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3A cross country teams run at district meet

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The Bowie boys, the Nocona girls and one Nocona boy qualified for the regional cross country meet Wednesday at the district meet in Holliday.
The Jackrabbits won the district title while the Lady Indians finished an authoritative second. The Indian’s Hank Ulbig qualified individually since he medaled among the top 10.
All of the runners braved the nasty, cold and wet conditions for a chance to continue their season. With the district’s only allowing the top two teams this year instead of top the three due to COVID-19, the margin for error was thinner than usual.
The Bowie boys were led by Nathan Rogers, who finished second overall with a time of 17:36. Sid Mayfield, Alex Castro and Ignacio Saucedo joined him in the top 10 finishing sixth, ninth and 10th. Ethan Malone was the fifth runner for the Jackrabbits, finishing 19th.
The team avoided the close mashup of teams finishing behind them, winning by 23 points. Coach Andy Atkins was proud of his young team for the accomplishment.
“When we got here we talked about how we can’t control how other people run or how fast anyone else is, but we can control our confidence when we walk in and our effort when we leave,” Atkins said. “I was concerned when we got here because they were talking about the cold, but when the race started they shut that out.”
The Nocona gir’s team was led by Kylie Rose who finished fifth overall with a time of 12:18. Raylee Sparkman and Jayce Rose joined her on the medal stand finishing eighth and 10th. Madilyn Ferguson finished 12th and Cobi Womack finished 22nd to round out the team’s scoring.
The Lady Indians finished a distant second place to the defending state champs and meet host Lady Eagles. Still, there was little drama as Nocona finished 28 points ahead of third place.
Coach Kyle Spitzer was proud of how his team ran overall. With a streak that reaches back longer than a decade of regional tournament appearances, this team will not be intimidated by the tougher field.
“Our expectation at regionals is to run like we belong, because we do,” Spitzer said. “This group has put in so much work and they have earned everything they’ve gotten. I am so proud of this team and I cannot wait to see what we do at regionals.”
The Nocona boys were led by Ulbig, who finished seventh overall with a time of 18:15. The top five runners for the Indians included Noe Estrada finishing 11th, Alex Stephens finishing 13th, Ivan Hernandez finishing 21st and Frank Espinoza finishing 23rd.
The standings ended up being a crushing blow for Nocona. The Indians finished fourth, only one point behind Breckenridge and two points behind second place Henrietta in an unprecedented result.
Coach Colby Schniederjan was extremely disappointed with the result, but proud of senior Ulbig for qualifying for regionals.
“I’m extremely proud of Hank, but in our discussions before the season started, this was an expectation for Hank,” Schniederjan said. “Our push will be at the next level and being competitive at regionals.”
The Lady Rabbits finished fourth overall as a team. They were led by Samantha Clarke, who finished 15th with a time of 13:48. Kaydee Jones finished 19th, Jojo Villarreal finished 21st, while Hannah Craddock and Desarai Ryes finished 24th and 25th.
Coach Joe Crabb was proud of how his team ran overall. With a district that includes the defending state champs and some tradition rich programs, it was always going to be a tough proposition to break into the top two this year.
“I thought we ran really well in tough conditions, posting some of our best times of the year,” Crabb said. “The district is really tough and we weren’t fortunate enough to advance anyone to the regional meet.”
The regional meet is scheduled for Nov. 9 at Lubbock.

To see individual results for all high school runners from Bowie and Nocona, pick up a copy of the weekend edition of the Bowie News.

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Boys Roundup

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Nocona
The Nocona Indians won their third straight district game at Petrolia on Tuesday night.
The Indians blew out the Pirates 89-45 in the team’s highest scoring game of the season.
Nocona scored 20 or more points in three of the four quarters and were up 50-21 at halftime.
Coach Brody Wilson has been critical of his team’s shot selection during the season so far, but had little to complain about besides the team’s need to rebound better on the defensive end.
Michael Wetmore led the team with 20 points. Javier Gaytan was second with 15 points and Ryder Oswald joined in double-figures with 14 points.
Conley Kleinhans had a team high seven assists and Johnny Stone collected a team high seven rebounds.

Prairie Valley vs Bellevue
The Prairie Valley Bulldogs won on the road at Bellevue on Thursday night.
The Bulldogs won 72-55 against the Eagles.
The game started out high scoring with Prairie Valley leading only 17-14 after the first quarter.
While Bellevue’s offense was calmed down to score nine and 10 points in the next two quarters, Prairie Valley never slowed down.
The Bulldogs scored 16, 19 and 20 points the final three quarters as they ran away with the game as the Eagles could not keep up.
Tyler Winkler led Prairie Valley with 36 points and made six 3-pointers.
Dakota Fore joined him in double-figures with 11 points and Trae Campbell scored nine points on three made 3-pointers to add to the total.
For Bellevue, Kason Roper led the team with 28 points while Jayson Gill was second with 19 points.

Forestburg
The Forestburg Longhorns lost a tough game on Thursday night against first place Slidell on the road.
The Greyhounds won 86-14 against a young Longhorns team that struggled mightily with being pressed on offense according to Coach Eldon Van Hooser.
Kyler Willett led the team with six points and 10 rebounds.

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Girls Roundup

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Nocona
The Nocona Lady Indians started off the second round of district play with a dominant road win at Petrolia.
The Lady Indians won 76-40 on the road against the Lady Pirates to stay unbeaten on the year and celebrate some personal milestones with Coach Kyle Spitzer getting his 200th career win.
While Nocona came in confident, Petrolia was not a pushover as the Lady Pirates finished the first round of district sitting in third place. Still, the Lady Indians played like they are on a different level from the jump.
The Lady Indians were up 18-6 after the first quarter and never let up even with Petrolia’s offense playing better the final three quarters.
Nocona’s up tempo offense never slowed down as they got out and ran in transition faster and better than most teams can adjust to. The lowest total was the second quarter when the Lady Indians scored 17 points.
Skyler Smith had possibly her season high with 32 points while also leading with 12 rebounds. Megyn Meekins was second with 22 points but dished a team high nine assists. Reagan Phipps joined them in double-figures with 13 points while Avery Crutsinger was second with eight rebounds.

Prairie Valley vs Bellevue
The Bellevue Lady Eagles won at home on Thursday night against Prairie Valley.
The Lady Eagles won 33-28 against the Lady Bulldogs.
Bellevue lost the first game against Prairie Valley, but this time the Lady Eagles came out on top in a low-scoring game.
The Lady Eagles led 13-5 after the first quarter and 23-15 at halftime. The Lady Bulldogs picked up the intensity on defense in the second half, limiting Bellevue to only 10 points. This allowed Prairie Valley to close the score to one basket 26-23 heading into the fourth quarter.
The Lady Eagles were just barely able to hold on to win 33-28.
Callie Martin led Bellevue with 15 points while Tristan Shook and Brittany Gill each had seven points.
For the Lady Bulldogs, Makaylee Gomez led the team with 10 points while Linzie Priddy was second with eight points.

Forestburg
The Forestburg Lady Horns had a tall task playing Slidell on Thursday night.
The state-ranked Lady Greyhounds beat the Lady Horns 63-13.
Coach Cori Hayes had some positives to say about his team despite the one-sided nature of the game.
Madisen Deason led the team with seven points. Rachel Allen had a team high six rebounds.

Saint Jo
The Saint Jo Lady Panthers lost a disappointing game at Midway on Thursday night.
The Lady Falcons won 75-55 according to MaxPreps in an up-tempo game.
No other information about the game was provided by the coach.

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Jackrabbits have off shooting night against Iowa Park

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It was a disappointing loss for the Bowie Jackrabbits on Wednesday night when they hosted Iowa Park.
The Hawks won 55-40 in a game where the Jackrabbits struggled to make any open shots.
Bowie came into the game following a disappointing loss at Holliday to close out the first round of district play. With another loss earlier to City View, the Jackrabbits were sitting in third place in the district standings.
Bowie had handled the opening district game at Iowa Park back in December, handing the Hawks a 53-39 welcome to the new district. The Hawks went 2-4 in the first round and were on the outside of the playoff race.
Still, the first half of the first game between the two teams had been competitive throughout until the Jackrabbit defense stepped things up to help them run away with that game.
Therefore, it was not surprising when the first quarter saw the team’s tied at 11-11 at the end of it. The Hawks played zone defense throughout which meant Bowie could hunt open perimeter shots if it passed the ball around smartly. Only one 3-pointer fell in to start the game which would prove ominous as the game went along even with the game tied after the first quarter.
The Jackrabbits were getting open looks from outside, but none of them went in during the second quarter. Even with players trying to drive to the basket against Iowa Park’s tall and lanky post defenders, the good chances just seemed to roll out every time.
Bowie made only two field goals all of the second quarter and missed its both shots in its one free throw trip.
Scoring only four points in a quarter will get you behind in most varsity games and the Jackrabbits found themselves behind 24-15 at halftime.
Bowie was hopeful once it could start to knock down shots the game would flip as it was not like the team was running horrible offense, turning the ball over or taking rushed, bad shots that were out of character.
Still, the led on the basket stayed closed at the start of the second half for Bowie. The Jackrabbits scored more than four points, but not by much, scoring seven points on three made field goals.
Bowie’s success on defense shutting down Iowa Park in the first game was never replicated on Wednesday. The Hawks handled the Jackrabbits pressure and made them pay with smart passing and timely shot making from all over.
It looked dire with Bowie trailing 37-22 heading into the fourth quarter, with only a blisteringly one-sided performance the only way the team was going to come back.
The Jackrabbits upped their intensity and urgency as the time slipped away and finally did start to score the ball. They sold out with their pressure defensively, which created some turnovers and led to some transition opportunities that were lacking in the middle quarters.
Unfortunately, that selling out meant Iowa Park was able to feast on breakdowns if it beat the aggressive press defense which led to some easy scores for the Hawks.
Both teams scored 18 points in the frantic final period which meant Bowie finally did break through offensively, but it was too little too late and at the expense of its defense in the process.
Iowa Park won 55-40.

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