1970s-1980s Bowie sports

During the next 12 months, The Bowie News will be celebrating its 100th anniversary. There will be many activities throughout the year.
Sports Rewind will offer up a few sports headlines from the past 100 years of Bowie News coverage including its predecessor The Bowie Booster.
This month includes a story about the first win for both Bowie basketball teams in 1975 along with a story about the Jackrabbit football team winning their second straight district title in 1982.

November 20, 1975, The Bowie News
Headline: Jackrabbits Start With Victory
The Bowie Jackrabbits jumped on the right ‘Rabbits foot Monday night when they took on the defending District 6-AAA champs, Wichita Falls Rider, in Bowie and came away with an impressive 58-44 round ball victory. It was the first game of the game of the young season for both ball clubs and Bowie Coach Gayno Shelton said before the season started that the Jackrabbits would be a State contender again this year.
Coach Shelton had six players in the scoring and half of those hit in double figures over the Rider Club. Darwin McKinley, selected by some college coaches as a blue chipper in the State this year, led all scorers in the Monday night game with 19 points, but right behind him for scoring honors was Keith Airington with 18 points. Also scoring in double figures for the Rabbits was Rick Belz with 13 points.
Rounding out the scoring was Vernon Browning with 5, Kent Roland with 2 and Dean Yarbro with 1.
Coach Shelton, having a hard time figuring the first five starters, had Mike Lindsey, Airington, Browning, McKinley and Belz in the starting lineup but played his reserves without fearing a loss for talent.
Bowie jumped out in front 16 to 9 at the end of the first quarter and by half time they were leady by nine – 31-22.
Playing ball control while hitting 47% of their shots (20-43) from the field, the Jackrabbits went into the final quarter of play with a 13 point advantage, 45-32.
The Jackrabbits were never in real foul trouble and were somewhat accurate from the foul line when they connected on 15 of 24 free throws for a 66% average.
The Bowie High School varsity girls got their first victory of the season and it came in their first game of the year against Petrolia Saturday night in Bowie.
Christi Lillard led the varsity girls with 20 points in the 58-26 victory but she received good shooting help from Jeanie Proctor who collected 19 points and Cathy Clampet who added another 17 points.
The girls didn’t have a bit of trouble as the guards controlled the boards on one end of the court and the hot shooting forwards did the same on their end.
Coach Keith Barrick stated that he was pleased with the entire team’s effort on defense but especially the play of Brenda Jackson, Donna Taylor and Teresa Proctor.
The local lassies held a 9-4 advantage at the end of the first quarter and jumped that lead to 34-14 at half time.
Before going into the final period of play, they were out on top by 20 points, 43-23.
Bowie also outscored Petrolia at the charity line, hitting 14 of 20 shots for 70% while Petrolia was collecting only 12 of 25 for 48%.
But the girls weren’t so hot against Azle Monday night. If they had hit from the free throw line like they did against Petrolia, they would tied their opponents but lost the game 70-58.
And, it was from the charity line that the girls got beat. They only connected on 18 of 43 shots for a 41.8%.
They were leading 15-11 at the end of the first quarter and 28-24 at half time before Azle got hot in the second half. Lilliard was high point collector for Bowie with 28 points, followed by Jeanie Proctor with 21 points.
In the Petrolia game, the freshman girls won 37-19 and the B-team pulled out a narrow victory, 28-26.
Against Azle the B-team lost by 2 points, 22-20 and the freshman won 31 to 21. The varsity boys will meet Rider again Monday in Wichita Falls while the girls play Azle in Bowie the same night.

November 7, 1982, The Bowie News
Headline: Jackrabbits win district crown!!!
The Bowie Jackrabbits picked up their second consecutive district title here Friday night after taking a 26-0 decision over the Bridgeport Bulls.
It was the decisive game for the district crown as neighboring Decatur was pulling for a Bowie loss after the Eagles finished up their season with a 18-0 win over Springtown.
However, Bowie reigned again as district 9-AAA champions with second place Decatur still in the playoff picture.
It came just as easy as last year (Bowie 40, Aledo 6) with the Rabbits racking in two TD’s in the first quarter, one in the second a fourth in the final period.
Despite the chilley climate, quarterback Gordon Williams was on the mark on TD passes from 26 and 62 yards out.
Bowie’s first ice-breaker came on their second possession of the ball after the Bulls were halted near midfield.
Starting from their own 43 yard line, the Rabbits took the conservative route and generated a seven play drive that covered the other 58 yards.
Some hard-nosed running by Deryl Sanders, Travis Price and Robert Brickey during the drive put a pair of first downs on the stats which was later capped off by a two-yard TD plunge by Price.
The Rabbits PAT department was still struggling which went 0-2 for the night.
The Bulls returned the ensuing kickoff to their own 32 yard line and drove the ball minus six yards on four plays.
Defensive linemen Rusty Blanton knocked Bridgeport punter Geno Silletti to the ground for a five yard loss which set up Bowie’s next TD.
With fifth seconds left in the first quarter, quarterback Gordon Williams put the ball in the end zone with Todd Matlock on the receiving end for a 26 yard completion.
The Rabbits were not satisfied with the 12-0 lead and decided to go with a two-point try.
Williams received some pressure from the Bulls two-point defense and threw an incomplete toss in the end zone.
The Bulls were held to only seven yards on six plays at their own 36 after a ten yard kickoff return by Stewart Clements.
However, the Bulls regained possession with the first quarter ending after Williams was dropped for a seventeen yard loss on a fourth down punt situation for Bowie.
Bridgeport went two yards into Rabbit territory after the turnover and were forced to punt the ball right back to Bowie.
The punted ball came to a stop at the Bowie nineteen and the Rabbits wasted no time before putting six more on the board.
Bowie ran the ball to their 28 until Scott Reed hauled in a Williams pass for a 72 yard reception and the touchdown.
Head coach Larry Stovall saw his extra-point specialist crumble as the second PAT failed.
The Bulls came as close as the midfield stripe before the first half ended with the aid of a pass interception by Richard Green.
The third quarter saw both teams match yard-for-yard when on the offensive attack.
Williams was decked for the second time by the Bulls in the third quarter.
However, Bridgeport returned the favor with a fumble of their own early in the final quarter which set up Bowie’s final TD.
The Rabbits took the ball from their own thirteen yard line to the end zone on a nine play drive.
Robert Brickey plowed his way through the Bull defense on a three yard TD run and took his own two-point conversion in afterwards with 6:16 remaining in the game.
Cal Kirk spoiled Bridgeport’s next drive with an intercepted pass which was countered by Bridgeport’s Stuart Clements.
The exchange gulped up enough time on the clock to finalize the game.
Leading rusher for the Rabbits was Robert Brockey with 75 yards on ten carries. Brickey was followed by Deryl Sanders who picked up 60 yards on sixteen carries.
Leading receiver for Bowie was Scott Reed with 72 yards on two reception and one TD. Todd Matlock snared 50 yards on two receptions and one TD. Billy Lee took two completions for 24 yards.