Bowie will have a new volleyball coach heading into this season.
Ashley Sanders is coming back to the community, taking over from Breanna Jones who is staying with the district but taking a backseat from coaching to spend more time with her family.
Sanders has ties to Bowie as she went to school here up until sixth grade, but has family in the town that has kept her coming back for years. She ultimately graduated from Northwest High School before getting her bachelor of arts at the University of North Texas on a track scholarship.
She has never worked as a coach in the school sense, spending two years at Red Oak as an algebra teacher. She has coached at several clinics, camps and clubs during the years though while also competing in sand volleyball up to as recently as this year.
Despite her inexperience at being a varsity head coach, her knowledge of the game was one of the main reasons cited by Athletic Director Hugh Farmer for picking Sanders to succeed Jones.
“I think she is the type of person the kids will really respond to,” Farmer said. “I think they are going to get after it and they are going to really respect her knowledge and her passion
Sanders knows the role comes with a lot of different things to manage besides just coaching her girls on the court, but is looking forward to the challenge.
“There are a lot more moving parts involved when it comes to varsity sports and I think it will be an adjustment,” Sanders said. “Coach Jones has reached out to me and offered any advice she has with being in that position which I am grateful for.”
She has not gotten a chance to meet all of her players yet, but is impressed with the ones she has met.
“I do feel like they are a great group of athletes who love to compete,” Sanders said.
To read the full story, pick up a copy of the weekend edition of the Bowie News.
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The Forestburg Lady Horns came away with a silver bracket championship win at Saint Jo’s tournament.
The Lady Horns went 3-2 overall, rebounding from a tough pool play to win some tough games during bracket play.
Forestburg had a tough pool, losing against state-ranked Graford and Dodd City. However the Lady Horns picked up a win against Vernon Northside so it was not all bad after day one.
This put them in the silver bracket. Against Ector and then Savoy both matches were competitive and emotional roller coasters. Playing Savoy in the championship game, Forestburg was even down by eight points in the final set. Eventually, the Lady Horns turned things around to win the match and the championship.
The Nocona Lady Indians quickly rushed to beat Bridgeport on Friday so they could concentrate on homecoming.
The Lady Indians won in straight sets 3-0 against the Lady Blues, with neither set taking very long nor being too competitive.
Nocona won with set scores being 25-9, 25-13 and 25-10.
On defense Aubree Kleinhans led the team with six digs while Gracie Brown was second with five. Both Bren Fenoglio and Bailey Waters each had three blocks.
Meg Meekins led the team with 13 kills and six service aces while Kleinhans was second with five service aces. Skyler Smith had a team high 14 assists and eight kills while Meekins was second with eight assists.
The Saint Jo Lady Panthers had a good hosted tournament last week, competing with and beating some tough teams.
The Lady Panthers went 4-1 overall, losing their only sets in their loss at the end of the tournament.
In pool play Saint Jo picked up straight sets win against Graham’s JV, Savoy and a Chico team that made the Lady Panthers at least have to try.
This put Saint Jo in the gold bracket where it matched up against a state-ranked 1A team, Dodd City, a team it could see in the playoffs at some point. The Lady Panthers won a close first set 25-23 before pulling away in set two to win 25-15 and in straight sets.
Saint Jo had another challenge ahead, with another state-ranked 1A team Harrold up next with the winner playing the championship game.
The teams played the previous week with Harrold coming out on top. It was the same result this time as the Lady Panthers lost 25-17 and 25-18.
The Prairie Valley Lady Bulldogs had a tough tournament at Saint Jo last week.
The Lady Bulldogs went 2-3 overall while playing in the silver bracket, but ended strong with a remarkable comeback.
Prairie Valley opened the tournament with a competitive win against Ector the team wrapped up in straight sets. It would be the last wins of the day. The Lady Bulldogs lost to Victory Christian and state-ranked Harrold in straight sets to finish 1-2.
Sent to the silver bracket on day two, Prairie Valley lost an up and down match to Savoy in three sets. The Lady Bulldogs had one final match in the tournament which would be a rematch against Ector.
After winning the first set, Prairie Valley looked dead in the water down 17-1 to start set two. Somehow, some way the Lady Bulldogs came all the way back to grab the win 27-25 and the match 2-0.
The Bellevue Lady Eagles had one final test last week with a tournament at Saint Jo against several good teams.
The Lady Eagles went 1-4 overall, but with the team picking up their first win of the season only a week ago that is a good result.
In pool play the team suffered one-sided losses against Collinsville and state-ranked Harrold. Still, the day was saved with a three-set, competitive win against Ector raising the team’s spirits some.
Still, the team played in the silver bracket on day two and had a rematch against Ector. This time around the Lady Eagles were not so fortunate, losing in straight sets, though only losing the second set by the narrowest of margins.
Bellevue then played Vernon Northside to end the tournament and the result was a loss in straight sets.
Gold-Burg did not play a game late last week.
To read the full story, pick up a copy of the mid-week edition of the Bowie News.
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