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VOLLEYBALL YEAR IN REVIEW: Local teams in rebuilding mode

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By ERIC VICCARO
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Nocona High School’s impressive streak of qualifying for the regional round of the state tournament ended at seven during the 2014 season.
First-year Nocona head coach Tiffany Clay, who replaced Sandy Langford after Langford went to Glen Rose, knew the campaign was going to be challenging.
“Nocona has such a rich winning tradition in volleyball,” Clay said. “Therefore, coming into this year, I had lots of expectations – not only for my players, but myself and assistant coaches. We lost lots of dominant seniors the previous year.
“I knew coming into the season, we were going to have to work extra hard,” Clay continued. “Each one of my girls stepped up to the challenge and worked extremely hard to finish in the position they did.”
Nocona finished the season with the best record in Montague County, producing a 22-16 overall mark and 11-3 in District 3A-9. The Lady Indians were the lone team in the county to qualify for the postseason, falling to Pottsboro.
Four of the 15 girls on the Montague County all-county team wear orange-and-black – paced by libero Magye Fenoglio plus hitters Sherese Price and Madilynn Cable and all-around talent Katelynn Walker.
Bowie, which finished at .500 with a 20-20 record and 5-9 in 3A-9 also has four representatives in outside hitter Madison Little, setter/right-side specialist Kamryn Cantwell, libero Karsen Morgan and outside hitter Addy Cook.
“We were so close, but so far away,” Bowie head coach Jeanie Stark said.

Editor’s Note: Read more and see the complete all-county team in the weekend Bowie News in print and with your electronic subscription.

Bowie’s Madison Little was a first-team all-District 3A-9 performer for the Lady Rabbits this season. Little was Bowie’s leader in kills and she improved on her blocking as the 2014 season went along. Little is one of 15 girls on The Bowie News all-county team. (News photo by Eric Viccaro) 

 

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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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