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Gold-Burg beats Saint Jo for the first time since 2011

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Gold-Burg's Levi Hellinger throws the ball over Saint Jo's Charlie Evans. Hellinger finished with 104 yards passing and two touchdown passes.

The Gold-Burg Bears played spoiler at Saint Jo’s homecoming Friday night.
The Bears won 64-50 to break a nearly 12-year losing streak against the Panthers.
Gold-Burg came into the game confident this was the year, carrying an undefeated record with dominant wins so far this season that had not gone past halftime.
Saint Jo would easily be the toughest opponent so far, coming into the game with only one loss against a really good Crowell team while playing much better teams than the Bears.
The Panthers got on the board first with an 18-yard touchdown run up the middle from Wade Lucas. Gold-Burg quickly answered its first drive as the quick-footed Jayon Grace scored on a 16-yard run to tie the game up at 8-8.
The Bear defense got its first stop as a big negative play on fourth down allowed Gold-Burg to get the ball inside Saint Jo’s 10-yard line. Grace scored on the next play give the Bears the lead 15-8.
The Panthers responded as Devin Stewart scrambled around to buy time before finding Wade Lucas in the end zone for a 33-yard touchdown pass, cutting Gold-Burg’s lead to 15-14.
The first quarter was not done yet with the scoring. Grace scored on a 15-yard run to put the Bears up two scores 23-14. Saint Jo would not go away as a deep kickoff to Lee Yeley was returned up the left sidelines 79 yards for a touchdown. It cut Gold-Burg’s lead to 23-22 heading into the second quarter.
The Panthers got the lead back at the start of the second quarter with their defense. Wyatt Lucas ripped a contested catch from a Bears’ player for an interception and returned it 45 yards for a touchdown to put Saint Jo up 28-23.
Gold-Burg responded with a successful offensive drive, finished off with Grace scoring on a short run. This put the team up 31-28.
Unfortunately for the Bears, Grace started dealing with some sort of leg injury that limited his availability for the rest of the second quarter.
The defenses took over for the rest of the half. Both teams got two stops each to end the half, with Saint Jo even getting another interception on defense when Mathew Sampson stepped in front of a pass.
Still, it was a one score game with Gold-Burg only leading 31-28.
Grace seemed to have worked off whatever was limiting him in the second quarter when he came back out for the second half. He got things going for the Bears on a 40-yard touchdown run, reversing all the way back to the other side of the field.
It put Gold-Burg back up by two scores 37-28.
The Bears went for the kill as Aidan Foster recovered his own onside kick to give the team the ball right back.
Still, the Panthers were not done fighting. Saint Jo’s defense forced another turnover as Blaine Penaluna recovered a fumble to prevent Gold-Burg from scoring.
The Bears defense then responded as Foster forced a fumble, recovered it and returned it 13 yards for a defensive touchdown, extending Gold-Burg’s lead to 43-28.
The Bears really started to pour it on with another stop on defense. It was followed with quarterback Levi Hellinger finding Paul Jones on fourth down, who ran from one side of field to the other on this catch and run 22-yard touchdown catch making it 49-28.
Saint Jo was not ready to fall down and get mercy-ruled though. Yeley scrambled around and found Wyatt Lucas open for 24-yard touchdown catch to cut the lead to 49-34.
Gold-Burg wanted to make sure to not give any momentum towards the Panthers and Grace scored on a 21-yard run to put his team back up by three scores 56-34.
Still, Saint Jo got one more score in before the third quarter ended. Stewart got loose on a 56-yard run to cut the Bears lead to 56-42 heading into the fourth quarter.
The teams started with their defenses both getting stops to start the final period.
Gold-Burg got the ball back and Hellinger again found Jones for a touchdown, this one for 20 yards to put the Bears back ahead by three scores 64-42.
The Panthers got one more with Stewart running for a 28-yard touchdown to cut the lead back to two scores 64-50 with 4:33 left to play.
The Panther defense then got a stop as they had some hope a quick score followed a successful onside kick could give them a chance to come back.
Those hopes were dashed when Saint Jo fumbled the ball away as Gold-Burg’s Isaac Renteria recovered the fumble with less than two minutes left to play.
The Bears ran out the clock to secure the win, 64-50.

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Bowie, Nocona has 11 athletes earn academic awards

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With the fall sports season officially in the books for Montague County schools, more individual pre-season awards like Academic All-State have been announced.
Awarded by the Texas High School Coaches Association, Bowie had two athletes while Nocona had nine.
For the Jackrabbits, both members were from the boys cross country team. Alex Castro and Kaz Williams were named to the second team.
The Indian football team had four players. Jackson Nunneley was named to the first team while Wesley Murphey, Matthew Page and Brady McCasland were named to the second team.
The Nocona volleyball team had three members as Ava Storey and Skyler Smith were named to the second team while Bailey Waters was honorable mention.
The Lady Indians’ cross country team had two members as Melissa Segura was named to the first team and Jayce Rose was honorable mention.

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Coaches react to new basketball rule

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New rules involving free throws going forward has coaches thinking many different things about them.

A month into basketball season and with district games about to start in the next two weeks, I am sure some fans have noticed something different about how games have been run.
The National Federation of State High School Associations Basketball Rules Committee put into effect this school year a rule that deals with free throw shooting.
The old rule was after a team committed its fifth foul in a half of play, a team would be in the bonus and go to the free throw line for any foul even if it was a non-shooting foul.
The free throw attempt was called a one-and-one which meant if the player made the first attempt they would get a chance to make a second one. If they missed the first attempt they would not get a second attempt.
Only if the opposing team got to 10 fouls or more in a half of play would teams then be in the double-bonus and then get two free throw attempts on any foul instead of the one-and-one attempts.
The new rule this year eliminates the one-and-one attempts from the game all together. To go along with that, the bonus starts after a team has committed five fouls. However, the fouls reset every quarter instead of every half.
“The rules committee studied data that showed higher injury rates on rebounding situations and saw this as an opportunity to reduce opportunities for rough play during rebounds,” said Lindsey Atkinson, NFHS director of sports and liaison to the basketball rules committee. “Additionally, resetting the fouls each quarter will improve game flow and allow teams to adjust their play by not carrying foul totals to quarters two and four.”
The new rules have taken some getting used to for officials, scorekeepers and coaches meaning some free throw attempts have been missed in some early season games when no one realized it.
“When the refs and scorekeepers figure it out it will be okay I guess,” Gold-Burg girl’s Coach Cheryl Cromleigh said.
While the rule change seems like it is might have big sweeping effects on games this season, fans might still be unaware of much different unless they are really paying attention.
Area coaches have some varying opinions on the new rules.

To read the full story that includes local coaches reactions, pick up a copy of the weekend edition of the Bowie News.

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Basketball Roundup

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Forestburg girls
The Forestburg Lady Horns got showed how much growth they have had this season with a big win against Perrin-Whitt at home on Tuesday night.
The Lady Horns won with little trouble as they beat the Lady Pirates 43-25.
It was a rematch of a game earlier in the season when Forestburg played at Perrin-Whitt’s tournament on Nov. 16. In the tournament setting, it was a close game in which the Lady Horns only won 43-42 thanks to a last second shot.
The young Forestburg team has a lot more depth this season thanks to an influx of freshman, with several playing big roles on a team that struggled mightily at times last year.
The first quarter saw the Lady Horns come out with their hair on fire, pressing the Lady Pirates ball handlers with their full-court press and handsy zone defense.
Early on, Forestburg forced several turnovers and capitalized in transition to build a 6-0 lead.
The Lady Horns could not carry that momentum for the rest of the quarter. Perrin-Whitt settled down and started to break the press and create scoring chances while Forestburg struggled to have shots go down in its half-court possessions.
The Lady Horns led by one basket 11-9 heading into the second quarter and it looked like it was about to be another close game between the two teams.
Then Forestburg upped its play even more while the defense played lights out and the game was over. The Lady Horns did not let the Lady Pirates score a point again until more than midway through the third quarter.
By then Forestburg’s offense started to execute better as the team pulled away, leading 22-9 at halftime and 37-15 after three quarters.
Coach Cori Hayes felt comfortable emptying his bench for long stretches to get experience to every player with the game so in hand in the second half.
That may have led to Perrin-Whitt outscoring the Lady Horns in the fourth quarter 10-6, but Forestburg had a comfortable lead.
In the end the Lady Horns won 43-25, but it felt like it could have been by 30 points.
Jocelyn Rich led the team with eight points off the bench while Brenna and Braylee Briles each had seven points. Brenna also led the team with 10 rebounds and six assists while Braylee had two blocks. Lili Cisneros had a team high five steals.

Bowie girls
The Bowie Lady Rabbits traveled to Mineral Wells on Tuesday to play the Lady Rams.
The Lady Rabbits lost a low-scoring game to Mineral Wells 38-22 as Bowie continues to struggle to score the ball.
The Lady Rabbits were coming off a tough tournament at Breckenridge. The first quarter saw the teams be competitive as the Lady Rams led 12-8.
If Bowie could stop giving up free throw attempts, Mineral Wells shot six, and the team could get anyone besides Ziba Robbins, who scored all of the Lady Rabbits points in the quarter, going Bowie could take control.
Unfortunately, the Lady Rabbits scored only four points in the second quarter while the Lady Rams made three 3-pointers and scored a game high 17 points.
Mineral Wells led 29-12 at halftime and Bowie needed a big shift in the play to happen to dig itself out of the hole.
The Lady Rabbits got one ingredient that got going in the second half. After giving up double-digit points in both of the first half quarters, for the rest of the game Bowie allowed only nine points.
Unfortunately, the Lady Rabbits were not able to take advantage and score enough to turn the game around.
Bowie only added 10 more points in the second half and ended the game with no free throw attempts.
Mineral Wells won 38-22.

Nocona
The Nocona Lady Indians won against Pottsboro at home on Tuesday night to stay undefeated while the Indians lost at Wichita Falls.
The Lady Indians won with little trouble 57-23 while the Indians lost 56-44.
Nocona was coming into the game confident against the Lady Cardinals. While last year’s game between the two state-ranked teams was one of the Lady Indians toughest games of the season, this year it was not the same.
Some of Pottsboro’s top players from last year either graduated or moved schools and Nocona ended up playing just another 3A school it dominated.
The Lady Indians defense stifled the Cardinals to single-digit quarter totals throughout the game. Nocona could have shot the ball better, but there was never any doubt who would win.
Leading scorer Skyler Smith’s 27 points was more than Pottsboro’s team total as she also grabbed a team high 10 rebounds for a double-double. Meg Meekins was second with 20 points.
For the Indians, the offense just could not keep up with the relative scoring pace of the Coyotes team.
While Nocona was competitive, each quarter the team was outscored by a little more as it built up throughout the game to make it double-digits by the end.
Javier Gaytan led the team with 25 points. Jose Gomez Jr. and Karson Kleinhans were second with five points each.

Bellevue girls
The Bellevue Lady Eagles won at home on Tuesday night at home against 3A Boyd.
The Lady Eagles won 65-51 against the Lady Jackets.
Callie Martin led the team with 27 points while Cirstin Allen was second with 17 points as she made four 3-pointers.
Coach John McGee was proud of how his played and thought they fought with a lot of grit as his team readies to start district.

Prairie Valley
Both Prairie Valley basketball teams won their games at Wichita Christian on Tuesday night.
The Lady Bulldogs won in a blowout 49-19 while the Bulldogs won a closer game 53-40.
The Prairie Valley girls shot the best it has all season as the team made eight 3-pointers. Despite single-digit totals in the first and third quarters, high scoring second and fourth quarters carried the Lady Bulldogs offensively.
More so it was the defense that limited the Lady Stars to single-digits in every quarter.
Makaylee Gomez outscored Wichita Christian by herself with 28 points as she made five 3-pointers. Linzie Priddy joined her in double-figures with 10 points.
The Bulldogs had to recover from a bad first quarter initially. Prairie Valley scored only four points and was down nine points. The team had a huge second quarter to take the lead 20-17 at halftime.
Both teams scored well in the second half, totaling double-figures in each of the quarters though Prairie Valley scored more.
The Bulldogs won comfortable 53-40, but Stephens felt like his team had a chance to put the game away earlier if not for self-induced errors.
Tyson Easterling led the team with 18 points while James Wells was second with 12 points.

Missing scores
The Bowie and Forestburg boy’s teams and Gold-Burg girl’s team did not play a game earlier this week. Missing scores from both Saint Jo coaches, Gold-Burg boys coach and Bellevue boys coach.

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