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POWERLIFTING: Bowie features quality, Nocona has more numbers

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By ERIC VICCARO
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The Bowie High School boys’ and girls’ powerlifting teams will stress quality over quantity this season.
Meanwhile, the Nocona boys’ powerlifting team has a record number of participants this season with 11.
That’s part and parcel over how the numbers game will play out for both the Rabbits and Indians this season, which begins on Jan. 7 when Bowie plays host to a meet. Here’s a rundown on both Bowie and Nocona.

Bowie
The Bowie girls’ team returns three state qualifiers in Kylie Robinson at 123 pounds, Carcyn Robertson (132) and Carrington Davis (165).
“On the girls’ side, we are looking to qualify everyone for regionals,” said Bowie strength and conditioning coach Monte Sewell. We’re going to have a solid team.”
The team features the addition of transfer student Tatum Posey at 181, plus returning Madison Metzler at 148 and Chloe Turlington (148/165) and Olivia Henry (148/165).
Bowie’s girls’ team will be strong up the middle, and the same could be said for the boys’ team – with a lack of both lightweights and heavyweights.

Nocona

Deziray Graham from Nocona will be helped by the addition of a new weight class for girls this year.
The heavyweight classes were split as follows for 2017: There will be a class from 220-259 pounds, and then the 259-plus pound category.
“Deziray wants to get back to state,” Nocona second-year head coach Jonathan Shaw said. “I don’t think it should be too difficult. If they had done the split last year, Deziray would have finished second in her class.”
Graham will be joined on the girls’ squad by newcomer Diamond Flores (105), Jessica Vogel (148), Lexi Towery (165), Taylor Richards (165) and Raelynn Lemons (165). Read more, and see complete season schedules, in the Jan. 4 Bowie News.

Nocona’s Deziray Graham prepares for a bench press during the 2016 Bowie Invitational. Graham was a state qualifier for the Lady Indians last year, and could be in medal contention this year thanks to the Texas High School Women’s Powerlifting Association splitting the top two heaviest weight classes. (News file photo by Eric Viccaro) 

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Firecracker 5K welcomes 100 runners on July 4th

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Saint Jo’s Firecracker 5K welcomed 100 runners for its 16th year on July 4th.
According to runsignup.com, Old Jo’s Firecracker 5K saw 100 runners of all ages register to kick off in downtown Saint Jo.
Brayden Willett, 14, Nocona, was the top male finisher with a time of 19:02.6. Sarah Rainey, 35, Saint Jo, was the top female finisher with 21:47.1.
In the male nine and under division, I. Miller, nine, Muenster, repeated his first place win from 2023 with at time of 34:52.8. E. Thomas, eight, no town listed, also repeated her win with a time of 31:58.5.
Emry Raney-Cavnar, 14, Ardmore, OK, won the male 10-14 group and E. Christensen, 11, Decatur, took the female race. In the male 15-19 division Luke Gehrig, 17, Muenster, won, while Sophia Christensen, 15, Decatur, took the ladies’ title.

See all the results and more photos in the weekend Bowie News.

Special appreciation to Jennifer Gaston Panther Photography for use of her photos.

Brayden Willett, 14, Nocona, was the top male finisher in the Firecracker 5K.
Sarah Rainey, 35, Saint Jo, came in as the top female finisher in the Firecracker 5K.
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MLB All Star Week underway Metroplex

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Major League Baseball and the Texas Rangers have planned a full week of activities for 2024 All-Star Week taking place in Arlington, Fort Worth and the North Texas region from July 12-16.
The 94th Midsummer Classic will be played at Globe Life Field on July 16, marking the second All-Star Game to be hosted by the Rangers following the 1995 All-Star Game at The Ballpark in Arlington.
HBCU Swingman Classic: July 12
All-Star Commissioner’s Cup: July 12- July 15
Jennie Finch Classic: July 12-15.
All-Star Village: July 13-16
All-Star Futures Game: July 13
All-Star Celebrity Softball: July 13
MLB Draft Opening Night: July 14
Home Run Derby: July 15
All-Star Red Carpet Show:July 16
MLB All-Star Game presented: July 16

Read the full story in the weekend Bowie News.

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Bullfighter starts early training for his future dream job

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By JORDAN NEAL
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When most young kids get into rodeo, the craziest ones might be lucky enough to ride small bucking horses and maybe bulls in their late teens.
Then there is 12-year-old Riggin Garrett, who is already pursuing what he hopes is his future career as a bullfighter. It is a dream he began trying out several years ago at rodeos in and around this county.
This is not the Spanish variation of bullfighting where they end up killing the bull, this is “freestyle bullfighting” which is more popular in America. Here bullfighters attempt to make the bull look a fool, using their athleticism to barely dodge them, put their hats on their heads, leap over them and sometimes use a barrel as a prop. They also work as protection for the cowboys during the bull riding to help save bucked off riders.
In competition, both the bullfighter and the bull are judged after a 60-70 second encounter with points scored due to the various maneuvers pulled off.
Garrett is the son of Keysha Avens and Shane Garrett, and will be going into seventh grade at Saint Jo. As long as he can remember, Garrett has always been interested in bullfighting.

Read the full feature in the mid-week Bowie News.

Top Photo by J. Kelley Photography.

CORRECTION – In the mid-week Bowie News, the photographer for the picture on the top of page 1B was misidentified. The photo came from J. Kelley Photography, not Andre Silva as stated. We apologize for this error.

Riggin Garrett with Bullfighter Cody Webster. (Courtesy photo)
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