Nocona came up just short of taking control of the district standings, losing to Holliday on senior night Friday in a five-set thriller.
The Lady Indians lost by the barest of margins in the fifth set after a couple of chances at match point were squandered away by both teams.
Nocona came out hot in front of its loud home crowd as everyone knew the importance of the game. Both teams had only one district loss and the winner would have sole possession of first place in the standings.
The Lady Indians took a big lead early in the first set, which was enough cushion to survive a late surge from the Lady Eagles to win the set 25-21.
The second set looked like it was going to be similar with Nocona taking control early, but Holliday wrestled momentum away to come back and win the set 25-21.
The Lady Indians still seemed affected by the second set as the third started, with the Lady Eagles taking control early on and never letting go. Nocona battled, but Holliday won the set 25-19 to take the lead in the match.
The fourth set was competitive in the early going, but the Lady Indians found their spark again. Taking control midway through, Nocona won the most one-sided set of the match 25-17 to set up a fifth and final set
Holliday took a two point lead early on. The Lady Indians tied the score at 7-7. Nocona took a two point lead 12-10 as the target 15 points loomed close.
The Lady Indians had a chance to win the match up 14-13, but the Lady Eagles did not relent.
With the 15 point target coming and going with neither team up by two points, both teams traded multiple match points but could not put the other team away.
Finally, it was Holliday that came through, winning the fifth set 19-17 to win the match.
Nocona’s final district match is another big one at Henrietta at 5 p.m. on Oct. 23.
The Saint Jo Lady Panthers won at Perrin-Whitt on Friday in straight sets to keep their undefeated record against 1A district opponents.
The Lady Panthers beat the Lady Pirates with little trouble with set scores of 25-13, 25-15 and 25-14.
Hannah Reyling led the team with 13 kills and six service aces. Kayden Skidmore had a team high 10 assists to go along with five kills and five aces. Libero Kassidy Pitman recorded a 90 percent serve-receive rating to help spark the offense.
Saint Jo’s final district match will come at rival Forestburg at 4:30 p.m. on Oct. 23.
The Prairie Valley Lady Bulldogs lost a five-set heartbreaker on Saturday against district favorite Bryson at home.
The Cowgirls came back from two sets down to win in five sets against the Lady Bulldogs.
Prairie Valley won the first two sets 25-18 and 25-21.
Despite winning the second set, Bryson got enough good momentum there that seemed to carry over for the rest of the match with its scrappy defensive play.
The Lady Bulldogs did not help themselves as mental mistakes piled up, leading to the next two sets being no contest. The Cowgirls won sets three and four with one-sided scores of 25-10 and 25-13.
The fifth set was more of a contest, but Bryson pulled away in the end to win 15-11 to complete the comeback.
Emily Carpenter led the team with 20 kills and 16 digs. Veronica Gutierrez had a team high 18 assists. She and Molly Gilleland led the team with three service aces each.
Prairie Valley will not have to wait long for a rematch. The Lady Bulldogs end district play traveling to Bryson to play at 10 a.m. on Oct. 24.
The Forestburg Lady Horns lost at 2A state-power Poolville on Friday night.
A 30 minute power outage delayed the start of the match and while that was not the full cause of the Lady Horns loss it did not help things.
The Lady Monarchs won in straight sets with little trouble with scores of 25-4, 25-7 and 25-8.
Statistical leaders for Forestburg included Katie Willett and Athena Britain each getting one service ace each, Bailey Payne getting two kills, Willett passing out three assists and Keeleigh Burnam getting five digs.
Coach Cori Hayes felt like his team never got their mental status right after the power outage.
The Lady Horns play their final match of the season at home at 4:30 p.m. on Oct. 23 against rival Saint Jo.
The Gold-Burg Lady Bears lost against 2A Windthorst on Saturday morning.
The Lady Trojans won in straight sets with set scores of 25-13, 25-11 and 25-13.
The Lady Bears were short handed, but did their best to compete, making Windthorst earn points after long rallies.
Coach Cheryl Cromleigh liked how her team fought overall.
“The girls played their hearts out, hustled from start to finish,” Cromleigh said. “I’m extremely proud of how the girls stepped up. Girls never quit.”
Gold-Burg’s last district match was earlier in the week played at Harrold on Tuesday.
To read the full story, pick up a copy of the mid-week edition of the Bowie News.
Jackrabbit golfers struggle at Abilene
By Jordan Neal
The Bowie boys golf team competed at the Diamondback National Golf Course in Abilene for a big tournament on Monday.
Coach Matthew Miller did not report what place the team got, but indicated the tournament was both big and deep of players and schools from bigger schools than the team usually competes with.
The team’s total was not its best, but it was not far off what it has been shooting, but for this tournament that was not enough to finish as high as it usually does.
Cy Egenbacher led the team shooting 80. Zac Harris was one shot behind shooting 87. Rayder Mann and Andrew Sandhoff rounded off the team’s scoring shooting 87 and 89 for a 337 total.
Hunter Fluitt shot 106 for the team, but it did not count towards it.
Hunter Lea competed as an individual and ended up shooting 85.
Miller thought his players had trouble stringing good holes together.
The bump in the competition has hopefully prepared the team for the district tournament next week. The Bowie Lady Rabbits team spent time at the district course this week instead of competing in a tournament.
It is scheduled for a two-day tournament on March 29-30 at River Creek Golf Course in Burkburnett.
Bowie boys, girls compete at different track meets
By Jordan Neal
The Bowie track teams went to two different meets this week with the boys going to Jacksboro and the girls competing at City View.
The Bowie boy’s team finished fourth overall while the Lady Rabbits team standing was not shared.
The Jackrabbits changed meets to Wednesday to allow any powerlifting boys the chance to compete since five were going to the state meet and it would have conflicted with Thursday’s original meet at City View.
Bowie came away with two first place finishes.
For the Lady Rabbits competing at City View, Neely Price and Amylee Valdez had the best individual finishes.
Read the full story in the weekend Bowie News.
Bowie Jackrabbits’ baseball takes district win against Vernon in final two innings
By Jordan Neal
The Bowie Jackrabbit baseball team came on in the fifth and sixth innings to steal the win from Vernon at home on Tuesday night.
The Jackrabbits scored six runs in their final two innings to pull ahead 7-5 against the Lions.
Bowie came into the game following a disappointing loss to Iowa Park the previous week which meant it was at 1-1 in district play so far. Vernon came into the game with two losses against Jacksboro and Holliday, the Lions had only lost to the reigning district champ Eagles 2-1 with Cross Durham on the mound.
Vernon started him on Tuesday and Bowie answered with freshman Edmond DeLeon, who despite his age has been the best pitcher this season for the Jackrabbits.
DeLeon got off to a rough start in the opening inning. The Lions loaded the bases after a single and two walks with one out. Next batter hit a double to left field that scored two runs to put Vernon up 2-0.
DeLeon had runners at third and second, but struck out the next batter and induced an infield pop out to shortstop for out three to limit the damage.
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