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Montague county teams run at Indian Oaks

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A week away from the district race, teams from Bowie, Saint Jo and others came to compete at Nocona’s hosted cross country meet at Indian Oaks golf course.
All county schools ran in the first heat among seven teams and were challenged with the hilly golf course terrain.
The Nocona girl’s team did the best that day, finishing second overall. The Lady Indians were led by Kylie Rose who finished second with a time of 12:57.
Teammates Raylee Sparkman and Jayce Rose were not far behind finishing in fifth and sixth place. Teammates Cobi Womack and Natalie Pirkey rounded out the team finishing 27th and 33rd.
Coach Kyle Spitzer thought his team ran well overall and is looking ready for the district meet.
“This team has battled all year long, on the course and off,” Spitzer said. “I don’t expect anything less next week at district. I’m so proud of this team and look forward to competing next week.”
The Bowie boy’s team was the next best team finishing third. Sid Mayfield led the team finishing ninth overall with a time of 18:30. His teammates followed 11th place (Nathan Rogers), 15th place (Ignacion Saucedo), 22nd place (Alex Castro) and 36th place (James Allison).
Coach Andy Atkins was proud of how his team ran yesterday and feels like his team is ready for the district meet despite likely being down one runner.
“This will make things tougher on the team going into the meet, but I feel confident that someone will step up and run their best race of the year,” Atkins said. “I think we still have a good chance to make the top two and put multiple runners in the top 10.”
The Bowie girl’s team finished fifth in the heat as a team. Samantha Clarke led the team finishing ninth with a time of 13:55. Kaydee Jones finished 20th while Jojo Villarrea, Hannah Craddock and Madison Hartin finished 28-30.
Coach Joe Crabb thought his team ran great and saw improved times across the board from the earlier race at Nocona in September. With state power Holliday and a good Nocona team picked to finish tops in the district, Crabb hopes his girls can snag the other qualifying spot at the district meet.
The Saint Jo boy’s team finished fifth overall despite being the only 1A school in the heat. Collin Thomas led the team finishing third overall with a time of 17:59. Kile Thurman followed in 17th place, Joshua Vogel finished 35th, Noble Koelzer finished 47th and Brice Durham finished 52nd.
Coach Lyndon Cook likes the progress all of his runners have made this year. It will take everyone’s best day to top defending district champion Slidell, but Cook knows teams from Midway and Prairie Valley will also be fighting for that one other spot to qualify for the regional meet.
The Nocona boy’s team finished sixth overall and were led by Hank Ulbig finishing 20th with a time of 19:15.
The top five runners included Noe Estrada finishing 30th, Alex Stephens finishing 31st, Ivan Hernandez finishing 37th and Andrew Johnson finishing 42nd.
Coach Colby Schniederjan is still missing some runners and hopes he will have them back next week for the district meet.
The 3A district meet for Bowie and Nocona will be on Oct. 28 at Holliday High School in the morning. For Saint Jo, the 1A district meet is also on Oct. 28 but in Bowie at Pelham Park in the afternoon.

To see results for all high school runners from Montague County, pick up a copy of the weekend edition of the Bowie News.

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Briles earns state honor

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Forestburg’s Brenna Briles won the 1A girl’s high jump at the state meet. (Photo by Cassie McFadden)

Forestburg’s Brenna Briles was named to the Texas High School Coach’s Association’s 1A Track and Field Super Elite Team. Briles won the 1A state title in the girl’s high jump in May. The THSCA Super Elite Teams consists of high school players nominated by current professional members of the Texas High School Coaches Association. The player must meet the THSCA award criteria to be nominated. The award recognizes student athletes across the state of Texas for their exemplary athletic achievement in their respective sport.

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Oil Bowl athletes compete well

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Nocona’s Skyler Smith drives into the lane as Prairie Valley’s Makaylee Gomez and Bowie’s Ziba Robbins converge on her in the Oil Bowl.

All 16 area athletes got the chance to play in the 87th Maskat Shrine Oil Bowl Classic on Friday and Saturday.
For the vast majority of the athletes it was not only the last time to represent their school weeks after graduation, it also was the last time many will play organized sports.
The basketball games started the weekend off Friday night. In the girl’s game, Nocona’s Skyler Smith and Bellevue’s Cirstin Allen played for the east team. The west team had Bowie’s Ziba Robbins and Prairie Valley’s Makaylee Gomez.
The west’s overall depth led to the team prevailing 73-56 as Robbins scored 13 points while Gomez scored five points. Smith finished with 14 points while Allen scored three points.
For Smith and Robbins, it was only the final high school game for each. Both are signed to play basketball in college, with Smith playing at East Texas Baptist University and Robbins at local Midwestern State University.
For Gomez and Allen, representing their schools one last time and proving they belong in a game with the area’s best players despite being from a 1A school was a good experience for both.
The boy’s game saw the two area’s players on the same east team. Nocona’s Javier Gaytan and Prairie Valley’s Tyson Easterling got some run in their final high school game.
The west won the high scoring shootout 91-70. Gaytan finished with 11 points while Easterling scored two points. Despite being on the losing end, both had fun one last time playing with the area’s best.
On Saturday, there were two volleyball games. The first game saw players from schools that were 2A and smaller play in a game while the second was for players from schools 3A and bigger. Nocona Coach Kara Lucherk coached east team in both games.
In the first game, Prairie Valley’s Kasi Phillips and Gold-Burg’s Jimena Garcia played for the west team. Bren Fenoglio from Nocona played for her old coach on the east team.
The west team easily won in straight sets as all three players expressed both sadness it was over and that they had fun.
The big school volleyball game was more of the same though it was the east team that won that game. Bowie’s Olivia Gill was sad in the outcome with her being on the west team, but was happy to put on her jersey one last time and get several chances to spike the ball over the net.
The football game saw six players from Bowie and Nocona suit up for the east team. While their team scored first, the west eventually came back to win 14-7, with an opposing player intercepting a pass in the end zone in the final minute to wrap the game up.
From Bowie, Troy Kesey was asked to block from his tight end position more than go out for passes and did his job. Seth Mann used his speed to provide continuous pursuit while playing defensive end.
From Nocona, Brady McCasland and Cooper Waldrip got to play new positions at cornerback for the first time. Charlie Fuller saw a few reps at wide receiver, but mostly played on defense at cornerback in small doses as well.
With all five athletes playing football for the final time, the novelty of playing in the game despite smaller roles than they were used to was fun for them.
Nocona’s Johnny Stone played only a couple of reps at his usual linebacker spot on defense, but he has more in his future. He is signed to play football at Nelson University this fall.

To see pictures of the athletes, pick up the mid-week edition of the Bowie News.

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Oil Bowl 2024 Interviews

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There were 16 athletes from our coverage area who competed in the 87th Annual Maskat Shrine Oil Bowl on June 14-15. The first video is an interview with the athletes who played in the girls basketball game (L-R) Skyler Smith, Ziba Robbins, Cirstin Allen and Makaylee Gomez. The second interview was the athletes who played in the boys basketball game (L-R) Tyson Easterling and Javier Gaytan. The third interview was athletes who played in the small school volleyball game (L-R) Jimena Garcia, Kasi Phillips and Bren Fenoglio. The fourth interview was the athlete who played in the big school volleyball game Olivia Gill. The fifth interview was with the athletes who played in the football game (L-R) Troy Kesey, Johnny Stone, Cooper Waldrip, Brady McCasland, Charlie Fuller and Seth Mann.
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