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Prairie Valley volleyball beats Gold-Burg

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The Prairie Valley team celebrates after winning the final point in the team’s first district win on Tuesday.

The Prairie Valley Lady Bulldogs won their first district match at Gold-Burg on Tuesday night.
The Lady Bulldogs won 3-1, coming back to win after losing the opening set of the match.
Prairie Valley was coming into the match after losing its opening district match at Saint Jo the previous week in ugly fashion. For the Lady Bears, it was their opening district game.
Last year the two teams battled for second place in the district, ultimately needing to have a play-in game after splitting the regular season matches. It was Gold-Burg that came out on top last year.
This year, both teams look radically different with much younger rosters and less depth overall.
The Lady Bears grabbed control with their good serving and scrappy defensive style in the first set. They led 16-9 at one point.
Prairie Valley came back to tie the set up at 17-17, but once Gold-Burg broke the serve it was in control for the rest of the set.
The Lady Bears went 8-2 to close the set, winning 25-19 to take the lead.
The second set saw the Lady Bulldogs get under control to play a bit more solid, not getting sucked into playing Gold-Burg’s style of play. Prairie Valley led 15-10, but the Lady Bears tied up the score at 16-16.
The Lady Bulldogs then went on a good streak of good serving and solid play to close out the set. Prairie Valley went 9-1 on its way to win 25-17 to tie the match up at 1-1.
The third set went all to the Lady Bulldogs. Gold-Burg struggled with serve-receive and Prairie Valley was not bailing them out with service errors.
The Lady Bulldogs dominated, winning 25-6 to take the lead 2-1 and with a big boost of momentum.
The opening 20 points of set four was competitive with Prairie Valley leading only 11-9 at that point. Then the Lady Bulldogs got hot from the service line again and Gold-Burg had not answer.
Prairie Valley extended its lead to 20-10 and everyone could see the end was near.
The Lady Bears did win six of the final 11 points of the set to make it respectable, but the Lady Bulldogs won 25-16 to win the set and the match 3-1.

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Summer basketball camps are coming this week

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Basketball camps will be split up from boys and girls at both Bowie and Nocona camps next week. Both are scheduled for May 28-30 and will accept walk-ups.

With summer starting up, the first few days can be spent with kids spending some time learning basketball fundamentals and having fun at either Bowie or Nocona.
For Bowie kids, both boy and girl camps will be on May 28-30 and will cost $60 per camper. School employs will have to pay $50.
There will be two sessions for younger and older kids.
For the girl’s camp, incoming 2-5th graders will make up the younger kid session which will be at the junior high from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The older session will be incoming 6-9th graders which will be at the high school from 8:30-10:30 a.m.
The boy’s camp will have incoming campers from kindergarten to 5th grade in the first session at the junior high from 8:30-10:30 a.m.
The older session for incoming 6-9th graders will be scheduled for 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the high school.
Both camp registration forms can be found on the Bowie ISD Athletics Facebook page.
Walk-ups on the first day also will be available.
Any questions can be emailed to Ryan Dykes at [email protected] for the boys camp and Matthew Miller at [email protected] for the girls camp.
For Nocona kids, both boy and girl basketball camps will be on May 28-30 and will cost $50 per camper.
The girl’s basketball camp will have incoming 5-9th graders in the high school gym from 9 a.m. to noon. The younger session of incoming kindergarteners to 4th graders will be at the elementary school gym from 1-3 p.m.
The boy’s basketball camp will have oncoming 5-9th graders at the elementary school gym from 9-11 a.m. The incoming kindergarteners to 4th graders will be in the high school gym from 12:30-3:30 p.m.
For more information on how to sign up ahead of time, email Kyle Spitzer at [email protected] for the girls camp and Brody Wilson at [email protected] for the boys camp.

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Gold-Burg Sports Awards

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Gold-Burg hosted its high school awards banquet on May 16. Jayon Grace was chosen for the boy’s Iron Bear award, given to the best overall athlete by Coach Christian Healer.

To see pictures of all of the team award winners, pick up a copy of the weekend edition of the Bowie News.

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Bellevue starting a powerlifting program

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Carrington Davis, a 2019 Bowie graduate, competed at the state level in powerlifting in high school. She will draw on that experience as well as her time being a powerlifting judge as she prepares to lead Bellevue High School in the new sport. (Photo by Kim Seigler)

Bellevue High School is planning on adding another sport next school year and a new hire was the catalyst.
Carrington Davis thought she was just going in to interview for the open elementary teacher position. During the interview, Principal Lori Shoemaker brought up her powerlifting past.
Davis, a 2019 graduate from Bowie, spent all four years in high school lifting on top of playing softball, doing well enough to make it to the state meet every year and earning fifth and second place medals her last two seasons.
Since then, while going to college at Midwestern State University, she has stayed in the powerlifting world by serving as a judge at meets the last five years.
“I think it changes your perspective on the sport,” Davis said. “When you are an athlete you know the lift, but you are kind of behind this curtain. Being a judge opens you up to all of the other things. You get to see which coaches know the sport more than others. I honestly think being a judge will help me in the competition part of it more than me having been a lifter.”
That kind of experience was what interested Shoemaker in proposing Davis head the start of the Eagles’ powerlifting program.
“We have a large group of kids who are built for powerlifting and we are excited to see what they make of it with them coming into high school,” Shoemaker said.
Davis graduated this month from MSU with her bachelors of science in education degree. She is excited to start the program up, knowing what the sport of powerlifting provided for her and her teammates in high school.
““It is an all-around beneficial sport,” Davis said. “It helps you grow in your skillset, your strength and endurance for any of the other sports you play. Also, it helps with your confidence a lot. It is an individual sport and most kids are used to team sports and maybe getting put on the backburner if they are not the best at something. Powerlifting is a sport where you can showcase your own individual skills. You get out what you put in.”

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

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