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Lady Indians beat Bowie in five-set thriller

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The Nocona Lady Indians had to battle Bowie on the Lady Rabbits senior night to stay near the top of the district standings.
It went five sets and the Lady Indians came out on top, but Bowie went another level than the first matchup almost a month ago.
A nice thing before the action started was senior night. While the Lady Rabbits honored their seniors, Jayci Logan, Lexi Kirkham and Katy Higgins, there also was time made to honor Nocona senior Jessica Dingler. She missed the Lady Indians last home game due to illness, missing her senior night.
Before the hardcore competition started, it was a nice reminder these communities can come together and look out for the other. Even in smallest gestures can mean a lot.
Nocona’s authoritative straight sets win in the first match was on everyone’s mind as the first set played out. The Lady Indians took control early and never looked back while the Lady Rabbits never got anything good going.
Nocona’s 10-5 lead grew to 21-9 with no hope of a raging comeback from Bowie. The Lady Indians won the set 25-10 to take the lead.
With such a one-sided start, would this be another straight sets win from Nocona or would the Lady Rabbits show some fight.
Bowie let it be known early in the second set that the first set was going to be an anomaly. The Lady Rabbits jumped out to an early 7-3 lead, but the Lady Indians came back to cut the lead to 8-7.
From there the middle of the set was all Bowie, going on a 9-1 run to extend the lead almost to double-digits 17-8. Nocona fought back and cut the lead to 19-16.
Looking like the Lady Indians might come back and steal the set after controlling it, the Lady Rabbits finished strong, winning the set 25-21.
With the score tied, the third set was a back-and-forth affair. An early 12-8 lead from Nocona was erased as both teams battled to a tie 20-20. Bowie got the advantage going up 23-20, but the Lady Indians came back to tie the score at 25-25. From there, Nocona won the next two points to win the set 27-25 and take back the lead.
The fourth set was similar to the third. The teams were locked at 10-10 and 15-15 as neither team could get much momentum to grab a lead.
As the set wound down, it was the Lady Rabbits who took control, going on a streak at just the right moment to win 25-22 and force a fifth and final set.
After two competitive sets that went both ways previously, the fifth set was expected to be similar. Instead, The Lady Indians got hot to start out the set, winning the first eight straight points.
Playing to 15 points instead of 25, any lead is multiplied in the fifth set since there are less points to play for in the set. Bowie shook off that start to play the rest of the set competitively, but could not make up that eight point lead. Nocona won 15-7 to win the match 3-2.

To read the full story, pick up a copy of the weekend 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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