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STORM CENTER COLUMN: Seasons change and rearrange

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Our weather this week in Montague County has ushered in a different feel.
A polar plunge dove into the area, sending temperatures to rock-bottom levels and it even tried spitting sleet on my commute from Saint Jo to Nocona on Wednesday evening.
Meteorology is merely foreshadowing new forms of physical activity.
The University Interscholastic League playoff format is mostly fair, rewarding the teams that have the most success.
Here, only Nocona’s volleyball team and Forestburg’s football team filled spots on the postseason dance card. Bowie’s Kamryn Cantwell and Nocona’s Miriam Diaz were our lone representatives at the state cross country meet in Round Rock on Nov. 8.
However, if your athletic program isn’t good enough, the postseason cut – in most districts four teams will qualify for the playoffs – can be considered unkind.
This sports editor has lived in states where even teams that have gone through an entire season winless still make the postseason. Yes, you read that right.
In Connecticut, the general cutoff for postseason qualification is a .440 winning percentage. That’s not good, but it’s a far better format than systems found in places such as Iowa and Maryland.
Here’s hoping our football and volleyball programs will be better in 2015, and we will have more teams in the playoffs. This guy can only hope at this point. Read more from this column in the weekend Bowie News.

Editor’s Note: The Storm Center column is the expressed written views of sports editor Eric Viccaro and not The Bowie News.

Bowie News sports editor Eric Viccaro. (News photo by Ryan Evans) 

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Baseball Roundup

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Nocona vs Saint Jo
The Nocona Indians won both games in their double-header against Saint Jo on Thursday.
The Indians won game one 21-5 and then game two 12-1 after four and half innings.
With the bad weather earlier in the week and the busy spring schedule, the two schools agreed to a double-header on the unusual day instead of two games on different days like normal.
Last year, the smaller 1A Panthers had easily beaten Nocona in the games. This year, the Indians got some revenge.
Nocona was up 8-0 after the first two innings, but Saint Jo did a good job of hold the Indians scoreless for the next three. The Panthers scored one run on offense during this time to catch up a bit even though they still trailed 8-3.
The Nocona bats picked back up at the end, scoring five runs in the sixth inning to go up 13-3.
Saint Jo needed to score at least one run to prevent the game from ending early. The Panthers came through with two runs to go to the seventh and final inning.
The Indians got rolling, scoring eight runs to make the final score laughable. Saint Jo’s bats could not answer and Nocona won 21-5.
The second game started and the Panthers led 1-0 after the first inning. Unfortunately for Saint Jo, the Indian offense woke up in the second inning and scored nine runs to break the game open.
Nocona added three runs in the third inning and coasted to win after four and half innings 12-1.

Missing scores
The Bellevue baseball team has not updated it scores from its previous game on the GameChanger app.

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Softball Roundup

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Nocona
The Nocona Lady Indians lost at Collinsville on Monday in a game that got away from them.
The Lady Pirates won 8-3, but with the Lady Indians committing six fielding errors, half the runs given up were unearned.
Nocona was down 3-0 after the first two innings before its bats picked things up in the third inning.
With two runners on base and one out, Abby Hill hit a double that scored one run. Tinley Cable followed and hit a fly out to center field, but it was deep enough to get another run home after tagging up.
The Lady Indians trailed 3-2.
Nocona just could not keep Collinsville off the board however. The Lady Pirates scored at least one run in every inning, with two runs in the second and fourth innings.
The Lady Indians were down 8-2 heading into the final inning and tried to stage a late game rally.
With two runners on base and one out, Skye Kirby grounded out to the shortstop for an out, but it drove one run home. Unfortunately, the next batter flew out to center field for out three to end the game.
The Lady Pirates won 8-3.

Missing scores
Saint Jo scores from its previous two games are not on the GameChanger app.

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Bowie baseball loses to Iowa Park

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It was a game to forget for the Bowie Jackrabbits baseball team on Wednesday against Iowa Park.
The Hawks won 13-1 in six innings to win by run-rule against the Jackrabbits.
Bowie was coming off a competitive, but losing effort against Jacksboro, but knew Iowa Park would be just as tough or better with the Hawks sitting in second place in the district standings.
The Jackrabbits had lost the first game at Iowa Park in 7-3, with most of the action happening in the later innings, so they knew they could play with the Hawks. Unfortunately, Bowie did not show it on Wednesday.
Iowa Park scored three runs in the opening inning to grab a lead it would never let go. It forced the Jackrabbits to change pitchers to get out of the inning after giving up two doubles, a single, two walks and a hit batter.
Down 3-0, Bowie showed some fight in the same inning. Rayder Mann took advantage of a dropped third strike to get on base with one out. Troy Kesey hit a double and Seth Mann drew a walk to load the bases up.
After a strikeout, Hayden Rodriguez was then hit by a pitch, which allowed one run to some in and score to cut the lead to 3-1.
Iowa Park scored one run in the second inning, but it was the third inning that broke the game open.
Seven walks, two singles and a hit batter allowed the Hawks to score six runs to up their lead to 10-1. Bowie cycled through three pitchers during the inning.
While the Jackrabbit bats did have several chances to score with runners in scoring position in the second and fourth innings, the chances dried up as the game went along.
Iowa Park scored three runs on three singles and a double in the sixth inning to go up 13-1.
Bowie would need to score at least three runs to prevent the game from stopping early.
Unfortunately, despite a one out drawn walk, the Jackrabbits did not threaten to score and the game did end early.
Iowa Park won 13-1.

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