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Prairie Valley vs Forestburg
The Prairie Valley basketball teams picked up wins against Forestburg on Tuesday night.
The Lady Bulldogs won 59-39 while the Bulldogs won 68-40 against the Longhorn teams.
In the girl’s game, Prairie Valley started off fast, going up 14-2. Foul trouble hurt the Lady Bulldogs as Forestburg players, specifically Allie Ciseneros, drew tons of free throw attempts.
Forestburg was chasing Prairie Valley all game after the first quarter and while the team scored well, just struggled to keep up with the Lady Bulldogs hot shooting from 3-point range as they made 13 in the game.
The Lady Horns cut it to five points at one point, but foul trouble and limited depth meant they finished the game with only four players.
Prairie Valley stayed poised and was able to use that to its advantage as it ended up winning by double-digits 59-39.
Makaylee Gomez had a season high 30 points for the Lady Bulldogs as she made eight 3-pointers. Carmen Gomez scored 12 points and passed out 10 assists. Linzie Priddy joined the sisters in double-digits with 11 points.
For Forestburg, Cisneros scored a season high 28 points, with 13 points coming at the free throw line as she went 13-15. Madisen Deason was second with eight points, but blocked three shots. Rachel Allen grabbed a team high eight rebounds.
In the boy’s game, it was a similar story as Prairie Valley came out hot up 31-5 after the first quarter which is the most it has scored in any quarter.
The Bulldogs were using their defensive pressure and hustle to get offensive rebounds to make up for a not so great night shooting the ball.
The Longhorns eventually got things going and played more competitively, but the score was out of reach for a chance to come back as Prairie Valley won 68-40.
Tyler Winkler led the Bulldogs with 26 points and eight steals. Tyson Easterling put up a double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds. Dakota Fore nearly joined him scoring nine points and grabbing nine rebounds.
For Forestburg, Jesus Sanchez led the team with 20 points while Jesse Wadsworth was second with nine points. Nathan Payne and Angel Cruz each grabbed a team high seven rebounds.

Saint Jo vs Bellevue
The Saint Jo Lady Panthers won easily at Bellevue on Tuesday night.
The Lady Panthers won 63-27 against the young Lady Eagles.
Saint Jo used its pressure defense to push the tempo and play fast like it likes to do to race out to a one-side win. Lady Panther Coach Daniel Lindenborn thought the team did a good job of cutting down on fouling so much, which has been an issue he has addressed in practice.
No coaches from Saint Jo or Bellevue responded about the boy’s game, but the score recorded on Maxpreps says the Panthers won 60-32.

Gold-Burg
The Gold-Burg Lady Bears lost a tough one at state-ranked Slidell on Tuesday night.
The Lady Greyhounds won 59-34 against the Lady Bears, but despite the score Coach Cheryl Cromleigh thought there were many positive things to take away.
Sierra Weaver along with Shadie and Sadie Whitaker each had seven points to lead the team.
The Gold-Burg boy’s coach did not get back with any information about the game, but the score on Maxpreps was reported to be 86-27 in favor of Slidell.

To read the full story, pick up a copy of the weekend 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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