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STORM CENTER: Mason shows resolve

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Forestburg High School girls’ basketball player MaKayla Mason was preparing for a family vacation, but what she ended up with was a different type of extended stay.
Mason said she felt tired during Forestburg’s 2014 track and field season. She said she was irritable all the time, and she also was quite thirsty.
“I was grumpy all the time, and I drank a lot of water,” Mason said. “I remember losing 20-25 pounds. I didn’t feel good.
“I was, first, like okay, what’s going on?” Mason continued. “I needed answers.”
Bags were packed for a family trip to Port Aransas, located in southern Texas.
Instead, Mason went for a check-up at a clinic in Boyd, and it was there she was told to go to Cook Children’s Hospital in Fort Worth.
During a June night, Dr. Michael Willcutts officially diagnosed Mason with Type I diabetes, commonly referred to a juvenile diabetes.
“I was lucky,” said Mason, who received medical treatment at the right time, and it very well could have saved her life.
At the time of her diagnosis, Mason’s blood sugar count was nearly six times more than the normal of 100 mg/DL. She said she remembers seeing other diabetes patients with counts at more than 1,000. Read more in the Jan. 30 Bowie News.

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

Forestburg’s MaKayla Mason has battled Type I diabetes to become one of the top basketball players in the county. (News photo by Eric Viccaro) 

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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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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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