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District realignments released

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The University Interscholastic League released the official sports district realignments on Thursday morning for the 2022-2024 school years.
While only one area team switched classifications when those numbers were announced back in December, there were still some surprises for schools.
For Bowie, the football team was finally not sorted with state power Brock along with any of the other schools the Jackrabbits have played the last four seasons.
Unfortunately, Bowie traded one state power for another as it is in a district with Jim Ned. On top of that it is nearly a three-hour road trip and that starts to tell the story of this new football district for the Jackrabbits. Other teams include Breckenridge, Clyde, Iowa Park and Vernon.
Basketball and volleyball won’t be that different for Bowie. The district is losing Nocona and Breckenridge while gaining Iowa Park and Vernon. Both new additions are schools coming down from the 4A classification.
For Nocona, everything will be new for the newly classified 2A Indian teams. In football, Nocona joins a district with Alvord, Tioga, Tom Bean, Trenton and Whitewright. In basketball the Indians are in a district with Archer City, Olney, Petrolia, Seymour and Windthorst.
Coach Blake Crutsinger was not surprised with the group of schools they are paired with and is overall pleased with the logistics as well.
The size of the volleyball district gives Nocona some pause. With only Alvord, Chico and Poolville in the district, scheduling will be different than it has been in the past. The 2A teams used to play 1A teams as part of its district schedule, but that was done away with heading into the next two school years.
Those who are most happy for that are all of the state’s 1A teams who had to deal with their teams getting routinely beaten by the much bigger schools twice a season for half of their district games.
All four of the county’s 1A volleyball schools: Gold-Burg, Forestburg, Prairie Valley and Saint Jo are now in the same district with no one else. All four have played each other even when they weren’t in the same district over the years as well as compete in every other sport.
Even though the district is small and scheduling will have to be figured out in new ways, the thrill to be done with playing a lot of 2A schools in district is worth it.
Football is different for all three of the county’s six-man teams. Saint Jo is out from its usual district and is placed with Union Hill as well as Savoy and Campbell.
The Panthers have juiced up their pre-district schedule the past two years and have played Union Hill, but Coach Mark Stevens said the plan was to cut off the series due to the schools being more than three hours apart.
For Gold-Burg and Forestburg football teams, a district title will be hard to come by with the reigning state champs Strawn being in the district. They will be joined by Newcastle.
One thing remains the same for all of the area’s 1A schools though. The seven team basketball district, with almost half the schools not playing football and volleyball, is still the same.

To read the full story, pick up a copy of the weekend edition of the Bowie News. To see all of the state’s new districts you can go to the uiltexas.org/alignments.

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Bowie softball all-district awards released

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Chloe Kinney got named first team all-district for the Lady Rabbits.

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First team
Kaylie Kinney, Chloe Kinney
Second team
Sadie Britt, Victoria Cox, KP Rutherford, Serenity Klump
Honorable mention
Laney Oliver, Sage Gossett, Rhyan Carle, Laci Goodwin
Academic all-district
Laney Oliver, Sadie Britt, Sage Gossett, Beau Combs, Victoria Watson, Imala Walker, Payton Holt

To see some more pictures of the softball players, pick up a copy of the mid-week edition of the Bowie News.

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Bowie, Nocona hosting sports camps next week

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Bowie football and softball coaches will host camps at the high school fields next week on June 3-5. Walk-ups will be accepted on the first day.

With summer here, school coaching staffs have started hosting summer sports camps.
While it might be too late to join the basketball camps at Bowie and Nocona going on this week, there are others on the horizon to sign your kids up for.
At Bowie next week on June 3-5 are football and softball camps.
The football camp is at the high school football stadium from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. It is for incoming 2-6th graders and will cost $60. To register online, go to the Bowie ISD Athletics Facebook page and scan a QR code so your kid will get a camp T-shirt. The camp will take walk-ups on the first day of camp if you are unable to do so before hand.
The Bowie softball camp will be split up into two sessions. Incoming 1-5th graders are scheduled for 8:30-11:30 a.m. while incoming 6-9th graders are scheduled for 12-3 p.m.
The camp will take place at the high school softball field. It will cost $60 per camper. There is a QR code you can scan to register online if you go to the Bowie ISD Athletics Facebook page.
You also can contact Coach Heather Daniell at 940-872-1511 or email her at [email protected].
At Nocona, volleyball and football camps are both scheduled for June 10-12.
The football camp will be at the high school football field and will be 9-11 a.m. Incoming kindergarten through ninth graders are welcome to sign up. The cost is $50 per camper.
If you register before June 7, you will get your camper a T-shirt. Walk-ups will be accepted, but a T-shirt cannot be guaranteed.
You can register online if you go to the Nocona ISD Athletics Facebook page and scan the QR Code. Checks and cash can be dropped off at the field house.
The Nocona volleyball camp will be split up into two sessions. The first session is for incoming 6-9th graders and will be at 9 a.m.-12 p.m. the second session is for incoming 1-5th graders and will be at 1-3 p.m.
Both sessions will be at the high school gym and will cost $50 per camper. Checks and cash can be dropped off at the junior high. You can contact Coach Kara Lucherk for more information.
You can scan a QR code at the Nocona ISD Athletics on a post from May 7 or you can contact Coach Kara Lucherk with more questions at [email protected].

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Saint Jo Sports Awards

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The Saint Jo High School Awards Banquet was on May 21. At the end of the sports section, the athletes of the year awards went to Devin Stewart and Taylor Patrick.

To see pictures of the team award winners in ever sport, pick up a copy of the mid-week edition of the Bowie News.

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