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Nocona teams lose to recovering Jacksboro

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It was not a good day for the Nocona baseball team against Jacksboro on Wednesday.
The Tigers won 17-0 in four and half innings against the Indians after more than a week from their previous game.
The team was dealing with the outpouring of community grief from last week’s death of graduate Laci Stone which originally moved the game from Tuesday.
The game was also the first one in more than a week due to spring break along with some missed practices due to bad weather.
Jacksboro came in with baggage as well. The Tigers came into the game two days after its community and high school got hit with a tornado, which caused the game to be played at Bowie despite being a home game.
It was Jacksboro that struck first in the second inning in a big way. The Tigers reeled off 10 runs in an inning that would never end for Nocona. The Indians gave up four singles, two walks and committed four fielding errors during the inning.
Nocona tried to answer as Charlie Fuller and Kooper Hansard picked up the team’s first hits of the game with back-to-back singles with one out. Unfortunately, two strikeouts followed to end the chance.
Jacksboro added one more run in the third inning before scoring seven runs in the fourth thanks to seven walks.
Down 17-0, Nocona would need to score eight runs to avoid getting run-ruled. Unfortunately, the Indians bats could not find the ball as all three batters struck out to end the game.

Softball
It was with heavy hearts for different reasons that Nocona and Jacksboro softball team’s took the field on Wednesday.
The Lady Tigers won 15-0 in three innings due to run-rule, but it meant more than the result for both sides.
The Lady Indians were playing their first game since last week’s tragic death of former Nocona softball player Laci Stone.
Jacksboro was still dealing with the fallout from a tornado that crashed through its community just two days before that damaged the high school and the athletic facilities. Because of that the game was played in Bowie.
The Lady Tigers did most of their damage in the first two innings. Jacksboro scored five runs in the first inning before scoring nine in the second.
After stopping Nocona from scoring for three innings while giving up hits to Skye Kirby and Avery Crutsinger, the Lady Tigers just needed to score one run in the third inning to end the game due to run-rule.
Jacksboro got that on a sacrifice groundball out to end the game in the third inning.
The good news for the Lady Indians were only three fielding errors in the game.
Unfortunately, seven walks and nine hits given up led to that many runs in not a lot of time.

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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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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.

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

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