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Nocona softball beats Saint Jo 12-2

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Nocona baserunner Evelyn Marquez slides into home plate for a run after a passed ball during the fifth inning.

The Nocona Lady Indians won their second district game against 1A Saint Jo at home on a cold Monday night.
The Lady Indians beat the smaller Lady Panthers 12-2 by run rule after five innings.
Nocona had some tough losses in its last two games where the defense just was not as sound as it needed to be to stay in the game.
The young Lady Panthers were trying to keep their head above water and focusing on the positives besides the final score in their games the last two weeks.
Saint Jo led off and was able to get Taylor Patrick on base thanks to catcher interference with two outs, but could not capitalize.
Nocona jumped on the scoring early. After Reagan Phipps drew a walk with one out, the Lady Indians top hitter Tobie Cable came up and hit a home run that cleared the fences to put the Lady Indians up multiple runs.
Nocona added to it as next batter Avery Crutsinger hit a deep ball to right field. Thanks to trouble fielding the ball and getting it into the infield, Crutsinger was able to get all the way home for a solo inside the park home run to put the Lady Indians up 3-0.
Saint Jo pitcher Maxey Johnson was able to bounce back. After Skye Kirby hit a double to get in scoring position, Saint Jo had a groundout for out two. With Kirby on third base, Johnson struck out the next batter for out three.
The Lady Panthers answered in the second inning. Kayden Skidmore hit a single with one out. Following a fielder’s choice out at second base for out two, Presley Deweese hit a single to put two runners on base.
After both advanced to second and third base on a double steal, Nevaeh Spam then hit a ball into the center field that induced a fielding error that allowed both runners to score.
Saint Jo cut the lead to 3-2 before the next batter lined out to Nocona pitcher Phipps.
The Lady Indians came back firing on offense. Evelyn Marquez led off with a double. A sacrifice bunt moved her to third base where Abby Hill drove her home on a bunt that she was able to reach first base with.
After Hill stole second base, Phipps traded places with her with a double for another run. Cable then hit a triple to drive in Phipps before Crutsinger hit a double to drive in Cable to extend the Lady Indians lead to 7-2.
Nocona tried to score more with only one out, but a ground ball to Saint Jo’s second base went to first for an out before quickly being thrown to the catcher for an out at the plate to end the second inning on a double play.
Reagan Wilson led off for the Lady Panthers and got on base with a single. Unfortunately, for Saint Jo, the next three batters were retired by Nocona’s defense and Phipps on the mound.
The Lady Indians were looking to add to their lead, but besides a Denise DeLeon drawing a walk with one out they had no luck as Saint Jo’s Johnson struck out two batters and induced a ground out to advance the game to the fourth inning.
Bailie Nobile drew a walk with one out for the Lady Panthers, but Nocona’s Phipps struck out the next two batters to not let it grow into any scoring chances.
Hill led off for the Lady Indians with a single.
After a fielder’s choice out at second base, Cable came through with her second two-run home run, this one clearing the fences in left field.
Crutsinger then hit a single before being driven home by Kirby hitting a double to up Nocona’s score to 10-2.
Saint Jo was able to battle back and retire the next two batters on groundouts to the catcher and shortstop to end the fourth inning.
The Lady Panthers tried to get a two out rally going with Patrick drawing a walk and Johnson hitting a single that put runners at the corners. Nocona’s Phipps then was able to induce a shallow line drive right to third base for out three.
The Lady Indians only needed two more runs to end the game and Marquez and Katy Barrett both started the inning with singles.
Walker came in to run for Barrett. After Marquez stole second base, she later scored on a passed ball while Walker advanced to third base. Following a drawn walk from Hill, Phipps grounded out to the pitcher who got the out at first base, but this allowed Walker to come home for the game ending run.
Nocona won 12-2.

To read the full story, pick up a copy of the mid-week 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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