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STORM CENTER: Stoner made a mark

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Long before Brandon Workman had a day of appreciation in his honor back in 2013, Bowie was hometown of another celebrated baseball player.
His name was Ulysses Stoner.
Former Bowie High School boys’ basketball coach Gayno Shelton recalled how a former student found Stoner living in Enid, Okla.
His full name was Ulysses Sampson Grant Stoner, and what makes his story all the more interesting is his family background.
LuRainey May and William Caldene Stoner had 18 children together; however, four died as infants and another daughter died after being struck by lightning.
(And you thought you could procreate?)
Ulysses was the 17th of 18 children, and he inherited the nickname “Lil” because his brother, Ted, was unable to pronounce “Ulysses.”
That Stoner became a major league baseball pitcher despite a childhood incident whips up Ulysses’ story into an inspiring yarn.
Older brother William McKinley “Mac” Stoner was chopping wood in the backyard of their Bowie home when Ulysses came over.
“Lil” told his brother, “Chop my finger off Mac.”
“Mac” obliged and delivered a hatchet blow on Ulysses’ index finger on his right hand. He ran into the house crying. And the finger was hanging on for dear life.
LuRainey wrapped Ulysses’ finger, had her son lie still in bed, and sent for a doctor. All the doctor could do was to bandage the digit.
Then there was the wait. Would Ulysses’ finger reattach itself?
After a few days, the doctor returned and took the bandage off. The finger was now slightly crooked, but it had managed to reattach itself.
This deformity later helped Ulysses when he became a pitcher, and the baseball moved well when he threw it.
Scouts took note as Stoner’s curve and fastball both dropped, tailing off to especially left-handed batters.
“Lil had wanted to play baseball since he was a 10-year-old in short pants,” LuRainey once said in an interview with a newspaper.
Stoner became a “sandlot” legend. Back in those days, baseball was played on sand, a far cry from the artificial turf field we enjoy in Bowie now. Read more from this column in the Oct. 15 Bowie News.

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

Ulysses Stoner was Bowie’s first-ever pro baseball player during the 1920s. (Baseball card part of The Sporting News collection) 

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Bowie softball all-district awards released

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Chloe Kinney got named first team all-district for the Lady Rabbits.

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First team
Kaylie Kinney, Chloe Kinney
Second team
Sadie Britt, Victoria Cox, KP Rutherford, Serenity Klump
Honorable mention
Laney Oliver, Sage Gossett, Rhyan Carle, Laci Goodwin
Academic all-district
Laney Oliver, Sadie Britt, Sage Gossett, Beau Combs, Victoria Watson, Imala Walker, Payton Holt

To see some more pictures of the softball players, pick up a copy of the mid-week edition of the Bowie News.

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Bowie, Nocona hosting sports camps next week

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Bowie football and softball coaches will host camps at the high school fields next week on June 3-5. Walk-ups will be accepted on the first day.

With summer here, school coaching staffs have started hosting summer sports camps.
While it might be too late to join the basketball camps at Bowie and Nocona going on this week, there are others on the horizon to sign your kids up for.
At Bowie next week on June 3-5 are football and softball camps.
The football camp is at the high school football stadium from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. It is for incoming 2-6th graders and will cost $60. To register online, go to the Bowie ISD Athletics Facebook page and scan a QR code so your kid will get a camp T-shirt. The camp will take walk-ups on the first day of camp if you are unable to do so before hand.
The Bowie softball camp will be split up into two sessions. Incoming 1-5th graders are scheduled for 8:30-11:30 a.m. while incoming 6-9th graders are scheduled for 12-3 p.m.
The camp will take place at the high school softball field. It will cost $60 per camper. There is a QR code you can scan to register online if you go to the Bowie ISD Athletics Facebook page.
You also can contact Coach Heather Daniell at 940-872-1511 or email her at [email protected].
At Nocona, volleyball and football camps are both scheduled for June 10-12.
The football camp will be at the high school football field and will be 9-11 a.m. Incoming kindergarten through ninth graders are welcome to sign up. The cost is $50 per camper.
If you register before June 7, you will get your camper a T-shirt. Walk-ups will be accepted, but a T-shirt cannot be guaranteed.
You can register online if you go to the Nocona ISD Athletics Facebook page and scan the QR Code. Checks and cash can be dropped off at the field house.
The Nocona volleyball camp will be split up into two sessions. The first session is for incoming 6-9th graders and will be at 9 a.m.-12 p.m. the second session is for incoming 1-5th graders and will be at 1-3 p.m.
Both sessions will be at the high school gym and will cost $50 per camper. Checks and cash can be dropped off at the junior high. You can contact Coach Kara Lucherk for more information.
You can scan a QR code at the Nocona ISD Athletics on a post from May 7 or you can contact Coach Kara Lucherk with more questions at [email protected].

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Saint Jo Sports Awards

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The Saint Jo High School Awards Banquet was on May 21. At the end of the sports section, the athletes of the year awards went to Devin Stewart and Taylor Patrick.

To see pictures of the team award winners in ever sport, pick up a copy of the mid-week edition of the Bowie News.

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