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Nocona
The Nocona Lady Indians won at home against 4A Krum on Tuesday night.
The Lady Indians got it done in straight sets against the Lady Cats despite the match not being as easy as it sounds.
All three sets played went at least 45 points as Krum did not roll over in any set despite trailing.
The first set was the closest of the match. It went to extra points, but in the end Nocona pulled it out winning 27-25.
Sets two and three did not quite reach that type of drama again, but the Lady Cats were always within range to make a comeback that prevented Nocona from just playing on cruise control at any time.
The Lady Indians won set two 25-21 and set three 25-20 to win the match 3-0.

Saint Jo
The Saint Jo Lady Panthers came all the way back to win in five sets at Alvord on Tuesday night.
The Lady Panthers came back from two sets down to win 3-2 in a match with a lot of ups and downs that makes for an emotional win.
Saint Jo was coming off of a tough loss and wanted to try and get back on track despite the Lady Bulldogs being a 2A team.
The Lady Panthers found themselves behind and looking out of it after losing the first two sets 25-18 and 25-21.
Saint Jo turned things around, winning sets three and four with scores 25-19 and 25-16 to force a fifth and final set.
Despite having all of the momentum, the fifth set proved to be the outlier that it is. After no set being point-for-point close, the fifth set saw neither team able to get an edge. It went past the 15-point barrier for both teams as neither could get up by two at that point.
Several extra points into the set, the Lady Panthers were able to seal the match, winning 19-17 to complete the comeback.

Bellevue
The Bellevue Lady Eagles won their first match of the season playing at the Munday tournament last weekend.
The Lady Eagles went 3-3 overall as they broke through to feel that sweet feeling of victory for the first time.
Bellevue won against Munday and then picked up wins against Newcastle’s JV team twice. It did lose its rematch against Munday to end the tournament.
That success did not carry over to Tuesday’s match against Poolville. Bellevue lost in straight sets with the scores being 25-7, 25-10 and 25-12.

Forestburg
The Forestburg Lady Horns lost a tough, back-and-forth five-set match on the road Tuesday night at Perrin-Whitt.
The Lady Pirates came out on top in the end in a match where neither ever felt like they had the upper-hand for long.
The first set proved to be a harbinger of things to come as it was the closest one until the end. The Lady Horns came out on top, winning 25-23 to take the first lead.
Perrin-Whitt answered, winning the next two sets in decisive fashion with scores being 25-13 and 25-7.
Needing to turn the tide of the match, Forestburg dug deep in set four. It was nearly as competitive as the first set and like that set, the Lady Horns came out on top 25-22 to force a fifth and final set.
It was back and forth in the last set as neither team could get much of a lead or feel confident they were going to win. Coming down the stretch, it was the Lady Pirates that were able to come out on top, winning 15-13 to win the match.

Gold-Burg
The Gold-Burg Lady Bears lost a tough match against 2A Petrolia on the road Tuesday night.
The Lady Pirates won 3-1, though the Lady Bears played much better in the middle-sets after a slow start.
Petrolia had one server get hot in the first set and Gold-Burg never recovered as the team lost 25-7.
The Lady Bears bounced back to win set two 25-18 to tie the match up at 1-1. Unfortunately, Gold-Burg lost the most tightly contested set of the match, losing set three 25-23 to fall behind. The Lady Bears could not recover as they lost set four 25-10 to lose the match.

Missing Scores
Prairie Valley coach did not email results on time.

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Briles earns state honor

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Forestburg’s Brenna Briles won the 1A girl’s high jump at the state meet. (Photo by Cassie McFadden)

Forestburg’s Brenna Briles was named to the Texas High School Coach’s Association’s 1A Track and Field Super Elite Team. Briles won the 1A state title in the girl’s high jump in May. The THSCA Super Elite Teams consists of high school players nominated by current professional members of the Texas High School Coaches Association. The player must meet the THSCA award criteria to be nominated. The award recognizes student athletes across the state of Texas for their exemplary athletic achievement in their respective sport.

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Oil Bowl athletes compete well

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Nocona’s Skyler Smith drives into the lane as Prairie Valley’s Makaylee Gomez and Bowie’s Ziba Robbins converge on her in the Oil Bowl.

All 16 area athletes got the chance to play in the 87th Maskat Shrine Oil Bowl Classic on Friday and Saturday.
For the vast majority of the athletes it was not only the last time to represent their school weeks after graduation, it also was the last time many will play organized sports.
The basketball games started the weekend off Friday night. In the girl’s game, Nocona’s Skyler Smith and Bellevue’s Cirstin Allen played for the east team. The west team had Bowie’s Ziba Robbins and Prairie Valley’s Makaylee Gomez.
The west’s overall depth led to the team prevailing 73-56 as Robbins scored 13 points while Gomez scored five points. Smith finished with 14 points while Allen scored three points.
For Smith and Robbins, it was only the final high school game for each. Both are signed to play basketball in college, with Smith playing at East Texas Baptist University and Robbins at local Midwestern State University.
For Gomez and Allen, representing their schools one last time and proving they belong in a game with the area’s best players despite being from a 1A school was a good experience for both.
The boy’s game saw the two area’s players on the same east team. Nocona’s Javier Gaytan and Prairie Valley’s Tyson Easterling got some run in their final high school game.
The west won the high scoring shootout 91-70. Gaytan finished with 11 points while Easterling scored two points. Despite being on the losing end, both had fun one last time playing with the area’s best.
On Saturday, there were two volleyball games. The first game saw players from schools that were 2A and smaller play in a game while the second was for players from schools 3A and bigger. Nocona Coach Kara Lucherk coached east team in both games.
In the first game, Prairie Valley’s Kasi Phillips and Gold-Burg’s Jimena Garcia played for the west team. Bren Fenoglio from Nocona played for her old coach on the east team.
The west team easily won in straight sets as all three players expressed both sadness it was over and that they had fun.
The big school volleyball game was more of the same though it was the east team that won that game. Bowie’s Olivia Gill was sad in the outcome with her being on the west team, but was happy to put on her jersey one last time and get several chances to spike the ball over the net.
The football game saw six players from Bowie and Nocona suit up for the east team. While their team scored first, the west eventually came back to win 14-7, with an opposing player intercepting a pass in the end zone in the final minute to wrap the game up.
From Bowie, Troy Kesey was asked to block from his tight end position more than go out for passes and did his job. Seth Mann used his speed to provide continuous pursuit while playing defensive end.
From Nocona, Brady McCasland and Cooper Waldrip got to play new positions at cornerback for the first time. Charlie Fuller saw a few reps at wide receiver, but mostly played on defense at cornerback in small doses as well.
With all five athletes playing football for the final time, the novelty of playing in the game despite smaller roles than they were used to was fun for them.
Nocona’s Johnny Stone played only a couple of reps at his usual linebacker spot on defense, but he has more in his future. He is signed to play football at Nelson University this fall.

To see pictures of the athletes, pick up the mid-week edition of the Bowie News.

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Oil Bowl 2024 Interviews

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There were 16 athletes from our coverage area who competed in the 87th Annual Maskat Shrine Oil Bowl on June 14-15. The first video is an interview with the athletes who played in the girls basketball game (L-R) Skyler Smith, Ziba Robbins, Cirstin Allen and Makaylee Gomez. The second interview was the athletes who played in the boys basketball game (L-R) Tyson Easterling and Javier Gaytan. The third interview was athletes who played in the small school volleyball game (L-R) Jimena Garcia, Kasi Phillips and Bren Fenoglio. The fourth interview was the athlete who played in the big school volleyball game Olivia Gill. The fifth interview was with the athletes who played in the football game (L-R) Troy Kesey, Johnny Stone, Cooper Waldrip, Brady McCasland, Charlie Fuller and Seth Mann.
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