcats rode a bus to Paradise Friday night, but once the game started they went airborne – ultimately outscoring the Panthers 20-13.

REACHING OUT – Paradise’s Darian Sotomi goes for a pass during the Panthers’ loss to Henrietta Friday. Sotomi led Paradise in receiving for the night. Messenger Photo by Joe Duty

Henrietta bumped its record to 2-0, and put Paradise in an 0-2 hole, by completing 17 of 26 passes for 287 yards.

In every other aspect of the game, the Panthers held their own. Led by Chris Hill’s 106 yards on 11 carries, the Panthers outrushed Henrietta 171 yards to 113 on the night, gaining 11 first downs to Henrietta’s 15.

The ‘Cats scored first, as quarterback Riley Watson ran a five-yard keeper to paydirt less than four minutes into the contest. The extra-point kick made it 7-0.

Paradise answered with just 1:24 to play in the half when Austin Hogan rumbled for an 8-yard touchdown, making it 7-6 after the PAT pass attempt failed.

But with just six seconds left on the clock, Watson went to the air and found Jaylon Curtis for a 34-yard touchdown. The extra-point kick was blocked, but it was 13-6 at the half.

Henrietta made it 20-6 less than three minutes into the third quarter when Watson again called his own number and scored from seven yards out.

The Panthers answered at the 6:07 mark on a 12-yard pass from Cash Preather to Darian Sotomi. Carlos Powers’ extra-point kick made it 20-13.

But a scoreless fourth quarter doomed the home team.

Paradise lost two fumbles and punted six times for a 28-yard average. The Bearcats lost a fumble and had a poor night punting the ball, averaging just 18.5 yards on four punts.

The Panthers will go on the road against Jacksboro next Friday, still looking for their first win.

HENRIETTA 20, PARADISE 13

Henrietta … 7 … 6 … 7 … … 0 … – … 20
Paradise … 0 … 6 … 7 … … 0 … – … 13

FIRST QUARTER

Henrietta – 8:21, Riley Watson 5 run, PAT Dowell

SECOND QUARTER

Paradise – 1:24, Austin Hogan 8 run, PAT failed

Henrietta – :06, Watson 34 pass to Jaylon Curtis, PAT failed.

THIRD QUARTER

Henrietta – Watson 7 run, PAT Dowell.

Paradise – 6:07, Cash Preather 12 pass to Darian Sotomi, PAT Powers.

HENRIETTA … PARADISE

First Downs … 15 … 11
Rushes-Yards … 33-113 … 34-171
Passing Yards … 287 … 49
Total Yards … 400 … 220
Comp-Att-Int … 17-26-1 … 3-8-0
Punts-Avg. … 4-19 … 6-29
Fumbles-lost … 3-1 … 4-2
Penalties … 5-50 … 6-41

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

Rushing – Paradise, Hill 11-106; Henrietta, Watson 17-93.

Receiving – Paradise, Sotomi 2-36; Henrietta, Curtis 5-89.

Passing – Paradise, Preather 3-8-0 49; Henrietta, Watson 17-26-1 287.

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Volleyball: Paradise takes third

The Paradise Lady Panthers brought home third place last weekend at the Fort Worth Southwest Tournament.

The Lady Panthers beat the tournament host Southwest 25-16, 25-12 in the third-place match.

Shelby Bradshaw netted five kills and 10 digs along with a pair of aces. Reagan Taylor and Jett Preather put down four kills each.

Emily Corbin handed out 14 assists and Amber French eight.

Madi Horne made 11 digs. Horne and French served three aces each.

Paradise went 3-2 at the tournament. In pool play, the Lady Panthers started out with a 25-24, 20-25, 25-23 win over Grand Prairie. MacKinlie Tucker made 31 digs, filling in as a libero. Taylor had 10 kills, and Corbin 23 assists.

In their next match, Paradise fell to Western Hills 25-23, 27-29, 25-18. Tucker made 38 digs. Preather recorded 12 kills.

To close out pool play, Paradise beat Northside 25-3, 25-8. Tucker made 14 digs. Preather racked up seven kills.

Paradise dropped its first game in the gold bracket to Alvarado, 25-23, 25-23. Tucker made 27 digs. Preather put down eight kills.

The Lady Panthers opened the Buckle Up for Lane’s Sake Tournament in Nocona Thursday, going 2-2 in pool play.

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Football: Panthers return home

The Paradise Panthers failed to get their offense going Friday night in a season-opening loss to Life Red Oak.

The Panthers managed 220 yards but never reached the end zone again after opening the scoring in the first four minutes of game on the way to a 30-7 loss.

“We struggled. We didn’t block well up front and never got the running game going,” said Paradise coach Scott Broussard.

“Twice we were inside the five and came away with no points.”

Paradise will try to get on track at 7:30 p.m. Friday when it plays its home opener against Henrietta. The Bearcats are coming off a 36-6 victory over Electra.

“They are a good football team,” Broussard said. “They fly around to the ball and are well-coached.”

Henrietta quarterback Riley Watson ran for 99 yards and threw for 112 last week. Henrietta piled up 333 yards against Electra.

Paradise will have to limit the big plays from Watson and company, which they struggled to do against Life Red Oak. The Mustangs scored on runs of 82, 48 and 46 yards.

“We gave up a few big plays,” Broussard said. “We have to cut down on giving up big plays.”

Offensively, the Panthers will continue to go with Cash Preather at quarterback. Making his first start last week, he threw for 137 yards, completing eight of his 13 attempts.

“He had a good night,” Broussard said.

HENRIETTA (1-0) AT PARADISE (0-1)

7:30 p.m. at Panther Stadium

Henrietta: Harris Rating 191

Notable: Cats beat Electra 36-6 in opener.

Paradise: Harris Rating 165

Notable: The Panthers allowed 3 TD runs over 45 yards last week

Harris line: Henrietta by 28

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Home Town Tees

Location: 3338 W. Hwy. 114, Suite 3, Paradise

Phone: 940-969-3680

Fax: 940-969-2068

Email: hometowntees02@yahoo.com

Website: www.hometowntees.com

Owner/management: Kelly Read and Gay Read

Hours: 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday

Products/services: Professional-quality screen printing and embroidery, team uniforms

New Location

NEW LOCATION – The Paradise Chamber of Commerce hosted a ribbon cutting Aug. 22 for the new location of Home Town Tees. Pictured are Kelly Read and Gay Read. Messenger photo by Laura Belcher

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K-Bar Dairy

Location: 237 County Road 3389, Paradise

Phone: 940-389-1500

Email: kbardairy76073@gmail.com

Website: www.k-bardairy.com

Owner/management: Jeff and Kimberley Lambert

Hours: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., 7 days a week

Products/services: Grade A raw milk, cream, yogurt, grass-fed pork and beef

K Bar Dairy

K-BAR DAIRY – The Paradise Chamber of Commerce hosted a ribbon cutting Aug. 22 for K-Bar Dairy. Pictured is owner Kimberley Lambert and her father Steve Adair. Messenger photo by Laura Belcher

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Football: Mustangs buck Panthers, 30-7

The Paradise Panthers drew first blood in their season opener but couldn’t hold onto Life Red Oak Friday night as the Mustangs galloped away with the win.

The Mustangs trampled the Panthers 30 – 7 in Ferris at Yellow Jacket Stadium. Paradise started the season on neutral ground but soon found out they weren’t in friendly territory.

Early in the first quarter Paradise’s Austin Hogan crossed into the end zone to score the Panthers’ lone touchdown. Carlos Powers made a successful point-after kick.

Life Red Oak’s Kaine Blake led the Mustangs in rushing with 176 yard and scored two of its four touchdowns. Blake made his first trip into the end zone during the first quarter then visited again in the second.

In the fourth, the panthers were unable to slow Jalen Crawford who brought in two more Life Red Oak touchdowns.

Panther Chris Hill led Paradise rushing with 63 yards and Darien Sotomi led receiving with 110 yards. Paradise’s Cash Preather led passing with 8 completions for 137 yards.

The Mustangs’ total yards were 419 while Paradise’s was 220.

LIFE RED OAK 30, PARADISE 7

Life Red Oak … 6 … 10 … 0 … … 14 … – … 30
Paradise … 7 … 0 … 0 … … 0 … – … 7

FIRST QUARTER

Paradise – 8:20, Austin Hogan 1 run, PAT Carlos Powers

Life Red Oak – 4:54, Kaine Blake 2 run, PAT failed

SECOND QUARTER

Life Red Oak – 10:56, Kaine Blake 82 run, PAT Stephen Gonzales

Life Red Oak – :52, Gonzales 31 field goal

FOURTH QUARTER

Life Red Oak – 10:31, Jalen Crawford 46 run, PAT Gonzales

Life Red Oak – 7:21, Jalen Crawford 48 run, PAT Gonzales

PARADISE … L RED OAK

First Downs … 9 … 14
Rushes Yards … 33-93 … 32-327
Passing Yards … 9-14-127 … 33-13-92
Total Yards … 220 … 419
Punts … 4-33 … 2-42
Fumbles lost … 2-0 … 1-0
Penalties … 5-30 … 5-40

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

Rushing – Paradise, Chris Hill 8-63; Life Red Oak, Kaine Blake 22-176.

Receiving – Paradise, Darien Sotoni 5-110; Matt Hipshire 2-25.

Passing – Paradise, Cash Preather 8-13-137; Life Red Oak, Jalen Crawford 4-6-1-36.

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