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STORM CENTER: Special section preview

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“You’ll remember me when the west wind moves

Upon the fields of barley

You’ll forget the sun in his jealous sky

As we walk in fields of gold.”

– Introductory lines to the Sting song, “Fields of Gold.”

The following Sting song was playing on the radio while I was driving past Stoneburg on June 11.
I was making my way from covering the Wansai International martial arts demonstration at Freedom Life Church in Bowie to the Chisholm Trail Rodeo Arena in Nocona.

It was an unexpectedly busy Saturday afternoon in June, and the sports editor – as always – attempted to be in two places at once.

So, the first few lines of the song were broadcast while scooting on by Joe Corpening Field, the man whose name bears the football facility at Gold-Burg.

“Fields of Gold” was released in 1993 as part of Sting’s “Ten Summoner’s Tales” album.

The track made it to No. 2 on the Billboard Magazine adult contemporary chart.

This soft rock piece actually fared better in the United States than in Sting’s home country of England, where it climaxed at No. 16.

The track is sweeping featuring small pipes, a Brendan Power harmonica solo, and even the lute on a re-recorded bonus track version from 2006 on “Songs From the Labyrinth.”

This song will be providing the backdrop for the football portion of this year’s special section, “Fields of Gold.”

This was not the original plan. I had thought of using the theme, “The Defense Never Rests,” but then this happened – and that changed everything.

Read more from this column in the July 30 Bowie News print and electronic editions.

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

Hubert Boner, mask and all, mows the grass at Joe Corpening Field in Stoneburg on Thursday. Boner was preparing the field for the first day of practice, which is set for Aug. 1. (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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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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