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OUTDOORS: TPWD examines bat disease

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The United States Fish and Wildlife Service awarded $32,719 to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department to monitor and manage a deadly disease affecting bats.
White-nose syndrome (WNS) has decimated bat populations in many states.
Bat Conservation International, a nonprofit based in Austin, will do much of the work using grant funds.
WNS, a fungal condition, was first discovered in New York state in winter of 2006, and has spread to 29 states and five Canadian provinces.
It has yet to be detected in Texas, which is home to 32 species of bats – including 18 species that roost or hibernate in caves.
The state has a high diversity of bats, with an overlap of eastern and western varieties that could only accelerate the spread of WNS into the west.
The Mexican free-tailed bat, a well-known species in parts of the state, is not considered at high risk because it migrates and doesn’t hibernate in Texas.
Biologists are concerned about the big brown bat, southeastern myotis and tri-colored bat.
While population estimates for cave-roosting bats are not available for most of Texas, 2012 cave surveys documented 8,500 myotis in six caves.
The Texas grant will fund winter surveys at priority roost sites in the Panhandle.

TPWD drawings

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department will have three drawings for a Lifetime Super Combo license.
The cost of one entry is $5.
Entries for the drawing may be added to yearly license purchases at retailers, by phone at 1-800-895-4248 and online at: www.tpwd.texas.gov/licensedraw.
There is no limit on the number of entries.

Pokemon Go used to get Texans outside

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is using Pokemon Go as a new way to introduce nature to players venturing into the outdoors.
People are spending more time outdoors going on virtual hunts for elusive Japanese characters known as Pokemon.
The game uses augmented reality to guide players on a quest to catch characters from the cartoon in real world locations.
Many TPWD parks are the home to interactive components such as a PokeStop or Pokemon gymnasium.
The TPWD has created a new digital guide in its free mobile application with tips and tricks for gamers planning their next Pokemon hunting adventure in a Texas State Park. Read more from this notebook in the Aug. 27 Bowie News.

The Mexican free-tailed bat, shown here, is not as high risk for White-nose Syndrome as other species of bats. Still, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department will be using grant money to examine the disease in Texas bats. (Courtesy photo from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department)

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Boy powerlifters compete in final meet before regionals

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Bowie and Nocona boy powerlifters competed in their final regular season meets last week.
The Jackrabbits got third competing at Alvord while the Indians finished fourth at Boyd.
Bowie had six lifters finish in the top five of their weight classes that scored points toward the team total. One lifter ended up winning his weight class.
Robert Zambrano won the 123 class as he lifted a total of 970 pounds. He outdid teammates in the same weight class Gavyn Brown and Shiv Patel who finished second and third.
Cooper McShan finished second in the 132 class as he lifted 935 pounds. Noah Brown was also second, lifting in the 275 class as he finished with a total of 1,315 pounds.
Tripp Brewer finished third in the 198 class, lifting 1,195 pounds.
For Nocona, the team had three lifters finish among the top five in their weight class that went to the team total.
Mitchell Gaston won the 123 class as he finished with a total of 595 pounds.
Kaden Wallace was second in the 114 class as he lifted a total of 525 pounds. Hayden Matthews was fourth in the 242 class as he finished with a total of 1,050 pounds.
Both teams will compete at the boy’s regional meet on March 8 at Decatur, but in different divisions.

To see results for all Bowie and Nocona lifters who completed all three lifts, pick up a copy of the mid-week edition of the Bowie News.

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Bowie softball goes 3-2 at Archer County tournament

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The Bowie Lady Rabbits had a great first tournament at the Archer County tournament last weekend.
The Lady Rabbits went 3-2 overall during the three days of games.
The young Bowie team was coming off close losses against Archer City and Muenster before the tournament.
The Lady Rabbits again ran into Archer City to start the tournament, only this game saw the Lady Cats run away with the win 10-2 after five innings. KP Rutherford had the team’s only RBI as the team struggled with four hits on offense. Rutherford and Serenity Klump both had tough days on the mound, though they combined for nine strikeouts.
Things turned around in the next game for Bowie against Seymour. The Lady Rabbits dominated 13-2 after four innings, with runs coming in bunches during the first and fourth innings.
Four different players drove in two runs each and four more drove in one run. Chloe Kinney and Rutherford both hit home runs while Sage Gossett hit two triples. Rutherford also allowed only two earned runs on five hits while she struck out 10 batters on the mound.
The next game was against Petrolia and was the most competitive of the tournament so far. Unfortunately, the Lady Pirates won 9-7 as the game was stopped after four innings again.
Sadie Britt led the team with two RBIs while Klump drove in one RBI since five of Bowie’s runs were unearned due to Petrolia errors. Rutherford allowed six earned runs on seven hits while she struck out nine batters.
The Lady Rabbits then got a blowout win against Northside 16-4 in only three innings. Laney Oliver led the team with four RBIs and hit a triple. Rutherford also hit a triple and double while she drove in three runners. Laci Goodwin and Britt drove in two runs each.
On the mound, Kaylie Kinney allowed two earned runs on five while she struck out three batters.
Bowie finished the tournament with another good win, coming against Windthorst in which the Lady Rabbits won 9-1 in five innings. Chloe Kinney led the team with two RBIs while Britt drove in one run as each player finished with three hits. Rutherford hit a solo home run on offense while on the mound she allowed one earned run on four hits while she struck out 11 batters.

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

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Bowie baseball plays at Clyde in first tournament

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The Bowie Jackrabbit baseball team went to its first tournament at Clyde last weekend.
The Jackrabbits 1-1 and tied two games during the two-day tournament.
Bowie came into the game following a big 16-2 win against Mineral Wells earlier in the week, but for a team with so many new faces on and off the field, the tournament was the first extended time the group would have to bond.
The Jackrabbits first played Breckenridge in a back-and-forth contest in which neither team had the lead for very long. In the end, the game finished after five innings tied at 7-7 to keep the tournament on schedule.
Cy Egenbacher led the team with two RBIs while Cooper Hammer had two hits, including a double to lead the team on offense.
On the mound, Cooper Harris and Hunter Rodriguez combined to give up five hits and three earned runs.
The next game was against Graham and the Steers took it to Bowie. Graham won 10-2 after six innings. Edmond DeLeon drove in both of the Jackrabbits runs on a double while Rodriguez had two hits. DeLeon pitched four innings and struck out five while allowing one earned run.
On Saturday, Bowie played against Snyder. The game also ended in an unsatisfying 7-7 tie after five innings. Troy Kesey hit a home run and drove in three runs to lead the team. Tucker Jones and DeLeon also drove in two runs on doubles. Trae Seigler pitched four innings and allowed only one hit while striking out two batters.
The Jackrabbits got on the win column in their final game, a 5-0 win against Mineral Wells. DeLeon hit a home run and drove in two runs to lead the team. Kesey drove in a run as well while Boston Farris led the team with three hits and also drove in one run. Kesey pitched four innings and allowed three hits, zero runs and struck out four batters.

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

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