Fresh off their win at the County Line Opal Pistole tournament, the Paris Junior Eagles are turning heads with their talent and style of play.
In the tournament, they took down host County Line and Hackett. They have signature wins over Subiaco, Waldron, and two over local rival Charleston.
Their strength is in the four returning starters, Dylan Krigbaum, Tyler Gierke, Anthony Potts, and Trenton Goodson, players who struggled and developed as underclassmen a year ago. Even as eighth graders, they had a winning record at 12-10. Now, they look intimidating taking the floor and expect to push the tempo and pressure every opponent.
What may be the best quality of the team, however, could be their coachability. When entering the room to interview head coach Mike Foster, one of the team leaders had come in to talk after a frustrating loss, taking advice from assistants and Foster to help his teammates keep from underperforming again with post season play just around the corner.
Their district tournament will be at Atkins in just over a week. Potts averages 15 points a night, and the big man inside, Trenton Goodson averages 10. They play an aggressive defensive style, usually winning with the pressure and trap leading to offensive scoring.
As they head to the district tournament, they will be the favorites alongside Jessieville and Lamar. It is possible that some of these young men will move up following their tournament and could likely be contributors on the senior squad in their stretch run.