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Bowie volleyball holds on against City View

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Bowie's Gracie Duke and Hanna Bell hits a shot at the net straight down.

The Bowie Lady Rabbits picked up their second straight district win at home on Tuesday night against City View.
The Lady Rabbits won 3-1, having to battle hard in the final two sets after taking a lead halfway through the match.
Bowie was coming off its first win in several games with its straight sets win against Jacksboro. The team wanted to try and keep it going against a program it is used to beating in volleyball.
The Lady Mustangs came in with a 1-2 district record, with a win against Vernon but losses against Holliday and Iowa Park. The team had a lot of height and length all over the court as well.
The first set was pretty competitive throughout. Bowie did not trail throughout, but only a four point lead when it led 17-13 was the biggest the Lady Rabbits had throughout the set until the end.
Leading 21-19, Bowie won four of the last five points to close out the set strong with a win 25-20 to take a 1-0 lead.
The second set was a runaway train. The Lady Rabbits went from trailing 8-7 to leading 12-8, 15-10 and 19-11. Bowie won by double-digits 25-14 to take a 2-0 lead and commanding confidence towards ending the match.
The second set proved to be a little too easy for the Lady Rabbits as the team took too long to find their footing in set three. Also, City View had everything working.
Borderline looking shots near out of bounds continuously were just inside the line. Every hustle point was saved and eventually scored for the Lady Mustangs.
Bowie found itself in the biggest deficit of the match down 16-6 as Coach Ashley Sanders had to call two timeouts before the Lady Rabbits snapped out of it.
Bowie won six of the next eight points to make the lead a bit manageable initially down 18-12. Eventually, the Lady Rabbits clawed it to within three points down 21-18.
Unfortunately, Bowie could not complete the comeback. City View closed the set strong, winning four of the next five points to win set three 25-19 and keep the match alive.
The Lady Rabbits needed to not have any flat moments in set four or the momentum from a City View team with some hope might be too much to overcome.
The fourth set proved to be the most competitive of the match from start to the compelling finish.
Bowie initially got up 9-6 early in the set, but the Lady Mustangs rallied to take their first lead of the set 13-12.
For the rest of the set it was point-to-point as neither team was able to get more than a one-point lead. Near the end it was City View that had a 23-22 lead and needed to close with its narrow lead providing the opportunity to win the set.
Instead it was the Lady Rabbits who clutched out the end of the set, winning four of the next five points to win the set 26-24 and the match 3-1.

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

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Saint Jo hires new boy’s basketball coach

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Jacob Nocktonick brings his new wife, Adrianna, and his fur baby to Saint Jo. (Courtesy photo)

Saint Jo will have a new boy’s basketball coach this school year.
Jacob Nocktonick is coming to the district after spending the last two years at Bland as an assistant coach. It is his first head coaching job in basketball.
Nocktonick graduated from Princeton High School in 2015 where he played and loved basektball. He graduated in 2019 from Tarleton State University and despite playing basketball up until he graduated, he did not see coaching in his future. He worked for most of three years after college at a landscape supply company, but something was missing from his life.
“I realized after being out of it for three or four years, something was missing from my life that I really loved,” Nocktonick said. “That was playing the game I love and being around people that really love to be there.”
Nocktonick did not have much experience coaching before then, but through his experience at Bland, he knows he has found his true purpose.
“I missed that passion,” Nocktonick said. “I love it and love the kids I have been working with.”
Nocktonick is especially excited in his role in shaping young men for the future through basketball.
“At the end of the day, people aren’t going to remember me for my records,” Nocktonick said. “I get to touch lives in this role. It’s a lot different than other jobs because I have a lot of kids that look up to me. Even past players from Bland still hit me up, asking for life advice and it’s just different.”
He describes himself as the type of teacher who likes to climb up on his desk and get everyone involved more than just lecture through power point presentations. That extends to his coaching as well.
“I am extremely passionate and enthusiastic,” Nocktonick said. “I want kids to know when the time is to be serious, but know we are going to have fun, bond and become like family. I am not in this for the business. I am in this for the relationships.”

To read the full story, pick up a copy of the mid-week edition of the Bowie News.

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Bowie cheer earn camp awards

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The Bowie cheerleading squad attended cheer camp at Texas Women’s University on July 13-16 and earned a lot of awards. (Courtesy photo)

The Bowie cheerleading team went to cheer camp on July 13-16 at Texas Women’s University.
It was a good opportunity for the team to learn new things to take into the school year, according to cheer sponsor Destanie Curry.
“They learn their job is not to just lead the crowds in cheers, but they are ambassadors of their school and community and how to fulfill that role to the best of their ability,” Curry said. “Of course, they also learn stunt safety, new stunts, new cheer material and how to incorporate all this into pep rallies, routines and games.”
It can be intense, with campers expected to eat, sleep and breathe cheerleading from morning until night, staying positive and spiritful in everything they do since councilors are always watching and looking to see who will earn extra awards.
At the end of the four days, the Lady Rabbits cheerleading team took home several team and individual awards.
The team won one spirit stick daily and one on the final day. They were awarded each night to teams who demonstrated leadership, positive attitudes, excellent class participation and who respect and encourage one another, their coaches and staff.
Bowie earned its National Federation of State High School Association’s squad credential. The group earned Stunt SAFE, which was presented to teams that displayed excellent skills in spotting and stunt technique.
The final team award was in the Game Day Championship trophy. The competition included crowd involvement with a game day chant and cheer learned at the camp.
They were judged on crowd leading effectiveness, use of props, incorporation of stunts, technique and execution of skills.

To read the full story, pick up a copy of the mid-week edition of the Bowie News.

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Nocona new press box put into place

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Nocona got its new press box into place this week at Jack Crane Stadium. The old press box, which was in place for more than 60 years, was taken out in early June and moved to Indian Valley Raceway. The new press box was by the Southern Bleacher Company out of Graham. Athletic Director Black Crutsinger said they looked at a lot of press boxes and decided they liked the one at Lindsay High School and went with that model. Sean Hutson operated the crane from the Hurd Crane Service that put the press box up for Nocona.

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