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SIDELINE CONFIDENTIAL: Delving into past Bowie coaches

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With the high school football season fast approaching, I decided to take a trip down memory lane, track down a few former Bowie coaches, and see what they are up to.
Brad Keck arrived in Bowie July of 1999 after previous coaching stops in Springtown, Paradise and Nocona. Keck said he was familiar with Mark White, the Jackrabbits head coach at the time, which is how he ended up in town. Keck served as defensive coordinator under Mike Chaney until 2003, when he took over as head coach and athletic director.
“My expectations were the same then as they are now,” Keck said. “I expected to have a good turnout of hard working kids.”
Keck said the 2004 season was a very special year for him, as the Rabbits made the playoffs for the first time since the early 1980s. He also said the 2008 squad was “a great team to coach.” Bowie made the playoffs that season as well. Before the success however, Keck said one of his more memorable games was on the road against Sanger in 2003. The win was the team’s only one that season.
“A lot of those players were young, so we got them back the following year and had a real good program,” Keck said.
After he left Bowie in April of 2009, Keck returned to Nocona, his alma mater, to take the head coach/athletic director position. The coach said the offense he runs currently with the Indians originated from the offense he ran with the Rabbits in 2007 and 2008, with a few minor changes.
“Bowie was a good place for me,” Keck said. “I coached a lot of good kids. It was an enjoyable time for me and my family.” Read the complete column in the mid-week edition of The Bowie News.

Bowie News sports columnist Blake Wood. (Photo by Ryan Evans)

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Bowie softball all-district awards released

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Chloe Kinney got named first team all-district for the Lady Rabbits.

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First team
Kaylie Kinney, Chloe Kinney
Second team
Sadie Britt, Victoria Cox, KP Rutherford, Serenity Klump
Honorable mention
Laney Oliver, Sage Gossett, Rhyan Carle, Laci Goodwin
Academic all-district
Laney Oliver, Sadie Britt, Sage Gossett, Beau Combs, Victoria Watson, Imala Walker, Payton Holt

To see some more pictures of the softball players, pick up a copy of the mid-week edition of the Bowie News.

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Bowie, Nocona hosting sports camps next week

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Bowie football and softball coaches will host camps at the high school fields next week on June 3-5. Walk-ups will be accepted on the first day.

With summer here, school coaching staffs have started hosting summer sports camps.
While it might be too late to join the basketball camps at Bowie and Nocona going on this week, there are others on the horizon to sign your kids up for.
At Bowie next week on June 3-5 are football and softball camps.
The football camp is at the high school football stadium from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. It is for incoming 2-6th graders and will cost $60. To register online, go to the Bowie ISD Athletics Facebook page and scan a QR code so your kid will get a camp T-shirt. The camp will take walk-ups on the first day of camp if you are unable to do so before hand.
The Bowie softball camp will be split up into two sessions. Incoming 1-5th graders are scheduled for 8:30-11:30 a.m. while incoming 6-9th graders are scheduled for 12-3 p.m.
The camp will take place at the high school softball field. It will cost $60 per camper. There is a QR code you can scan to register online if you go to the Bowie ISD Athletics Facebook page.
You also can contact Coach Heather Daniell at 940-872-1511 or email her at [email protected].
At Nocona, volleyball and football camps are both scheduled for June 10-12.
The football camp will be at the high school football field and will be 9-11 a.m. Incoming kindergarten through ninth graders are welcome to sign up. The cost is $50 per camper.
If you register before June 7, you will get your camper a T-shirt. Walk-ups will be accepted, but a T-shirt cannot be guaranteed.
You can register online if you go to the Nocona ISD Athletics Facebook page and scan the QR Code. Checks and cash can be dropped off at the field house.
The Nocona volleyball camp will be split up into two sessions. The first session is for incoming 6-9th graders and will be at 9 a.m.-12 p.m. the second session is for incoming 1-5th graders and will be at 1-3 p.m.
Both sessions will be at the high school gym and will cost $50 per camper. Checks and cash can be dropped off at the junior high. You can contact Coach Kara Lucherk for more information.
You can scan a QR code at the Nocona ISD Athletics on a post from May 7 or you can contact Coach Kara Lucherk with more questions at [email protected].

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Saint Jo Sports Awards

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The Saint Jo High School Awards Banquet was on May 21. At the end of the sports section, the athletes of the year awards went to Devin Stewart and Taylor Patrick.

To see pictures of the team award winners in ever sport, pick up a copy of the mid-week edition of the Bowie News.

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