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Girls Playoff Roundup

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Bellevue
The Bellevue Lady Eagles’ season came to an end on Tuesday night with their bi-district playoff loss to Newcastle.
The Lady Cats won 39-24 as the lack of depth really hurt the Lady Eagles trying to play catch up for most of the game.
Bellevue came in as a third seed playing Newcastle a second seed. One of the challenges this Lady Eagles team has had all season is playing with only six girls on their roster, in some games only five.
That limited the team from employing its full court press for most of the season to try and preserve energy as well as limit fouls. Some games the team finished playing one player down since they did not have a substitute.
Still, Bellevue did well enough to finish third in district play.
Newcastle did not have those limitations. The Lady Cats also had the height advantage inside with a looming shot blocker that swatted shots away all night.
Newcastle was up in the first quarter as its full-court press tried to wear down Bellevue’s best player Austin Ford and force other girls to score. Callie Martin and Cirstin Allen made a few shots to keep Newcastle’s defense honest.
Bellevue trailed 11-7 after the first quarter.
Fatigue started to become noticeable in the second quarter. The Lady Eagles struggled to score outside of Ford’s five points and they fell further behind 24-12 heading into halftime.
Despite depth issues, Bellevue decided to come out in the third quarter in a full-court press. The Lady Eagles had done a decent job of getting their hands on balls all game long, but could rarely convert these into transition baskets.
Not only did the press now create transition opportunities, but it threw Newcastle off its game.
Bellevue clawed back into the game and trailed only 30-24 heading into the fourth quarter.
Unfortunately, that effort seemed to tire the team. The Lady Cats scored quickly off of back-to-back offensive rebounds to push the lead back up to double-digits and Bellevue did not have an answer.
The play got sloppier as the shots were forced as Newcastle knew exactly how to try and defend the Lady Eagles three scorers.
Bellevue had no answer as the Lady Cats pitched a shut out in the fourth quarter on their way to win 39-24.
Ford led the Lady Eagles with 11 points in her final game. Martin was second with seven points.

Prairie Valley
The Prairie Valley Lady Bulldogs return to the playoffs for the first time in nine years was short-lived with their loss to Throckmorton on Tuesday.
The Lady Greyhounds won 36-19, but the Lady Bulldogs competed well in the first half that made Throckmorton sweat.
Prairie Valley was coming off of two down to the wire wins against Gold-Burg the previous week just to get into the playoffs, breaking a nine year drought dating back to 2013.
Throckmorton was the obvious favorite, having gone through its district undefeated.
Still, the Lady Bulldogs had nothing to lose coming off of two great wins.
Prairie Valley actually controlled things in the first quarter and led 11-5.
The Lady Greyhounds were able to swing things in their favor in the second quarter, but the Lady Bulldogs still only trailed 15-14 heading into halftime.
“We went out there to enjoy the moment and have fun and by doing that we were really getting the job done,” Coach Jeannie Carpenter said.
Unfortunately, Throckmorton’s defense came out more aggressive in the second half and the points dried up for Prairie Valley. The Lady Bulldogs could not keep up with the Lady Greyhounds as they would win the game 36-19.
Makaylee Gomes led Prairie Valley with 11 points. Seniors Emily Carpenter and Jaylie O’Neal both scored three points in their final game.

To read the full story, pick up a copy of the weekend 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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