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Nocona girls
The Nocona Lady Indians started off their season with a high-scoring win on the road at City View.
The Lady Indians won 76-58 against the Lady Mustangs to start off their season with big expectations.
The Lady Indians are pre-season ranked fourth in the state in 2A according to the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches poll.
The team returns all, but one player from the team that made it to the regional final last season before losing to eventual state champion Lipan.
Nocona only had one day of practice before the game, with several members coming from the volleyball team. Despite that, the team seemed to pick up right where it left off last year.
The Lady Indians got out to a double-digit lead in the first quarter, with their pace too much for the athletic City View team and Nocona leading 20-7 after the first quarter.
Things were more competitive as the Lady Indians defense was not as sharp in the second quarter, but they still held a double-digit lead up 35-20 at halftime.
Nocona then upped the pace even more in the third quarter, scoring nearly 30 points to extend its lead before running some clock in the fourth quarter in order to not give the other team extra time or possessions to come back.
The Lady Indians won with little drama 76-58.
Meg Meekins led the team with 31 points, eight rebounds and six assists. Skyler Smith was second with 16 points while also leading with six assists and four steals.
Aubree Kleinhans finished in double-figures with 11 points while Sadie Jacobs scored nine in her first varsity game.

Forestburg
The Forestburg basketball teams both won the first road games of the season on Tuesday at Chico.
The Lady Horns won 50-33 while the Longhorns later won 59-30.
Both teams had young rosters last year that was working in a tough district last season. This year both teams hope to have built on that hardship and the continuity while some of the top teams look to rebuild.
The Forestburg girls have much more depth on the team than it did last season, with only one substitute and foul trouble sometimes making the team play one player down late in games.
The Lady Horns were led by newcomers Lili Cisneros who scored 15 points and Brenna Briles who joined her in double-figures scoring 10 points. Both also swiped a team high six steals.
Braylee Briles scored nine points while Ali Cisneros had a team high six assists and six rebounds to go with five steals and four points.
The boy’s team were in the same boat, with a young team showing promise last year, but not able to break into the top of the district despite competing better than years past.
With everyone back and one year older and the top teams in the district dealing with graduations, the Longhorns hope to break through this season.
Jesse Wadsworth led the way with 25 points while Kyler Willett was second with 16 and Jesus Sanchez added 15 points. Willett added 12 rebounds and Wadsworth 10 while leading the team with five assists.

Gold-Burg girls
The Gold-Burg Lady Bears lost their opening game of the season at Woodson on Tuesday night.
The Lady Bears lost 47-28 against the Cowgirls.
Gold-Burg is coming into the season with a lot of new faces and inexperienced players at the varsity level.
The team scored better as the game went on, but it was not enough to keep up with Woodson from the start of the game.
The Lady Bears were led by Raigen Hilton who scored 13 points while Ollie Gaston and Alyson Rojas were second with six points each.

Bellevue girls
The Bellevue Lady Eagles won big on the road at Wichita Christian on Tuesday night.
The Lady Eagles won in a blowout 73-22 against the Lady Stars.
It was the type of game where not a lot went wrong for Bellevue as it dominated from beginning until the end.
The team got balanced scoring with four girls finishing in double-figures. Brittany Gill led the team with 17, Cirstin Allen was second with 16, Brylie Hager scored 14 and Mary Grace Broussard finished with 12 points.

Missing scores
We are missing scores from Gold-Burg boys, both Prairie Valley teams and Bellevue boys.
Nocona boys and both Saint Jo teams did not play games on Tuesday.

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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