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Bowie athletes react to spring sports getting canceled

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Riley Harris was senior golf athlete at Bowie who was looking forward to helping his team defend its district title, with the hope to qualify for the state meet.
“Its better safe than sorry,” Harris said. “I think what they did was a good thing. We were trying to make a run at it this year, but that’s okay. It’s better to keep people safe.”
A young Jackrabbit baseball team never got to gel as the seniors say goodbye.
“Baseball was the highlight of my high school years. I am upset it ended so abruptly. I will always remember the fun and friendships that were made,” Zane Bell said.
“I’m sad the senior season was cut short, but I will always remember the amazing memories I made with my teammates and coaches,” Weston Partridge said. “I want to thank Bowie High school for being such an amazing baseball program to play with. Thank you for all the great memories BHS.”
Braden Armstrong and other seniors were hoping a good baseball season would be a good way to end high school after disappointing football and basketball seasons this year.
“I was looking forward to baseball season this year to clean all that up and end it with a bang,” Amrstrong said. “Loved the guys I played with and wouldn’t want to be out there with anyone else. Unfortunately we didn’t get that opportunity. In the end you have to play with the cards you are dealt with.”
The Bowie softball team was looking to build on a solid year with a majority of starters returning. Competing for a district title and a playoff berth was expected.
Chelsey Kethum had for years watched senior players enjoy senior night and be rewarded for their years of service.
“The class of 2020 weren’t so lucky due to Covid-19,” Ketchum said. “I held onto the hope that we would return to school and at least get to play a few games. Then my worst fear came true and our season was ended before it even started. It’s a very frustrating situation, but I learned an important lesson while in quarantine. Don’t take anything for granted, even on those hot days when you’re exhausted and want practice to end.”
Kylie Fleming could not have imagined when she left for spring break it would be the last time she would enter Bowie High School as a student and would never play high school softball again.
“It is hard to understand why the class of 2020 had one of life’s biggest moments taken from us without a warning,” Fleming said. “I take back all the times I said I didn’t want to go on the long bus rides because I would do anything for one more of those with my team. It’s been a fun 14 years of playing the game I love and the last four were extra special thanks to my teammates and coaches.”
Gracie Bentley expressed she is having a hard time accepting all the hard work she and her fellow seniors put in to get into this position of competing for a district title. Not getting a chance to finish is heartbreaking.
“I will love and miss my softball team forever,” Bentley said. “Not only my softball team, but coach as well. Coach Farris has been there for us since day one he’s taught me so much. If I could just go back one more time and play our hearts out I would in a heart beat.”

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

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Boy powerlifters compete in final meet before regionals

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Bowie and Nocona boy powerlifters competed in their final regular season meets last week.
The Jackrabbits got third competing at Alvord while the Indians finished fourth at Boyd.
Bowie had six lifters finish in the top five of their weight classes that scored points toward the team total. One lifter ended up winning his weight class.
Robert Zambrano won the 123 class as he lifted a total of 970 pounds. He outdid teammates in the same weight class Gavyn Brown and Shiv Patel who finished second and third.
Cooper McShan finished second in the 132 class as he lifted 935 pounds. Noah Brown was also second, lifting in the 275 class as he finished with a total of 1,315 pounds.
Tripp Brewer finished third in the 198 class, lifting 1,195 pounds.
For Nocona, the team had three lifters finish among the top five in their weight class that went to the team total.
Mitchell Gaston won the 123 class as he finished with a total of 595 pounds.
Kaden Wallace was second in the 114 class as he lifted a total of 525 pounds. Hayden Matthews was fourth in the 242 class as he finished with a total of 1,050 pounds.
Both teams will compete at the boy’s regional meet on March 8 at Decatur, but in different divisions.

To see results for all Bowie and Nocona lifters who completed all three lifts, pick up a copy of the mid-week edition of the Bowie News.

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Bowie softball goes 3-2 at Archer County tournament

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The Bowie Lady Rabbits had a great first tournament at the Archer County tournament last weekend.
The Lady Rabbits went 3-2 overall during the three days of games.
The young Bowie team was coming off close losses against Archer City and Muenster before the tournament.
The Lady Rabbits again ran into Archer City to start the tournament, only this game saw the Lady Cats run away with the win 10-2 after five innings. KP Rutherford had the team’s only RBI as the team struggled with four hits on offense. Rutherford and Serenity Klump both had tough days on the mound, though they combined for nine strikeouts.
Things turned around in the next game for Bowie against Seymour. The Lady Rabbits dominated 13-2 after four innings, with runs coming in bunches during the first and fourth innings.
Four different players drove in two runs each and four more drove in one run. Chloe Kinney and Rutherford both hit home runs while Sage Gossett hit two triples. Rutherford also allowed only two earned runs on five hits while she struck out 10 batters on the mound.
The next game was against Petrolia and was the most competitive of the tournament so far. Unfortunately, the Lady Pirates won 9-7 as the game was stopped after four innings again.
Sadie Britt led the team with two RBIs while Klump drove in one RBI since five of Bowie’s runs were unearned due to Petrolia errors. Rutherford allowed six earned runs on seven hits while she struck out nine batters.
The Lady Rabbits then got a blowout win against Northside 16-4 in only three innings. Laney Oliver led the team with four RBIs and hit a triple. Rutherford also hit a triple and double while she drove in three runners. Laci Goodwin and Britt drove in two runs each.
On the mound, Kaylie Kinney allowed two earned runs on five while she struck out three batters.
Bowie finished the tournament with another good win, coming against Windthorst in which the Lady Rabbits won 9-1 in five innings. Chloe Kinney led the team with two RBIs while Britt drove in one run as each player finished with three hits. Rutherford hit a solo home run on offense while on the mound she allowed one earned run on four hits while she struck out 11 batters.

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

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Bowie baseball plays at Clyde in first tournament

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The Bowie Jackrabbit baseball team went to its first tournament at Clyde last weekend.
The Jackrabbits 1-1 and tied two games during the two-day tournament.
Bowie came into the game following a big 16-2 win against Mineral Wells earlier in the week, but for a team with so many new faces on and off the field, the tournament was the first extended time the group would have to bond.
The Jackrabbits first played Breckenridge in a back-and-forth contest in which neither team had the lead for very long. In the end, the game finished after five innings tied at 7-7 to keep the tournament on schedule.
Cy Egenbacher led the team with two RBIs while Cooper Hammer had two hits, including a double to lead the team on offense.
On the mound, Cooper Harris and Hunter Rodriguez combined to give up five hits and three earned runs.
The next game was against Graham and the Steers took it to Bowie. Graham won 10-2 after six innings. Edmond DeLeon drove in both of the Jackrabbits runs on a double while Rodriguez had two hits. DeLeon pitched four innings and struck out five while allowing one earned run.
On Saturday, Bowie played against Snyder. The game also ended in an unsatisfying 7-7 tie after five innings. Troy Kesey hit a home run and drove in three runs to lead the team. Tucker Jones and DeLeon also drove in two runs on doubles. Trae Seigler pitched four innings and allowed only one hit while striking out two batters.
The Jackrabbits got on the win column in their final game, a 5-0 win against Mineral Wells. DeLeon hit a home run and drove in two runs to lead the team. Kesey drove in a run as well while Boston Farris led the team with three hits and also drove in one run. Kesey pitched four innings and allowed three hits, zero runs and struck out four batters.

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

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