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Area schools run at Chico; Nocona competes at Lipan

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Gold-Burg’s Isaac Renteria leads the pack and ends up winning the boy's race at Chico. (Photo by Cindy Roller)

Several area schools ran at Chico on Wednesday morning while Nocona’s teams ran at Lipan.
The Bowie boy’s team second place finish was the highlight for all of the teams at both meets, while Gold-Burg’s Isaac Renteria’s first place finish was the best individual highlight.
The Jackrabbits were led by Alex Castro who finished fifth overall with a time of 18:22. The top five finishers for Bowie included Liam Pearson (12th), Ryder McChesney (22nd), Monte Mayfield (23rd) and Kaz Williams (42nd).
The Gold-Burg boy’s team finished in sixth place at the same race. Two-time state qualifier Renteria finished first with a time of 16:54. The Bears’ other top five runners included Hayden Chambers (27th), Paul Jones (40th), Jorge Montes (52nd) and Kingston Croxton (66th).
The Bellevue Lady Eagles were the top finishing girls’ team from the area finishing in sixth place. Brylie Hager led the team with a fifth place finish and a time of 13:46. Bellevue’s top five runners also included Brittany Gill (20th), Kaycee Conner (29th), Tristan Shook (38th) and Mary Grace Broussard (55th).
The Bellevue boy’s team finished eighth overall. The team was led by River Trail finishing fourth overall with a time of 18:06. The Eagles top five runners also included Brycen Bancroft (37th), Ryan Jones (51st), Evan Chavez (57th) and Braden Moore (70th).
Some school teams did not have enough runners. In fact some were the only runners on their team.
From Forestburg, Justynne Roller finished 40th with a time of 16:35 in the girls race while Jesse Wadsworth finished 18th overall with a time of 20:44.
The Bowie girls were represented by Samara McChesney who finished 47th with a time of 17:13.
The Gold-Burg girl’s team had three girls run. Ollie Gaston was the top runner finishing 21st with a time of 15:09. Alyson Rojas and Raigen Hilton finished 59th and 60th.
The Nocona boy’s team finished sixth overall at Lipan. The Indians were led by Freddy Duran who finished 12th overall with a time of 17:37. Nocona’s top five finishers also included Claudio Segura (18th), Jhett Miller (34th), Karson Kleinhans (47th) and Landon Fatheree (50th).
The Nocona Lady Indians finished eighth overall and were led by Bayler Smith who finished 14th overall with a time of 12:39. Her top four teammates included Melissa Segura (34th), Jayce Rose (44th), Jolie Rose (45th) and Reagan Phipps (70th).

Results for all high school runners from the schools in the story are in 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.

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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