Paradise ISD sets canvassing date

The Paradise school board will canvass this year’s election results Nov. 17.

The board has two at-large places on the Nov. 4 ballot. Place 3 is held by Kevin Howerton, who is challenged by Vann Wakefield, while Place 4 is held by Carrie Preather, who drew opposition from Jim Taylor.

Early voting for the Paradise school board election started Monday and is 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Oct. 24, and 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 27-31 at three locations:

  • Decatur City Hall, 201 E. Walnut St.
  • Rhome City Hall, 105 1st.
  • Bridgeport Law Enforcement Center, 1000 Thompson St., Bridgeport

Early voting will also be open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 25, and noon to 5 p.m. Oct. 26, at Decatur City Hall only.

On Election Day, the polls will open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the following Paradise-area locations:

  • Precinct 22 – AgriLife Extension Building, 206 S. State, Decatur
  • Precinct 8 – Assumption Catholic Church 1305 S. Deer Park, Decatur
  • Precinct 14 – Bridgeport Lions Hall, 1107 6th St., Bridgeport
  • Precinct 16 – Boonsville Community Center, West on Hwy 920, Boonsville
  • Precinct 17 – First United Methodist Church, Activity Center, 301 S. Oak, Paradise
  • Precinct 20 – Cottondale Comunity Center, 161 CR 3571, Cottondale
  • Precinct 23 – Boyd Community Center, 420 E Morton Ave., Boyd.

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Paradise City Council addresses billing concerns

The Paradise City Council approved three motions Monday night that were later nullified after council members consulted with City Attorney Walt Leonard.

The motions made were in response to public outcry over a recent disruption in water service. In September, water services were disconnected for 26 people following non-payment. Some of the citizens affected complained their bills had not arrived on time.

Currently, Paradise mails out water utility bills on the first of each month and payment is required by the 15th. After the 15th, a late fee is charged and payment is then required by the end of the month or water services are shut off.

According to the city, materials required for the billing process were not delivered to the city secretary Teresa Moody on time and bills were sent on the 15th. Late fees were waived but final payment was still required by the end of the month.

Several complained their water was shut off without enough notification and couldn’t be turn back on for 24 hours. The current process for shutting off water is to do so at the end of the city’s business day. It can turned back on the next day after 3 p.m.

The reason for the 24-hour delay is that the city does not employ water service personnel, but instead shares one part-time person through an agreement with the Walnut Creek Special Utility District.

In response to these complaints, councilmen Brad Largent and Bill Schneck suggested adjusting the time of cutoff and adding a part-time employee to return services immediately upon payment. They also suggested the city send out a final letter informing customers their services would be stopped for non-payment.

Paradise accepts payment via check, money order or online debit.

Motions to enact those changes were made and voted on, but since they were not specifically on the agenda, they were later invalidated. November’s agenda will have a properly worded item to allow the council to discuss and vote.

Other business:

  • The council approved street closures for a church-sponsored fall festival this Sunday and PISD’s annual Jingle Run Dec. 7.
  • Paradise city staff was authorized to negotiate a right-of-way agreement for construction of Dollar General.
  • The renewal of the road repair interlocal agreement with Wise County was tabled, citing needed clarification on whether any services will be rendered by the county.
  • The council also tabled any discussion on altering what day it meets. Steel suggested the meeting return to Thursday nights. Council meetings were changed to Monday nights to accommodate Schneck’s schedule, but he plans to leave the council at the end of the year.
  • The council requested information on possibly hiring a code enforcement officer or police officer. The council wanted to understand what cost they would incur and whether a court would be needed to enforce the officer’s actions.

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Historical societies to preview museum

The Paradise Historical Society will host a countywide historical society meeting 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 11, at the Sagebrush Cafe, 1020 Halsell St., in Bridgeport.

The meeting will include a presentation and a prelude visit to the soon-to-be-open Wise County Veterans Memorial Museum, The Forgotten Wars.

Col. Robert C. “Bob” Johnson, USMC-Ret., will give a presentation, and volunteers will escort small groups to and from the new museum, just a block away. Col. Johnson said this is a “sneak-peak” into what the museum will offer to Wise County citizens.

Though certain areas will be devoted to World War I and World War II, the majority of the displays will be designated to more recent wars and conflicts often forgotten in traditional museums. Donations to support the museum will be accepted during the tour. For information, contact Donna Weeden,, 940-859-3691.

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Cross Country: Paradise’s Norwood takes 8th on broken toe

During a basketball workout last week, Paradise’s Landry Norwood broke his toe.

But the Panther refused to let the injury knock him off the course Monday at the 9-3A cross country championships.

While in pain, Norwood fought his way around the Kiwanis Park 5K course to finish eighth in the boys’ race in 18:28.

Norwood said he didn’t want to let his team down.

“I could feel it, going around the first turn,” he said. “Then it numbed up and I was able to push through it. I just knew this could be my last race.”

In fact, Norwood’s performance assured that it wouldn’t be his last race, as he qualified for the 3A Region II race as an individual. Also, as the third Panther in the top 10, he helped the Paradise squad take second in the team rankings and earn a regional team bid.

“I wanted to make it to regionals as an individual and I did that by getting eighth,” Norwood said. “We also did great as a team.”

Norwood’s gutty race impressed his teammates.

“Landry came through big, running injured,” said J.D. Pearson.

Paradise coach Cody Chandler also offered praise to Norwood.

“You could see he was hurting,” the coach said. “He just pushed through the pain. Some kids wouldn’t have tried it. But we wouldn’t have advanced without him running.”

He now has a week to let his foot heal before the regional meet Nov. 1.

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Football: Boyd, Paradise hunt for victory

The Boyd Yellowjackets and Paradise Panthers renew their rivalry Friday with both coming off losses, hoping to rebound and stay alive in the 4-3A Division I playoff hunt.

The Panthers (1-6, 0-2) visit the Yellowjackets (2-5, 1-1) at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Yellowjacket Stadium.

Running Wild

RUNNING WILD – Boyd’s Qualynn Wells pushes aside a tackler. He enters Friday’s game against Paradise with 1,310 yards rushing. Messenger Photo by Joe Duty

“It’s a big game. We’re starting to run out of time,” said Paradise coach Scott Broussard. “It’s a must-win game.”

Boyd coach Brandon Hopkins added: “They are going to throw everything at us. They need this win. It’s a big rivalry game. We also need to win.”

Boyd slipped last week to Ponder in double overtime, 34-27. Hopkins said the loss was costly as the Yellowjackets lost ground in potential tiebreakers.

“It hurt us because now we’re down in points, only beating Bowie by a point,” Hopkins said. “We need to take care of business the next three weeks. We can be district champs or miss the playoffs.”

Boyd had a chance to win last week’s game but had its extra-point kick blocked after the first overtime. The Yellowjackets couldn’t get in the end zone in the second overtime.

Paradise last week struggled from the opening whistle in a 34-0 loss to Breckenridge. A miscue on the opening kickoff pinned the Panthers deep in their own territory and led to a quick score for the Buckaroos. Paradise never dug out of the hole.

“We started off bad and played on a short field all night,” Broussard said.

Paradise offensively managed just 109 yards against Breckenridge and two yards in the passing game.

“Cash [Preather] played well with several nice passes. We had five to six dropped passes,” Broussard said.

This week, Broussard knows the Panthers will need to find a way to slow Boyd’s running game led by Qualynn Wells and Clay Barnett. Wells has 1,310 yards and 13 touchdowns. Barnett has added 737 yards.

Defensively, the Yellowjackets will be focused on stopping the Panthers’ rushing attack featuring Austin Hogan and Chris Hill.

“They are going to try to run right at us,” Hopkins said.

Searching for a Win

SEARCHING FOR A WIN – Paradise back Austin Hogan rumbles upfield. Hogan and the Panthers will be looking for their first win in district Friday at Boyd. Messenger Photo by Joe Duty

PARADISE (1-6, 0-2) AT BOYD (2-5, 1-1)

7:30 p.m. at Yellowjacket Stadium

Paradise: Harris Rating 182

Notable: The Panthers managed only 2 passing yards last week.

Boyd: Harris Rating 207

Notable: The Yellowjackets lost a second multiple-overtime game last week.

Harris line: Boyd by 20

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Volleyball: Paradise outlasts Bowie

After falling behind 2-1, the Paradise Lady Panthers fought for the needed extra points in the fourth set to stay alive.

The Lady Panthers then won the match in the fifth set, 25-21, 22-25, 13-25, 26-24, 15-9.

The victory moved them into a tie for third in District 9-3A at 7-4.

Jett Preather led the Lady Panthers with 14 kills and 19 digs. Reagan Taylor added 10 kills to go along with two aces, six blocks and seven digs.

Shelby Bradshaw put down nine kills and made 15 digs.

Madi Horne dug 18 shots.

The Lady Panthers will head to Holliday Tuesday. Paradise will go to Boyd Friday for a crucial match. The two teams headed into Tuesday tied for third in the league.

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Cross Country: Lady Panthers take second

Hannah Beth Pearson jumped out to the early lead in the 9-3A girls’ cross country championship race Monday.

“I usually start fast,” the Paradise freshman explained. “I have short legs and if I start slow I get stuck in the back.”

Holding On

HOLDING ON – Paradise’s Hannah Beth Pearson took fourth at the 9-3A meet Monday in Wichita Falls. Messenger photo by Richard Greene

Pearson’s lead lasted only the first two minutes of the race, but she was able to hold on to take fourth, finishing the 3,200-meter course in 12:25.

Holliday’s Cryslan Tucker won the 9-3A title in 11:46. Chloe Zeisman took second in 12:08. Nocona’s Miriam Diaz was third in 12:15.

“The girls in front kept a good pace,” Pearson said.

Led by Pearson, Paradise finished second with 48 points. Top-ranked Holliday won the league title with 32 points.

Paradise made a strong run at the Lady Eagles, putting four runners in the top 12 with all breaking 13 minutes.

Paradise advances to the 3A race at the Region II meet Nov. 1 at Lynn Creek Park in Grand Prairie.

“The kids did a great job,” said Paradise coach Karin Essig. “They cut their times. The goal is to keep getting better and hopefully have that one race where it all comes together. We’ll keep plugging away.”

Making a late-race charge, Kaylee McConnell took fifth in 12:34.

“I did good. I was proud of my kick at the finish. I was not going to let the Holliday girl pass me,” McConnell said.

April Coursey took 11th in 12:53, finishing a spot and a second ahead of Taylor Richards. Aliyah Read crossed the finish line in 16th as the fifth Paradise runner in 13:11.

Emily Brinson was 17th in 13:12, and Emily Corbin 18th in 13:26.

Boyd finished sixth with 177 points. Kendal Brewer ran 14:34 for 32nd. Mackenzie Elkins took 33rd in 14:38. Lizeth Uribe was 36th in 14:43, and Amy Sanders 37th in 14:50. Chastity Cook finished 39th in 15:45.

Brianna Morrison took 43rd in 16:07.

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Meeting Previews for Saturday, October 18, 2014


BOYD ISD – The Boyd School Board meets 6:30 p.m. Monday and plans to discuss approving a Boyd High School field trip to the FFA National Convention in Louisville Kentucky as well as construction plans for a show animal project facility. The board will also consider softball field renovations.


LICENSING LIQUOR – The Bridgeport City Council will discuss adding alcohol beverage licenses and fees to the city’s code of ordinances at its meeting Tuesday night. It will also discuss fiscal year 2013-14 budget adjustments; award a city landscaping bid to either All Wise Garden Butch Haas, or Cut and Grow; and consider a proposal for a real estate broker to sell Rutherford Ranch. The meeting is at 7 p.m. at City Hall, 900 Thompson St. and is open to the public.

SOCCER, ANYONE? – The Bridgeport School Board will discuss adding a soccer program to the high school at its meeting Monday night. The board will also hear reports on the dual-language program and the district’s Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas (FIRST) score. It will also continue earlier discussions about possible facility renovations. These include Bull Memorial Stadium and baseball dugout renovations, as well as the building of an agriculture science barn. The meeting is at 7 p.m. at 2107 15th St. and is open to the public.


PARADISE COUNCIL – The Paradise City Council meets 6 p.m. Monday to discuss street closures for the Jingle Run and a church-sponsored autumn event. The council will also decide whether or not to purchase a building and discuss road repair and the Wise County Appraisal District’s contract for billing and collection services.

PISD MEETING – The Paradise School Board will meet 6:30 p.m. Monday and plans to set a date to canvass the Nov. 4 election results and for the employee appreciation dinner. The board will also consider the district’s contract with Wise County Appraisal District for collections.

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Meet PISD’s school board candidates

Three spots on the Paradise ISD school board will go before the voters Nov. 4. The at-large seats are 3, 4, and 5.

Rusty Ford is unopposed for place 5, but places 3 and 4 are up for grabs.

Incumbent Kevin Howerton is challenged by Vann Wakefield for place 3, and Jim Taylor faces off against place 4 incumbent Carrie Preather.

Short biographies of the candidates, and their responses to questions concerning the challenges facing Paradise ISD’s school board, follow.


Kevin Howerton (incumbent)

Age: 51

Howerton has lived in Wise County for 51 years, the last 10 in Paradise, where he currently resides.

Howerton has been married for 25 years to his wife Celina. They have three daughters: Ally, 21, Rylee, 18 and Kaycie, 16.

His wife taught at PISD for 15 years, and he has many friends who teach in the district. He said he wants to serve to help keep the school going forward now that it’s back on track.

“The uphill climb now is state funding,” Howerton said. “A large number of schools like PISD have lost a considerable amount of funds from the state. It will take a strong effort from all the districts to get their voices heard. The board’s role should be to evaluate and support the Superintendent’s plans as they discover and move forward.”

Despite multiple attempts to contact challenger Vann Wakefield, there was no response as of press time.


Carrie Cleveland Preather (incumbent)

Age: 40

Preather has lived in the area for 40 years and resides in Paradise.

She is married to Larry Preather and has two children, Cash and Jett Preather, both active at PISD in academics and extracurricular activities. She said her children are looking forward to completing their senior year next spring.

Preather said It has been a pleasure to watch her children thrive at PISD over the last 12 years. She believes their time at Paradise has prepared them to be active, responsible and educated leaders in the future.

She graduated from PHS (1993) as did her parents and other family members over the years. Her mother taught in PISD for 25 years.

She said her love for Paradise is deep-rooted, and serving on the school board is her way of giving back. She said she is prepared for the issues the district is facing.

“I feel the major issue facing PISD today is the state funding cuts,” Preather said. “As a board, we work closely with our Superintendent Robert Criswell to ensure the money we receive is used wisely for the good of the children at PISD.”


Age: 60

Taylor, a Wise County resident since 1989. lives in Cottondale.

He has five grandchildren and two nieces in PISD, from pre-K to high school. In the past 20 years he has had three children and seven nieces and nephews graduate from Paradise High School. Taylor’s wife of 42 years, Patti, works for WG Financial in Bridgeport and Mann Refrigeration.

He said he wants to serve because because of his vested interest in Paradise ISD. He has previously served on the school board, so he already possesses the ability and experience to be effective.

“The major issue facing Paradise ISD is stability. In the past 18 months every administrative position from superintendent to elementary school principal and athletic director has changed personnel,” Taylor said. “The superintendent position is yet to be filled. It will be the task of the new board to provide the stability of purpose, goal, strategic and long-range planning.

“The first step is selection of a superintendent to operate under the leadership of the board. Change must be controlled and channeled to meet the 5-, 10-, 20-year goals and strategies as determined by the board. The fact of complete change in administrative staff from superintendent to elementary principal in a short period of time says the board has had to move from strategic planning to operational planning and firefighting.

“The board is the voice of the voters in determining the short and long term goals and strategies for the district.”


Early voting for the Paradise school board election will be 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 20-24, and 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 27-31 at three locations:

  • Decatur City Hall, 201 E. Walnut St., Decatur
  • Rhome City Hall, 105 1st., Rhome
  • Bridgeport Law Enforcement Center, 1000 Thompson St., Bridgeport

Early voting will also be open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 25, and noon to 5 p.m. Oct. 26, at Decatur City Hall only.

On election day, the polls will open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the following Paradise-area locations:

  • Precinct 22 – AgriLife Extension Building, 206 S. State, Decatur
  • Precinct 8 – Assumption Catholic Church 1305 S. Deer Park, Decatur
  • Precinct 14 – Bridgeport Lions Hall, 1107 6th St., Bridgeport
  • Precinct 16 – Boonsville Community Center, West on Hwy 920, Boonsville
  • Precinct 17 – First United Methodist Church, Activity Center, 301 S. Oak, Paradise
  • Precinct 20 – Cottondale Community Center, 161 CR 3571, Cottondale
  • Precinct 23 – Boyd Community Center, 420 E Morton Ave., Boyd.

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Football: Buckaroos blank Paradise, 34-0

The Breckenridge Buckaroos shut down the Paradise Panthers Friday night.

The Buckaroos held Paradise to just 109 yards of offense in a 34-0 victory at Panther Stadium.

The Panthers fell to 1-6 overall and 0-2 in District 4-3A Division I.

Austin Hogan provided nearly half of the Panthers’ offensive output, rushing for 40 yards on nine carries. Nick Loney added 38 yards on the ground.

Paradise managed just two yards passing.

Breckenridge took the lead just more than three minutes into the game on a 1-yard run by Austin Dooley. Dooley added a 8-yard dash to pay dirt with 1:45 left in the opening frame to put the Buckaroos up 13-0.

Dooley led all rushers with 86 yards on 15 carries.

Breckenridge rushed for 182 yards.

The Buckaroos added a pair of scores in the second quarter to take a 27-0 halftime lead. Cade Cornett scored on a 13-yard run and then hit Brandon Hunter with a 43-yard pass.

Cornett threw for 104 yards, completing six of his 11 attempts.

Hunter provided the nightcap with 7:29 left in the fourth quarter, scoring on a 2-yard run.


Breckenridge … 13 … 14 … 0 … 7 … – … 34
Paradise … 0 … 0 … 0 … 0 … – … 0


Breckenridge – 8:49, Austin Dooley 1 run, kick failed

Breckenridge – 1:45, Dooley 8 run, Omar Aguilar kick


Breckenridge – 7:25, Cade Cornett 13 run, Aguilar kick

Breckenridge – 1:40, Brandon Hunter 43 pass from Cornett, Aguilar kick


Breckenridge – 7:29, Hunter 2 run, Aguilar kick


First Downs … 17 … 7
Rushes-Yards … 37-182 … 30-107
Passing Yards … 104 … 2
Total Yards … 286 … 109
Comp-Att-Int … 6-11-1 … 1-10-1
Punts-Average … 2-38.5 … 5-34.4
Fumbles-Lost … 3-0 … 0-0
Penalties-Yards … 6-55 … 5-45


Rushing: Breckenridge, Austin Dooley 15-86. Paradise, Austin Hogan 9-40.

Passing: Breckenridge, Cade Cornett 6-11-1-104. Paradise, Cash Preather 1-10-1-2.

Receiving: Breckenridge, Brandon Hunter 4-87. Paradise, Chris Hill 1-2.

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Volleyball: Henrietta bests Paradise

The Paradise Lady Panthers couldn’t steal a game against District 9-3A leader Henrietta Tuesday.

Henrietta won the match 25-17, 25-17, 25-19.

With the loss, Paradise fell to 6-4 in the district. The Lady Panthers are in fourth place, heading into Saturday’s match at home against Bowie.

Against Henrietta, Shelby Bradshaw put down 10 kills. Jett Preather added eight finishers, and Reagan Taylor five.

Taylor made seven blocks and five digs. Preather dug 17 shots, and Bradshaw 11. Madi Horne made nine digs.

Bradshaw netted two aces.

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Cross Country: Running duo – Pearsons pace Paradise squads

Over the past three years, J.D. Pearson has become one of the Paradise Panthers’ top cross country runners.

But in his senior year, he’s not the only member of his family standing out on the course as his freshman sister, Hannah Beth, has become one of the Lady Panthers’ most consistent performers.

Leading the Way

LEADING THE WAY – The brother-sister combination of Hannah Beth and J.D. Pearson have paced the Paradise cross country teams this year. Messenger Photo by Joe Duty

“It’s been great seeing her do what she’s done,” J.D. said. “She’s deserved all she’s got. She’s worked really hard.”

The Pearsons will try to help their respective teams to titles Monday at the 9-3A championships in Wichita Falls at Kiwanis Park.

J.D. started running in junior high but claims he didn’t take to the sport until high school.

“I enjoyed it and my freshman year I did OK,” he explained. “My sophomore year, I started to get better.

“I ran at first to stay in shape for other sports, but I found out I can compete in this sport, too.”

This year after a strong start, J.D. suffered some bad breaks in recent meets, dealing with heat and illness. He expects to be 100 percent Monday and challenge Boyd’s Marco Martinez for the district title.

“I expect to shave some time off,” he said. “I think it’ll be a good race.”

In middle school, Hannah Beth watched the Lady Panthers develop into a perennial state contender.

“The girls did so good when I was in seventh grade that it made me want to be a part of it,” she said.

The eighth-grade district champion hasn’t let her opportunity to contribute slide by. Even on a team with several veterans returning, she’s managed to lead the team as the top finisher multiple times this season.

“She’s had a great year,” said Paradise coach Karin Essig. “She works hard and fits in with the team.”

But the freshman isn’t concerned with her time or finish.

“I just want to make my team the best,” she said. “I want us to win.”

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Cross Country: Boyd, Paradise run at titles

The first step on the path to Round Rock for Boyd and Paradise runners will be Monday in Wichita Falls at the 9-3A championships.

The Boyd and Paradise boys and girls squads will fight for one of the three regional bids at Kiwanis Park in Wichita Falls. The top 10 individuals will also advance.

The Paradise Lady Panthers enter the meet trying to chase down Holliday, the top-ranked team in Class 3A. Paradise enters the league meet ranked No. 3.

The two have raced against each other several times this season with Holliday coming out ahead.

“It’s going to be a good race,” said Paradise coach Karin Essig. “We get better each week. Every week we’ve got a step closer to them.”

The meet will also feature a third state-ranked team, Nocona, which was fourth in this week’s state poll.

Freshman Hannah Beth Pearson owns the Lady Panthers’ best time of 12:28, heading into district. Kaylee McConnell, Taylor Richards, April Coursey and Emily Corbin are also running well. After an early-season injury, Aliyah Read is also coming into form.

In the boys race, Boyd senior Marco Martinez appears to be the favorite after a strong fall. He won the Hebron Flying Hawk 4A race last week, running a 16:51 on a sloppy course.

“Marco should win district,” said Boyd coach Oscar Hernandez. “He’s worked hard and has been running good. He’s won three meets.”

Nathan Martinez along Cameron and Aaron Hammett give the Yellowjackets a solid top four. Boyd will need their fifth runner Tanner White, Aaron Roberts-Wright, Keaton Ford or Corbin McDonald to turn in a solid run to bring home the title.

“The whole team has to run a little better,” Hernandez said.

The Paradise boys should be in the mix with J.D. Pearson, Sam Robinson and Landry Norwood leading the way.

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Football: Ponder claws past Panthers

Chris Hill’s 19-yard touchdown reception from Cash Preather with 1:37 left brought the Paradise Panthers within a score of the Ponder Lions Saturday night.

But the Panthers couldn’t get the ball back, falling 21-14 in the District 4-3A Division I opener.

Paradise fell to 1-5 overall.

The game was stopped Friday by storms. The two teams returned Saturday to finish the league opener.

Hill scored both of the Panthers’ touchdowns. He found pay dirt from 26 yards out with 1:38 left in the first half to cut Ponder’s lead to 14-7. Hill led the Panthers with 88 yards on 11 carries. He caught three passes for 45.

Ponder jumped out to 14-0 lead with 4:44 left in the second quarter. After quarterback Brady Anderson scored on a 39-yard run, Trey Dunlap scored from 10 yards away to make it a two-score advantage for the Lions.

Dunlap rushed for 109 yards.

He scored the Lions’ other touchdown, running in from five yards out with 5:40 left in the third.

Ponder rolled up 331 yards, including 203 on the ground.

The Paradise offense struggled to find its footing against Ponder, managing 222 yards.


Ponder … 7 … 7 … 7 … 0 … – … 21
Paradise … 0 … 7 … 0 … 7 … – … 14


Ponder – 5:15, Brady Anderson 39 run, Ivan Rodriguez kick


Ponder – 4:44, Trey Dunlap 10 run, Rodriguez kick

Paradise – 1:38, Chris Hill 26 run, Carlos Powers kick


Ponder – 5:40, Dunlap 5 run, Rodriguez kick


Paradise – 1:37, Hill 19 pass from Cash Preather, Carlos Powers kick


First Downs … 16 … 12
Rushes-Yards … 36-203 … 33-158
Passing Yards … 128 … 64
Total Yards … 331 … 222
Comp-Att-Int … 5-8-0 … 6-16-0
Punts-Average … 2-43 … 5-33.6
Fumbles-Lost … 2-1 … 0-0
Penalties-Yards … 7-50 … 7-65


Rushing: Ponder, Trey Dunlap 24-109. Paradise, Chris Hill 11-88.

Passing: Ponder, Brady Anderson 5-8-0-128. Paradise, Cash Preather 6-16-0-64.

Receiving: Ponder, David Faughtenberry 2-72. Paradise, Chris Hill 3-45.

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Volleyball: Panthers dominate City View

Jett Preather and Reagan Taylor led the assault at the net for the Paradise Lady Panthers Saturday in a three-game sweep of City View.

Preather put down 11 kills, and Taylor 10 in the 25-13, 25-17, 25-9 win.

Paradise moved to 6-3 in District 9-3A.

Shelby Bradshaw and Johnna Headley netted four kills each.

Bradshaw and Madi Horne served two aces apiece.

Horne led the Lady Panthers on defense with 13 digs. Amber French made eight, and Bradshaw seven.

Taylor blocked four shots.

Paradise went to district-leading Henrietta Tuesday.

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Football: Paradise seeks first district win

The Paradise Panthers couldn’t start District 4-3A Division I play off the way they wanted Saturday, falling to Ponder.

Inopportune penalties and struggles on offense limited the Panthers’ chances in a 21-14 loss.

“We didn’t play well,” said Paradise coach Scott Broussard. “We had penalties or missed a blocking assignment and missed opportunities to make plays. They made the big plays and we missed tackles.”

The Panthers will try to rebound at 7:30 p.m. Friday at home against Breckenridge. The Buckaroos (2-4, 0-1) are coming off an 18-3 loss to Brock in their 4-3A opener.

“They are OK on film,” Broussard said. “They are big and pretty athletic. Their quarterback runs good.”

Breckenridge’s offense led by quarterback Cade Cornett managed only 91 yards last week against Brock.

The Panthers will look to bottle up the Buckaroos also but must make plays on the defensive of the ball. Against Ponder, Paradise allowed 203 yards rushing.

“They moved the ball well on the ground,” Broussard said. “We had some missed tackles and people out of position.”

Offensively, the Panthers will need to be able to make plays in the passing game to free up running lanes for running back Chris Hill.

“We need to get the passing game rolling and get better,” Broussard said.

BRECKENRIDGE (2-4, 0-1) AT PARADISE (1-5, 0-1)

7:30 p.m. at Panther Stadium

Breckenridge: Harris Rating 211

Notable: The Buckaroos managed only 91 yards in a loss to Brock last week.

Paradise: Harris Rating 184

Notable: The Panthers’ Chris Hill scored twice against Ponder.

Harris line: Breckenridge by 21

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Paradise ISD has two spots on Nov. ballot

Early voters looking to decide the Paradise school board election Nov. 4 will have to cast their ballots outside the city.

Full three-year terms for Places 3 and 4 are up for grabs with Place 5 secured by Rusty Ford, who’s running unopposed. Incumbent Kevin Howerton is being challenged by Vann Wakefield for Place 3 and Jim Taylor faces off against Place 4 incumbent Carrie Preather.

PISD is partnering with Wise County for its election, so early voting locations are determined by where the county has machines.

Early voting for the Paradise school board election will be 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 20-24, and 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 27-31 at three locations:

  • Decatur City Hall, 201 E. Walnut St., Decatur
  • Rhome City Hall, 105 1st., Rhome
  • Bridgeport Law Enforcement Center, 1000 Thompson St., Bridgeport

Early voting will also be open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 25, and noon to 5 p.m. Oct. 26, at Decatur City Hall only.

On election day, the polls will open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the following Paradise-area locations:

  • Precinct 22 – AgriLife Extension Building, 206 S. State, Decatur
  • Precinct 8 – Assumption Catholic Church 1305 S. Deer Park, Decatur
  • Precinct 14 – Bridgeport Lions Hall, 1107 6th St., Bridgeport
  • Precinct 16 – Boonsville Community Center, West on Hwy 920, Boonsville
  • Precinct 17 – First United Methodist Church, Activity Center, 301 S. Oak, Paradise
  • Precinct 20 – Cottondale Community Center, 161 CR 3571, Cottondale
  • Precinct 23 – Boyd Community Center, 420 E Morton Ave., Boyd.

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Volleyball: Paradise halts losing streak

The Paradise Lady Panthers stopped their skid in District 9-3A Tuesday with a sweep of Jacksboro.

The Lady Panthers won 25-15, 25-15, 25-23, breaking their three-match losing streak.

Paradise moved to 5-3 in district in fourth place. The Lady Panthers are one match behind Boyd and Nocona, who are tied for second at 6-2.

Jett Preather led the Lady Panthers’ charge against Jacksboro, burying 17 kills. Shelby Bradshaw and Reagan Taylor finished with seven each.

Preather and Madi Horne made 10 digs each.

Taylor and Amber French served two aces each.

Paradise returns to action Saturday at 11 a.m. at City View.

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Football: Panthers seek rebound in loop opener against Ponder

After taking a step back in their final non-district game, the Paradise Panthers will look to rebound Friday night in their District 4-3A Division I opener.

The Panthers (1-4) will play host to the Ponder Lions at 7:30 p.m.

Paradise struggled, falling to Alvord 38-21 Sept. 26. Paradise coach Scott Broussard acknowledged that it was a disappointing way to head into the open date and district play.

“We didn’t play our best against Alvord,” said Paradise coach Scott Broussard. “Weeks two, three and four, we played better and were making strides.”

Without a game last week, Broussard and his staff went about correcting the mistakes from the Alvord game and getting healthy.

“We got some bumps and bruises healed up and worked on some fundamentals,” Broussard said.

Now, the Panthers will try to turn their fortunes around in district and try to grab one of the league’s four playoff spots.

“It’s a wide-open district,” Broussard said. “It’ll come down to whichever team gets hot at the right time.”

Paradise opens with a Ponder squad that posted a 4-1 non-district record. Since losing 31-22 to Callisburg, Ponder has won three straight over Nocona, Howe and Tom Bean.

Brady Anderson leads the Lions offense at quarterback. He is joined in the backfield by J.J. Torres and Trey Dunlap.

“Their quarterback runs well and throws it well,” Broussard said. “Their big on both sides of the ball. Defensively, they fly around to the football.”

Broussard said the Panthers match up well with the Lions, despite given up some size up front.

“They are bigger up front. We have to be consistent with our pad level,” Broussard said.


7:30 p.m. at Panther Stadium

Ponder: Harris Rating 191

Notable: The Lions have won three straight games.

Paradise: Harris Rating 186

Notable: Chris Hill has 628 yards in five games for the Panthers.

Harris line: Pick

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Cross Country: Paradise takes second

The Paradise Lady Panthers were a point away from bringing home the 4A-and-under title at the Ken Gaston Invitational last Thursday in Grand Prairie.

Paradise finished second with 41 points – a point back of Brownwood.

Paradise freshman Hannah Beth Pearson took third, finishing the 3,200-meter course in 12:40.

Kaylee McConnell finished fifth in 12:56. Taylor Richards followed her across in sixth in 12:58.

April Coursey took 12th in 13:30. Aliyah Read was 15th in 13:42 as Paradise’s fifth runner.

Emily Brinson finished 17th in 13:51.

The Panthers finished ninth in the boys race with 226 points.

JD Pearson took fifth on the 5K course in 18:24. Landry Norwood garnered 10th in 18:39. Sam Robinson finished 59th in 20:34. Joseph Eisen ran 21:03 for 78th. Garrett Schneck crossed the finish line as Paradise’s fifth runner in 21:25 for 88th.

Gage Schneck was 105th in 23:03, and Dalton Sanders 120th in 24:28.

Paradise will run again Wednesday in Brock and Monday in Graham. The District 9-3A meet is Oct. 20 in Wichita Falls.

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