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STORM CENTER COLUMN: Cowboys look forward to ’15

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There’s a certain segment of Dallas Cowboys fans that believes owner Jerry Jones shouldn’t also serve as the organization’s general manager.
Well, this wasn’t a banner year for that segment.
See, Dallas claimed the NFC Eastern Division title with a 12-4 record after three marginal 8-8 campaigns and won a playoff contest for the first time since 2009.
This was the Cowboys’ best season record-wise since 2007. And Dallas, save for that ouster last week in Green Bay by five points, was the simply the best road team this year.
Earlier this week, the Pro Football Writers Association named Jones its National Football League Executive of the Year.
In part, the decision to give Jones this honor comes from the fact he listened to his son, Stephen, during the 2014 Draft.
The Cowboys selected Zach Martin from the University of Notre Dame rather than make the sexy, sizzling, splash pick of Johnny Manziel.
Martin has given Dallas an anchor on its offensive line for many years to come.
It’s time for Cowboys’ fans to be honest with me.
Did you truly expect your team to have this great a season?
After all, if wide receiver Dez Bryant completed a football act late last Sunday, your team would be playing for the NFC title tomorrow in Seattle.
This sports editor distinctly recalls a certain narrative on radio and television back in August, “The Cowboys aren’t good.” I heard fans say Dallas would finish with a record at .500 again – or possibly even below the Mendoza line.
But, the Cowboys’ 2014 off-season was a smart one, and I knew Dallas and the Philadelphia Eagles would vie for the division title. That’s how it played out, with the star emerging ahead of the wing. Read more of 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. 

Will both wide receiver Dez Bryant and running back DeMarco Murray play for the  Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium during the 2015 season? Well, that will be up to owner Jerry Jones and Dallas’ leadership. (Courtesy photo by James Smith/The Dallas Cowboys)

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Nocona new press box put into place

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Nocona got its new press box into place this week at Jack Crane Stadium. The old press box, which was in place for more than 60 years, was taken out in early June and moved to Indian Valley Raceway. The new press box was by the Southern Bleacher Company out of Graham. Athletic Director Black Crutsinger said they looked at a lot of press boxes and decided they liked the one at Lindsay High School and went with that model. Sean Hutson operated the crane from the Hurd Crane Service that put the press box up for Nocona.

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Richey repeats at IFYR

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Sunset native Cason Richey (right) and his team roping partner Beldon Cox from Weatherford repeated as the International Finals Youth Rodeo champions last weekend at Shawnee, OK. Richey and Cox won the previous year and were able to complete the repeat by catching three steers in a combined time of 16.6 seconds. Richey is expected to compete attend Texas Tech University this fall and compete on the rodeo team.

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Youth rodeo awards presented

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The Chisholm Trail Youth Rodeo presented awards for its summer season this week. Tess Egenbacher won the top cowgirl buckle for the 13-18 age division, which was presented to her by Kyle Bishop. (Courtesy photo)

The Chisholm Trail Youth Rodeo had its awards ceremony this week, giving out plaques and buckles to the top competitors throughout the summer season.
There were four age categories with five events to compete in for the young athletes.
Along with the best results in each event, at the end the overall best cowboy and cowgirl in each age division was awarded as well.
The lead line division, in which an adult helps the young competitors, saw Rylee Stewart win the first in poles, barrel racing and mystery event on her way to win top cowgirl.
Hattie Snow got the fastest time in the flags event and Lany Shupak got the fastest goat time. Riggin Bishop got named the top cowboy in the division.
In the eight-and-under division, Whitley Goins won the top cowgirl and Trell Carpenter won top cowboy. Goins got the fastest times in barrel racing, flags and mystery event. Carpenter got the fastest time in poles and goats.
In the 9-12 age division, Sage Keck won the top cowgirl while Chisum Carpenter won the top cowboy. Keck got the fastest times in four of the five divisions. Only Layna Taylor getting the fastest goat time prevented her from winning in a clean sweep.
In the 13-18 age division, Tess Egenbacher won the top overall cowgirl award.
Kiley McCracken won both the barrel racing and flags event. Emma Strahan won the poles and mystery event. Hadlee Bryan won the goats event.
There was no top overall cowboy in the age division.

To see the times for the winners of each event in all four age categories along with pictures of all of the top cowboys and cowgirls, pick up a copy of the weekend edition of the Bowie News.

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