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OUTDOORS: TPWD plans first-day hikes

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Wildlife Department urges Texas residents to begin 2017 with a walk at a Texas state park.
The First Day Hikes initiative is a statewide event.
“Last year, 80 parks had 116 First Day Hikes across Texas,” said Texas state parks director Brent Leisure. “More than 3,000 participants covered more than 6,500 miles as they walked, ran, paddled, peddled and swam at First Day Hikes events.”
State parks traditionally have these hikes to help visitors commit to their New Year’s resolutions to lose weight and get healthy. There are First Day Hikes events in all 50 states on Jan. 1, 2017.
There will be brisk strolls, polar plunges, bike rides, short walks with pets and meditation.
The PAWS Shelter of Central Texas will have a walk at Pedernales Falls State Park down in the Hill Country.
Bring your own pets or walk with a dog available for adoption. Participants will meet at the day use picnic area at 2 p.m.
Ray Roberts Lake State Park in rural Sanger will have a First Day Paddle at 1 p.m. around the lake.
The paddle is free with paid entrance to the park. Participants may bring their own kayak, or borrow one from the park. Paddlers will meet at the boat ramp parking lot.
To reserve a kayak, call 1-940-637-2636. Read more on first-day hikes in the Dec. 28 Bowie News.

First-day hikers prepare for a stroll with the assistance of a Texas game warden at Pedernales State Park located in Johnson City. There will be first-day hikes across the region from Wichita Falls to Jacksboro to Glen Rose. (Courtesy photo by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department)

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Interview with Forestburg basketball players Talan Jones (left) and Kyler Willett following their bi-district playoff win against Newcastle on Feb. 20, 2024.
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Interview with Nocona basketball players Brady McCasland (left) and Conley Kleinhans following their bi-district playoff win against Haskell on Feb. 19, 2024.
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Saint Jo beats Bellevue in play-in game for 3rd place

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Devin Stewart scored 22 points for Saint Jo and helped the Panthers beat Bellevue on Friday night.

The Saint Jo Panthers were able to bounce back and beat Bellevue on Friday night in Bowie to earn the third seed in district play.
The Panthers won 69-51 against a hot Eagles team coming into the game.
Bellevue had won the last four district games heading into the game, including a dominant win against Saint Jo just the previous week.
The Eagles comeback win against second seed Forestburg earlier in the week clutched at least a playoff spot, with a play-in game against the Panthers for the third seed.
The first quarter was competitive as Bellevue led 15-12 as the Eagles had five different players score at least one point.
The Panthers answered back in the second quarter, scoring 22 points as the team got a big lift from Devin Stewart who scored nine points during that period.
Bellevue kept up, scoring 16 points even as it fell behind a little bit.
Saint Jo led 35-31 at halftime.
The Panthers defense stepped up in the third quarter, limiting the Eagles to only one basket and some free throw attempts as Bellevue scored seven points.
Saint Jo got a big boost from Barrett Johnson, who scored 10 of his team’s 14 points as the Panthers lead extended.
Saint Jo led 49-38 heading into the final period.
While the Eagles scored a bit better in the fourth quarter, scoring 13 points, it was not enough to keep up with the Panthers. Saint Jo went 12-16 from the free throw line in the final period alone, which helped the team score 20 points and pull further ahead.
The Panthers won 69-51.

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

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