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COLLEGES: MSU football finishes 24th in final polling

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The Midwestern State University football team finished No. 24 in the final American Football Coaches’ Association Division II poll this season.
The Mustangs qualified for the playoffs for the seventh time and had a winning season for the 17th consecutive year – the longest streak for any four-year scholarship program in Texas.
In a driving blizzard at Kansas City last week, Northwest Missouri State won their third championship in four years with a 29-3 conquest over North Alabama.
Northwest Missouri State took all 30 first-place votes with North Alabama second. The Bearcats finished with an unblemished 15-0 mark.
This is the fourth time MSU finished the year ranked in the final AFCA poll.
The Mustangs received 110 voting points, and finished the season with an 8-3 record. Center Akoakoa Kennedy won the prestigious Rimington Award last week.
Other ranked teams of note in the poll were Harding (Ark.) in sixth – Harding is where former Bowie player Madison Firmin played college football – with Texas A&M-Commerce ninth, Colorado Mines 15th and Asuza Pacific 25th.
Texas A&M-Kingsville, one of MSU’s Lone Star Conference rivals, also was considered in the polling. Read the Dec. 31 Bowie News for more sports digest items.

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Nocona Girls Interview

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Interview with Nocona basketball players Reagan Phipps (left) and Skyler Smith following their win against Lipan in the regional final to qualify for the state tournament on Feb. 24, 2024.
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Nocona’s Lady Indians are now statebound

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The Nocona Lady Indians defeated Lipan in the regional playoffs and are statebound. They won 50-41 in an exciting game. Watch for full photo and game coverage in the mid-week Bowie News and on our social media for future schedule.

Nocona Booster Club photo

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Bowie golf does well in first tournaments of the season

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Miley Thompson shot 95 and finished third overall individually and also helped the Lady Rabbits finish third as a team. (Courtesy photo)

The Bowie golf teams competed in the first tournaments of the season at both Flower Mound and at Muenster.
The boy’s one team finished seventh overall at course Tour 18 in Flower Mound. The boy’s second team and the girls team both finished third at Turtle Hill in Muenster.
The Jackrabbit team has all five players back from their team that finished third at the state tournament last season.
Playing some tough competition, the team was led by Cy Egenbacher who shot a team low 86. Hunter Lea shot 90, Rayder Mann shot 97 while Zac Harris and Andrew Sandhoff both shot 99. The total was 372 which was good for seventh place.
The Lady Rabbits were led by Miley Thompson who shot 95 which was good for third place individually. The rest of team included Tess Eganbacher and Reegen Ferguson shooting 109, Emily Cueva shooting 110 and Hanna Bell shooting 116. The team’s 423 total was good for third place.
Kendall Fallis was playing as medalist as her 106 score did not factor into the team’s total.
The second boys team was led by Hunter Fluitt, who shot 83 which was good for a fifth place finish. The rest of the included Gavin Brown shooting 97, Russell Anderson shooting 98, Trae Seigler shooting 102 and Bear Combs shooting 104. The 380 total was good for third place.

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