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HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL: Bowie girls jump to 14th

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The Bowie High School girls’ basketball team improved one spot in the latest Texas Association of Basketball Coaches Conference 3A poll this week.
Bowie won all five of its games last week at the Fidelity Communications Classic in Hallsville – beating schools in both Conference 4A and 5A in the process.
The Lady Rabbits are 19-1 overall, and 3-0 in District 3A-8. They played Jacksboro on Tuesday evening as 3A-8 play resumed.
Canadian is tops at 16-3 with Brock second, Little River Academy third, Wall fourth and Tuscola Jim Ned fifth. Shallowater also was ranked, in 15th spot.
On the boys’ side, after Bowie defeated Brock in come-from-behind fashion at the 59 Annual Whataburger Tournament on Friday, the Jackrabbits returned to polling this week.
Bowie stands at 23rd overall, despite a record of 9-10, and it also played Jacksboro last night.
Dallas Madison leads the Conference 3A boys’ poll despite a losing record (8-9). Santa Rosa is second, La Marque third, Jarrell fourth and Ponder fifth.
Brock was ranked sixth, Peaster eighth, Wall ninth, Littlefield 14th, Canadian 16th and Childress 17th to round out the regional teams of note.

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Lipan remains No. 1 in Conference 1A with an 18-1 record while Happy is second, Leggett third, Calvert fourth and Nazareth fifth.
Lingleville sits eighth, Graford ninth and Eula 16th.
Muenster, which also competed at the Whataburger Tournament, stands at 16-2 and top spot in Conference 2A. Read more rankings in the Jan. 4 Bowie News.

Hope Howard (left), shown here defended by Nocona’s Kynadee Croxton, has improved in recent games and has helped Bowie to 14th spot in the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches rankings. (News file photo by Dani Blackburn)

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Oil Bowl 2024 Interviews

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There were 16 athletes from our coverage area who competed in the 87th Annual Maskat Shrine Oil Bowl on June 14-15. The first video is an interview with the athletes who played in the girls basketball game (L-R) Skyler Smith, Ziba Robbins, Cirstin Allen and Makaylee Gomez. The second interview was the athletes who played in the boys basketball game (L-R) Tyson Easterling and Javier Gaytan. The third interview was athletes who played in the small school volleyball game (L-R) Jimena Garcia, Kasi Phillips and Bren Fenoglio. The fourth interview was the athlete who played in the big school volleyball game Olivia Gill. The fifth interview was with the athletes who played in the football game (L-R) Troy Kesey, Johnny Stone, Cooper Waldrip, Brady McCasland, Charlie Fuller and Seth Mann.
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Nocona, Saint Jo finish in top 25 of Lone Star Cup

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On the Thursday the final Lone Star Cup standings were released for the 2023-2024 school year.
Montague County had two schools that finished among the top 25 in their classification.
Nocona finished tied for 13th place in 2A while Saint Jo was tied for 24th place in 1A.
It is the highest finish for Nocona ever since the Lone Star Cup started up in the late 1990s. While it is associated with and measures the overall success of a school’s athletic program, it also takes into account the school’s success in academic and other programs like band, one-act-play, robotics, etc.
Nocona scored points in volleyball, football, cheerleading, girls and boys basketball and baseball. Unfortunately, its state appearance in film did not count towards the total. It all added up to 41 points, which is the most in program history
For Saint Jo, the success of its volleyball, football, softball, baseball, girl’s and boy’s basketball teams led to 32 points.

To read the full story, pick up a copy of the weekend edition of the Bowie News.

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UIL changes playoff format

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The University Interscholastic League announced on Tuesday changes for the upcoming school year when it comes to playoff formatting.
For 2A-5A schools, playoff formatting for volleyball, basketball, softball, baseball and soccer will now be split up into two divisions that will model itself like the 6A football playoffs. For 1A schools, this will only be applied for basketball. In all, there will be 12 state champions in those sports now.
This means there will be two playoff divisions within every classification. Districts will stay the same and not be affected. Four teams from every district will still make the playoffs, but now the two biggest schools of the four will play in the bracket with the other bigger schools while the two smaller schools will play in the other bracket.
This will not be like 1A-5A football, where divisions are hard cut by enrollment numbers and district alignments are set up with this in mind. Some districts that feature schools with low enrollment numbers within a classification will have to send two schools to compete in the big school bracket.
At lower levels, it might still set up a scenario where a team faces a school with twice the enrollment numbers. The thought process is it should happen less.
With fewer teams in the playoff bracket, certain parts of the playoffs like the area round and the regional tournament will not be featured as there will be less games to play on the way to the state tournament.
While the announcement was surprising to some, other coaches said they first heard about it at the basketball state tournament. UIL polled coaches, who were reportedly all for the change according to Nocona athletic director Blake Crutsinger.
For some schools, the changes will not mean much besides fewer games. Bowie is in that spot. With an enrollment number of 493, only Vernon and Iowa Park are the schools in its district that are bigger and would have to finish at the top two spots in the standings in order for Bowie teams to play in the smaller bracket.
For other schools, the change could be a big deal. Nocona’s enrollment of 234 is only 20 short of the 2A limit. The Indians will most likely play in the bigger bracket in every sport.
The Lady Indians basketball team finished as runners-up at state this year and will return four of their five starters. The teams that have beaten them the last two years, Martin’s Mill and Lipan along with several other 2A basketball powers have low enrollment numbers and would probably be in the smaller school bracket.
For 1A schools, the change is welcome but the fact volleyball was not included was sad to see for some coaches. From a numbers perspective, there are almost twice as many schools that offer basketball (213) than volleyball (123) in 1A.

To read the full story, pick up a copy of the weekend edition of the Bowie News.

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