Coach Mike Foster led a highly talented and competitive Paris High School basketball team team to the state quarterfinals this season, setting a team record with the seniors for the most wins by any class at 70.
With success comes recognition. The All district and All State selections were recently released and four Eagles were selected and recognized.
Kris Graham is the only underclassman in the group making the All District selection. The junior guard was consistent in his performance, using his speed to get to the basket seemingly at will. Likely his best games of the season were in the State Tournament, where he scored 19 points in the first round and 15 more in the loss to Episcopal.
Talik Robinson and Tyler Atchison, both seniors and regulars in the starting rotation, were selected for All District recognition, as well. Robinson played well with his back to the basket most of the time, using his agility and length to dominate the opposition. Atchison was the sharp shooting guard, often finding his range from well beyond the arc.
Joining his teammates, the undisputed leader of the Eagles this season was Race Taylor. Taylor was not only an All District selection, but was the Eagles lone All State selection and added to the All State Tournament team. He was central to the Eagles making the late game run that came up just short against eventual champion Episcopal. In the opening round, his 29 point and six rebound performance caught the eye of many.
This Eagle team peaked for a week at a number one ranking, but was a constant in the top five rankings, playing one of the toughest schedules in the state. Paris held the eventual champion to their lowest point total in the playoffs and gave then their closest margin of victory. With many underclassmen getting a taste of the success that this group brought to the court, look for Coach Foster and the Eagles to build on that foundation moving forward.