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Locke enjoying life of rodeo queen

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By ERIC VICCARO
bnewssports@sbcglobal.net

Rodeo and the livestock industry have gone hand in hand for rural Nocona native Jessica Locke throughout her life.
Locke is the youngest of four children of Johnny and Cheryl Locke, a family that raises bucking bulls for premium national rodeo competitions. The ranch is located between Nocona and Prairie Valley on FM 103.
This past week, Locke represented the Guymon (Okla.) Pioneer Days Rodeo as its queen for the Miss Rodeo Oklahoma competition.
“I did really well,” Locke said. “I won Miss Congeniality and I won the Betty Baker Scholarship.”
Locke won the scholarship based on the number of points she accumulated during the interview.
This has been an incredible summer for Locke, serving as the Pioneer Days Rodeo queen. To the folks in Guymon, Pioneer Days is their version of the Super Bowl.
“I’ve been going to schools and talking to kids,” Locke said. “I make a presentation. I talk to them about the rodeo. I sign autographs. And all the little girls want to give me a hug.”
Interestingly enough, Sage Kimzey had the winning ride at the Pioneer Days Rodeo on a bull the Lockes raised.
Kimzey, a sophomore at Southwestern Oklahoma State, rode a bull named Lineman for a 92 score at the world-famous Hitch Arena in Guymon. Read more in the weekend edition of The Bowie News.

Guymon Pioneer Days Rodeo Queen Jessica Locke. (Photo provided by Sherri Stewart Photography)

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Basketball games rescheduled to Saturday

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With the weekly icy weather in Montague County knocking out school almost all week, Tuesday varsity basketball games were moved to the weekend since the games were too important to cancel this late into the season.
For Bowie, the game hosting Henrietta is scheduled for Feb. 4, with the varsity girls game starting at 11 a.m. and the boys following at 12:30 p.m. There will be no junior varsity games.
At Nocona, the teams are hosting Seymour on Nov. 4. The Lady Indians’ game is scheduled to start at noon and the boy’s game will follow at 1:30 p.m. There will be no junior varsity games.
Gold-Burg is hosting Forestburg on Feb. 4. There will be only varsity games with the girl’s scheduled to start at 10 a.m. and the boy’s following at 11:30 a.m.
Later in the day, Prairie Valley varsity basketball teams will travel to play at Midway on Feb. 4. The girl’s game is scheduled to start at 4 p.m. and the boy’s game will follow at 5:30 p.m.
Bellevue basketball teams also will be on the road later in the day on Feb. 4. The Eagles travel to play Slidell with the girl’s game scheduled to start at 4:30 p.m. and the boy’s game playing afterwards at 6 p.m.

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Saint Jo Boys Interview

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Interview with Saint Jo basketball players Kile Thurman (left) and Collin Thomas following their win against Gold-Burg on Jan. 27, 2023.

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Saint Jo Girls Interview

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Interview with Saint Jo basketball players Krista Reeves (left) and Payzlie Cervantes following their win against Gold-Burg on Jan. 27, 2023.
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