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HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL: Saint Jo boys roll

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By ERIC VICCARO

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The Saint Jo High School boys’ basketball team gained confidence earlier this month with a win over rival Forestburg at the Chico Tournament.
The Panthers finished as consolation champions, and they’ve been unbeaten ever since – with four consecutive victories, including one over former district foe Tioga.
Preston Lyons dropped in 22 points, and Blake Anderson put in 20 more as the Panthers dominated Gold-Burg from the second quarter in this District 1A-21 opener.
“We had never beaten Forestburg,” said Saint Jo head coach Brian Blank about Saint Jo’s fortunes versus the Longhorns during his tenure. “But, we beat them this time, and that sparked us to these other wins.”
Blank said Saint Jo has played vastly improved defense, and the head coach returned Lyons to his natural point guard position. Freshman Brock Durham also was inserted into the starting line-up as a defensive presence.
Saint Jo (7-4, 0-1) was ahead by only two points after one quarter at 13-11. But, the Panther cushion mushroomed to 28-17 at recess – and the lead expanded even further in the second half with a couple of 30-point bulges.
“They got ahead of us, and they did a good job of keeping on the gas,” Gold-Burg first-year head coach Michael Ball said. “They pushed up and up.”

Saint Jo’s Blake Anderson finishes off layup during Monday’s District 3A-8 game against Gold-Burg at Stoneburg. Anderson dropped in 20 points as the Panthers ran to a 67-48 victory. (News photo by Eric Viccaro) 

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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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Summer basketball camps are coming this week

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Basketball camps will be split up from boys and girls at both Bowie and Nocona camps next week. Both are scheduled for May 28-30 and will accept walk-ups.

With summer starting up, the first few days can be spent with kids spending some time learning basketball fundamentals and having fun at either Bowie or Nocona.
For Bowie kids, both boy and girl camps will be on May 28-30 and will cost $60 per camper. School employs will have to pay $50.
There will be two sessions for younger and older kids.
For the girl’s camp, incoming 2-5th graders will make up the younger kid session which will be at the junior high from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The older session will be incoming 6-9th graders which will be at the high school from 8:30-10:30 a.m.
The boy’s camp will have incoming campers from kindergarten to 5th grade in the first session at the junior high from 8:30-10:30 a.m.
The older session for incoming 6-9th graders will be scheduled for 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the high school.
Both camp registration forms can be found on the Bowie ISD Athletics Facebook page.
Walk-ups on the first day also will be available.
Any questions can be emailed to Ryan Dykes at [email protected] for the boys camp and Matthew Miller at [email protected] for the girls camp.
For Nocona kids, both boy and girl basketball camps will be on May 28-30 and will cost $50 per camper.
The girl’s basketball camp will have incoming 5-9th graders in the high school gym from 9 a.m. to noon. The younger session of incoming kindergarteners to 4th graders will be at the elementary school gym from 1-3 p.m.
The boy’s basketball camp will have oncoming 5-9th graders at the elementary school gym from 9-11 a.m. The incoming kindergarteners to 4th graders will be in the high school gym from 12:30-3:30 p.m.
For more information on how to sign up ahead of time, email Kyle Spitzer at [email protected] for the girls camp and Brody Wilson at [email protected] for the boys camp.

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Gold-Burg Sports Awards

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Gold-Burg hosted its high school awards banquet on May 16. Jayon Grace was chosen for the boy’s Iron Bear award, given to the best overall athlete by Coach Christian Healer.

To see pictures of all of the team award winners, pick up a copy of the weekend edition of the Bowie News.

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