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Saint Jo vs Gold-Burg
The Saint Jo Panthers picked up a district win at home on Friday against Gold-Burg.
The Panthers won 52-22 against the Bears, but most of the damage came in the second half.
Saint Jo was playing its second game in less than 24 hours after winning an important game at Midway the previous night in overtime 67-58 that could help move the team up in the district playoff seeding.
After that game, playing a Gold-Burg team it had already beaten seemed to be a piece of cake.
The Bears came in rested after a bye game that week and with nothing to lose but to play hard and fast. Their aggressive pressing and up tempo pace made for a fun first half of up and down play, but it was a bit sloppy with both teams turning the ball over a lot.
Saint Jo led at halftime, but it was still a game with Gold-Burg trailing single-digits 24-15 and the Panthers were not pleased.
Saint Jo came out in the second half with renewed intensity and started turning up the pressure and forcing turnovers that directly led to easy points. Gold-Burg was flustered and never recovered as the Bears scored only seven points in the second half.
The Panthers ran away with the game 52-22.
For Saint Jo, backcourt duo Kile Thurman and Collin Thomas each scored 13 points to lead the team while Brice Durham was right behind him scoring 12 points.
For Gold-Burg, Isaac Renteria led the team with six points and Jayon Grace was second with five points.

Nocona
The Nocona Indians picked up a big win on the road Friday night at Archer City.
The Indians won a tough physical game 48-42 against the Wildcats.
Both teams came into the game with 3-1 district records, each only losing to Seymour. The winner would cap the first round of district in sole position of second place.
The first half was competitive as Archer City gained control in the first quarter before Nocona regained that control by one point 30-29 heading into halftime.
The Indians came out and had a great third quarter, limiting the Wildcats to only six points while they continued to score well. The one point lead was now 10 as Nocona led 45-35 heading into the fourth quarter.
The pace slowed significantly so Archer City would have a tougher time coming back. The Wildcats only barely scored more than they did in the third quarter.
What made it closer than it probably should have was Nocona only scored three points in the last eight minutes.
Still, the defense held on to secure the win 48-42 and keep the Indians in second place in the district.
Brady McCasland led the team with 14 points and four assists.
Conley Kleinhans joined him in double-figures with 10 points while grabbing a team high eight rebound and five steals. Luke Fuller added eight points and three steals.

Prairie Valley
The Prairie Valley Bulldogs lost a tough one against district favorites Slidell at home on Friday.
The Greyhounds won 62-36 against the young Bulldogs.
Prairie Valley was able to keep Slidell contained in the first quarter and trailed only by three points 12-9.
Unfortunately, the Greyhounds took off in the second quarter scoring 23 points and the Bulldogs could never catch back up.
Tyler Winkler led Prairie Valley with 15 points while Tyson Easterling was second with nine points scored.

Forestburg
The Forestburg Longhorns lost a tough game at home on Friday night against Midway.
The Falcons won 68-32 against the young Longhorn team.
Both teams were coming off playing a game the previous night due to games being rescheduled, but it did not slow down Midway at all. The Falcons scored 20 or more points in both quarters of the first half while Forestburg was never really able to get much going offensively.
Jesse Wadsworth led the team with eight points while Jesus Sanchez was right behind him with seven points. Kyler Willett collected 10 rebounds and Nathan Payne had three blocks to lead the team.

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.

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

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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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