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Bowie baseball wins 10-0, softball loses 7-3

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The Bowie Jackrabbits team beat Henrietta on Friday night at home.
The Jackrabbits won 10-0 in five innings due to run-rule to finish off the first round of district play.
Kawlyer Swearingin got the start on the mound and ran into some trouble in the first inning. The Bearcats hit three singles in the inning. Thankfully, the left-handed Swearingin was able to pick off one for an out and a fly out at center field. Following a single to right field, the runner on second base was trying to score. Devin Melton gunned down the runner at home for the third out.
The Jackrabbits were able to take the lead in their first times up to bat. Cade Thompson hit a single with out. After stealing second base, Carson Sanders drove him in following a bunt somehow.
After Swearingin’s first inning, Henrietta’s only other hit came in the fifth inning. The only other baserunners for the Bearcats came from drawing three walks the next four innings.
Bowie added to its lead in the third inning. Swearingin drove in two runs on a single with the bases loaded to go up 3-0.
The Bearcats best chance to score again came in the fourth inning. Two straight walks and a wild pitch put two base runners in scoring position with only one out. Swearingin struck out the next batter and forced a groundout at first base to get out of the jam.
The Bowie bats really woke up in the same inning. Kynan DeMoss drove in a run on a sacrifice fly. Thompson hit a single that drove in a run. Brody Armstrong scored on a passed ball and Thompson later did on a wild pitch. Melton drew a walk with he bases loaded for another run. Finally, Jake Fallis scored on a wild pitch to make it 9-0 before the third out.
The Bearcats tried to get a two-out rally going with their first hit since the first inning, but it did not lead to anything.
The Jackrabbits needed to score only one run to end the game early. With the bases loaded and only one out, Fallis came through with a single that drove in that run to end the game due to run-rule.
Bowie won 10-0.

Softball
The Bowie Lady Rabbits lost a competitive game against Henrietta at home on Friday night.
The Lady Cats won 7-3 after taking the lead in the fourth inning and never giving it up.
The two teams went back and forth in the first two innings scoring one runs.
Kenzie Short led off for the Lady Rabbits drawing a walk and made it around to third base before a passed ball allowed her to score in the first inning.
In the second inning, Maddie Mandela hit a line drive single with two runners on base that drove in one to tie the score at 2-2.
The Lady Cats would take the lead scoring one run in the fourth inning, two in the fifth and two more in the seventh inning to take a 7-2 lead.
Bowie would need to score five runs or more to comeback, but it had the top of its lineup coming up. Short led off and hit an inside the park home run to cut the lead to 7-3 and give her team a morale boost.
Unfortunately, two of the next three batters struck out and none were able to get on base as the game ended.

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

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Briles earns state honor

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Forestburg’s Brenna Briles won the 1A girl’s high jump at the state meet. (Photo by Cassie McFadden)

Forestburg’s Brenna Briles was named to the Texas High School Coach’s Association’s 1A Track and Field Super Elite Team. Briles won the 1A state title in the girl’s high jump in May. The THSCA Super Elite Teams consists of high school players nominated by current professional members of the Texas High School Coaches Association. The player must meet the THSCA award criteria to be nominated. The award recognizes student athletes across the state of Texas for their exemplary athletic achievement in their respective sport.

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Oil Bowl athletes compete well

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Nocona’s Skyler Smith drives into the lane as Prairie Valley’s Makaylee Gomez and Bowie’s Ziba Robbins converge on her in the Oil Bowl.

All 16 area athletes got the chance to play in the 87th Maskat Shrine Oil Bowl Classic on Friday and Saturday.
For the vast majority of the athletes it was not only the last time to represent their school weeks after graduation, it also was the last time many will play organized sports.
The basketball games started the weekend off Friday night. In the girl’s game, Nocona’s Skyler Smith and Bellevue’s Cirstin Allen played for the east team. The west team had Bowie’s Ziba Robbins and Prairie Valley’s Makaylee Gomez.
The west’s overall depth led to the team prevailing 73-56 as Robbins scored 13 points while Gomez scored five points. Smith finished with 14 points while Allen scored three points.
For Smith and Robbins, it was only the final high school game for each. Both are signed to play basketball in college, with Smith playing at East Texas Baptist University and Robbins at local Midwestern State University.
For Gomez and Allen, representing their schools one last time and proving they belong in a game with the area’s best players despite being from a 1A school was a good experience for both.
The boy’s game saw the two area’s players on the same east team. Nocona’s Javier Gaytan and Prairie Valley’s Tyson Easterling got some run in their final high school game.
The west won the high scoring shootout 91-70. Gaytan finished with 11 points while Easterling scored two points. Despite being on the losing end, both had fun one last time playing with the area’s best.
On Saturday, there were two volleyball games. The first game saw players from schools that were 2A and smaller play in a game while the second was for players from schools 3A and bigger. Nocona Coach Kara Lucherk coached east team in both games.
In the first game, Prairie Valley’s Kasi Phillips and Gold-Burg’s Jimena Garcia played for the west team. Bren Fenoglio from Nocona played for her old coach on the east team.
The west team easily won in straight sets as all three players expressed both sadness it was over and that they had fun.
The big school volleyball game was more of the same though it was the east team that won that game. Bowie’s Olivia Gill was sad in the outcome with her being on the west team, but was happy to put on her jersey one last time and get several chances to spike the ball over the net.
The football game saw six players from Bowie and Nocona suit up for the east team. While their team scored first, the west eventually came back to win 14-7, with an opposing player intercepting a pass in the end zone in the final minute to wrap the game up.
From Bowie, Troy Kesey was asked to block from his tight end position more than go out for passes and did his job. Seth Mann used his speed to provide continuous pursuit while playing defensive end.
From Nocona, Brady McCasland and Cooper Waldrip got to play new positions at cornerback for the first time. Charlie Fuller saw a few reps at wide receiver, but mostly played on defense at cornerback in small doses as well.
With all five athletes playing football for the final time, the novelty of playing in the game despite smaller roles than they were used to was fun for them.
Nocona’s Johnny Stone played only a couple of reps at his usual linebacker spot on defense, but he has more in his future. He is signed to play football at Nelson University this fall.

To see pictures of the athletes, pick up the mid-week edition of the Bowie News.

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Oil Bowl 2024 Interviews

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There were 16 athletes from our coverage area who competed in the 87th Annual Maskat Shrine Oil Bowl on June 14-15. The first video is an interview with the athletes who played in the girls basketball game (L-R) Skyler Smith, Ziba Robbins, Cirstin Allen and Makaylee Gomez. The second interview was the athletes who played in the boys basketball game (L-R) Tyson Easterling and Javier Gaytan. The third interview was athletes who played in the small school volleyball game (L-R) Jimena Garcia, Kasi Phillips and Bren Fenoglio. The fourth interview was the athlete who played in the big school volleyball game Olivia Gill. The fifth interview was with the athletes who played in the football game (L-R) Troy Kesey, Johnny Stone, Cooper Waldrip, Brady McCasland, Charlie Fuller and Seth Mann.
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