By ERIC VICCARO
The Bowie News tracked athletic accomplishments yet again throughout 2016, and a slice of history turned into this year’s No. 1 story.
It was a close call, but the Bowie High School volleyball team edged out the Jackrabbit baseball team for “Story of the Year” honors.
Of all the Bowie High School teams, volleyball and baseball had the deepest penetration of the bunch by reaching the regional semifinals.
This marked the first time volleyball had reached such a climax, meanwhile baseball has been here before – three times, in fact.
This was a grand year of great achievements, also included in the top-10 was Sarah Patrick’s gold medal finish for Saint Jo in the pole vault, Ezekiel Vaughan scored 16 points for Bowie at the state track meet and powerlifter Cristian Martinez earned a silver medal at state.
Bowie didn’t beat Holliday at all during the 2015 season; but, this past year, the Lady Rabbits defeated the Lady Eagles three times.
And Bowie won when it mattered most in the Conference 3A Region I quarterfinals as the Lady Rabbits topped Holliday in five 25-16, 17-25, 21-25, 25-21, 15-11 at D.L. Ligon Coliseum on the Midwestern State University campus.
“The kids bought in, and I can’t say enough about the seniors,” said head coach Jeanie Stark. “They did it. I think it started in 2015 when they just got in.”
Accountability became the buzzword for the Bowie volleyball team, all the players were accountable to each other and that lifted the Lady Rabbits to unforeseen heights.
Bowie (29-14) eventually lost to Shallowater in five sets in the regional semifinals, but the Lady Rabbits finished ranked ninth in the state in 3A.
Bowie’s Jeanie Stark (right) receives a hug from her son and athletic director Dylan Stark after the Lady Rabbits defeated rival Holliday in the Conference 3A Region I quarterfinal at D.L. Ligon Coliseum in Wichita Falls. (News file photo by Eric Viccaro)