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Bowie volleyball loses opening district match

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Bowie middle-blocker Gracie Duke looks to tip the ball over the net.

The Bowie Lady Rabbits started district on Tuesday at home with a tough match against one of the district’s favorites in Henrietta.
The Lady Cats won in straight sets against the Lady Rabbits on Tuesday, though Bowie showed growth during the match as the results got better each set.
The Lady Rabbits were not coming into the match with high spirits. Bowie lost its last three full matches and still had lineup rotations to nail down.
Henrietta played the Lady Rabbits almost a month earlier at the first tournament of the season at Burkburnett.
It was a battle to see who would finish third overall at the tournament.
The Lady Cats came out on top that day.
A month later and the first set made it seem like nothing was going to be different.
Bowie fell behind early, down 13-7 after 20 points and 18-12 after 30 points. Henrietta finished on a 7-1 run to win the set 25-13.
The second set seemed like a repeat of the first as the Lady Cats were up 14-6 at one point. The Lady Rabbits closed the distance by going 7-3 to make it 17-13. Unfortunately, Henrietta closed the set strong, winning eight of the next 10 points to win set two 25-15 to go up 2-0.
Bowie could have laid down as it seemed nothing was going its way. The Lady Rabbits initially were down 4-1 super early, but instead came back and competed for the rest of the set.
At one point, Bowie led 13-12 but Henrietta came back to take a three-point lead 19-16. The Lady Rabbits kept it close until the end, but could not get the lead back as the Lady Cats closed the set out, winning 25-23 and the match 3-0.

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

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Firecracker 5K welcomes 100 runners on July 4th

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Saint Jo’s Firecracker 5K welcomed 100 runners for its 16th year on July 4th.
According to runsignup.com, Old Jo’s Firecracker 5K saw 100 runners of all ages register to kick off in downtown Saint Jo.
Brayden Willett, 14, Nocona, was the top male finisher with a time of 19:02.6. Sarah Rainey, 35, Saint Jo, was the top female finisher with 21:47.1.
In the male nine and under division, I. Miller, nine, Muenster, repeated his first place win from 2023 with at time of 34:52.8. E. Thomas, eight, no town listed, also repeated her win with a time of 31:58.5.
Emry Raney-Cavnar, 14, Ardmore, OK, won the male 10-14 group and E. Christensen, 11, Decatur, took the female race. In the male 15-19 division Luke Gehrig, 17, Muenster, won, while Sophia Christensen, 15, Decatur, took the ladies’ title.

See all the results and more photos in the weekend Bowie News.

Special appreciation to Jennifer Gaston Panther Photography for use of her photos.

Brayden Willett, 14, Nocona, was the top male finisher in the Firecracker 5K.
Sarah Rainey, 35, Saint Jo, came in as the top female finisher in the Firecracker 5K.
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MLB All Star Week underway Metroplex

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Major League Baseball and the Texas Rangers have planned a full week of activities for 2024 All-Star Week taking place in Arlington, Fort Worth and the North Texas region from July 12-16.
The 94th Midsummer Classic will be played at Globe Life Field on July 16, marking the second All-Star Game to be hosted by the Rangers following the 1995 All-Star Game at The Ballpark in Arlington.
HBCU Swingman Classic: July 12
All-Star Commissioner’s Cup: July 12- July 15
Jennie Finch Classic: July 12-15.
All-Star Village: July 13-16
All-Star Futures Game: July 13
All-Star Celebrity Softball: July 13
MLB Draft Opening Night: July 14
Home Run Derby: July 15
All-Star Red Carpet Show:July 16
MLB All-Star Game presented: July 16

Read the full story in the weekend Bowie News.

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Bullfighter starts early training for his future dream job

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By JORDAN NEAL
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When most young kids get into rodeo, the craziest ones might be lucky enough to ride small bucking horses and maybe bulls in their late teens.
Then there is 12-year-old Riggin Garrett, who is already pursuing what he hopes is his future career as a bullfighter. It is a dream he began trying out several years ago at rodeos in and around this county.
This is not the Spanish variation of bullfighting where they end up killing the bull, this is “freestyle bullfighting” which is more popular in America. Here bullfighters attempt to make the bull look a fool, using their athleticism to barely dodge them, put their hats on their heads, leap over them and sometimes use a barrel as a prop. They also work as protection for the cowboys during the bull riding to help save bucked off riders.
In competition, both the bullfighter and the bull are judged after a 60-70 second encounter with points scored due to the various maneuvers pulled off.
Garrett is the son of Keysha Avens and Shane Garrett, and will be going into seventh grade at Saint Jo. As long as he can remember, Garrett has always been interested in bullfighting.

Read the full feature in the mid-week Bowie News.

Top Photo by J. Kelley Photography.

CORRECTION – In the mid-week Bowie News, the photographer for the picture on the top of page 1B was misidentified. The photo came from J. Kelley Photography, not Andre Silva as stated. We apologize for this error.

Riggin Garrett with Bullfighter Cody Webster. (Courtesy photo)
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