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High School Hoops Plus Rangers Make Pitch for Ohtani


Area high school hoops teams were on the floor last night.
Paris – The Clarksville Tigers cool off the Prairiland Patriots with a 37-31 win at home. The Chisum Mustangs pick up an impressive road win over North Hopkins, 42-38 to improve to 6-3 on the season. The Paris Wildcats stumble in the 2nd half to fall to Mt Pleasant, 57-46 while the North Lamar Panthers fall to 13th ranked Sulphur Springs out of Class 5A, 48-32. The Honey Grove Lady Warriors pick up a win over the North Lamar Pantherettes, 48-15.
Mount Pleasant – The 13th ranked Mt Vernon Tigers flex their muscles with an 86-45 blowout win over the Daingerfield Tigers. The Mt Pleasant Tigers continue their solid start to the season with a win at home over the Paris Wildcats, 57-46.  Mt Pleasant basketball improves to 5-2 on the season. While the 23rd ranked Chapel Hill Red Devils come up short on the road against Class 5A All-Saints, 63-53. Area teams will return to action in tournament play beginning tomorrow.
Sulphur Springs – The 13th ranked Sulphur Springs Wildcats notch a road victory over the North Lamar Panthers, 48-32. Keaston Willis led the way with 11 points, including nine in the opening quarter as the Wildcats improve to 8-1 on the season. The 13th ranked Mt Vernon Tigers in Class 3A dominate over the Daingerfield Tigers, 86-45. Meanwhile, the North Hopkins Panthers fall to the Chisum Mustangs in a tight game, 42-38.
Last night the Dallas Stars get throttled by the Nashville Predators, 5-2. Nashville scored four-second period goals. Stephen Johns and Jamie Oleksiak responded for the Stars, but it wouldn’t be enough against the defending Western Conference Champions. The Stars remain with 33 points on the season and occupy the first Wildcard spot in the West.
The Dallas Mavericks are back on the court tonight when they visit historic Boston Garden to take on the Celtics. Boston sports the NBA’s best record at 21-4. The Mavs have improved as of late but still remain in the Western Conference cellar at 7-17. Tip-off tonight between the Mavs and Celtic tonight is set for 6:30.
And the race to sign Japanese baseball star, Shohei Ohtani, is heating up. Several teams, including the Texas Rangers, met with the two-way phenom earlier this week. Representing the Rangers in their meeting were Co-owner Ray Davis, GM John Daniels, Manager Jeff Banister, along with Japanese scouts Joe Furukawa and Hajime Watawe. The Rangers have the biggest international bonus pool money to spend at over $3.5 million. At 23 years old, Ohtani has a career 42-15 record with a 2.55 ERA and has 48-career home runs to go with a .360 on-base percentage.