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REGIONAL: Nocona, Montague girls set for JH tournament

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The Montague and Nocona Middle School girls’ basketball teams will compete at the Fifth Annual First State Bank Cooke County Shootout on Jan. 7.
Nocona’s seventh grade will play Era at 8 a.m. in the auxiliary gymnasium at Gainesville High School.
Nocona’s eighth grade will play Era at 9 a.m. in the GHS main gymnasium.
Montague is set to play Gainesville at 10 a.m., also in the main gymnasium.
Nocona’s seventh-grade girls will play either the winner or loser of a game between Muenster and Callisburg in the second round.
Lindsay, Gainesville St. Mary’s, Gainesville and Muenster Sacred Heart also are fielding teams in the seventh-grade pool.
Nocona’s eighth-grade girls will play either the winner or loser of a game Muenster or Callisburg in the second round.
Montague will square off with either Lindsay or Dodd City, both challenging foes, in the second round.
Championship and consolation bracket semifinal games are set for noon and 1 p.m. for seventh-grade girls and 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. for eighth-grade girls.
Seventh-grade girls’ consolation championship is at 4 p.m., with the eighth-grade consolation game to follow at 5.
The seventh-grade girls’ championship will be at 6 p.m., with the eighth-grade title game to follow at 7. Third-place games are set for 4 p.m. (seventh grade) and 5 p.m. (eighth grade).
The boys’ tournament is set for the following weekend on Jan. 14.
The event is sponsored by DA Sports Marketing, LLC, which plans athletic tournaments and special events in North Texas.

Gainesville High School will be the site of a junior high school girls’ basketball tournament this Saturday. (Courtesy photo) 

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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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