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Five individuals qualify for state meet

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Area runners from 1A schools competed at the regional cross country meet on Tuesday at Lynn Creek Park in Grand Prairie.
While no teams were able to finish among the top four to advance to the state meet, there were five individuals who qualified from three schools.
From Saint Jo Collin Thomas qualified for his third straight year. He was joined by teammate Devin Stewart. From Prairie Valley, Eli Croxton and Linzie Priddy qualified. From Gold-Burg, Isaac Renteria qualified.
Individual state qualifications are for the top 10 runners who were not part of the four teams that qualified. The top finishers in the boy’s race was flush with runners from the top four teams, meaning the last state individual qualifier, Saint Jo’s Stewart, finished 26th.
It was the opposite case in the girl’s race. Only two girls from teams that qualified for the state meet finished among the top 10.
The Panther boy’s team did the best of the day, finishing just outside of the top four in fifth place, but by a margin of 66 points.
Thomas was the team’s top runner finishing fifth overall with a season best time of 17:49. Stewart finished 26th overall, but it was good enough to qualify for the state meet. Teammate Kile Thurman just missed the cut a few places and seconds later in 29th place.
Joshua Vogel (46) and Logan Hoover (94) rounded out Saint Jo’s top five runners. Representing the Lady Panthers, Aubrey Morman finished 77th.
Coach Lyndon Cook was lamented one of his top five runners was out and how it would have affected team standings more, but was pleased with Thomas and Stewart for qualifying for state.

Saint Jo’s Devin Stewart and Collin Thomas qualified for the state meet. (Courtesy photo)


“Collin ran by far his best race of the year to take fifth place and Devin stepped up in a huge way to qualify for state as a freshman,” Cook said. “Both of these kids really impressed me with their grit and determination to qualify. Kile Thurman also ran his best race of the year and I’m very proud of him for this season coming off a torn ACL just seven months ago.”
Prairie Valley had both its boys and girls teams compete. The boy’s team finished ninth overall. Top runner Eli Croxton finished 16th overall with a time of 18:43.
The team’s top five runners also included Tyler Winkler (40), Micheal Cole (41), Tyson Easterling (93) and Isaac Yeargin (103).
Coach Seth Stephens was proud of how his team did overall since it was the first time they had been on that stage in several years as a team. He was most pleased Croxton was able to qualify for state.
“Obviously, we’re excited about Eli advancing to the state meet next week,” Stephens said. “I thought he had a good shot at advancing this year, but he reached another gear at this last meet, posting his fastest time of the year by far. He’s looking forward to competing again next week.”
The Lady Bulldogs team finished 15th overall. Top runner Linzie Priddy finished ninth with a time of 13:02. Prairie Valley’s top five runners also included 48. Karagan Ritchie (48), Veronica Gutierrez (103), Natalee Young (119) and Makaylee Gomez (120).
Coach Jeannie Carpenter was pleased with how her team ran and for Priddy for advancing to the state meet.
“All of our runners ran well,” Carpenter said. “We are very proud of Linzie Priddy for advancing to the state meet. While we do have some seniors on the team that will be missed, the core of it is very young and I expect them to keep getting better each year.”
The only Gold-Burg runner that qualified for the regional meet, freshman Isaac Renteria, made his first trip worth it. Renteria finished 19th overall with a time of 18:48 and qualified for the state meet.
Coach Jessie Vaughn thought Renteria had a good race.
“Isaac ran really well, finishing over a minute faster than his time at the district meet,” Vaughn said. “He has a promising future making it as a freshman.”
The Bellevue Lady Eagles finished in 16th place. Top runner Grace Martin finished 18th with a time of 13:28. The Lady Eagles top five runners included Austin Ford (75), Patience Ramsey (94), Cirstin Allen (112) and Callie Martin (114).
Coach John McGee was proud of how his girls competed overall in a tough field.
“I believe we did well overall and I’m very proud of my girls for their commitment to the team. Grace Martin was our top runner. I believe she will make it to state next year.”
The state meet is scheduled for Nov. 5 at Old Settler’s Park in Round Rock. The girl’s race is set to start at 8:30 a.m. and the boy’s race right after at 9 a.m.

To see individual results from all of the area runners, pick up a copy of the weekend edition of the Bowie News.

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Girls Basketball Roundup

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Nocona
The Nocona Lady Indians blew out Howe on Friday night.
The Lady Indians won 69-27 against the overwhelmed Lady Bulldogs.
The first three quarters saw Nocona score 19 or more points in each one. Howe only scored in double-digits in the third quarter, more than doubling its first half total.
Skyler Smith led the team with 19 points and six steals.
Megyn Meekins recorded a near triple-double scoring 17 points, passing for 12 assists and had a team high nine rebounds.
Sydnee Mowry joined them in double-figures scoring 10 points and Jolie Rose nearly did too scoring nine points.

Saint Jo
The Saint Jo Lady Panthers finished with a positive record at their hosted tournament last week.
The Lady Panthers went 3-2 overall, with one of the wins coming against one of the teams it lost against.
Saint Jo picked up wins against Newcastle 51-25 and Savoy 44-23 in pool play. The next day saw the Lady Panthers lose to Sacred Heart 48-31.
Against Petrolia it was even worse losing 66-33.
This set up a rematch against Sacred Heart. Despite losing to the Lady Tigers by double-digits the previous day, Saint Jo instead won by more than 30 points 66-32 on Saturday to go out of the tournament on a positive note.

Gold-Burg
The Gold-Burg Lady Bears got some good competition at the Saint Jo tournament last week.
The Lady Bears went 1-4 overall, but hung close with several good teams.
Gold-Burg first played district opponent Prairie Valley and lost 42-31.
The other pool game on Thursday was against a Petrolia team that would go on to win the tournament. The Lady Bears lost 66-47, but had several good scoring performances.
The final pool game against Tioga saw Gold-Burg lose 56-47.
During bracket play, the Lady Bears blew out Savoy 54-11 for a chance to play for the silver bracket championship against Newcastle.
Against a 1A playoff team that has an athletic post player, Gold-Burg had a chance to win late in the game, but ultimately fell short 47-42.

To read the full story, pick up a copy of the mid-week edition of the Bowie News.

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Boys Basketball Roundup

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Saint Jo
The Saint Jo Panthers won their hosted tournament last week.
The Panthers went 5-0, winning by double-digits in all of their games.
During pool play Saint Jo beat Newcastle by 50 points (89-39) and Sacred Heart by 20 points (60-40). Bracket play saw the Panthers win even more dominantly first against Petrolia 71-19 and then district opponent Prairie Valley 60-22.
This put them in the championship game against a 2A Muenster program that not only is used to success, but with it only being 10 miles down the road and with current Athletic Director Mark Stevens spending seven years there, the athletic programs are tight.
Usually the bigger Hornets beat up on Saint Jo teams at worse or the Panthers try to keep it close at best during pre-district matchups, but on Saturday that was flipped. Saint Jo beat Muenster 56-46 to win the overall tournament championship.
Kile Thurman was named the tournament’s most valuable player. Brice Durham and Collin Thomas were named to the all-tournament team.

Nocona
The Nocona Indians played in their first tournament at Dodd City last week.
The Indians went 2-2 overall to finish in fourth place at the tournament.
Nocona played two games during pools on Thursday. The first game was a rematch against Bells from earlier in the week. The Panthers then beat the Indians 46-36 and again in pools 53-33.
Nocona was able to bounce back later in the day, winning a close game against tournament host Dodd City 53-47, a state-ranked 1A team.
Going into bracket play two days later, the Indians won another close game, this one against Tom Bean 59-52.
This put Nocona into a game against North Hopkins for third place. The Panthers are a 2A state-ranked team and unfortunately the Indians did not play their best. North Hopkins won 60-36 as Nocona finished fourth.

Prairie Valley
The Prairie Valley Bulldogs played at Saint Jo’s tournament last week to get some work in.
The young Bulldogs went 2-3 overall to finish in fourth place.
Prairie Valley’s first game of the tournament came against 2A Muenster. The Bulldogs lost 55-30.
Prairie Valley bounced back in the second game of pool play against Petrolia, winning 41-30.
The next day the Bulldogs beat Nocona’s JV team 54-30. To get a chance to play for the championship game and another chance at Muenster, Prairie Valley would have to beat district opponent Saint Jo. The Panthers won 60-22, pushing the Bulldogs to play Sacred Heart in the third place game.
Unfortunately, Prairie Valley lost 65-31 to finish fourth overall.

Gold-Burg
The Gold-Burg Bears struggled at the Saint Jo tournament last week.
Out of the five games played, the four that were reported were all losses.
Gold-Burg lost to Electra 46-34 to start out the tournament. The Bears lost their closest game of the tournament to Petrolia 43-40.
Gold-Burg then got matched up against 2A Muenster and lost 89-18. The last game was a rematch against Electra which did not go better as the Bears lost 46-24.

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Bowie teams go 3-1 at S&S tournament

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Both Bowie basketball teams traveled to S&S Consolidated last week to play in a tournament.
The boy’s and girl’s team went 3-1 during the three-day tournament.
The Jackrabbits dominated the first three games of their tournament slate. The team first beat Callisburg by 33 points (63-30), beat Texoma Christian by 66 points (85-19) and Era by 32 points (70-38).
This allowed Bowie to reach the championship game of the gold bracket against Gunter.
It wasn’t the Jackrabbits best game shooting the ball as the team only shot 36% from the field. They compensated by creating turnovers on defense, forcing 19 and crashing the offensive glass for second chance opportunities.
Unfortunately, the Jackrabbits would lose the close game by one basket 59-57.
It was a good performance for Bowie after playing so many tough teams during the pre-district schedule.
Gunter is still a state-ranked team in 3A and the team found other ways to stay in the game despite the shots not falling that day.
The Lady Rabbits won their first game of the tournament by 48 points against Gainesville 59-11, but unfortunately hit a snag in their second game.
Bowie lost to Muenster in a low-scoring close game 39-34 that went down to the wire.
The Lady Rabbits bounced back to win their next game against McKinney Christian by 33 points 54-21.
Bowie’s last game of the tournament was played against Blue Ridge.
The Lady Rabbits were behind by one point 34-33 heading into the fourth quarter.
The team rallied to outscore Blue Ridge 15-8, getting scoring from seven different players during the final period.

To read the full story, pick up a copy of the mid-week edition of the Bowie News.

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