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Bowie teams bring home hardware from tournaments

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The Bowie Lady Rabbits were silver bracket runners-up at the Breckenridge tourney. (Courtesy photo)

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The Bowie Lady Rabbits came home from their second tournament at Breckenridge last week with a second place finish in the silver bracket.
The Lady Rabbits went 1-4 overall during the tournament while playing some real tough competition in every game.
Bowie started off the tournament by playing the second-ranked team in the state in 1A Gorman. The Lady Rabbits were able to stick around, but could not keep up offensively as they lost 48-37. It would be the closest game during pool play.
Later the first day Bowie was paired against 5A Rider. Despite playing the much bigger school that had a height advantage, the Lady Rabbits competed well, but again the offense could not keep up. The Lady Raiders won 53-38 to end Bowie’s first day.
The Lady Rabbits final game of pool play was also their hardest of the tournament. Bowie was matched up against the top ranked team in the state in 3A Jim Ned.
It did not go well as the Lady Indians won in every facet with the final score being 70-17.
The 0-3 results in pool play meant the Lady Rabbits would play in the silver bracket on the final day of the tournament.
Finally playing a team that wasn’t highly ranked or from a much bigger school in San Angelo Grape Creek, Bowie dominated. The Lady Rabbits held the Lady Eagles to under 10 points most quarters as they won 44-24.
The win put Bowie into the silver bracket championship game where it faced a familiar team. Despite being the second ranked team in the state in 1A, Gorman found itself struggling against the tough competition and was in the silver bracket as well.
The Lady Rabbits kept up with the Lady Panthers, but offensively just could not score enough to make it close. Gorman won 38-25 to win the championship game while Bowie finished second and got some hardware.
Ziba Robbins was named to the all-tournament team. Coach Matthew Miller saw some improvement as the tournament went along.

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The Bowie Jackrabbits played in their first tournament last weekend at S&S Consolidated and posted great results.
The Jackrabbits went 4-1 overall, with three of the wins being one by double-digits in a dominant showing.
Bowie first jumped on Tom Bean and dominated with its defense, holding the Tom Cats to less than double-digit points total until the final quarter. The Jackrabbits won 43-13.
Bowie then played its closest game of the tournament against Bridgeport. After a close first half, the Jackrabbits came out in the third quarter to hold the Bulls to only four points to gain control. Bowie then held on to win 43-37.
The Jackrabbits then played Bonham and again the defense led the way. Bowie held the Warriors to only 13 points in the first three quarters which allowed it to dominate. The Jackrabbits won 46-29.
Bowie then played the tournament host S&S for a chance to play in the championship game. It was the Jackrabbits highest scoring game of the tournament as the team’s combined for more than 120 points. It wasn’t close though as Bowie won by highest margin 82-47.
The win meant the Jackrabbits would have a rematch against Bonham. Unfortunately, it did not go the same way as the first game.
The Warriors offense found rhythm early and flourished especially in the second and third quarters where they scored 17 points in each one. Bowie’s was playing from behind and could not keep up as Bonham won the game 56-39 which was same margin the Jackrabbits had won in the first game.

To read the full story, pick up a copy of 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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Nocona, Saint Jo finish in top 25 of Lone Star Cup

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On the Thursday the final Lone Star Cup standings were released for the 2023-2024 school year.
Montague County had two schools that finished among the top 25 in their classification.
Nocona finished tied for 13th place in 2A while Saint Jo was tied for 24th place in 1A.
It is the highest finish for Nocona ever since the Lone Star Cup started up in the late 1990s. While it is associated with and measures the overall success of a school’s athletic program, it also takes into account the school’s success in academic and other programs like band, one-act-play, robotics, etc.
Nocona scored points in volleyball, football, cheerleading, girls and boys basketball and baseball. Unfortunately, its state appearance in film did not count towards the total. It all added up to 41 points, which is the most in program history
For Saint Jo, the success of its volleyball, football, softball, baseball, girl’s and boy’s basketball teams led to 32 points.

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

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UIL changes playoff format

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The University Interscholastic League announced on Tuesday changes for the upcoming school year when it comes to playoff formatting.
For 2A-5A schools, playoff formatting for volleyball, basketball, softball, baseball and soccer will now be split up into two divisions that will model itself like the 6A football playoffs. For 1A schools, this will only be applied for basketball. In all, there will be 12 state champions in those sports now.
This means there will be two playoff divisions within every classification. Districts will stay the same and not be affected. Four teams from every district will still make the playoffs, but now the two biggest schools of the four will play in the bracket with the other bigger schools while the two smaller schools will play in the other bracket.
This will not be like 1A-5A football, where divisions are hard cut by enrollment numbers and district alignments are set up with this in mind. Some districts that feature schools with low enrollment numbers within a classification will have to send two schools to compete in the big school bracket.
At lower levels, it might still set up a scenario where a team faces a school with twice the enrollment numbers. The thought process is it should happen less.
With fewer teams in the playoff bracket, certain parts of the playoffs like the area round and the regional tournament will not be featured as there will be less games to play on the way to the state tournament.
While the announcement was surprising to some, other coaches said they first heard about it at the basketball state tournament. UIL polled coaches, who were reportedly all for the change according to Nocona athletic director Blake Crutsinger.
For some schools, the changes will not mean much besides fewer games. Bowie is in that spot. With an enrollment number of 493, only Vernon and Iowa Park are the schools in its district that are bigger and would have to finish at the top two spots in the standings in order for Bowie teams to play in the smaller bracket.
For other schools, the change could be a big deal. Nocona’s enrollment of 234 is only 20 short of the 2A limit. The Indians will most likely play in the bigger bracket in every sport.
The Lady Indians basketball team finished as runners-up at state this year and will return four of their five starters. The teams that have beaten them the last two years, Martin’s Mill and Lipan along with several other 2A basketball powers have low enrollment numbers and would probably be in the smaller school bracket.
For 1A schools, the change is welcome but the fact volleyball was not included was sad to see for some coaches. From a numbers perspective, there are almost twice as many schools that offer basketball (213) than volleyball (123) in 1A.

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

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