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Bowie loses to Paradise 41-3

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The Bowie Jackrabbits did not play their best on Friday’s senior night, losing to a bruising Paradise team.
The Panthers won a one-sided game 41-3 with little trouble from the Jackrabbits who were fresh off their first district win.
Bowie started the game on the right note. The Jackrabbits sprang a surprise onside kick to open the game and Nathan Curry jumped on it for Bowie.
Unfortunately the Jackrabbit offense could not do much with it. Paradise’s defense forced a turnover on downs at its own 30-yard line.
The Panther’s offense featured a man in motion most plays that were either handed the ball on jet sweeps or plays functioned off of the defenses reaction to that motion.
Paradise moved the ball down the field with some initial big run plays. Once on the goal line though, Bowie’s defense held up. Lineman Coleton Price came up with the stop on fourth and goal to give the Jackrabbits back the ball.
Nothing else of note happened as the quarter ended with the game still scoreless heading to the second quarter.
The Panthers were the first team to score almost midway through the quarter. Quarterback Trey Valentine started keeping the ball on runs up the middle to account for Bowie’s defense anticipating the jet sweeps. He scored on an 18-yard run to put Paradise up 7-0.
The Jackrabbits offense stalled around midfield, turning the ball over on downs. The Panthers again drove the ball down the field and into Bowie’s goal line. This time Paradise scored from the one-yard line as Valentine scored on a run. The extra point made the score 14-0.
With a little less than 1:26 left to play in the half and several time outs, the Jackrabbits had time to respond. Quarterback Colby Miller connected on a few passes as the offense had its most successful drive of the game.
Moving the ball inside Paradise’s 20-yard line, Bowie elected to kick the 30-yard field goal. Kicker Alan Miranda drilled the kick despite the Panther’s attempt to ice him with a time out.
The field goal cut the lead to 14-3 heading into halftime.
With the Jackrabbits receiving the ball to start the second half and fresh off their most successful offensive drive, there was hope they could come back.
Unfortunately, Bowie’s first drive of the third quarter did not go anywhere.
The Panthers got the ball and immediately completed the biggest pass play of the game as Valentine hit Jaeten Reynolds on a 50-yard touchdown pass. The extra point was no good, but Paradise’s lead upped to three scores 20-3.
The Jackrabbits offense again failed to move the ball much as any negative plays proved too costly to overcome for an offense that featured few big plays during the game.
The Panthers got the ball back and scored on another big play, this time with running back Joe Gonzalez scoring on a 27-yard run. The touchdown put Paradise up 27-3 heading into the fourth quarter.
It was the same story in the fourth quarter. Bowie’s offense failed to move the ball much in the few drives it had though it avoided turnovers.
Paradise scored on two more drives with runs from Gonzalez as Paradise’s lead continued to grow. The finals score was 41-3.
The Jackrabbits next travel to Whitesboro to play at 7:30 p.m., on Oct. 23.

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

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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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