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Bowie boys beats Nocona in rematch 55-48

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The Bowie Jackrabbits won the rematch against rival Nocona on Saturday.
The Jackrabbits won 55-48 at the Indians gym to pay back the loss Nocona gave them at their own gym a couple of weeks back.
Bowie came into the game following a tough loss to district leader City View that most likely meant the end to its quest for a district title. Nocona also was coming off a bad loss to the Mustangs, but had had a bye-game to get ready for the Jackrabbits.
The snowstorm moved the game from Friday night to Saturday afternoon and cost both teams a practice day while also throwing off any sort of routine.
The first game between the these two teams saw Bowie without Coach Andy Atkins, who missed due to illness. The Indians also were missing some key bench players for that game due to grades or injuries.
Nocona went into the game giving extra defensive attention on the Jackrabbit’s top two scorers Cade Thompson and Brody Armstrong.
Unlike some low-scoring games the two teams have had in the past, the beginning of the game saw both teams scoring in a flurry, especially near the end of the first quarter.
The Jackrabbits recent hot streak from 3-point range showed up as they made four 3-pointers by four different players in the first quarter and led 19-15.
The Indians got a big lift from Adam Meekins in the quarter as he made two 3-pointers and scored eight of his team’s points.
Bowie led for all of the second quarter, but for most of it Nocona was only one basket down.
Both teams got some scoring from the benches in the quarter. The Jackrabbits had Kynan DeMoss make two 3-pointers. The Indians had Ryder Oswalt, Michael Wetmore and Ty Presley each come in and score a basket.
Bowie ended the half stretching its lead to five points, going in ahead 33-28.
The third quarter saw both teams struggle to score much compared to the first half.
Baskets for both were hard to come by and free throws were not given out generously even on physical drives.
Nocona got as close as it would all game to taking the lead when it cut the lead to 37-36 with a little more than two minutes to play.
Bowie’s best offensive possessions for most of the quarter had been driving and kicking out for an open 3-pointer after a few more passes. Unlike in the first half, the shots were not going in.
In the final two minutes the Jackrabbits made two of those 3-pointers at the best of times by Armstrong scoring his sixth point of the game since he attracted so much attention and Drew Weber.
A long, skinny post player who can shoot from range and move his feet, Weber has come off the bench for most of the season after starting last year. The senior accepted his role and was big Saturday.
The two 3-pointers allowed Bowie to extend its lead to 43-36 heading into the fourth quarter.
From there Nocona knew it had to change up its tactics to no allow the Jackrabbits to run clock. The Indians took out all of their post players to play a more perimeter centric lineup and started aggressively pressing the ball on defense.
Bowie matched that personnel, but could still have a rim protector with Weber’s long arms and height. He also made two more 3-pointers in the fourth quarter to help keep the Jackrabbits lead several baskets ahead.
Nocona was trying to grind the game into its type of game as the intensity ramped up. The team took a blow when started Brady McCasland fouled out with three minutes to go and down eight points.
Despite Bowie missing free throws in the final minute, the Indians could not make enough shots to come back from the 55-45 lead even with Meekins making his fourth 3-pointer of the game.
It just made the final score 55-48 in favor of the Jackrabbits.

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

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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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