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HIGH SCHOOL VOLLEYBALL: Buckle Up For Lane week has arrived

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By ERIC VICCARO
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Lane Fenoglio was so excited to hear when Sanda Fenoglio became unexpectedly pregnant in 1998.
Sanda had a daughter named, Magye, who today is one of the premier liberos in all of Texas. Magye is a senior this year.
“It’s bittersweet,” said Sanda Fenoglio, Magye’s mother. “We would like everyone to know that we have been overwhelmed at the support we have received through the years.
“Magye never met Lane,” Sanda continued. “But, through this tournament, and her seeing the support and hearing all about her, Magye found out what a fun person and good athlete she was.”
Lane Fenoglio was killed in an auto accident on July 11, 1998, the summer before what would have been her sophomore year at Nocona High School.
The tournament is called “Buckle Up For Lane’s Sake” because Lane was not wearing her seat belt at the time of the accident. The event has brought awareness for making sure you are safe and properly belted before venturing out onto the road.
Thirty teams will compete in five pools on Thursday at various gymnasiums around Nocona, including the one inside the Nocona Baptist Church.
Janna Fenoglio, Lane’s mother, marvels at the staying power for the tournament – which is now in its 17th year.
“I think this has been totally awesome,” Janna Fenoglio said. “I am proud of Nocona, and how we all pulled together as needed.”
Nocona head coach Tiffany Clay has both played and coached in the tournament.
“One-hundred percent of the proceeds go back to the graduating seniors every year,” Clay said. “The Fenoglio family has raised more than $200,000 from this tournament.” Read more in the Aug. 31 Bowie News.

Buckle Up For Lane’s Sake Tournament

2016 Field

Nocona High School

Pool A: Peaster, Burkburnett, Christ Academy, Henrietta, Electra and Munday

Nocona Elementary School, Court No. 1

Pool B: Boyd, Archer City, Vernon, Ponder, Bryson and Saint Jo

Nocona Elementary School, Court No. 2

Pool C: Holliday, Sanger, Windthorst, Whitewright, Valley View and Denton Calvary

Nocona Baptist Church Gymnasium

Pool D: Bowie, Callisburg, Jacksboro, Bonham, Tioga and Henrietta junior varsity

Nocona Middle School Gym

Pool E: Celina, Nocona, Iowa Park, Paradise, Petrolia and S&S Consolidated

Matches will begin as early as 8 a.m. on Thursday.

Tickets will cost $6 per day. Students will be charged $3 on Saturday and they are admitted free during Thursday’s action.

Lane Fenoglio. (Photo by Larry Lemons/Nocona Independent School District)

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Interview with Nocona basketball players Meg Meekins (left) and Skyler Smith following their first place finish at Decatur's Thanksgiving Hoop Fest Tournament on Nov. 20-21, 2023.
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Basketball Roundup

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Gold-Burg boys
The Gold-Burg Bears went into the holiday break following a fun smashing of Wichita Christian at home on Monday night.
The Bears won 76-30 against the Stars where their aggressive press defense produced a layup line of breakaways throughout the whole game.
Gold-Burg was coming into the game following its opening season loss to 3A Bridgeport.
The Bears played the bigger school well despite it being the first game. It was a tight first half with the score tied at 21-21.
The second half saw the Bulls execute offensively better, especially in the fourth quarter to pull ahead by a couple of baskets down the stretch. Bridgeport won 47-40.
The aggressive press and zone defense created many fast break opportunities, but Gold-Burg was sloppy at times trying to play too fast and turned the ball over in some unforced errors.
The Stars only trailed 20-10 after the first quarter, but the Bears defense was a bit more sharper and wore down Wichita Christian even more as the game wore on.
Gold-Burg kept the fast breaking pace up for the rest of the game, scoring 20 or more points in the second and third quarters as well and only scoring 15 in the final period.
The Bears won with little drama 76-30.

Gold-Burg girls
The Gold-Burg Lady Bears had a tough matchup against Wichita Christian at home on Monday night.
The inexperienced Lady Bears lost 53-31 against a hard pressing Lady Stars team.
Gold-Burg returns only one player with varsity experience and the team had no bench players.
Playing a full-court press style team like Wichita Christian is an early season nightmare since the pace will probably be quick and will push the Lady Bears early season fitness level as much as experience handling pressure.
The Lady Stars used it to force some turnovers, but mostly made Gold-Burg pay with exploiting the holes in the Lady Bears’ zone defense.
The Lady Bears broke the press enough times to set up some offense, but were behind from the jump and trailed 34-15 at halftime.
Thankfully Wichita Christian called off its press in the second half and the game was more competitive for Gold-Burg. The Lady Stars only outscored the Lady Bears 18-16.
Unfortunately, it did nothing to make up the double-digit deficit as Wichita Christian won 52-31.

Nocona boys
The Nocona Indians had two close losses on Monday and Tuesday to send them into the holidays with things to work on.
The Indians lost to Howe 72-65 and Vernon 55-52.
Nocona came into the week after easily winning its first game of the season the previous week against Saint Jo.
The Bulldogs proved to be a tougher opponent as they jumped out to 23-15 lead after the first quarter. The pace was calmed down a bit in the second quarter, but Howe had built a double-digit lead 39-27 at halftime.
Nocona could not make up the difference and went into the fourth quarter down 15 points. Only through the Indians best offensive peak of the game did they close the distance, but the Bulldogs made enough free throws to keep them at bay.
In the end, Howe won 72-65.
Nocona then played Vernon on Tuesday afternoon.
It was the opposite of the day before as the Indians came out on fire in the first half, scoring 21 points in the first quarter and leading 35-28.
Nocona scored less than double-digits in both the third and fourth quarters. The Lions kept up the same scoring pace they had in the first half which allowed them to make up the deficit.
The score was tied at 44-44 heading into the fourth quarter. Vernon got a big boost from its leading scorer Adarius Williams scoring seven of his team high 20 points in the fourth quarter.
Nocona’s only scorer in the final period was Stone who scored eight of his team high 20 points in the fourth.
The Lions won 55-52.

Forestburg
The Forestburg Lady Horns were runners up at their first tournament last weekend at Perrin-Whitt while the boy’s team had an up and down experience.
The Lady Horns went 2-1, only losing in the championship game while the Longhorns also went 2-1.
The Forestburg girls team beat tournament host Perrin-Whitt on a late game shot to win 43-42 to start off the tournament. The Lady Horns then beat Community Christian 56-44 to make it to the tournament championship.
Unfortunately, Forestburg lost to Victory Christian 44-28 to finish the tournament on a bit of a sour note.
Brenna Briles was named to the all-tournament team as she led the team in assists while also taking seven charges during the three games.
The Longhorns’ boys team started the tournament by playing district opponent Prairie Valley. Forestburg was able to win easily 51-28 against the Bulldogs. The Longhorns also beat tournament host Perrin-Whitt’s JV team 46-29.
Unfortunately, Forestburg lost a game against Bryson 61-50 to finish 2-1 at the tournament.

Prairie Valley
The Prairie Valley basketball teams struggled overall at their first tournament last weekend at Perrin-Whitt.
The Lady Bulldogs went 1-2 while the inexperienced Bulldogs team went 0-3.
The Prairie Valley girls bounced back from its opening loss to Victory Christian 48-23, by beating Bryson 34-21. This put the Lady Bulldogs in the consolation championship game where they played Perrin-Whitt. Unfortunately, Prairie Valley lost 43-27.
The boy’s team played district opponent Forestburg to start the tournament and lost 50-28. The Bulldogs bounced back by playing close games against Bryson and Perrin-Whitt JV teams. Unfortunately, they fell short in those games losing 40-35 and 32-30.

Bellevue girls
The Bellevue Lady Eagles won at Archer City on Tuesday in a one-sided game.
The Lady Eagles won 64-36 against the Lady Cats.
After a slow start in the first quarter with Bellevue leading only 11-6, the Lady Eagles scored 21 points in the second quarter to go into halftime up 32-14.
After another slow quarter to start the second half, Bellevue finished strong by scoring 21 points again in the fourth quarter to close out the game.
The Lady Eagles won easily 64-36.
Cirstin Allen led the team with 26 points as she made eight 3-pointers in the game. Tristan Shook joined her in double-figures with 11 points.

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

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Bowie girls play in hosted tournament

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Kayliegh Crow has a nifty finish underneath the basket as she finished in double-figures in three of the four games.

The Bowie Lady Rabbits had an up and down first tournament at their hosted Gayno Shleton’s Hoopin’ into the Holidays Tournament on Monday and Tuesday.
The Lady Rabbits went 1-3 overall during the two days, but every game was close and competitive.
Bowie was coming into the tournament following a close loss against Burkburnett the previous game.
The Lady Rabbits were first matched up with a good 2A Stamford team coached by previous Bowie coach Joe Crabb. It was a low scoring game and Bowie was able to keep the game close with some good defense. Unfortunately, the Lady Rabbits fell behind early and struggled to score against the Lady Bulldogs full-court trapping defense as they lost 35-29.
Bowie ended the first day on a positive with its win against Millsap. The Lady Rabbits were trailing 25-17 at halftime before turning things around in the second half, outscoring the Lady Bulldogs 26-12. Bowie would win 43-37 to finish 1-1 after the first day.
The beginning of the second day saw the Lady Rabbits get a rematch against Burkburnett. It was a tale of two halves as the first half was a defensive struggle between both teams.
Neither team scored in double-figures in the first or second quarters and the Lady Bulldogs went into halftime leading 13-9.
Both teams came out of halftime on fire, more than doubling the first half total in the third quarter alone. Bowie outscored Burkburnett 22-20, which meant the Lady Rabbits were still trailing heading into the fourth quarter down 33-31.
The final period was not quite as frenetic as the third, with both teams scoring at a more normal pace. Unfortunately, the Lady Rabbits fell four points short of the Lady Bulldogs again like they did the previous week, losing 45-41.
Bowie’s final game of the tournament was against Graham. While the Lady Rabbits had spouts of limited success offensively during the tournament and earl this season, it kept up for the entirety against the Lady Blues.
Luckily, Bowie’s defense kept the game close as it was a defensive slog for both teams as points were hard to come by. Graham led 17-13 at halftime.
Unfortunately, the Lady Rabbits could never get anything going despite also holding the Lady Blues to only 13 points in the second half.
Graham won the dogfight 30-26 to end Bowie’s tournament.

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

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