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HIGH SCHOOL POWERLIFTING: Bowie claims Chico Invitational

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By ERIC VICCARO
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Talented Bowie High School powerlifter Saul Landaverde returned to give the Jackrabbits the spark they needed.
Down 60 pounds heading into the dead lift, Landaverde pulled out all the stops. Saul lifted 515 pounds, and Bowie garnered the 4th Annual Chico Invitational with 34 points, which was two better than Bridgeport.
“He battled and pulled 515,” said Bowie powerlifting coach Quentin Berend, “and that helped us win the meet.”
Cristian Martinez and Bret Davis also claimed weight class gold medals for Bowie at 132 and 198 pounds, respectively.
“Bret Davis had a personal-best day for us, and he’s just a sophomore, which is a good sign for us,” Berend noted.
Some of the top girls’ powerlifters from Montague County put on a show as well.
Kylie Robinson hoisted a 300-pound dead lift for Bowie en route to winning the 123-pound class, while Nocona 220-plus performer Deziray Graham shattered existing meet records in the dead lift, squat and overall total.
Bowie claimed second at the meet with 30 points, with Kennedale taking top honors (32). Read more in The Bowie News.

Bowie’s Kylie Robinson records an impressive 300-pound dead lift during Saturday’s Chico Invitational at Chico. (News photo by Eric Viccaro) 

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Summer basketball camps are coming this week

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Basketball camps will be split up from boys and girls at both Bowie and Nocona camps next week. Both are scheduled for May 28-30 and will accept walk-ups.

With summer starting up, the first few days can be spent with kids spending some time learning basketball fundamentals and having fun at either Bowie or Nocona.
For Bowie kids, both boy and girl camps will be on May 28-30 and will cost $60 per camper. School employs will have to pay $50.
There will be two sessions for younger and older kids.
For the girl’s camp, incoming 2-5th graders will make up the younger kid session which will be at the junior high from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The older session will be incoming 6-9th graders which will be at the high school from 8:30-10:30 a.m.
The boy’s camp will have incoming campers from kindergarten to 5th grade in the first session at the junior high from 8:30-10:30 a.m.
The older session for incoming 6-9th graders will be scheduled for 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the high school.
Both camp registration forms can be found on the Bowie ISD Athletics Facebook page.
Walk-ups on the first day also will be available.
Any questions can be emailed to Ryan Dykes at [email protected] for the boys camp and Matthew Miller at [email protected] for the girls camp.
For Nocona kids, both boy and girl basketball camps will be on May 28-30 and will cost $50 per camper.
The girl’s basketball camp will have incoming 5-9th graders in the high school gym from 9 a.m. to noon. The younger session of incoming kindergarteners to 4th graders will be at the elementary school gym from 1-3 p.m.
The boy’s basketball camp will have oncoming 5-9th graders at the elementary school gym from 9-11 a.m. The incoming kindergarteners to 4th graders will be in the high school gym from 12:30-3:30 p.m.
For more information on how to sign up ahead of time, email Kyle Spitzer at [email protected] for the girls camp and Brody Wilson at [email protected] for the boys camp.

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Gold-Burg Sports Awards

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Gold-Burg hosted its high school awards banquet on May 16. Jayon Grace was chosen for the boy’s Iron Bear award, given to the best overall athlete by Coach Christian Healer.

To see pictures of all of the team award winners, pick up a copy of the weekend edition of the Bowie News.

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Bellevue starting a powerlifting program

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Carrington Davis, a 2019 Bowie graduate, competed at the state level in powerlifting in high school. She will draw on that experience as well as her time being a powerlifting judge as she prepares to lead Bellevue High School in the new sport. (Photo by Kim Seigler)

Bellevue High School is planning on adding another sport next school year and a new hire was the catalyst.
Carrington Davis thought she was just going in to interview for the open elementary teacher position. During the interview, Principal Lori Shoemaker brought up her powerlifting past.
Davis, a 2019 graduate from Bowie, spent all four years in high school lifting on top of playing softball, doing well enough to make it to the state meet every year and earning fifth and second place medals her last two seasons.
Since then, while going to college at Midwestern State University, she has stayed in the powerlifting world by serving as a judge at meets the last five years.
“I think it changes your perspective on the sport,” Davis said. “When you are an athlete you know the lift, but you are kind of behind this curtain. Being a judge opens you up to all of the other things. You get to see which coaches know the sport more than others. I honestly think being a judge will help me in the competition part of it more than me having been a lifter.”
That kind of experience was what interested Shoemaker in proposing Davis head the start of the Eagles’ powerlifting program.
“We have a large group of kids who are built for powerlifting and we are excited to see what they make of it with them coming into high school,” Shoemaker said.
Davis graduated this month from MSU with her bachelors of science in education degree. She is excited to start the program up, knowing what the sport of powerlifting provided for her and her teammates in high school.
““It is an all-around beneficial sport,” Davis said. “It helps you grow in your skillset, your strength and endurance for any of the other sports you play. Also, it helps with your confidence a lot. It is an individual sport and most kids are used to team sports and maybe getting put on the backburner if they are not the best at something. Powerlifting is a sport where you can showcase your own individual skills. You get out what you put in.”

To read the full story, pick up a copy of the weekend edition of the Bowie News.

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