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Nocona
The Nocona Indians pulled off a close victory on the road at Poolville on Friday despite being shorthanded.
The Indians won 61-58 against the Monarchs, pulling ahead with a big fourth quarter.
Nocona came into the game with its starting post player out with an injury.
With the team struggling to rebound in some of its games early in the season, it was concern for Coach Brody Wilson going into the game.
The game started off hot offensively as the Indians led 20-17 after a fast paced first quarter. It did not slow down much in the second or third quarters as the Monarchs gathered a small 49-46 lead heading into the final period.
Nocona’s defense was able to limit Poolville to only nine points in the fourth quarter and got score enough to flip the script and get the lead back.
In the final seconds Michael Wetmore, who led the team with 21 points, was able to make two free throws down the stretch to put the Indians up 61-58.
The defense was able to force a miss at the end to win the game.
Conley Kleinhans also scored in double-figures with 14 points while leading the team with nine rebounds and six assists.

Saint Jo
The Saint Jo Panthers did well at their final tournament last weekend in Jayton at the Robert Hall Classic.
The Panthers went 3-2 overall while getting some good experience before the opening of district play this week.
Saint Jo first played 2A Wellington in the tournament and lost a close one 60-50. Before the end of the day, the Panthers bounced back by beating Borden County easily 53-33.
On the second day, Saint Jo handed 3A Jacksboro a loss 40-28 early in the morning before finishing the day by beating 2A Haskell 49-39.
On the final day of the tournament the Panthers finished against 3A Idalou.
In the most competitive game of the tournament for Saint Jo, the Wildcats won by one basket 43-40.

Forestburg
The Forstburg Longhorns got another dose of playing pressure defenses they traveled to 4A Burkburnett on Friday.
The Bulldogs JV team won 58-39, but it was a good game for the Longhorns to get ready for the start of district.
Forestburg is looking to turn from competitive to good this year in district, but the young squad has shown it is susceptible to press defenses in some early game matchups.
Burkburnett is a team that is known for its press defense it has been using for many years, using a platoon system at almost every stop in the action to sub in fresh bodies to play an all encompassing style that is tough to deal with.
Even playing the JV team, it is still against good athletes from a 4A program who know how to play the system very well.
The Longhorns lack of depth hurt them playing against that style, but they actually finished the game strong by outscoring the Bulldogs 15-11 in the fourth quarter.
Jesse Wadsworth led Forestburg with 15 points and four made 3-pointers. Kyler Willett was second scoring 11 points.

To read the full story, pick up a copy of 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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Richey repeats at IFYR

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Sunset native Cason Richey (right) and his team roping partner Beldon Cox from Weatherford repeated as the International Finals Youth Rodeo champions last weekend at Shawnee, OK. Richey and Cox won the previous year and were able to complete the repeat by catching three steers in a combined time of 16.6 seconds. Richey is expected to compete attend Texas Tech University this fall and compete on the rodeo team.

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