Area athletes did well at Oil Bowl
The 85th Annual Maskat Shrine Oil Bowl was this past weekend at Rider and Iowa Park High Schools.
Graduating athletes from Montague County and Bellevue represented their schools one last time in all star games in basketball volleyball and football against some of the Wichita Falls’ area best.
In all 14 athletes competed, with one taking part in at least every game played during the two days.
Basketball kicked off the weekend on Friday night with the girl’s game coming first. Bowie’s Addie Farris and Bellevue’s Austin Ford played for the west while Nocona’s Raylee Sparkman and Stephany Gutierrez played for the east team.
It looked like it was heading for a blowout with the east team pulling ahead by as many as 17 points at one point, but the west made a frantic comeback at the end to steal the win 54-52 in a thrilling game.
Ford finished with six points while Farris made a 3-pointer. Sparkman made two 3-pointers and finished with six points while Gutierrez scored two points.
In the boy’s basketball game, the west team had Nocona’s Lyndon Fenoglio and Adam Meekins along with late addition Terrance Perry from Bellevue. The east team had Bowie’s Drew Weber.
This game featured another near comeback, but the east just came up short as the west hanged on to win 76-69.
Weber made a 3-pointer and blocked a couple of shots. Perry finished off a pass rolling to the basket for two points. While Fenoglio and Meekins did not score a point, both played with the starters and were trusted late in the game when the score was tight.
On Saturday, the volleyball games were played in the early afternoon before the football game later that night. There were two all star games split between small schools and big schools.
In the small school game, Prairie Valley’s Emily Carpenter played on the east team while Gold-Burg’s Kelly Contreras played on the west team. Carpenter played all the way around and never came out as she finished with two kills and had three digs. Contreras stuck to the back row and had three digs. In the end, the east team won both sets with scores 25-20 and 25-19.
In the big school game, only Bowie’s Taygon Jones played in it from this area. She got to play her preferred position as libero, hardly ever coming off the court.
It was a back and forth match with the teams trading 25-17 sets to force a third and final set to 15. In the end, Jones helped her team pull out the close 15-13 win as she finished with five digs.
The event ended with everyone hustling over to Iowa Park’s football field since the usual host Midwestern State University’s Memorial Stadium was not available due to construction.
Nocona’s Sam Davis was joined by Bowie’s Hunter Wade and Jake Fallis to be on the east team, which won its seventh straight game against the west with a blow out score 42-14.
Wade played the whole game at left guard while Fallis got a lot of play at defensive end on defense. Davis played out of position at wide receiver in the spread offense, but held his own despite seeing few on target throws his way.
To read the full story and see pictures of all 14 athletes in action, pick up copy of the mid-week edition of the Bowie News.
Smith coming to stabilize Prairie Valley
At Prairie Valley, Mark Smith was hired a month ago to be the new girl’s athletic coach.
The previous coach abruptly resigned near the beginning of the basketball season which meant athletic director Seth Stephens was in the tough situation of coaching both boys’ and girls’ basketball teams in the same season.
Smith comes to Prairie Valley after teaching math for the last six years at charter school International Leadership High School in Grand Prairie.
His previous coaching experience before that came at schools of various sizes like 6A Byron Nelson as an assistant, 4A Lake Worth as a head coach, 2A Itasca as a head coach and 1A Advantage Academy in Waxahachie as a head coach. He started at 4A Kennedale and Spruce as an assistant.
Stephens said Smith impressed him and the administration with his emphasis on taking a program wide approach to coaching and trying to get girls to compete in as many things as possible.
“He has quite a bit of experience coaching,” Stephens said. “We thought with his personality, the way he wants to commit to not just focusing on one sport. He’s real calm and somebody we were looking for who could come in and give us some stability and consistency.”
Smith was attracted to the job since his daughter is about to enter the 10th grade and her previous school was starting to pressure athletes to start specializing.
Smith graduated from 1A high school Whiteface and wanted the small school experience for his daughter.
To read the full story, pick up a copy of the weekend edition of the Bowie News.
Nocona baseball earns all-district honors
With baseball state tournament about to get under way this week, the district baseball honors were released for the district 10-2A which includes Nocona.
With the team missing the playoffs maybe the Indians were not as well represented as some other teams, but still some Nocona players were honored.
Wesley Murphey earned the highest honor as he was named second team all-district pitcher.
Fellow pitcher and brother Walker Murphey was named honorable mention along with outfielder Miguel Olivares and utility player Charlie Fuller.
To see photos of all four pick up a copy of the mid-week edition of the Bowie News.
Bowie BMX hosts state qualifier
The Bowie BMX race park is hosting its busiest weekend of the year.
The park is scheduled to host three days of racing from June 10-12 with people from all over the state and even further expected to travel to Bowie to take part.
On June 10 is the Bob Warnicke scholarship race using single points format. Sign-ups start at 5 p.m. and go all the way up until races start at 7 p.m.
On June 11 is the Race for Life leukemia fundraiser and pro-am that will also be using single point format. Sign-ups start at 4 p.m. and will go until races start at 6 p.m.
June 12 is expected to be the busiest day as it will be at state championship qualifier races. Sign-ups begin at 9:30 a.m. and will go until 11 a.m. when the races will start.
Spectators are welcome to come free of charge with parking free as well. Concessions will be available for cold drinks to keep spectators hydrated and full.
To read the full story, pick up a copy of the mid-week edition of the Bowie News.
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