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Jackrabbits sweep bi-district series against Peaster

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Carson Sanders looks to the umpire to see whether he was called safe for the winning run after he dodged the tag from the catcher. He was and Bowie won 4-3. (Photo by Kim Seigler)

The Bowie Jackrabbits are moving on as they defeated Peaster in their bi-district series on Saturday in a thrilling conclusion.
After blowing out the Greyhounds 12-0 on Friday, the Jackrabbits won 4-3 on a walk-off sacrifice fly from Seth Hall in the 10th inning on Saturday to drive in Carson Sanders for the series clinching run.
Bowie were favorites heading into the series, but not overwhelmingly so with the Jackrabbits being a second seed and Peaster a three seed.
Still, Bowie was coming in with a lot of confidence, going 6-1 in the second half of district while picking up wins against 2A playoff opponents Seymour and Windthorst.
Freshman Edmond DeLeon got the start on the mound in game one on Friday played at Peaster. The Jackrabbits won six of DeLeon’s seven starts during district play and established himself as the team’s ace despite his young age.
He got some help from the offense in the top of the first. With one out, Tucker Jones picked a good time to hit his first home run of the season, hitting over the centerfield fence to put Bowie up 1-0. It was a sign of things to come for more of the Jackrabbit batters.
It was quiet for both teams offensively in the second and third innings before Bowie decided to start bombing more balls over the fence. In the top of the fourth inning, Brody Armstrong hit a two-run home run over the left field fence to extend the Jackrabbits lead to 3-0.
Troy Kesey followed suit in the fifth inning with a solo home run. Seth Hall followed with a double and two batters later Cy Egenbacher drove him in with a single.
Following another double hit by A.J. Whatley that put two runners in scoring position, a balk by the Peaster pitcher allowed Egenbacher to come in and score, doubling Bowie’s lead to 6-0 before a strikeout ended the scoring chance.
In the sixth inning, Kynan DeMoss drove in a run on a groundout to the shortstop. Kesey followed with his second solo home run of the game to score another run.
Next, Hall hit a double, would advance to third base on a wild pitch and then later scored thanks to an error by the catcher. Bowie was up 9-0 heading into the final inning and the team was not stopping.
With two runners on base and two outs, DeMoss hit a three-run home run to put the cherry on top of the blowout 12-0 win for Bowie.
With Peaster getting two runners on base thanks to back-to-back fielding errors with two outs, the final out came when one of them tried to advance to second base.
Bowie won 12-0.
DeMoss led the team with four RBIs while Kesey and Armstrong were second with two each. The team had a season high five home runs in the game, with Armstrong, DeMoss, Jones each getting one and Kesey finishing with two.
On defense, DeLeon finished with a complete game shut out, allowing only three hits and walking two batters and striking out four. With the two in the seventh inning, Bowie finished with three fielding errors in the game.
Despite the blow out win, game two was a different story as the Jackrabbits hosted on Saturday at noon, with the possibility of a game three scheduled for afterwards though Bowie fans hoped it would not.

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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