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Nocona hosts track meet

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Track teams from Bowie, Nocona and Forestburg competed at Nocona’s hosted meet on Monday.
The Bowie Lady Rabbits team and the Indians team both finished third overall. The Jackrabbit team finished fifth and the Lady Indians team finished fourth overall.
The Longhorns had one boy and girl athlete compete overall. Braxton Osteen finished fourth in both the shot put and discus while Justynne Roller finished fourth in the 800 meters.
The Bowie girls team had top three finishes in the 100 meters (Taygon Jones 2nd), 100 meter hurdles (Anahi Perez 3rd), 300 meter hurdles (Neely Price 3rd), 400 meters (Laisha Johnson 3rd), 800 meters (Samantha Clarke 2nd, Jojo Villareal 3rd), high jump (Price 3rd) and all three relays.
The Nocona girls had Graci Brown finish first in the 400 meters and the long jump. Allie Brown finished second in the 3200 meters and third in the 1600 meters. The team also won the 4×400 meter relay at the end of the meet.
The Nocona boy’s team had several top three finishers in events including the 300 meter hurdles (Cooper Waldrip 3rd), the 400 meters (Caden Gasten 1st, Fuller 2nd), the 3200 meters (Duran 2nd), the high jump (Ty Presley), triple jump (Gasten 2nd), discus (Johnny Stone 3rd) and both the 4×100 and 4×400 meter relays.
The Bowie boy’s team list of top three finishers in events included the 100 meters (Clark 2nd), the 300 meter hurdles (Rhyne 2nd), pole vault (Nathan Curry 2nd), shot put (Coleton Price 2nd) and the 4×100 meter relay team.

To see results for all varsity athletes who finished among the top six in their events from Bowie, Nocona and Forestburg, pick up a copy of the weekend edition of the Bowie News. Some first names were not included or known from the results given.

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Saint Jo hires new boy’s basketball coach

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Jacob Nocktonick brings his new wife, Adrianna, and his fur baby to Saint Jo. (Courtesy photo)

Saint Jo will have a new boy’s basketball coach this school year.
Jacob Nocktonick is coming to the district after spending the last two years at Bland as an assistant coach. It is his first head coaching job in basketball.
Nocktonick graduated from Princeton High School in 2015 where he played and loved basektball. He graduated in 2019 from Tarleton State University and despite playing basketball up until he graduated, he did not see coaching in his future. He worked for most of three years after college at a landscape supply company, but something was missing from his life.
“I realized after being out of it for three or four years, something was missing from my life that I really loved,” Nocktonick said. “That was playing the game I love and being around people that really love to be there.”
Nocktonick did not have much experience coaching before then, but through his experience at Bland, he knows he has found his true purpose.
“I missed that passion,” Nocktonick said. “I love it and love the kids I have been working with.”
Nocktonick is especially excited in his role in shaping young men for the future through basketball.
“At the end of the day, people aren’t going to remember me for my records,” Nocktonick said. “I get to touch lives in this role. It’s a lot different than other jobs because I have a lot of kids that look up to me. Even past players from Bland still hit me up, asking for life advice and it’s just different.”
He describes himself as the type of teacher who likes to climb up on his desk and get everyone involved more than just lecture through power point presentations. That extends to his coaching as well.
“I am extremely passionate and enthusiastic,” Nocktonick said. “I want kids to know when the time is to be serious, but know we are going to have fun, bond and become like family. I am not in this for the business. I am in this for the relationships.”

To read the full story, pick up a copy of the mid-week edition of the Bowie News.

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Bowie cheer earn camp awards

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The Bowie cheerleading squad attended cheer camp at Texas Women’s University on July 13-16 and earned a lot of awards. (Courtesy photo)

The Bowie cheerleading team went to cheer camp on July 13-16 at Texas Women’s University.
It was a good opportunity for the team to learn new things to take into the school year, according to cheer sponsor Destanie Curry.
“They learn their job is not to just lead the crowds in cheers, but they are ambassadors of their school and community and how to fulfill that role to the best of their ability,” Curry said. “Of course, they also learn stunt safety, new stunts, new cheer material and how to incorporate all this into pep rallies, routines and games.”
It can be intense, with campers expected to eat, sleep and breathe cheerleading from morning until night, staying positive and spiritful in everything they do since councilors are always watching and looking to see who will earn extra awards.
At the end of the four days, the Lady Rabbits cheerleading team took home several team and individual awards.
The team won one spirit stick daily and one on the final day. They were awarded each night to teams who demonstrated leadership, positive attitudes, excellent class participation and who respect and encourage one another, their coaches and staff.
Bowie earned its National Federation of State High School Association’s squad credential. The group earned Stunt SAFE, which was presented to teams that displayed excellent skills in spotting and stunt technique.
The final team award was in the Game Day Championship trophy. The competition included crowd involvement with a game day chant and cheer learned at the camp.
They were judged on crowd leading effectiveness, use of props, incorporation of stunts, technique and execution of skills.

To read the full story, pick up a copy of the mid-week edition of the Bowie News.

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Nocona new press box put into place

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Nocona got its new press box into place this week at Jack Crane Stadium. The old press box, which was in place for more than 60 years, was taken out in early June and moved to Indian Valley Raceway. The new press box was by the Southern Bleacher Company out of Graham. Athletic Director Black Crutsinger said they looked at a lot of press boxes and decided they liked the one at Lindsay High School and went with that model. Sean Hutson operated the crane from the Hurd Crane Service that put the press box up for Nocona.

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