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Bowie, Nocona softball teams look to bounce back this season with new coaches

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Softball season has started for both Bowie and Nocona this week.
Both have their first actual games this week as well as first tournament in Jacksboro.
Both teams also are trying to bounce back after tough seasons missing the playoffs in a district that featured two teams making it far in the playoffs.
For Bowie, the program is not used to missing the playoffs, but last year’s team was young overall and lacking numbers following the shortened COVID season.
A lack of numbers for a JV team and missing a year of development cost them in a district that took no prisoners.
Coach Jordon Roth takes over the program and the former Bowie graduate hopes to build it back up from the beginning.
“I am expecting the girls to work hard every day and to be willing to do what it takes to help the team,” Roth said. We have good team chemistry, so I don’t see any issues with them being willing to sacrifice for their teammates.”
The good for the team is it lost only one senior starter from last year. That familiarity and growth for the young team should mean the team should be getting better together as a group.
With more than two seasons gone from the program’s last playoff berth, that does mean the team’s overall swagger and expectations from the players needs to be rediscovered again.
“The biggest area for improvement is going to be their confidence.” Roth said. “They have to trust me and be willing to be coachable for us to thrive this season.”
For the Lady Indians, Nolan Lanham gets his try to coach the softball team. The new coach has been at Liberty, Jarrell and Hamilton and is a graduate from Prosper High School and Tarleton University.
Lanham hopes to bring an “attack first” philosophy to this team.
“I believe for our team to be successful this year we have to learn to attack in every phase of the game,” Lanham said. “Our pitchers have to attack the strike zone and opposing batters, and when balls are put in play our defense has to attack the ball. Offensively we have to attack pitches early and often, then use our aggressiveness on the bases to put pressure on the opposing team.”
The Nocona softball program’s best recent seasons have been where they compete well, but wins have come few and far between. Their worst have been when most games finish early.
In best years the team is usually filled with upper classmen with experience and this team returns some.
Makenna Nobile, Sydnee Mowry, Tobie Cable and Maddi Ezzell all have experience in the infield and will try to lead the Lady Indians in making the fundamental plays on defense and making plays with their bats.
The team also will be incorporating some younger players that do not have a lot of innings playing at the varsity level.

To read the full story, pick up a copy of the weekend edition of the Bowie News.

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Basketball games rescheduled to Saturday

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With the weekly icy weather in Montague County knocking out school almost all week, Tuesday varsity basketball games were moved to the weekend since the games were too important to cancel this late into the season.
For Bowie, the game hosting Henrietta is scheduled for Feb. 4, with the varsity girls game starting at 11 a.m. and the boys following at 12:30 p.m. There will be no junior varsity games.
At Nocona, the teams are hosting Seymour on Nov. 4. The Lady Indians’ game is scheduled to start at noon and the boy’s game will follow at 1:30 p.m. There will be no junior varsity games.
Gold-Burg is hosting Forestburg on Feb. 4. There will be only varsity games with the girl’s scheduled to start at 10 a.m. and the boy’s following at 11:30 a.m.
Later in the day, Prairie Valley varsity basketball teams will travel to play at Midway on Feb. 4. The girl’s game is scheduled to start at 4 p.m. and the boy’s game will follow at 5:30 p.m.
Bellevue basketball teams also will be on the road later in the day on Feb. 4. The Eagles travel to play Slidell with the girl’s game scheduled to start at 4:30 p.m. and the boy’s game playing afterwards at 6 p.m.

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Saint Jo Boys Interview

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Interview with Saint Jo basketball players Kile Thurman (left) and Collin Thomas following their win against Gold-Burg on Jan. 27, 2023.

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Saint Jo Girls Interview

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Interview with Saint Jo basketball players Krista Reeves (left) and Payzlie Cervantes following their win against Gold-Burg on Jan. 27, 2023.
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