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Bulldogs lose to No. 4 Graford

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The Prairie Valley boy’s basketball season came to an end playing state power Graford in the bi-district round of the playoffs Monday night.
The Rabbits won 87-17 against the overwhelmed Bulldogs, who were making their first playoff appearance since 1996.
With that type of streak broken, any sort of success against the fourth ranked team in the state would have been gravy. Looking past the ranking, it was not a good matchup for Prairie Valley.
Graford across the board were taller and bigger than Prairie Valley and did its best to use that to its advantage.
The Rabbits employed a full-court trapping style press on defense and looked to get shots off near the basket and crash the offensive glass for rebounds.
For a little more than half the first quarter, the Bulldogs did well to compete with Graford, contesting shots inside, breaking through the press and getting shots off in the 15-foot area between the perimeter and paint.
The Rabbits were only up 6-2 and Prairie Valley was at least competing with them and making them work for what they got.
Unfortunately, that did not last long.
Graford ended the quarter on a 13-2 run to go up 19-4 and the Rabbits never looked back.
The press and physical play wore on the Prairie Valley ball handlers, who drew several fouls for getting hit to the floor, but ultimately could not keep up with the scoring pace of Graford once it got going.
It did not help when the Rabbits started having shooters coming off screens in the half court. Prairie Valley had trouble fighting through the big bodies setting those screens and Graford’s shooters made them pay.
The best thing for Prairie Valley were a few looks of overwhelming frustration from the players as the lead kept getting bigger. It never seemed like the team shut down or got too mad with each other outside of small moments.
Prairie Valley was able to execute some of the things on offense despite Graford paying extra special attention. Senior Isaac Yeargin spent most of the night with a defender pinned to his hip to prevent him from catching or shooting many 3-pointers. Still, he made one on the night and got fouled on another attempt.
Guards Tyler Winkler and Eli Croxton were able to mix it up enough in the lane to draw free throws from the aggressive Rabbit defenders despite both coming up short physically compared to the guys who were guarding them. By the end, Graford defenders were frustrated themselves and shaking their heads.
It wasn’t enough to make the game competitive with the final score being 87-17.

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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