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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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Nocona, Saint Jo finish in top 25 of Lone Star Cup

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On the Thursday the final Lone Star Cup standings were released for the 2023-2024 school year.
Montague County had two schools that finished among the top 25 in their classification.
Nocona finished tied for 13th place in 2A while Saint Jo was tied for 24th place in 1A.
It is the highest finish for Nocona ever since the Lone Star Cup started up in the late 1990s. While it is associated with and measures the overall success of a school’s athletic program, it also takes into account the school’s success in academic and other programs like band, one-act-play, robotics, etc.
Nocona scored points in volleyball, football, cheerleading, girls and boys basketball and baseball. Unfortunately, its state appearance in film did not count towards the total. It all added up to 41 points, which is the most in program history
For Saint Jo, the success of its volleyball, football, softball, baseball, girl’s and boy’s basketball teams led to 32 points.

To read the full story, pick up a copy of the weekend edition of the Bowie News.

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UIL changes playoff format

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The University Interscholastic League announced on Tuesday changes for the upcoming school year when it comes to playoff formatting.
For 2A-5A schools, playoff formatting for volleyball, basketball, softball, baseball and soccer will now be split up into two divisions that will model itself like the 6A football playoffs. For 1A schools, this will only be applied for basketball. In all, there will be 12 state champions in those sports now.
This means there will be two playoff divisions within every classification. Districts will stay the same and not be affected. Four teams from every district will still make the playoffs, but now the two biggest schools of the four will play in the bracket with the other bigger schools while the two smaller schools will play in the other bracket.
This will not be like 1A-5A football, where divisions are hard cut by enrollment numbers and district alignments are set up with this in mind. Some districts that feature schools with low enrollment numbers within a classification will have to send two schools to compete in the big school bracket.
At lower levels, it might still set up a scenario where a team faces a school with twice the enrollment numbers. The thought process is it should happen less.
With fewer teams in the playoff bracket, certain parts of the playoffs like the area round and the regional tournament will not be featured as there will be less games to play on the way to the state tournament.
While the announcement was surprising to some, other coaches said they first heard about it at the basketball state tournament. UIL polled coaches, who were reportedly all for the change according to Nocona athletic director Blake Crutsinger.
For some schools, the changes will not mean much besides fewer games. Bowie is in that spot. With an enrollment number of 493, only Vernon and Iowa Park are the schools in its district that are bigger and would have to finish at the top two spots in the standings in order for Bowie teams to play in the smaller bracket.
For other schools, the change could be a big deal. Nocona’s enrollment of 234 is only 20 short of the 2A limit. The Indians will most likely play in the bigger bracket in every sport.
The Lady Indians basketball team finished as runners-up at state this year and will return four of their five starters. The teams that have beaten them the last two years, Martin’s Mill and Lipan along with several other 2A basketball powers have low enrollment numbers and would probably be in the smaller school bracket.
For 1A schools, the change is welcome but the fact volleyball was not included was sad to see for some coaches. From a numbers perspective, there are almost twice as many schools that offer basketball (213) than volleyball (123) in 1A.

To read the full story, pick up a copy of the weekend edition of the Bowie News.

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4H Horse Club winners announced

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These girls were all around winners at the June 8 Montague County 4H Horse Club show. High Point buckle winners were Emersyn Denoon and Laney Dyer, reserve all around halter winners were Kenzi McEwen and Audrey DeMore.

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