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Prairie Valley, Saint Jo teams win district titles

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Last week the area’s 1A schools competed in the district golf tournament on March 28 at Indian Oaks Golf course.
The Saint Jo boys and Prairie Valley girl’s teams finished first overall and qualified for the regional tournament. Individual regional qualifiers were Tyler Winkler from Prairie Valley along with Cirstin Allen and Rosalie Christianson from Bellevue.
The Panthers just edged out Midway by three strokes to win the title. Kile Thurman led the team with a score of 101, which was one shot behind the individual leader of the tournament.
The team’s score was rounded out by Jace Johnson (101), Caleb Carlton (121) and Julian Luna (127).

The Saint Jo boy’s golf team won the district title last week. (Courtesy photo)


The Lady Bulldogs also won by three stroke against a second play Midway team. Emily Carpenter led the team by shooting 122, which was the third best score at the tournament. Her teammates all finished all finished right behind her in the standings. Linzie Priddy shot 126, Sara Horton shot 127 and Jaylie O’Neal shot 130. Veronica Gutierrez shot a 133, but it did not count towards the team’s score.
The Prairie Valley boy’s team finished third overall. Winkler led the team by shooting 109, the third best score of the day that allowed him to qualify for the regional tournament.
The Bulldogs were rounded out by Konner Ritchie (122), Eli Croxton (122) and Isaac Yeargin (127). Dylan Pritchett shot 136, but it did not count towards the team total.
The Bellevue Lady Eagles finished third as a team. Regional qualifiers Allen and Christianson led the team by shooting 131 and 144. Austin Ford (144) and Callie Martin (149) added to the total. Patience Ramsey shot 151, but it did not go towards the team total.

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

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Nocona, Saint Jo finish in top 25 of Lone Star Cup

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On the Thursday the final Lone Star Cup standings were released for the 2023-2024 school year.
Montague County had two schools that finished among the top 25 in their classification.
Nocona finished tied for 13th place in 2A while Saint Jo was tied for 24th place in 1A.
It is the highest finish for Nocona ever since the Lone Star Cup started up in the late 1990s. While it is associated with and measures the overall success of a school’s athletic program, it also takes into account the school’s success in academic and other programs like band, one-act-play, robotics, etc.
Nocona scored points in volleyball, football, cheerleading, girls and boys basketball and baseball. Unfortunately, its state appearance in film did not count towards the total. It all added up to 41 points, which is the most in program history
For Saint Jo, the success of its volleyball, football, softball, baseball, girl’s and boy’s basketball teams led to 32 points.

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UIL changes playoff format

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The University Interscholastic League announced on Tuesday changes for the upcoming school year when it comes to playoff formatting.
For 2A-5A schools, playoff formatting for volleyball, basketball, softball, baseball and soccer will now be split up into two divisions that will model itself like the 6A football playoffs. For 1A schools, this will only be applied for basketball. In all, there will be 12 state champions in those sports now.
This means there will be two playoff divisions within every classification. Districts will stay the same and not be affected. Four teams from every district will still make the playoffs, but now the two biggest schools of the four will play in the bracket with the other bigger schools while the two smaller schools will play in the other bracket.
This will not be like 1A-5A football, where divisions are hard cut by enrollment numbers and district alignments are set up with this in mind. Some districts that feature schools with low enrollment numbers within a classification will have to send two schools to compete in the big school bracket.
At lower levels, it might still set up a scenario where a team faces a school with twice the enrollment numbers. The thought process is it should happen less.
With fewer teams in the playoff bracket, certain parts of the playoffs like the area round and the regional tournament will not be featured as there will be less games to play on the way to the state tournament.
While the announcement was surprising to some, other coaches said they first heard about it at the basketball state tournament. UIL polled coaches, who were reportedly all for the change according to Nocona athletic director Blake Crutsinger.
For some schools, the changes will not mean much besides fewer games. Bowie is in that spot. With an enrollment number of 493, only Vernon and Iowa Park are the schools in its district that are bigger and would have to finish at the top two spots in the standings in order for Bowie teams to play in the smaller bracket.
For other schools, the change could be a big deal. Nocona’s enrollment of 234 is only 20 short of the 2A limit. The Indians will most likely play in the bigger bracket in every sport.
The Lady Indians basketball team finished as runners-up at state this year and will return four of their five starters. The teams that have beaten them the last two years, Martin’s Mill and Lipan along with several other 2A basketball powers have low enrollment numbers and would probably be in the smaller school bracket.
For 1A schools, the change is welcome but the fact volleyball was not included was sad to see for some coaches. From a numbers perspective, there are almost twice as many schools that offer basketball (213) than volleyball (123) in 1A.

To read the full story, pick up a copy of the weekend edition of the Bowie News.

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4H Horse Club winners announced

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These girls were all around winners at the June 8 Montague County 4H Horse Club show. High Point buckle winners were Emersyn Denoon and Laney Dyer, reserve all around halter winners were Kenzi McEwen and Audrey DeMore.

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