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STORM CENTER: I’m ready for football

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Clouds hovered over Montague County on Thursday, lowering temperatures into the 70s.
Such weather has turned my thoughts to the upcoming high school football season, which begins in earnest on Monday, Aug. 4.
That’s the first date the University Interscholastic League allows high schools to practice, and all five coaches across the county are ready to get things started.
“Everybody’s biting at the bit to get going,” said Gold-Burg Head Football Coach Jay Johnson, entering his first season leading the Bears. “It’s exciting to start a new season and see what it will offer.”

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Johnson reported Gold-Burg will practice on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8-10 a.m. and again from 7-9 p.m. The Bears will practice on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 8-11 a.m.
The sports editor learned something while interviewing all five coaches; they all have a different regimen.
“I think it depends on how you are brought up as a coach,” Johnson said, “what philosophy you will have.”
Johnson said having practices spaced out so far and wide helps young bodies recover better. Face it. Football practice isn’t easy, especially in Texas in August.
Johnson reported Gold-Burg will have 14 boys out for football, which is an above average figure for the 6-man school located in Stoneburg. Danny Pruett has also joined Johnson’s staff as an assistant.

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In Saint Jo, Head Football Coach Chad Tallon reported practices will be Monday through Thursday, taking place between 7-11:30 a.m. There will be plenty of breaks throughout training. Read more from this column in the weekend edition of The Bowie News.

Bowie News sports editor Eric Viccaro. (News photo by Ryan Evans)

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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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