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Bowie
The Bowie Lady Rabbits kept the good times going with their second win of the season on Tuesday night against Alvord.
The Lady Rabbits swept the Lady Bulldogs in straight sets, with only the first set being competitive at all.
Bowie scraped by with a narrow 25-23 win in the first set. After getting that out of the way, the Lady Rabbits dominated the second set winning 25-8 and the third set winning 25-15.
Olivia Gill led the team with eight kills while Ziba Robbins and Caylin Johns was second with four kills each. Neely Price had a team high 12 assists while Maddie Mandela was second with nine.
Jojo Villarreal along with Price and Robbins each had two aces to lead the team from the service line.
It was the second win in as many days after sweeping Archer City the previous night as well.
The team will get a better test heading into this weekend’s first tournament at Burkburnett to cap off the first week of competition.

Saint Jo
The Saint Jo Lady Panthers played three games on Monday and Tuesday night to begin their season.
They came out as winners in all three against Perrin-Whitt, Hirchi and Vernon Northside.
Monday’s game to start the season was against the Lady Pirates at Perrin-Whitt. The Lady Panthers won in straight sets, but the first two sets were close with scores 25-20 and 25-23. The third set saw Saint Jo win a bit easier 25-15 to close out the match.
The Lady Panthers next traveled to Vernon Northside where they also played Hirschi. Despite the Lady Huskies being several classifications bigger, Saint Jo won easily in straight sets with scores 25-12, 25-7 and 25-15.
The host Lady Indians proved to be more of a challenge and gave Saint Jo its first adversity of the season.
The Lady Panthers won a competitive first set 25-22 before easily winning set two 25-16 to go up 2-0. Unlike earlier games, Vernon Northside was not going to go down quietly.
The Lady Indians won the next two games in dominating fashion with scores 25-14 and 25-12 to force a fifth and final set.
Despite having lost all momentum, the Lady Panthers dug deep and turned their fortunes around, winning set five 15-9 to escape with the win.

Gold-Burg
The Gold-Burg Lady Bears lost their opening game at home on Tuesday against Wichita Christian.
The Lady Stars won in straight sets against the Lady Bears with scores being 25-7, 25-12 and 25-13.
It was a tough first match for Gold-Burg to have as the team fills in for some talented graduated players and existing players stepping up into bigger roles.

Prairie Valley
The Prairie Valley Lady Bulldogs opened their season on Tuesday at Perrin-Whitt.
The Lady Pirates came out on top after four sets, with only the first and last sets being competitive.
The Lady Bulldogs were able to come out on top in the first set winning 25-22. After that though, Perrin-Whitt dominated sets two and three winning 25-14 and 25-12.
Needing to win set four, Prairie Valley turned the momentum around and battled close.
It went into extra points, but unfortunately the Lady Pirates were barely able to come out on top 28-26 to close out the match.

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

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Summer basketball camps are coming this week

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Basketball camps will be split up from boys and girls at both Bowie and Nocona camps next week. Both are scheduled for May 28-30 and will accept walk-ups.

With summer starting up, the first few days can be spent with kids spending some time learning basketball fundamentals and having fun at either Bowie or Nocona.
For Bowie kids, both boy and girl camps will be on May 28-30 and will cost $60 per camper. School employs will have to pay $50.
There will be two sessions for younger and older kids.
For the girl’s camp, incoming 2-5th graders will make up the younger kid session which will be at the junior high from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The older session will be incoming 6-9th graders which will be at the high school from 8:30-10:30 a.m.
The boy’s camp will have incoming campers from kindergarten to 5th grade in the first session at the junior high from 8:30-10:30 a.m.
The older session for incoming 6-9th graders will be scheduled for 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the high school.
Both camp registration forms can be found on the Bowie ISD Athletics Facebook page.
Walk-ups on the first day also will be available.
Any questions can be emailed to Ryan Dykes at [email protected] for the boys camp and Matthew Miller at [email protected] for the girls camp.
For Nocona kids, both boy and girl basketball camps will be on May 28-30 and will cost $50 per camper.
The girl’s basketball camp will have incoming 5-9th graders in the high school gym from 9 a.m. to noon. The younger session of incoming kindergarteners to 4th graders will be at the elementary school gym from 1-3 p.m.
The boy’s basketball camp will have oncoming 5-9th graders at the elementary school gym from 9-11 a.m. The incoming kindergarteners to 4th graders will be in the high school gym from 12:30-3:30 p.m.
For more information on how to sign up ahead of time, email Kyle Spitzer at [email protected] for the girls camp and Brody Wilson at [email protected] for the boys camp.

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Gold-Burg Sports Awards

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Gold-Burg hosted its high school awards banquet on May 16. Jayon Grace was chosen for the boy’s Iron Bear award, given to the best overall athlete by Coach Christian Healer.

To see pictures of all of the team award winners, pick up a copy of the weekend edition of the Bowie News.

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Bellevue starting a powerlifting program

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Carrington Davis, a 2019 Bowie graduate, competed at the state level in powerlifting in high school. She will draw on that experience as well as her time being a powerlifting judge as she prepares to lead Bellevue High School in the new sport. (Photo by Kim Seigler)

Bellevue High School is planning on adding another sport next school year and a new hire was the catalyst.
Carrington Davis thought she was just going in to interview for the open elementary teacher position. During the interview, Principal Lori Shoemaker brought up her powerlifting past.
Davis, a 2019 graduate from Bowie, spent all four years in high school lifting on top of playing softball, doing well enough to make it to the state meet every year and earning fifth and second place medals her last two seasons.
Since then, while going to college at Midwestern State University, she has stayed in the powerlifting world by serving as a judge at meets the last five years.
“I think it changes your perspective on the sport,” Davis said. “When you are an athlete you know the lift, but you are kind of behind this curtain. Being a judge opens you up to all of the other things. You get to see which coaches know the sport more than others. I honestly think being a judge will help me in the competition part of it more than me having been a lifter.”
That kind of experience was what interested Shoemaker in proposing Davis head the start of the Eagles’ powerlifting program.
“We have a large group of kids who are built for powerlifting and we are excited to see what they make of it with them coming into high school,” Shoemaker said.
Davis graduated this month from MSU with her bachelors of science in education degree. She is excited to start the program up, knowing what the sport of powerlifting provided for her and her teammates in high school.
““It is an all-around beneficial sport,” Davis said. “It helps you grow in your skillset, your strength and endurance for any of the other sports you play. Also, it helps with your confidence a lot. It is an individual sport and most kids are used to team sports and maybe getting put on the backburner if they are not the best at something. Powerlifting is a sport where you can showcase your own individual skills. You get out what you put in.”

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

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