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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Saint Jo vs Prairie Valley
The Saint Jo Lady Panthers opened up district play on Friday by beating Prairie Valley at home.
The Lady Panthers won in straight sets against the young Lady Bulldogs.
Saint Jo came into the game following a tough five-set win against Poolville and Coach Kelly Skidmore was hoping her team would play better than that.
Prairie Valley struggled in the match with slow starts in all three sets. The Lady Panthers were ahead 8-2 in sets one and three and 9-1 in set two.
The closest the Lady Bulldogs got was in set three when they cut the lead to 12-8 midway through, but each time Saint Jo remained firmly in control.
Frustration seemed to set in for Prairie Valley at times with self-inflicted errors which did not help.
The Lady Panthers won with the set scores being 25-11, 25-9 and 25-13.
The Bowie Lady Rabbits lost a tough match at Holliday.
The Lady Eagles won in straight sets against the Lady Rabbits.
Bowie was able to put it together to compete well and nearly win the second set, but ultimately lost 25-22. The first and third sets were not too great for the Lady Rabbits as they lost 25-11 and 25-10.
Coach Ashley Sanders did not think her team was in rhythm or playing their game at all during the match. It wasn’t so much at Holliday overwhelmed her team, Sanders said, but more about her team not playing up to its capability.
The Nocona Lady Indians won their eighth straight match of the season on Friday with a win against Wichita Falls High School.
The Lady Indians won in straight sets as well, which keeps another streak going of not losing a set in the last eight matches.
The Lady Coyotes made Nocona work a bit, but the Lady Indians were in control each set as they won with little drama. The set scores were 25-18, 25-15 and 25-14.
Skyler Smith led the team with 15 kills, 23 assists and two service aces. Meg Meekins also had 15 kills and was second with 21 assists while leading the team with two blocks.
Aubree Kleinhans had a team high 11 digs while Ava Johnson and Graci Brown each had two aces.
Forestburg vs Bellevue
The Forestburg Lady Horns opened district play on Friday with a win against Bellevue.
The Lady Horns won in straight sets against the Lady Eagles as they started off district strong.
The two teams played exactly a month previously and while it was similar results, Bellevue was looking much better than in that contest.
Forestburg had to work in all three sets. Though the Lady Eagles didn’t almost win a set like they did in the first match, they were more competitive throughout.
It was not good enough though as a solid Lady Horn team won with set scores being 25-18, 25-21 and 25-15.
To read the full story, pick up a copy of the mid-week edition of the Bowie News.
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