STORM CENTER: Ringing in 2017
Congratulations, Bowie News readers, you’ve made it.
Well, you made it to the end of 2016 – but, hopefully with good health, you’ll be here for the start of 2017.
Let’s take a look at some of the things set to happen next year, starting with what should be one of most anticipated astronomical events in recent memory.
On Aug. 21, there will be a total solar eclipse, which will be the first one in its totality of the 21st Century and the first one visible in the United States since Feb. 26, 1979.
Totality will occur in a part from Oregon to South Carolina, and last at least 2 minutes, 40 seconds. The location and time of the greatest eclipse will take place in Kentucky at about 6:25 p.m.
On Oct. 26, a collection of records established by late President John F. Kennedy about his assassination will be completely disclosed to the public.
Maybe then we will have closure about the incident occurring on Nov. 22, 1963, at Dealey Plaza in Dallas. This inquisitive person has already circled that date on the calendar.
The United States is expected to deploy additional missile interceptors on the Pacific coast to defend against possible nuclear threats from North Korean ballistics.
It’s also expected international scientists will complete the world’s first fully synthetic yeast – which will be intended for use in production of both medicine and biofuel. Of course biofuel is a sore subject in these parts.
Keep in mind; it’s only 2017 in the eyes of the Gregorian calendar devised by Pope Gregory XIII, who introduced this time measurement tool in 1582.
In Armenia, 2017 is the year 1466. The Buddhist calendar thinks 2017 is really 2561. While in Korea, 2017 will be 4350. Hey Marty McFly, that’s really back to the future.
The year 2017 has been depicted in computer video games including, “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare,” in which the game ends on Jan. 21, 2017.
Remember the Arnold Schwarzenegger film “Running Man?” The story was set in a futuristic United States from the years of 2017-19. The premise of the film deals with a television show where convicted criminals must escape death from professional killers.
Read more from this column in the Dec. 31 Bowie News.
Editor’s Note: The Storm Center column is the expressed written views of sports editor Eric Viccaro and not The Bowie News.
The Year 2017 will feature a total solar eclipse across a great majority of the United States. (Metro graphic)
1A boys basketball all-district selections made
The area 1A all-district boy’s basketball lists have been released with the state tournament wrapping up a few weeks ago.
Slidell and Midway finished first and second in the district standings again meaning their players got many of the superlative and first team awards, but area players were still honored where they could be.
Third place Saint Jo had three first team selections with leading scorers Kile Thurman, Brice Durham and Collin Thomas. Devin Stewart earned second team honors while Dylan Brockman, Josh Vogel and Lee Yeley were honorable mention selections.
Prairie Valley got the final playoff spot and leading scorer Tyler Winkler earned the district’s offensive most valuable player award. Eli Croxton earned second team honors while Tyson Easterling, Dakota Fore and Trae Campbell earned honorable mention selections.
Bellevue had two first team all-district selections in Kason Roper and Jayson Gill. Leland Sims, Gavin Parr and Brayden Moore were named honorable mention.
Forestburg had post player Kyler Willett earn second team honors. Jesse Wadsworth, Jesus Sanchez and Nathan Payne were given honorable mention honors.
Gold-Burg guard Jayon Grace earned second team all-district. Aidan Foster, Rykir Evans and Jack Henry were named honorable mention.
The full list for each school as well as the academic all-district selections is in the weekend edition of the Bowie News.
Saint Jo teams have rough spring break week
Saint Jo softball
The Saint Jo Lady Panthers lost two tough games against 2A Muenster and Tioga on Monday and Tuesday.
The Lady Hornets won 16-1 and the Lady Bulldogs won 19-1 against the young Lady Panthers team.
While it is district play, these games against 2A opponents will not count against Saint Jo when it comes to district standings or postseason seeding for 1A teams.
Muenster did most of its damage in the first inning putting up 15 runs. The Lady Panthers then prevented the Lady Hornets from scoring in the second inning before scoring in the third inning. Payzlie Cervantes led off with a double and Taylor Patrick then drove her in with a single to prevent Saint Jo from getting shut out.
Muenster then scored one run to end the game by run rule 16-1.
Saint Jo baseball
The Saint Jo baseball team lost a tough rematch at Alvord on Tuesday.
The Bulldogs won 7-0 against the Panthers.
Though it was disappointing for Saint Jo to lose again to 2A Alvord, Saint Jo did lose the previous week against the Bulldogs 14-1, so there was improvement.
The Panthers were only able to get five base runners on the entire game and had only three hits, with two coming from C Henson and the other from Mathew Butler-Everson.
To read the full story, pick up a copy of the weekend edition of the Bowie News.
Nocona softball drops two district games
The Nocona Lady Indians lost two district games on the road this week at Lindsay and Collinsville.
The Lady Indians lost a high scoring game 16-11 at Lindsay, before losing 19-4 by run rule at Collinsville.
Nocona was coming off a morale boosting run rule win against Era the following week. While the Lady Indians bats kept their same fire from that game, against the Lady Knights their defense was rough.
Lindsay scored at lead one run in all six innings it batted in. Nocona scored in bunches as well, but had scoreless innings in the third, fifth and seventh innings as it was playing catch up after the second inning until the end of the game.
Tobie Cable led the team with four RBIs and a home run and was even walked three times to prevent her from dealing more damage. Skye Kirby and Allie Sutton drove in two runs each as well while Avery Crutsinger had a team high three base hits.
As a team Nocona had 12 hits in the game and also drew 12 walks.
Unfortunately, Lindsay had 17 hits, with six being extra base hits. Combined with seven errors on defense, it was a recipe for a lot of runs to come through on just about any ball that was hit into play and Nocona could not keep up.
To read about the Collinsville game, pick up a copy of the weekend edition of the Bowie News.
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