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STATE HIGH SCHOOLS: UIL district realignment set for Feb. 1

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By ERIC VICCARO
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The University Interscholastic League, the state’s sanctioning body on high school sports, will announce realignment for the 2016-2018 academic years on Feb. 1.
The unveiling is set for 9 a.m. on Monday, with new alignments for football and basketball.
Realignment will take place based off cutoff numbers local independent school districts released to the UIL last fall.
Schools are required to give the UIL a “snapshot” number, which essentially is the district’s high school enrollment – based on three different possible formulas.
Bowie’s snapshot number is 454, one of the higher totals in Conference 3A Division I, but not enough to bump the Rabbits into Conference 4A.
Nocona’s number was reportedly 246, which means expect the Indians to remain in Conference 3A Division II for the next two-year cycle.
The biggest changes will occur for smaller schools in the Bowie News’ coverage area as Forestburg turned in snapshot number of 68, and Gold-Burg 61.
The cutoff number for Conference 1A Division II is 58 and below.
Since Forestburg and Gold-Burg both turned in numbers higher than 58, that means the Longhorns and Bears will both play in Conference 1A Division I for the next years. Read more, and compare recent snapshot numbers, in the Jan. 30 Bowie News.

University Interscholastic League. (Logo provided by the UIL, used with permission) 

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Forestburg Boys Interview

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Interview with Forestburg basketball players Talan Jones (left) and Kyler Willett following their bi-district playoff win against Newcastle on Feb. 20, 2024.
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Nocona Boys Interview

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Interview with Nocona basketball players Brady McCasland (left) and Conley Kleinhans following their bi-district playoff win against Haskell on Feb. 19, 2024.
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Saint Jo beats Bellevue in play-in game for 3rd place

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Devin Stewart scored 22 points for Saint Jo and helped the Panthers beat Bellevue on Friday night.

The Saint Jo Panthers were able to bounce back and beat Bellevue on Friday night in Bowie to earn the third seed in district play.
The Panthers won 69-51 against a hot Eagles team coming into the game.
Bellevue had won the last four district games heading into the game, including a dominant win against Saint Jo just the previous week.
The Eagles comeback win against second seed Forestburg earlier in the week clutched at least a playoff spot, with a play-in game against the Panthers for the third seed.
The first quarter was competitive as Bellevue led 15-12 as the Eagles had five different players score at least one point.
The Panthers answered back in the second quarter, scoring 22 points as the team got a big lift from Devin Stewart who scored nine points during that period.
Bellevue kept up, scoring 16 points even as it fell behind a little bit.
Saint Jo led 35-31 at halftime.
The Panthers defense stepped up in the third quarter, limiting the Eagles to only one basket and some free throw attempts as Bellevue scored seven points.
Saint Jo got a big boost from Barrett Johnson, who scored 10 of his team’s 14 points as the Panthers lead extended.
Saint Jo led 49-38 heading into the final period.
While the Eagles scored a bit better in the fourth quarter, scoring 13 points, it was not enough to keep up with the Panthers. Saint Jo went 12-16 from the free throw line in the final period alone, which helped the team score 20 points and pull further ahead.
The Panthers won 69-51.

To read the full story, pick up a copy of the mid-week edition of the Bowie News.

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