Sports

Little League volunteers set to host tourney

The best 10 and under Little League teams representing all areas of Illinois will be in Paris next weekend for the Little League State Tournament. Local organizers including Paris Little League …

Challenger League schedule update

Regular season and tournament champions crowned in various age groups

Little League, PGSA wrap up busy seasons

Paris LL Major League Standings VFW 15-1-0 Lankster & Gore 6-9-1 Legion 6-10-1 Elite Sport & Spine 5-12-0 Paris LL Minor League Standings Edward Jones …

Beloved Paris race absent in 2024, organizer hopes for 2025 return

If the oppressive heat didn’t give it away, summer has arrived in Paris, bringing with it plenty of outdoor events. One fan-favorite is notably absent from calendars this year, but event …

Tri-County baseball team claims a 24-3 win

This season, the Tri-County Titans summer baseball program was blessed with a solid class of junior high baseball players to form two teams once again. Tri-County 1 would have a core of eighth-grade …

Challenger league provides fun for players and buddies

Paris Cheer performs in St. Louis

The Paris High School cheerleaders are fundraising by selling tickets to the ultimate Midwest rivalry, a baseball game between the Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals. “The past two years …
Paris High School seniors step onto the gridiron one last time for WVFCA All-Star Game

All-Star game brings former Tigers back to action

TERRE HAUTE – Three Paris football players donned the orange and black for the last time Saturday, June 22, as members of the Gold Division in the 20th annual Wabash Valley Football Coaches …

T-Ball for future sports stars

Summer is a time for vacation, summer jobs, hanging out with friends and having fun. Whitney Haase is already swinging into action, making it a mission for her T-Ball players to have fun this summer. …

PGSA finishes their season

Little League Baseball continues to put on a show each week

PHS baseball camp brings out the kids

At Paris High School’s Baseball Camp, more than 50 excited second through eighth-graders sprinted, ran drills and played the game for fun. Creighton Tarr, boys baseball coach and athletic …

Challenger League teams up with PHS basketball

Last Week’s Celebrity buddies included both the girl’s and boys’ basketball teams from Paris High School. The games went rather fast, but with the surplus of buddies, many of the …

HOF coach talks new shot clock

Publisher’s Note: This article is the second in a series of interviews with local high school basketball coaches regarding the addition of a 35-second shot clock to IHSA basketball games. Last …
Third annual PHS Athletic Hall of Fame induction set for February 1, 2025

PHS Athletic HOF seeking nominees

The nomination deadline for the Paris High School (PHS) Athletic Hall of Fame is Sept. 1, 2024, according to an announcement made this week by committee member, Harry Hughes. The third annual …

PHS Tennis star places third at junior open

Several Paris High School students participated in the Bill Blankenbaker Junior Open at Terre Haute North High School last weekend. The tournament is sponsored by the Terre Haute Junior Tennis …

Paris Girls softball teams hustle on legion diamonds

Junior high softball winless, scoring barrage by Tuscola

It was the end of a three-game road trip to Tuscola, for the Tri-County 1 junior high summer softball team, playing at Ervin Park on Wednesday evening, taking on Tuscola 3. Tri-County 1 was still in …

Marlowe signs letter of intent

Paris Little League teams are bringing life to the legion diamonds

Christenberry makes history

Softball has been in Shaylun Christenberry’s blood for as long as she can remember. She has played softball at all levels, from recreational PGSA to various travel teams in the Central Illinois …
Countdown to rule change begins, local basketball coach weighs in on IHSA announcement

IHSA adding shot clock

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – Following an Illinois High School Association (IHSA) Board of Directors meeting on Monday, June 10, the clock is ticking on one of the most significant changes to boys and …

Shanks shares passion for announcing with Challengers

In May of 2023, the Challenger League of East Central Illinois gained a very important member, Brody Shanks. Shanks’ family inquired about playing in the league, but due to the age cap of 21, …

Paris Girls Softball Association teams return to action

Tri-County fishing team finds success

Largemouth and smallmouth bass can be caught year-round, even when ice fishing in the far North reaches, but they really bite in the spring and the fall, one reason why local regionals are held in …
Local Jr High cheer team earns All-American honors and a special invite at camp

Chrisman Cheer invited to bowl game

From Friday, May 31 through Sunday, June 2, Chrisman Jr. High cheerleaders and their coach Kayla Miller had the opportunity to host a team summer cheer camp through the Universal Cheerleaders …

Paris Softball ends season with awards banquet

The Paris softball team capped their season with an awards banquet last week, a final gathering for the team, after they finished 10-18 this spring. The young team only loses one senior, and next …

Paris Tiger football season approaches

The countdown clock is ticking away to kickoff for the 2024 Paris Tiger football season. Both players and coaches are on the practice field at Paris High School working toward a date with North …

Paris High School softball holds postseason banquet

Tigers baseball recap

The 2024 high school baseball season officially ended for the Paris Tigers with an opening round loss to the Marshall Lions earlier this month. Paris finished its campaign with a record of …

PHS Tennis finishes season 15-7

The Paris High School boys tennis team finished the season 15-7 (5-2 LIC) against a tough schedule that included three sectional champion teams (Olney, Uni High and Mattoon) and 14 different …

Outdoor volleyball tournament is coming to Paris

Hitters, liberos and setters throughout Edgar County have a new reason to brush up on their volleyball skills this summer. On behalf of the Paris High School volleyball team, head coach Clay …
PARIS ATHLETE CROWNED STATE CHAMP THANKS TO HARD WORK, COMMITMENT, AND FATE

Rogers clears the bar

A Paris High School junior was crowned the IHSA Class 2A state champion high jumper Saturday, May 25, during the state track meet at O’Brien Stadium on the campus of Eastern Illinois …

Noel earns podium finish at IHSA State Meet

Rogers competes in IHSA State Finals

Curl signs with Mount Union Purple Raiders

Bartos to play tennis at Illinois College

Tri-County JH softball plays opener

NEWMAN – It was time for another season of Okaw League junior high summer softball on a warm Monday evening at Memorial Park in Newman. In an  in-program battle, Tri-County 1, consisting …

Crestwood track makes history

Not only did the Crestwood boys track team score the most state track points in school history, state records were established and several medals were won. Seventh-grader Marcus Hutchings won …

PHS Tennis displays effort in state tournament

As the IHSA state tennis tournament began on Thursday, May 23, Drake Bartos found himself matched up against Wauconda’s Sean Lenhart. Lenhart hit with more pace than most players, but was still …

Redbirds conclude season with IESA medal winners

Mayo Middle School track athletes participated in the IESA Class 3A state track meet May 17-18 in East Peoria. Coach Nick Sanders said the young team performed well, with the Lady Redbirds …

PHS Softball season comes to a close

Marshall 6, Paris 0 WESTVILLE – Paris’ softball season came to an end on Wednesday, May 15 in Westville. Entering the contest as the six seed, the Tigers played guest to the …

Lang notches third in discus for Titans to finish up Jr High state track meet

EAST PEORIA, Ill. ­– After a solid opening day that saw a third-place finish achieved, the Tri-County Titans junior high track team was back at the EastSide Center in East Peoria, Saturday, …

Crestwood athletes honored during spring sports banquet

Lake Land, Mathews win regional championship

The Lake Land College Lakers softball team is headed to the NJCAA World Series after winning the Region XXIV Championship, and a former Paris High School softball standout is their starting …

Hutchings, Sallee take state meet by storm

EAST PEORIA, Ill. – Two Crestwood track athletes were crowned state champions in last weekend’s IESA Class 2A state meet in East Peoria. Eighth grade shot putter Sadie Sallee ended …

Rogers, Hays headed to State

The Paris High School boys track team is sending two athletes from the Rantoul Sectional to the State Finals at Eastern Illinois University. As one of the top high jumpers overall in the state …

Paris Tennis concludes historic season

    The Paris High School boys tennis team concluded a historic regular season for the program on Tuesday, May 14, beating St. Thomas Moore 7-2 to finish the year 15-7 – a …
STRONG SECTIONAL SHOWING BOOSTS MULTIPLE REDBIRDS TO STATE MEET BERTHS

Mayo Track qualifies fourteen for state meet

EAST PEORIA, Ill. – Mayo Middle School’s track team had one of their best sectionals in recent years, qualifying 14 fifth-, sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders for the IESA Class 3A state …

Paris Tigers baseball season ends in regionals

The Paris Tiger baseball season came to a close Monday, May 13, when the Marshall Lions avenged an earlier conference loss. Marshall followed the script that many teams used against the Tigers …

Crestwood track breaks school records

The Crestwood track team traveled to Effingham St. Anthony High School last Saturday, May 4 for their sectional meet. There, the seventh-grade boys and the eighth-grade girls placed second as a team …

Tigers end regular season on sour note

Paris High School is entering the postseason on a downhill trend, falling in two straight conference games. The Tigers will look to bounce back on Monday, May 13 when they take on the Marshall Lions …

Two Titans punch ticket to State

Moweaqua Sectional MOWEAQUA, Ill. – Postseason high school track time arrived for schools in Class 1A this week, as team and individual qualifying spots were on the line in the Moweaqua …

Tigers take on LIC

The Paris High School boys tennis team kept themselves busy this week, with multiple matches and a conference tournament played at home Friday. At the time of publishing, senior Drake Bartos was …

Keagan Noel qualifies for IHSA 2A State meet

For the second year in a row, the Paris girls track team will have a state qualifier heading to Eastern Illinois University next weekend. Freshman Keagan Noel met the state qualifying mark of 5 feet, …

Tiger Track sees success in Westville

WESTVILLE – The Paris boys wrapped up their final meet of the year Monday, May 6, placing third out of seven teams. Paris had 101 points, right behind Rantoul with 111 and host Westville with …

Tigers fall in a pair of tough matchups

The Tigers were in action on Friday, May 10 against West Vigo, closing out the home slate of the schedule. They will begin postseason play next week on Wednesday, May 15, traveling to Westville to …

Titans fall to Okaw Valley

BETHANY – A crisp, sunny Thursday on April 25 greeted baseball fans as the Tri-County Titans faced the Okaw Valley Timberwolves.  Late scoring by the T-Wolves helped Okaw Valley hang …

Paris High School Football team hosts annual pork burger fundraiser, dishing up delicious meals

PHS Tennis reaches 13 wins

Paris 7, Urbana 2 Urbana was added to the schedule several years ago, when Paris High School started going north for the sectional back in 2017. Thursday night was the first time PHS has gotten …

TCT skid continues in softball

Arthur Christian 8, Tri-County 0 HUME – A picture perfect afternoon filled the skies over the softball field at Shiloh High School in Hume on Tuesday, April 30, for non-conference action, …

Paris Softball takes two losses on the chin

One week stands between the Paris Tiger softball team and postseason play. The recent trend of tough competition will continue for the Tigers. First, on Monday, May 6, Paris travels to Olney, then …

On a track to success

SPECIAL TO THE PRAIRIE PRESS The Paris High School track and field squad kept themselves busy last week, headlined by record-breaking performances from Drew Rogers in the high jump and personal …

Tigers fall to Mt. Carmel at home

The more things changed, the more they stayed the same for the Paris Tiger baseball team in their only game of the week. Paris played host to the Mt. Carmel Golden Aces on Wednesday, May 1 in a game …

Tri-County softball team goes 1-2

Arcola 16, Tri-County 4 After picking up their first win in Lincoln Prairie Conference softball play for the season on Wednesday, it was back home for the Tri-County Titans on a sunny, crisp …

Hutchings breaks Crestwood pole vault record in recent meet

Tiger tennis builds resume

The Paris Tigers tennis team finished a busy stretch of competition 3-1 this week, concluding with a tough visit to Uni High in Champaign. Paris’ record is 12-4 so far this season. The …

Paris Lakers 9U team takes gold at USSSA Tourney

The Paris Lakers 9U baseball team took the championship of a USSSA baseball tourney in Rantoul this past weekend, upending the highly-regarded Champaign Braves to take the title 12-9. Coached by …

Photo of the Week

Tiger home runs prevail in Lawrenceville

Now at 1-3 in the Little Illini Conference, Paris softball will have two conference games to kick off next week, both at home. First, Casey-Westfield comes to town, currently atop the league …
TIGERS BEAT OUT SCHLARMAN, MARSHALL BEFORE TOUGH ROAD LOSS AT LAWRENCEVILLE

Tiger baseball presses on

The Paris Tigers finished another busy week of baseball with an overall record of 11-12. They return to action today, April 27, with a home game against Bismarck-Henning. LAWRENCEVILLE 4, PARIS …

Titans achieve highest point total of the season

It was junior high track time for the Tri-County Titans on Thursday, in Paris at the Allen Field in a triangular meet with the host Paris Mayo Redbirds and Mattoon Wildcats. The teams were able to …

Tri-County softball sees losses

This year’s Titans were already at the five-win mark heading into the Wednesday home contest in Hume, against the Martinsville Blue Streaks. The Titans were in the midst of a two-game …

PHS Tennis pulls a 9-0 team win

Wednesday, April 17 was one of the windier meets Paris High School played this year, but the PHS boys tennis players handled it well. Shelbyville had a junior at No. 1 and the rest of their lineup …
Paris High School baseball see triumph and defeat on mound

Paris records season-high

The Tigers wrap up the week with a non-conference game against Danville Schlarman this morning at 10 a.m. Paris will be on the road all week as they travel to Marshall on Monday for an LIC …

Paris Softball picks up signature win

It’s back to a busy week for the Tiger softball team next week. Varsity goes on the road to Marshall on Monday and to Lawrenceville on Thursday. They’ll play at home on Tuesday and next …

Tigers gain speed and recognition in relay event

Paris was finally able to host their annual Tiger relays event, an invitational involving nearly a dozen teams, on April 17. The boys ended up winning with 154 points to Effingham St. Anthony’s …

TCT Softball remains stuck in losing streak

The Tri-County Titans softball players are returning home feeling dejected after they faced Marshall, Casey, Norris City-Omaha-Enfield and Deer Creek in a mix of weather-adjacent battles, all …

Titans experience highs and lows

The Tri-County Titans experienced the soaring heights of victory and the oppressive lows of defeat this week, sandwiching a dominant 23-run victory between two run-rule losses. Casey-Westfield …

Eagles smash record

The Eagles hosted their first meet of the track season with Tri-County and Chrisman, taking first place in three of the four divisions.  In the process, seventh grader Marcus Hutchings …

PHS athlete signs with Huntington University for track and field

Paris bounces back with home win after tough tourney

Tigers recover after Braves Bash

Paris softball spent last weekend in Terre Haute competing in Terre Haute South’s Braves Bash round robin. The task ahead of them was to compete with two perennially top teams in the state of …

Tiger errors surface in three tough losses

In the few baseball games the Paris Tigers played this week, errors proved critical. The Tigers went 0-3 in their three recent contests, but will look to bounce back once the weather clears. …

Titans cannot contain Blue Devils, Knights

The Tri-County Titans continued down the road of poor performance they saw with a difficult start to the season, with three double-digit losses, both at home and away. ALAH 16, Tri-County 2 …
Paris softball outlasts Hutsonville-Palestine on the road

Tigers back on track

Paris softball had two games cancelled over the past week due to the inclement weather. The last time they played, it was 70 degrees in Hutsonville on Friday, March 29. Paris 5, …

Paris Boys Track makes up meet

CHARLESTON – The Paris Boys track team was able to attend their meet Tuesday afternoon, a day after torrential rains canceled baseball and softball across the area. The boys finished fourth out …

Two Tigers headed to next level

Wednesday, April 3 brought two reasons to celebrate for Paris High School staff, students and coaches. PHS seniors Jami Wallace and Aubrey Wilson signed their national letters of intent to continue …

Tigers fall to Arcola, elite D1 prospect

Facing a future NCAA Division I baseball player is a rare opportunity – one that was awarded to the Paris Tigers on Saturday, March 30. The Tigers were not up to the task and fell to the …

Family of longtime coach makes memorial donation

As a long-time Little League coach, Bob Martin understood the importance of passing baseball on to younger generations. Martin passed away in February of 2024, but his legacy of sharing the game he …

Paris tennis wins, team still looks for improvement

Newton lost several of its top players from last year, but returning state qualifier Isaac Street, replacing his brother in the top spot for Newton, will be one of the best players in the area again …

Errors plague Titans

Having captured a win on Friday while playing at home against Neoga and equaling their entire win total from last season, the Tri-County Titans softball team made the trek south to Fairview Park in …

PHS track races forward

The boys and girls track teams at Paris High School wrapped up their second shared home meet of the season, hosting the Casey and Tri-County on Tuesday during spring break. The wind was a factor in …
Tigers battle through roller coaster week of games

PHS is 6-4 after home stand

Lawrenceville 14, Paris 4 In an early season matchup between Little Illini Conference foes, the Paris Tigers hosted the Lawrenceville Indians on Thursday, March 28 at Paris High School. …

Tiger softball team has a tough week

Cumberland 6, Paris 3 The Paris softball game Friday, March 22 moved quickly through two innings. Only three runners, all Cumberland Pirates, reached a base, via 2 walks and an error. The Tigers …

Paris takes third at Invitational

The Triad Knights Invitational Duals consists of 32 total teams split into four separate brackets of eight and is played all over the metro east area. This year, The Paris Tigers were placed at …

Rally comes up short for Titans

KANSAS – Tuesday, March 19 brought high school baseball to Ken Coffey’s Field of Dreams at Kansas High School as the Tri-County Titans hosted the Shelbyville Rams. The Titans lost their …

Titans win in extra innings

CATLIN – After having more than a week since their opening day softball game, the Tri-County Titans took to the road on Wednesday, March 20, heading to Catlin for a non-conference tilt against …

Tigers field first loss but dominate Oblong, Danville

The Paris High School softball team picked up two dominant wins this week but encountered stiff resistance at home against Bismarck-Henning. The Blue Devils (4-3) handed the Tigers (4-1) their first …
Tigers pick up two wins, look ahead to busy week at home

Paris baseball bounces back to .500

Paris 10, Heritage 0 After their game was postponed on Monday due to the cold temperatures, the Paris Tigers added a home game against the Heritage Hawks on Wednesday, March 20. While the …