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Bowie baseball grows at Graham

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The Bowie Jackrabbits played in a tournament at Graham on March 17-19 to get some more experience and team wide bonding while staying at the Marluc Bella Vita Ranch.
The Jackrabbits went 2-2 during the three days of games.
Bowie first played the tournament host Graham, which was a rematch from the second game of the season several weeks ago. The Jackrabbits won that first game in a low scoring affair, but this game went a little different.
The Steers scored first in the second inning with one run. Bowie answered back in the third inning as Cade Thompson drove in two runs with a double. Graham retook the lead by scoring three runs in the bottom of the third inning and added two more in the fourth inning.
Bowie could not manufacture any more runs the rest of the game as the Steers went on to win 6-2.
It was a disappointing game for the team, so thankfully the game against Oklahoma Christian Academy proved to be a pick me up.
The Jackrabbits scored in all four of their innings with the bats and won big 17-2.
On defense, Thompson pitched all five innings. Besides two runs being scored unearned in the third inning, he only gave up two hits while striking out six. The fielding was not as clean as Bowie had four errors. It was the only blemish on a run-rule victory heading into day two.
Bowie then spent the next two days playing games against Vernon. After a scoreless first two innings, it was the Jackrabbits who scored in the third inning. Brody Armstrong scored thanks to a wild pitch, Troy Kesey drove in two runs with a single and Kawlyer Swearingin drove in another run with a single. Bowie was up 4-0.
The Lions answered back immediately, taking the lead by scoring five runs. Vernon scored one more in the next inning before scoring four in the fifth inning to take a 10-4 lead.
The Jackrabbits bats found life in the sixth inning. With the bases loaded two runs scored thanks to an error by the pitcher. Sanders would groundout, but it would drive in one more run. Kesey was then hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to drive in another run to make it 10-8 heading into the final inning.
While the defense held, Bowie did could not get any seventh inning rally going as it would fail to get anybody on base.
Vernon won 10-8.
Bowie would get its chance at revenge the next day against the Lions. This time, the Jackrabbits scored early in the game in the first inning.
Kesey hit a sacrifice fly to score the first run. Fallis followed with a double that drove in another to make 2-0.
The next three innings were scoreless until Bowie added to its lead in the fifth inning. Kesey drove in another run, this time with a single. Later with the bases loaded and two outs, Thompson hit a single into the outfield that drove in two runs to make the score 5-0.
Vernon then came on with a vengeance in the sixth inning, scoring four runs to cut the lead to 5-4. The Lions would then tie the game up in the seventh inning 5-5, and had two runners on base with no outs still.
Bowie’s defense and Fallis on the mound did a good job of getting the next three outs without surrendering another run.
The Jackrabbit bats had no answer and the game moved into extra innings.
In the eighth inning, with the bases loaded and one out, Whatley came through for Bowie with a sacrifice fly for the walk-off RBI. Bowie won 6-5.

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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