For Paris High School, the competitive fire doesn’t end with the school year. Just as the tests end, the summer schedule kicks in.
Spring football has just completed, but the Blue-White game that was scheduled for last Monday evening was canceled due to rain. While high school teachers were enduring days of professional development, the young men and ladies of the competitive cheer were receiving new instruction in the gym. Just beyond them, basketball coaches Dustin Williams and Mike Foster chart out the plans for summer, with multiple practices and opportunities to get in reps marked on the board.
Basketball and Volleyball Assistant Coach Jerry Fulmer has eight pages of calendar marked with various days of practices, summer leagues, and camps clearly marked.
The girl’s basketball team will participate in the University of Arkansas camp and another closer to home, and the boys will have multiple camps as well. Volleyball will practice three days a week until the three-week dead period over the end of June and first of July. They waste no time, coming right out of those into the Missouri State camp in Springfield, Mo. When they go to the Arkansas Tech Camp, volleyball will send their JV and junior high teams to the small school camp, while varsity will go to the big school camp to face stiff opposition.
Volleyball will face a summer of transition, as Jordan Devine takes the reign of the program. Her first order of business, expanding the program, as she is expected to give birth anytime to her first child, a daughter who will probably be developing a volleyball acumen as she learns to walk. Fuller will do what he does best, step in and do what it takes to keep things rolling. They add to their staff Josh Hart as an assistant. Hart has coaching experience and spent his formidable years at Magazine before moving to another school in south Logan County in high school. He will be jumping in at a crucial time to help with a growing program full of talent.
Among other changes in the system, head baseball coach Clint Baxter has stepped down but will remain in a teaching role at Paris. Baxter will be coaching the home team of three little boys he now has. Paris athletic programs have a lot of questions in front of them, but they have not let uncertainty keep them from preparing for the next step toward excellence.