Long-time Paris Wildcat Head Baseball Coach, Bill Sikes, informed East Texas Broadcasting that he is retiring. In his 35 years as a coach, Sikes spent 21 seasons leading the Paris program in addition to a season in Clarksville.
“There are so many memories. I think it’s feeling close to some of these teams. There was a playoff series against Celina. Everyone thought we’d lose that, but we ended up winning. We had a kid on the team who’s in the Majors now. We scored four runs in the last inning thanks to an inside-the-park home run. That was exciting. In another series against a high-ranked Crandall team, we ended up winning. A year we were picked last and ended up winning a district title. We had a time in the playoffs when it rained and rained, and we just kept moving until we could find a field. We ended up nearly in south Texas on the other side of Lufkin. We played until 1:00 am or later. I was just so impressed with how those kids wanted to play, but the main thing was being close to all those teams.” Sikes continued, “I have appreciated and loved the guys and the kids. For twenty-plus years at Paris, that’s the main thing.”
Several players under Sikes’ direction have gone on to play college baseball, and Major League Baseball selected them in the draft.